Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) exists to empower Irish ex-Muslims and to raise awareness of the moral and intellectual failings of Islam. When we are not active on social media or doing interviews, we are engaging in direct action on the ground. Indeed, public demonstrations against the persecution of liberal thinkers form a major part of our work.
February 2020: Hosting Nissar Hussain
On February 29th 2020, our members were proud to host Nissar Hussain in Dublin. Nissar is an outspoken ex-Muslim from the United Kingdom, and head of the Legalise Apostasy campaign. For his efforts, Nissar has been almost bludgeoned to death by shari’a enforcers in Bradford, with his family being driven from their home under armed police escort. This was our first real engagement with our apostate brethren across the pond – a joyous occasion for all involved.
January 2020: Free Junaid Hafeez Demo
On January 11th 2020, our members held a demonstration in support of Junaid Hafeez, a Pakistani academic sentenced to death for blasphemy. We initially assembled outside Leinster House, calling upon the Government of Ireland to abandon its proposed “hate speech” laws, which only serve to legitimise oppressive regimes like Pakistan. We then took our protest to the Embassy of Pakistan in Ballsbridge, demanding that Junaid be released immediately.
June 2019: No to Deportations Demo
On June 17th 2019, our members collaborated with Aggrieved Asylum Seekers of Ireland to organise a protest in Cork city centre against the failings of the Direct Provision system. This demonstration was held in response to the summary deportation of sixteen Pakistani asylum seekers – including an ex-Muslim atheist from our ranks. Over a hundred people turned out for this event, which was met with a largely warm reception from the general public.
October 2018: Free Raif Badawi Demo
On October 13th 2018, our members assembled outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Dublin city centre to protest the brutal detainment of Raif Badawi, a prominent campaigner for secularism and human rights. This vigil was held in conjunction with Atheist Ireland, whose tireless efforts to abolish blasphemy laws must be recognised. John Hamill, formerly on the board of Atheist Ireland, can be seen holding up our banner in the first image below.