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    • as-salaamu alaikum, Any Shias on here pray in sunni masajid? I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and there are many sunni masajid around me. One is about walking distance. I have prayed in one while in Michigan, but prayed according to Hadawi madhab as not to bring attention to me. I was thinking of praying at one of the local sunni locations instead of going to Dearborn and praying at Shia Masjid. However, I do not wish to bring attention to myself and then fall into some sunni/shia debate. Although I am capable of discussing, I just do not want to. What is your experience praying at sunni mosques?
    • I did try that, for quite some years, and deemed it extremely unefficient. I don't know if you have had enough debates with other Muslims on topics where Islam needs to be able to revisit itself, to reform itself, and even to condemn the silence of religious authorities. I did, mostly in my local community and also here in SC. You would find two problems: - The systematic invocation of irrational religious texts to avoid rational debate, especially in social issues. - The fear of opposition to what may be a genuine Islamic standpoint. If a random ayatollah supports a barbaric practice or belief, people are more doubtful to take a stand against it, doubting their own reasoning and morality to points where you cannot trust their honesty in any debate. They will be more concerned not to annoy God just in case, which is ridiculous. I doubt He wants us to be cowards at a moral level to this point, merely because certain despicable or barbaric idea or practice comes under the banner of Islam. In that sense, I do believe in God, and that's why I doubt Islam, of at least the way its understood: dogmatic, unadaptable to the progress of humanity, silent against terrible social realities, uncapable or revisiting itself, and with religious authorities that are disconnected from the world they live in. A religion has its limits, and that's ok. Problem with Islam is that it's perceived as if it didn't have those limits, and people priorize Islam over other fields of knowledge to untolerable levels. I'm not a Muslim anymore, yet I find in Islam a great inspiration for one's morality. My personal decision to take distance from Islam is not because it has failed to make me nearer to God, because it hasn't. Probably if I lived in a cave, I would still be Muslim in all its meanings. It has failed me at a social level, not because of culture or because of Muslims, but because Islam barely has tools to fight these. I'm sorry, I must have lost/missed the email :(. I do still believe in God, but my obligations are different. While Islam asked me to serve him in certain specific ways, I choose to serve him according to what reason and my contexts allows me and tells me. This is not serving him as I wish, or my nafs wish, but according to what my moral principles say. Islam focused a lot on Akhlaq and politics, but it didn't translate in politically active Muslims or Muslims who are examples or virtuous behaviour. Seemed like Islam was about praying, fasting and not drinking alcohol. While I absolutely find some of these very important (the discipline of prayers, the self-control of fasting, and the avoidance of drugs and harmful substances of any type), I think they may be useless if their benefits are not directed to a social change. Precisely these obligations are there to build a strong character who can really make a change in society, but we barely see that change. I'm not speaking of the West, but our own societies. They are filled to the top with filth and cruelty, and I'm honestly fed up of waiting for God's Justice in the hereafter and doing nothing in this life. This passivity kills me. And you ask me about the founder of Islam. I would rather talk about that generation of Muslims. Even though I have my own critiques on early Islam, I believe that generation was evidently exemplary because it was politically and socially active. And we saw the potential that type of approach to Islam has. But we are far from being like that, and I lost my faith in the potential of Islam in the hands of today's Muslims. I don't think we can either inspire them through Islam. It is, nonetheless, a great religion at a personal individual level, and I keep many of its teachings and obligations within my theist life.
    • Elope . . . or have a civil ceremony at a justice of the peace. That is what l and both sets of my grandparents did. There is some truth that a few gurls don't want to 'get married' as in all the responsibilities and work involved, but want to "have a wedding" where they are the center of attention. Then muddle through Life with krazy kids. l am sure all the older sisters on SC can think of one they know or know-of some gurl that fits this narrative.
    • You mean, for me to like pretty gurls is queer?
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