My first Eid as an atheist was a bit surreal. I was surrounded by hundreds of Muslims from all over the world. I couldn’t help but walk around with a smile on my face. I also couldn’t help but wonder how many of these sheep actually has read the Quran – in their native language! Probably not many.
I also wondered how many atheists or agnostics where present. I tried out my atheism-radar for the first time. I think I spotted a couple of guys that were probably non-believers like me. They looked way to “normal”. Most of the people at this mosque where Pakistani. But there where also many middle-easterners and Africans.
It was much fun.
Later that evening, we were at a family dinner where we were discussing the annual tradition of arguing over who saw the moon and when. Should we just follow the Saudis? They are the custodians of Islam after all. No, one of the guests mentioned. We should wait for the moon sighting.
So I proceeded to have fun.
“Don’t we have star/space observatories all up and down the US? Shouldn’t this be more scientific? Rather than depending on rumors?” I asked the guests.
I saw a number of heads nodding “yes”. But not “HELL YEA!”
“What if one was in an airplane? Could they spot the moon and ‘phone it in’?”
More nodding – perhaps a couple of chuckles.
Finally – “What are Muslims going to do when we start living on Mars? On Jupiter?”
My brother responded “Oh, there’s a different God on those planets.”
Oh, yeah. It was a fantastic Eid!
Eid Mubarak everybody!