Sunday, July 01, 2007

two latino ex-muslims

I would disagree with several of the comments made by GustavoMustafa (an Iranian-Afghan/Mexican ex-Muslim) over at in his very brief post Latino Islam Esquina: Recognizing the Feminine in Divinity but I think he has some interesting things to say about cultural difference.

From Islam to Unitarian Universalism by Hafidha Acuay made me a little sad. Acuay was raised as an Afro-Latina Muslim but eventually made her way to U-U. I hope that Muslims are able to read her story as a cautionary tale about some of the failings and inconsistencies of the Muslim community and what some of the consequences are.

related Grenada links:
living islam out loud
return to guadalupe
different trajectories: quraysh ali lansana


arabic_latina said...

How do we know Gustavo is an ex-Muslim? I guess I didn't pick it up.

Abdul-Halim V. said...

Hmmm... I started to write a response to your excellent question but then realized that the picture is more complicated than I thought at first.. but basically I have also read a bunch of other posts by Gustavo and in one of them he specifically says that he is 'no longer Muslim' 'Islam is culturally not my thing' and 'I formally "apostate"'.

In other recent posts, he is also critical of certain beliefs which many Muslims would consider absolutely essential for faith.

But in subsequent posts it is possible he might identify as a Muslim, which is what makes the picture more complicated. I guess it isn't totally clear to me how he identifies religiously at the moment.

sondjata said...

Props for the post.notch up for you on the intellectual honesty meter.

Abdul-Halim V. said...

Thanks for the comment.

arabic_latina said...

I found Gustavo intersting because we share a similiar ethnic background. I'm Patani/ Pakistani/Salvadorena. Naive as I was, years ago I thought my sisters and I were the only ones that shared our diversity. I can certainty say that Gustavo and the other ex-sister aren't the only heard of cases. Allah yahdi man yasha.