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  • Qomsa 4:11 pm on September 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: belief, convection, english, faith, freedom, , , Islam I love and Muslims I don’t!, , muslims, non-muslims, , , , westerners   

    Islam I love and Muslims I don’t! 

    Well, as you may have guessed from the title, again, it’s about Islam and Muslims.
    First, let’s introduce myself, even though I don’t have to .However, I find it better giving an idea of where I come from and what I stand for before getting into the point.
    Briefly, I am someone who was born to a Muslim family, all of whom are lovely practice, religious people and so do I, practice religious but not lovely, though.

    Secondly, I am here about to rebuke Muslims not Islam, so if you don’t like to be criticized you’d better stop reading. Believing that Islam is above all criticism, I firmly believe that Muslims aren’t. They are people like any other fellow human beings bound to make mistakes and do wrongs. In another words, they are fallible as all humans, who isn’t but God?

    In Islam we taught that religion, there, in God definition is “Islam” إن الدين عن الله الاسلام .

    Though I absolutely believe so, I also believe that Judaism, Christianity are part of it, otherwise, we wouldn’t have had to believe in God’s angels, books, messengers as it says in Qura’n
    آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللّهِ وَمَلآئِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لاَ نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّن رُّسُلِهِ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ(285). سورة البقرة

    “The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.”

    To clarify what I have just said, here an example: let’s take the number “one” in English and “waheed” in Arabic, they are both entirely different from each other, they don’t have the same spelling, pronunciation. Yet, they are synonyms. Both of which are Numbers, can be added, subtracted, divided, and multiplied. Both have absolutely the same value.

    My main concern is “Certainty”, which we, Muslims, are so sure that we all right while everybody else is not. In the main time, Westerners when they challenge Islam, which I personally believe it’s their absolute right to do so; they tend to be blind about its virtue or mistakenly denying it altogether.

    Impartially speaking, we both Muslims and Non-Muslims should come to a compromise! Neither a compromise that lead to Muslim giving up their faith, that not what I meant at all, nor not to express their conventions or to Non-Muslims be less critics about Islam. What I mean is a compromise where Muslims believe in their divine message while not rejecting or denying others from having their own expressed.

    To be as Muslims welling to admit our faults and mistakes as they happen, because the only infallible is God himself, while Non-Muslims ought to be impartial in their critics. Not to take texts out of their contexts and blame Muslim on being the reasons of the world’s misery. As well as, they must differentiate between freedom of expression and crime of abuse and misleading.

     

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  • Qomsa 7:37 am on July 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: democracy, Democracy is the solution, , , freedom, , liberty, , , tunisia   

    Democracy is the solution. 

    What is happening in the Middle East? Well, that is a very long story, people of the Middle East I know, or the ones I thought I knew, were mired in a stagnant political situation.
    Everything, however, has dramatically changed since the popular uprising, starting in Tunisia and spreading out like wildfire. So far hurling two of the long serving tyrants and soon the rest will follow.
    Peoples have been taking to street en masse in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria crying for democracy, which it here in the west is taken for granted, risking not only being jailed and tortured, but also risking their own lives. Surely, things will not go back as they were.
    But, will the upheaval bring about prosperity to the masses? In Libya, after months of extreme violence and severe torture, arbitrary arrest, extrajudicial killing and abductions, protesters fortunately resorted to violence, which will not lead to anything. Nevertheless, people elsewhere are taking some serious steps towards real democracy as in Tunisia and somewhat in Egypt that hopefully will stabilize the situation and entice businesses into investing in those countries.
    So far as people are pressurizing for freedom, clearly no one can undermine their demand. But what if through election and democratic process we end up with another despotic leader or party, which in fact, can not be ruled out.
    So what is the solution? “Democracy or no democracy”! As a believer in democracy, I’ll go for it. I choose democracy, liberty, freedom of expression over the so called security, even if it may be wrong. However, before we plunge into excessive optimism, we must know that development takes time and so does democracy. And prior to any party may, in due course, swoop the power; we must make sure it will not be able to vitiate others whether they are Christian, Shia, and Bha’a minorities or political parties.
    To do so, old constitutions must be superseded with ones that assure tolerance, freedom and the rule of law as well as preventing any party from wielding despotic power at any time and dividing authorities among different entities.

    Then, and only then, does the course of fair elections take place. No matter who leads the cart passengers will be delighted to reach their destination.

     
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