1 Year after Leaving Islam here are my reflections….
I propose that the most likely explanation is not that all other religions except Islam are false, but rather all religions including Islam are false.
Mythical stories like the heavens and earth being split, Adam and Eve, Allah raising the heaven from the Earth , the idea of Shaytans are fair attempts at the ancients trying to understand the universe and answer the question of how we got here.
The reality is that these stories do not seem to be true or based on any real events or facts but rather just invented out of thin air.
How do we explain in Surah Qamar the stars falling to Earth, or in the hadith that discusses the sun coming near and the sweat increasing per person. Doesn’t actually match our understanding of reality and requires a lot more assumptions to make sense. In order to maintain this understanding of reality you have to hold a dual understanding of reality where you separate your reasoning into two parts. One for everything else and a special reasoning just for religion
When I got to the point where I realized this, I left Islam
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Echoes some of my reasons for leaving Islam, flirting with other theistic beliefs then leaving them behind too.
I drifted away over a decade I think but did not have the capacity to even verbalise my problems with the religion or with the irrationality of my beliefs. Not then, but now I’m glad to see writers such as yourself giving voice to similar thoughts.
Your posts are quite interesting.
What are your views on death and the afterlife? Is there an afterlife at all then?
Also, what about all the rules stated in the Quran ? Why would the Prophet make up rules arbitrarily? For example, why is Alcohol prohibited? Why is Zinna prohibited? Even though they are activities people at that time did very regularly and also enjoyed, why have they been prohibited by the Prophet if the Quran was really his creation?
I mean alright, I understand that excessive alcohol consumption can cause chaos, but that doesn’t mean that even a sip of it is prohibited, as stated in the Quran. Even things like gambling, if humans are given freedom of will, why is gambling haram?
I don’t think there is any afterlife. Most likely, our consciousnesses ends when we die, similar to how we don’t experience anything when we go into a coma.
I think a lot of the rules come from Judaism, and maybe Prophet Muhammad really did consider himself a reformer, a descendant of Abraham infact, and wanted to bring people to live good lives. However he did receive many special benefits from this arrangement, being “the messenger of God”. So there is a motive for him. We can only guess as to the exact reason why it was done. Thanks for your comments bro.
What special benefits did he receive? He in fact lived a very simple life so much so that he would go weeks on end without eating anything more than a few dates due to his poorness. He could have collected money from the Muslims who would have gladly given it to him but he did not. Even buddist monks are fed by their followers why would the prophet who also happened to be the leader of all the Arabs and beyond go hungry? There has never been a leader of any kind who inflicted hardship upon himself in order to spare his people so what made him so different. It’s been historically proven that the prophe Muhammed lived a very simple life and died a poor man, and in keeping human behaviour in mind how are we to believe that he was a false prophet but pretended to be a real one his ENTIRE LIFE. No one is that committed and if he knew there would be no heaven why would he sacrifice living like a king on earth?
Muhammad used to get 1/5th of all the war booty as well as absolute obedience and reverence from the Muslims almost to the point of worship. They used to drink his wudhoo water, they would literally jump when he said jump and sit when he said sit. It was like “Simon says”. As well, he died with Fadak which was a huge plot of land (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fadak). He did not die poor.
Dear Abdullah Sameer, there are some simple decisions to make to see if Islam is nonsense or not. Are there a lot of godnesses, one god or no god? OK, we decide for 1 god. Has he create the universe (time and space, fundamental laws of nature …) after his will and is he (she/it) allmighty? OK – we say yes. So – all we can see now, the whole universe, is from the logic of god? OK, yes. Has he changed often his mind, the fundaments of this universe? Obviously not because only slight changes in the basics ot this universe will let disappear this universe. Has he created the human being as something extraordinary? OK, say we yes. Whats so extraordinary/the difference between human beings and (other) animals? Thats clear – no doubt that to think logical and critical about this universe (and perhaps his creator) makes the big difference. So the nature of human being is created by god, it was his will? OK, say we yes. How is the nature of a human being? To be born nude, more male than female, uncircumcised and with the ability to think. Are there differences by nature between believers or unbelievers? No. Obviously are our religious topois irrelevant for our existence or for god because the fundamentals of our universe are not based on human or any other moral. Time and space are not good or bad, beautiful or ugly – god has no human moral. All religions based on a moral – a good (Jesus Christ) or a bad (Muhammad) but obviously its irrelevant for the basic of universe and also life. So all we can say – it doesn’t make sense to believe to god or not to believe to god. We are free born and we can live free with our will. Islam is so a lot of mental and moral morose.