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Is Religion a Fallacy?

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Nov 14, 2018

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I was speaking to an ex muslim about my success and how praying and following Islam is the reason for it. My prayers were constantly being answered and it led me closer to Islam and becoming a better muslim. However, the person told me that my hard work is the reason, since they do not pray or follow Islam and are successful too. They told me that it is a fallacy, believing that my belief in Allah and praying, is the reason for my success. I told them that this is based on my experience and I truly believe in it. How do I defend this argument? Should I ignore it? It's easy to see this point since they are living a non religious life and nothing bad is happening to them. I do get upset because they judge me for being religious, while I do not do that to them.

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Fallacy

Short Answer: You don’t need to provide answers for your faith. They are the ones who will be asked once they die. They can never prevent their own death, and they can never really prove that Judgment Day does not exist. You believe in the unseen and you have proof in the Quran. They disbelieve in the unseen and they have no authority over it/cannot disprove anything about it. If you are right and there is Hell and Heaven, you have saved yourself. If you are wrong, you have lived a meaningful, upright life, and it is scientifically proven that belief in God makes people happier and more satisfied in lifeIf they are wrong, they only had this worldly life that can never satisfy you even if you accumulate piles of worldly gains. Then they die and they are doomed on Judgment Day and for eternity.

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Salam alaykum Brother,

Thank you for sending your question.

I’d like to give you some advice and help change your mindset about a few important matters.

Who do I Spend time giving Dawah to/Answering Questions for?

First of all, you need to know who is worthy of your time and efforts.

You don’t need to waste time with someone who doesn’t want answers, or who only obviously wants to raise doubts about your religion.

If someone chose a different path, then let them have it and they will be held accountable for their deeds and choices once they die.

So they’re the ones who should be worried, not you.

Remember that very well!

Allah says:

Whoever disbelieves – upon him is [the consequence of] his disbelief. And whoever does righteousness – they are for themselves preparing,” (Quran 30: 44)

So, how do I know whether the person is worthy of my time?

If someone asks a question respectfully and sincerely, and when you answer, he/she listens carefully to understand, then they’re truthful.

But, if you start answering and the person starts mocking, ridiculing or following your answer with more unrelated misconceptions and doubts, then this person doesn’t want answers.

Don’t waste time with that person. Just tell them “peace” and leave.

As Allah tells us:

And when they hear ill speech, they turn away from it and say, “For us are our deeds, and for you are your deeds. Peace will be upon you; we seek not the ignorant.” (Quran 28: 55)

This Religion is Honorable

Mind you: this deen is ‘Azeez (Full of Pride and Honor)! Those who leave, deny or turn away only dishonor themselves…

And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.” (Quran 63:8)

Simply put: Allah is The King and we belong to The King and to The King we will return; is this more honoring or “we come from nothing, we’re here for no clear purpose and we’ll end abruptly and turn into dust!!”

Honestly, the dishonoring of humans value in atheist views is just mind boggling.

Allah says:

And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference.” (Quran: 17: 70)

And the atheist view is: “we’re perfectly designed creatures with no purpose who will end as worms’ food.”

Hadith Qudsi

In any case, there will never be any loss for Islam or Allah Almighty with anyone’s belief or disbelief.

In the Hadith Qudsi, Allah Glorified and Exalted says:

O My servants, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all as pious as the most pious heart of any individual amongst you, then this would not increase My Kingdom an iota. O My servants, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all as wicked as the most wicked heart of any individual amongst you, then this would not decrease My Kingdom an iota. […] O My servants, it is but your deeds that I account for you, and then recompense you for. So he who finds good, let him praise Allah, and he who finds other than that, let him blame no one but himself[Muslim]

So, you don’t need to provide answers for your faith. They are the ones who will be asked once they die. They can never prevent their own death, and they can never really prove that Judgment Day does not exist.

You will Always be the Winner

You believe in the unseen and you have proof in the Quran. They disbelieve in the unseen and they have no authority over it/cannot disprove anything about it.

If you are right and there is Hell and Heaven, you have saved yourself. If you are wrong, you have lived a meaningful, upright life, and it is scientifically proven that belief in God makes people happier and more satisfied in life.

If they are wrong, they only had this worldly life that can never satisfy you even if you accumulate piles of worldly gains. Then they die and they are doomed on Judgment Day and for eternity.

Again, this is a risk that no one should be taking. BUT, it’s their choice and they’re free to exercise it.

And Allah knows best.

I hope this helps.

Salam and please keep in touch.

Please continue feeding your curiosity, and find more info in the following links:

Belief in God is Illogical – Says the Atheist?

Religion Does More Harm Than Good! An Atheist Argues.

An Interesting Conversation with an Atheist!

 

 

 

 




About Dina Mohamed Basiony

Dina Mohamed Basiony is a writer based in Cairo, Egypt. She is the Chief Editor of ProductiveMuslim.com. She specializes in Islam and spirituality. Dina holds an MA and BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo.

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