The Atheist And His Trivial Mind
Who is Islam for? It is not only for Muslims, it is for all people. People
who want it, people who need it. Those who do not, simply do not have to be
In the Qu'ran, Surat Al Baqarah Verse 256, Allah says: "There is no
compulsion in religion, the truth stands clear from err". The definition of
Islam is to peacefully submit to this truth. Clearly in this verse, it is a
choice. It is so clear that I wonder how Muslims and non-Muslims alike can
ignore it so easily.
The logic of Islam is there for all to see. Yes, sometimes a non-Muslim can
see it more clearly than a Muslim, but will not submit for one reason or
another. I have yet to find the reluctance to accept truth as a result of
some major flaw in Islam, but rather it is always something trivial that
convinces the atheist that Islam is not true.
For one thing, there is always the excuse that Muslims are imperfect. I
suppose there are perfect human beings out there? There is then the case
that Muslims normatively subscribe to illogical interpretations of Islam.
Again, this is no fault of Islam, but rather it is the fault of the Muslim.
The Muslim is human, like all others, not impeccable.
Then there is the common God arguments. God didn't do this, God didn't do
that. Let us briefly look at some Islamic logic, and respond to some popular
Claim 1. God does not exist because people suffer.
Response: Let us look at what would happen if God prevent all kinds of
suffering. If nobody suffered, life as we know it would not only be
paradise, but it would be stagnant. People would not have to work, nor would
they have to show the courtesies that Islam and other religions encourage.
I.e. Since no one would suffer from hunger, no one would need to make
sacrifices to feed anyone, not even themselves.
Thus there would be no need to do anything. But we exist for a purpose, and
in Islam, that purpose is to worship God. Among the tasks of worshipping God
are included the duty of the Muslim to subdue suffering wherever he/she can.
Claim 2. There is no proof that God exists.
Response: Here we have the case of 'objective science'. We cannot 'test'
this hypothesis, therefore it cannot be true. It is a logical fallacy. At
one time, men did not know that protons, neutrons, or electrons existed.
During this time, was it true to say that protons, neutrons, and electrons
do not exist because there is no proof of them?
To 'Eslim' is to peacefully submit. God challenges men to produce a single
verse as that in the Qu'ran. Grammatically, the Qu'ran is perfect; no fetha
or kasra is out of place. In addition to this, the logic of Islam (the
religion, not Muslims the people) is impeccable. There is only one way to
confirm or to discount this; a full examination of Islamic logic, A to Z.
Claim 3. There is no point in being a Muslim. I am good, God will know this
and let me through his gates--if he exists.
This is where the definition of the word Muslim is most important. No one
with even an atom of arrogance will be permitted to enter paradise. If you
know better, and consciously decide not to 'peacefully submit', than you are
stubbornly arrogant. This is by no means a noble trait, especially when
directing your arrogance at God.
Finally, given that this letter is designated for a politically-loaded
Libyan news website, consider the following traits of the good Muslim. The
good Muslim is one who constantly seeks to gain knowledge. The good Muslim
is someone who is kind and courteous. The good Muslim is generous and
forgiving. The good Muslim is one who stands against oppression and does not
oppress. Are these qualities not ideal for Libyan citizens? Does it hurt the
atheist so much that Muslims do not share his viewpoint, that he would
employ all means to convince them to give up their beliefs, rather than to
encourage them to be as good Muslims as they possibly can be, for a common
cause? For this reason, I opened this account by stating that the Muslim
practices Islam for himself. For this reason, this article is entitled The
Atheist and his Trivial Mind.
A. A. Omar