Malik Usman Part I
after reading the article, [What
Religion to Follow]I have got more confused then ever before. First I took
you as my solution, but now I am so confused that I don't know what to even
say.... Ali, at the end of the article you said, that their is nothing in
religion and you will feel "God" when you work for humanity. Right??
Now first of all why do you say about feeling God when you previously said you
don't believe on one? Also everything we know today about "God" has
all transfered through some religion, without them (I consider a religion as
Philosophy, and which can be sometime just built on illusions) we don't even
have a clue about the God, God's presence, creation etc....
I hope you understand what I mean,
this is just too much confusing to even write...
Thank you for reading the article. Now I will answer your
questions without referring you to another article because your questions are
You wrote, “First I took you as my solution, but now I am
so confused that I don't know what to even say....”
The whole purpose of my writing is to make people think on
their own and do not follow another person as their solutions, guru, imam,
prophet or marja’e taqleed. If someone after going through all my writings
decides that I am intelligent and sharp to the extent that he can trust whatever
I write, follow me or look unto me as his solution, then I have failed.
The whole idea behind this exercise is to stimulate people
to become freethinkers. Freethinkers are independent thinkers. Freethinkers
listen to the words said but not to the person who says it. If a person
according to you is right in almost everything; that does not mean that he is
right in ALL things. My message is: Do not follow another person, become a
skeptic and accept only what makes sense to YOU. Re-analyze everything that you
were taught as a child and believed to be true. You believed those things
because you trusted the medium. That medium that could have been your own loving
parent could have been honestly wrong. People do not teach their kids, falsehood
deliberately. They educate them to the best of their ability, yet since they
themselves are misinformed, they pass that misinformation to their children and
perpetuate the cycle of ignorance. Thus we have the children of the Jews
becoming Jews, the children of the Christians becoming Christians and the
children of the Muslims turning Muslims, and so on so forth.
My hope is that after reading my writings people start to
doubt everything and find their own lights. Please read the words of
Krishnamurti 'Truth is a pathless land' once more.
Now as for your question about God:
Actually I did not say I do not believe in any God. In the
same article that you read I wrote:
“I do not discard the Divine reality. Just like Galileo
who did not reject the Earth but people’s understanding of it, I do not reject
God but people’s understanding of it”.
This subject is covered in detail in the Origin
In first Para, you mentioned that we should not follow any human being, and we
must choose our own way. Don’t you think that these humans who claims to be
prophets and so on, have spent their whole life in search of the truth. Don’t
you think it is good if we choose one among them and follow his words and then
build our life on this foundation! For example determining and studying religion
is a full time job, people spend their whole life solely in this. Now if Humans
have to study it only, then who will advance in other fields; like of science
and so on.
I do not think those who claim to be Prophet actually are. It is our
responsibility to find the truth on our own and never rely on another person for
that. Even if you want to follow someone blindly, trusting his or her decisions,
you have to make sure that this person is a true guide and not a charlatan.
People fail to do that. They simply rely on the guru of their parents. Naturally
since truth cannot be more than one, from among thousands of ways, philosophies
and religions at most only one can be true and the rest are wrong. How do you
know which one is the true one? You have to investigate all of them, for which
you need few thousands of years.
What I propose is a shift of paradigm. Man should not look
unto another human being for guidance, but be inquisitive, question, reason. In
other words doubt and gradually find the truth.
Logically it does not make sense that god send a messenger
in a corner of the world without the rest of the world having the chance to
learn about it immediately. If we are all children of God we all should have
equal chance for salvation.
Also it make no sense that god make his message so
confusing and illogical. All these so-called holy books are replete with
scientific incongruencies, errors and absurdities. A host of apologists are
trying desperately to reinterpret the so-called “difficulties” in their holy
books. Shouldn’t the message of God be simple and clear to understand? If
there are so many sects in the same religion, doesn’t it prove that the holy
book of that religion is not clear for everyone to understand the same truth as
God intended? Go to the section dedicated to Quran in my site and read any one
of the articles, especially the Contradictions in Quran. See how this book is
obtuse and contradictory. Could it be that the maker of this universe be so
ignorant as it appears to be in Quran? (Bible is not better).
