Abu, thank you for responding. I found Abdul’s story highly informative. The techniques and methods used by islam do not vary much from other religions seeking converts, aye?
So are the Salafis akin to the head imams of the muslim brotherhood in Egypt?
I find it extremely unethical and inhumane that malevolent acts committed by muslims are viewed as acceptable by fellow “moderate” muslims simply because they are fellow muslims. It’s sadly reminiscent of certain white people thinking it’s okay to commit heinous acts on “non whites” just because they’re not “white.” When will this type of tribally primitive thinking go away?
Abu: Rituals we have invested with meaning are difficult to give up. I miss doing saalat (the 5 times daily prayer) sometimes myself even though intellectually I know that it serves no purpose and the being I would be speaking to in Arabic most likely is not there. I’ve also had difficulty not beginning ritual ablution when I wash my hands or shower. So I do know what he means. I have a friend who was raised Russian Orthodox and is a secular humanist now who still uses worry beads. None of us are unaffected by our upbringing.
I truly understand Abu, but rituals such as this can cause tics, or even obsessive compulsive disorder [OCD]. Religions that teach this type of redundant ritualization are using this habit-creating method in order to create a mild form of mental illness in their “members.” I would think you would be relieved not to have to redundantly recite redundant prayers five times a day…. I find it sadly odd, though I am not unsympathetic, that it is something that you miss.
I hesitantly suggest that every time you start to recite such redundancy in your head that you deliberately do something to break the loop of thought circulating in your head.
While it’s true that none of us are unaffected by our upbringing, it is wise, as adults, to break free of any mentally and emotionally unhealthy effects from that upbringing.
Dump the bad baggage as it were.
The idea is to rise above and beyond any of the negative repercussions our upbringings may have on us.
I like you and your silly avatar pigs, Abu. I hope you shctick around.