Faham Abdus Salam

On God and the virtuous

October 16, 2011
Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, c. 1510. Sistine Chapel, Rome.

Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, c. 1510. Sistine Chapel, Rome.

God’s revenge on human frailty is binary absolutism: mankind shall indeed find faith and logic, but never both of them together.

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If you want to preach atheism, that is to convert the religious; teach him to understand and compute “uncertainty” with crisp clarity.

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The idea of sin is the testimony to our innate inability to cope with free will.

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Pam Anderson’s polymeric protrusion is what I call virtue. It may seem wholesome and pleasant to the observer, and obviously widely talked about in public but excruciating for the bearer with a genuine risk of implosion. Not to mention, immediate users seldom enjoy any real benefit out of it.

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God hates black and white photography; He gave us grayscale but did not mention that the truth blends in somewhere at the middle.

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Poets and writers of ancient times used imagination to turn reality into mythology. Journalists of our time do the same for a living; only in the reverse order.

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I noticed a sticker on a passing car saying – God loves stupid people, He made so many of them. I suspect this was the crucial information not revealed to the Satan prior hand and being an arrogant prick fell into God’s trap. No matter what, God’s favourite bunch refuses to be lead by anyone, even by Himself.

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Wealth is what you know that you have, power is what others suspect that you have. Wisdom is what the future generation will learn that you had; and the legend is what they will be taught but you didn’t actually have.

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Contrary to the popular belief, fools and fanatics show remarkable aptitude in terms of raising questions. I would say some are intelligent as well. The trouble is theirs are the questions answered few millennia ago.

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Ten years ago Hindi films championed “sacrifice”; how to love and save the weak. Today it’s all about how to “live” and enjoy; but more so, it’s about how to save oneself. The magnitude of this transformation is ought to be indicative of the tyranny of wealth: a realisation that the human faculties we hold endearing are irreproachably related to the weak and poor.

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For believers, atheism is not hard to deal with; honesty, rigour and zeal are but a few of the virtues those suffice the need to contest. For them unnerving is the opinion that – I believe in God but I don’t love Him.

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The Day of Judgment would be a curious one, not because of the revelation of our hidden selves or who goes to heaven and who to hell. I wonder how God would give His verdict on our ignorance, particularly the informed and enlightened ones.

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If scientists were to design the universe they would have created far too many replicates of the earth; they hate noise and are madly in love with reproducible data.

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Interestingly, it is not only those who believe in Adam and Eve, I have seen trained life scientists who don’t subscribe to any organised religion refuse to accept the theory of evolution (in casual discussion of course) and that too not for a scientific or religious reason. Evolution sounds ok but we came from monkeys? Really? Nah! That is embarrassing if not blasphemous. I suspect people would accept evolution as a concept more conveniently if we could keep this monkey business out of the paradigm. Don’t we all share the ego of Satan, somehow?

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We humans or in particular, God-forsaken literates with a firm grasp in accounting and law would rather opt ourselves to be judged on cui bono basis. It is us who should be rewarded for our good deeds, while Satan should be punished for the bad ones (Isn’t it Satan who benefits from our wrongdoings?). How could you be devil’s advocate unless you turn your back to the master himself?

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It was God who first realised the entertainment value of reality shows; hence he created Homo Politicus.

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Modesty is the only virtue that can qualify as ungodly; it is therefore comprehensible that we must misuse it. Successful people know this secret all too well.

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It is remarkable how our personal God changes every year but the collective God remains same over millennia.

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Fools, fanatics and zealots not trained in symbolism must not be encouraged to love anything abstract. Too many people have died in the name of God and patriotism.

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Sinners are the legacy of humanity, conformists the peril.

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The presence of God is best felt in every unanswered prayer. Pleasure is not what you find in yearning for God; this story of love is essentially a tragic one.

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Faham Abdus Salam is trained in Molecular Therapeutics.

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10 Responses to “ On God and the virtuous ”

  1. Mujib K on October 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    One of the most interesting pieces I have read. However, I am not sure if it belongs in the same spot as other articles. In fact I am not sure if many of the “articles” posted belong on the main “opinion” section of bdnews24.com.

  2. russel on October 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Very interesting indeed. I like it as I read all kinds of writings.

  3. Maya on October 17, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for an interesting and funny read! Loved how subtle the inferences were.

    But the experimental style took quite a bit of getting used to and left me wondering what the writer can aspire to writing more meaty topics.

    Looking forward to the next hopefully less abbreviated article!

  4. Tasbir Ahmed on October 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Can we term this piece as an alternative writing, just like alternative music? Very off-track and unusual, but interesting read I must say…and amusing too.

    Thank you Mr Faham for coming up with a new genre of article. Keep it up.

  5. Sonia Sharmin on October 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Very interesting read. I wonder if the writer is an atheist or a religious minded person.

  6. Bipul Halder on October 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    bdnews24.com seems to becoming bolder by day publishing daring pieces mainly on religion, god, etc. Hope the intolerant group of so-called religious people don’t take offence and declare jihad against bdnews24.com.

    Here’s wishing a safe journey to the opinion section. Looking forward to more unique, daring and timely pieces. You are our trusted platform to speak our mind without any intimidation.

    And thanks to Mr Faham. Really interesting article.

  7. Shamsur Rahman on October 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I actually didn’t understand what it was all about.

  8. kamal on October 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    This seems to be an experimental writing on a quite bold a topic — god and religion. I must congratulate the writer for handling such a sensitive topic in a subtle manner.

    Enjoyed it thoroughly.

  9. kamal on October 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Unique writing.

  10. Omar Farooque on October 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Eye catching, glittering article (all that glitters is not…).

    We want to enjoy reading an article, not to break our heads and then wonder what the writer has aspired to reveal.

    Too many uses of asterisks in between paragraphs – I would say one of its own kind, very rare to have the misfortune to be bombarded by asterisks like this.

    By the way, was it a collection of “Quotable Quotes” sort of thing? There should be another venue for publishing these. And if these are the writer’s ingenuity then we beg shelter and the Editor’s protection against this type of write-ups.

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