In third you said that your mission is to cause doubt, don’t you think that
this isn’t polite? It means that you only cause confusion. I strongly believed
that you talk about and believe in unity and peace while confusion is what is
against it. I hope that you will be able to explain your theory of doubt.
Teaching people to doubt is not impolite. Teaching them to have faith is
impolite. We come from a religious culture that has all its values upside down.
What is faith? Faith is belief in something without
evidence. Once you have the evidence it is no more belief but knowledge. For
example, there are people who believe in the Bigfoot. The Bigfoot is said to be
a human-like animal living in North America. There is not enough evidence of the
existence of such creature, yet some believe that it exists. If this belief is
strong it becomes faith.
But what will happen if we actually find such creature? Do
you say that you “believe” that Bigfoot exists? No, at that time you
“know” that it exists. Knowledge is based on facts. Belief is based on
suppositions and lack of facts. Primitive people invented fables and gods and
believed in them. They built religions around them. Even today some people
believe that snakes are gods, some believe in cows, some believe that rats are
the spirits of their ancestors, others believe that a black meteorite is fallen
from heaven and therefore must be worshipped. Muslims believe that Muhammad
split the moon, they believe that he performed Vudoo as soon as he was born and
started to praise Allah. Jews believe that Moses parted the Red Sea and
Christians believe that Jesus rouse from the dead and ascended to heaven. All of
these religious people believe that Noah collected all the living animals in his
ark while the whole earth was flooded for 40 days. They don’t doubt the
absurdity of these beliefs. How could the polar bear go to Canaan? Who informed
the Australian Kangaroos to head to Middle East? How these animals got there?
All these stories are absurd. There is no evidence for any of them, yet people
believe in them, because belief does not require evidence.
You mentioned Mi’arj. Is this scientific? If God is
supposed to be omnipresent, why Muhammad had to go somewhere else to meet him?
Is Jerusalem the gateway to Heaven? If Muhammad traveled on a winged steed in
one night to get to heaven then the heaven must be a physical place close to
Earth. You cannot travel out side the Earth’s atmosphere with wings. Wings
will only take you were there is air. With so many mapping, air travels
satellite photos why we haven’t find this heaven? If heaven is not a physical
place why Muhammad needed the winged steed? If Allah was behind the curtain then
god cannot be omnipresent. An omnipresent god cannot be behind, in front, under
or over anything. He is everywhere. This whole story is so naïf that it is mind
boggling anyone still believe in it. But faith blinds. If someone said a similar
story about someone else, no Muslim would believe it, but since it is about
Muhammad, all lies are truth. The bigger the lie, the better it is.
The charlatans calling themselves prophets wanted to keep
people ignorant. They did not have our interest in their heart. They were a
bunch of liars and impostors. They kept telling you it is not up to you to test
God, but God must test you. They praised people for believing without
questioning. The stronger was this belief, the better it was. Of course it was
better for them, because people did not dare to question them and expose their
lies. Now that we are mature, we have to ask these questions. We have to become
skeptic and doubt whatever we were told and accepted as true. This does not mean
to reject everything. It means we should ask for facts and stop believing things
for which we have no evidence. It’s time to “know” not to “believe”.
Doubt is the path to knowledge. If you don’t doubt you don’t ask and if you
don’t ask you’ll not learn. The world owes to men and women who doubted. We
owe to Galileo to Copernicus to Newton, to Darwin, to Einstein and to all those
who doubted what they were told and found the facts. Now we no more BELIEVE that
the Earth is flat but we KNOW that it is round.
[This subject is explained in more detail under the section
Also if your mission is to pull people out of the religion then you must not
leave then in some pathless way, you must guide them to some place, some
religion, some destiny and some understand able God, to some laws to be followed
and to some code of conducts to be followed for life. And your laws must also
explain ones destiny not until death but onwards.
Truth is pathless. If I present myself as the path, then I am an impostor. It is
not up to me to be the spiritual guide for others and it would be a mistake if
anyone take me as such, follow me blindly and imitate me. We humans are all
created equal. We are all endowed with reason. We can put our heads together and
find the truth helping each other, but it would be a mistake to take someone as
our guru and follow him. No man is infallible. Those who are honest acknowledge
their limitations and those who do not, who claim to be from a deity that no one
except them can see and hear, are impostors and charlatans. The substitute to
religion is not yet another religion. That would be replacing ignorance with
another ignorance. As long as people expect another person to guide them, there
will be swindlers who will come forth pretending to be the guide and take them
for a ride.
