I do feel separated from the main stream religious community as I do not have the same approach to my faith as the majority of Muslims and many people will tell me that I am making up my own brand of Islam.
I am sure God never intended for the human race to be 'separated' because of religion as all the major faiths say,'worship God alone' but I find many people do not agree with me on how I practise 'MY' faith.
The thing is, I am not asking them to agree with me. I just wanted to be accepted by the religious community for who I am and not for how I follow my chosen faith, but unfortunately this is not the way of the world. I am always being told I have got it wrong. I was told this when I was a practising Christian too. Conform or be banished!
There are plenty of Muslims who think as I do, people who chose not to follow the Sunni or Shia or 'whatever' way of practising Islam and I think it is how it should be. We are free to decide for ourselves which route to take and if someone disagrees with 'MY' way, then so be it, we don't have to fight about it.
I am English, I am bound to have more 'non Muslim' friends because of my upbringing and where I live, but that does not mean I do not integrate with anyone who wishes to talk to me no matter what faith they chose to follow.
I never judge another person for their faith or lack of it and I would never say to someone, 'I cannot be friends with you because we have a different approach to how we reach the Creator.'.
And what you said made perfect sense, separation, segregation is what has led to the mess we are in today. If everyone just got on with their own faith and minded their own business about everyone else's the world would be BLISS!
much love Dave, thanks for your support as always.
Last edited by Linda - Islam; 01/28/12 07:39 AM.