Ex-Muslim Yasmine Mohammed escaped a forced marriage to an al-Qaeda operative, who was bailed out of prison by Osama bin Laden himself.
JPost The author of Confessions of an Ex-Muslim is now open about her past so she can help others, she told The Jerusalem Post. Mohammed says that she is on a mission to help closeted apostates living in Muslim-majority countries, and to teach the “naive West” about what she calls the true nature of Islam.
“In Muslim communities, the word for Jew is not only used as a pejorative, it is used as a curse word. It is a hate that permeates so much so that it is invisible: It is just accepted.”
Mohammed grew up in Canada. Her typical Western childhood was interrupted when her mother married a devout Muslim, and the little girl went from riding her bike and going swimming to wearing a hijab and enduring beatings for not memorizing the Quran.
Years later, under the torment of a horrific forced marriage, she would bravely risk her life to escape in a bid to rescue her daughter from the threat of Female Genital Mutilation.
“I lived every aspect of Islam up to actually being a jihadi,” said Mohammed. “I was the embodiment of an extremist Muslim. To see someone like me change so resolutely to a person who is in many ways the complete antithesis of who I was, speaks to the power of human resilience.”
h/t Marvin W