To the people who try to "reconvert" me

A possibility does not entail a necessity. Even if you can somehow show your particular religion to be consistent and logically possible (which is not the case in vast majority), I am still by no means logically bound to accept it, because it is only a possibility and not a necessity, and i am free to choose any other consistent and logically possible belief to indulge in that appeals to me more.

It gives me little but amusement to see your shocked how-can-you-not-believe! faces.


SaJ said…
Reminds you of Victoria's "We are not amused" :D
And you took the words right outta my mouth.But only if it were limited to the "how-can-you-not-believe! faces." .....which is so not the case here.
Anonymous said…
If only the tolerance for other faiths existed in this country. If only we coexisted and accepted people for who they are and what they believe. But, we still have a long way to go. Unfortunate.
Anonymous said…
Exactly! But doubt and logic are not part of a religious person's armoury so your entirely reasonable exposition will never cut the mustard. They have faith, you see, and as we know faith conquers all, or was that love. And given enough fanaticism, and there's plenty around, faith (and love) does conquer all, especially reason and tolerance, to the detriment of all. Love, Alec
Pakistani culture and organized religion (the way they perceive it) has messed you up so much. I feel bad for the entirety of this culture and would not blame for not agreeing with them. Sigh.
Panda said…
Is there actually someone who tries to convert (not re-convert) you? I guess you might be more interested in hiding this defining identity of yours rather make it a matter of pride.

I think you are slightly overboard when you say "not amused by such faces". This is the reaction you should fully expect in a country where religion is a fact of life. There would always be shocked faces like that but to equate them in terms of "logic and reason" is clearly superfluous. That said, I hope and pray (but only give my 2 pennies in actual effort) that you would find the light we all have been shown by religion since our birth.
Dur-e-Aziz Amna said…
People still try with you??
Anonymous said…
"There are many educated people who have ruined their future on account of their ignorance of religion. Their knowledge did not prove of any avail to them." Ali Ibn e Abi Talib (Nahj Al Balagha)
Anonymous said…
A lovely impenetrable line of nonsense from Ali Ibn e Abi Talib (Nahj Al Balagha). 'Avail to them' in what? Avoiding death at the hands of religious bigots, perhaps. It sounds a bit as tho' he was suffering rather badly from indegestion.
I don't agree with the 're' part.
Nadia said…
'Be not proud of the sharpness of your understanding, for your freedom from this optical illusion is due to your imperfect thirst.'

Your words have pride.
h. said…
Which religion are they trying to 'reconvert' you?
Anonymous said…
So irritating when a person whose very words reveal themselves to be steeped in pride, accuses you of the 'sin'. The more so when they quote a mystic whose idea of philosophy and seeking for truth consists of issuing insults. Please keep going, I do so like your blog. Love, Alec
Check this out :) This is what a boy named Awais Aftab wrote in my autograph book at the end of school.

"Dear Hamza, the equation of life is A = x + y + z where x = hard work, y = knowledge and wisdom and z = Islam. Solve it and succeed.
h. said…
@ hamza

I think this equation is balanced and can be regarded as authentic.
Nadia said…

You judge incorrectly. :)
I had clarified this with Awais a long time ago. I had told him that I have absolutely no ground above him, for I don't know how far either of us have gone in our search for Allah. For all I know, he may have struggled more than I, and might be on a higher plane compared to where I stand.

Also, when I first read this Sufi verse, Awais was one the people whom I asked to interpret it for me, and I was pleased by the response he gave. So quoting it here was meant as a reminder for him. I don't agree with his beliefs but I don't force mine upon him, despite the prayers I have regarding him. See Alec, I have always held him to be a person respectful of others, and his saying 'It gives me little but amusement to see your shocked how-can-you-not-believe! faces.' surprised me, and also left me hurt.
Awais Aftab said…
@ Hamza

Lolz. I had totally forgotten about that :) I suppose i did believe that, back then.
Awais Aftab said…
@ Nadia

Thank you for that quote. It is quite humbling :) my words may seem arrogant or proud, but they seem to be so only because they voice a vehement antagonism.

I do not present any view of mine possessing such a philosophical certainty that i would suppose any sane mind to be incapable of denying it. Yet, it is precisely this which an average ordinary believer expects. An average Muslim believes that Islam's truth is so blindingly obvious that any man would have to be simply crazy to disbelieve in it. If that ain't pride, then I don't know what is.

I am sorry that it hurt you.