The Manipulation of Religion in Nigeria - THISDAYLIVE


Well, I never paid a minute attention to the fact that philosophy is my religion, but not until Jimson Jaat rang me:

Me: Salaamun Alaykum Wa rahmatullah [May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be unto you]

Jaat: Hello! Ehn! Salaamun Alaykum from Cypher(my penname)?

Me: (gave a raucous laughter) Am I not a Muslim? You're funny, Jaat...

Jaat: I would never forget that Philosophy is Cypher's religion...

That's the adumbrated version of the phone conversation this morning and it rendered me a deep thought if I was or am really a worshipper of philosophy. Perhaps, he meant something else yet I had every reason to believe his assertion. Jaat is one of those personalities I revere; we've done a lot together which made me conclude that he's got it in his upstairs.
Apart from the times we spent together, he's a keen observer of my personality. He digs deep into me and exhumes my very trait.

After a while, I concluded within me with an excitement that gave a loud sigh. Yeah, philosophy is my religion and till death, I'd forever remain a loyal advocate of this religion.
Being born a Muslim isn't enough for me to arrive at a conclusion that Islam is the best of all religions. Emerging from a Christian society can't satisfy my urge for truth seeking.
So, I began to experiment based on the learned about my religious views. That's how philosophy came in and i subscribed my whole to it and found out that Philosophy provides a better ground a religious analyst like me.
Our religious leaders have wordily rebranded truths in the Holy Quran and the Bible. How on earth would an Imam instruct his followers to kill for God and claim Jihad?  It never ended there because it's rather silly for a Pastor to tell his church members that Jesus died for my sins.
Of course, all these could be traced to grand authorities that wrote them down, but what is left of me to know if God really commanded and instructed that–Philosophy.
I am too busy to be preoccupied with definitions of philosophy and likewise a lazy reader, I'd have bombarded us with fine definitions of philosophy. Philosophy is whatever you call it, so long it studies keenly and arrives at a truth considerable for an average mind.
Religions need deep understanding of its strategies before you could proclaim to be religious or holy in the course of serving God.

Does Allah need blood to survive that you must kill other souls for him? If an Imam commanded that, won't you have done justice to that savagery through reasoning?
If a Pastor instructed you to hate Muslims because they're pagans, would you have agreed and abuse humanity?
What then is religion without Philosophy?
Some authorities don't want you to question the veracity of Holy Books without which we can't realize God's take on religion.
Being a philosophized mind doesn't mean you have no religion or makes you an atheist, it means you take upon yourself, the responsibility of verifying God's words.
I can't remember how many times I have questioned my faith from other religion's point of view. If we all are able to do this, the whole world would be at rest.

Some say we shouldn't question God but i ask how else could we have understood Him without questioning? You think the Holy Quran and Bible are complete without understanding their philosophy, maybe that's where you're wrong.
Religion without a pure philosophy is baseless. It's hard for people to identify my religion because I defend what religious bigots don't –humanity.
Your philosophy has to be based on humanity as the faith or belief in question is related to it.

Religion asks you not to drink alcoholic beverages and you succumbed to it without questioning? That means, when your die hard drunkard asks you to prove that verse or line, all you'd prove is God said it and that's all. It's funny because you haven't answered him. You haven't convinced him to stop that shameful acts.  If you're able to tell him the dangers of drinking alcoholics as relates to religion in terms of holiness and destruction to the spiritual body, you might have helped to win a soul to the Kingdom of heavens.
You see, many are just blind followers and worshipers of God. I think that's one of the harms education did to us. You learnt about the Law of Gravity and you concluded it ended there?
Same is applied to religion, we fail to ask questions and think deeper what God really means. God's words are such that are en-cyphered for an enlightened mind to reveal. It's all about manifestation, God talks to those he chooses to in order to use them for the world.

Have you quit shaking a Christian because he's of different faith from yours?
Maybe, last time you boarded a bus, you sat with that pretty girl but because he wore jean trousers and had wig on her head, you frowned and shifted from her.
O, God! Is this what your religion made us or who we make ourselves to be from it?
Is there any philosophy behind religion?

_Rotimi Adeniyi

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