Enjoin Good, Forbid Evil? Don’t Be Stupid!

Apparently we have been grossly misunderstanding the Quran all this time. We’ve been reading it:

“Enjoin good and forbid evil.”

In actuality, it means:

“Enjoin good and forbid evil, unless you are living in a liberal secular state and you don’t want to look like a weirdo (or, God forbid, a right-wing Christian fundamentalist!) and you don’t want people to look at you funny and obviously you don’t want to be a social pariah, so better to just lay low, don’t make a fuss — the most important thing is that everyone likes you and that’s ultimately how you attract people to Islam, amirite? I mean, no one likes a loudmouth! So, just mind your own business, live and let live as they say. Really, ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are totally subjective anyway, so this whole conversation is moot. If you can’t help yourself, then only stick to politically acceptable narratives, like, fighting against bigotry/classism/misogyny. Those causes are safe, but don’t stick your neck out on anything else because there might be some negativity directed against Muslims and I’m pretty sure that’s literally the worst thing in the world.”

What a silly confusion!


Apparently we have been grossly misunderstanding the Quran all this time. We've been reading it: "Enjoin good and…

Posted by Daniel Haqiqatjou on Monday, July 4, 2016

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