What Is "The Religion of Worshipping People?"
Throughout history, the most important thing in some societies has not been what Allah expects from people, but what people expect from one another. With no awareness of the Qur'an's decrees or of the way of life enjoined in that book, people have strived to fulfill the expectations of the societies and social environments in which they live.
When we look at our present social environment, we can easily see that people are not fully aware of what Allah has commanded and forbidden, and so do not practice these precepts in their lives. More importantly, none of them feels uncomfortable about such a situation. Almost no one considers the power of Allah, the importance of winning His favor, or the penalty they will receive from Him for not obeying His commands. Most people do not let these thoughts even cross their minds. Instead, they wonder what other people think about them and expect of them, and they are most interested in doing everything they can to ingratiate themselves with others. These individuals live in a system that directs more love and devotion toward their fellow men than toward Allah, and they cannot even imagine how this may be wrong.
This ingrained and very distorted way of thinking and living leads some individuals to squander their material and spiritual resources, even spending their lives in this pursuit. This worldly way of thinking develops into a kind of false religion with its own commandments and prohibitions, truths and falsehoods, obliging everyone to conform to them. Every individual is required to accept the ready-made program of what society expects of him. Only in this way can he live among others without being rejected and humiliated. Any individual who does not conform to what is expected of him gets a clear sense from the way others speak to him and behave that they look down on him.
In order not to get themselves into this situation, people hold in mind a few slogans that they are careful to repeat to themselves every day. For example, "They can call me smart (or intelligent, good-looking, happy, talkative or successful). But don't let them call me selfish (or naïve or ignorant…)" Those who believe in such "commandments" treat their fulfillment like an act of worship and apply their principles without fail. They put forth every effort into developing the sort of character that their associates will admire. As a result of these carefully studied schemes, they reach the point where they value other human beings more than Allah, accepting every proposal that will please those around them and focusing on them all their attention and devotion. From then on, they are caught up in a system of false beliefs in which one individual becomes the slave of others and become a devoted adherent of this secret religion.
This cult encourages you to abandon Allah and worship people instead-which false religion is the theme of this book. This passionate attachment to other human beings we call "The Religion of Worshipping People." In many places in the Qur'an, Allah invites humans to save themselves from this errant belief and serve only Him. In one of these verses, He says:
[Ibrahim said,] "Instead of Allah you worship only idols. You are inventing a lie. Those you worship besides Allah have no power to provide for you. So seek your provision from Allah and worship Him and give thanks to Him. It is to Him you will be returned." (Surat al-'Ankabut, 17)
This book will show how this satanic system puts people in great danger, both in this world and in terms of their eternal life to come. We will explain how it coerces them into rejecting Allah, Who created them, and deifies people in His place. In various examples from daily life, we will demonstrate how people fall under the control of this system. Using verses from the Qur'an, we will explain what people must do to save themselves from the spell of this false religion while they still have time.
No matter how great this distorted religion's influence on society, it must be remembered that a person with willpower and intelligence will find it very easy to renounce this superstitious system. The solution is simple: Have sincere faith in Allah and believe in no other gods besides Him. For His faithful servants, Allah opens the way and guides them along the right path. He has made the Qur'an the means by which they can escape the darkness of their lives. In many verses like this, Allah gives good tidings to those who believe in Him:
Allah is the Protector of those who believe. He brings
them out of the darkness into the light… (Surat al-Baqara, 257)