Shady Srour

Shady Srour is back again for being the talk of the town, and, as always, for a not-so-good reason. Srour made a controversial Facebook post on February 15th that caught everyone’s attention.

In his post, he announced that he’s officially becoming an atheist and tries to explain the reasoning behind his decision, which does not make a whole lot of sense.

For a little background story, in October 2018, Srour posted a video on his Social Media platforms that has also caused a lot of controversies. Srour announced in his video that due to the excessive cyberbullying he’s received, he will be committing suicide and that the video was basically his very public suicide note.

The video has split people’s opinions, which some attacking him and claiming he’s seeking attention. While others sympathized with him and took the video as a real call for help.

Regardless of the intentions behind the video, it was a good reason for people to start having a conversation about suicide and the motives behind it.

The Atheism Post :

As we said, he announced to everyone that he has officially left his former religion “Islam”. In his post, Srour explained that he basically blames the religion for almost everything he went through from hate and bullying.

“I left Islam because of the racism and cruelty in people’s hearts; the people who are supposed to believe in God are in fact, a bunch of insincere hypocrites,”

Again, the public opinion was divided into two segments; those who feel sorry for him and those who just really don’t. 

However, this time around those who are really fed up with Srour were A LOT more! Why? Because there were numerous problems with this post – again- regardless of his intentions. 

#1: What does religion have to do with any of this? Why is he not acknowledging potential mental illnesses or maybe the fact that people just don’t like him?

For starters, what is even the relation between Islam – or any religion for that matter – and people’s personal actions and bullying?

People will always like and dislike whatever and whoever they want and will voice it in various ways. Some of which will definitely be hurtful, wrong and cruel. But this has never meant that religion is the reason why.

And since he spoke about ‘saving himself’ from suicide BY quitting Islam; again, where is the relation? Why did he not advocate mental illness for example?

The main thing that everybody knows IS the reason for his suicidal thoughts – if any – Why would he talk about how religion is the reason for all the bad in the world – as he stated – rather than his and others mental illnesses being why.

#2: Why the announcement? Honestly?

Being an atheist, a religious person or whatever one chooses to be doesn’t have ANYTHING to do – even a little bit – with OTHER PEOPLE. It’s utterly and completely a personal choice/action.

If that’s your choice then fine, why do you need validation from anyone? Why did you feel the need to announce it?

And the fact that Srour has always complained about the validation he DOESN’T get from people and yet announces his decisions online like he’s waiting for some sort of response – is in itself – very problematic. Where is the sense or the point is all this? This is very contradictory.

Additionally, Srour should be aware that he is a public figure who, whether we like it or not, has an influence on the younger generation. While everyone is free to practice what religion, or lack of it, as much as they want, he needs to be aware that he is putting his younger followers’, who will blindly follow him, lives in danger.

#3: He should know better about the extream backlash he will receive, which, again, is not doing anyone any favors:

Honestly, why does he even care about the public anymore? Yes, he’s supposed to be an online personality but he should know better already. He always gets attacked, even after posting the suicide video, he still got attacked. Nothing has changed since then.

Yet he chooses to do the same thing again and make an online announcement that he’s 100% certain is ONLY going to produce more backlash and bullying than ever. So what is REALLY the point here? Again, why tell anyone anything if you could already foresee the reactions you know you won’t like? Why upset yourself ON PURPOSE and then blame everyone?

#4: The way he’s putting everyone in danger because of a post:

So basically atheism is absolutely illegal in Egypt if you announce it. And if you insult any religion, it will legally fall under the contempt of religion accusation. It’s very evident that Srour was not even aware of that.

But what he did by writing this post is making atheists who interact with this post by any offensive comment exposed to legal actions and jail time. So again, nothing good could ever come out of such announcement, for him and others.

#5: What exactly is the message he is trying to send?

That he’s an atheist? Good for him. Religious? Good for him too! But again, why would anyone ever care about his religious beliefs? Unless it’s his family and friends, no one would support. They will all only attack, and he knows this very well because he experienced it multiple times first hand.

Okay, so is the message he’s trying to send is that Islam is the religion of racism, bullying, and cruelty? Well, we’re in 2019 and a person is only defined by his actions, not his religion, not his race, nothing else.

The only thing that makes sense is that he was trying to make people feel guilty and blame them for him quitting his religion. But again, why does he care about the public? What comes after that? Nothing, literally nothing.

Honestly, the only good thing that came out of this mess was Sherif Madkour’s Comment :

The man just summarised Srour’s post and everybody’s comments – good and bad – in one statement; bullying does not make you weaker or change who you are, it’s the opposite. It strengthens your faith in yourself and what you believe in.

UPDATE:

After a solid – and tough – 24 hours full of major online backlash, Shady Srour has posted a response video on Facebook to ‘address’ everything. And basically, the video context revolved around how people are just hateful and ugly.

But that’s not just it, after announcing in the post that sparked controversy that he has quit Islam because its people are bullies and hypocrites, Srour backtracked and declared his love for God and everyone in general; stating that Islam is innocent of all the bullies and pretentious religious people. umm, okay? At this point, we just don’t really get it anymore!

 

So what do you guys think about this? Whose fault is it? Srour, the public, or religion as he thinks or um, thought? 

 

  • Ibrahim Said

    Loved the article, and your way of writing, keep up the good work.

