Monday, July 03, 2006

GOD AND DEBATES

Things happening in the name of religion is always infuriating. The Meera Jasmine case in Sabarimala temple, and the Jayamala case in Ayyappa temple reeks of bigotry & foolishness. A non-hindu cant enter a temple. A wom,an is not allowed to touch the idol or get close because the God is a brahmachari (bachelor)????Women are not allowed in Mosques. C'mon!!!! As if God needs intimate contact with his children. God is omnipotent

God is one right? Then why the discrimination ? God can sense things light years away.

If there is so much of bullsh*t going on in the world, I fear to believe in the existence of God over whom so much rife & bloodshed occurs. Does being steadfastedly devoted to God make one a blessed person? There are criminals & terrorists out there who are very religious & sincere in their belief in God & his teachings, probably more than you & me! But they are not good people!!!! Religions say that atonement for their sins will come in due time, when they shall burn in hell. But what about them whose lives were made living hell by these so called believers??? Those they killed before their time? Tghose whose lives they destroyed? Maybe those good people (victims) have gone to heaven, but at what cost??If God takes away good people early then that God is a selfish God, cos good people are what we are sorely in need of today

Blamaing your ill-fortunes on God cos you havent prayed or been loyal or some such sh*t is foolish, cos your strengths & weaknesses are yours alone. If a God does exist, then that God is there to lend a helping hand. So stop blaming God , of all people for what goes wrong in your life. Or rather, stop blaming YOURSELF because you failed God. If there is a God, that God loves everyone unconditionally.

There must be so much more than I know about religious hypocrisy & bigotry. Blind rites. Customs n the like. But what I do know, makes my blood boil. All people today are bothered about is preserving their religion. Christianity fears Dan Brown & his book. Hinduism fears Christianity is trying to take over the reins in India. Some radical Islamist want to stamp their authority on others.

Hindu killing Muslim.

Muslim killing Christian

Christian killing another person, another religion.

The cycle is endless

In the end, it is human v/s human in the name of religion - blind, reasonless, explanationless, rationaleless religion

I WANT ONE RELIGION - one religion with no rules, no customs, no blind traditions, only love & care for one another

I WANT ONE GOD, and I dont want this God or religion to be given a name. Let all be one under it.

This might not be the solution. This might not even be a possibility. But it'll definitely make the world a better place.So I'll dream on. I do not recollect correctly, but the song by John Lennon rings in my ears now...

"Imagine there's no religion
Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one. "

3 comments:

  1. hi chang ..without any harsh feelings just wanted to correct u that women are allowed in mosques...
    ive read ur blogs keep up the gud work and all the best for indian idol..
    i think u should read more about islam for proper knowledge about it here is 1 link www.irf.net

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  2. Why are women not allowed in the mosque?



    Answer:



    1. There is not a single verse in the Qur’an, which prohibits ladies from entering mosques. There is not a single authen­tic Hadith which I am aware of which states that the Prophet (pbuh) prevented or forbade women from going to mosques.



    There is only one Hadith, which perhaps could have been misunderstood to mean that women should not go to the mosque. That Hadith is as follows:



    Abdullah Bin Mas’ud reported the Prophet (pbuh) as saying: It is more excellent for a woman to pray in her house than in her courtyard, and more excellent for her to pray in her private chamber than in her house. [Sunan Abu Dawood Vol.1 Chapter 204 Hadith No.570]



    If you base your conclusion only on this single Hadith, then you may wrongly conclude that it is not advisable or preferable for women to go to the mosque. However, your conclusion cannot be based only on one Hadith neglecting or ignoring all the other Ahadith. The context of the Hadith is also very important.



    The Prophet (pbuh) said that if a person prays in the mosque he gets 27 times more blessings (Sawab). Some women argued that they had infants at home and other household work and therefore could not go to the mosque. Thus, the men would have a greater advantage than women for receiving such blessings. It is then that the Prophet (pbuh) said the above Hadith.



    Hence, the conclusion is that in situations where women have infants and household work, which too is an important duty that cannot be neglected, women would not be deprived of the sawaab (blessings) if they pray in their own homes.



    2. There are several Ahadith which prove that both men and women used to go to the mosques during the life of the prophet (pbuh):



    (i) The Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from going to the mosque of Allah.’ [Sahih Muslim Vol.1 Chapter 177 Hadith No.886]



    (ii) And husbands were specifically told by him, “If the wife of any one of you asks permission (to go to the mosque) do not forbid her.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book of Salaah, Chapter 80, Hadith No. 832)



    (iii) From the time the Prophet (pbuh) entered Madinah, after Hijra, till his demise, he never prevented women from entering the mosque.



    (iv) During the time of the Prophet (pbuh), women not only went to the mosques for prayer but also for religious education and liter­ary discussions as the mosque was the centre of community. Several Ahadith tell us that the Prophet (pbuh) addressed people in the mosque, and the audience consisted of both Muslim men and women. Women many a times asked questions to the Prophet (pbuh) in the mosque.



    (v) During the Prophet’s (pbuh) time, mosques had separate entrances for ladies. Women filled the mosques from behind while men had sepa­rate entrances and filled the mosques from the front. In between the two sections were children.



    (vi) It is reported by Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: “The best rows for men are the first rows, and the worst ones are the last. The best rows for women are the last ones, and the worst ones for them are the first.” [Sahih Muslim Vol.1 Chapter 175 Hadith No.881)



    3. Islam permits women to pray in mosques. Ladies should have separate and equal facilities. Islam does not permit the inter­mingling of sexes. Otherwise, there will be a similar scene in mosques like other places of worship where some people even come for ‘bird-watching’ and eve teasing.



    4. In recent times, women are not allowed in mosques in a few countries especially in India and its neighbouring countries. Otherwise, in most of the other countries, women are allowed in mosques. Women are allowed in mosques in Saudi Arabia, in U.A.E; in Egypt, in U.S.A; in the U.K and in Singapore. Women are also allowed in the sacred mosques, Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah and in Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madinah.



    Allahamdulillah, the trend is now changing in India. We have several mosques in India and a few in Mumbai in which women come to pray in mosques (masaajid).

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  3. Imagine there's no Heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one!!!

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