This Story May Make You Rethink of Your Choice of Knowledge

TehTarik Journal

Born Muslim or a Muslim convert? Doesn’t matter. This story may make you rethink–

  1. about whether you are ready to read the flooding facebook comments
  2. about liking/sharing posts
  3. about posting your own comments

We came across an article on www.thenewmuslim.co. The article is clearly titled ‘WHEN FALSEHOOD SEEMS LIKE TRUTH’. At first, it seems like another angry blog write-up on the case of imam’s alleged inflammatory remarks. But it’s not. We help you sum up her story here…
(We do not know the writer’s gender, hence will just state ‘his/her’, ‘he/she’ etc.).

  1. The writer joined a facebook group termed as ‘support group for Muslim converts’. It had around 1.5K members at that point of time. As a new convert, the writer thought that the group would understand him/her, hence may be able to answer his/her questions.
  2. The writer posted his/her first question in the group. As a new Muslim, terms that he/she had never seen before – “Wahhabi”, “Ahl as sunnah wa al-Jama’ah” etc. came up, too much for the writer to handle. Moreover, he/she was left with even more questions and doubts.
  3. Despite that, the writer is impressed that everyone seemed so articulate in communicating their point. He/she was confused, but was hooked to the group, in a weird way.
  4. The writer also added a friend/acquaintance named ‘S’ into the group, because after the group accused the place the writer was learning Islam from as ‘wahhabi’, ‘S’ showed some concern about his/her sources of Islam.
  5. This seems to be the writer’s turning point – about some months later, ‘S’ stepped in.

    S: “I think you should leave the group.”

    Me: “But why? I am learning so many new things!”

    S: “The people in the group discuss without a conclusion, or with someone to guide their thoughts. It’s like a debate, trying to convince others that their viewpoint is right. What makes you think you can gather what Islam says is right or wrong from what they say?”


  6. The writer realized this: “The very structure of the group was wrong- it was the perfect ground to breed one’s own version of Islam just based on forming conclusions and ‘agree to disagree’ perspectives. It was perfect to cultivate a form of Islam that catered to the nafs, and question anything that came in its way.”
  7. The writer found himself/herself dragged out of that group. He/she said, “I was too unlearned, I am still too unlearned- to perceive the Truth from a slurry of perspectives from individuals whose backgrounds I have absolutely no idea about.”

 

The writer also list out some humble take-aways for fellow readers (again, whether you are born Muslim or a Muslim convert):

1. Examine The Adab of the one whom you are seeking knowledge from (why would you seek knowledge from someone who cannot control even his own ego?)

2. Stay away from Facebook comments (especially those that come after some Islamophobic news content)

3. Division, or Unity? (does terming someone a “Wahhabi”, “Kafir”, etc. do us any benefit aside from the obvious harm of distancing yourself, and creating enmity with him?)

4. Just Leave (that group, or that source that you’re unsure about- it’s better always to be safely gaining your knowledge from a reputed, learned scholar)

5. Make lots and lots of Dua.

 

 

 

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