OK, can I thread-crash to *very politely* make an inquiry, pretty please? I know this question might really irk some people but I am asking it in good faith, if that makes sense. Please be gentle.
I suppose it would be like, in Judaism you have Orthodox Jews and then you have less observant ones, in different degrees and ranks.
I know Muslims are supposed to learn Arabic to read the Koran in its original, and etc. I do get it.
But are there any here who might be the equivalent of "Reform Muslims"? I know that is a really, REALLY touchy subject.
I know Muslim-born people (i.e. not converts) who consider themselves pretty good Muslims but aren't 100% observant. They'll listen to music, even drink some alcohol, not worry about depicting photos of people, etc. But they'll still read the Koran, observe Ramadan, pray, etc. (Maybe not the formal prayers but pray nonetheless.) The girls won't even always cover, they'll socialize at school, etc.
I feel myself something like a reform Muslim. I don't refer to myself as that because I don't want to claim the title when I'm not 100% observant. I do not drink, I go back and forth between covering and not, I do listen to music but I don't listen to much "worldly" music, more instrumental. I read from the Koran daily, I believe in the one undivided God, I believe in the prophets, etc. But I am not Arab-centric. I pray but in my own words. My son is not circumcised. My husband is VERY SADLY totally anti-Islam. I don't ever have a plan to make a pilgrimage to Mecca but I do take "personal" pilgrimages to places in nature where I can marvel at God's work.
So... again, I wouldn't feel I have the right to call myself Muslim because I do not adhere to 100% of it. I follow my conscience. I do believe the Koran is 100% inspired, but not necessarily that the way people live the religion today are 100% necessary for every detail. I also know that this wishy-washy thing is strictly condemned in the Koran and that you shouldn't take some messages and believe them and take others and disbelieve them. But at the same time, it is my true desire to follow God and I am content that I am doing the best I can.
Does anyone have any... I don't know. Not sure if I'm looking for advice, maybe just opinions?
I'm not coming here for anyone to tell me that it's "alright" to be just-sorta-kinda Muslim. But I'm just wondering if that's a path anyone is on as well, where in an all-or-nothing religion you're, well, neither all NOR none, but somewhere in between.
ALSO, on a related but different note... Are there any non-Arab centric Muslims on here? Or is Islam necessarily somewhat Arab-centric?