I recently found myself in a situation where I was criticized for visiting places of worship, other than mosques. This is not to say I worshiped in said places, I merely visited, appreciated the architecture, took a few photos and left. So whats wrong with this you might ask? In my opinion, nothing. While visiting those places, at no point did I connect spiritually to them; I did not pray in them; I did not revere them; I did not believe the religions which they symbolize. I simply thought they were beautiful places or sites.
Has our religion gone to such an extreme that we are not allowed to appreciate beauty? Continue reading