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Secular Jihadists for a Muslim Enlightenment

Ali. Rizvi & Armin Navabi

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Secular Jihadists for a Muslim Enlightenment

Secular Jihadists for a Muslim Enlightenment

Ali. Rizvi & Armin Navabi

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Throughout history, freethinkers have outraged the religious with their wacky ideas about the virtues of free speech, reason, and, of course, eating babies. Now, God is dying—and it's time to dispose of his remains. From the pits of Hell, Satan sends two puppets of the imperialist West and the Zionist Jews against God, Islam, and tiny kittens to bring you their propaganda and conspire for a new world order. This is Secular Jihadists for a Muslim Enlightenment—with Ali Rizvi and Armin Navabi.

Latest Episodes

Cultural Genocide of Uyghur Muslims: With Nury Turkel

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://youtu.be/tj_CjUzrEzY Up to 2 million Uyghurs are currently being held in WW2-style concentration camps in China as we speak. They are being subjected to torture, forced indoctrination, human trafficking, organ harvesting, forced sterilization, and other egregious human rights abuses as part of a massive ethnic and cultural genocide effort. Nury Turkel is Commissioner at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (most recently appointed by Nancy Pelosi), and a member of the Uyghur community who grew up in the Xinjiang region, or East Turkistan, and has served with the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. He was born in a "re-education" camp at the height of the Cultural Revolution and spent the first several months of his life in captivity with his mother. He joins us to talk about the targeting of his people in one of the worst human rights disasters in current times — and what we can all do about it. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmR6dMMdVE9lhsRAOn56K3A?sub_confirmation=1 Listen to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or your favourite podcast app: https://www.secularjihadists.com/podcasts Check out Secular Jihadists on - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SecularJihadists/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SecularJihadist/ - Website: https://www.secularjihadists.com/ Nury Turkel on Twitter: @nuryturkel

79 MIN2 d ago
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Cultural Genocide of Uyghur Muslims: With Nury Turkel

EP150: How Do Atheists Deal With Death? With Simi Rahman, MD

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/how-do-atheists-38559712 One of the most common questions asked of atheists is, “What happens after we die?” Religion has provided a tremendous amount of comfort to those who are facing death or have lost loved ones. Have we done the same? Simi is a California pediatrician who has seen it up close, professionally and personally. She is also an ex-Muslim atheist who had to process the death of her father recently. Likewise, Ali is a pathologist who used to do autopsies and developed a perspective on death that many may find unique. For those struggling with the prospect of death—the one affliction that will ultimately get us all—don’t miss this episode. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https:/...

127 MIN1 w ago
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EP150: How Do Atheists Deal With Death? With Simi Rahman, MD

EP149: Liberal vs. Woke - Who Will Endure?

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://youtu.be/Vlh3CKIIAKE In 2020, mainstream liberals like Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem, and JK Rowling are fighting back against the tactics of the "woke" far left. Although aligned on many principles, the woke crowd often uses and endorses tactics that perpetuate censorship and ostracism, what has come to be known as "cancel culture." Atheists and secularists from the Muslim world have been subject to this for years, and to us, it isn't much of a surprise. What's surprising is that this realization has now reached prominent mainstream liberals. Will they win? Or will the left's extremists overrun them like it happened on the right? In this episode, we look at both sides of the cleft on the left using a bit of role play: Armin presents the woke arguments, and Ali plays the mainstream liberal. Listen and tell us what you think. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to ...

120 MIN1 w ago
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EP149: Liberal vs. Woke - Who Will Endure?

EP148: Finding Comedy In Islam: With Comedian Jaffer Khan

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/finding-comedy-37654952 Jaffer Khan is a rising star—write down the name. A talented (and hilarious) stand-up comedian in the New York area, Jaffer grew up in Houston's Muslim community and left Islam many years ago. His bit, "The One True Religion," has gone viral on YouTube (link below). He talked to us about his life, upbringing, career, having a "Muslim" identity despite being a non-believer, and how he brilliantly turns controversial topics into comedic gold onstage. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmR6dMMd...

