In part two of the interview with former Muslim convert and ex-Muslim agnostic humanist Aboo Imraan, we continue with the discussion on his life as a Salafi Muslim and his journey out of faith. We start off with Aboo’s life in Atlanta Georgia and how he learned Arabic and became a translator for various publishers as well as some of the books he translated.
We also touched on his second marriage, his hijrah to Egypt, and how his experiences in Muslim majority countries (Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) sparked his doubts on the concept of hijrah. Aboo recounts the infighting between various Muslim sects, being exposed to tafsir that give views that are different from the standard Salafi narratives, and attending teachings by Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan.
Aboo was gracious enough to open up about how Islam affected different facets of his life as a Salafi Muslim. He discusses his marriages and dating life and his experiences of being rejected by his wife and losing his daughter because he was no longer a Muslim. He also discusses how strenuous his relationship with his mother became as he delved deep into Salafism and his efforts to repair this relationship once he left Islam.
This conversation finally turned to how Aboo first learned about ex-Muslims and the ex-Muslim movement. He also details what made him quit faith altogether, his life after faith, and what drives his activism.
You don’t want to miss this riveting 2 part interview, now available on the Friendly Exmuslim YouTube channel.