It is all too common to find people dividing human knowledge into 2 categories:
- Things that can be rationally understood and scientifically verified
- Things that cannot be rationally understood nor scientifically verified
The explanation offered is that reality is divided into two realms: the material world and the spiritual world.
Religion and morality are usually placed under the second category, because they are seen to belong to the spiritual world. They exist on a level higher than material interests and cannot be judged or measured by material instruments, including the human mind.
This site is about challenging this assumption, and presenting an understanding of religion and morality that is compatible with human reason.
I firmly believe that Islam promotes a rational approach to religion, which has been overlooked out of innocent ignorance and corrupt intentions.
The ideas in this site will challenge many assumptions you may hold.
Spending time here can prove to be a very uncomfortable experience.
Your initial reaction might be to look away, or conclude that I’ve lost my mind (or that it’s been corrupted by Western influences).
What I think isn’t all that important to you.
It won’t change the way you think or how you live.
What matters is what you think.
Before you brush off my ideas as being wrong, I would like you to explore your own beliefs and ask yourself how you came to accept them as undeniable truth.
Asking the hard questions is just as important as finding the right answers.
A Bit About Me
My name is Haider Al-Mosawi.
I lived all my teenage years (and then some!) in London (UK), having spent my childhood in Kuwait.
I was raised by religious parents in a fairly conservative environment.
After enrolling in university I began to question why I was a Muslim, and what reasons did I have for embracing my religion.
I committed myself to finding the truth, wherever it may take me, regardless of which land I would end up in or what religion I would convert to (if any).
While some Muslims might consider this approach to go against the teachings of Islam, it only shows to what extent they’ve deviated from Islam’s message.
As Muslims, we expect (actually, demand) that others approach Islam with an open mind and the willingness to embrace the truth, but at the same time refuse to demonstrate the qualities we expect others to possess.
We want others to learn about our religion, but we refuse to learn about theirs.
We want others to appreciate the wisdom found in the Holy Koran, but we look to other scriptures only to find faults.
We want others to convert to our religion, but for us to even think of embracing another religion is blasphemy.
During my university years I became a Muslim extremist, and have since changed my views and have explored many different interpretations of Islam.
And this is an essential fact we need to acknowledge and work with:
Our understanding of Islam is just that: our understanding.
So how can we be sure that it’s the right interpretation of God’s message?
That’s one of the big questions I’ll be exploring here, which will reveal the importance of rationality in religious thought.