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← Admitting you're an atheist while travelling in the Middle East

VrijVlinder's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by VrijVlinder

It would depend where in the middle east.Many Israeli are atheist. Turkey is a safe place too. Also Egypt.

I once met a Muslim from Dubai while in Holland, It was obvious he was Muslim because he was talking in arabic at a cafe I was sitting at. He started a conversation with me and he forwardly asked what was my religion.

I said I am an atheist. He took a back. Like he did not hear me the first time. So I said I do not believe in god. He smiled at me as if waiting for the punchline of a silent joke.

I asked him what his religion was and he proudly said he was Muslim. I thought to myself, good for you!

Coincidentally we were staying in the same Hotel. So he invited me for a coffee there. He was very curious about me a single woman traveling alone. He showed me pictures of his wife and children. Of course the wife and daughters were covered so you can't see the face!!

He explained that I must understand that allah is everything. That even if I say I don't believe in allah that is allah will that I do not believe.

Sounded much like christians. god loves you even if you don't believe.

I think people should not ask what they don't want to hear.

I would rather say I was satanist than christian . Ugh !!

It is bad enough being a woman in the wild middle east no need to inflame things by admitting anything.Specially being an American !! I always said I was Mexican

SUCRAN, Salam . ham du lila!!

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:31:48 UTC | #937108