Is Islam a Threat to our Existence?

muslim-man-praying-inspire-othersAll the major points the right-wing foist against Islam strike me as valid only for a tiny minority of extremists. The likelihood that Sharia Law or FGM or any of the usual complaints are going to take root here in Europe, Australia, or in America, or in Asia, where we have increasingly large police forces and (for the poor) the rule of law, is absurd.

It is about as likely as moon rocks giving everyone throat cancer. Conservatives are sensationalize the situation for no good reason and wasting everyone’s time doing it, not to mention alienating people who, if they could settle themselves down for long enough, could potentially become friends.

For those claiming that 1%, 5%, 10% of Muslims are extremists, you cannot invent percentages, apply them to real world situations and walk around claiming to have understood said situations. More to the point, are you genuinely that afraid of your own mortality that you need to spend time calculating the odds of it coming about from a specific source?

You’re hiding behind your misanthropy. The only way Australia or any other first world nation is going to become like the Middle East is if we give in to the terrified and hysterical shrieking of cowards like yourself.

It takes a real man to live with trust towards the future. It takes nothing to give in to our fear and cast blame.

There aren’t enough radical Islamist in the world to pose a genuine existential threat to any nation outside of the Middle East.

Now, we can speculate wildly about what might happen in the future for an eternity, and forget the now completely while doing it. That way, when we get there, we’ll be well prepared to ignore the now, then, too.

This is my real issue with all the absurd fear mongering over Islam. Even if it turns out that we all get murdered in the name of the Prophet, if we have spent our last years in fear, distancing ourselves from our fellow-man, worrying, being angry and aggressive and isolationist, then we will have wasted the last years of our lives.

Our eyes will have been so fixed on tomorrow that every today until our deaths will have passed us by. And I, for one, don’t want to live that way. I am mortal, I will die at some point, and so to me it seems ridiculous to ignore what life I do have in fear of it being snuffed out in a way I didn’t choose or agree with. It will happen that way, anyway.

And more to the point, who is it that dies? Who is it that asks the question? What was it like before I was born, and what would it be like to go to sleep and never wake up? Who is the center of awareness within us all around which all from moves, to which all experience belongs?

When I look for a separate center, I find none. When I look for a static, unchanging self, nothing. It strikes me that my fundamental identity is synonymous with all that is, that separateness is an illusion maintained by mis-identification with the structure of one’s memory and personality, and that who we all are underneath our ideas of ourselves is the basic energy of the cosmos, patterning and waving in myriad ways and forms, forever.

And when I think of this, and look at my Islamic brothers and sisters, I see centers of awareness just like mine, asking the same questions and sometimes, unfortunately, actually answering them. We can bicker over our differences forever, or we can rest in our similarity forever. We each have to choose what to live out in our own lives, and it seems to me that the former is a cowards choice.

I’m not arguing for Islam, I’m arguing against shit brained thinking, the kind that can lump over a billion people into a single word and assume it knows all it needs to from that operation alone.

I don’t want Islamic governance, I don’t want Sharia Law, in fact I want as many people as possible to leave religion altogether and discover their own personal, vital spirituality. I don’t agree with what is written in the Quran, or the Bible, or the Torah.

What I want is for all the lazy thinkers on the right-wing who are currently wasting their time and effort vilifying an eighth of the world’s population to actually start using their heads, to understand these processes and phenomena in real terms, rather than simply in the terms of their own paranoia.

My message is not to give up or give in, but to yield as a lover does, to open our arms to embrace, not to strike. We cannot heal the great wounds of our time with argument, aggression, antipathy, we must recognize the common self in all human beings and identify with that which is in all of us, that awareness whose nature is fundamentally that of love.

It is worth ones life to take this chance, to live for and with love rather than fear. If you recognize this now, you could die tonight in peace.

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41 thoughts on “Is Islam a Threat to our Existence?

    1. Thank you so much. I am probably just venting, but I for one am really tired of innocent people being hurt because they don’t have the same beliefs as these terrorists.
      I will not with all honesty ever say I believe in God, but I believe and respect the people I do. Brussels is all I can think about today. :/

      Thanks again for reading.

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      1. Religion is the worst thing in the world. The most divisive, misinterpreted and unforgiving belief system that has ever been brought in to being. I can guarantee you people without religion (like myself) tend to be at ease with themselves and much more tolerant of others because they measure others against themselves and not against words written thousands of years ago.
        Unfortunately Brussels is going to prey on our minds for many months to come but we must not let it weigh us down because when we do, that is someones religion winning over another’s.
        Be strong.

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  1. A very thought-provoking post. I feel so sorry for my Muslim brothers and sisters, especially here in the States where the political climate is frightening right now and the Islamic hate-speak is becoming commonplace, even among potential political “leaders.” I just hope somehow that things will change and that my daughter can grow up in a world where differences in religion, race and ethnicity don’t divide us.

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  2. “Beware whoever is a cruel and harsh to a non muslim minority
    Or curtailing their rights overburdening them,
    Or stealing from them,
    I will complain to God Almighty on the day of Judgment.”

    *Prophet Muhammad*

    Source; Book of Hadith
    Abu Dawud

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  3. Fear is the State’s psychological weapon of choice to frighten citizens into sacrificing their basic freedoms and rule-of-law protections in exchange for the security promised by their all-powerful government.

