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However, I am a practicing Muslim. I pray (sometimes), fast, recite the travel supplication before I start my car's engine, pay my zakkah (an annual charitable practice that is obligatory for all that can afford it) and, most importantly, I feel very Muslim. There are many like me. We don't believe in a monolithic practice of Islam. We love Islam, and because we love it so much we refuse to reduce it to an inflexible and fossilized way of life. Yet we still don't fit anywhere. We're more comfortable passing for non-Muslims, if it saves us from one or more of the following: unsolicited warnings about the kind punishment that awaits us in hell, unwelcomed advice from a stranger that starts with "I am like your [insert relative]," or an impromptu lecture, straight out of a Wahhabi textbook I thought was nonsense at age 13.
Islamic studies was part of my formal education until I graduated from high school in the United States. The textbooks we used were from Saudi Arabia, which is the biggest follower of the Wahhabi sect of Islam. The first time I realized it was okay to verbalize how nonsensical these books were was when I was watching a movie with my mother about a family that lost one of their children due to a terminal disease. I must have been 6 or 7 years old. My mother said something to the effect of, "I know Allah has a special place in heaven for mothers that lose their children at a young age." I looked at my mom and asked her, "Even if they're not Muslim?" Without breaking eye contact with the TV set she responded, "Even if they're not Muslim."
originally posted by: Darksea13
I'm not racist, religious, nor do I agree with my parents' political views. What does that make me?
originally posted by: AnAbsoluteCreation
a reply to: Darksea13
Disconnected to a certain degree. Bravo.
Now it's up to you to see how much you can be perfected.
Photos of the beheadings of a number of Syrian soldiers were posted by ISIL members to social media on July 25, 2014. The reports said up to 75 Syrian soldiers from a captured base were beheaded with their heads and bodies displayed along the streets.
originally posted by: Develo
It's not so much a war for the minds as a race for consciousness.
Not so long ago, mankind's level of consciousness was lower and humans relied more on instinct. It's not because you are ahead of the pack that the others are failing somewhere. They just go at their own pace.
Not everyone is born beautiful, not everyone is born smart, not everyone is born with a great consciousness, self-awareness and critical sense.
These things can be taught but only up to a point.
Complaining that mankind is mainly doing things out of habit and herd mentality is complaining about how evolution made us what we are.
originally posted by: Tangerine
What do you mean by consciousness? It seems that so-called primitive people were far more in touch with nature and spirituality and generally more aware than modern people who are consumed with things.