Faith vs. Doubt
By Ali Sina
|Logic can demolish any religion
or faith... even itself! And you say that faith is a powerful tool.
Are you up to introducing a new cult? or your purpose is to demolish
all religion and faith on the basis of waxy logic? Please say how
this powerful tool called faith can be used without traumatizing the
I assure you I have no intention to introduce any new cult. I am
a rationalist and as such a man of doubt and not of faith. Bertrand
Russell said, “The whole problem with the world is that fools and
fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of
doubts." I promote doubt because doubt is the foundation of wisdom.
This does not mean there is anything wrong with faith. As I said, faith is
a human faculty. It is a very powerful tool that is essential for our
survival and success. It is the abuse of faith that is harming us.
A child has to have faith in his own ability to walk or he will never try
and will never learn to walk. Because he has faith, he will stand up, no
matter how many times he falls, and eventually he will learn how to walk.
That is faith in action. It is faith that gives us the confidence to
overcome the challenges of life and to succeed. We must have faith in our
own ability, in our own intellect, in the fact that humans are essentially
good and that evil is the symptom of our sickness. We do not do evil
unless we are emotionally and spiritually ill.
However, when we have faith in lies, that faith can be dangerous. Lies are
harmless on their own. They become parlous when we believe in them. In “Understanding
Muhammad,” I quoted the following two stories:
On March 26, 1997, 39 members of the cult known as Heaven's Gate decided
to “shed their containers” and get on a companion craft, that they
though is hiding in the tail of the Hale-Bopp comet. Consequently, they
all committed suicide. They died because they had faith in hocus-pocus.
Dr. Ikuo Hayashi was a renowned doctor who had become one of Shoko
Asahara’s zealous followers. He was one of five persons who were ordered
to plant the toxic sarin gas in the subways of Tokyo. Hayashi was a
trained physician and had taken the Hippocratic Oath to save lives. At one
point, before puncturing the packages containing the deadly liquid, he
looked at the woman sitting in front of him and for a moment had
misgivings. He knew that he was about to cause that woman's death. But he
immediately silenced his conscience convincing himself that Asahara knew
best, and that it would not be right for him to question his master’s
These are examples of faith gone awry. Since 9/11, 2001, thousands of
Muslims have sacrificed their own lives, by blowing themselves up in order to kill others. They did this out of faith.
Faith can be lethal if misplaced. Because it is extremely powerful, faith
can give life and it can give death. It all depends on how we use it.
Dynamite is also extremely powerful. It can be used for road building and
construction, and it can be used for death and destruction.
Faith, based on hocus-pocus and absurdities, can be dangerous. Because
beliefs are powerful, we must always question them and never believe in
things than cannot be validated through reason. You would not use dynamite
recklessly and without assessing the outcome of the blast. Likewise, it is
important to evaluate things that we want to believe rationally. If you
believe in your own ability to overcome the challenges of life, you become
empowered to conquer the difficulties that life throws at you. If you lose
faith in yourself, you lose hope and lose the battle of life. This is
where you have to have faith and a lot of it. But faith in absurdities,
such as the nonsense stated in the Quran can be lethal.
I told you I am a man of doubt. But I am also a man of faith. There is no
contradiction. Both doubt and faith are human faculties. I do not believe
in unsubstantiated claims, but I believe in the immense power that exists
within every human being. I am a human and that power exists in me too. I
have faith that when truth and falsehood are given equal chances, truth
Today, I have faith that Islam will be demolished in my own lifetime
(provided I live a normal life expectancy.) That is because I have faith
that Muslims, like all humans, are essentially good and that once the
truth is known they will recover from their sickness and will reclaim
their lost humanity. I believe that if enough people are enlightened, this
can happen very soon. After all, no one wants to live a lie. It is because
of this faith that I wake up every morning and continue through the late
hours of the night, writing, answering emails, reading and planning to
enlighten others despite having to work to pay the bills. I hope to build
an army – an army of light, not of war and death – so together we get
rid of this curse that is affecting mankind.
Things do not happen on their own. That would be wishful thinking and a
false belief. For things to happen there must be a cause. Just as hate has
its human agents; such as skinheads, fascists and Muslims to divide
mankind; love also needs agents to unite it. I want to be an agent of
love and I want to find others who want to join this agency so together we
eliminate this disease known as Islam. I know the time is ripe
and the world is ready for its unity. I know hate is formidable, but it
can be defeated with truth. Here is where I have faith, and plenty of it.
Both doubt and faith are necessary. The whole problem is that fools
doubt where they must have faith and they have faith where they must
doubt. Have faith in your self, in children and in the
future of mankind. Have faith in health, in prosperity, in success and in
life. But doubt unsubstantiated beliefs that are based, not on facts, but
on logical fallacies.
Furthermore, I have no intention to destroy all religions. After all, I
realize that many good people need to believe in a god and in the
afterlife. Don’t think that I don’t have those needs. And you know
what? There could be an afterlife. Since I have seen no evidence to the
contrary, I cannot dismiss it. However, since I have not seen enough
evidence that it exists, I am not going to bank on it either. Therefore, I
remain skeptical. That is where I think, one must not believe, but doubt.
I am not going to fight against all religions because I have no right to
do so. What others choose to believe is not my business. On the contrary,
I will fight for the RIGHTS of everyone to believe in any religion they
choose even if I do not agree with that religion. If a belief is harmless,
there is no reason to fight it, even if it is not true. If you think you
are Santa Clause and bring children gifts, your belief is harmless. But if
you think you are Dracula and go about sucking people’s blood, you must
be stopped. Both these beliefs are false, but they are not comparable.
I do not believe in God but I do not promote atheism. My fight against
Islam is precisely a fight for freedom of faith. Because Islam denies such
a freedom, it must be eradicated. Islam is not another color in the
rainbow of religions. It is the darkness of the night. It aims to
eliminate all the colors. No other religion except Islam poses a threat to
the peace of the world and the survival of the human civilization. Islam
is uniquely evil. All the good people of the world must come together and
form a united front to remove this cancer from the body of mankind. The
death of Islam marks the rebirth of humanity and will be a victory for
peace. It will usher us into a new Era of unity of humankind.
I invite Muslims to be honest to themselves. They will not be rewarded for
believing in a lie. If there is a god who is offended when humans worship
a false deity, Muslims stand to be punished for worshiping Muhammad and
his bogus deity. We cannot afford this lie anymore. It is time to wake up.