Monday, September 20, 2010

Faith - Forced and Free

Some people just never step down from this moral high ground of insisting that everyone else believe the same as he/she does. And they are willing to use force to make sure that their dreams come true.

This is especially true of people that everyone should follow one religion, in the case of Maldives Islam.

It is true that the Maldivian constitution says that all citizens should be Muslims, which brings us to the notion of so called 100% Islamic country. Just because it is written in a legal document does not make it true. If it was the case, the world over would have solved all problems of poverty, crime, etc. It will only be a matter of writing 'everyone in Maldives is above poverty level' in the constitution, problem solved!

Some say, we should revoke the citizenship of people who become apostates or worse killed (let alone the fact that death penalty for apostasy is a debatable issue). So by that logic, to make Maldives a 0% poverty nation, we can revoke the citizenship of people who fare below the poverty line. To make 0% crime/fraud/corruption nation, we can revoke the citizenship of criminals, fraudsters and corrupt people (hmm, come to think of it, that would get rid of most of the politicians).

The fact of the matter is, by definition, faith is something that comes when someone wholeheartedly accept and believe. It can come only through conviction. This can only happen when a person is free to believe. When he is forced, then he can only act like he believes. This only creates a hypocrite out of him, and we have plenty of that in this country.

When you really look, it is precisely the freedom of conscience that enables you, me and everyone else to be Mulsims too. It just happens that this freedom of conscience is not protected for people who hold a belief that is different from majority backed state mandated belief.

If one day Maldivian constitution states "...Maldives must be 100% christian.." or atheist or buddists and enforced by force of law, it will be the day Muslim scholars (& majority of maldivians) of this country advocate for religious freedom. Its a pity that they don't realize its just the other side of the same coin that some are living in already.

Those who advocate faith by force, should consider the day when the force is not with you. When people of different belief have that force (via majority or whatever), is it ok for them to impose their own belief by force?


The Shadowrunner said...

Little do they know - that despite their vaunted "democracy by majority" yakking - they are already a minority in the eyes of the world.

For they belong to the intolerant, the cowardly and the hypocritical.

Truth said...

Qur'an, Ch 2, Verse 256: There is no compulsion in religion, for the right way is clearly from the wrong way. Whoever therefore rejects the forces of evil and believes in God, he has taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way, for God is All Hearing and Knowing.

TunaBrain said...

Religious freedom is essential. I, a maldivian, have felt that unless we are given freedom in all aspects, religion included, we will only be hypocrites. maldives, the demo-crazy !
well written meekaaku