Well I guess Muslim isn’t really a race, but more of a religion…but I didn’t really think religionism was the right word 😛
Anyways, I’m in a world religions class right now and for the past two weeks we’ve been talking about Islam. Our professor always tells us to feel the religion, not understand it. He wants us to read their scriptures as if we are from their religion. He is confident that we will not be converted to the other religions we talk about, but he wants us to give them a fair chance. Religion is very close to everyone’s heart (even if you don’t think you have a religion) so in order to understand a person we must understand their religion.
Anyways, I was surprised and bothered at the attitudes in my class yesterday. When preparing for class I had to read excerpts from the Qur’an. I tried to read it from their perspective and honestly, a lot of it was not different than my beliefs. Now of course there are major differences that I disagree with, so I cannot become a Muslim. I saw many similarities, but my classmates questioned this religion more than most of the other ones we talked about. It seemed that many of them had a hard time understanding it. Nothing they said was outward racist or religionist, but it was extremely cautious.
I think preconceived notions were still getting in their way of being open-minded. They had read what the Qur’an says about God. They had read an article written by a Christian that argued that although the Muslims have different beliefs perhaps they actually do believe many of the same things about God. Are we against all Muslims because of 9-11? The Qur’an actually promotes peace! Is it because of the media? It just seemed like everyone was a bit hostile. They’re people that need saving too. I think they’re misguided, but that’s the reason why we should love them.
I think we have more in common with Muslims than we’d like to admit.