Secular Jihadists: Ex-Muslims Go Mainstream, Armin & Ali Answer Your Questions


For years, ex-Muslims have been dismissed as a fringe phenomenon that wouldn’t gain any traction or influence. In 2018, we knew that nothing could be further from the truth. A young Saudi ex-Muslim woman, Rahaf Al-Qunun, escaped her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait, and fled to Thailand, en route to Australia where she planned to apply for asylum. Thai authorities detained her, ready to ship her back to her family, where she would face almost certain death. When she started tweeting about her situation, it took less than 24 hours for her story to become a media firestorm. The world’s ex-Muslim community—more united than ever—brought mass attention to the story in real time, leading to features in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and CNN. Even Muslim supporters like Mona Eltahawy and new US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted their support. Today, Rahaf has been declared a refugee by the UNHCR and is on the way to freedom. In the last year, we’re seeing the ex-Muslim movement breaking through like never before. Prominent celebrities of Muslim heritage like Zayn Malik and Jameela Jamil have announced their dissociation from religion. There are more conferences, more organizations, and more individuals speaking out anonymously. We review this amazing year and look to 2019 to keep the fire burning. Watch our conversation.



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Secular Jihadists

What topics do you suggest Ali & Armin to cover next?


What good on what this girl did she left her country left her family left her religion for nothing just to be an athiest with ought religion or purpose in life

Charles Burnham

Ex Muslims need an underground railroad to help these people. Call it "The Dina Network". Kudos to Canada for taking Rahaf in.


Thank you Canada

The Goose

Two ex Shi’is claiming that ex muslims are going mainstream. Maybe apostate from mainstream Islam first.

Gulrukh Kurdistan

Some times you voices are not very clear…it would be good if you could share information of the various things you point out in the session. For example I didn't get the name of the Harvard physics guy you mentioned? Any links to those documentaries?

Puppet Prophet tm

Cheering for ex-Muslims.
Their voices are super important!


Regarding having Richard Spencer on the SJ show I would like to misquote Richard Dawkins.

"That would look great on his CV, not so good on yours"

Zac Alrayyis

The world changes quickly and I think your goal will be reached within the next few decades, but I wouldn't say that the ultimate goal is that we have ex muslim communities in Islamic countries, the ultimate goal for me is that we no longer need those communities at all because we're no longer persecuted anywhere.


@ 1:35.27 – I am a "never-Muslim" so here is my Shahada "There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God"
Now I am an "Ex-Muslim" 🙂 YAY!


New Saudi Twitter hashtag – " Drop guardianship or all of us will migrate."–guardianship–laws-after-woman-s-escape-11103360


The Times did not mention that Rahaf was an atheist.


When Rahaf Al-Qunun is settled in a free country (Australia or Canada or wherever) and things have calmed down a bit maybe you can get her on the show if she feels ready?


Radio silence on Dina 🙁


Great news for Rahaf Al-Qunun, but I am not sure if all her Twitter followers and supporters were Ex-Muslims or even atheists. I am sure that some portion were secular believers from various religions. Nevertheless we thank them all for their support.


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