Religion vs Way of Life

disclaimer: if you are easily offended by religious stuff, close this page and don’t continue reading. This is just my opinion and if you continue reading and you vex, go and hug transformer. Oh and this post is a tad log so bear with me. 😀

Do you have a religion or a way of life? At the end of this post, I hope you’ll be able to answer this question. I was going through Linda Ikeji’s blog and i saw a comment. This is an excerpt: ‘muslims and christians don’t worship the same God. Muslims worship the devil’
I didn’t and i haven’t wanted to post anything religious on this blog but this?… This is ignorance in it’s highest form. Religious conflict is one of nigeria’s greatest problems. People also say Islam is a ‘voilent’ religion. In the Qu’ran, it says: “He who kills a non-Muslim living amongst Muslims will never smell the fragrance of paradise”.

Islam means peace. This is a comprehensive explanation: Islam is derived from the word ‘Aslam’ and the Arabic root “salema” that means peace, purity, submission and obedience. This is an excerpt from the Qu’ran: “We believe in ALLAH and that which has been revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus and other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and to HIM we submit.”

Who is Allah?: Allah is the proper name for Almighty God,
and is often translated merely as “God”. It is important to note that “Allah” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will see the word “Allah” being used where “God” is used in English. This is because “Allah” is the only word in the Arabic language equivalent to the English word “God” with a capital “G” (Islam started in the Arab world hence the use of the Arabic Language)

Muslims are expected to tolerate other religions. It is in the Qu’ran that: God forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for God loveth those who are just.

Muslims do believe that there is Jesus and await His second coming. They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind. The Quran confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Mary’), and Mary is considered the purest woman in all creation. The birth of Jesus is in the Qu’ran:
‘Behold!’ the Angel said, ‘God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to God. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and shall be of the righteous.’
She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ He said: ‘Even so; God creates what He will. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, “Be!” and it is.’

On the issue of more than one wife, there is a clause (which many people overlook). Circumstances may warrant the taking of another wife but the right is granted, according to the Qu’ran, only on condition that the husband is scrupulously fair.

I come from a muslim home and i attend a christian school where we are preached to about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit at any opportunity. So, I can say that I have a great understanding of both religions and i know what I’m talking about. Most people forget the essence of their faiths and start being religious and then they mix up the rules. Somewhere along the way, many people stop following God and start following their religious leaders. Someone tweeted (although not the exact words): on judgement day, we aren’t going to stand in a single file behind our pastors’. People should start trying to understand the concepts that a religion entails before saying things about the religion. You need to be informed. Don’t just do/say things because your pastor/alfa/imam or whatever said so. Know your religion. Know who you are. If we aren’t careful, we may end up with The Guyana Tragedy. Ignorance is why someone said we will face the ‘rat’ of God if we continue ‘harassing’ Oyedepo for slapping the girl that said she is a witch for Jesus. Also, are you prejudiced against other religions? You believe that anybody that practices a religion other than yours is a ……

Now to Boko Haram. To say that Boko Haram is an Islamic group is lies because muslims are even more affected by their activities. Most of the places where they attack are occupied by muslims. Also, they aren’t against western education. If they are, why are they using products of western education. I think these people are for the government if not why would they not do anything about boko haram and why would the president say it is a phase we have to live out.

Also when i was doing this, i saw this tweet: ‘@Tweet_Babalawo: If ur muslim i automatically hate u Especialy if ur hausa I detest u May maggot come out ur body[sic] while ur alive.‘ You see. Ignorance.

If you are willing to get rid of your ignorance about Islam, click here for basic facts and misconceptions about Islam.
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I’m stuck with the story I’m writing but i’ll try to be done by New Year.

Have a lovely day 🙂
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8 thoughts on “Religion vs Way of Life

  1. Ok, thank you first of all for this post.
    I’m a Christian but i have a lot of Muslim friends and i respect their religion a lot…
    i believe we all serve the same God, anyone who doesn’t think so is stupid.

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    • Its funny when ppl say muslims and christians worship the same God. One orders for compulsory ramadan, while the other doesnt. Two gods are seen and defined seperately and differently. With even two diff manuals.
      However are boko haram muslims? Yes they are! They are obviously not atheists! They follow the koran, believe in a single god (minus christian god), believe muhammed is the true God’s messenger. And divine law is above secular laws. Interpretation of divine documents has not always been a strong point of man, so difference in religious opinion is regular. Boko is a fundamental “islamic” sect. To claim Islam is peace is very fault too

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        • I perfectly understand the post. But its ignorant or pretends to be ignorant about the various divisions of Islam, with their widely varying doctrines based on the koran and related divine revelations. The idea that Islam is peaceful is deceptive. There are countless instances in history whereby violence, wars have been motivated by islamic fervour + all the jihads in west africa + destruction of zoroasterians. For one, Islam basically does not tolerate idolatry, atheism or apotasy. The same caliph omar is infamous for burning the library at alexandria, claiming the knowledge in the koran was sufficient enough.
          The current religious clashes and boko haram is more evidence that Islam is not peaceful.

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          • There is this word: ‘extremism’. That is what religious violence is. extremism + ignorance = religious violence. If you don’t know (you can google this), there are christian terrorists. This doesn’t make christianity a violent religion. You can like to get your facts straight.

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        • Are Pat Robertson, Falwell, the Westboro church, jehovah witnesses christians, despite being fundamentalists/extremists? Yes they are likewise muslims. Since islam is not composed entirely of moderates, then one cant say its peaceful. Extremists are still “part” of the image of their religion, since they ve a sincere and honest view of what their religion instructs them on.

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  2. Oh! Brilliant,brilliant.
    I love this. Majority of the facts i try to let this ignoramuses understand are enumerated here.
    As regards the boko haram issue,we all saw how things manifested. Islam is a religion of peace and should be treated as such.maa salam

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