Orthodox Muslims, boredom and meaning

I have a great job, a terrific apartment, loving parents. Haven’t touched alcohol in years, and never tried illicit drugs. No gambling, no reckless driving, no extreme sports. No sex in over a year. And turning 36 next week.

I am profoundly bored.
I got here by swallowing my feelings and continuing to put one foot in front of the other. Nowadays it takes 300mg of Effexor a day to that. Boredom never ends. And it does not feel like an emptiness, but rather like I’m being buried alive. Life means nothing, there is no point, no purpose that I can find.

I am an orthodox Muslim. People may expect us to have very boring lives but our meaningful lives help us a lot to deal with existential boredom. Exploring the local Mosque and/or Muslim community might help you.



Message to an Azerbaijani logician

Peace brother from Pakistan. The biological mechanism of fight or flight has hagiosophical lessons to inform our cultural resistance. Spider cannibalism is part of our Scripture. Many giants of our history may have had a schizoid personality. We really need lessons in logical fallacies and cognitive biases to inform our religio-political discourse like the traditional mantiq lessons.


Islam and specieism

Islam teaches that on day of judgement a goat will be provided justice for being wronged by another goat by the horn. Leader of saints Ali peace be upon him taught that I would not accept a position of hagiocracy which involves taking away seeds from ants unjustly.

21st century Muslims are victims of a kind of reverse specieism in which animals in west have more rights than anti-imperial Muslims.

Islam, Christianity and narcissistic victim syndrome

I am an orthodox Muslim with some narcissistic family members. I am raised a Sunni and I like Shia attitude towards narcissistic anti-religious or pseudo-religious dictators. Now I am a semi-Sunni semi-Shia Zaydi. Shias cites Quran 4:148 as the Scriptural basis for being outspoken when you suffer abuse. Religion neither teaches blind anarchism nor blind obedience. Rather a optimal middle path of moderate respectful rebellion on that spectrum. Reza Aslan has shown rebellious elements in early Christianity which are different from modern socialism.


Prayer for divine protection by Prophetic descendant

Quran 14:4 and multiculturalism

What is the biblical perspective on multiculturalism?

Chris Lee, Neo-Evangelical Protestant Christian, ecclesiology, apologist, M.Div. GCTS
I don’t think the Bible outright addresses the issue of multiculturalism, but H. Richard Niebuhr did write a book, “Christ and Culture.” There are five paradigms:

1. Christ against culture — there are times where specific elements of culture or a culture itself is antithetical to Christianity. For instance, until the Edict of Toleration by Constantine, Christianity and the Roman Empire were at odds in many ways.

This also occurs when Christianity is a minority within a larger culture that isn’t even nominally Christian. So to be Christian is to be very different — and a Christian cannot accept these things in culture that are against his or her beliefs. And some of the downsides of this belief is often “circling the wagons” and an “us vs. them mentality.”

2. Christ of Culture — there are times when cultures are aligned with Christianity. When Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire and in certain red states of the USA, being Christian was consonant with the general culture.

Unfortunately this also leads to nominalization among some other problems. If Christianity is the official religion, then people just put “Christian” in front of their titles (e.g., “I’m a Christian plumber” or “I’m a Christian fisherman”) — but were people really Christians or were they just going along with culture?

3. Christ above culture — there are those who believe our faith has nothing to do with culture and is above culture so to speak — or that is impossible to separate human culture from the grace of God. So culture is neither good nor bad.

This tends to be the paradigm within the Catholic Church. The upside is that this view tends to balance both Christians being involved with culture and yet God as outside of culture, sustaining it. The main downside is that cultural elements can become syncretized within Christianity (e.g., you can worship your family idols as well as worship God).

4. Christ and Culture in Paradox — while there is cooperation within culture and Christianity, there exists also conflict between culture and Christianity.

Niebuhr himself though that this position is static and that the Christian loses the voice to say anything meaningful in/to culture — since this view would just accept culture as is.

5. Christian transforming Culture — an extension of the fourth view, but deliberately, Christians have sought to change elements that are unChristian or antithetical to their beliefs.