Monday, 21 November 2011

Crux of Befuddlement

Slogans for Change

Religion and religiosity and the difference between.

This point was discussed most lucidly in a very recent interview held with guest Galal Amin and presented by prominent journalist Yosri Fouda on 'ON TV'.
Here is a brief assimilation of one or two points made, as personally absorbed:

Religions of the world, anywhere, are just that. Religions. Religiosity on the other hand is how an individual or group of people decide to interpret a particular religion. There are no limits to how interpretations occur, no guarantees that even just 2 people agree fully on their personal interpretations even if belief in the actual religion is not a contentious issue between them. Religiosity is therefore a personal and even private matter and although open discussions may indeed enlighten each to another's viewpoint, faith of any kind cannot find its truth nor pertain adequate veracity when it is forced upon:

*"لا إكراه فالدين"*
No coercion in Religion

Religion itself means something to each and every one of us, whatever be our faith. It is even thus to those who negate or disbelieve altogether since it frequently and invariably presents itself as a focal point. Actions and thoughts are often validated by its guiding rules and morality is more often than not inextricably linked to it in one way or another. It is there and there it shall remain for us to bicker and quibble about for as long as humanity is capable of doing so.
Religion is an emotive subject, perceived in kaleidoscopic array; with nuances and common grounds shared or disputed. Religiosity is therefore undoubtedly wide open to various interpretations, even if the essence of a belief in one religion or another is a shared one. Being so emotive and universally shared a concept, religion is therefore an invariably exploited and slick tool in reeling people in ~ no matter how vastly individual religious practices may vary.

But for every one of those who succumb to such pressure, always of political motivation and relentlessly aimed at usurping power, there are others who value their freedom far too much; freedom of choice, be they of dress code or other more intrinsic and subtle inclinations sensed, felt or perceived.

The Egyptian people have a right to protest. There has been no change.

The Egyptian people have a right to protest. There has been no relief.

The Egyptian people have a right to protest. Fear mongering is rife and protection is absent.

This post is a tribute to all protesters of change with a personal mention of SaraH

Bassem Yousri

1 comment:

Belle said...

It was good to read your messages,what we are seeing on the news is both distressing and inspiring.
We can hope that world opinion can bring pressure to bear on the authorities, as some I think have quite a lot of influence. The demonstrators are raising the consciousness of all of us, we live in turbulent times, and people are finding their voices everywhere.