Showing posts with label Religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Religion. Show all posts

Friday, May 10, 2019

Changing Religion & Your Future In The Hereafter: It Has Several Pitfalls

Changing religion may have legal implications in the country you live. But, those may be considered temporary, also because life itself is temporary. Your future in the hereafter, is eternal. Religions have different answers to life after death. It's wise to consider that, also related to those you might want to share it with. And, study the religion you take in interest in. As I said before, it isn't impossible to keep your rights to goodness in the hereafter, when leaving Islam. But, there's no guarantee -- nor is there a guarantee you will be reunited with those you love. Supplication for your deceased loved ones, however, will increase their (and your) chances to paradise and a reunion with those you loved.

Second aspect you may need to ask yourself, before changing religion, is this:

Was my religious conviction, so far, untruthful?

If it's untruthful, it says a lot about my whole environment: Family, upbringing, education, and religious or other scriptures and literature I may have read. Latter aspect, study of scriptures, should be done or rehearsed, before making a change as drastic as religion. Denying an aspect of your past, ie your religious outlook so far, may be denying certain parts of yourself and those immediately around you. It's not something to think lightly of.

And, there is a third aspect. In drastic, unusual situations, in times of persecution and war violence only, it is allowed to killed those who left our faith, says Qur'an. Hadiths confirm killing of apostates. It's possible to give these texts a sincerely positive twist:

It is always, always possible to return to faith, because your membership is forever, even if you have been elsewhere.

Just like the lost son, mentioned in the Old Testament. It is always allowed to forgive and re-embrace. Unless you committed atrocities and didn't intend to stop them.

Applicable Qur'anic verses:
2:62, 3:85, 5:69, 2:256, 4:451, 9:113, 13:23, 32:17, 43:70&71, 50:61, 52:21; 60:1-10.

Hadiths of Sahih Bukhari:
Book 2, Belief; Book 88, Apostates.

Sources & Further Reading:
Islam Question & Answer

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ancient Greek Religion Had Only Little Influence On Islam

Ancient Greece had a polytheistic religion with many antropomorphic and other real life-inspired gods. It rather was a literary tale of human history with real life personalities, than a book of religious law. There were many, many gods, with both good and evil personalities. Even abstract ideas could have a divine personification. But, there were also thirteen main gods: The Olympian gods Zeus, Athena, Apollo, Poseidon, Hermes, Hera, Aphrodite, Demeter, Ares, Artemis, Hades, Hephaistos, and Dionysos. They were believed to reside on Mount Olympos. They were recognized as gods across Greece. Zeus was their leader. The community of gods had its human stories; they had children; but, they could also influence human earthly affairs. Prayer and sacrifice could result in divine help to a personal matter, or to an issue in society, business, or other. Precisely these aspects, antropomorphic polytheism, is the most crucial difference from Islam. It isn't really necessary to dwell on it for long, here. There's a wealth of interesting websites and books about Greek religion.

Any interesting similarities between Islam and ancient Greece can be found in philosophy. The eldest good documentation we have, nowadays, is Socrates' philosophy, more than 400 years BC. Greek Philosophers, from the oldest days of Greek civilization, somewhere 600 BC, asked the questions that clashed with the religion of their society and sometimes got them in serious trouble with their authorities. But, they also asked and answered questions that are interesting to science and philosophy today, also for Muslims. That's where my study begins.

Ancient Greek Religion

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Why This Blog?

Islam is a world of truth and depth. For good reasons, Islam is vibrant and very much alive, also today, in our age of technology. Modern ideas and knowledge, don't clash with ancient Islamic texts. Yet, Islam is under constant scrutiny, nowadays. In itself, this is no problem. I'll do my best to react to some of the frequent questions and criticism, as open minded as I can. Is it true, that Qur'an is just a copy of ancient Greek, Biblical, Persian, or other scriptures? Is there an 'easy' permission to kill those who leave Islam, or don't want to enter Islam? Where does it mainly differ from, or agrees with other scriptures? In my own opinion, religious scriptures are a labor of love and a study topic for life. They are modern. There's always new information and guidance in religious scriptures.

I've used, among others, Qur'anic translation into Dutch 'De Koran' by prof dr J.H. Kramers, Uitgevery De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam, 1992/1997, ISBN 9789041705983; 'Quran Explorer',; and Maurice Bucaille's book 'The Bible, The Qur'an, and Science'