Friday, February 13, 2009

Such a waste.

I'm currently a senior in high school and there's a guy that's in most of my classes. His parents are "muslim" but he doesn't pray, fast.. I'm not sure he believes in Allah at all. (A few weeks ago he said "I only believe in what I see" amidst a religious discussion.. I'm not sure if it was to cause problems or if he was telling the truth).

Anyway, a long time ago he and I had a conversation about children, parenting etc. He said that when he grew up, he wanted to be religious.

I was angry (at the time, I wasn't religious at all and I was also kind of hurt and offended). It was so hypocritical. This was a guy who swore incessantly, was very rude to his mother. He had a tattoo and planned to get more. He's known in our grade as a scumbag, daredevil, pornography junkie, "aggro".. His list of vices goes on and on.

A little older and a lot wiser now,

I care for this person as a fellow Muslim, or atleast, a fellow human being.

His father is a great man whom I have heard nothing but good about. His mother is a hijabi, he comes from a pretty strict family altogether. So now, when I'm trying desperately hard not to swear and I have my gaze lowered constantly, I cringe when I can hear him in drama class..

"I'm in love with a stripperrrrrrrrrr..."

I feel so many things when I hear that. Insulted? Disgusted? Angry? Sad? Regretful?

And then, this sentence resounds in my head.

What. A. Waste.

What a waste of the Islamic teachings of our prophet. What a waste of his family name, what a waste of his father's efforts to raise a good son. What a waste of his very Muslim first name.

What a waste of our efforts to teach the West that our brothers aren't perverts, child rapists, sexual deviants or users.

What. A. Waste.

2 comments:

malekat_el7oriya said...

Alsalamou alaikom,
this is so true and sad...it truly is a waste of everything...I mean some muslims feel that they're disgraced with islam instead of being proud of it...I see lots of mulsims like this here and it reallymakes me so sad

Melda :o) said...

Assalamu alaikum,

we must not give up...maybe teaching those people about the real Islam is wasted on some but if we reach only one of our fellow muslims, we have done a good job...

I am shocked and disgusted when I read a comment (mostly on youtube) by a "practising muslim" and it's full of profanity and/or falsely quoting the Qur'an! :o(