Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) primarily exists to empower those who have left Islam, both in Ireland and abroad. Indeed, a major part of our work is to assist those who seek to escape 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 “blasphemers” in Muslim countries. On this page, we provide a timeline of major events in our group’s history.
August 2020: Affiliation with Atheist Alliance International
On August 1st 2020, Alliance of Former Muslims (Ireland) 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.
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.