Humans do not need another human for guidance. We have to
be our own guides. We have to follow the Golden Rule. There lies our source of
guidance. “Do not do to others what you do not expect others do to you”.
This is the eternal truth. From this source we can get all the guidance we need.
Then you believe that these God, Allah and Yahweh are out dated, what about the
researches that goes on (scientific), which proves the religious transcripts to
be true. As I was a Muslim and so is my family I studied number of books that
proved each and every Ayah of Quran to be scientifically right. For an example
Prove of Gravitation:
O company of jinn and men, if ye have
power to penetrate (all) regions of the heavens and the earth; then penetrate
(them)! Ye will never penetrate them save with (Our) sanction. (Q. 53: 33)
There is no real research showing that god of the Quran and Bible is scientific.
What you refer to is pseudo-science. It is ignorance and misinformation imparted
in scientific language. Please go to the section dedicated to Quran in my site
and read the articles that speak about Quran and science. I am not going to
repeat this subject because it is explained exhaustively. However if after
reading those articles you still disagree and want to refute me, I will be glad
to address your specific points. I may be able to answer or I may accept your
Just to make a quick note: Is jinn mentioned in the above
verse scientific? If everything else in Quran was right just this belief in jinn
cast doubt on the “divine origin” of this book.
What would you think of a scientist who talks to you of Santa Clause as
if he was a real person? Now apart from that, why in the world you think this
absurd and obtuse verse is the proof of the Gravitation? Religious people see
what they want to see. This is faith.
As for your criticism of Jonathan Baron’s definition of
Rational Thinking, I am not familiar with his works and cannot comment.
Do you believe in a God or multiple gods?
I do not believe in any God as a being. I believe in the Single Principle
underlying the creation. This Single Principle is not the same god of the
theists. It is a non-being. Please read my article Life Beyond and the Single
Principle in the section dedicated to the discussion of God.
Now towards proving my point. If you don’t believe on a religion, then you
should not even believe on the existence of God. Because I don’t think that
going through the intellectual maturity man came to know God, once in for while.
According to me, he must have questioned someone, and someone might have said,
The notion of God has been evolved from old myths. This has been a gradual
process. It is an invention of human imagination and there is no evidence to its
existence. It’s just like the belief in Santa Clause. Some one must have
started this fairy tale and it grew. Allah is the same as Al Il ah Il or El was
the supreme deity of the pantheon of the Sumerians. En in Sumerian language is
the definitive article like Al in Arabic and The in English. So Enlil (En Lil =
En Il) in Sumerian is Allah (Al Il ah) in Arabic. The H at the end is
Arabization. Allah was not
introduced by Muhammad. It existed as the supreme god between 360 gods in Mecca.
The wife of Enlil was Enlat. When it went to Arabia it became Al Lat or simply
Lat. Later people said Lat was Allah’s daughter and Muhammad denied that he
had any daughters. People did not
record their legends, so by going from mouth to mouth it kept changing. The same
happened among the Jews. Yahweh who was originally the son of El or Elyon ended
up merging with his father.
These gods are myths. Gradually people became more
sophisticated and could not accept several gods so they synthesized them
together. There is as much evidence for the existence of God as there is for the
existence of Santa. If you want to be a believer, it is up to you. Belief, as I
said, is acceptance of something without evidence. You can accept anything
without evidence and that is your choice. My job is to teach people how to be
skeptic, how to question, how to doubt and how to not accept anything without
evidence. This is my definition of Rational Thinking. If you still think faith
is superior to doubt, then continue believing. Just remember that we owe our
civilization to men who doubted not to those who believed.
Who do you think is superior, ArRazi, Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd
who doubted and were called heretics or Ghazali, Bukhari and Muslim (not to
mention Khomeini and Mullah Umar of Afghanistan)? The latter may be important
for Muslims. But as Islam’s glory fades, so these men of faith will be
forgotten. Razi, Sina and Ibn Rushd will be remembered forever for their great
contribution to the world. These people did not believe in Islam but they put
their trust in science and facts. They doubted the validity of the garbage that
was given to them and therefore became the giants that they became. Under the
section Freethinking, I have an article called Freethinkers of Islam. You may
like to take a look at it.
