Muhammad Syed

Muhammad Syed

Ex-Muslims of North America

Muhammad Syed is a human rights activist, writer, speaker and community organizer. He is the founder and president of Ex-Muslims of North-America (EXMNA), the first Ex-Muslim advocacy and community building organization in North America.

Muhammad has been a human rights activist for the past decade, with a focus on efforts to normalize religious dissent and promote acceptance of secularism in Muslim communities.

Muhammad has been interviewed by BBC, Fox News, NPR, SiriusXM Insight and his work with EXMNA has been covered by the New York Times, National Post and Al-Jazeera among others.

Muhammad can be reached via Twitter or via email: [email protected]. You can read more about EXMNA at

Islam and Identity

Penn State University

What happens when cultural identity becomes inseparable from religious faith? To what extent is “Muslim” a cultural identity? The panel of ex-Muslim atheists discuss the difficulties in understanding the faith and its challenges through the lens of identity. Powered by Eventbrite


Islam: Pull and Peril

Tri-State Freethinkers

Conversions to Islam appear to be rising – as do the number of people who leave the religion altogether. In an ever-shifting landscape of faith – what are the forces pulling people in, and which drive them out? Stephanie and Muhammad will discuss how social aspects of Islam fulfill necessary human needs and desires while […]