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Distortion of Islam

Posted on: March 22, 2008

Distortion is a word that I have ever heard in many phenomena in this life. Well, here I am interested to know more about what distortion is.

According to wikipedia site, distortion means ” the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of an object, image, sound, waveform or other form of information or representation.

From here, I can take some clues that in distortion, there are four aspects: object, original shape of an object, alteration and subject.

This distortion can take any forms, religious distortion for instance.

What is religious distortion? Religion teaches the people to respect not only to human but also to environment. But religion become distorted when its people do the opposite. Its people hate or even kill the other people in the name of religion. The gap between religion and its people become so wide.

Religion tells the people that the wealth should not be concentrated in a few hands but its people tend to collect the wealth excessively and forget the other, in some cases, they even use their power or wealth to weaken the powerless people. Here again, religion become really distorted by those who claim to be religious people. I strongly agree with the word ” al Islamu mahjub bi al-muslimin” means that Islam has been covered by its people (muslimin).

I am a Muslim. Therefore I should live in peace with other people. Because Islam itself is close to word salaam which mean peace. So someone who claims to be Muslim must live in peaceful way with other people. So that ideal teaching of religion is compatible with the real practice of its people. How does he/she say that he/she is a good Muslim while he/she still hurt the people or even his own fellow? How come? Isn’t kind of hypocrisy?

Islam teaches its people to live in modest way proportionally, but many of its people in many cases live with very consumptive way.

Islam teaches its people to spread peace, but many of its people in many moments live with spreading violence among people.

Islam encourages its people to look for knowledge even to other country, but many of its people in many cases like indoctrination which is contradict with science it self.

Islam encourages social justice in economy, but many of its people tend to accumulate the wealth on their own hands.

Islam value hard and smart working to gain the wealth in lawful way, but many of its people in many cases prefer the instant way like going to dukun  or commit corruption.

Islam teaches its people to behave in polite way, but many of its people prefer to use harsh and cruel word in their interaction with the people.

In the end, Islam is just religion which can be distorted and abused by its people who call themselves Muslim(in).

So, let us learn to search Islam not in its surface but in its original teaching.

I think that is all what I can express here. This expression is my tool to learn how to write in English and how to exercise writing itself.

Any second opinion?

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4 Responses to "Distortion of Islam"

Nice and sympathetic post. To me it’s impossible to disagree.

Bu then the points you make are universal, aren’t they?

They are still spot on if you change the word “Islam” to “Christianity”, “Judaism”, “Hinduism”, “Buddhism” or any other “ism” one can think of.

For Colson, thanks for your good comment.
well, your English is higher then mine. i am still learning in English. There is your word which is still unfamiliar to me, like “spot on”. but i try to figure out what you mean by that. I think you want to say that distortion can happen not only to Islam but also to other religion, doesn’t it ?
yes, i agree if you mean such thinking. because in many cases, the teaching of religion is often distorted by its people because of the lack of humanistic perspective and approach.
thanks for visiting my simple blog.

nice article comes from Ahmad 🙂

emang dalam setiap agama, ada tipe penganut yang dinamakan penganut ekstrim. penganut ekstrim ini memiliki sikap bermusuhan dengan agama lain dan apalagi dengan penganut agama lain tsb. secara keseluruhan, baik di Islam atau agama lain, penganut ekstrim memang berseberangan pendapat dengan penganut yang moderat, yang kalo boleh dibilang sebagai washaton ummat. begitu pula dengan penganut yang liberal atau sekuler, yang lelah, bosan dan muak dengan perilaku si ekstrim tadi. sudah menjadi kewajaran, bahwa satu agama dipahami berbeda oleh penganutnya, sehingga ada yang ekstrim atau text-book abis, ada yang moderat, ada yang apatis dan sekuler atau terkenal dengan Islam KTP atau Kristen KTP atau dll KTP.

saya teringat dan tersentuh dengan kata2 mbak Asma Nadia (CEO Forum Lingkar Pena) yang mengatakan bahwa umat Islam bertanggung jawab terhadap pembentukan image dari agama Islam itu sendiri, baik buruknya Islam memang dicerminkan oleh penganutnya, karenanya jangan sampai salah memahami ajaran Islam supaya citra Islam yang sebenarnya bisa terpancar tanpa kesalahan pemahaman dan friksi karena perbedaan pemahaman antara penganutnya.

salam 🙂

salam.
hi mba yonna, gimana kabarnya? wah, saya setuju tuh, umat islam bertanggung jawab dalam membentuk image tentang islam yang dianutnya. karena, prilaku orang islam sangat mudah diidentifikasi. maka sangat betul bahwa dakwah bil hal (aksi) lebih mudah tertangkap dan terasa. maka aksi yang harus dikembangkan adalah aksi yang memang positif dan islami.
sesunggunya jihad dalam memerangi kemiskinan dan kebodohan adalah sangat realistis. jihad melawan korupsi adalah juga realistis. setahu saya, kefakiran akan menyeret orang menjadi kafir. artinya, kemiskinan harus dilawan dengan mengusung aturan yang berbasis keadilan sosial. dalam pandangan saya, korupsi adalah tindakan kafir, karena ia akan melahirkan kemiskinan kolektif dimasyarakat, dan kemiskinan ini pada taraf lanjut akan melahirkan kekafiran baru. kekufuran itu dalam benak saya adalah sesuatu yang menolak kebenaran.
perbedaan persepsi adalah bukan saja kewajaran bahkan keniscayaan. tapi fairkah perbedaan menjadi alasan untuk menumpas persepsi lain?
Indah sekali rasanya jika kita berislam bisa berbagi dengan persepsi lain, saling mengisi dan membahu dalam bingkai membentuk baldatun thoyibaun. semoga.
ahmad

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