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    A small list of notable ex Muslims:
    • Aslan Abashidze - Former leader of the Ajarian Autonomous Republic in western Georgia.[2]
    • Mehmet Ali Agca - Turkish ultra-nationalist assassin, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981. In early 2009, Agca renounced Islam in prison and announced his intention to convert to the Catholic faith upon release.[3][4]
    • Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein el-Akkad - Former Egyptian Muslim sheikh.[5]
    • Magdi Allam - Italy's most famous Islamic affairs journalist.[6]
    • Hussain Andaryas - Afghan Christian activist and tele-evangelist.[7]
    • Josephine Bakhita - Roman Catholic saint from Darfur, Sudan.[8]
    • Sarah Balabagan - Filipina prisoner in the United Arab Emirates during 1994 - 96.[9]
    • Fathima Rifqa Bary - American teenager of Sri Lankan descent who drew international attention in 2009 when she ran away from home and claimed that her Muslim parents might kill her for having converted to Christianity.[10]
    • Abo of Tiflis - Christian activist and the Patron Saint of the city of Tbilisi, Georgia.[11]
    • Don Juan of Persia - Late 16th and early 17th century figure in Iran and Spain.[12]
    • Utameshgaray of Kazan - Khan of Kazan Khanate.[13]
    • Yadegar Moxammat of Kazan - Last khan of Kazan Khanate. [13]
    • Sayed Borhan khan - Khan of Qasim Khanate from 1627 to 1679. [13]
    • Simeon Bekbulatovich - Khan of Qasim Khanate.[13]
    • The Sibirsky family - The foremost of many Genghisid (Shaybanid) noble families formerly living in Russia.[14]
    • Maria Temrjukovna - Circassian princess, and second wife to Ivan IV of Russia who was born in a Muslim upbringing, and baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church on August 21 1561.[15]
    • The Shihab family - Prominent Lebanese noble family. The family originally belonged to Sunni Islam and converted to Christianity at the end of the 18th century.[16]
    • Jacob Frank - 18th century Jewish religious leader who claimed to be the reincarnation of the self-proclaimed messiah Sabbatai Zevi, and also of King David. Frank publicly converted to Islam in 1757 and later to Christianity at Poland in 1759, but actually presented himself as the Messiah of a syncretic derivation of Shabbatai Zevi's Messianism now referred to as Frankism.[17]
    • Walid Shoebat - American author and former member of the PLO.[18]
    • Hassan Dehqani-Tafti - Anglican Bishop of Iran from 1961 to 1990.[19]
    • Ibrahim Ben Ali - Soldier, physician and one of the earliest American settlers of Turkish origin.[20]
    • Bob Denard - French soldier and mercenary leader. Converted from Catholicism to Judaism, then Islam and eventually back to Catholicism.[21]
    • Nonie Darwish - Egyptian-American writer and public speaker.[22]
    • Mehdi Dibaj - Iranian pastor and Christian activist.[23]
    • Eldridge Cleaver - Author, prominent American civil rights leader, and key member of the Black Panther Party. He converted to Mormonism.[24] [25]
    • Ghorban Tourani - Former Iranian Sunni Muslim who became a Christian minister. Following multiple murder threats , he was abducted and murdered on November 22, 2005.[26]
    • Jean-Bédel Bokassa - Central African Republic Emperor (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity).[27]
    • Patrick Sookhdeo - British Anglican canon[28]
    • Mark A. Gabriel- Egyptian Islamic scholar and writer[29]
    • Akbar Gbaja-Biamila - American football player.[30][31]
    • Alexander Kazembek - Russian Orientalist, historian and philologist of Azeri origin .[32]
    • Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila - American football player.[30]
    • Qadry Ismail - Former American football player.[33]
    • Raghib Ismail - Former American football player.[34]
    • Tunch Ilkin - Former American football player.[35]
    • Lina Joy - Malaysian convert to Christianity. The desire to have her conversion recognized was the subject of a court case in Malaysia.[36]