  • Maya

    Everything about this article is so wrong. I am not a fan of him, nor am I trying to support him in any way. It is just so unfair to say that he has done all that just to be the centre of attention, or to make people feel sorry for him.
    No one knows what he had to go through, and that’s not even our business. All I can say is that the hatred and the ignorance people have (and especially the Arabian society) is enorm. Shady has clearly said in his video several times, that Islam has nothing to do with all this ugliness that people are carrying in themselves. ”Everything in our society is wrong. People who claim to be Muslims are just Muslims by name. Islam has never taught us to act like that and to harm someone like that. This is not being Muslim. This is calling yourself Muslim, but acting like someone who doesn’t even know what Islam is.” This is what he said. And this is the truth. People are ugly, and especially as a public figure you must face all this hate every day, which is not easy. Getting death treaths, hateful message CAN destroy someones life! Can we just let him do his own thing, and let him be his own person?
    When Shady said that he left Islam, he meant that he left the Islam that people are calling Islam but not what was written in the quran or the real Islam. It sounds weird, but I kinda can understand what is meant here. Everyone is doing whatever he wants, and call it being Muslim. And shady meant he will live Islam the way it should be lived, and not like the others, who harm and judge others and then calling themselves Muslims, because this is absolutely not Islam.
    Also,imagine waking up every day to hate, this is not beautiful, in fact, it is the worst. So even if you try to not listen to those everyday death threats and to those cruel people, you will one day get weak . And especially as a public figure, you CANNOT ignore your community or the ”public”. And when you do, you won’t be able to handle that for a long time. Therfore the announcement. He needed to stand up for himself and to say that this is enough, because at the end we are all human beings.
    Besides you said that he should have known better about the extreme blakclash he will receive after that. How should he have known??? He tried to make this hate stop, and to show people that he can’t deal with that anymore. I don’t even get your point here, it makes no sense at all.
    And now to the next point, where you said that he is putting others in danger. Also, HOW? Why blaming this on him too. Your arguments are not logical AT ALL.

    So to come to an end, I do not agree to anything of what you said. He seems to be a great person, and exremly successful. The world is just full with cruelty. There are more important things that we should focus on and talk about.
    For example, have you heard that Muslim people in China are forced into concetration camps, simply because they are Muslims? I guess not, because people are busy with judging and destryong each other. 🙂 It would be more interesting, if you read about that, and maybe write about it. This is a real issue that no one is aware of.

    We should learn to love again I think, and if there is nothing nice to say, then let’s stay silent. I think this is a gooid way to live in peace.

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  • Maya

    Lol, it is funny that my comment got deleted.
    You probably should learn to deal with criticism, even though I just had another opinion than yours and didn’t agree to what you said. This was not even criticism, just another way of thinking that you couldn’t accept.
    And I bet that this comment will get deleted too. Silly.

  • Kanzy

    I don’t get why him sharing the fact that he became an atheist (even if nobody cares) is putting his “young followers’ lives in danger” ??

    • Maya

      Yeah, right? That doesn’t make any sense to me either.

  • Maya

    Everything about this article is so wrong. I am not a fan of him, nor am I trying to support him in any way. It is just so unfair to say that he has done all that just to be the centre of attention, or to make people feel sorry for him.

    No one knows what he had to go through, and that’s not even our business. All I can say is that the hatred and the ignorance people have (and especially the Arabian society) is enorm. Shady has clearly said in his video several times, that Islam has nothing to do with all this ugliness that people are carrying in themselves. ”Everything in our society is wrong. People who claim to be Muslims are just Muslims by name. Islam has never taught us to act like that and to harm someone like that. This is not being Muslim. This is calling yourself Muslim, but acting like someone who doesn’t even know what Islam is.” This is what he said. And this is the truth. People are ugly, and especially as a public figure you must face all this hate every day, which is not easy. Getting death threats, hateful message CAN destroy someone’s life! Can we just let him do his own thing, and let him be his own person?
    When Shady said that he left Islam, he meant that he left the Islam that people are calling Islam but not what was written in the quran or the real Islam. It sounds weird, but I kinda can understand what is meant here. Everyone is doing whatever he wants, and call it being Muslim. And shady meant he will live Islam the way it should be lived, and not like the others, who harm and judge others and then calling themselves Muslims, because this is absolutely not Islam.
    Also,imagine waking up every day to hate, this is not beautiful, in fact, it is the worst. So even if you try to not listen to those everyday death threats and to those cruel people, you will one day get weak . And especially as a public figure, you CANNOT ignore your community or the ”public”. And when you do, you won’t be able to handle that for a long time. Therefore the announcement. He needed to stand up for himself and to say that this is enough, because at the end we are all human beings.
    Besides you said that he should have known better about the extreme black lash he will receive after that. How should he have known??? He tried to make this hate stop, and to show people that he can’t deal with that anymore. I don’t even get your point here, it makes no sense at all.
    And now to the next point, where you said that he is putting others in danger. Also, HOW? Why blaming this on him too. Your arguments are not logical AT ALL.

    So to come to an end, I do not agree to anything of what you said. He seems to be a great person, and extremely successful. The world is just full with cruelty. There are more important things that we should focus on and talk about.
    For example, have you heard that Muslim people in China are forced into concentration camps, simply because they are Muslims? I guess not, because people are busy with judging and destroying each other. 🙂 It would be more interesting, if you read about that, and maybe write about it. This is a real issue that no one is aware of.
    We should learn to love again I think, and if there is nothing nice to say, then let’s stay silent. I think this is a good way to live in peace.

    • Hello Maya,

      First off, your comment was not deleted. We are unsure as to why it’s not showing. I’m assuming it’s because it’s a lengthy comment and might have been counted as spam? Either way, we are looking into the technicality of it.

      Secondly, we appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us. While I am not the author of this article, I wanted to reply about the part of putting his young fans in danger. We meant by it the fans who will follow him blindly, and will face the backlash from their society, and legally as well.

    • Also please bear in mind that the article was written before his video, which we updated the article with.

  • Amr Ahmad

    i am not hating or anything but he is really craving attention he should stop interacting with public for a while and start working on himself