As for Yahweh, the Lord, He is believed to be very loving to His creatures, how
could He kill them all, when He loves them?
I think you should read the Bible. I am sure you will not be saying this if you
read that book. If you don’t have time, just read Joshua. This is a small
chapter. No one who has read Bible would say such thing.
You think that people use religion. Of course they do, but not everyone.
Good and bad people exist everywhere. My fight is against bigotry and
fanaticism. Religion is the source of bigotry and fanaticism. People who are
inclined to do evil, find justification for their acts in the cruel teachings of
their religion and the good people cannot stop them because they can produce
verses from their holy books and silence any opposition. That is why
fundamentalism always wins. Quran is full of mandates to kill the unbelievers
and hate them. (See the collection of the Quranic verses called Quran Teaches).
That is why the countries that call themselves Islamic and want to implement
Islam are barbaric. These countries kill people left and right not because they
are not following the teachings of Islam; they do so because they are following
those teachings. Also my site is not “revolutionary”. If by revolution you
mean instigating rebellion and uprising, that is not what I intend to do. I do
not advocate violence. The whole rational behind my writings is because I want
to make this world a peaceful world where all members of humankind can live
together in peace, without one thinking of others as najis, kafir, inferior or
try to subdue them and impose on them Jazyeh (Islamic penalty tax imposed on
Do you think that man has reached a mature enough
state to understand the origin, existence and everything about
There are some questions for which we may never find an answer. But I am a
positive thinker and say: “never say never”!
With the expansion of human understanding and the discovery of science, I
believe that one day we may be able to answer many questions such as the ones
you posed. [I believe so, because of that I have no evidence. It’s just a
thing we “Know” [we know because we can prove it] is that the explanation
given to us by a bunch of charlatans posing as messenger of God is absolutely
false. If you read my article Where is God and other articles under the same
heading, you will know that such god as portrayed in the Quran and the Bible is
a logical impossibility.
God as the Single Principle. This is only a theory, a hypothesis. I am not here
to deceive people like the unscrupulous quacks who pretend to be the messengers
of God demanding total obedience, and absolute faith in their concoction of
mumbo jumbo and threaten you with the fire of hell and the wrath of an imaginary
god if you dare to question their absurd claims. I want you to think, doubt, and
come up with your own understanding. Your understanding and my understanding
will not be 100% true. But at least they are based on some facts that we know
and the more facts we learn the more we understand. Our beliefs will evolve. We
can exchange ideas and help each other to understand more. Eventually the
humanity will get closer and closer to the truth. This is much better than
having faith in a falsehood, fighting over it and trying to impose it on others
by sword and by blind faith.
Why don’t you study Allah, according to Quran and
tell me about that in more detail.
I was born a Muslim and that was the first thing I studied. This deity is
absurd. If you want to know why I reject Allah you have to read my article in
the section called God. Especially the one called The Purpose of Creation. If
still you have questions or objections, I will be more that happy to address
them or accept your views if they are convincing.
Can you give me more information on the books “Katib al Waqidi” and “Tabari”?Well
if this is true about Muhammad, then why don’t you see this conversation in
this way that one day the dispute of LAT, OZZA, and MANAT will be over, and it
is clear now? We see no follower of LAT, OZZA or MANAT today.
You can order the books of Katib al Waqidi and Tabari from an Islamic bookstore.
of the three daughters of Allah is over now and so the question of Allah himself
will be over when people start to think rationally and abandon blind faith.
And as you claimed that Muhammad was misogynist, then please I admire him on
this thing that he provided more freedom to women then any other religion.
One thing religious people love to do is to fool themselves. Muslims believe
that Islam improved the status of women. This is a total lie. I have written an
article disproving this lie. It is called Did Islam Improve the Status of Women?
You can find it under the section dedicated to Women.
The next fallacy is that Muslims compare the status of
Muslim women of today with the status of non-Muslims of 2 or 3 thousand years
ago. Even if Bible is unkind to women, no Jew or Christian follows those books
when it comes to the treatment of women. Women’s rights are protected by the
secular laws and not by religious laws. In Islamic countries, women are abused
because Muslims cannot get rid of Shariah.
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