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Why do religious people leave religion

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I know a person who was very religious I’d say but speaking to him I was shocked to find out he did drugs commited zina and drank alcohol. I never would have expected it from him as he came from a religious background and was a junior teacher at a mosque. Why do people like this end up leaving religion 

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As salaamun aleikum,

Im just going to throw a few possibilities out there.

 Having academic knowledge of religion and running through the motions doesnt equal spirituality or elevation. A person can perform all sorts of religious acts, but it doesnt mean any of it has penetrated their heart.

Theres also the issue of people being "surface muslims", and only following the religion to a certain extent. For the most part, they go along with the religious edicts, but when it comes to the point of having to pass on something they REALLY desire, such as an islamically illegitimate relationship, everything goes out the window.

Another very important issue is substance use..drugs, alcohol, etc. This is a door that for many, once its opened is EXTREMELY hard to close. You may have heard that addiction can be genetic, where some people are born with a genetic predisposition towards substance use. Once they have the first taste of being under the influence, it starts a horrendous and unquenchable desire to seek out that substance and ingest it. Many people who fall into this trap will lose YEARS of their life going back and forth between periods of use/abuse and sobriety. Some end up comitting crimes to pay for their drug habit, or are forced through the legal system to go into rehabs and attend 12 step programs. The saying: "1 is too many and a thousand is never enough"  is a lesson that can take a lot of trial and error to realize, that getting high "just this 1 time", is enough to get a person stuck on the substance quite possibly til the end of their life, which is where the "and a thousand is never enough" comes in, because the person can not stop after " just this 1 time."

Another issue is some people have had horrendous things happen to them as children, like physical or sexual abuse, violence, psychological,mental or emotional abuse or neglect. When these issues go unresolved, many times these people turn to all sorts of behaviors such as drugs, alcohol, illicit relations, etc to mask the pain they are in. This behavior many times continues until they resolve the childhood pain and trauma they experienced.

Im not saying your friend definetly falls into these categories or a combination of these, i only wanted to share a few of the possibilities that unfortunately can be reasons for why what you mentioned could occur. 

May Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) guide your friend and help all those suffering from these problems, and may we as people never engage in these behaviors nor be of those who perpetrate abuse upon others, ESPECIALLY upon children.

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Some people might be acting religious to gain peoples trust like it happens with all religions. But in reality they are with their Satan's and making their own plots. 

To put it simple, nobody knows who is religious or not Only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). 

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