    • Carlos Menem - Former President of Argentina. Raised a Muslim but converted to Roman Catholicism, the official religion of Argentina, due to his political aspirations. [37]
    • Marina Nemat - Canadian author of Iranian descent and former political prisoner of the Iranian government. Born into a Christian family, she converted to Islam in order to avoid execution but later reverted to Christianity.[38]
    • George Weah - Liberian soccer player (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity).[39]
    • Momolu Dukuly - Liberian foreign minister.[40]
    • Nazli Sabri - Queen consort of Egypt. [41] [42]
    • James Scurry - British soldier and statesman.[43]
    • Begum Samru - Powerful lady of north India, ruling a large area from Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh.[45]
    • Abdul Rahman - Afghan convert to Christianity who escaped the death penalty because of foreign pressure.[46]
    • Mathieu Kérékou- President of Benin (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity).[47]
    • Sheikh Deen Muhammad - British Indian traveller, surgeon and entrepreneur who introduced shampooing and the Indian take-away curry house restaurant in Britain, and was the first Indian to have written a book in the English language.[48][49]
    • Kitty Kirkpatrick - Daughter of James Achilles Kirkpatrick, British Resident in Hyderabad and Khair-un-Nissa, a Hyderabadi noblewoman.[50]
    • Emily Ruete - (born Sayyida Salme) Princess of Zanzibar and Oman. [51] [52][53]
    • Emir Kusturica - Bosnian filmmaker and actor.[44][54]
    • Daniel Ali- Iraqi Kurdish Christian author, speaker and Islamic scholar; evangelizes in Catholic, Protestant and Messianic Jewish circles. [55][56]
    • Fernão Lopez - Portugese nobleman, soldier and the first known permanent inhabitant of the remote Island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.[57]
    • Alexander Bekovich-Cherkassky - Russian officer of Circassian origin who led the first Russian military expedition into Central Asia.[58]
    • Umar ibn Hafsun - Leader of anti-Ummayad dynasty forces in southern Iberia. Hafsun converted to Christianity with his sons and ruled over several mountain valleys for nearly forty years, having the castle Bobastro as his residence.[59]
    • Casilda of Toledo - Saint of the Roman Catholic Church.[60]
    • Saint Alodia and Saint Nunilo - Christian martyrs and confessors who were put to death during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman II, Caliph of Córdoba for apostasy.[61]
    • Aurelius and Natalia - Christian martyrs who were put to death during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman II, Caliph of Córdoba for apostasy.[62]
    • Johannes Avetaranian - (born Muhammad Shukri Efendi), Christian missionary and Turkish descendent of Prophet Muhammad.[63]
    • Paul Mulla - Turkish scholar and professor of Islamic Studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.[64]
    • Hamid Pourmand - Former Iranian army colonel and lay leader of the Jama'at-e Rabbani, the Iranian branch of the Assemblies of God church in Iran. [65]
    • Donald Fareed - Iranian Christian tele-evangelist and minister.[66]
    • Daveed Gartenstein-Ross- Counter-terrorism expert and attorney (from Judaism to Islam to Christianity).[67][68]
    • Zachariah Anani - Former Sunni Muslim Lebanese militia fighter [69]
    • Malika Oufkir - Author, activist and former prisoner of the Moroccan Royal Family. [70]
    • Ruffa Gutierrez - Filipina actress, model and former beauty queen (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity)[71]
    • Fadhma Aït Mansour - Mother of French writers Jean Amrouche and Taos Amrouche. [72]
    • Imad ud-din Lahiz - Prolific Islamic writer, preacher and Quranic translator.[73]
    • Dr. Nur Luke - Uyghur Bible translator. [74]
    • Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal - Two Turkish Christian converts who went on trial in 2006, on charges of "allegedly insulting 'Turkishness' and inciting religious hatred against Islam".[75]
    • Mohammed Hegazy - First Egyptian Muslim convert to Christianity to seek official recognition of his conversion from the Egyptian Government.[76]
