LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”

The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”

I practice Islam, but what I believe, perhaps you could call it humanism, even beyond humanity. I feel that everyone is here to spread love, peace and all those things. It’s not only human beings; every creature is here for the ultimate purpose to spread peace, love, happiness. This is what I believe. It isRead more about The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”[…]

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

<This week’s participant requested to remain anonymous. When I asked them what picture they would like to accompany their story, the answer was: ‘The Hagia Sophia. It should be a church again’> I believe in a less naïve version of god. It could be a Cartesian view, it could be a Kantian view. A CartesianRead more about I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god[…]

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[…]

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

I believe there is a universal, supreme force. In terms of Christianity, it’s what you might call more than the seventh heaven. In Hinduism we have this concept. Krishna says: “I am the Lord, I am him but beyond Him”. That “but beyond” is what I believe in: something beyond the world, universe, galaxies, allRead more about The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.[…]

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

As children growing up in Delhi, our encounters with religion were very fluid. We went to the Hindu temple if there was prasad [religious food offering], to the Gurudwara when they offered free lunch; we played at the Hindu cremation grounds and the Muslim burial grounds…We didn’t care who was Hindu or Muslim. But afterRead more about You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.[…]

Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim

Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim

I am a little anti-religion. But I think I am a very spiritual person. I believe in a greater sense of purpose and connectedness in the universe. And that doesn’t necessarily come from a higher being, but just…nature, and feeling connected with the earth. I trailrun a lot, out in the North Shore mountains. I’veRead more about Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim[…]

I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.

I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.

I believe in the unseen. I don’t believe that whatever you see in the world is all there is. That’s the core of what I believe. So the concept of God for me doesn’t have a shape, or a definition, or a set of descriptors that I can just put one after each other andRead more about I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.[…]