Please remove your prejudices and/or shoes before entering…

25 May

I suggest the above to myself as much as to you. Take Islam. It should be clear, if you browse this blog under “religion” or “faith and philosophy”, that I would have a problem with the Muslim view of the Qu’ran, given my views on God and revelation in general; but in saying that I am not rejecting root and branch all that followers of that faith might do or say.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingTake MyScribbles: Write-ups of an Afghan, which I just encountered through Blog Explosion. This is one remarkable young man, whom I suspect the Taliban would not like all that much. (He’s a mad soccer fan as well.) Read with an open mind his post In Response to a Popular Islam Basher.

Before I delve into the main subject of this post, let me make this clear: I am not a ‘Muslim extremist’. I support freedom of thought and expression and I value constructive criticism. I am writing this post as a critique only…

As far as Quran’s being the absolute word of God is concerned, yes, Quran is the absolute word of God. That’s what the Muslims believe. And I can’t find anything wrong in it. And, of course, no Muslim is supposed to ‘play with it or change it’. I can’t find anything wrong with this either. On the contrary, I think if the Muslims were supposed to change the word of God, the Muslim ‘terrorists’ or ‘extremists’ would most certainly do so to legitimize their actions and hence, gain a wider popular support among ‘devout’ Muslims. Who would want that? Also, to the best of my knowledge, no one in any other religion is allowed to ‘change’ the text of a sacred book or ‘play’ with it in any other form…

…in a Muslim state, politics and religion are intertwined. Nonetheless, almost all of the ‘problems’ seen in Islamic countries have nothing to do with Islam; rather, they are caused by local tribal traditions and cultures confused to be Islamic. Forced marriages, or mandatory circumcision of girls, for example, have nothing to do with Islamic principles. Likewise, torture or rape of women are strictly forbidden in Islam. These phenomena have become characteristic of Islam because they are practiced frequently in Muslim countries…

I wish this Afghan student well. On his point “Also, to the best of my knowledge, no one in any other religion is allowed to ‘change’ the text of a sacred book or ‘play’ with it in any other form…”, I suggest he (and you) search this blog under the word “Bible.” It isn’t as simple as that, you see…

Not to me, anyway.

I see The Kashmiri Nomad has added me to his blogroll. Thanks, Nomad.

Now there is a person who is staunch in his defence of Islam as he sees it, and he also clearly has a good brain. Naturally we do not always agree. Do read Scottish, Jobless, Gay And Of Muslim Origin.

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2 responses to “Please remove your prejudices and/or shoes before entering…

  1. Lisa

    May 25, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    He’s right.

    what’s “popular” portray in the media about Islam is more of the bad mess of ignorant fools who has no basis of what the real Islam is. Most people in the middle east, for example india, pakistan and afganistan (they are all under the same traditional aspect – especially their violent history) They have mixed up the religion with their cultural referance so badly over the years and generaton, they have bastardised the religion itself. happens in the christian world too though not hard bashed by bias the media. Look over to another Islamic country and you see different things. How they actually live peacefully with other people who has different relions than them. I’m living in one.

    I blame the media for all of these mess.

  2. Owner

    May 25, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    They [Muslims] actually live peacefully with other people who has different religions than them.

    Whatever you might hear, that’s generally true in Australia as well. Glad to hear about Brunei.

    The media tend to distort everything for the sake of a “good story”. Politicians are just as bad. The entry on terrorism just below this is well worth reading on all that.

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