I don’t want religion in my life, But …

I get email notifications of blogs I follows, yes, I’m that lame, I still use email notifications once in a while, and honestly, I find it cute to wake up to a new post by someone you care about, despite the fact that you never met them before. The Pink Agenda author, who is an interesting person, usually, with posts that are sometimes too personal for me to understand, wrote an hour ago this post: Is Islam Evil & Why Does Muhammad Look Mongolian?.

I read the post on my email, then gave it another read on his site, before I wrote him a comment. As a person who comes from a Muslim background, I felt like he sees Muslim people like this:

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While, honestly speaking, Muslim people are more like this:

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Yes. Muslims are a nation of family guys, with lots of misconceptions about the world, falling from the skies without parachutes and trying to enjoy it. Honestly speaking, they’re not all the bearded men you see on your TV waving guns and promising destruction on the safe families back in the States, and to steal your child’s lollipop while they are at it; those men exist, yet, they are a very small percentage of the Muslim community. I kid you not, I did not think that I’d ever write a post defending Islam, that religion basically was curl to my mother (and every woman I know), it was the reason why my father and I don’t see eye-to-eye on anything, especially that fact that I’m gay, and also the reason why I hated Fridays when I was young. You imagine to wear a dress-like thing called Abbayya and put a stupid hat on that mess up your hair and go to the mosque for two hours while some clerk is speaking in a sleepy voice. Yet, what religion is not exactly that, anyway? Isn’t Christianity all about Sunday Church and being anti-gay? Isn’t Judaism all about funny hats, hating on women and messed up hair?

Anyway, here is my comment on that article; I hope that it would open up a conversation here.

I was born to a Muslim father, and I know Quran by heart, and while I consider myself to have my own relation with whatever-higher-power-out-there, I still do not see Islam as a religion that calls for violence. The parts of Quran that you speak of, calling for Jihad, also comes with lots of undoubtable phrases that such Jihad should be done while not harming a woman, a child, an old man or even a tree. That Jihad should be done by the order of a reasoning leader, and done for the reason of spreading the word of Islam in other nations (which can be done by a TV channel nowadays, if someone is interested in such a matter) or to protect other Muslims around the world.
I don’t think that we should paint any violence done by any individual according to what religion they believe in. I know this will sound silly, but it’s like blaming McDonald’s for every fat man dying of a heart attack!
That said! I do not justify the Boston attack at all, and I consider it an act of terrorism: yet, the religion of the criminals who are behind it should not be an issue to discuss at all; they took their own sickness out on people, the religion was their justification. If they weren’t aware of Islam, they would be serial killers, or murderers, yet, they used Islam as a way to justify their hideous acts to themselves; and we should not encourage other people to use the fact that they were Muslims to also justify an attack on a certain religion; that’s sectarianism.

Finally, I don’t consider myself a Muslim, and I do believe that Islam has its faults and has its good sides, and I do believe that it’s faults are more than its good deeds, yet still, it’s a religion that is still developing itself, maybe in 600 years we would see an Islam that is closer to the current understandings of liberal Christians.

I, personally, do not need religion in my life, yet some people might need it; and there is no religion that is better than the other; there are religions that passed by the timeframe needed for it to be civilized, while others are still in the process.

Also, I leave you with this video, in part because it’s super funny, and also, because it somehow speaks about this kind of discrimination when the guy pretending to be Princess Jasmine speaks about her lost Aladdin, saying things like:

Hey, I’m OK, but I’m slightly scared. My husband’s a mark for the War on Terror. Aladdin was taken by the CIA. We’re not Taliban, you’ve got the wrong man in Guantanamo Bay. Prince Ali, where could he be, drowning in wawa! Interrogation from the nation of the “free”! Bin Laden’s taken the fall, We’re not trained pilots at all, Jafar went crazy and no one put up a fuss. We’re for freedom, Genie can vouch for us.
Bush was crazy, Obama’s lazy, al-Qaeda’s not in this country!! Set free my Prince Ali!!!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Prince Laila
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 14:05:36

    Love your respond.

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  2. elmerfgantry
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 14:30:41

    Great post, and this is something that can’t be repeated enough. Scrolling through my reader feed I’ve already seen a few posts from people who basically believe they can’t trust any Muslims because of the extremist actions of a few, and I think it is so sad. I also wrote a little about this from another perspective the other day. I just hope we don’t give in to these stereotypes and misconceptions, because they can be as dangerous as the terrorists who lead people to believe them in the first place.

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  3. roughseasinthemed
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 06:16:03

    Thank you for your comment over on Pink’s. Thought I would check out yours and reply on here rather than drag out the conversation over there. It goes without saying that I agree with your post.

    I’ve lived in a lot of Islamic communities. Still do. We have two Christian cathedrals (one Protestant, one Catholic), a Jewish synagogue and an Islamic mosque all within a stone’s throw of each other. Shops I visit are Indian (could be Christian, could be Hindu, who knows? – and who cares more to the point), Jewish or Moroccan Muslim. The point is that I don’t see any disharmony or suspicion. Racism yes, but that’s a different issue.

    I do agree with the basic tenet of Pink’s argument, but I don’t see any religion as worse than another, they are all a nuisance in my view, ie the big three. Your point about Islam coming of age is a good one. Is today’s terrorism the equivalent of the auot-da-fé, the witch burning etc? And yet, Christians are still killing people anyway, in Papua New Guinea for example, or even in America where Christians have killed abortion medical staff.

    I’m slightly biased, as I happen to love Islamic architecture, which obviously we have a lot of in Andalucía. At the time they were ruling here, they did a remarkable job (probably better than the Spaniards!) and according to what I have read, they were tolerant (back then) of other religions. Unlike the Catholics, who expelled anyone who wasn’t Catholic or wouldn’t convert (eg Jews and Moors). We can still see all the terracing on the hillsides created by the Moors so many years ago.

    I always find it odd that religion can inspire such wonderful works of art (music, art, architecture) and at the same time inspire such violence and repression.

    My bottom line is that a) I’m not religious b) I have no need for it (like you) c) they are all bad because they want to interfere in my life and tell me what to do. That’s a selfish perspective, so I’ll add that I equally disagree with all the homophobic claptrap they come out with too. That’s where Pink made an extremely valid point about them wanting to control people.

    The sensible approach would be to take the good, tolerant and respectful parts out of any religion and just ignore the rubbish. Some people do that luckily. Unfortunately others choose the bad parts.

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  4. SamaSays
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 06:34:06

    Hey there,
    thanks for the lovely comment, I really appreciate you passing by, I agree with you on so many levels.
    I wish I can come and visit Andalucia myself, to be honest, I was always mesmerized by the beauty of the arts done by religions in general. I believe such a beauty shows that religion is a tool rather than a goal; if you used the religion in a a positive way, you’d have the beautiful art we see in the Vatican city and in Andalucia and back in Damascus, if you used it the wrong way, there is 9.11 for you.
    Anyways, great seeing you here, and looking forward to get to know you. 🙂

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  5. catlover311
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 09:16:18

    Well said Danny! I’m with you on this!

    Reply

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