17
Jan
12

Spoken Word Response: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

Assalamualaykum!

Here I am once again writing a new post instead of studying D:  Like in most cases, when inspiration strikes, it hits me in the face and it’s hard to ignore, and sometimes I simply can not help but give into the urges I have for undertaking some sort of “creative project,” like writing a new post.

I came across 2 spoken word poems today on Facebook, entitled, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.”

A Christian brother shot a video of his spoken word poem and it has drawn many responses due to its extremely provocative nature, and due to the critical issues it addresses.

 [The church] is not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken.

One response that possibly many people didn’t expect is one from a Muslim… 🙂  Many times it comes as a shocker to others that Muslims, just like Jews and Christians, also claim ties to Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus among the many other prophets and messengers, peace be upon them all.  When it comes to Islam, the ideology preaches that we believe in all prophets to be simply that: slaves and carries of God’s one message, there is no god but Me, God alone; so believe, worship, obey, follow, and etc.  Also, Islam teaches its followers to learn from their lives and respect them and honor them.

Here’s the masha’Allah AMAZING response to the poem by a Muslim brother.

‎”Just because you believe in faith, doesn’t mean that Jesus didn’t believe in submission. // So you began to follow a religion and called it love in disguise; because love can be good, but love can be blind.”

Both poems bring up important points, and I’m still reflecting on them both.  At the end of the day, whatever we are talking about and discussing about with others, it is important to do so respectfully and I think that these videos bring up issues that are worth talking about. I think there are many things that I am not able to understand completely in the original poem, since my knowledge of the Christian religion and churches and how their religion is implemented is limited.  But one thing that is definitely apparent to me from the poem are the flaws and contradictions within Christianity, mainly the concepts of no accountability and salvation in Jesus alone.  I also found shocking the abhorrence with which the idea of being “enslaved” to any sort of belief is spoken about which is also reflected in society today, but which is something that Muslims proudly claim: to have submitted to God and to be His slaves.  When we think about it, we as people were created as beings that seek to worship something and seek to be slaves of that thing; whether it to be to God, to the material world, to a certain person or relationship, to dreams or goals, and etc.

The poems made me think of something that Ustadh Nouman brought up in class earlier this winter:  how the Qur’an describes the reaction of the universe when someone says God has taken a son.

   وَقَالُوا اتَّخَذَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ وَلَدًا     لَّقَدْ جِئْتُمْ شَيْئًا إِدًّا

تَكَادُ السَّمَاوَاتُ يَتَفَطَّرْنَ مِنْهُ وَتَنشَقُّ الْأَرْضُ وَتَخِرُّ الْجِبَالُ هَدًّا

أَن دَعَوْا لِلرَّحْمَٰنِ وَلَدًا       وَمَا يَنبَغِي لِلرَّحْمَٰنِ أَن يَتَّخِذَ وَلَدًا

And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son.” / You have done an atrocious thing. / The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation / That they attribute to the Most Merciful a son. / And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son. [Qur’an, Ch. 19 , Maryam: Verses 88-92]

God, also known as Allah in Arabic, doesn’t refer to Himself as “Allah” or even “Master” or any other of the typical name He uses in the Qur’an, but He refers to Himself as “THE MOST MERCIFUL.”

If  the Most Merciful’s inanimate creation, the sky, the earth, and the mountains, have this sort of response to when someone says, “God has a son,” how do you think their anger compares to His anger, even though He has already qualified Himself as the Most Merciful?  It is definitely a scary thought, and perhaps God has left it out on purpose so that we can just try to imagine how disrespectful this statement is to His Oneness.

As a side note…It’s interesting, this passage especially makes me truly believe that Allah talks to us in the Qur’an, sometimes directly, sometimes individually, sometimes collectively, and in every other way.  It’s almost creepy how much I feel that this passage is revealed directly for people who follow the Christian faith.  It proves that Allah is fully aware of everything from the beginning until the end of time and that He is fully aware of all that we believe, say, and do.

All praise is for the One and Only, the True God.  And all thanks is due to Him.

As another side note since we are on the topic of prophets in Islam…Shaykh Omar Suleiman (the newest AlMaghrib instructor, masha’Allah) is doing an online tafsir course Willful Obedience: An in-depth study of Surah Ibrahim from tomorrow Jan 17-March 6 on Tuesdays from 8-9:30 pm CST.  The cost is only $10 and you can register online at:  www.ILFHouston.org.  News from the organizers: recordings will be available to anyone who registers, so if you can’t make that time, don’t let it stop you from taking this class!  

This class is going to be amazing insha’Allah, so I would encourage everyone to take full advantage of this opportunity and sign up for the class!  I have yet to register as well, so I am getting on it, insha’Allah!

It has been absolutely gorgeous for the past couple days in Texas, all praise is for God.

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