Alliance of Former Muslims primarily exists to advance the human rights of Ex-Muslims, both in Ireland and abroad. Indeed, a major part of our work is to assist those who seek to escape the tyranny of the Islamic world. To this end, we offer advice on how to obtain asylum in Europe and help to establish communication with larger secular organisations such as Humanists International. We are also happy to provide reference letters for Ex-Muslims who are already resident in Ireland.
The Alliance further exists to promote public awareness of the moral and intellectual failings of Islam. We are thus very active on Twitter and Facebook, and take part in regular interviews with independent media. We also place great importance on forming alliances with other freethinkers, and organise public demonstrations against the persecution of liberals and “blasphemers” in Muslim countries. On this page, we provide a timeline of major events in our group’s history.
September 2021: Reconnecting with Nissar Hussain
On September 18th 2021, our spokesperson Kareem Muhssin met with Nissar Hussain in the English countryside. Following on from our successful gathering in Dublin, this was another great meeting of minds between leading figures in the Ex-Muslim movement. Over the past five years, Nissar has done incredible work to raise awareness of our struggle. In the months ahead, as Covid-19 restrictions begin to be lifted, we will be hosting public events in conjunction with Nissar and other apostates.
December 2020: Connecting with Harris Sultan
On December 6th 2020, our spokesperson Kareem Muhssin was interviewed by Harris Sultan, author of The Curse of God and a leading light of the global Ex-Muslim movement. This was a major event in our history, serving to strengthen our ties with apostates worldwide. Through exchanges such as these, our members can raise broader awareness of the situation in Ireland, from the Clonskeagh Mosque and the Muslim Brotherhood to jihadist cells and student societies. Harris’ YouTube channel can be accessed via this link.
August 2020: Affiliation with Atheist Alliance International
On August 1st 2020, Alliance of Former Muslims became an affiliate of Atheist Alliance International, a global federation of atheist societies. It is our hope that, through our combined efforts, we can make great strides in normalising apostasy from Islam and advancing the nontheistic worldview. At a time when governments are increasingly in thrall to Islam, the need for international solidarity between freethinkers is more vital than ever. As an affiliate of AAI, the Alliance speaks for Ex-Muslims in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
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 in Dublin, 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 from the country – 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 in the Kingdom. This vigil was held in conjunction with Atheist Ireland, whose tireless efforts to abolish blasphemy laws must be recognised. John Hamill, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, can be seen holding up our banner in the first image below.