Atheism is the denial that Allah exists. In Arabic, its known as [ الإلحاد].An atheist is a person who disbelieves in Allah, His names, His attributes, His Lordship, and denies that worship should be directed to Him. The atheists have the belief that this world came into existence without a creator by an eternal material. This material is considered to them to be the creator of creation. Along with this, they reject the Messengers and religion.
The atheists themselves are divided into two types;
- Those who deny Allah totally.
- Agnosticism, those who say, “ We don’t know if God is the Creator and if He exists.
Both groups have no faith in Allah and doubt His existence. When researching an atheist’s situation it’s clear that they aren’t convinced in the signs of Allah as being the Creator. Their beliefs aren’t truly based on any scientific theories and facts.
Maurice Blondel, a French philosopher, once said, “ There really isn’t no true atheists.” For that reason, it’s not farfetched that you find a group them affirming Allah’s existence, but they say that He disappeared after creating this world. This is a major crime and sin.
Allah said: And they say: “The Most Beneficent (Allah) has begotten a son (or offspring or children) [as the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say that He has begotten a son [‘Iesa (Christ)], and the pagan Arabs say that He has begotten daughters (angels, etc.)].”. Indeed you have brought forth (said) a terrible evil thing.Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins,.That they ascribe a son (or offspring or children) to the Most Beneficent (Allah).[Maryam88-91].
In the past Atheism wasn’t really widespread and only a few people had this belief similar to Fir’aun. After him, there was an atheistic trend in the medieval Islam known as materialism [الدهرية]. However today since the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18thcentury, and the spread of technology the rise of atheism began. Those eras were the periods of Marxism and Darwinism, and Nietzsche and Freud. These philosophers fought against the Catholic Church in Europe and it’s from them the ideology of atheism spread.
The Schools of Atheism.
There isn’t any particular school dedicated to the teachings of atheism. Atheists generally base their beliefs off of experiments and philosophy and from this they have divided into various sects among themselves;
Secularism: those who want to establish the state off of resources and material and not religion.
Existentialism: a philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.
Positivism: a philosophical system recognizing only that which can be scientifically verified or which is capable of logical or mathematical proof, and therefore rejecting metaphysics and theism.
Socialism: founded by Karl Marx, a policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism that denies the existence of Allah.
Darwinism: the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection advanced by Charles Darwin.
Last to add to this list is an evil form of atheism, that has recently spread around the world, and is picking up momentum in the Arab World, known as Devil Worship, or the Church of Satan.
Reasons for Atheism
Atheism goes against the natural disposition of man and the intellect. Despite this, it has spread and found its way in the Muslim World. Some people have fallen into this trend of atheism as of result of being brainwashed while living among the disbelievers or being educated in their system. Other reasons stem from the inability to accept the Qadr and Qada of Allah or accept it in its correct manner, in particularly the things related to the actions of Allah and the servants. Moreover, we find people going to atheism when they are ignorant of Islam. The Muslims who are running to atheism and of the Church of Satan are following their desires or have an unbridled desire to live what they call freedom. Therefore they don’t consider anything Halal[ lawful] of Haraam [prohibited]. Those who are in the shade of atheism don’t believe there is anyone watching over them, no account, no punishment and no reward.Allah’s aide is sought
Most people who consider themselves intellectuals due to their status, or on educational certificates have taken the path of denying Allah’s presence due to arrogance. Allah said: Verily, those who dispute about the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, without any authority having come to them, there is nothing else in their breasts except pride [to accept you (Muhammad ) as a Messenger of Allah and to obey you].
Arrogance leads to many atrocities;
Denying things you comprehend-Allah said: Nay, they deny that; the knowledge whereof they could not compass [Yunus :39]
Turning away from the truth and listening to it– Allah said: And never came an Ayah from among the Ayat (proofs, shreds of evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord to them, but they did turn away from it.[Ya-Sin: 46]
Being content with the knowledge you possess and rejecting the Sharia– Allah said:Then when their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, they were glad (and proud) with that which they had of the knowledge (of worldly things): And that at which they used to mock, surrounded them (i.e. the punishment)[Ghafir:83]
Blind-following misguided leaders-Allah said: And similarly, We sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad ) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps.”[ Az-Zukhruf:23]
The final result of arrogance is the increase of misguidance.–Allah said: So when they turned away (from the Path of Allah), Allah turned their hearts away (from the Right Path). [As-Saff:5]
The pillars of atheism, its foundations, and the approach on which unilateral thought was based were founded
It’s sufficient to say there isn’t any complete thought among atheists that fully explain their theories from beginning to end. Some atheists will come and present a bunch of awkward questions answered by their doubts and assumptions, which don’t satisfy a person’s thirst for knowledge. They have established their foundation and thought both based on experimental theories or philosophy.
