LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all

Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all

I am Muslim. I was born in a Muslim family, in a Muslim environment, so automatically, it just came like that. I believe in the Quran, and the Prophet Muhammad. But actually, I don’t really practice what the Quran recommends. There’s not really any reason that I don’t practice. By the way, my wife isRead more about Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all[…]

Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.

Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.

<The 88-year-old I approached this week preferred not to be submitted to a semi-formal interview. So instead, this is a reflection of what they decided to share of their deepest beliefs and doubts. Also, the interviewee preferred not to be photographed. They instead offered a rosary for a picture, which they carry with them inRead more about Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.[…]

Jesus literally said it: we have to love other people like we love ourselves.

Jesus literally said it: we have to love other people like we love ourselves.

I believe in having a supportive community that keeps me accountable and keeps me learning. And I believe that we should be listening more than doing as part of that. The more people I get to know, I come to realise how many experiences there are out there that I would likely never go throughRead more about Jesus literally said it: we have to love other people like we love ourselves.[…]

We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.

We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.

This week’s participant asked to remain anonymous. Instead of taking their picture, we asked them to provide a photo they had taken that best represented their beliefs. They further requested to submit their own reflections, since they wanted to participate, but did not feel comfortable being  interviewed. They gave me their reflections in a hand-writtenRead more about We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.[…]

Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.

Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.

“What do I believe?” is too wide a question. “What do I not believe?” – that would be a narrower question. I do not believe that anything is impossible. That’s a double negative. And I would probably continue to compile a list of double negatives. If you’re working with probabilities, and you use probabilities to arriveRead more about Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.[…]

Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.

Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.

I believe in Darwinism. I think that came with age. I grew up in a Catholic family but right now I am a little skeptical about it. I was pretty into believing in god as a kid. I was an altar boy until I was eight years old. In our village every boy wants toRead more about Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.[…]