Those you think I criticise Islam (by reading my Bengali posts associates with criticising Bangladeshi Muslim activities), always remember, actions of the people determine the good or bad activities – not the religion.
Remember, Islam is just a belief system out of thousands of other belief systems. It is lifeless. It cannot do anything good or evil. Alike any of those thousand of belief systems, Islam has a set of rules.
Firstly, they cover our fundamental curiosities regarding the reasons for our existence and the process of coming into life on this planet earth.
Secondly, social manners, like what should be our behaviours to other humans, including parents, siblings, neighbours, and unknown people.
Thirdly, prices and punishments, for examples, what will happen if you do or do not practice those social practices and do not believe in the stories of our existence.
These three things as a whole are very vast. In many parts, especially, the social parts are flexible and adaptable. It means we do not need to stick to one practice, and it can change over time based on social changes. These changes are a subject of lengthy discussion. But we are not focusing on that at this moment.
Let’s get back to our concern. Both good and evil only can be done by humans. Hence, I can utterly criticise humans, more specifically, human actions. And, obviously, for being a lifeless system, religion doesn’t deserve criticism at all.
In a metaphoric divergence point, religious belief systems are nothing but tools – just like a two edge sharp knife. You need to be careful while you are using it. Less careful use can bleed you out by either front or the back edges.
If you are a good guy, you will use it to do good. Might be cutting fruits, cooking foods, if you are a doctor, then in the operation theatre. There is an enormous good use.
Similarly, if you are a terrible person, you will use it for hijacking, killing, and robbing people.
The uses are up to you.
I or nobody can blame a lifeless knife for doing good or immoral activities. Both are done by good or bad peoples.
Similarly, good people use religion to show their gratitude, to find some mental relaxation and so-called spiritual satisfactions.
Evil people use religion to perform their harmful activities, such as harvesting tremendous power, demonstrating intolerance and egos, spreading anti-coexistence racism, and so on.
These evil actions should be criticised because criticism enhances a right-wrong realisation.
Now, I am sure you agree that evil actions should be criticised.
But remember the point I mentioned earlier – a religion is more like a double edge knife.
If you find that you cannot take the criticism of evil actions of evil people who are using religion to defend or justify their immoral activities, then it means you are bleeding yourself by another edge of the knife. You become so blind that you cannot see the bleeding. Yes. You are not dying for this bleeding, but your human nature is dying. When humanity is not present in your mind, there is nothing but a wild hungry inhuman creature. It will just make you another evil person – unkind and avoidable.
Nevertheless, I need to mention again; I criticise human actions. I do not think any religion is something to criticise—it all about the followers and their incapability of religious adaptation with the changes in the societies.
In the end, please, shut up—if you still don’t get it. You are just annoying.
Ahmed Sanny (June 2020)