Something I discussed earlier in one of my previous posts Respect Islam was the fact that one of the fundamental teachings of any Religion is the idea that how we are on the right side but others are not, they are misguided, wrong and in worst cases they are ugly, impure, idiots, not worthy enough to go to heaven, not liked by God and so on.
Today, a Muslim is killing another Muslim (let alone Non Muslim) and no one dares or bothers to stand up …
The worst part of the story is that its the very same religion that tells its followers that its ok to Kill those who are on the other side of fence. You may want to come up with a lot of different interpretations or tell us that it was only meant for a certain period when Prophet(s) were struggling to send their message across but that doesnt change the fact that it was the same God, the God of Love and Mercy that asked its followers to kill those who doesnt believe in him. Personally, I’ve always had trouble to understand why God couldn’t settle down with non-believers himself instead of asking his followers to do it for him but thats a different story I guess …
So you see, how Religion often (not always and not for everyone) can be used to justify doing inhumane things. And do you now understand why a Sunni may think its ok to kill a Shia or an Ahmadi.
Why God couldn’t settle down with non-believers himself instead of asking his followers to do it for him
Deep down the problem is that, it was hard (in fact impossible) to sell a new Religion to people if you didn’t introduce ideas of Self Righteousness which in other words literally means that the one who is outside your religion is nothing but Plain Wrong. Sense of Brotherhood or Belonging was another selling point for Religions, such as
- Muslims are like brothers to each other: Yeah, what about Non Muslims ?
- A Muslim is the one who doesn’t hurt another Muslim: Did you just hurt a non Muslim ? its ok if you did so, we were just wondering if you did.
I was talking to somebody on a Facebook Forum lately and he asked me that if I think that Religions are harmful for humanity. I’m not sure for how long we can turn a blind eye to these inherant problems related to the Religions. For how long, the believers of these Religions will continue to overlook the bad side of its idelogies while propagating the good teachings. And for how long these people will keep making claims that all the good teachings come from Religion (only) while the bad teachings are from people themselves ? How long the world can ignore the dark side and just concentrate on positives ?
Today, a Muslim is killing another Muslim (let alone Non Muslim) and no one dares or bothers to stand up in their face and say hey, its wrong, lets stop it. But then, no Muslim stands up when Muslims Kill Non Muslims and in fact they start producing conspiracy theories to prove that someone else might be behind those killings.
What goes comes around, they say … why do we forget that there will be no one to stand up for us if we dont stand up for others today ?