List of former Muslims

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Ex Muslims or Former Muslims are people who have been Muslims for some part of their lives, but left Islam for another religion or a nonreligious philosophy. Following is a list of notable ex-Muslims.

Converted to a different Abrahamic religion[edit]

Converted to Christianity[edit]

Albanian monarch, Skanderbeg converted from Roman Catholicism to Islam but reverted to Roman Catholicism later in life upon his return in Albania
On St George's Day, 2005 Serbian film director Emir Kusturica left Islam and was baptised into the Serb Orthodox Church[95]
Argentine president, Carlos Menem converted to Roman Catholicism due to his political aspirations[88]
Al Qaeda terrorist Ramzi Yousef claims to have embraced Christianity while in ADX Florence Supermax prison. However, the prison staff does not believe Yousef's conversion is sincere.[158][159]
Born into a Muslim Batak family, Indonesian Prime Minister Amir Sjarifuddin converted to Christianity in 1931, upon which his fervently Islamic mother committed suicide.[169]

Converted to Judaism[edit]

  • Reza Jabari – Israeli of Iranian birth who hijacked a flight between Tehran and the Iranian resort island of Kish in September, 1995 while working as a flight attendant for Iranian carrier Kish Air flight 707.[193]
  • Avraham Sinai – Lebanese former Shi'ite who converted to Judaism. He served as an informant for the Israelis while serving in Hezbollah, until his actions were uncovered. He fled to Israel and subsequently converted.[194]

Converted to the Bahá'í Faith[edit]

Mishkín-Qalam was a prominent Bahá'í and one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh, as well as a famous calligrapher of 19th century Persia.[195]

These were mostly people who were followers of the Bahá'u'lláh at the time he founded the Bahá'í Faith. They were formerly Muslims.

Part of an unorganized religion or no religion[edit]

Became atheists[edit]

Former Muslim and Dutch politician Ehsan Jami was one of the two founders of the Central Committee for Ex-Muslims[199]
Kumail Nanjiani is a Pakistani-American actor.

Became Agnostics[edit]

Javed Akhtar is a noted Indian writer and lyricis.

Became Deists[edit]

Became Non-religious[edit]

Converted to an Indian religion[edit]

Converted to Buddhism[edit]

Converted to Hinduism[edit]

Harilal Gandhi converted to Islam, adopted the name "Abdullah Gandhi", but later reverted to Hinduism.[250]

Other[edit]

Religious founders[edit]

Mughal emperor Akbar proclaimed that no single religion possessed the absolute truth. This inspired him to create the Dīn-i Ilāhī in 1581.[272]
American actor Wesley Snipes converted from Christianity to Islam in 1978, but he left the faith in 1988.[284]

Undetermined current belief system[edit]

  • Khalid Duran – Specialist in the history, sociology and politics of the Islamic world.[285]
  • Trie Utami – Indonesian singer who after a stormy divorce is known to have left Islam after 2005, but she refuses to declare what religion she converted to.[286][287]
  • Charles Bronson – British criminal and self-styled "most violent prisoner in Britain".[288]
  • David Hicks – Australian-born Guantanamo Bay detainee who converted to Islam[289] and was notorious in his homeland for his once support of radical Islam and for the circumstances surrounding his incarceration, is believed to have renounced Islam whilst incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay.[290]
  • Wesley Snipes – American actor, film producer, and martial artist.[284]
  • Lex Hixon – Not raised religious; Conversions to Hinduism, Sufism. Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and possibly Zen.[291]
  • Linda Thompson - British folk singer who, along with her husband Richard, converted to Sufism in the 1970s. The couple have since divorced and she has left the religion.[292]

See also[edit]

Other apostasy-related lists[edit]

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