Iraqis Shocked as Atheism Creeps
By AFIF SARHAN - ISLAMONLINE.NET
Added: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:00:00 UTC
BAGHDAD – Although their number remains insignificant and most of them hid their identity, the fact that some people are leaving Islam and becoming atheists is a troubling news in conservative Iraq.
âI was surprised a couple of weeks ago when my son told me that his colleague at college told him that his father had become an atheist,â Sheik Abdul-Rassoul al-Rabiaâa, a religion teacher at Baghdad University, told IslamOnline.net.
Not only did the father abandon his Muslim faith, he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps.
âI suggested to my son bringing his friend home and talked with him that despite his fatherâs thinking, he should continue to follow his Muslim heart and never deny his God,â al-Rabiaâa said.
Linking that to the non-stop violence plaguing the country since the 2003 US invasion, some Iraqis are becoming atheists.
Most of them have had personal incidents involving either themselves or close relatives.
âIraq is a land without God or any other kind of major protective superior form,â claims one atheist who declined to be named fearing reprisal.
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