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