Have there been Muslims who preach Islam in a way that makes you want to vomit, or even consider apostasy? Have there been people coming at you with those big beards, throwing Quran verses and hadiths at you for a shock effect? Do you live in a Muslim country where scholars refuse to denounce domestic violence, honor killings, oppression of non-muslims, women, and other shameful acts? Do you live in a Muslim country where their views of Islam are shaped by the culture and ways of life? And when you object to them, they say you're misguided, or just a non-Muslim for not following them? Doesn't it annoy you that so many misguided people use this religion to promote hatred and bloodshed? Doesn't it annoy you how so many people in this religion overreact and resort to extreme measures? Doesn't it annoy you MORE when those who engage in any of the above cause Muslims to become insecure about Islam, and even become apostates?

If you think people leave Islam just because they want to drink or have sex outside of marriage, then you're an idiot. You fit in with the above morons who think they're getting extra judgment day points by using Islam to suit their emotions and stupidity. It's becoming increasingly difficult to remain a part of this ummah with all the lunatics we sadly produce. And if you can't see this then YOU HAVE NO FAITH, and you don't want to admit the problems that are affecting many young Muslims.

It's becoming increasingly difficult to be a Muslim today because of what happens in the name of our religion. Every single day someone or some group does something ridiculous in the name of Islam. And you know what? Those morons who use this religion for violence, hatred, stupidity, and oppression DON'T CARE what we have to go through. To them, they're doing God a favor by presenting Islam this way. They think they're getting extra judgment day points by causing hatred and fear!

It is so painful to see how many bullies we have in this religion of ours. We have people in Islam who show no mercy, who are unforgiving, who will do their best to bring you down, who will do their best to embarrass you, who will do their best to insult and degrade. It makes me wonder, how are we suppose to have inner peace and full confidence in Islam when these people are running around and targeting us?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The difference between a cultual Muslim and a non-cultural Muslim

People might be mislead by the term "cultural". It usually refers to those who aren't religious and use Islam only for things like marriages, funerals, the occasional prayer, community identifying, and so on. But that's not what cultural means here. What I want to draw attention to is that many of us living in developed western countries view Islam from a cultural-free perspective. We practice the religion without any cultural interference. Those who are a part of this category are called "non-cultural Muslims". We have many rights and freedoms here, and these are not available in many of our own muslim countries. Many of our countries view Islam from their own cultural and tribal values. It can range from things drinking alcohol, belly dancing, marriages to actual Qurans (happen in tribal areas of Pakistan) to much more serious things like murder, rape, and suppression of rights and freedoms (like passing laws on women and non-muslims) which are unfortunately evident in many of our "Islamic" countries. These are the cultural muslims.

There is NO DOUBT, that the place we live in influences our views of Islam. Those of us living in the west don't relate our culture to our religion, and many of those who live in Muslim countries do. So obviously those engaging in the horrible acts and those who live in western countries cause cultural clashes. They claim we don't follow Islam because we don't attack others, or call people out for what they do (if you disagree with those Pakistanis who put up videos of actresses and news anchors then you're a kaffir for not agreeing with them), or don't spread bloodshed. They call us out for not supporting the Taliban, Al Queda, or ISIS. You can find these people posting this crap from their countries via facebook, youtube, forums (like ummah.com). On the other hand there's us, who can understand Islam PURELY because we live in places where's there's many cultures, united under one national culture of peace, tolerance, rights etc. Whats especially more disappointing is when we have "scholars" who also engage in that idiotic behavior. Saudi scholars are afraid of women driving and working, and Pakistani scholars never condemn domestic violence, honor killings, killings of minorities etc. And in Libya there's a scholar (can't remember his name, but he's out there if you google about his behavior) who said those who support women voting or working are flat-out apostates. Its the CULTURE that causes these people to think the way that they do.

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