Strange sleights

“You’re a Muhammadan!”

Well, I follow the Muhammadan way, so I suppose I am.

“You’re an Islamist!”

Well, Islam is my religion, so perhaps I am.

“You’re a Quranist!”

Well, the Quran is our holy book, so maybe I am.

Evangelicals, politicians, even sectarian devotees… they all want to pigeonhole us with labels of their own creation. But as the years pass by, we realise that their strange sleights are meaningless, indicating the very opposite of whatever they intend.

“You’re a Muhammadan… an Islamist… a Quranist…”

Why not just say, “Muslim?”

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