i am not going to private this ask, although i am going to say you shouldnt get anon hate for this or anything unless you’re trying to be nasty about it, which, yeah. i’m gonna give u the benefit of the doubt bc i think (and hope!) youre just out of your element here but bc i’ve gotten several asks of this nature in the pas (some of them less-than-delicately worded), here we are. this isnt a personal affront toward you, but you and others need to understand that you cannot continue rely on the emotional strength other marginalized groups who actively under fire for existing to hold your hand and explain to you smth that in this case, can easily be googled. it is not the obligation of myself or any other muslim, former or practicing, to hold your hand and explain this to you. you do not need to be out here asking these questions of me or actual practicing muslims when you can easily get the information yourself.
contrary to popular belief i am not an educational blog or a therapist, although i may choose to speak out on issues that have a very visceral effect on my life and the things that i enjoy. people on this website have held me to such a high standard in this regard. it is NOT a good precedent to set.
im not a practicing muslim anymore for many reasons (tho I still love and respect my roots bc it’s the way I was raised, it became very difficult for me to reconcile my identity with my religion and the culture shock that accompanied me moving to a country that hated my culture and wanted me to die, and still does oops) after I came to the US after bc father passed away. ive lived with the white, agnostic side of my family and was barred access from the culture id been raised with for almost 15 years. still, i cant help but notice how many westerners are so quick to condemn Islam while giving Christianity essentially a free pass and boy howdy, I am tired of it. again, gonna give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume that’s not where you’re coming from. once again, instead of relying on the emotional labour and potential fallout it takes for me to divulge a tricky subject, you could easily google progressivism within islam and modernist reforms.
idk why its so. surprising? to people when I tell them that are different interpretations of the Quran and not every not every muslim is conservative; there are plenty of muslim women who do not wear hijab, etc. there are progressive movements within Islam that are, again, easily googleable.
as for “mistranslations”: ok but there’s still a shitload of extremely rancid takes in the bible too, and christians “can say” whatever the fuck they want but many of them are actively using their ideology to justify murdering muslims and even nonmuslim arabs/afro-arabs which is happening right now so like where does that leave us