The Religion Of The Ignorant
Other verses reveal that when asked, members of false religions state that they believe in the existence and might of Allah. But they are unable to fully comprehend this truth, which they accept solely in the form of words, and do not actually fear Him:
Say: "Who provides for you out of heaven and Earth? Who controls hearing and sight? Who brings forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living? Who directs the whole affair?" They will say, "Allah." Say, "So will you not guard against evil?" That is Allah, your Lord, the Truth, and what is there after truth except misguidance? So how have you been distracted? In that way the Word of your Lord is realized against those who are deviators, in that they do not believe. (Surah Yunus, 31-33)
If you ask them, "Who created the heavens and the Earth and made the sun and moon subservient?" they will say, "Allah." So how have they been perverted? (Surat al-'Ankabut, 61)
One therefore needs to be careful when identifying false religions. Adherents of these religions may accept only those parts of the Qur'an that do not conflict with their own interests. As stated earlier, however, what they accept is only a part of the Qur'an, and according to Allah's stipulations, believing in one part of the Qur'an while denying another is still denial:
â€¦Do you, then, believe in one part of the Book and reject the other? What repayment will there be for any of you who do that except disgrace in this world? And on the Day of Resurrection, they will be returned to the harshest of punishments. Allah is not unaware of what you do. (Surat al-Baqara, 85)
In another verse Allah addresses believers thus:
â€¦Today those who disbelieve have despaired of overcoming your religion. So do not be afraid of them but be afraid of Me. Today I have perfected your religion for you and completed My blessing upon you and I am pleased with Islam as a religion for you... (Surat al-Ma'ida, 3)
Allah has chosen Islam for us as our religion. That is the only true path, and every other path, every religion, is false. We all have a duty to learn from Allah's religion how to think, how to behave, how to speak and how to live.
It is the duty of every Muslim, therefore, to evaluate the situation confronting him according to the criteria of the Qur'an, and to behave accordingly. If the members of the society of which we are a part have adopted one another or their forebears as their Lord rather than Allah; if they have adopted other sources as their guide rather than His book; then they have forgotten Allah and turned their back on His commandments.