Religious Responsibility: When Are the Action of Followers the Responsibility of the Religion?

Religious Responsibility: When Are the Action of Followers the Responsibility of the Religion?
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For my third blog I have chosen an article from Huffington Post by Farid Panjwani. The article falls on the topic of religious responsibility and the actions of a religions follower. In the article Panjwani uses the hot topic of Muslim extremists as an example. He begins by talking about some history regarding Muslims and their interpretation of Islam saying that there is no one agreed upon understanding of it but many different ones. He then goes on to talk about how the answer to the questions “When is a religion responsible for the acts of it followers?” and how the answer to this question is a simply black and white but lies within a grey area. I chose this article because I think it does good job addressing the fact that although society may think the answer is as clear as day there are actually many factors that can play into answering the question above. Because of the many references to Quran used by extremists it is easy for people to blame extremist’s actions on the teaching from the main book of Islam. But as Panjwani express in his article this is not the case because we must factor how the individual interprets and relates their everyday life to the teachings of the Quran. One quote that stood out to me was when Panjwani said “The acts of Muslims, positive or negative, are not a direct consequence of the Quranic teachings but a result of complex processes in which religion may play a part but always through a mediation of a variety of intellectual, social and political factors”. I think this quote does well to sum up not only the actions of Muslims but all people of all religions. I also believe that this quote does a good job summing up our studies of worldviews and how the teachings of every religion is seen, interpreted and acted upon differently depending on the individual. If you would like to read the article yourself just follow the link provided: .

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3 thoughts on “Religious Responsibility: When Are the Action of Followers the Responsibility of the Religion?

  1. This is a very interesting article! By being part of a religion, we agree in similar values, act in ways that reflect our religion, and often come together in groups to practice our religion. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone who claims to follow that religion actually does. I really like the quote at the end. It really does sum up what we have learnt in our lectures. Although someone claims to follow a religion, there is no sure way to prove that they truly for. For the example of Muslim extremists, I believe they often use faith as an excuse for the violent actions, or they may have interpreted religious values and texts in a way that differs from others of their religion. Although terrorist actions may cause a negative stereotype for Muslims, I do not believe that in any way are those following and practicing the true Muslim faith are at fault. Love the blog! It’s a very interesting and relevant topic in our society today!

  2. Blog Comment: For Religious Responsibility: When Are the Action of Followers the Responsibility of the Religion?
    This is a very interesting article! By being part of a religion, we agree in similar values, act in ways that reflect our religion, and often come together in groups to practice our religion. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone who claims to follow that religion actually does. I really like the quote at the end. It really does sum up what we have learnt in our lectures. Although someone claims to follow a religion, there is no sure way to prove that they truly for. For the example of Muslim extremists, I believe they often use faith as an excuse for the violent actions, or they may have interpreted religious values and texts in a way that differs from others of their religion. Although terrorist actions may cause a negative stereotype for Muslims, I do not believe that in any way are those following and practicing the true Muslim faith are at fault. Love the blog! It’s a very interesting and relevant topic in our society today!

  3. I have to say that the quote at the end of this blog really drew my attention because when we ask ourselves the delicate yet complex question of “when are the actions of followers the responsibility of the religion?” just as the quote states, we must be ready to look beyond religion as the sole cause of certain actions. We are not isolated beings in our society, there are vast factors, such as psychological, political, economical etc. that can affect an individual, an even further the means in which they see and interpret their world. I could not agree more with this quote and the author of the blog, religion serves multiple functions and its stories and teachings can be interpreted in several distinct ways, therefore it is truly in the hands of the believer as to how they choose to follow, interpret, study and analyze the religion of their choice. The Middle East has been the host for several international conflicts and civil wars within the region, making the living situation very difficult for people. Sadly Muslim religion has become the victim for empowerment and force behind many of the Muslim extremists due to misinterpretation of its teachings, causing harm and bringing to shame the Muslim religion and its community.

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