Rants: Pious People and Me
Maybe I have to don a headscarf or a veil, prostate myself together with other pious people, sing and cite the verses of the holy book loudly in a language that common people do not understand, putting in middle-eastern phrases in every sentences I say, and not eating unlawful food, or even to the extent of not brushing my skin against men and lowering my gaze to the ground all the time to avoid eye contact with unlawful men. Maybe I have to do anything, that makes me appear pious to others.
Maybe I have to do all those things (without true sincerity from my heart to God) so that people will listen to me seriously when I talk to them about basic things and common sense such as love to all humankind, non-violence, and honouring women. When I do all that, people won't accuse me of being liberal, secular, atheist or even being an infidel. Suddenly, when I do all that, people are not prejudiced against me.
It really annoys me when people are pre-judging me from my surface-appearance and hence not taking what I said to its essence, deeper meaning.
It really annoyed me when one (apparently) pious person said what I was about to say (on love, non violence, and honouring women), those people nodded to him in agreement. But when I said it, I am bashed with prejudice, rebutted without mercy, and accused without defense.
Then on a second thought,
Maybe I should not do all those things, just because I want to appear pious. I don't do those things, because I don't believe that God would judge my deed based on how I appear to other people. I should not give a damn on how other people see me as. I can be anything to their eyes, and I don't care. Those people have no right to gauge and measure my faith and closeness to my God. And if they don't take my words seriously on love, non-violence, and women's honour, pity them. I believe that the truth in peace and love, naturally, will overcome anything else.