>>ME: this part of my response it also to ***** with regards
to a part
>>of her mail:
>>ME: i feel i need to say something at this point. why does everyone
>>tell me i should not have bothered. i think it's our duty to attempt
>>to clear the doubts of those who question our beliefs.
>OTHERS 2: It is definitely our duty to speak up and dispell misconceptions about our
>religion to the best of our ability. Over the past year, however, I have
>found myself getting so caught up in explaining Islam to others, that I
>have neglected exploring Islam and the issues which concern me.
ME: I agree with you...it does divert
our attention but I have had very meaning
-ful discussions with people which has questioned my faith. In the process,
my faith was strengthened and my thoughts organised...
OTHERS 2: The first
>step is to distinguish Islam in scripture and Islam in practice. I
>personally believe that Islam does support gender equity and I realise that
>what goes on in certain Muslim communities is as condemnable by and
>incompatible to Islam as to any humanitarian mentality. We cannot however
>linger at this first step. We have to think about going beyond this first
>step and try to bring true or ethical Islam into Muslim communities and
>thereby prove that Islam does work. We are very young and have little
>influence or power, but this is also the best time to develop ideas about
>how to go about eradicating pre-Islamic tradtion-based problems. I never
>said that you should not address people's misconceptions of Islam. There is
>however a very thin line between condemning injustice and justifying it.
>From our position, that is the best thing we could do.
>> ME: I feel that this is what differentiates
>>us Muslims from Christians. They make great effort in dispelling
>>doubts and sharing the word of the Bible. The kind of missionary
>>work that they have performed in the form of churches, schools and
>>hospitals is highly admirable.
>OTHERS 2: While I don't think we should go and try to convert people and thus ward
>them away from Islam, we should definitely learn from other people. Where
>are all the Muslim Mother Theresas? Doesn't the Quran call upon people to
>take care of the poor, the orphans, and other disinherited people? Yet,
>while many of us Muslims are bound by our own poverty, there are also many
>Muslims who could make a difference, but they are often too intoxicated by
>their own wealth.
ME: i totally agree with you although
i am not sure if it's their wealth
that causes it...
i ask too, where is the Muslim Mother Teresa? where are the charity drives,
schools and missionaries by Muslims? and as u say, it is so strongly
encouraged in the Quran and Hadith....
ME: i have noticed that the muslims
i know take religion to be a very personal
thing...as in they don't see the need to share and increase the faith
of other fellow muslims...my relatives pray and perform the basics but none
of them really make an effort to spread knowledge on Islam and they don't see
it as a duty...
ME: it's not the same for Christians
and it's something we can really learn from them.
>>OTHERS 2: Why do people feel that it is not worth writing a simple e-mail
>>to a person who questions us? I don't understand this. It's not about
>>being defensive. I do not write to to Sam and KimSu and others who
>>question me because I feel they are insulting me and I should
>>get defensive. I have a different opinion from them and it feels odd
>>to me that I should not express it. When something sounds
>>illogical or untrue, I question it and I feel I should speak up
>OTHERS 2: Definitely.
>OTHERS 2: Whoever blames you or anyone else for making an effort to start a
>discussion or clarify certain points is simply a willing slave of ignorance
>and an advocate of intellectual stagnation.
>OTHERS 2: You should be proud of what you are doing. If more young Muslims like you
>cared about Islam, the situation of Muslims, and tried their best to
>promote greater understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, we would
>perhaps be able to life the veil of ignorance which prevents both Muslims
>and non - Muslims from understanding ethical Islam.