Infidel is ultimately the story of a courageous women’s triumph over adversity, and the escape from the clutches of religious enslavement. Ayaan candidly recounts the story of her early Muslim childhood in Somalia, the brutal religiously inspired, female circumcision she was forced to undergo, growing up under dictatorial regimes in four African countries, her flight from an enforced marriage to seek asylum in the Netherlands, and her awakening as a free person.
No one can fail to be inspired by this women, and fear for her safety after being forced to flee yet again for sanctuary in the United States, due to death threats from Islamic fundamentalists. Her eventual adoption of Atheism is really no surprise.
Humans themselves are the source of good and evil, I thought. We must think for ourselves; we are responsible for our own morality. I arrived at the conclusion that I couldn’t be honest with others unless I was honest with myself. I wanted to comply with the goals of religion, which are to be a better and more generous person, without suppressing my will and forcing it to obey inhuman rules. I would no longer lie, to myself or others. I had had enough of lying . I was no longer afraid of the Hereafter.