A Pure MuslimWhen I was young I had no idea that Islam has so many factions and types, some of them are political, some are religious, and some are a mix! I was dumb or I lacked knowledge, we do study Islam at schools of course, but they do not confuse us with all of this, we study the pure correct Islam that we all should follow, the Quran and Sunna (prophet talk) away from factions and denominations - such knowledge you need to look for on your own or you end up gaining it eventually.
When I grew up a little bit more I learned about the Sunni and Shia, I used not to care about introducing myself as Sunni because I did not really see much of a difference and I thought they are basically the same thing!
Now I know there are many other denominations and some of them have gone too far from Islam that our scholars have announced they are not even considered Muslims.
I hate this and I kinda stick with the thought that there are only two denominations Sunni and Shiites because they are the major ones, the other denominations are like branches from these two, not all but some could be like this.
I’m a Sunni and during a time of my life after learning about the weird things some Shiites believe in, I decided to pay attention to distinguishing myself as a Sunni but after thinking about it a little bit more, I find that Sunni = A Muslim who does not belong to any factions!
The word Sunni means a Muslim who follows Prophet Muhammad, or a Muslim who follows the “Sunna” which is basically following the prophet, this is pure Islam, following God through following the prophet and the Quran! No one can deny that and I believe Shia would agree with me, they do believe in the Quran and the prophet.
On the other hand, Shia means in Arabic: “I really can’t find a one word as a translation so I will define it” A group that takes a side or a group that departs or deviates from a whole, they gained this name as they took the side of Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) and deviated! “ I will write about it sometime”
The point is that I kinda wonder if Shiites do realise their name indicates that they have deviated and took a different side!!! O.o It is not really a good name and the name speaks for itself and says we changed our way!
There was no Shia at the time of the prophet, they are a denomination that was found after his death (just like all the others), so as a Muslim, why should I belong to something the prophet did not approve?
At the time of the prophet all the Muslims were just followers of the prophet, so they were practically today’s Sunnis, but they were not of course called Sunni because there was no need to distinguish themselves with a name since no other denomination existed.
That’s why I consider myself ONLY a Muslim, I just follow God through the Quran and the Sunna of the prophet. I do not belong to any factions!
One of the reasons I do not like Islamists though I do not oppose all of them, is that they need to belong to some kind of denomination, why do you have to label yourselves people? I’m a Salafi, I’m from the Muslim brotherhood, I belong to this and to that , why?!!!! Do you realize that there was NO SUCH THING at the time of the prophet?!!!
There were only Muslims and I stick to that! And since when there is such thing as an ‘Islamist’ what do you people mean by the word ‘Islamist’, like whoever is not an Islamist is not a Muslim or something? I know there is something called Muslims, that’s it!
I do not like all of these groups and I believe they are a danger because they cause separation, for example, the Muslim brotherhood thinks that they are the only one understand Islam and that we should ‘follow’ them, whoever does not follow, they are not real Muslims! And many other groups of course would think the same way so they clash together.
Sorry guys, I do not recall the prophet said anything about a group called the Muslim brotherhood or any other group for that matter that I should follow to be a good Muslim, if I’m gonna follow someone, I’m gonna follow the Quran and the prophet not any group or any Islamist on this earth!
I will never belong to any group, I will not even call myself Sunni because being Sunni means following the prophet and that's what I will do, so I'm just a Muslim.
I refuse dividing Islam and “creating” new Islam on our own ba