In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.
In wake of the recent twitter trend on International Human Right’s Day of the hashtag #ExMuslimBecause (ex muslim because) and in light that this is our first blogpost, we will talk about atheism versus religion. Since this post is a bit lengthy, we have divided it into headings so you may skip it if you wished to read a specific part that you may have questions to.
We will begin by looking at social implications of religion.
Let us first sketch a rough life story of a man. He is born in a society with well integrated rules and regulations. He learns about these as he grows up, first at home, then at school and then everywhere that he goes. He learns that people in his society act in certain manners, dress in certain manners and for these there are rewards and punishments. So then, he goes to school, studies hard, is admitted to a good college, earns a Master’s degree and gets a well payed job. He finds a good woman to marry and they have three kids together. He is still upholding society’s values, he goes to work early in the morning, pays his bills, his taxes, loves his wife and children and so he is given a promotion to Executive Level at his workplace. At the age of 40, however, he starts taking heroin. At first it’s only a minor thing; it doesn’t affect him except with the occasional late-to-work thing, that he can manage very well considering his post. But then it starts to take a toll on him. He can’t get enough sleep, he misses work twice or thrice in a week at least and he doesn’t dress properly to work. His senior once even tells him to go home because he is not wearing proper pants to work. He is given warnings at first but eventually is fired. His heroin addiction has him lying in bed for many days and he doesn’t find a new job. When his wife tries to talk sense to him he beats her. She loves him, but her father files a complaint against him and the local police arrest him for domestic abuse. His wife files for divorce and by the time he is out of prison, the court has given her custody of all three of their children and most of his money. He is left begging for food on the streets.
In this case scenario, when the man was acting on the society’s rules and regulations, following its norms and values, he was rewarded with a good education, a promising career, a lovely wife, children – things that human describe as desirable. On the other hand when he started to break society’s laws, he faced sanctions and was punished. So in this way, the goal of life, scratched to the bottom, is to achieve discipline, to make a peaceful life. Atheists would agree. So this brings us to the point that religion provides us with a way to live our life that brings out this discipline for us.
Religion, in sociology, is a major institute of social control.It lays out rules and regulations on how to lead our lives and promises heaven and hell to people for following and not following its teachings respectively. So in this way, religion is preventing the man in our case to avoid heroin for forty years. It instills good behaviour and reinforces discipline, leading to benefit for the entire society in a sense that it adds to the workforce, increases the economy and so forth. On the other hand, when he decides to take heroin finally, he not only affects himself but also those around him. Firstly he affects the economy and workforce in a negative manner. When his wife leaves him he affects the social composure of the society. He affects the psychological upbringing of his children negatively. So in this way we establish that religion is not anti-productive.
However, we realise that most of the anti-theist propaganda revolves not around lack of belief in God, but around the values and norms presented by religion. For example, one of the atheist ‘ex muslim’ on twitter said she converted because she hated the hijab. We see this lack of conformity on the rise everywhere in the world: increasing gay rights, feminisation of men’s fashion, gender fluidity are but a few of these non-conformist behaviours. So let us consider why that is bad for society at large.
In our case scenario, when the man in question started injecting heroin, he broke one norm of society. Next, he skipped work. Then he beat his wife. Maybe if he hadn’t broken the first norm, he would have felt a little hesitation in breaking one more. Here we are not saying that taking heroin is equivalent to homosexuality, all we’re saying is one broken norm leads us one step closer to breaking two. This could be explained by psychological negative reinforcement that a child who is not scolded at talking rudely with his friends will probably not hesitate hitting them.
Some people present a counter argument by saying that we don’t need social order because it’s inherently bad for a society, in that it creates “good” and “bad” people and hatred. This is a false argument in a sense that without social order, the comfortable life that we know will cease to exist, there will be no productivity. Commerce, currencies, languages, they’re all advents of social control. Without social control, there will be riots, killings and widespread chaos. The next thing you know, you might be back at the stone-ages. This is not saying that not wearing a hijab will make us all blood thirsty zombies on the roads, it is stating that without the founding stones of society, its norms and values, life will be chaotic and will not be in a sustainable controlled environment, which is the crust of all sociological objectives.
