Faith Among Us

Defining your faith is something that we all feel a little scared to do. Not because we are ashamed, but because the complexity of religion itself leaves us confused yet content, and we tend to question what it means to believe. If someone were to come up to me and ask, “Do you practice your religion?” I would most probably answer “sometimes." Being a Muslim, it can be difficult admitting to other people that you have doubts about the beliefs you were taught as a child. The fear of being looked down upon is greater than accepting and acting upon your perspective. You wish that your heart was strong enough to take in the beauty that is religion, but at the same time there is a sense of freedom in realizing that you do not restrict yourself to a set of rules specific to a certain faith. I am in no way belittling religion. Everyone has the right to practice their beliefs as long as they aren't hurting anybody. I consider myself to be on and off with my faith. I believe in a higher being; I believe that there is an entity out there that has the power to determine how our lives will be. It gives me comfort knowing that, on my darkest days, I have somewhere to turn. I find it peaceful to see people of my own religion practicing their daily prayers, praising the same God I believe in. 

I took these photographs at a famous historical mosque in my city. The ambient silence and emptiness of this place allowed me to think as I captured the elegance of this piece of architecture. In this modern era,  we can be so caught up in our daily activities that we forget the history that shaped our lives today. I wanted to capture the mysterious atmosphere that encompasses religion itself, a strange yet powerful concept which people followthe balance between faith and reality. 

By Syahirah Harun

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