Every time an Egyptian taxi driver is asking me this question, I'm blown away. By this they mean "are you Muslim?" Because I don't look like Arabic they think I'm a crumpy poly-pagano-atheist. But I'm not, I'm Muslim and NO, I don't believe!
Ethnically speaking, I'm Batak, born around Lake Toba
in Sumatra Island. My parents are Indonesians and made me Muslim - no matter what - it's my social initial conditions.
I guess you already see me arriving spotting my uniqueness and my TRUE understanding of the Koran···
Well, I can tell you, I rarely meet any Bataks in the emirates or wherever my fast pace lifestyle send me to. So YES, I'm this kind of unique guy, who knows who he is because his culture is rock-solid. I'm use to intrusive missionaries and sleazy evangelists trying to annihilate my foundations. They became so good with time it's now very hard to detect them with their new penguin outfit. From corporate aggression, despotic governments, to extraterrestrial invasion, they never managed to dupe the sharpen hunter senses I inherited from my ancestors. I can easily recognize them by their constant trend to use fear to dominate their neighbour - to make us obey their rules.
My ancestors embraced Islam because its message was different; it gave us a solid explanation that hunting was more about achieving spiritual depth than physical violence against our enemies.
This unlikelihood of human nature surviving in a changing environment can be used in many ways. Oil supply. Media diffusion. Technology control. Ontogeny.
The jihad is on those who would make life OBEY
rules. This assertion is directly pointing at most of the jihadists. Mystic of Sufism rejects the legal definition of jihad as armed conflict and tells Muslims to withdraw from the worldly concerns to achieve spiritual depth.
Well, where are we going with mystics? Burning fuel for immaterial matters... Spirits dwelling on...
Laskar Jihad is responsible for the murder of more than 10,000 Christians
I don't believe because I'm not scared by the scarecrows erected by a bunch of clever-clogs who use religion as a powerful media-tool. I don't believe because the question is seldom used to ask if I trust the future, it's more likely placed in a context of putting each others in a cold sweat.
If the question is do I bow to God, I'll answer positively but not because I fear his ire. Fear in Islam is a viral intrusion, a twisted bastardized understanding of a Koran transformed by the virulence of a corrupted Christianity. Sorry for my much talked-about proselytism, but from the Muslim point of view Christianity is a joke which starts not to be funny anymore.
We respect all monotheists' points of view. Monotheist prophets are the shoulders on which relies the voice of Mohamed. But Christianity recurring paranoia about the end of the world has done ENOUGH in this world.
I bow to God because I know I know no shit. I bow cause I'm sure of one thing, one can't be sure about nothing - Not even Doom's day.
I'm for a heterogeneous Islamic civilization. Made of chronic refinement with the culture it has and it will reveal. Our future is heterogeneous and free of fear. Islamic civilization is open and is now facing a crisis of exotoxicity.
In a world where the direction the Islamic civilization steers is of vital importance, the question whether the Southeast Asian Islam could become a model for the future of Muslims can only be answered by the Muslims who live there.
Every body who's going to question my faith again will be granted by a "go f#ck yourself with your bastardized mediterranism!".