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    1. I did check your website. 🙂 I am not a follower of God. I have read bible, Quran, BagavatGita, Mahabaratha.. Nothing can answer my questions! For an ancient document written thousands of years ago, the Bible makes some remarkable scientific claims – many of which were not verified until this century. However, the Bible was never written to serve as a science textbook, but was given as guide to having a relationship with God and our fellow human beings. The Bible answers the “why” and “what” questions that naturalism says are unanswerable: Why does the universe exist?, Why do human beings exist?, What is my purpose?, Why do I do things I know I shouldn’t do?, Is this all there is?
      You stress only on Bible and Christianity! What are your views on Hinduism which started to develop between 500 BCE and 300 CE?

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      1. I am so glad you saw the website… As for religions I’d just say start by checking the sources of each one people are following because we know there are a lot of voices and opinions of folks telling us many things. Is the person we follow dead or alive? If they are dead I wouldn’t put my faith in them for my life. But if truly alive (Jesus claimed this) then see their claims about who they claim to be and see if it could be true. Jesus made some incredible claims ( like being God the only way ) so I would start with looking at the source of a belief and are they trustworthy, and credible to put your faith and trust in them.

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    2. Also insisting just on Christianity?
      Why should people of other religions be sent to Hell because they happened to be born into a non-Christian home? On the surface, it seems a valid criticism of Christianity that it would be unfair of God to judge those born into other religions on the basis of their acceptance of Christianity. However, the criticism fails on more than one level.

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      1. People from all walks of life and every religion are having an encounter with Jesus Christ not any religion or Christianity. This isn’t about finding a religion because we know there are lots of those but this is about a real life change because of a relationship with the Creator who paid the penalty for our sin the breaking of His Law. He is alive today and does not desire anyone to end up in hell. ( He is holy and cannot have sin in His presence…you can see the good person test linked at AreYouGood.us) If He were not alive than following and believing in Jesus Christ would be just a religion and pointless though.

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    1. Innocents. Yep. Islam would never, and I mean never, attack people. What people see Muslims doing right now is not the true Islam, and the people doing it are only Muslims by name. The true Islam says to not attack people unless people oppress them.

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  4. Issues related to religion have always been dealt with confusion, because what a person does is his personal choice and the influence comes from those in his/her network. Action of one or few cannot be attributed to a whole. Lately there might have been a lot of incidents related to Islam or communities inside Islam. It has been shooting in the last decade.

    One cannot totally ignore the events and at the same time, one cannot totally accuse a religion for the cause of it.

    As far as the extremists are concerned they are always there and they will be there. Life and situations, create multitude of human behaviors. We can only reduce the impact of the differences and the anger in such souls.

    I think there is no immediate solution to this. For any peace time to arrive, chaos is a must. I think, the chaos that we see in our every day life, in the advent of technology, social media, reach-ability and pressure cloud built in our life, accumulates over a period of time and burst out from place to place on this Earth.

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    1. uuff, Religion is a very big topic! Not all Islamic people are extremists. Just like not all Christians are extremists. Any religion can be interpreted differently from person to person. Even though the Islamic extremists are controversial, they don’t represent the majority of Islamic people. Many places in the Christian bible are very violent – but not all Christians imitate the bible word-for-word, just like others from other religions.The religion of Islam preaches tolerance and loving every body, and I think that a few extremists have given Islam a bad name since many of the bad things of the religion makes the news very often.

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      1. Yes it is. It is a part of society and humans are part of society. Religion has influced the way the world has been shaped and broken, but it was not religion on its own but the people ..

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  5. Very well said. People need to realise that sensationalism and hatemongering will only make things worse. What is needed is more dialogue and understanding and less paranoia and polarization.
    Nice post. Have a good night (as per your time zone). 🙂

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  6. Well written.
    My belief is that religion is a tool for social binding and control. I also believe that God has not interfered on earth since the Big Bang and most of what is written are fairytales. However, I believe that how a person makes sense of the world is up to them and I respect their ideas and views as long as we can respect each other and live together peacefully and do not hurt one another.
    I personally believe that while imperfect the systems of governance that we have evolved over thousands of years and currently used in democratic countries are the best way for governance and social cohesion.They allow individuals to grow and contribute the most.
    Thanks visiting my blog and I have enjoyed reading yours.

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  7. O you who believe! Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, Allah is aware of what you do. (Surat an-Nisa’: 135)

    Allah also reminds people not to sacrifice truth and honesty in moments of anger:

    O you who believe! Show integrity for the sake of Allah, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to heedfulness. Have fear of Allah. Allah is aware of what you do. (Surat al-Ma’ida: 8)

    Holy Qur’an

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  8. When we hate Islam we reflect the same, what we pretend to fight against. Islam is not a problem but any bunch of people who do not have a good education and one who can not understand humanity from any religion is dangerous for society. Islam have Issues because no other religion want to interfere with politics or want to spread on gun point But at same point the real sufferer are Islamic people, Who are fighting against them and are common people like me and you. We will have to chose which group of people should be called follower of Islam and isn’t by targeting all Muslims we are forcing them to become same….

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  9. Beware!  Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, curtails their rights, burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.”
    Refrence
    Book of Hadith

    (Abu Dawud)

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