SYRIA – A woman who says she is Muslim but not a Muslim has told the BBC she is “not proud” of being a Muslim and is hoping to change that.
The woman, identified only as Khadija, told the broadcaster she was born in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo to a Syrian father and an Egyptian mother.
Her parents divorced when she was young and she says she was raised by her mother, who is a member of the minority Yazidi sect, before her father remarried.
Khadija’s mother, also a member in the minority sect, has not returned to the area she once called home.
“I am not proud of being Muslim because I am Muslim.
I was born and raised Muslim,” she said.”
We were Muslims.
But we are Christians.
I am a Christian, but I am not a Christian.”
Khadijan, who was born to a Turkish mother and an Iraqi father, has now married her husband and is now a member on a mission to convert her parents to Christianity.
She told the programme: “I want to change them.
My parents are Turkish.
I think I should be Muslim.
But not a Catholic.
I’m not proud.
I have my own beliefs.
I just want to get rid of them.”
The woman also told the program she has been forced to marry her own father because he is “totally against Islam”.
She told Channel 4: “The father has been a slave to the religion of the city.
The mother was a slave.
I do not have any respect for the father.”
The BBC spoke to Khadijans parents on Saturday.
She said her father is from a different family to hers, but she has lived with him for years.
She said her parents have a son and she has “no regrets” about her family.
“My parents are good people.
My father is a good person.
I can’t change anything.
I will not give up,” she added.”
But I want to make it clear to the people who say to me, ‘you are a Muslim, you are a Christian’, I will say, ‘I’m not a person of faith’.”
Khadiji is now studying in the university of Aleppo and hopes to become a doctor.