Periodically, I check the referrers to my blog and was pleasantly surprised to find out today that my post, Is It Permissible to join a Kaafir Army? A response, well sort of generated some amusing responses from some of the Muslims over at the “Islamic Awakening” message board. Outside of being accused of having taken aqeeda 101 courses (of which I should get a refund they recommend), having my words being called “stupidity”, and other general backbiting, the best comment was if I look in the mirror I would see the definition of a Kafir! 🙂
Outstanding, well at least we now know that all it takes for someone to be called a Kafir is to merely disagree with other Muslims.
Which in all seriousness, is the main point I was trying to drive home in my above referenced rant. There exists a mindset within certain Muslim circles concerning disagreements where civility and respectability takes a backseat to labels, name-calling, and accusations. It is my firm belief and opinion that these attitudes are more indicative of cultural leanings than they are of the teachings of Islam. To be frank, in my opinion, these individuals who have issues with American culture, people, or ideals would probably be better served living in their lands overflowing with milk and honey in the East. If it’s so great in the East and their ideas of Islam are so right, please explain what is going on in the Muslim world?
I find it disheartening that these well meaning brothers and sisters that are highly critical of views such as those I have, seem to find it easier to point the finger at others than to roll up their sleeves and address the real issues facing Muslims in the Muslim world. To them it’s everyone’s fault besides the Muslims. They blame the West, the Jews, and of course faux Muslims of whom I have been included, also collectively known as the Kufr!
Who’s killing more Muslims than all non-Muslims combined today? Who’s blowing up Mosques, Markets, and other institutions within Muslim countries today? It’s much easier to turn a blind eye to the reality and blame America.
Responsibility is a big pill to swallow.
No one is holding a gun to your head making you live here, use our services, technology, media, etc. Go live amongst the real Muslims, in real Muslim lands, and leave us Kufr alone. You don’t need us, we are wrong and face the wrath of Allah (swt), and much worse anyway, so why do you care so much?
Once again, I am not a scholar of Islam, however I happen to believe that Only Allah (swt) can truly judge who submits and who does not! I wasn’t aware that I had to consult my critics first. 🙂
For the record, I do not believe that I accepted a faith and a religion that instructs me to deny my individuality, culture, and being and instead accept the culture and ideas of others.
If I can’t be accepted as a Muslim who is a black man in America who doesn’t want to wear a beard (although I have one) unless I want to, who doesn’t want to dress in the cultural garb of others unless I choose to, and who has his own ideas concerning the understanding of religion through the prism of his own background, then maybe I truly am a Kafir.
However, if Islam is still the religion that I believe it to be, that isn’t a respecter of culture, ethnicity, tribe, or nation, if Islam is still the religion that I believe it to be wherein individual submission to the One God is measured more by individual intention and pious deeds and less than by what sect you claim, what scholar you follow, or how much knowledge one claims to have, then may Allah (swt) accept me as one who submits for His sake alone.