East Africawalla wrote:You have to believe we are right otherwise you will be wasting your time and effort
I believe Islam is the best religion, I was born in it, I questioned it in my youth but also took the effort to validate my faith thanks to some respected Moalims from broader Shia, Islam has stood upto time and proved its authenticity and its univerasality by providing freedom, demorcacy, equity and innovation,
At the same time some deviants (I regard exteremists in ISlamic context or Bohra fanatics in community fanatics, the only differentiation is the degree of harm either can cause) have manipulated the knowledge and that has resulted in issues that has brought us shame or concerns. Conclude what you may but that is the what I beleive that civilised mankind should agree to disagree but not become aggressive.
Similarly I do admire and appreciate Progressives' mission and undertsand the root cuase and some of the issues they bring up where many could be true but that does not mean I white wash that they are perfect or ideal such that I am aspired to join them !
On the same token it does not mean I regard other religions as wrong ! They are may right for their followers and one needs to understand human behaviours, religious roots and geographical applicability to appreciate various faiths. If one claims can understand the "tawil" then the same capacity can help one undertsant it is quite diffrent to see Islam from within and see it from the outside! Ishara kafee he !
Bohraism is a culture which is my identity based on my decendency from a Bohra family hence by being brought up in it I enjoy what I wish to and ignore what I don't want to especially if it is offensive. I view other religions and cultures with respect and admiration and if there is something to learn from and is useful why not ? This my take on civilisation !
Dawoodi Bohraism is a comfortable culture but also with many exagerations and extremes however yet they have not reached a level to tip the balance to become very oppressive and unbearable such as China-Tibet issue or Taliban-Afhan issue. Yes I do think some of Bohra practises are waste of time but as long as others do it at their free will and I am am not oppressed or forced into it. But the Kotharis fanatics should not get over confident to test the treshold because it cannot be backed out the next day and we will end up in chaos for a long time...examples are all around us.