Why You Should Ask About Religion

By: Hagar Ibrahim 

Discussions about religion have been tabooed for as long as you can remember, but have you ever asked yourself so many questions to the extent that you almost lost your faith in something infested in you? Growing up in a mostly Muslim community, kids and teenagers are taught to keep the mouths shut when it comes to topics such as religion. I find it very ironic that we are taught that our religions give us the freedom and the space to think but when you question a core concept of your religion, you are criticized and automatically labeled as an atheist.

Despite the fact that the idea of a religion is not delivered to us as kids in a manner in which will turn us into passionate worshipers, the parents disregard the fact that religion can be viewed in different manners and taught in different methods. A lot of teachers might not be convinced enough with the material they’re teaching, they might draw the image of the almighty as a very scary power that hates his worshipers and never forgives them for sins, big or small. Consequently, children will grow up believing what their educators have taught them.

Furthermore, the media does not do its core job of delivering the truth. And that is another reason why parents shouldn’t rely on the television or the internet to teach their kids about the core concepts of something as beautiful and as sacred as religion. Religion is beautiful, it sets just rules for any situations and it gives each and every person their rights. During Friday prayers, Sheikhs deliver these messages in speeches. Naturally, you’d think that these messages will be given in well-prepared and articulate manners, but sadly this is not the reality of the situation at hand. Instead of teaching the masses about the religion in depth, they choose to turn the masjid into a political playground; usually discussing elections and showing biased behaviors towards certain candidates because of how religious they are. While this is not usually the case, the sheikhs also give their speeches in extremely loud and angry voices. Ignoring the fact that manipulating one’s tones will appeal more to the listeners and also ignoring the verse from surat Luqman [31:19] that says “And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys.”

God gifted us with brains to think and question. That is another reason why you should always ask questions and highlight your misunderstandings and confusion about religion, because you are not born into a cult and you don’t just follow orders. You ask why, you understand why, you believe in the reasoning and you follow the instructions. I understand that religion is too deep for the human brain to understand, but god asked us to act in a certain manner in order to reach certain goals and dodge certain consequences. God almost always offers a reason behind each and every concept presented in any holy book or in any saying. You should also ask questions because you can find traces of people questioning religious concepts throughout history.

A lot of individuals and sheikhs are open to answer people’s questions. What really grinds these peoples’ gears is blasphemy. Blasphemy is the action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk. While you might not intentionally state your question in a very stupid way, you should take care of the adjectives you use to describe god or his words. Finally, the tone used to question said concepts should be respectful because at the end of the day, the person you are asking is of higher knowledge than you are.



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