A reminder that the freedom of religion that so many of us take for granted is not a universal right.
“When I was born, the strength of atheism was already declining in the Soviet Union. Yet, the ghost of atheism, and horrible memories of the Stalinist assault on Islam and Muslims were still very alive in the hearts of people.
School children, in order to get good marks, were obliged to proclaim their godlessness at every possible occasion like concluding their essays with a clear proclaim that there is no God or exalting the atheist Communist regime. Since the punishment for practicing Islam was severe, our parents were silent about our Islamic identity.”