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"I am Muslim because my ancestors were...Oh, wait..."



 I have been considering the common attitude about religion: “I am what I am because my parents and ancestors were this and so it must be right.”

I started realizing how truly flawed this thinking was for a number of reasons.

The first thing I thought of was that in general every culture and every country has its own religion or take on a major religion. Let me remind you that there are roughly 196 different countries in the world, which means roughly 196 (give or take) different religions and/or ways to follow a given religion. And commonly, every person in general believes there is only one "right" religion or way to follow the religion. And even more commonly that their's is, in fact, the "right" one.

If this is the case, and all people stick to the religion that has been taught by their ancestors in their country, or that is native to their people, are they then not saying that they will be saved by the pure LUCK of being born into that culture?

In general people don’t search other religions beyond what is taught to them in their place of origin because they assume the one they already have been given in the “correct one”.

Imagine we live in a world where a Christian will only be Christian because he or she was born with white parents who were Christian. And therefore that is the religion he or she takes on. A Hindu will only be Hindu because he or she was born with Indian parents who were Hindu. So he or she naturally takes that religion. A Muslim will only be Muslim because he or she was born with Arab parents who were born in a predominantly Muslim country. Again, he or she naturally chooses to be Muslim.

If one of those religions was the “right” religion, and so only the one group of people was saved, would a reward even be owed to that group for choosing the right religion? Or would it be simply luck that each individual was born into the right country with the right religion? Would they TRULY then deserve such a glorious gift as eternal salvation and the ultimate paradise?


 Now imagine things change a little bit and somewhere an Indian is born to Indian parents in a predominantly Christian country to Christian parents so he decides he will naturally be Christian. After all, it is what he has been taught. Then one day someone asks him why he chooses his religion and he says “Because this is the religion my parents followed”. One could easily argue “Yes, but their ancestors followed Hinduism”. The individual would have to search then the facts and history for each religion and decide which religion made sense once and for all.

Luckily for us, we live in a world where races and nationalities are becoming more and more integrated, and so such a situation could arise more frequently where one might have to ask themself the question “Which religion actually makes the most sense?”

YET WE STILL DON’T DO THIS!
So why don’t all humans do this? Because they buy into that theory from example A. where we follow what our ancestors follow blindly because simply that is the way it has been done. They believe that this is just who they are and so it shouldn’t be messed with.

 ….if someone honestly believes the theory that they should follow what their parents follow, then they buy into the theory that we are born into the country we belong to based on whether God feels we are “worthy” enough to be saved. Because GOD of all beings would know which religion was “right” and would know the tendencies of humans to follow the ways of what was taught before them.  Is God really saying “I don’t want you to be saved, therefore you will be born into a culture where the wrong religion is taught"? And if the right religion were, say, Hinduism ( or any other religion for argument's sake) we would all suddenly be doomed because we were not born in India where Hinduism was taught. Clearly ANY God would make more sense than this and be more merciful than this.

After all, why would a God make it difficult for us to be the “right religion” when our salvation was the overall prize? He wouldn’t.

He gave us a working brain that could analyze facts and choose which made the most sense.

But still we humans choose not to use this intellect. We choose what is “current” and what is “comfortable”.

Are we human beings that ignorant? Are we that arrogant? Are we that blind? 


 In conclusion, it is your right and fact your duty to learn about different religions so you have some basis on WHY you chose your religion and not just because it is what your ancestors were taught or because it is “who you are”. More like it is all you KNOW and you don’t want to do the research or are too scared of what you don’t know and the judgment from others should you decide to go “against the grain”.
In the end, wouldn’t you feel more fulfilled knowing you chose your religion based on fact and the intelligence we were given, rather than pure luck? And if you truly love God, don’t you owe it to God to do so?

…..For those who are reading this thinking I am suggesting you choose what I chose: Congratulations, you have entirely missed the point. Simply do a little research, and then make your own decision. I'm in no position to judge you. “Different strokes for different folks” as it were.
 
SALAM ~ PEACE!

4 comments:

  1. Great. A thought provoking work. Keep it up.

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  2. yes, true what you stated here... that's what made me a Muslim strong in faith that once I said to myself: what if the religion I'm following is the wrong one? the search for that question added much to me. I now feel those who didn't once ask themselves that question don't know the taste of certainty.

    Jazaki Allah Khiraa sis.

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  3. Alhamdulillah :)

    May Allah (swt) bless you both :)

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