I have finally made this! For a long time I wished to write on human rights issues regarding basic freedoms of expression, culture and religious induced misogyny.
Unfortunately, in Muslim communities many issues surrounding the questioning and reasoning of controversial religious pieces of literature are silenced and placed under the rug. Individuals who are deemed to be far more integrated into Western or any other secular society have the access to both secular concepts as well as religious philosophy, in the end providing them a choice to uphold the beliefs and values that seem the most rational to them. However, in the isolated religious spheres of society, little efforts are gathered to question and reason. In many religious gatherings a specific dogma or interpretation is pushed down people’s throats, leaving minimal space for Individuals to object or debate the recycled rhetoric from Mullahs and Imams. From my personal experience I have observed this in many hierarchical organisations and Islamic sects, pushing their chosen set of principles onto their followers, expecting them to bow to anything and vilifying those who dispute these particular beliefs.
Conversely, the Islamic faith proudly promotes Ijtihad (legal reasoning) of divine text to ensure we do not become blind sheep and instead welcome true enlightenment and progression that our religious text values. Furthermore, the holy Qur’an places emphasis on PONDERING, THINKING and REASONING!
وَمِنْهُمْ أُمِّيُّونَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ الْكِتَابَ إِلَّا أَمَانِيَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَظُنُّونَ
“Some of them are illiterate, knowing nothing of the Book but wishful thinking. They only speculate.” [Al-Baqarah, 2:78].
كِتَابٌ أَنْزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
“It is a Book We have sent down to you, full of blessing, so let people of intelligence ponder (liyaddabbaru) its Signs and take heed.” [Saad, 38:29]
As a Muslim this provides me hope for the religion, as intelligent and sincere reformers of the faith can change the way the religion is perceived today. Furthermore, the moment freethinking of Islamic philosophy gains popularity and acceptance, this will allow women to pursue religious authority and a greater role in the Qur’an’s interpretation. Currently, women are left out of authoritative religious decisions and Islamic jurisprudence, resulting in patriarchal depictions of Islamic text, inducing occasional incoherent misogyny.
Writing about these issues and rants allows me to express my views on a larger scale for those who also possess similar questions and thoughts. We all have role to reform society and make the world a safer and tolerant place. The first steps to any type of reform starts within one’s self :).