Are you using Religious Sentiment as a Weapon?
by Abdur Rahman
Almost every family teach their children about religion from a very young age. And that is how children grow up in every society. Apart from parents, educational institutes and religious programmes also contribute towards religious knowledge. For instance parents who pray 5 times a day, encourage their children to pray regularly and shape themselves in the light of religious knowledge. That is how religion has streamed through generation after generation. When a child understands that the world, the universe and everything has one Creator, it is only natural that he/she will ask who is this Creator, who has created him/her. To that the parent will reply it is not wise to ask such questions, for the Creator Himself has prohibited us from asking this and it is sinful to seek such answers. From my childhood days I‘ve been told that our religion is the only true religion, that it has not faults or impurities and that no one can criticise it. I was even told no one can question the existence of the Creator. So learning religion, practicing religion occurs simultaneously.
It is true that our country is a Muslim majority nation, but do we function according to the rules and norms set forth by Islam? Are we following the wisdom of Islam? If we do, then why is it that each and every place in our country is embroiled in deception and corruption? Where sincerity does not exist within government-private or administrative facilities, but is only rife with lies and deceitfulness. It can be said that murder, rape, thievery and robbery are now routine occurrences to us. 90% of the country are Muslims, so it won’t be wrong to suggest that these crimes are committed by the majority. Now my question is, if true Muslims have the fear of Allah in them, how do they indulge in such heinous deeds? How can they slaughter or behead each other? After committing such dreadful and deplorable acts, how can we continue to claim ourselves as Muslims!!! Oh how powerful religious sentimentality is!!!
The primary concern of religion is to keep people from wrong doing, but when people fail to follow that rule what more do they need religion for? Religious sentimentality is prone to change in each and every moment, thus I ask you this, is this what practicing religion looks like or is this how to pretend practicing religion? In truth people like that use religion for their own selfish needs and also those who do not practice religion, do not know about religion, how come they have any religious sentimentality? Muslims in our country possess limited knowledge on religious, and yet their sentimentality towards it is quite strong and full of sensitivity. And this sentimentality is fuelled entirely by emotion now. We’ve seen the enough proof of that time and again, whenever minorities are attacked in Bangladesh. We are overwhelmed with so much sentiment that we tend to forget that we are Muslims! We should always respect other religions, but the grip of religious sentimentality on us is so strong that we cannot bring ourselves to do it. From our childhood days we are taught that we cannot mingle or connect with people from other religions, cannot touch or accept any food from them as well. We can’t even accept a glass of water that comes from their hands. What sort of religious sentimentality is that! A religious sentimentality which causes people to generate disparities, differences amongst themselves? Why is there so much unrest and instability in this world today!
It is religion’s job to restrict people’s lives according to asset of specific guidelines and rules, but if people do not obey them, where does religion go from there? And the religious sentimentality which is the cause of so much persecution and torture towards minorities, what need is there for it? I leave this question for you to answer. People are using this religious sentimentality as a weapon. It is worth mentioning that the Pakistanis did the same and used it as a weapon in 1971, and consequently carried out those acts of horror, torture and persecution on our people. Time has moved on but that technique still remains at large in Bangladesh. And that is what making our beloved Bangla bleed each and every moment……….!!!