Two of the most widely known experimental theories are evolution and the big bang theory. Charles Darwin wrote a book titled, The Origin of Species; which serves as a major reference point for an atheist who defends the theory of evolution. Atheists believe that Darwin’s theory of evolution explains life; however, when it’s closely examined there are still many unanswered questions that remain. Therefore this theory is flawed. Darwin’s theory doesn’t cover all aspects of life. For instance, insects make up 80% of animals. Did these insects evolve or remain, and why didn’t the principles of evolution go into effect with them. Insects are living beings and they weren’t included in Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as birds.
The main distraction in this theory of Darwin’s is the question, how do non-living things transform into living? Their only response is, “by coincidence”. Referring to happenings by coincidence isn’t an academic answer. Darwin also concluded that man evolved from apes as they share the same illnesses as humans. The question to ask here is why apes, and not rats? Rats and humans share the same diseases as well, like cancer.
Darwin viewed evolution for every species consists of individuals that show considerable variations. Under certain environmental conditions, particular variations will be most advantageous. Natural selection weeds out the unadapted and the best-adapted survive. These variations become dominant in the species and so it evolves. In the case of giraffes, times of drought and arid conditions give an advantage to those animals that can out-compete others by reaching the higher, untouched leaves. They form the ancestral stock of the animals that evolve into giraffes.
This is also rejected as the necks of goats didn’t evolve. They need long necks to eat leaves from high trees, and their necks didn’t expand over time.
The Big Bang Theory
In summary, the origin of creation comes from one cell that was swimming in a time and place then one day all of sudden it just exploded about 15 million years ago. So based off of this theory this world came from the cell that was the size of a pin. The question they’re unable to answer about this theory is where did that cell come from?
Why was this cell still then moved all of a sudden?
What’s the difference between the moments of the explosion compared to others?
How did the big bang organize such a well-structured universe?
How did non-living thing come from matter and transform into living beings with intellects?
Whenever you ask an atheist the question about how non-living beings became living, they reply, by coincidence. Coincidence is Lord of the Worlds according to atheists
Philosophers give precedence to the intellect over the texts. They believe that the mind is able to grasp everything that exists in its senses. In reality with this belief, they go against the limits of the mind and the body’s senses. The mind doesn’t have the ability to comprehend everything.
Ibn Battah mentioned that man came to Abdullah ibn Abbass with his son. His son said, He was puzzled by his mind and this went to his heart, so he brought him to Ibn Abbass. Abdullah ibn Abbass said: “Look over there nephew and tell me what is that black thing you see over there?”. He replied, “So and so.” Ibn Abbass said: “That’s’ right, and what is that image behind you?” The boy replied, “ I don’t know.” Ibn Abbass said: My nephew the same way Allah has placed a limited limit without a veil, likewise, He has placed on the Heart’s sight a limit, so don’t go beyond its bounds and limits.
The same applies to the senses. It’s not everything that exists can be confined to the five senses.We accept the fact that the senses exist, but what is the proof that something outside of these five senses doesn’t exist?
Measuring the existence of thing according to the five senses is a weak criterion;as somethings our senses deceive us. For example there are times that things appear to us outside of its true form. During the afternoon on a very hot day doesn’t it appear that water is in front you in the desert, but it’s a mirage? And when a pen is placed in a glass of water doesn’t it appear broken? The mind and senses are always to be trusted. The mind doesn’t have the ability to explain everything.
The soul, for example, is something that can’t be explained although it’s the closest thing to you. The mind truly can’t be explained, nor can visions or dreams. If we accept the argument that just because Allah can’t be seen right now this means He doesn’t exist then we’d have to discard many experiments and scientific conclusions. For instance gravity, electrons, Ether, or Atoms and so forth are all things we affirm exist, even though we can’t see them
Just because we are unable to see Allah it doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist. It’s enough to look at His creation and its system and order to recognize He is existent. The methodology of atheism is one of the contradictions which has no true criterion except desires.
Taken from [Atheism, its means of spreading, its dangers, and ways to combat it” by , Shaykh Salih ibn Abdil Aziz Sindi]
Arranged and prepared by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
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