So then, the laws of religion affect peace on land and bring discipline, and how much somebody follows religion and how much someone doesn’t is a different matter. If someone disbelieves in religion because religion wants you to dress in a proper manner then they might as well disbelieve in education systems because they make you learn the findings of the people of the past. Hence, disbelief in religion can’t be backed by a social factor. There may be resentment for religion, like a child resents the chores he has to do, but in the end it is for the greater good of the society and the individual that he behave in a certain manner.
Concluded, sociology doesn’t prove non existence of God.
Atheists believe that there is a logical, scientific explanation to everything that happens in the world. We would like to agree. They add that this rules out the possibility of a God. How, we ask, do our esteemed intellectuals reach this conclusion? The grace with which they skip the intermediates, explanations and derivations so impertinent to science fails to amuse us. In their opinion, science rivals with God and proves His non existence. What they fail to see is that it is His laws that science merely discovers, proves.
It was not science that created this world, science does not lead to genetic diversity, it is not science that a seed develops into an embryo and then a plant. Science, fellows, is only the explanation of what happens. The what, where, when, how of God’s work are the journals of science because science is a subject of study, not creation. It is a subject of observation, not construction from scratch.
Albert Einstein discovered relativity, Isaac Newton gravitation and Robert Hooke the cell. These people who laid the foundation of sciences did not say that their laws set up rivalry to God. However, our so-called learned atheist of science will have you believe God does not exist. Stephen J. Hawking, renowned for being an atheist, in his latest books doesn’t sound so sure about his believes. The more he studies science, the more he gives in to the concept of God. It is then that we conclude that most of our learned atheists are in fact, not learned in science.
It is with bemusement that we see that most of these atheists have not even read the religions they denounce. It is one thing to know of something and say it’s bad, but what they do is they look at religion from afar, look at science from afar and decide that they are both rivals and we want to say that religion is a bag of lies. It is then that we take it upon ourselves to enlighten them with a few ‘scientific’ findings in Koran.
In chapter 23, verse 14, Allah says
Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah , the best of creators. [http://quran.com/23/14]
Today, science proves embryonic development in these exact stages, in this exact order.
In chapter 21, verse 30, Allah says
Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe? [http://quran.com/21/30]
Today, the Big Bang Theory of the origin of Universe is widely accepted, which states that the Universe came into existence with an expanding blast of a hot dense mass of gases. Science also proves that the major part of every living cell on the world is water.
In chapter 22, verse 73, Allah says
O people, an example is presented, so listen to it. Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are the pursuer and pursued. [http://quran.com/22/73]
Here Allah also says that humans can never really ‘create’ anything. All the biotechnology, gene technology, advances in chemistry, we see, rely on raw material. It is not creation in any essence.
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was not a scientist, nor did he learn reading and writing. These phenomena could not have been known to him unless told by the Creator of the Universe, Allah Himself.
It is with these articulated arguments that we prove atheism an affect of incomplete knowledge of science, religion and objections to religious laws. It is suggested then that atheists try increasing their knowledge by reading the Koran and more scientific journals. If there are any counter arguments, please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form on our website. We will love to hear from you.
As to the ex-Muslims who claim that religion is too hard on them, repent before it’s too late. We are no one to judge you, but Allah will surely question you on the Day of Judgement.
[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving – [http://quran.com/67/2]
In the end, we will just like to say that guidance is only from Allah, and if you are hell-bent on defaming Allah’s religion and not accepting His Word, then we can’t stop you from it. We would however advise you not to raise your banners in war against Allah. Atheism largely sprouts from arrogance, and arrogance does not do in front of Allah. We can only tell you what we know, we can only do so much. The rest is upto you. Man is created in toil, in difficulties and in temptation. It is our duty to remain steadfast on the path that Allah has shown us and beg for His Mercy.
And Allah knows the best. May He guide us all.