Thursday, January 3, 2013

Are Religions Holding Us Back?

 over the years, people used to blame their failure over many things; bad luck, crazy weather, stupid people around, and many other lame reasons...
one of the reasons they are blaming on it now, is religion, or let me be more specific "being religious"

first of all, I'm Muslim, by born in a Muslim family, and now by free choice

over the history governors used religions to control their people, away from that all religions don't approve that way of control
religious men thought they are better humans, they should lead and people should "blindly" follow

when Galileo Galilei discovered that "that the sun does not circle the earth but the earth circles the sun" the church banned his ideas and was condemned by the Catholic Church for "vehement suspicion of heresy"

Leonardo da Vinci although he painted the most famous religious painting in history, he was an enemy of the church. because of his weird research and not-familiar inventions, dead bodies dissection, he was a truth-seeker, and the roman catholic church in the middle ages tended to imprison, torture, and execute truth-seekers, he was accused of being homosexual and
brought to trial for sodomy and the church sponsored persecution.

these are two of the most famous examples along with the famous bath forbidding issue...
how is this related to Christianity?

now Islam is experiencing a similar issues now, Muslims are using Islam to control people...
some countries are beating people to pray, while the prophet was asked "exhort your people to pray, and patiently adhere to it"

others ban photography while "al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham" aka Alhazen, is considered the god father of this science and he was a Muslim too

Ibn al-Nafis was the first to the first to describe the pulmonary circulation of the blood, and now people prohibit dissection of human bodies

in the middle ages, which was considered dark ages, people traveled from Europe to learn Arabic and study modern science, those were times when we understood religion

now if religious men couldn't understand it they ban it, and this problem extended to Science, Economy, and almost all fields of life, why you can judge that something is prohibited if you're not qualified to say so

religions are meant to push us forward to reach highest virtues and asked us to read and think not to blindly follow. religions are meant to pursue peace not to ignite hatred

please don't blame it on religion, blame it on not-so-true understanding