Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spiritual supplement (UU)

*Post inspired by discussion in comments from one of LK (Ink Blots and Blue Abayas)'s posts.*

I love Islam for what it is to me, but it's sometimes so far from what it is to others. The beliefs are there so I am Muslim but my emphasis is not on all the little rules people think of when they think of Islam. It's on the big picture.

I have so much to figure out spiritually, and even though I will figure it out in Islam, I cannot figure it out in a very strict interpretation of Islam. People who believe it's obligatory to follow Islam in this way are still my brothers and sisters in Islam as long as they can accept me for what I believe and do, and I really feel I can learn from this, but I don't think it's wrong to learn from more unconventional sources. Whether it's an unconventional approach to the Qur'an, or even being able to learn something valuable outside Islam (like from Buddhism, for example).

I appreciate the Universal Unitarianist approach of being open-minded and searching for truth and meaning from a variety of sources, altogether, even if they don't all believe the same things. For someone who doesn't believe there's somehow *more* truth in another religion, this is a full and complete religion for them, but for me, if I were to join UU, it would be more of a supplement to Islam, where I'd be able to learn and grow (in Islam).

Now, I'm not UU. I haven't even attended the UU church. And even if I have a great experience there, I wouldn't be able to go regularly because it's not exactly nearby... So this post could apply to any community or even just to friends who want to think about these things if I had any. I feel lately that UU is the nearest thing I could find that would satisfy this though so it's why I mention it.

14 Comentários:

Susanne said...

Hopefully you'll get to visit a UU church and see how you like it. :)

Knowledge Seeker said...

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Thank you

safaona said...

wow, you are really confused, why don't you concentrate on understanding Quran? your blog reflects a very mixed up young woman ,you pick and choose what you want out a religion or mix some parts of many to make your own.Sadly your husband is a poor example of his faith ,he can't lead you.
I will pray that you find your way to Islam without all the influence you are getting from "so called" online friends

Candice said...

safoona: I'm not confused. Islam today is not the Islam it should be. To look at Christian sources to contemplate for example how important it is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you is not unislamic. This is something that is part of Islam but doesn't get the same type of attention in Islam as it does in Christianity. I welcome learning about good things even if it's not from Muslims. As long as it's Islamic!

safaona said...

Learning Islam from non muslim?? that makes sense to you???

Candice said...

safoona: You're exactly the type of Muslim that makes me need to look outside of only Muslims to learn. I can't see why people can't learn valuable things from non-Muslims! My parents are not Muslim and taught me so much!

safaona said...

your non muslim parents taught you a lot, I don't disagree, but non muslim can not teach you about Islam, that not the same, you are mixing apples and oranges.Like I stated previously,you want a make to order religion,Islam is not like that.

Anonymous said...

"if I were to join UU, it would be more of a supplement to Islam, where I'd be able to learn and grow (in Islam)."

That's the way I see it too ... although I doubt I'll have a chance to go to a service any time soon, I like what I've read online and I've listened to a local service on a website and I was impressed.

Wrestling said...

I will pray that you find your way to Islam without all the influence you are getting from "so called" online friends

Why is it only ever Muslims that say things like this? Always so insecure and protective.

Never a thought for the feelings of the person, who they know is quite likely to come along and see this comment.

You know what safaona, don't you worry, I'm not evangelising for UU. And people like you make it not worth the headache of me commenting on Muslim blogs altogether. So congratulations - you win.

Candice said...

Sarah (Wresting): Don't even bother with those types of comments. She might not mean you personally (although I'm sure she'd consider open-minded people like you a possible "bad influence" on a new convert in Islam). You should continue commenting on blogs by people who appreciate what you have to say, or who you think can get something positive from what you have to say and you should NOT feel prevented by a random commentor. Hope you keep visiting me!

Wrestling said...

Sorry Candice, didn't mean for it to sound like I won't visit your blog. I will, of course. But this sort of rude crap happens all over the blogs, and since I'm not on a mission to change anyone's minds, I sometimes wonder why I bother exposing myself to it. I'm trying to be universally tolerant but these people make it hard. ;)

Rukhpar Mor said...

I am sorry that I have nothing constructive to say about the topic of your post. (And I am also a little late in commenting).

But I just wanted to say something to Wrestling: I think you are totally unfair when you say "Why is it only ever Muslims that say things like this?" That is generalizing. Please don't do that. I think you need to find yourself some good blogs to follow.

Sarah said...

Rukhpar Mor: Sorry, I was a little angry there. In retrospect I would change it to "Why is it almost always Muslims that say things like this?"

And just to clarify, my meaning was not that Muslims are generally rude, but just that rude commenters are most likely to be Muslim. I've read a lot of great Muslim blogs and it seems it's the best ones that attract the rudest comments.

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