Freedom, the Arab world and Faith

| August 8, 2012 | Comments (91)
Do Arabs experience freedom by leaving Islam

Do Arabs experience freedom by leaving Islam

The word freedom has been used in many aspects of events within history and in some countries governments have oppress individuals and still believe that there is democracy for example looking at the nation of Saudi Arabia which is an Islamic state believe that Churches shouldn’t be built in Saudi Arabia but funding for more mosques in the western world should be implemented. In Morocco when the Village of Hope workers who taught orphans education but also Christianity and other religious movement, were deported from the country and then later blacklisted from the nation.

Freedom and democracy has been abused in these nations by taking away the freedom to believe in what you want to believe through a religious aspect, why do they keep this style of thought to be established in their nations? The purpose of it is control but also keeping with the Quranic text of not going aside other than Islam, according to Surah 4:89:-

“They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them” 

This is one example where people in the Arab world fear for, rejection and being killed, from a moral aspect this should not be the case how people should live, this is not freedom of anything because for people who practise their religion it is practise in their life in everything they do, but people change the way they look at God which I do not disagree with because all humanity has the right to see God from his point of view.

Travelling to the nations of North Africa and the Middle I have learnt that people in those nations live under fear of even thinking of doubting Islam but fear the sake of committing apostasy and then later believe they will get killed. Faith is the fact of believing in God in your walk with God and not letting anyone impose his/hers religion or point of view on you, faith is also the intervention of God reaching out to humanity by connecting to humanity. Christian theology teaches that God came into the world through the Son and dwelt among us so that through Him we will have and experience the true freedom of sin taking control on our lives. According to the Bible in John 8:31-32 it says:

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Freedom from sin gives us the liberty to be with God forever but this freedom will cost and it costs everything even our lives, J.C Ryle put it simply by saying:

Religion that costs nothing is worth nothing.

Youssef

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