Leaving Islam







By: Mohd Sageer

The essence of every religion, fundamentally, is aimed for the attainment of spiritual enlightenment, proximity to God, love, compassion, and eternal peace in the life here after. Under such a common definition and understanding, it becomes obvious that religion is bound to be deeply a personal matter in every sense of the word. On the contrary, if religion assumes the characteristics of a doctrine that is primarily concerned with issuing laws on how to offer prayers and how many times, people’s wealth and its distribution, dress code, sex life, punishment for crimes etc, then the whole concept of spirituality loses its Godly element. A religion of such nature, then simply becomes part of human civilization, a political ideology for a group of people who choose to follow a certain social orders and customs.  

For this article, I would like to personally interpret spirituality not in the conventional sense, but as a human quest for peace, harmony, and secular philosophy. However, to make my point across to the multiple segments of people who believe in a verity of religions, I also quote the word God into the discussion.  

The eternal qualities, which are attached to the principles of religion, are justly expected to stand beyond materialistic orders of this temporal world for the simple reason that the whole concept of spirituality has been perpetually associated with God and God alone. As such, the act of punishing a human being for his crime by another human being or a group of people has nothing to do with spirituality. Praying at different intervals, murmuring repetitive and memorized verses (often without understanding their meaning) does not manifest spirituality. On the other hand, someone who perceives this eternal universe in awe and wonder about its expanse and eternal nature, contemplating on the force behind this creation, manifest spirituality. Or simply, focusing for a moment on a myriad of questions about one’s existence and the meaning of life, translates into spirituality. But sacrificing animals for the appeasement of God or dictating a dress code (Or should I call it uniform?) on people is in extreme contrast with the concept of eternal truth. 

Sacrificing an animal needs special implements such as knifes and swords, which in the first place had to be conceived in the human mind before they were invented. Because nowhere it says that man was created with a sword in his hand!  

To impose a dress code, firstly it had to be stemmed from the concept of clothing, and then its invention, followed by man made tools to develop them into the prescribed design so that it confirms with the ruling of a particular religion; for example Islamic dress code.  

To this my question is very simple; Does the Almighty God had to wait such a long period of time for issuing certain (in this case, sacrifice and dress code) religious orders until such a time when the human beings were capable of inventing tools, and clothing materials?  

Every ritual that is practiced in compliance with the orders of religion, particularly the organized religions, is closely associated with this materialistic world. When Quran orders to distribute wealth according to certain proportions among wives, daughters and sons, it should be right to logically conclude that God must have realized that, at a particular point, in later times that man will start acquiring wealth, so that some guidance should be given to him with respect to its distribution. Again, God had to wait until man had to conceptualize and adopt the system of property ownership in order for Him to issue orders in matters of His creations’ wealth.  

Keeping in mind the above logical questions, let us examine where does Islam stand today? Does Islam allow an individual’s quest for the knowledge of the existence of God on a personal level, using his own intellect, senses, and wisdom? The answer is a big NO! A Muslim is bound to restrict his freedom of conscience within the frame of Quranic prescriptions. The moment he has questions on metaphysical issues, he is considered an outcast or an apostate. People of other religions, including Christianity and Hinduism has already started shedding their inhibitions or political correctness and are not reluctant to cast their doubts about the origins and contemporary relevance of religious scriptures and belief systems. No authority is interested in issuing “fatwas” against them. But Islam is different. As time passes, Imams and Islamic clergies are becoming more and more powerful enough to tighten their noose around the freedom of thought.  

What differentiate the evolved ideologies such as democracy, capitalism, communism, secularism, humanism and so on, from religious scriptures, is their sources of origin. While scriptures are considered divine, other social systems are definitely man-made. Thus when the freedom of people to question the tenets of Islam is confronted with armed resistance, then as a religion it loses its universality and credibility as a divine revelation from God. It degenerates into becoming just as any other ideological system with its own inherent limitations and constraints, so much so that, when faced with rivalry would not hesitate to use violence. But the proponents of these evolved doctrines are able to justify their actions for the mere reason since these systems are manmade and their ideas should spread through humanly possible actions. And that include the use of military forces, politics, weapons and wars. But does a peaceful religion (as the apologists claimed it to be) need to choose the path of violence to achieve its goal?  

Islam has no identity as a religion. Rather it is closely identified as a political system under which people are forced to put aside their freedom. It emphasizes on uniformity through Islamic Umma) rather than diversity. It is more ritual based rather than being spontaneous. It advocates a dress code for men and women; just like in schools, military barracks, or hospitals. It believes in a political system where a “Khalifa” or a deputy should be the ruler. It dictates rules on property distribution. Most importantly, its concept of heaven filled with corporeal descriptions such as, young girls (virgins), beautiful gardens, silk dresses, perfumes, streams, delicious meat, and wines while the hell has fire, hot water, hooks and what else!  

When an individual’s life and the life hereafter are controlled and dictated only by these temporal experiences, then what place spirituality has in the religion of Islam?







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