A Nation Without Religion Cannot Survive
A large majority of people
wrongly assume that religion is merely a series of rituals. However, apart from
rituals Islam, the true religion, covers every aspect of life and provides a Qur'anic
viewpoint and moral values. A sincere believer who is committed to his religion
strives to earn mercy, blessings and salvation from Allah by living the high moral
values of the Qur'an every moment of his life. He never deviates from righteousness,
sincerity, moderation, respectful and merciful conduct - in brief, good morals.
That is why societies practicing the moral values of the Qur'an will enjoy benefits
desired by everyone.
For instance, a family living by the moral values
of the Qur'an will not face many of the problems experienced in today's societies.
But children in our day often rebel against their parents, fail to discriminate
between right and wrong, and assume aggressive attitudes. Meanwhile, there are
parents who do not feel the necessity to teach their children what is right and
good and who do not provide proper guidance. These parents cannot even manage
to get along well with each other. There are quarrels and abuse rather than love,
respect, understanding and mercy.
But in a home where
family members live by the Qur'an, children obey their parents and even avoid
complaining, since Allah commands them not to express irritation. (Surah al-Isra',
17:23) 59 From early ages they learn to follow conscience, to
discriminate between right and wrong, and to avoid evil. Parents strive to raise
their children in accordance with religious values, giving them conscience and
a sense of responsibility towards their people and country. Such parents become
ideal role models for their children. In brief, love, respect and solidarity surrounds
The family is the basic unit of the state; a strong family
structure strengthens society. Conversely, families with weak structure, bereft
of spiritual values, love, respect, solidarity and loyalty, are a threat to the
welfare of a state. Especially in those countries where some evil circles make
it their goal to establish a disbelieving society, the process of spiritual corruption
is accelerated and moral degeneration reveals itself at all levels. In such societies
relationships are established primarily on material benefits.
considerations blind even immediate family members to the merits of spiritual
values like love, brotherhood, solidarity, self-sacrifice and loyalty, the existence
of an upright nation becomes almost impossible. That is because degeneration not
only affects the family but also spreads to the entire society. In schools and
among friends evils such as envy, deception, ridicule and gossip replace love
and respect. The business world, too, is riddled with people with vested interests.
Hardly anyone defends the rights of others, seeks justice, or shows mercy and
understanding for those who are disadvantaged. In short, living in harmony and
peace becomes impossible for the members of such a community.
This is why
the responsibility to defeat the religion of irreligion ideologically lies with
faithful people. In addition to the destruction of family values and social relationships,
other harmful effects of disbelief throughout the land are increasingly evident.
Every individual must give serious opposition to disbelief if he declares allegiance
to his state and the love of his people.
Terrorists Are a Product of Darwinism
In all corners of the world today there
is widespread terror, massacre and genocide taking place. Innocent people are
brutally killed, and for superficial causes countries are pitted against one another
resulting in bloodbaths. Different reasons might be stated for the events occurring
in countries of different histories, cultures and social structures, but a deeper
examination reveals that each of them has suffered the endemic spiritual degeneration
false belief triggers in society.
One of the common aspects of unbelieving
ideologies is that they train their members in accordance with Darwinist views.
As mentioned earlier, the theory of evolution denies the existence of a Creator
to whom people should feel responsible and accountable. A person who has been
indoctrinated with Darwinist views believes himself totally unrestricted, which
makes him highly inclined toward various forms of immorality, cruelty and unscrupulousness.
Another reinforcement the theory of evolution provides for anarchy is that it
presents man as merely a species of developed animal. Consequently, those who
believe in Darwinism find the idea of murdering a person as simple as hunting
Here, the importance of informing people about Darwinism and
making them aware that this ideology is nothing but a fallacy gains more urgency.
Those who assume Darwinism is a scientific fact and who are remote from religious
values with no faith in God are prone to accept Darwinist indoctrination which
turns them into persons who can easily kill innocent people or rebel against their
state, although they were previously peaceful citizens. Reverence for Stalin,
Lenin, Mao (leaders infamous for bloody massacres) and for Darwin's theory (which
views man as an animal) replaces love for God, religion, country and people. In
the words of the Qur'an:
And when he goes away, he strives
throughout the land to cause corruption therein and destroy crops and
animals. And Allah does not like corruption. And when it is said to him,
"Fear Allah", pride in the sin takes hold of him. Sufficient for him is
the Hellfire, and how wretched is the resting place! (Surah al-Baqara,
But those who break the covenant
of Allah after contracting it and sever that which Allah has ordered to
be joined and spread corruption on earth- for them is the curse, and they
will have the worst home. (Surah ar-Ra'd, 13:25) 61
However, once proofs from the
Qur'an of Allah's existence and sovereignty are conveyed to people, it becomes
impossible for them to be vulnerable to ideologies that make enmity, war and chaos
their way of life. A person who believes in Allah and knows he will one day have
to account for his deeds in His presence cannot do harm to his state or his people.
One who fears Allah meticulously avoids every act that would anger Him and every
deed that would result in eternal retribution in Hell. But a person who does not
believe in Allah and the Day of Judgement, assuming that he is not responsible
to anyone, can commit any evil without hesitation. Bediüzzaman Said Nursi described
how unbelieving ideologies, especially communism, effect the emergence of anarchy:
socialism sprang up in the French revolution from the seed of libertarianism.
Then, after socialism destroyed certain sacred matters, the ideas it inculcated
turned into bolshevism. And because bolshevism corrupted even more sacred moral
and human values and those of the human heart, as a matter of course the seeds
it sowed will produce anarchy, which recognizes no restrictions whatsoever and
respects nothing. For if respect and compassion quit the human heart, those with
such hearts become exceedingly cruel beasts and can no longer be governed through
One needs to remember that as well as those
who encourage insurrection against their states and peoples, those who remain
silent in the face of such divisive acts, doing nothing to contribute to their
nations (when they have the means), hold the same materialist outlook on life.
Their only aim is to gain the greatest advantage. Nothing bothers them as long
as the happenings around them do not affect their interests; they are people devoid
of such values as honesty, brotherhood, sacrifice and righteousness, and lack
honorable goals. They seize any benefits the state provides and strive solely
to satisfy their baser desires. Of such people Allah states the following:
And Allah presents an example
of two men, one of them dumb and unable to do a thing, while he is a burden
to his guardian. Wherever he directs him, he brings no good. Is he equal
to one who commands justice, while he is on a straight path? (Surah an-Nahl,
As described in the verse,
a righteous person who is on a straight path, fears Allah, attaches importance
to spiritual values, and is enthusiastic to serve his country and nation is sure
to bring goodness to his society. That is why it is so important that people learn
about the true religion and live by the Qur'an. Allah describes those of elevated
morals as follows:?
[And they are] those who, if
We give them authority in the land, establish prayer and give zakah, and
enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. And to Allah belongs the
outcome of [all] matters. (Surah al-Hajj, 22:41) 64