Sunday, January 08, 2006

You know, sometimes I feel like I don't want to be living in today's world. It's all such a mess. Important things have become so worthless and we have learned to accept so many things that we absolutely should not. Or are we just jaded? In Islam, prayers, zakat, fasting these are among many "fared" that we must do as Muslims and yet we are impressed when we uncover that someone who crosses our path completes their daily prayers. Yet, this is fared and should go without saying. Walking down the street of downtown, we see the homeless sleeping on the corner. But instead of feeling for them, in our minds we are annoyed that they are polluting the streets and making our paths more unpleasant. Among girlfriends, marriage and future mates are discussed. Many do not even expect their husbands to be chaste just because they feel it would be unrealistic to have such an expectation, and yet "zina" is absolutely HARAM in Islam and is among the greatest sins. What happened? How and when did our standards for ourselves and others get so low? It frightens me sometimes.

3 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Abu Sinan said...

That is why it is so hard to live a good life. As a Muslim you have all sides pulling at you, those who are so liberal as to not even be Muslim anymore, the radicals who'd have you reject life.

As a convert to Islam I find it a constant battle, never mind that "born Muslims" dont usually help that much.

I read your profile. You sound a lot like my wife, lived in the USA since a kid, hard to find a middle road between being a Saudi Muslim lady, and being raised in the USA.

Nice blog.

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Hi Nura :)

Well, as a Christian, I consider my spirituality to be between me and God. I grew up fairly religious, My Dad's side of the family is devoutly evangelical, and my Mom's side is much more casual. And I grew up somewhere in between. But I find the most devoutly Christian people seem to be the ones who are the least "Christian" in spirit. It's very frustrating... it doesn't seem like it should be that hard to read the Bible and see what the INTENT of those teachings is, yet it seems to me scripture is constantly abused to enforce some narrow minded and hateful agenda of one kind or another. Anyway, I am Christian but I don't care much for organized Christianity. Maybe all organized religion has the same problems.

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger Nura said...

Abu Sinan, it is comforting to read your words - "as a Muslim you have all sides pulling at you" and that is exactly how it feels. It is already very difficult to find your own spiritually pure path and follow the word of God, but when you feel that your community lacks the support it is sometimes heartwrenching. Welcome to Islam, I hope you enjoy the path!

Craig, I do not think at all that the problem is with "organized religion". The organization is to provide structure which we as human beings truly need and in reality it is to make our lives THAT MUCH EASIER!!! I think the problem is with interpretation and adaptation. I absolutely agree, we must all try to understand the value and meaning of INTENTION above all things. Thank you for your contribution!!!

 

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