Some important Questions I have been pondering on that I feel everyone should ask themselves.
We are so focused on our faith that we forget to look at the bigger picture.
1. How often have we thought about the fact that we are all god’s creations living in every corner of the earth practicing all sorts of religions, cultures and traditions? There are places on earth where your faith hasn’t reached yet so what’s going to happen to those people according to your religion?
2. Do you expect to be judged on how you complete your rituals? What of those that don’t have any rituals because they don’t share your faith?
3. Monotheists believe in one god but don’t look at God as expecting the same thing from all of us. Why is that?
4. Do you think God will judge all humans according to one set of rules or judge each group of people according to their own faith?
5. If God is to judge each of us according to our own faith, then isn’t it unfair that Muslims have to pray 5 times a day but Christians only need to go church ones a week to achieve the same aim of completing their obligations and attaining paradise?
6. Or is it the other way round, we are all going to be judged using the same criteria in which case, the question is, what is the criteria?
Muslims feel they need to pray 5 times a day and follow all the other rituals associated with their faith to avoid the torture of hell and achieve the reward of paradise. But they have no issues with non Muslims not doing any of these rituals and traditions. Why is that? Do Muslims feel all non Muslims will go to hell? If so, do muslims feel no compassion towards non Muslims so don’t care where they end up? I suspect, these questions go in to ‘too difficult box’ hidden in the back of our mind as trying to answer them will completely challenge our basic beliefs and that is a scary place.
To me, this just demonstrates what’s wrong with us humans. Our thinking is so small that we are missing the point of us being here.
If god cared about you praying or doing your namaz 5 times a day, fasting for 30 days a year and going on a pilgrimage to Mecca etc god would either send that message to every corner of the world throughout history multiple times until everyone got the message or have it built in to your DNA.
I’m not just questioning Islam, it’s about all rituals and traditions from all faiths. I’m also not saying there is anything wrong with rituals and traditions but in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter? Is it really a commandment from god or just cultural practices that have no power of giving us salvation? Isn’t the performance of rituals a very selfish outlook on life, collecting rewards to achieve paradise when the act itself has little or no benefit to yourself in the present moment or to your community?