(Very sensitive & critical article-be careful) Nobody can survive without culture. No Muslim or anyone. So either a Muslim in a Western country immerses into the culture there, & become like a disbeliever, or they become miserable & unfunctional. Any middle ground is becoming harder and harder nowadays.
The thing is, their parents did not take culture into consideration when they moved to the Western country (if they chose to move there).
That’s because they thought they were fine, as long as they had the ‘religion’, they were good.
But the religion does not just focus on personal piety and going to the mosque, and looking and sounding religious. No, it involves dealing with others well and/or joyfully. And that is what culture greatly involves. Dealing with others with good manners, which is what the prophet said Islam came mainly for.
If they had a balanced and proper Islam, they would have realized compromising their culture was non-negotiable. And then, their children would not have to suffer.
The aren’t taking the ‘humanity-aspect’ much into consideration if the religion is about becoming like an angel, by reciting hymns or meditating (dhikr) all day. A halal resolution for culture and sexual needs are not taken into consideration. How convenient. Perhaps that little snag would’ve gotten in the way of the young Muslim seeking a University degree, education, and job, like what the parents dream of. But, their children who want to be sincerely religious, grow up being left to live with cognitive dissonance. You tell them about a religion which says it is bad to fulfill sexual needs outside of marriage, but then put them in a culture where they can’t practically get married until age 25+? And getting married at that age is desired and promoted by you? (Instead of a natural family-tribal culture which would have eased and facilitated earlier marriage, due to trust and culture compatibility issues being sorted?) And you put them next to non-Muslims whom they witness as doing ‘things’ since an early age?
The ones who actually do believe in the religion will suffer, all while you expect them to be like angels, not humans.
And the ones who become so-called ‘angels’ will end up lonely and with no social skills.
(Following is more complex but so important)
Anyway, this splitting of ‘feelings of piety’ from the ‘physicality’ of reality is something Kabbalah has (Kabbalah being something everyone on the planet ideally should be aware of these End Times). ‘Sephiroth different from Qlippoth’. And the occult has long influenced Islamic countries for a while now. Perhaps Kabbalah has something to do with this. Kabbalah is meant for you to have a double life to function. In Kabbalah, angels fall.
The danger of Kabbalah-thinking was the first lesson for humanity, as portrayed in the Quran. Iblees split piety and ‘sense-of-self’ with physical reality, when he told Adam and Eve they would physically be like angels if they disobeyed God and stole from the tree. And that God was lying to them, being two-faced Himself.
Also when he called Adam just clay while ignoring the soul within, as though those two things can both be treated differently when you have the final product. The final product has eternal integrity, as God made it, it cannot be mixed and matched around like something fit for alchemy. The basis of all sins themselves are that they are a splitting, mixing, and matching of the external and internal aspects of things, when they shouldn’t be. Like when you lie, what you externally say does not match what you internally mean. When you steal, you take something like it is yours, but you aren’t the true owner. When you feel too lazy to pray, you are considering the physical laborious external actions of the prayer only, and ignoring the internal importance of it.
Just because Adam’s clay doesn’t mean he isn’t special, and just because he has a soul doesn’t mean he can choose to be and feel like a jinn (they’re made of fire) if he wanted to, and be more ethereal, and think like them in that the humans’ ‘flesh’ is as an imprisoning corruption (this seems to be a trend of un-Islamic esoteric traditions-they created things such as celibate nuns and priests who shun the ‘flesh’). Sorry, but Adam has a human soul.
But man wants to fly with speed using the power of fire, and communicate around via large distances using fiery radiation, and outstrip the tribes, all while disregarding the creatures of the world, all made like clay like he was, in which he was supposed to be a guardian of. Technological progress is just becoming silly now, and is making a lot of animals go extinct.
(Ever heard the saying that goes something like “we aren’t humans having a soul experience, but souls having a human experience“? Neither it or vice-versa is true. They aren’t supposed to be thought of differently once Allah already established their integrity as ‘one thing’ specifically built for one another.)
Kabbalah doesn’t just explain the ‘reality’ we just happen to be in. It tells you how to fully experience that reality. And that is involving yourself with both the Sephiroth and Qlippoth. You can split, divorce, things too.
Kabbalah is so complex, a different person will have a different interpretation of it. I for one am going by the result I see of others influenced by Kabbalah in the world as behaving as.
Oh by the way, in case you think I’m suffering from all this, growing up with the challenges of the West, well I’m not. If it takes ‘contrast’ to understand Allah’s systems, then it’s all worth it. Inside, my soul is content now. Haha understanding leads to acceptance.