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Muslim coming to their senses.

Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues
in response to reader comment: Salah Ali: Philosophy is wasted on me. Koran translations are a waste too

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kafiristan (Australia), Sep 22, 2009 at 04:45

Plato writes:
" It is by rising above our sense experiences that attempt to cloud our judgment that we become just creatures"

A very wise comment and a point that has been overlooked to a great degree in discussions about Mo and the philosophy he unleashed on the world. The mystic traditions of other religions but especially Buddhism stress disentanglement of the mind with the senses in order to achieve clarity and deep peace of mind - connection to the 'True Self' in us all.

Similarly, Hindu mystics scoff at the idea that realisation /liberation can be obtained throigh sensual indulgence.

Islam seems to go the other way . What's the point of fasting daily in Ramadan only to pig out each night? How much energy has a guy got left after bedding up to four wives (what is the legal limit?) Not to mention the energy required in getting involved in the mental and emotional development of way too many offspring (however in many cases they probably do not bother.) Of what use is the slaying of a young lamb n a ritual sacrifice? How does that help one discover one's real self? Which deity approves or requires such actions?

Christ in the New Testament reminds people not to get attached to the sense world with some practical advice: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven*, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. " (and where was heaven to be found?... the kingdom of Heaven is within you', '

In contrast , Muslim eschatology seems to be a sensual feast - perpetual virgins, inexhaustible suplies of wine etc. Nothing progressive about that at all.


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