    • Francis Bok - Sudanese-American activist, convert to Islam from Christianity; but later returned to his Christian faith.[77]
    • Josef Mässrur - (born Ghäsim Khan) missionary to Chinese Turkestan with the Mission Union of Sweden.[78]
    • Gulshan Esther - Pakistani convert from Islam to Christianity.[79]
    • Ubayd-Allah ibn Jahsh - Brother of Zaynab bint Jahsh, the wife of Prophet Muhammad and one of the male Sahaba (companions of the Prophet).[80]
    • Jabalah ibn al-Aiham - last ruler of the Ghassanid state in Syria and Jordan in the seventh century AD. After the Islamic conquest of Levant he converted to Islam in AD 638. He reverted to Christianity later on and lived in Anatolia until he died in AD 645.[81]
    • Constantine the African - Baghdad-educated Muslim who died in 1087 as a Christian monk at Monte Cassino. [82][83]
    • Estevanico - Berber originally from Morocco and one of the early explorers of the Southwestern United States.[84]
    • Abraham of Bulgaria - Martyr and saint of the Russian Orthodox Church. [85]
    • St. Adolphus - Christian martyr who was put to death along with his brother, John, by Abd ar-Rahman II, Caliph of Córdoba for apostasy. [88]
    • Nasir Siddiki - Canadian evangelist, author, and business consultant.[89]
    • Matthew Ashimolowo - Nigerian-born British pastor and evangelist.[90]
    • Michał Czajkowski - Polish-Cossack writer and political emigre who worked both for the resurrection of Poland and the reestablishment of a Cossack Ukraine.[91]
    • Stefan Razvan - Gypsy prince who ruled Moldavia for six months in 1595.[92]
    • Skanderbeg - Albanian monarch and military leader. Skanderbeg converted to Islam from Christianity but reverted back to Christianity later in life. [1]
    • Amir Sjarifuddin - Indonesian socialist leader who later became the second prime minister of Indonesia during its National Revolution.[93]
    • Dr.Thomas Yayi Boni - President of Benin. [94]
    • Al-Mu'eiyyad - Abbasid prince and third son of Abbasid caliph, Al-Mutawakkil. He was converted to Christianity along with his three confidants by St. Theodore of Edessa, accepting the name "John" upon baptism.[95][96]
    • Aben Humeya - (born Fernando de Valor) Morisco Chief who was crowned the Emir of Andalusia by his followers and led the Morisco Revolt against Philip II of Spain.[97]
    • Rudolf Carl von Slatin - Anglo-Austrian soldier and administrator in the Sudan.[98]
    • Shams Pahlavi - Iranian princess and the elder sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran.[99]
    • Ramzi Yousef - Al Qaeda member and the main participant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. [86][87]
    • Saye Zerbo - President of the republic of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso).[100]
    • Zaida of Seville - Refugee Andalusian muslim princess who was a mistress and then perhaps queen of Alfonso VI of Castile.[101]
    • 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.[102]
    • Bahá'u'lláh - claimed to be the prophet the Báb spoke of, thereby founding the Bahá'í Faith.[104]
    • Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl - Foremost Bahá'í scholar who helped spread the Bahá'í Faith in Egypt, Turkmenistan, and the United States. One of the few Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh who never actually met Bahá'u'lláh.[105]
    • Mishkín-Qalam- Prominent Bahá'í and one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh, as well as a famous calligrapher of 19th century Persia.[103]
    • Táhirih- Persian poetess and theologian of the Bábí faith in Iran.[106]
    • Nabíl-i-A`zam- Bahá'í historian and one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh[104]
    • Hají Ákhúnd- Eminent follower of Bahá'u'lláh. He was appointed a Hand of the Cause, and identified as one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh.[104]
    • Ibn-i-Abhar - appointed a Hand of the Cause, and identified as one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh.[104]
    • Mírzá Mahmúd - Eminent follower of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith.[104]
