I was born in the Maldives, where
all citizens are forced to adhere to Islam
to maintain the so-called 100% Muslim character
of the country. Brain-washed by what I had
been told by parents, I had no reasons in early
childhood to doubt the truth of Islam. I faced
the moment of truth when I was in 7th grade
in the high school. I got an English translation
of the Quran, and read it with great expectations,
looking for infinite wisdom. But what I saw
in the book was incoherence and stupidity.
Thereafter, I did a systemic study of all material
on Mohammed and Islam available to me and satisfied
myself that the religion was not just stupid,
but dangerously stupid.
In the Maldives, it is dangerous to let anyone
know that you are not Muslim. Even a few years
back, a group of men and women who converted
to Christianity were kept in solitary confinement
in jail till they re-converted. For this reason,
I am still forced to show outward appearance
of being Muslim, while in the Maldives.