Cracks beginning to appear in the “Cradle of Islam”
It is widely reported that the primary foundational text for Islam, the Quran, tells its followers that there are no intermediaries between God and the individual but countries hell-bent on controlling those that they govern does not wish this to be so. They have been fooling Muslims for so long now and have racked up wealth beyond belief that to have it questioned now means extreme measures must be taken. According to an article written by Caryle Murphy for GlobalPost titled “Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban” the time has come where many who were supposed to be leading people to God are driving them away. Man may believe that it is okay to live in mansions and have more money than they could ever spend while their fellow human beings struggle to make a decent living but it is becoming even clearer to many that this is not God’s way at all. Finally, we are beginning to see that what is proclaimed to be God’s will has been easily disguised but is now being exposed.
In the article it reports that “In this country known as the cradle of Islam, where religion gives legitimacy to the government and state-appointed clerics set rules for social behavior, a growing number of Saudis are privately declaring themselves atheists. The evidence is anecdotal, but persistent. The perception that atheism is no longer a taboo subject — at least two Gulf-produced television talk shows recently discussed it — may explain why the government has made talk of atheism a terrorist offense. The March 7 decree from the Ministry of Interior prohibited, among other things, “calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.” “The greater willingness to privately admit to being atheist reflects a general disillusionment with religion and what one Saudi called “a growing notion” that religion is being misused by authorities to control the population. This disillusionment is seen in a number of ways, ranging from ignoring clerical pronouncements to challenging and even mocking religious leaders on social media.”
A religion that tells you that there are no intermediaries between you and God yet allows the government to select state-appointed clerics give rise to the meaning of Islam. How can you believe in something when the text says one thing but those who are supposed to be experts in the field say and do different? The major problem now is that the confusion fuels jihadists and atheism instead of driving us to come together and work as one. Christianity is the largest of all religions but even it has broken into several different denominations, each following one form of another, maybe it’s time Islam does the same or maybe it is time to balk at any style of structured religion and just start believing and treating all people as you wish to be treated.