And Why I am not a Muslim
In the name of Allah, the Benificient, the Merciful. And so begin my readings of the Qur’an. There is something to be said about how pleasant this simple affirmation of these attributes of the divine are and the manner in which the reader is reintroduced to the phrase at the beginning of each new Surah. It is an altogether wonderful expression that is almost poetic and most certainly beautiful in the act of being repeatedly presented to the reader as they make their way through the Muslim holy book. In this respect, it is like a gift imparted upon the reader, a promise they are to hold on to, believe in and perhaps most importantly of all, cherish. As a Christian I can deeply respect that, empathize with, and feel real joy at the sentiments thereof. Yet as I survey Islamic theology I see a stark disconnect between what is said of the Muslim God and what the actual theology teaches (and more importantly, what the ramifications of these teachings are). I cannot state it enough that I believe there to be an inherent tension between the popular conception of God in the thoughts of Muslims and the conception of God in Islamic theology and this is exactly what I wish to bring to light through this series.
Below is a list of all my posts which comprise this, “and Why I am not a Muslim”, series. While the intent of this entire blog so far has been one of showing exactly why I am not Muslim, the following few articles display this best in that they primarily are not rebuttals to such and such an author but simply my grievances with Islamic theology proper. Admittedly they are tackled from a western, Judeo-Christian perspective but I sincerely believe that I take care to craft my thoughts and arguments in such a way that the objective reader will come to a conclusion that is drastically similar to mine; at least that is the hope. At the moment there is fairly little in this section yet as time passes I hope to add a succession of articles to this list. So, until then:
Love, and Why I am not a Muslim: This was my very first entry in this series. As the title implies, it focuses on love and the exhortation of this value in both the Bible and the Qur’an. Specifically, the article deals with man’s love for God and God’s love for man and the reader is treated to an interesting contrast between the Christian, the Muslim, and surprisingly enough, the Qur’anic perspective (in that I argue that the Qur’an and the average (dare I say, western) Muslim are very much in opposition when it comes to their understanding of the love of Allah and their love for Allah).
Forgiveness, and Why I am not a Muslim: My second foray into this series and so far my favourite. It concerns itself with the Christian and Muslim view of forgiveness and in so doing briefly touches upon the concepts of God, sin, and harmony within the inherent attributes of the Divine.
Allah, and Why I am not a Muslim: Perhaps the definitive work in this series. If one were to only read one article from this section then I would advise this to be it. While it largely ignores the issues I raised in the “Forgiveness, and Why I am not a Muslim” post, it still is more than apt in enabling the reader to understand the fundamental (though quite basic) points of contention that the Christian has with Islamic theology and the repercussions thereof.
Allah, and Why I am not a Muslim: Another Look: This is mainly a response to an individual who took issue with the initial article and as such it retraces, emphasizes and defends many of the same points that I had brought up in the first post. Rather than this being a sequel post, it is more of a re-visitation of the article and as such it is most helpful—if not only helpful—if the reader has already read the first article.