Monday, April 7, 2014

Lies people event against Allah

by S N Smith  -- April 8, 2014

In Surah Ankaboot, the 29th chapter of the Quran verse 68, Allah says, "And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah or rejects the Truth when it reaches him? Is there not a home in Hell for those who reject Faith?"  

As I mentioned in an earlier article, when I read the Quran I am not looking for anything specifically but am merely on the lookout for some verses which stand out in my mind and cause me to reflect for the remainder of my day. In other words, my reading is not meant to be scholarly but devotional in nature. What I write is for my own private edification and catharsis. The reader is, as it were, getting a glimpse into my mind regarding my thoughts about the verses I am reading. Islam is meant to me simple, and thus I keep my writing simple and to the point. I don't refer to outside commentators but just allow my mind to ponder over the Quranic verses with as little outside interference as possible. For me, when I read the Quran in this way I gain many more insights as the barriers between what Allah has said and my heart are broken down. Many commentators make things complicated when they don't need to be so. I prefer simplicity over complexity.  

In this article I want to briefly make mention of a few lies which people invent against Allah, for people have been doing this as long as humanity has been on this earth. Although not exhaustive, I want to mention the 5 top lies people invent against Allah and what the Quran has to say in response. The top five lies, at least in my estimation, are:

1) Allah does not exist.

2) Allah has offspring and others also possess some or all of Allah's attributes.

3) Allah is not one, but one of many. 

4) It is God's will that we do evil and disbelieve.

5) Allah is not all knowing, all seeing or all powerful. 

From a Quranic point of view, everyone of these statements are erroneous, and thus outright lies, and those who believe them have gone astray. The Quran says in Surah Luqman, the 30th chapter of the Quran verse 31, "Do ye not see that Allah has subjected to your (use) all things in the heavens and on earth, and has made his bounties flow to you in exceeding measure, (both) seen and unseen? Yet there are among men those who dispute about Allah, without knowledge and without guidance, and without a Book to enlighten them!"

Before I proceed further in my discussion, I want to make two points. When someone invents a lie it is because they want to hide or cover-up something. They don't want people to know the real truth. Secondly, when a lie is invented, it is not based upon evidence but rests upon mere conjecture and fabrication. Why people would want to hide or cover-up the truth about Allah and resort to conjecture and fabrication is not always clear, but it appears that the truth is somehow perceived as a threat and that if it were to be made known, a lot of changes in the status quo would take place.

The two most comprehensive passages in the Quran concerning Allah are Surah Al-Ikhlas, the 112th chapter of the Quran:
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.
And Iyatul Qursi, which is the 255th verse in Surah Al-Baqara, the 2nd chapter in the Quran, reads: 
Allah! There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory).
In addition, refer to Surah al Zukhruf, the 43rd chapter of the Quran, which in verses 15-20 reads:
Yet they attribute to some of His servants a share with Him (in his godhead)! truly is man a blasphemous ingrate avowed! What! has He taken daughters out of what He himself creates, and granted to you sons for choice? When news is brought to one of them of (the birth of) what he sets up as a likeness to (Allah) Most Gracious, his face darkens, and he is filled with inward grief! Is then one brought up among trinkets, and unable to give a clear account in a dispute (to be associated with Allah)?  And they make into females angels who themselves serve Allah. Did they witness their creation? Their evidence will be recorded, and they will be called to account! ("Ah!") they say, "If it had been the will of (Allah) Most Gracious, we should not have worshipped such (deities)!" Of that they have no knowledge! they do nothing but lie!
To those who deny the existence of Allah, the Quran asks the question,  “Or were they created by nothing? Or were they the creators (of themselves)? Or did they create heavens and earth? Rather, they are not certain.” (Quran 52:35-36)

See also the following verses where Allah reasons with the reader and calls upon the reader to ponder and reflect regarding the reality of His existence: 

41:53; 27:93; 40:81; 2:164; 3:190; 6:99; 10:67; 13:3-4; 14:32-33; 16:3-18; 16:79; 20:53-54; 20:55; 30:19-27; 45:3-4; 45:5; 41:37; 6:97; 10:5; 10:101

The Quran asserts over and over again that the reality of Allah's existence is found in nature as well as within our own selves if we would only take the time to properly reflect upon it. (See footnote)  

The more important question for me is why would people want to deny Allah in the first place or say things about Him with no evidence and based solely on conjecture devoid of any sound reasoning? It would be difficult for me to answer that complex question in this brief article, but I feel that one of the main reasons is that such people don't want to think about being held accountable for what they do in this life but instead desire to be be given free reign to do what they want.   But belief in Allah, as taught in the Quran, is not a negation of one's freedom, but rather a reminder of the limitations which Allah has place upon us which, if we adhere to them, is ultimately for our own well-being. Forget about those abuses which have been carried out in the name of religion, this is not from Allah. Allah has our well-being in mind and thus wants us to avoid those things which would cause us harm. The main thing which leads to harm is an erroneous belief about Allah, but the Quran has been revealed to correct those beliefs, which are so crystal clear and unambiguous that even a child can understand. Yet adults, in their arrogance or close mindedness, prefer falsehood and deception over the truth. 

S N Smith writes from Ottawa, Ontario.

Footnote: This article is also helpful in explaining the errors of logic that atheists make which do not hold up under close scrutiny. 

See also by the same author:

On spider webs

Beware of the sin of Qarun

Gratitude: A few simple reflections

A couple of reflections on Surah Ash-Shuara

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