73 MIN1 w ago
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EP148: Finding Comedy In Islam: With Comedian Jaffer Khan

EP147: A Hindu's Rebuttal to Ex-Muslims

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/hindu-rebuttal-37136801 Jarin Jove is a self-described “Hindu atheist” who is disillusioned by what he feels is a dismissive approach to Hindus by ex-Muslim atheists. He has written a five-part blog post criticizing Ex-Muslims of North America as well as the hosts of this podcast. While not representative of all Hindus, Jarin is sympathetic to India's ruling BJP party and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policy. We talked about a range of issues, including his support for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) — he proposed that opposing the CAA was anti-Hindu bigotry. Ali vehemently disagreed. This got heated and interesting. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… H...

148 MIN2 w ago
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EP147: A Hindu's Rebuttal to Ex-Muslims

EP146: From Christian to Reform Muslim: With Erin Jones

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/from-christian-33786211 Erin Jones was a devout Christian for 35 years. She was a Youth Minister in the Assembly of God church for six years. Last year, she converted to Islam, upsetting her conservative, religious, pro-Trump parents. In her faith, she aligns with Reformist Muslims like Maajid Nawaz and Irshad Manji. Erin is also an autism blogger and mental health advocate with high-functioning autism. We talk to her about her journey and why she chose Reform Islam as her new spiritual path. This is one of the most moving episodes we've done. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Sub...

93 MIN3 w ago
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EP146: From Christian to Reform Muslim: With Erin Jones

EP145: Is the Qur'an Preserved? With Abdullah Gondal

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/is-quran-with-38636798 It is an open secret in Islamic academia that different versions of the Qur'an exist today. Some of the differences are minor variations in punctuation or word choice. Others are more consequential, implying different meanings to the same verse. Aside from these variants (the ahruf and the qira'at), some of the oldest available manuscripts of the Quran, such as the Sana'a manuscript, show significant differences between the older text and the standard text we have today. In Islam, perfect preservation of the Qur'an as the infallible, divine word of Allah is promised by Allah himself. What do these variations tell us about the process by which this was achieved — if it was achieved in the first place? Abdullah Gondal takes us through dozens of differences in different Qurans and what they mean. There are many visuals in this episode, so viewing the video version of this episode is stro...

175 MIN3 w ago
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EP145: Is the Qur'an Preserved? With Abdullah Gondal

EP144: Ex-Muslims & #BlackLivesMatter: Armin & Ali Answer Your Questions

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/ex-muslims-armin-38680048 The murder of George Floyd has kicked off widespread protests, and more importantly, a conversation about police brutality and systemic racism not only in the black community but also in other marginalized communities. Ex-Muslims have diverse views on this, including within this podcast: Ali is a staunch supporter of BLM, while Armin has some reservations. In this episode, they find points of agreement but also duke out their differences. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmR6dMMdVE9lhsRAO...

178 MINJUL 3
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EP144: Ex-Muslims & #BlackLivesMatter: Armin & Ali Answer Your Questions

EP143: When Truth Is Controversial Evolution & Genetics With Razib Khan

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/when-truth-is-34457647 Razib Khan is Director of Science at Insitome and a genomics consultant. He has worked with Family Tree DNA, National Geographic, and various private clients. An influential scientist and writer in the fields of evolutionary biology and genetics, Razib is a Bangladeshi-American atheist from a Muslim background. He has written for The New York Times, National Review, and India Today, among others, and runs the Gene Expression blog and the Brown Pundits podcast. We talk about a range of fascinating topics—which (TWIST!) leads to an astonishing revelation about Ali's ancestry! Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support u...

84 MINJUN 30
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EP143: When Truth Is Controversial Evolution & Genetics With Razib Khan

EP142: The One True Islam - With Abdullah Sameer

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/one-true-islam-36234950 Every devout, practicing Muslim believes that the Islam they practice is the true faith. Yet, there are countless versions of the religion practiced among its 1.7 billion adherents. Does the one true Islam exist? If it does, who is really practicing it? And is everyone else wrong? What does “Muslim” mean? Is it strictly someone who believes in Islam, or simply someone born to Muslim parents? Abdullah Sameer preached Islam for fifteen years and founded popular Islamic websites like Light Upon Light before giving it all up in 2016 and becoming an atheist. We’re going to tackle all these questions and more. Warning: there will be heat. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https...

