Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cultural Muslims -et tu convert?

We talk a lot about those people from over there who are cultural muslims but what about us? Let's look deep down inside. When we convert we bring with us a host of ideas that we are hard put to relinquish. A lifetime of western arrogance, come now let's admit it has a way of stopping us from truly submitting. Since childhood we have had it drilled into us that the west is best and white is right...oh its subtle most of the times but still a lot of the time its overt. I remember as a child people making fun of muslims for their backwardness...gasp they use water to clean themselves in the bathroom..gasp they have this left hand, right hand rule..ha, ha..aren' they stupid. And let's not even get into arranged marriage...how dumb is that? Even if its only for the parents to suggest someone...they can keep their thoughts to themselves...dating is the way to go...find the right one yourself...live together even. And then we grow up, find islam ourselves and convert and although we know we should follow all rules there is this lingering feeling, this arrogance. But we still think we are being arrogant towards another culture but really we are being arrogant towards our creator who has given us the guidance. Do we want to be like the Shaitan? Turning away from Allah gives us no benefit...do we really think we know better than Him? Time to eat some humble pie..halal of course and remember to say Bismillah.


  1. Assalaamu aleikum
    This is something I am trying to get my head around. Partly because I never felt particularly "privileged" growing up. Anyways, there's a blogging sister who hosted a "blog carnival" on White Privilege and the Ummah. Check it out here http://sheerfluency.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/the-carnival-is-here-white-privilege-and-the-ummah/
    There are lots of links too. Much food for thought.

  2. Wa alaikum salaam. Yes I'm familiar with her writing.