    • Núrayn-i-Nayyirayn - two brothers who were beheaded in the city of Isfahan in 1879.[104]
    • Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Somali-born Dutch feminist, writer, and politician.[109]
    • Ismael Adham - Egyptian writer and philosopher.[110]
    • Loubna Berrada - Dutch liberal politician and former member of the Central Committee for Ex-Muslims.[111]
    • Ali Soilih - Comorian socialist revolutionary and president of the Comoros.[112]
    • Aziz Nesin - Popular Turkish humorist and author of more than 100 books.[113]
    • Zackie Achmat - South African anti-HIV/AIDS activist; founder of the Treatment Action Campaign.[114]
    • Humayun Azad - Bangladeshi writer and scholar.[115][116]
    • Turan Dursun - Turkish writer and Islamic scholar. He was once a Turkish mufti and later authored many books critical of Islam.[117]
    • Ehsan Jami - Dutch politician and founder of the Dutch Central Committee for Ex-Muslims.[108]
    • Enver Hoxha - Communist dictator who declared Albania the first atheist state, and who has been identified as an "arch-atheist."[118]
    • As'ad Abu Khalil - Lebanese professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. He describes himself as an "atheist secularist".[119][120]
    • Al-Ma'arri - Blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[121]
    • Sarmad - 17th century mystical poet and sufi saint, arrived from Persia to India, beheaded for assumed heresy by the Mughal emperor, Aurungzebe. Sarmad renounced Judaism, briefly converting to Islam and then Hinduism. He later denounced all religions and rejected belief in god.[122][123]
    • Lounès Matoub - Algerian Berber Kabyle singer.[124]
    • Barack Obama, Sr. - Kenyan economist and father of President Barack Obama. [125]
    • Ramiz Alia - Albanian communist leader and former president of Albania.[126]
    • Salman Rushdie - British-Indian novelist and essayist. [107]
    • Hassan Bahara – Moroccan-Dutch writer. [127]
    • Hafid Bouazza - Moroccan-Dutch writer. [128][129]
    • Hossein Derakhshan - Iranian-Canadian journalist and weblogger.[130]
    • Ismail Kadare - World-renowned Albanian writer.[131]
    • Maryam Namazie - Iranian communist, political activist and leader of the British apostate-organization "Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain"
    • Naguib Mahfouz - Egyptian novelist who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature and is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature.[133]
    • Anwar Shaikh - British author of Pakistani descent.[134]
    • Zohra Sehgal - Indian actress who has appeared in several Hindi and English language films.[135]
    • Mirza Fatali Akhundov - 19th century Azerbaijani playwright and philosopher.[136]
    • Taslima Nasrin - Bangladeshi author, feminist, human rights activist and secular humanist.[137]
    • Parvin Darabi- Iranian born American activist, writer and woman's rights activist.[138]
    • Seema Mustafa - Indian journalist, Political Editor and Delhi Bureau Chief of The Asian Age newspaper.[140][141]
    • Cenk Uygur - Main host of the liberal talk radio show The Young Turks. He is an agnostic.[139]
    • Wafa Sultan - Syrian-born American psychiatrist and controversial critic of Islam. She describes herself as a "Secular Humanist"[142][143]
    • Ibn Warraq - British Pakistani secularist author and founder of the Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society[144]
    • Mina Ahadi - Iranian-born pacifist, founder of the German apostate-organization "Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime"[145]
    • Younus Shaikh - Pakistani medical doctor, human rights activist, rationalist and free-thinker. [146]
    • Ibn al-Rawandi - early skeptic of Islam.[147]
    • Tillakaratne Dilshan - Sri Lankan cricketer.[148]
    • Wong Ah Kiu - Malaysian of mixed Chinese and Malay descent. She was raised as a Buddhist.[149]
    • Kenneth Pai - Chinese American writer of Hui descent.[150]
    • Annapurna Devi - surbahar (bass sitar) player and music teacher in the North Indian classical tradition[152]
    • Anwar Shaikh - British author. [153]
    • Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa- Famous 19th century Indian mystic. He briefly experimented with Islam to understand it better.[154]
    • Asha Gawli - (born Ayesha) Wife of Arun Gawli, notorious gangster turned politician from Mumbai, India.[155]
    • Bukka I - King of Vijayanagara empire who converted to Islam, then reverted to Hinduism.[156]
    • Harihara I - King of Vijayanagara empire who converted to Islam, then reverted to Hinduism.[156]
    • Haridas Thakura - Prominent Vaishnavite saint, instrumental in the early appearance and spread of Hare Krishna movement. [157]
    • Netaji Palkar - Maratha noble and commander-in-chief of the army of Shivaji, 19 June 1676.[158][159][160]
    • Chander Mohan - Former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana State in India.[161][162]
    • Harilal Mohandas Gandhi - Son of Mahatma Gandhi. Upon converting to Islam he adopted the name Abdullah Gandhi, but later reverted back to Hinduism.[151]
    • Hassan Palakkode - Malayali writer and Islamic scholar. [163]
    • Ifa Sudewi - Chief judge for the 2002 Bali bombing trials. [164]
    • Khushboo Sundar - Tamil movie actress.[165]
    • Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir - Indian film actress, on whose life story the film Zubeidaa was loosely based.[166]
    • Kuldeep Manak - (born Latif Mohammed) Famous Punjabi singer who, after his conversion, released a number of Sikh devotional tracks.[167]

    • Akbar the great - Mughal emperor and founder of Dīn-i Ilāhī, a religious movement whose followers never numbered more than 19 adherents.[168]
    • Ariffin Mohammed - Founder of the Sky Kingdom who claimed a unique connection to God. Inspite of renouncing Islam in 2001, he stated that there was no restriction on practising your own faith and at the same time belonging to the Sky Kingdom.[169]
    • Báb - the founder of Babism. Virtually all his followers upon his death accepted Bahá'u'lláh.[170]
    • Salih ibn Tarif - Second king of the Berghouata. He proclaimed himself a Prophet/Mahdi and came out with his own Qur'an.[171]
    • Kabir - 15th century mystical poet and founder of the Kabirpanthi. Born to a Hindu Brahmin widow but adopted and raised as Muslim by a childless Muslim couple, later denouncing both Hinduism and Islam.[172][173]
    • Musaylimah - Prophet of the Banu Hanifa tribe who lived during and after the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad.[174]
    • Dwight York - African American author, black supremacist leader, musician, convicted child molester and founder of the religious doctrine called Nuwaubianism.[175]

    • Khalid Duran - Specialist in the history, sociology and politics of the Islamic world.[177]
    • Charles Bronson - British criminal and self-styled "most violent prisoner in Britain".[178]
    • David Hicks - Australian-born Guantanamo Bay detainee who converted to Islam[179] 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.[180]
    • Wesley Snipes - American actor, film producer, and martial artist.[176]

    It works both ways, so you're right: when the staunchest enemies of Islam embrace Islam that is a sign for you. It's a sign that, guess what, people change religions!! Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, the lot. But it doesn't make any of them more true.
    You're making a seperate point, that people leave Islam. Yes some do. The discussion isn't about that.

    I said that priests and learned religious men embrace Islam, i never said that footballers or actors do did i. There isn't much of a sign in that for you. I didn't say that noone has ever left Islam for you to give that reply.

    The way you're looking at it is so incredibly simple and done by you in order to not have to think and to end the matter dead in your mind.

    With many people, they could know something is the truth but they will not follow it, even though they are aware of the consequences. They will not want to step out of line and they will not want to change. These peoplle lack all self respect.

    Older than sliced bread :holmes:
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