All are affected more or less by their upbringing. But how do you make a faith to their own, if you have been born into a religion?
" I grew up in islam but I have a choice today and I still choose to be muslim. I have had the choice since I was a teen to choose something else if I would like it, " says Khalid Mohammed, 26, who is born in Sweden with parents from Somalia and lives in the Vivalla in Örebro.
doubt he sometimes asks questions. What happens after death? How has the world come to?
" And what is it that makes that there is so much expected in the world? I cannot doubt but then the thought comes: ”Put your trust in God”. For you can't handle all the thoughts. It has helped me. Then it helps to go to the mosque and pray. I find tranquility.
" I have more doubted humanity than religion. For example, any terrorist attack that takes place everywhere. Why would you want to do something like that when everyone says to be fighting for something good? It is not true because then it would not be so much suffering.
Khalid stresses that islam is a multifaceted religion with 1.6 billion followers.
Religion is sometimes used in the bad purposes. It can be about power, money, evil, and religion can attract people who are looking for a membership. Many who commit horrible things using islam's name. Some are condemning the whole religion. You say muslim, you think some of the självmordbombare and terrorists. I usually reply that in my religion, do you not do so.
" the Biggest prejudice is that you sympathize with terrorists, or has evil intentions. It is very sad if you think so. It is better to come and talk with us. You do not need to become friends, but I think everything will be easier if you talk with each other.Photo: Fredrik Samuelson
being deceived and tricked to do evil. God calls upon us, to give grace and mercy, and help us to make the right and see our responsibility to be able to improve us. Muslims believe that man after this life will be accountable to God.
As a muslim to Khalid pray five times a day, give money to the poor, and keep the fasting month of ramadan to show God gratitude and seek his guidance. Recently made Khalid a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. When there are moments he goes to the Örebro mosque.
in Order to help young people in Vivalla, he started the association For the people, F. T. P., A conscious stand for to create a new association to the word FTP, ”fuck the police”. Khalid himself has a messy background and been stopped by the police.
" I have personally stood in the center and yelling ”fuck the police”. But we wanted to change the concept, make it into something positive and create activities for young people.
Together for Sweden, where he and others from different religions to lecture about their faith in schools. He often receives questions about the role of women in islam, thoughts on the oppression of women and whether the veil is voluntary or not. Khalid says that his mom has the scarf, but that two of his four sisters, all believers, the muslims, do not have it.
" They've got to make their own choice. I see it as that it is voluntary here in Sweden. But there is no freedom to force someone to take off his clothes either, I think.
When it comes to arab countries where the woman does not always have a choice, such as saudi Arabia, he says:
" They do much wrong in saudi Arabia. I follow the good and the beauty in the religion. Saudi arabia has their problems that they have to manage and Sweden has its problems with the firings and other things. Then, it depends on what issue you choose to focus on. For example, outlawed in France, corporal punishment in the home only in the last year.
Other issues in schools is about honour killings, genital mutilation, and some countries have the death penalty if they leave islam.
" I think it is expected. It often combines culture and religion with each other which makes it define a whole religion when it is really about a country's culture mixed up with religion. There are several different branches in islam. I am sunnimuslim but usually say that it is important is that I am a muslim.
– the genital Mutilation was done in Somalia, where we come from, and I know my mom hates it.
the body is a gift from God. It can destroy health, family and economy, obscuring the senses and that which has a harmful impact that exceeds the benefits are, therefore, prohibited, " says Khalid. As the alcohol.
Homosexual acts are considered a sin. But there is acceptance among some liberal muslims do reinterpretations of the Qur'an and the hadiths, which can accommodate traditions. Sex is, according to islam, is meant for marriage, " says Khalid.
" I believe that all people can live in peace with each other, regardless of faith or non-belief, origin, sexual orientation, or what. Personally, I think you should wait with sex until you get married, then you have found the right person for one. But everyone is entitled to their opinion.
He points out that society has become more pluralistic.
– It provides space for each individual to practise their religion. They are not all atheists or christians. Other believers understand the generally speaking, my faith better.