Free Hearts, Free Minds
Free Hearts, Free Minds is run by Yasmine Mohammed and a group of generous people dedicated to helping individuals who have left Islam yet are living in Islamic countries.
FHFM offers six sessions with a dedicated ex-Muslim Life Coach to support apostates in Muslim-majority countries.
Your generous donation will help people in dire situations with nowhere else to turn. To learn more about FHFM, please visit our website: www.freeheartsfreeminds.com
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Yasmine Mohammed and the FHFM team
Before embarking on the coaching sessions, I was in a weird space of self-destructive behaviour and self-blame; I was working on fully isolation myself from everything. My relationship with my family was at the peak of chaos; life was nothing but a grey blank page. This seemed to be the overall situation of each chapter of my life. Mentally I think I was depressed, a form of depression at least. I was also physically weak due to stopping the gym and this was due to not having enough mental strength to do anything.
After the 6 coaching sessions I can clearly say that I'm more open to life and feel fresh. I’m doing my best to engage with my family more and get to understand them from a different perspective; the way that we explored in our sessions. I have got back to the gym already and that has made me feel even better. I can say that now I have a spark of hope.
The sessions helped me to understand how powerful it is in life to develop your own understanding and to be coachable. I would love to learn more about the techniques you used in the sessions, they were amazing to say the least and I found them very beneficial.
I loved the feeling that there was someone who would listen and understand what I was going through. To have someone there each week who was willing to be there and guide you a bit through this grey tunnel during this time in my life. It means a lot to feel that there are some good people around, people who are actually willing to be there for you.
I can't thank you and all the people who have made the coaching possible enough. Thank you to you and all of them.
Hope you’ve been well. A big thank you to you and everyone who made the coaching sessions possible.
Before the sessions I was feeling depressed, trapped, and hopeless. I felt as though I have exhausted all my efforts working with what skills I had and I wanted to do something about it and needed help. Also, I was in a state of paranoia about being found out as an Atheist because I felt like I could not contain my anger and newly developed hatred toward religion.
For a Saudi ex-muslim woman inside Saudi Arabia, life is not much different out of the faith than within the faith, unless you’re privileged enough to have access to places where expats or royals practice their freedoms within the country. You have to fake religiosity in front of your community and family. For me, I was barely able to get my parents to accept that I no longer want to wear the niqab (veil). If I wanted to take the hijab off altogether, I don’t think they would ever accept it. Every Saudi ex-Muslim woman that I know (through social media) fakes being Muslim and could never dare to admit atheism to family members.
Since our sessions I am in a much better place. My circumstances have changed, so now I am not in the same environment that I was in when I started getting coaching. Now I have more control over my time, and I have more space away from my family. I am now busy with studying again and I have developed new online friendships that I keep contact with everyday. I feel like my mental health has improved. My thoughts now are focused on future plans toward more independence.
Through the sessions I have learned more how to better communicate and empathize with my parents (Transactional Analysis). I was also encouraged to make ex-Muslim friends, which pushed me to do so. I have joined social media groups for Arab Atheists and we talk and share news/memes/books daily, which helps me feel less lonely.
What I liked best about the sessions was being able to speak without fear or judgement. I also liked learning about Transactional Analysis.
Thank you for everything. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Thank you for your help, it was really something I needed, I saw good results in only 6 weeks which is incredible.
Before the sessions I felt that I was hopeless and I was giving up, my anxiety was winning and I didn't do anything to fix that and even the smallest problems made me feel like a total loser.
Today I started to see the cup half full.
I have the tools to fight negative thoughts. I feel happier and stronger and I can see myself having a better life in the future which wasn't the case before. I'm planning to join a gym soon and I focus on having a good diet. I'm mentally stable and it's affecting my physical health in a really good way.
Now I have the courage to improve myself, deal with life and I’m no longer having the loser mentality. I can control my emotions and I keep trying even when I have bad days.
Thanks to the coaching I developed a positive way of thinking and I figured out what was exactly wrong in my life. I want to fix myself, become the best version of myself and remove depressive thoughts from my life.
I developed the will to fight for my happiness, I’m able to see life clearer.
I realized how naïve I was and how I only focused on negative things.
I was lost because I didn't know what was exactly wrong with me and thanks to the coaching, I know what caused my depression/anxiety and I can finally work on solving these problems.
I was excited to do the session every week and talk with you. The sessions were literally mind blowing because of the reactions I had doing the exercises. It was also entertaining and I didn't feel time passing.
It was a pleasure talking to you and I’m really glad and lucky for getting your help. I wish you the best. Thank you to you and everyone at free hearts free minds for making this happen.
L. Sido Algeria