Of Muslims and Their ‘Brotherhood’

13 Jul

We often don’t pay attention to the things we say. Though trivial these things might appear to be, we don’t realize the impact they have on our surroundings, the tensions that they create in our society, and the mindsets they give birth to. Though clean our intentions may be, the listener doesn’t always interpret things exactly the way we see them.

A while ago, I finished praying Fajr. My sister pointed out that I was a bit (which was a few minutes only) ahead of schedule and that I had prayed according to Shia timings. I answered simply that they are Muslims too, and I think that was the most reasonable answer. The Azaan may be a bit different but it serves the same purpose. The method of praying may be different but it serves the same purpose. The interpretations of religion may be different but the Quran is exactly the same. We all fulfil the criteria to be called Muslims.

The other day, I was casually talking about how I wanted to marry an Irani girl. Dad said, “Well then she would be Shiite,” implying that she didn’t qualify to be called Muslim. I am a fairly conservative Muslim but hearing a person say (or imply) that Shias aren’t Muslims is as offensive to me as a westerner saying that Islam supports violence just because some maniac decided to blow up the Times Square.

When we create such mindsets and promote such beliefs, we only create more and more distance between us. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why there’s no such thing as ‘Muslim Brotherhood’.

3 Responses to “Of Muslims and Their ‘Brotherhood’”

  1. asif July 13, 2013 at 4:38 AM #

    Few of us yet think that way…completly in support of what u wrote

  2. Maryam July 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

    It’s these little things that we don’t even pay any attention to. Sunnis patronize and scorn Shias and Shias do the same to everyone else. But as long as we have even one person refusing to discriminate, I think there’s hope.

  3. Rai M Azlan July 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    the problem with our attitude is the sense of superiority and that is causing most of the issues we are facing with our “brotherhood”. the sense of being better than other has never let us understand the perspective and the ideas of the other side. moreover judging other on the basis of there affiliations and outlook is our hobby too.
    i believe that Islam is an introvert religion that values more that is inside than what we portray to the outer world but we have desperately made it an extrovert religion. hence we are having issues with our “brotherhood”

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