Daw'ud's letter to the editor in this post http://www.islamicboard.com/world-af...tml#post349230
made me think:
How do we deal with situations when we feel our faiths are tainted by the actions of other fellow-believers?
Recently I was reading a book about the history of Christianity, and I came across parts in distant and recent history which
, quite frankly, I would love to erase from the records!
Because, in my mind and my understanding, some people have done and still do things in the name of Christ, which are entirely un-Christian
Equally, I understand, that many Muslims would say that some things which have and are being done in the name of Muhammed and Allah, are not always Islamic. (Is that fair to say?)
Not only is it bad enough when people make mistakes which may reflect badly on your religion, you can also bet your bottom dollar that somebody (usually the media
) will be there, ready to launch their assault.
Often, that's what leads to stereotyping:
All Muslims oppress their women!
All Christians support the Iraq war!
(You get the idea!)
I was once chatting to a couple of Christians who ran a stall with Christian books and other items. A friend of mine, who describes herself as a white witch, came along, and when addressed by one of the Christian ladies, launched into a tirade of "What you
people did to my
people during the witch hunts in the middle ages ... don't talk to me!"
Frankly, I was flabberghasted at her strong reaction. (And I spend the next hour over a cup of tea explaining that I was a Christian too. And yes, we are still friends! ;D )
How do you deal with people doing wrong and reflecting badly on your faith?
Some possible reactions may be:
1. Go into denial
and pretend it isn't true. The media are lying. It's a conspiracy.
2. Try to change the people
who caused the damage in the first place (possible if it is a friend, not so easy of we are talking about a person in high power)
3. Try to emphasise the positives of your religion
(as Daw'ud was trying to in his letter)
Feel free to share what you think.
Or what you're experiences have been.