First, I would like to say Ramadhan Mubarak, taqabalallahu minna wa minkum. I hope we can do our best this Ramadhan, Ameen.
Tonight, I received message on messenger from someone who converted from Islam and became atheist.
Actually, I consider myself to be too old to deal with this, especially after I got a disease that required me to avoid conflict and debate. Well, it was years ago and now I am much better, Alhamdulillah, though I still feel slight pain sometimes. Thanks to Prophet Muhammad who had advised Muslims to treat ourselves with cupping.
Ok, back to the story. Personally, I never really understood how anyone could convert from Islam. How anyone could think that there’s no God. It sounded so irrational for me. Then, I realized that arrogance made people rejecting truth. When they insist that believers are being irrational, in my point of view, they’re the one who are loosing their ability to think rationally.
Q2: 13. And when it is said unto them: Believe as the people believe, they say: Shall we believe as the foolish believe? Are not they indeed the foolish? But they know not.
But, belief can’t be forced, indeed. It’s a matter of choice. Even Prophet was not sent to force anyone to believe. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. Whether we follow or reject it, we’ll be the one who will bear the consequences.
This person said that if there is God, this God doesn’t deserve to be worshipped because He is careless to us and leave us puzzled and truth less. Is it true? If there’s no religion and holy book exists on this planet, then this claim probably has some point. The fact is, we have Islam, we have Al Qur’an, and we have Prophetic narrations. When we have such complete guidance, how can we be puzzled and truth less? If we reject them, it’s our own problem. But, to blame God for our own disbelief is such irrational thing to do.
We hear and see people who condemn God for the things those actually the result of their own mistakes. They blame God about poverty, disease and any other things they consider as bad. They think they’re the masters and God is the servant who should fulfill all their orders and wills. It’s an up side down logic, indeed.
They neglect God’s orders to be patient and grateful, to give charity, to help the needy, to avoid free sex outside marriage, to keep body and environment clean, to not eat dirty food, not harming own body, to be just in everything we do, etc. But, they blame God for all consequences of that disobedience. Where’s the logic?
The next thing was the claim about people follow religion just to be accepted by society and family. In the surface, it might be right. But, if we see the real fact around us, the real believers are indeed the strangers. How many people around us really consider that God sees all their actions? How many people consider cheating, lying and backbiting as bad sins? And, do you know what reaction you can get when you remind them about that? You will be considered as weird, as stranger!! Different case if you’re just a Muslim by paper, who is following the flow, agrees happily and follows blindly what others do without taking consideration at Islamic teaching. Also, we should remember that there are many people out there who were born from non-Muslim family but then decided to embrace Islam, vice versa. Society and family perhaps can influence what belief we will choose, but that’s only in the surface because true faith is from deep inside and none can force others to believe what they disbelieve.
The next thing he brought was the verse ‘Allah guides whom He wills’. This person who claimed to know everything should also know whom He wills to guide and whom not. It’s all mentioned in Qur’an. Allah knows best who deserves to be guided and who deserves to be misguided. He guides not those who disbelieve, wrong doing folks, a liar, an ingrate, prodigal, evil living folk, snare of betrayers, etc. He even seals up the heart of every arrogant. So, whom does He guide?
Q5: 16. Whereby Allah guideth him who seeketh His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He bringeth them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guideth them unto a straight path.
Q39: 18. Who hear advice and follow the best thereof. Such are those whom Allah guideth, and such are men of understanding.
Moreover, let’s us have deeper study about Islam. You can find many people who try to discredit Islam. They bring one verse without investigating other verses relating to it. And, it’s very unwise to just follow their so called ‘rational’ argument blindly. For example, the word slave in Al Qur’an might sounds scary if it’s not followed by other explanation about how we’re encouraged to release slaves and about rights of slaves in Islam. Those explanations are not only made by scholars as it’s claimed by some people but it can be found in Al Qur’an and Hadith.
May we become among those who are guided by Allah, ameen.