Surface Muslim

We think we know so much about another person because of long term association or hours and days and years of exchange and, in reality, we have only scratched the surface of who they are.

I use the word ‘surface’ for a reason.

Some one called me a ‘surface Muslim.’

My first thought was, “This one thinks they are God and therefore they know this?” Because of the situation I asked that question knowing it would only escalate a situation already spiraling out of control.

So let’s get to this word, ‘Surface.’

“He is gay therefore he is only a SURFACE CHRISTIAN.”
“She is a hooker and therefore only a SURFACE MUSLIM.”
“They are not REAL JEWS because REAL JEWS have to prove they are a part of the blood line. Wanting to be Jewish is not enough even if you memorize the Torah.”

People are not REAL Hindu’s because _______.
People are not REAL Buddhists because _______.

Blah blah blah blah blah.

What about PEOPLE…what about REAL PEOPLE.

Have you NEVER done ANYTHING wrong in your LIFE?
I am not supposed to even write this because, technically, I am not supposed to look at where other people are fucked up in their beliefs because I am not perfect enough to make that judgement. I am not God. I have my ideas of right and wrong and I live them to the best of my ability but if what my brother is doing is stupid, but not hurting anyone, I am not supposed to look at it.

I am not supposed to watch others collect beef and cheese cake photos and I am not supposed to notice if they dance with girls wearing bikinis. I am supposed to keep my eyes downcast so I don’t see my brothers and sisters sins. I am not supposed to even know why Veena Malik got famous because I am not to even look upon that or give it importance. I am not supposed to watch drug addicts shoot up or care who is drunk. I am not supposed to write this. I am not supposed to think about how bad someone else is.

For me this is the love in Islam.

There was a whore, who helped a starving dog, who went to heaven and a pious woman, who starved a cat to death, who went to hell. What someone does in the privacy of their own home should not be my business unless they invite me into that business and I agree to go there.

I believe in Allah. I believe in One Almighty Being that created all things and that does not mean my brother has to believe the same thing.

Surface. See that is JUST IT. We are not supposed to judge the SURFACE. We are not supposed to call other believers ‘infidels’ because of a SURFACE.

There was a crooked butcher in the market place with a bad temper who cheated people and yet he was successful and the Prophet (PBUH) wanted to know why and followed that man to see what he was about and found that man gave up his entire life to take care of two disabled parents. When I say his whole chance at life that means marriage and kids and EVERYTHING.

Surfaces. “She looks like a whore. Her head isn’t covered. He is acting gay. They are not believers why how could they possibly be believers?” These things the people say and they can’t SEE ANYTHING BUT SURFACES.

Only Allah can SEE SOULS.

Smoke Screen

I watched a bit of a news program with the typical talking heads and it gave me an idea.
1) Which religions believe being gay will send you to hell?
Have you ever heard of ‘conversion therapy’? Muslims did not invent that. You can argue that Muslims put gays to death for being gay but ignore the Christians that beat gay guys to death. Is thinking homosexuality is a sin ‘wrong thought?’ If it is ‘wrong thought’ then a heck of a lot more religions than Islam are ‘guilty.’
2) Which religions do not allow women to preach and teach the ‘Word.’
If you think it is only Islam you are wrong again. There are only certain ‘sects’ of Christianity that allow women preachers and teachers. Many expressions of religion are ‘women-free’ at the top. Check it it’s real.
3) Which religions bar women from running a country?
It isn’t Islam.
4) Which religions believe that killing a fetus is murder and that women should not have choice and there fore be ‘oppressed’? ONLY Islam?????
Fundamentalist Christianity is even more strict about that, in certain sects, than Islam!
5) Which religions believe in the death penalty?
Arguments about why it is applied aside, (see the ‘Genocide of the Americas’ and the topic of ‘Lynching’), what nations puts the most people to death with the death penalty? If you chose a Muslim nation *BZZZTTTT*
You’re wrong. China leads with America a close second.
6) Which religion oppresses women the most?
Actually the most repressive religion for women’s rights is not Islam. The most repressive religion is not even recognized as a religion although the masses worship at it’s altar as if it WERE a ‘god’. It is the religion that makes women turn to bulimia and anorexia. It is the religion that makes all the women at Fox News end up with enough plastic to die beautiful. It is the religion that causes young girls to use drugs and suicide if they can’t ever be ‘pretty and thin’ enough. It is the religion that breaks up marriages with pornography and whores and the much touted and fun ‘cheaters ping pong’ (he cheats I cheat he cheats I cheat he cheats I cheat…your serve?)
7) Which religion forces conversion?
They all have. Every single one of them. Long ago or right now. Ask Native Americans about the use of force in religion. Ask both the living and the dead. “Be what I am or die.” God and religion were never the reason for forced conversion HUMANS were the reason and are the reason for that. Personally I used to be friends with a young girl who had a hormone issue that caused her to look exactly like a guy…moustache and all just like a guy and she was a lesbian. She was invited to a local church sleep in where she was surrounded by over 50 screaming kids waving bibles at her and backing her in to a corner chanting, “You are going to HELL! You are going to HELL!” Everyone in these parts knows which church that is they are FAMOUS. She will hate Christianity all her life because of them.
The questions are endless and so are the answers but what it all boils down to is the idea of ‘wrong thought.’
If we are going to judge religions based on the idea of ‘wrong thought’ then we will have to eliminate ALL of them. They all have ‘wrong thought.’
The real debate is being smoke screened by red-herring ideas. Should we have freedom from religion or freedom to be whatever religion we please? If you are not free to be whatever you please are you still ‘free?’
This is where things seem to get complicated in the media but they really are not complicated at all. You see, what each of us THINKS is not the important thing. The important thing is what each of us DOES. A Hindu, A Jew, A Christian, A Buddhist, A Pagan and A Muslim all go to a coffee shop owned by an Atheist because they want coffee. They don’t care who is selling the coffee they just want coffee. The lady who owns the shop might think they are a bunch of religious nuts and they are all SURE that she, and each other, are all going to hell or going to fail at reaching Nirvana and have to end up several lives as rats and pigs but they have better things to do than argue about what each other is thinking. They have movies to talk about. They have jobs to go to. They have families to care for and if you look at Maslow’s famous Pyramid it hardly matters to the great masses of people, in the grand scheme of things, who is going to go to hell because they chose (fill in the blank) ________. We can’t base our opinions on what we think we know about what other people think. That makes about as much sense as pounding sand down a rat hole.
Peace.