The Religion Of The Ignorant

This religion has a perspective that feels no proper fear of Allah but accepts His existence, according to its own preconditions. Allah's title of the Creator is accepted, but with a prevailing belief that He has control over His creations only under particular circumstances. (Surely Allah is beyond that!)It is Allah Who will save a person in an instant or cure them of a hopeless disease, and He will determine the moment of their death. Beyond that, however, Allah's control over and intervention in daily life, the stock exchange, technology, scientific research, trade and politics are denied. It is believed that here, it is human power, reason and intervention that apply. Allah is regarded as a deity who created only various natural phenomena, as was the case in primitive beliefs. (Surely Allah is beyond that!)According to that mentality, it is He Who causes the wind to blow, storms to arise and earthquakes to strike. But it is infinite human knowledge that makes jet planes, spacecraft, and nuclear power stations!

According to this belief system, there are certain places where Allah observes human beings. When performing such observances as fasting or praying, one is in the sight of Allah. But it is believed that apart from that, there are times when Allah does not see or hear. (Surely Allah is beyond that!) There is therefore a superstitious idea that falsehoods, gossip and the like can be hidden from Allah. The erroneous nature of this belief is revealed in the Qur'an:

The keys of the Unseen are in His possession. No one knows them but Him. He knows everything in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowing it. There is no seed in the darkness of the Earth, and nothing moist or dry which is not in a Clear Book. (Surat al-An'am, 59)

[He is] the Knower of the Unseen and the Visible, the Most Great, the High-Exalted. It makes no difference whether you keep secret what you say or voice it out loud, whether you hide in the night or go out in the day. (Surat ar-Ra'd, 9-10)

Another verse describes the error of adherents of the Religion of the Ignorant thus:

Or do they imagine that We do not hear their secrets and their private talk? On the contrary Our messengers are right there with them writing it down! (Surat az-Zukhruf, 80)

Since members of Ignorantism do not fear Allah as they ought, they distort the concepts of religion in ways appropriate to their own interests. Instead of the one described in the Qur'an, they produce a distorted concept of being a Muslim. For example, statements such as "I pray every now and then when I get the chance. I do no harm to anyone. I am not a murderer or a thief. I read, I have a good job, I am successful. Why should I go to Hell?" have no place in Islam, but can frequently be heard uttered by adherents of the Religion of the Ignorant. These people think that being a Muslim consists of not wronging anyone. They fail to understand that the foundation of the religion is unconditional obedience to Allah, and are deceiving themselves. These people think that the religion of Allah consists of giving small amounts of money to beggars or getting on well with their neighbors, and seek to ignore hundreds of the stipulations of the Qur'an. Sometimes they try to offer allegedly logical explanations for this insincerity. On the subject of some stipulations in the Qur'an, they try to avoid their religious observances by means of distorted logic, along the lines of "The pace of life is very fast, so I have no time for prayer," or "People nowadays are different and have to make necessary concessions regarding honesty, humility and compassion." These people, who put forward willful misinterpretations of the verses of the Qur'an are in the following position:

Say: "Do you presume to teach Allah your religion when Allah knows everything in the heavens and everything in the earth? Allah has knowledge of all things." (Surat al-Hujurat, 16)

Neither do members of Ignorantism possess a true belief in the Hereafter. As with many provisions of the religion, they accept the Hereafter in words, but do not truly believe in it. They regard the Hereafter as a myth they heard from their forefathers, and as a remote possibility. Nonetheless, they still hope that according to their ill mind "if there is a Hereafter," (!) then Allah will forgive them and send them to Paradise. In the Qur'an, however, the final end awaiting such people is described thus:

Man never tires of praying for the good and if evil touches him, he despairs and loses hope. But if We let him taste mercy from Us after he has suffered hardship, then he says, "This is my due. I do not think that the Hour is going to come. And if I am returned to my Lord, I will definitely find the best reward with Him." But We will inform those who disbelieve of what they did and make them suffer a ruthless punishment. (Surah Fussilat, 49-50)

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