As a born Muslim I was introduced to the doctrines of my faith from a very early age. I remember one lesson taught to me by almost everyone around me. Don’t ask too many questions. You will go mad or you will become a doubter. I am not sure if that was a very wise thing to do. Because the more I heard those statements the more curious I became. The questions registered in my mind like a mystery only to be discovered accidentally in the process of growing up. Now that I am a grown up (my kids will disagree) I feel I have to catch with my past – to know my world.
I inherited Islam as my religion. That is great. But how much I know about Islam is really a summary of how much I was told by the elders and the priests. Very little is of my own understanding. I found out that the elders only told me what they learned from their priests and so on. The chain of knowledge about religion and faith has been largely passed on from one generation to another, without much room for individual thinking. Obedience is an essential concept which may have been used (or abused) to shadow the concept of imagination. It is the power of imagination that gives the world its genius from the human race. Without this God given power of imagination our world would have progressed very little after the great floods of Prophet Noah (AS).
We are conditioned to think in a particular way. We go to school to learn from a teacher. Similarly we are told to go to the priest to know our religion. The masters of religion are different from the teachers at schools in one special way. Priests don’t allow their knowledge to be challenged, whereas school teachers encourage their students to ask questions. Thus religious studies have become a subject for the presumably unintelligent minds, i.e. for those who aren’t smart enough to challenge dogmas and traditions of the established clergy. This goes for all the religions around the world.
I am finding out that my religion Islam is not like what the priests has been telling me all these many years. You see, people employed at ritual centers are concerned nothing more than the number of worshippers. They don’t really care if the society outside the place of worship has turned into a living hell or not. This is anything but the religion of God, who commands humans to strive against the corrupted system of money-worshippers, I also know them as golden calf worshippers. Followers of God will listen and obey- to earn His Grace by getting things done for Him, not by sitting in a corner waiting for a miracle to fall from the sky.
Here is the challenge from Islam, lets see how many can really take it on.
Free your mind from the chains of man made thought control systems!!