Religion: An afterthought

Just to be clear to readers, regarding my previous post “Religion,” when I say the word ‘religion’ in any post I’m generally referring not just to the current Islamic religious institution (except in cases when I clearly name Islam straight up), but to other orthodox religious institutions as well, including the Church for instance. For me, many of these institutions in my part of the world are radical, perhaps for reasons that have to do more with application than anything else, or so it seems. That said, sometimes revered and holy texts play a part too. But I’m not here to hand down verdicts, pit one religion against another or decide which faith invites more condemnation or praise.

I choose to talk about my own experience, and I’m only responsible for that.

Hopefully, one day, others, whatever their faiths are, or those who have left the faith, revised their approach to it or still cling to it for reasons they know best, can open up and talk about their experiences too, honestly. Be they Muslim, Coptic, atheist, Baha’i, agnostic, Jewish, or Hindu. No religion is above critique, and none is void of some good as well.

My words and anecdotes, from here on, should not be taken as a pretext to “prove” the flaw of this religion or that, or as a launch pad for blame or as a means to boast about the superiority of one ideology or thought over another. At the end of the day, whatever the original thought maybe, if its application or processing are flawed, if questioning is absent, and genuine doubts and concerns are crushed, tabooed, ignored or rebuffed, it doesn’t matter if the thought carries the names of “Muhammad” or “Jesus” or “Moses,” “G-d” or “Buddha” or all of them combined, it doesn’t matter if it was originally desired to bring peace, or love or justice, it still won’t work. Not now, not ever.

Eventually, no matter how much one believes an ideology or religion is not what its followers want it to be, but what it really is, both notions will be mixed and confused.

Our minds depend on associations to understand the world around us.

It’s really as simple as that.

One thought on “Religion: An afterthought

  1. A lot of my friends (and me!) went through a realization phase about this “institution” thing. Most religious folk don’t actually know what it means. For example, in alislaam, modern salafis/zahiris tend to take their sheikhs/leaders as the religious institution. And they are very ritualistic and super bearded, so it sells. But in fact they are outcast in creed and jurisprudence, by the institution of the 4 schools of thought representing the *majority* of the faith across a thousand years. So they are not at all the institution. They are just loud. I know you are talking about religions in general in your train of thought here, I just wanted to point this related issue out – people should take some time to find out about the “institution”. The institution can be beautiful. In our faith there is none apart from scholars, and the general masses of good people. And neither is error free, nor holy, nor claims to be. So personally, after fleeing from the “institution”, and divorcing myself from its ignorance and naiveté, I found myself returning to it in a very happy way. The good people are the institution.

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