A MAN who received death threats after renouncing his faith wants to reach out to other people like him.
Imtiaz Shams grew up in a Muslim family in Ilford in the late 1990s and early 2000s, going to school in Hainault and Seven Kings.
The 28-year-old says he was “very religious” as a youngster, always reading books about Islam and going to the mosque.
But as he approached his twenties, Mr Shams started to question things.
He said: “Every Muslim has questions about their faith when they they’re growing up, and that’s totally fine.
“But as I got older and my critical thinking developed, I started to doubt whether the answers I was getting really made sense anymore.”
Despite having doubts, Mr Shams did not actually consider leaving his faith until several years later.
He said: “Even though I wanted to leave, I had absolutely no idea how. [East London and West Essex Guardian] Read more