Islam is the fastest growing religion in the UK, with the number of Muslims almost doubling in the last few years from 1.5 million in 2001 to 2.71 million in the latest census, 2011. A small but increasing number of people are also choosing to leave the religion and many say doing so has led them to be rejected by their family and friends and – in some cases – threatened with violence. Benjamin Zand spoke to ex-Muslims.
Sara grew up in a Muslim family but lost her faith. She was thrown out by her family two years ago for not sharing their beliefs. Now 19 and at university, Sara’s part of a group which supports other ex-Muslims.
Mona Walter is on a mission. Her mission is for more Muslims to know what is in the Quran. She says if more Muslims knew what was in the Quran, more would leave Islam.
References to Qur’an verses quoted:
“Boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads; which will melt what’s in their bellies, and skins. For them will be hooked rods of iron Whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape from Hell, they shall be dragged back…” (22:19-23)
“A Fire which will encompass them like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in: they will cry out for help but will be granted scorching water like melted brass, that will scald their faces” (18:28-30)
“Dragged through scalding fetid fluid and burnt in the Fire.” (40: 70-72)
“As often as their skins are roasted We shall exchange them for fresh skins” (4:56)
“No food except pus” (69:36)
The tree of Zaqqum Will be the food of the sinners. Like molten brass it will boil in their insides. Like the boiling of scalding water. (It will be said) “Seize him and drag him into the midst of the Blazing Fire! Then pour over his head the torment of Boiling Water” (44:43-48)
“They will be given boiling water to drink so that it tears their bowels to pieces” (47:15)
“Never will it be eased off them nor will they be reprieved” (3:88)
Never will they get out. (5:37)
Hell for all eternity (4:169)