Identity Series Part 2/3
As a muslim that has studied Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics in a room of 20 atheists (including the tutor) for two years, I can safely say I've had my fair share of debates, silences and uncertainties concerning faith and spirituality. I respect every single person's opinion, view and way of life, so have always observed and absorbed curiously.
This particular course didn't cause any change, it triggered the years of uncertainty around the different parts of my identity. I was lost and confused, so I unlearned everything I had been told growing up. I detatched my self from it all, and began understanding and studying the various elements singularly from an objective point of view.
I never lost faith at any point, because it's ingrained in my veins, at the time I didn't realise this, and just wanted to stop this inward and outward battle. But during this time, I certainly felt that those who don't practice religion saw religious people as simply stupid (it was said in one way or another in my classes). And when you're surrounded by those that don't, it can make it even more difficult to make sense of who and what you are. It took years, infact over ten years, for me to now know what religion means.
Islam is not what I had been told in a room by my Islamic teacher that taught Arabic, what I had seen on tv on Islamic channels or otherwise, neither was it the behaviours that were expected of me by those I was surrounded with.
It is far far more diverse than our little bubble view of it. It's a way of life that is lived by the British Pakistani working woman living in the West to the elderly Kenyan maths teacher in the East, be that now or 2000 years ago. It is the true meaning of kindness, unity, brotherhood and gratitude.
It's something to be incredibly proud of in this age of detachment and temporary-ness. It's the calm amongst the busyness that is life. It's the restful home, within yourself, that will always be there no matter whatever high or low you are at. (continued in images above)
EDIT: Please excuse all the typos 😭