Dear Ali Sina,
I had never heard of you and God am I pleased that I found your
website. It all started when the poor Abdul Rahman was nearly
sentenced to death because he used his free will.
I was born
a Muslim but was one of those who found Islam by herself. I've
always practised but I only started to read the Quran in depth
recently to understand it better. Of course, soon, I saw I was
always worshipping a God that punishes and condemns so easily.
Most of my
good friends are Christians and I envied them so much for the
special relationship they had with their loving God. I tried praying
to 'another' God instead. It didn't work. It was only last week
that I could no longer worship 'that' God. Reading all your articles
helped me go ahead with my decision. All you say makes so much
sense and one would have to be blind to overlook this.
I'm in such
awe, I thought I was going crazy. Though I feel so much better,
I can't help but feeling so alone. Belonging to a Faith makes
you feel like you're part of something bigger. So, I feel like
I've lost my bearings. Though I pray now using those nice prayers
of Psalms, I don't know what to do.
Do you mind
me asking what Faith group you belong to now and how to go about
making that decision?
Before I end,
I have to thank you for bringing me out of darkness. What you're
doing is so great and I admire the fact that even death threats
won't stop you!
I hope you
have time to give me some words of wisdom. You've been through
this before so you know how this feels.
I was also
wondering if you can keep my address and name anonymous...
I am glad
you saw the truth in such a short time. It took me much longer.
Of course, back then there were no sites like Faith Freedom. Actually
the Internet was at its infancy and few had it.
I do not have
a religion and will not choose one ever. What I found is that
truth is everywhere. There is no need to follow anyone else to
find the truth. It's right where you are. It's within
you. Truth is a pathless land.
contains beautiful prayers that can bring tears to your eyes.
I used to read Psalms and they gave me inner peace. Gradually
of course, my thoughts changed and I no more believe in asking
for help from an external source. I still believe in God but it
is not the same God taught by religions. It is not a God that
needs my prayers. It does not listen or answer to prayers. God
is not aware of you and me. It is awareness itself. It is not
a loving god; it's Love itself. It is not knowing; it's
knowledge itself. God is not a being with atributes. It is the
principle underlying all things. You feel God in every breath
you take in and in every heart beat.
you should follow your own intellect. If you find Psalms give
you peace, read them. If the belief in God gives you strength,
believe in him. Christianity, although a myth, is essentially
a religion of peace and love. I know the expression of "religion
of peace" makes us cringe, but this one is for real. There
have been bad Christians who have done terrible things, but don't
blame Christianity for that. There are also good Muslims, but
you should not credit Islam for them. All religions are essentially
good, Islam is essentially evil. Only a fool would put Islam in
the same category of other religions. You can find beauty in all
religions, except in Islam. Philosophically, I find Buddhism much
more logical than all other religions. Zoroastrianism also has
very good teachings. Neither Buddha, nor Zoroaster claimed to
be prophets. Their teachings were somewhat corrupted by their
would want to pick and choose what you think is best from all
religions and philosophies. That would be the wisest thing to
do. Then again when you do that, you'd be a freethinker and not
a follower. This is what I do. I listen carefully and from each
garden I pick a flower. Anyone can be my teacher, even a child.
If you want
to follow a religion, my advice is, make it personal. Make sure
your religion is between you and your God alone. If you need a
community, I think the best is Unitarian Universalist Association . There you can have a community and listen to spiritual and uplifting
teachings and yet keep your own personal religion.
Join the forum
of FFI. There you'll meet many people who have walked down
this path and can be of great help to you. An online community
can be just as supportive and uplifting as a real one.
and wish you the best.
with permission from Faith