Monday, December 19, 2022

Literalists Most Abound In Islam - Time To Become Humane Humans

By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam 19 December 2022 Mr Ghulam Mohiuddin has sealed and settled the issue once and for all with his categorical statement that: There's no mention of the Big Bang theory in the Quran. Yet, literalists and the blind followers of the Quran will continue to claim that their book does speak of the Big Bang theory. This is the problem with the blind followers and literalists. It's worthwhile to mention that these literalists most abound in Islam. Their sole mission in life is to prove the veracity of every word written in their Book (read Koran). They're almost like those fanatics who killed and died for an imaginary god. The question remains: When and where will this religious obstinacy end? Just take a journey back and mull over: The burning of Christians by Pagans as flaming torches to light their games. The brutal Christian revenge on the Pagans. The relentless persecution of the Jews by Christians. The violent expansion of the Muslim empire and the sanguinary conquest of India. The barbaric crusades by Christians against the Muslims. The horrors of the Inquisition. The genocide of indigenous people in the ' New World.' The mass burnings of witches. The bloody conflicts involving Shaivites and Vaishnavites on Deccan plateau (that too in Hinduism that claims to preach non-violence right from the beginning). All were motivated by the desire to please some god up there. All were justified with reference to sacred texts that not only condoned such behaviour but demanded it. These evils have not occurred because the perpetrators were bad people, but because they were in the grip of very bad ideas. 'It's your faith that changes your whole behaviour,' Sigmund Freud told a fanatic Christian who happened to be his patient. He finally relinquished Christianity and all faiths. He also did away with the very idea of god. On this very forum, I've observed 'educated' people act and behave in a manner which ill behoves a refined human. Sadly, all for an Allah and its Book! It's really strange, esp, if you think dispassionately, that humans have killed, maimed, destroyed and humiliated their fellow humans for the sake of a fictional god and its useless Books that were not written or inspired by god, but created by men. And often by the worst kind of men. Now time has arrived to become humane humans. Thus far we were religious beings, living by the diktats of our respective religions and their gods. Is anyone listening or still sleeping, having taken an overdose of religious morphine? ---- A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam. He has contributed articles to the world's premier publications in several languages including Persian. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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