I was so engrossed in writing my novel last night that I did not realize that U-jean is online. My concentration on writing my novel was disrupted for a while by the message that she sent. She sent me the url for the video above, and suddenly I felt human again, as I’m given another thing to speak up for, which is, control, choices and women. While writing a novel these days seems like a task to me but writing non-fiction articles is not, I suddenly wonder if I finally lost my touch in writing novels and romantic fictions. Words flow easily when I write non-fiction things or things that’s regarding to what’s going on around me or around the world. I actually stopped writing my bloody NaNoWriMo novel for a while so that I’m able to write this one. I wonder what has become of me. Perhaps, age is catching up on me, and I am no longer oblivious to what’s going on around me.
To fully understand what I will be ranting about this time, you readers would have to watch the youtube video above.
As I mention repeatedly in my previous entries ever since I started this weblog, I am not a religious person, and very far from being religious. I feel that I have a lot more to learn about religions of the world, and I prefer to keep my mind open. I embrace the idea that all religion are good and beautiful in their own way. I try my best to do good deeds in my life not because I fear hellfire or retribution in my afterlife, but it’s because I’m raise to live my life with clear conscience and with moral values.
I have always believed that every religion is beautiful in it’s own way. Islam included. Islam itself means peace and according to history that has been dictate, Islam has liberate many men and saved so many women from being sold off as slaves. Not to mention stop baby girls from being buried alive as society back then see girls as a liability rather than assets. Islam has changed the life of many. The teaching itself is meant to bring peace to the world and change the people to be better human beings. Islam thought people about patience, tolerance and respect.
Yes, indeed, Islam is a beautiful religion. But in the quest for power, human beings make use of the religion to oppress one another, going against the real teaching of Islam where Muslims are supposed to love mankind, not violate the ones who do not share the same faith as them. Human use Islam to control the weaker ones. Women are usually victims in the quests for power and monopoly. Women are silenced by the voices who uses holy writings to force women to submit to their wimps. Women are denied their freedom to live like a human beings, instead, women are forced to live like men’s possession, regardless of their contributions and roles in the modern world.
Some humans who prayed five times a day was convinced that they are guaranteed eternal bliss in heaven during their afterlife. It is good to have something to believe in, such as afterlife, but what is not good about it that the fact that they feel secure and blessed by God makes them conceited, and instead of showing the beauty of Islam to people who do not share the same faith, they mock and insulted the ones who do not share the same faith with them.
Feeling so powerful that they are guaranteed a good afterlife by praying and following sunnah, they feel that they are superior, and so, they demand that the rest of the world follow their lead. They feel that is the right thing to do, and they are convinced that the Holy Quran requires them to spread the good faith through demanding people to follow their lead.
That is not right, isn’t it? The Prophet Muhammad himself spread Islam through gentle teaching. He showed to the world that Islam is beautiful because it’s not about forcing people, it’s not about gaining power, but it’s all about gentle persuasion, leading by good example, and protecting the weak. According to history, he never force people to be a Muslim, but showed them Islamic way of life until people fell in love with the religion itself because of the peaceful and protective characteristic.
And yet, why do we have people forcing others to believe in what they do not believe in a rather harsh way? It’s either you believe it, or we’ll condemn you, that’s what human these days do. Why can’t they follow the prophet’s footstep when they are spreading Islam?
Why do people around the world clashes with each other because of religion and what they believe in? Major wars are caused by religion…. The Crusaders versus the Jihads….no I’m wrong, religion do not clash with each other. No religion promotes war and disrespect towards one another, it’s human that uses religion’s name in vain to violate one another and in the process, destroy each other’s civilization and take away many innocent lives in the process.
The calls for peace are all but rudely ignored. Like what the lady said in the video, it’s about time the Muslim think about what they could contribute to the world, not demand the world follow their wimps or demand people to share same beliefs as them.
But to me, it’s not just the Muslim who should think of what they could contribute to the world to make the world a better place to live in, but everyone should think of what they could offer to the world and live in peace with one another instead of trampling the weaker ones or demand others believe in what they believed in.
Cleffairy: God create mankind to be at peace and harmony with each other and religion as a way of life. But why human beings are constantly disrupting peace and uses religion’s name in vain?