About Us

Shared Experience

Faithless Hijabi was established in October 2018 primarily supporting women who face honour violence as a result of their apostasy, and has since developed to also campaign to garner a safe environment for apostates. We’ve previously helped hundreds of women by sharing their stories on our social media platform, and now work to bridge the gap and provide therapy for those at risk. As it stands, Muslims who leave the religion of Islam are often ostracised by their families, and any form of dissent has the possibility of inciting violence.

The reality of the world today is that there exists many nations and cultures where ExMuslims are abused and threatened with honour violence and killings for questioning their faith.

Celebrating Dissent 2022 in Cologne, Germany
Photo by Eva Witten

Defending the rights of ExMuslims

At Faithless Hijabi we aim to promote, protect and defend the human rights of ExMuslims.

We work with ExMuslims from abusive backgrounds by guiding them to the relevant organisations in their country that can support them.

We provide mental health support for ExMuslims who have identified that their mental health has been detrimentally impacted as a result of their apostasy, sexual orientation or gender through verified practices and independent therapists.

✽ Assist ExMuslims who have been affected or are in danger of being affected by violence due to their apostasy with evacuation procedures alongside other secular organisations and relevant agencies in the area.

We’ve started our podcast/video series on Life After Islam and Support Corner, for more information visit our video series page. – Currently on hiatus until 2023.


Our Values

We practice consent and confidentiality, and prioritize the safety and anonymity of the people reaching out to us.

We prioritize accessibility and believe there should be no barriers to receiving support.

We aspire to be trauma-informed and survivor-centered and affirm the experiences of our communities without judgement

We are non-hierarchical and value collective decision-making and supporting each other’s leadership, strengths, and growth.

We are committed to listening, adapting, and growing based on the needs of our communities, and therefore are open to feedback from those we support

Our work

Publications

The plight of Ex-Muslims has become one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time. While no religion tolerates dissent, leaving Islam currently carries the most severe of penalties, with apostates remaining in hiding for fear of facing the death penalty in over a dozen countries, incarceration in many others, as well as being ostracised from their families.

Ex-Muslims have been slowly receiving more coverage in recent years, yet one topic that has yet to receive sufficient attention is the mental health of apostates from Muslim backgrounds. And while mental health has received more mainstream attention in the last five years within the West, the two have yet to meet.

Read More on Medium: On being a Faithless Hijabi