116 MINJUN 26
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EP142: The One True Islam - With Abdullah Sameer

Latest Episodes

Cultural Genocide of Uyghur Muslims: With Nury Turkel

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://youtu.be/tj_CjUzrEzY Up to 2 million Uyghurs are currently being held in WW2-style concentration camps in China as we speak. They are being subjected to torture, forced indoctrination, human trafficking, organ harvesting, forced sterilization, and other egregious human rights abuses as part of a massive ethnic and cultural genocide effort. Nury Turkel is Commissioner at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (most recently appointed by Nancy Pelosi), and a member of the Uyghur community who grew up in the Xinjiang region, or East Turkistan, and has served with the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. He was born in a "re-education" camp at the height of the Cultural Revolution and spent the first several months of his life in captivity with his mother. He joins us to talk about the targeting of his people in one of the worst human rights disasters in current times — and what we can all do about it. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmR6dMMdVE9lhsRAOn56K3A?sub_confirmation=1 Listen to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or your favourite podcast app: https://www.secularjihadists.com/podcasts Check out Secular Jihadists on - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SecularJihadists/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SecularJihadist/ - Website: https://www.secularjihadists.com/ Nury Turkel on Twitter: @nuryturkel

79 MIN2 d ago
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Cultural Genocide of Uyghur Muslims: With Nury Turkel

EP150: How Do Atheists Deal With Death? With Simi Rahman, MD

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/how-do-atheists-38559712 One of the most common questions asked of atheists is, “What happens after we die?” Religion has provided a tremendous amount of comfort to those who are facing death or have lost loved ones. Have we done the same? Simi is a California pediatrician who has seen it up close, professionally and personally. She is also an ex-Muslim atheist who had to process the death of her father recently. Likewise, Ali is a pathologist who used to do autopsies and developed a perspective on death that many may find unique. For those struggling with the prospect of death—the one affliction that will ultimately get us all—don’t miss this episode. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https:/...

127 MIN1 w ago
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EP150: How Do Atheists Deal With Death? With Simi Rahman, MD

EP149: Liberal vs. Woke - Who Will Endure?

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://youtu.be/Vlh3CKIIAKE In 2020, mainstream liberals like Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem, and JK Rowling are fighting back against the tactics of the "woke" far left. Although aligned on many principles, the woke crowd often uses and endorses tactics that perpetuate censorship and ostracism, what has come to be known as "cancel culture." Atheists and secularists from the Muslim world have been subject to this for years, and to us, it isn't much of a surprise. What's surprising is that this realization has now reached prominent mainstream liberals. Will they win? Or will the left's extremists overrun them like it happened on the right? In this episode, we look at both sides of the cleft on the left using a bit of role play: Armin presents the woke arguments, and Ali plays the mainstream liberal. Listen and tell us what you think. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to ...

120 MIN1 w ago
Comments
EP149: Liberal vs. Woke - Who Will Endure?

EP148: Finding Comedy In Islam: With Comedian Jaffer Khan

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/finding-comedy-37654952 Jaffer Khan is a rising star—write down the name. A talented (and hilarious) stand-up comedian in the New York area, Jaffer grew up in Houston's Muslim community and left Islam many years ago. His bit, "The One True Religion," has gone viral on YouTube (link below). He talked to us about his life, upbringing, career, having a "Muslim" identity despite being a non-believer, and how he brilliantly turns controversial topics into comedic gold onstage. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmR6dMMd...

73 MIN1 w ago
Comments
EP148: Finding Comedy In Islam: With Comedian Jaffer Khan

EP147: A Hindu's Rebuttal to Ex-Muslims

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/hindu-rebuttal-37136801 Jarin Jove is a self-described “Hindu atheist” who is disillusioned by what he feels is a dismissive approach to Hindus by ex-Muslim atheists. He has written a five-part blog post criticizing Ex-Muslims of North America as well as the hosts of this podcast. While not representative of all Hindus, Jarin is sympathetic to India's ruling BJP party and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policy. We talked about a range of issues, including his support for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) — he proposed that opposing the CAA was anti-Hindu bigotry. Ali vehemently disagreed. This got heated and interesting. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… H...

