Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an amazing 2010, and I’A 2011 will be even better!
I’ve been on vacation for the past 2 weeks, which is why I didn’t post or comment much. I have exams this week, and after that I’ll be back, I promise! 😀
One thing I wanted to share was a realization I had a few weeks ago. The MA I’m doing now is in Development studies, so a lot of it is economics, politics, and sociology. I noticed that I usually tend to believe minority views, especially in terms of politics. The people I study with agree with me because we are all very critical of development as a field as well as of the West in general. However, I noticed from the comments on this blog as well as general conversations I have, that most people are not critical of the West or Western foreign policy. For example, everyone I study with found it typical that Assange got accused of rape one day before releasing top-secret documents. None of us thought it was a coincidence, and none of us believed that he did it. We all assumed it was the US and their political games. This was confirmed when Sweden dropped the rape charges 5 hours after arresting Assange.
Another example is the fact that we are more sensitive to colonialism and neo-colonialism. None of us think colonialism is over, hence neo-colonialism. It’s obvious in the West’s foreign policy and it’s obvious in development and aid. Even more obvious is the way many ordinary Westerners see Africa, the Middle East, Muslims, etc.
Anyway, my point is that when it comes to politics, I usually have no issue being in the minority in terms of my views. But when it comes to Islam, it’s a different story. I somehow feel like if my views are minority views, then they must be wrong. I am, beyond doubt, a progressive Muslim. Which is definitely a minority within Islam. But I don’t know why I always seem to think that if the majority of Muslims think something, then it must be right.
Then one day in class I realized that if I believe in things most people don’t believe in, and I don’t question myself, then why can’t I do that with Islam? No, I don’t believe homosexuals are going to hell; I don’t believe in the hijab, I don’t believe women and men are not equal in the Qur’an. Just like I don’t believe colonialism is over, I don’t believe the developing world is to blame for most of its problems, and I don’t believe that the United Nations really wants to help people.
I wonder why it is that I can’t be as sure about my Islamic beliefs? Is it because there’s more at stake?