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“The hate simply disappeared” says former Islamic extremist

“From the moment I left Islam I stopped being an anti-Semite, homophobe and misogynist in an instant. The hate simply disappeared.”

— A former Islamic extremist, who chose to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution, in an interview with Saif Rahman, founder of the Humanist and Cultural Muslim Association. While in his jihadist phase, the man stated, “I thought they were sexual deviants. People who lavished in sin… I also regarded them as subversive and dangerous.” Once the man started questioning the logical inaccuracies in his beliefs, he “realized how hate poisons you and distorts your world view.”


Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at