148 MIN2 w ago
Comments
EP147: A Hindu's Rebuttal to Ex-Muslims

EP146: From Christian to Reform Muslim: With Erin Jones

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/from-christian-33786211 Erin Jones was a devout Christian for 35 years. She was a Youth Minister in the Assembly of God church for six years. Last year, she converted to Islam, upsetting her conservative, religious, pro-Trump parents. In her faith, she aligns with Reformist Muslims like Maajid Nawaz and Irshad Manji. Erin is also an autism blogger and mental health advocate with high-functioning autism. We talk to her about her journey and why she chose Reform Islam as her new spiritual path. This is one of the most moving episodes we've done. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Sub...

93 MIN3 w ago
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EP146: From Christian to Reform Muslim: With Erin Jones

EP145: Is the Qur'an Preserved? With Abdullah Gondal

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/is-quran-with-38636798 It is an open secret in Islamic academia that different versions of the Qur'an exist today. Some of the differences are minor variations in punctuation or word choice. Others are more consequential, implying different meanings to the same verse. Aside from these variants (the ahruf and the qira'at), some of the oldest available manuscripts of the Quran, such as the Sana'a manuscript, show significant differences between the older text and the standard text we have today. In Islam, perfect preservation of the Qur'an as the infallible, divine word of Allah is promised by Allah himself. What do these variations tell us about the process by which this was achieved — if it was achieved in the first place? Abdullah Gondal takes us through dozens of differences in different Qurans and what they mean. There are many visuals in this episode, so viewing the video version of this episode is stro...

175 MIN3 w ago
Comments
EP145: Is the Qur'an Preserved? With Abdullah Gondal

EP144: Ex-Muslims & #BlackLivesMatter: Armin & Ali Answer Your Questions

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/ex-muslims-armin-38680048 The murder of George Floyd has kicked off widespread protests, and more importantly, a conversation about police brutality and systemic racism not only in the black community but also in other marginalized communities. Ex-Muslims have diverse views on this, including within this podcast: Ali is a staunch supporter of BLM, while Armin has some reservations. In this episode, they find points of agreement but also duke out their differences. Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support us on PayPal: http://bit.ly/2SMC9nB Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmR6dMMdVE9lhsRAO...

178 MINJUL 3
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EP144: Ex-Muslims & #BlackLivesMatter: Armin & Ali Answer Your Questions

EP143: When Truth Is Controversial Evolution & Genetics With Razib Khan

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/when-truth-is-34457647 Razib Khan is Director of Science at Insitome and a genomics consultant. He has worked with Family Tree DNA, National Geographic, and various private clients. An influential scientist and writer in the fields of evolutionary biology and genetics, Razib is a Bangladeshi-American atheist from a Muslim background. He has written for The New York Times, National Review, and India Today, among others, and runs the Gene Expression blog and the Brown Pundits podcast. We talk about a range of fascinating topics—which (TWIST!) leads to an astonishing revelation about Ali's ancestry! Check it out. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https://www.patreon.com/SJME ️ You can also support u...

84 MINJUN 30
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EP143: When Truth Is Controversial Evolution & Genetics With Razib Khan

EP142: The One True Islam - With Abdullah Sameer

EWatch the video version of this conversation: https://www.patreon.com/posts/one-true-islam-36234950 Every devout, practicing Muslim believes that the Islam they practice is the true faith. Yet, there are countless versions of the religion practiced among its 1.7 billion adherents. Does the one true Islam exist? If it does, who is really practicing it? And is everyone else wrong? What does “Muslim” mean? Is it strictly someone who believes in Islam, or simply someone born to Muslim parents? Abdullah Sameer preached Islam for fifteen years and founded popular Islamic websites like Light Upon Light before giving it all up in 2016 and becoming an atheist. We’re going to tackle all these questions and more. Warning: there will be heat. Secular Jihadists is listened to by many in the Islamic world. We want to reach out to more people in these countries. Once we reach 500 patrons, we can afford translations of our shows to Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Malay… Help us get there: https...

116 MINJUN 26
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EP142: The One True Islam - With Abdullah Sameer

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