Can someone enlighten this weary old soul about being an agnostic Muslim? What in the world is an agnostic Muslim? To my understanding, you are either a Muslim or you are not.
It matters not if you are a Sunni or Shi'a Muslim for both share fundamental Islamic beliefs and articles of faith.
The variance between these two stemmed not from spiritual differences, but political ones. [More reading here]
But agnostic Muslim? Maybe it's just me, but the qualifier seems redundant, grossly deceptive and may well lead to what is commonly termed in Malay as tergelincir aqidah i.e. when the faith falters or gets derailed somewhat.
An agnostic is described (in online dictionary) as 'One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God' / 'One who is skeptical about the existence of God but does not profess true atheism' / 'One who is doubtful or non-committal about something'.
There are many other descriptions of the word 'agnostic' in various other dictionaries (online or otherwise) but the essence remains the same.
'Agnosticism' is described as an intellectual doctrine or attitude affirming the uncertainty of all claims to ultimate knowledge.
Be that as it may, as mere humans we are unlikely to achieve ultimate knowledge of anything at all, let alone everything. That is the sole domain of God.
Perhaps those who profess to be agnostic Muslims admit to this particular shortcoming, the knowledge that they don't know everything. A fair enough argument.
But the key to Islam is kepercayaan kepada Tuhan (belief in God) and this belief is absolute. You have to believe in God first. You can't afford to be non-committal about God's existence.
Now, if you profess to believing in Him, how then do you reconcile this belief with agnosticism? They don't converge at any point at all; they run parellel to one another.
The reason why I am bringing this up is because I have seen in several Facebook entries of people I know subscribing to agnosticism, describing themselves as agnostic Muslims.
Maybe my tergelincir aqidah fear for the aforesaid Muslim brethren of mine is unfounded and unnecessary, but it's always good to be safe than sorry.
Don't you think we have enough on our plate to contend with, than to further confuse ourselves insofar as faith and belief is concerned, with notions of agnosticism and such?
Food for thought, this...