Iranian founder of German ex-Muslim atheist/agnostic organization living under police protection following death threats to her and other members
The founder of a group in Germany for former Muslims has sought police protection after receiving death threats.
Mina Ahadi, a native of Iran living in Cologne, said about three dozen people have joined the Central Council of Ex-Muslims.
“I happened to be born in a Muslim family, and I have decided not to be a Muslim,” she told the magazine Focus.Ahadi said she and other members of the group have been “terrorized” and have received death threats, most of them sent via e-mail.
Founder of ex-Muslim group threatened
United Press International, February 23, 2007
Even in Europe, the departure from the belief among Muslims, a taboo. It takes place behind closed doors if necessary – and woe to him who does not respect this rule. This has just learned to live in exile in Germany and Iranian human rights activist Mina Ahadi. She has worked with about forty other former Muslims, the Central Council of Ex-Muslims created to warn of the problem carefully. Now she lives under police protection.
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A week ago, then the police turned to Ahadi. It was declared a personal protection – such as the Green Party politician Ekin Deligöz, who had recently asked Muslim women in Germany to drop the headscarf and thus drawn the ire of the Islamists themselves.
Pioneer for Leaving Islam protected after threats
Anna Reimann, Der Spiegel, February 21, 2007 (Machine translated from original German)
Revered as a holy family in Turkey, the “descendant of Muhammad” from the Kurdish minority seek asylum in Germany. They convert to Christianity whilst in Germany and receive death threats from Muslims
A Turk who claims to be a descendant of Islam’s prophet Muhammad has converted to Christianity while living in Germany.
But Sedar Dedeoglu, of Luedenscheid, now faces a threat to his life if he’s forced to return to Turkey, and is seeking help from German authorities.
Dedeoglu, who is involved in Christian outreach programs among Muslims, has been receiving death threats from Muslims unwilling to accept his conversion. His relatives also regard the apostasy as shameful.
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For Muslims, he said, it is undeniable Dedeoglu descends from Muhammad’s daughter Fatima and her husband Ali. In Dedeoglu’s hometown, Elazig, in eastern Turkey they used to be revered as a holy family. According to Seitter, the apostasy of a family member is regarded as an insult of the prophet himself.
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Dedeoglu came to Germany in 1997 and asked for asylum because of political persecution of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. Four years later, he and his family converted to the Christian faith. They are members of an Evangelical Brethren church.
Descendant of Muhammad converts to Christianity
WND, July 2, 2007