Formalities and what not…
This is my first experience blogging. From what I understand, it is customary to give your readers a little bit of background about who you are, why you are writing, and why they should care. I’ll try to do a little bit of that here.
But before I get into talking about myself, I wanted to talk a little about the name of this blog and why I chose it. Amazingly, this blog will be written in 21st century American English–a language that just happens to also be my own native tongue. Further, it will vary in style, content, and subject matter as dictated mainly by how I’m feeling that particular day and what happens to be going on in the world around me. It will come to me in stages, and no matter how hard you may try, you will NEVER be able to produce a blog EXACTLY like it.
It will be unique.
Any grammatical or spelling errors found therein will be explained away as being a further token of perfection. Any contradictions will simply abrogate whatever wrong things I had said before. And if there is ever a time when you feel like my words are not clear, then clearly, the problem must be with you.
As such and with no further delay, I present to you these Linguistic Miracles, and happymurtad is mighty and wise.
For my audience not familiar with the Qur’an’s own “Linguistic Miracle” claim, that is pretty much all there is to it. I was somehow once convinced by it. I dedicated a good portion of my life to studying the Qur’an and the major world religion that sprang forth from it. I lived in the city of its Prophet and studied with some of its most renowned scholars. I learned Arabic, I memorized the Qur’an, and I called others to the way of Allah.
But eventually, my perspectives changed. After many episodes of contemplation, realization, and self discovery and after countless new acquaintances, books, and uneasy nights of reflection and soul searching, I had to finally admit to myself that I had come a long way. Islam‘s famous testimony that “there is no god worthy of worship except for Allah and Muhammad is his final messenger” had for me finally and simply just become “there is no god. Full stop.”
This blog will primarily be about that shift in perspective.
Often times throughout my day nowadays, I come across a topic or an issue and I end up forming an opinion that is so drastically different from the opinion that my Muslim self would have formed. At times like that, I can’t help but sit back and poke holes in the way I used to think–a way of thinking dictated not by my own reason and emotion, but by my interpretations of the stale and often hollow words of a man I once believed to be the Messenger of God. As those sorts of thoughts come to me, I’d like to share them with you here.
You may also find here the occasional bits of rhyming poetry, jokes, links, and the like, but I don’t want to set up too many parameters right now. That would just take the fun out of everything.
So for now, just sit back and enjoy. You’ll like it, I hope.