By Sami Zaatari
One of the most repeated claims and arguments by atheists to disprove the existence of God is the evil we see around the world. They often bring up war, torture, famine, rape, and all other forms of evil and then say well if God existed then none of this would be happening!
They claim how can a perfect all-loving merciful God exist when such things are happening. Some of them then deduce from this that if God does indeed exist then he is doing a very bad job, and has messed everything up, and therefore is not even in need of worship nor attention since he cannot control his own creation.
The argument may sound appealing, however so the argument is a fallacy from the start, since it is using the fallacious method which is called “appealing to emotions”, basically the person arguing here is appealing to a person’s emotions rather than actually logically studying and examining the facts. Secondly the person arguing this case has committed a second fallacy, which is “straw man”, basically the person who is making this argument has distorted and twisted what Islam really teaches about God and how he does things.
Now what does Islam teach about God and his creation? Islam teaches us that God is perfect, he has no defects, he is free from all error and mistake, however so as far as creation goes then creation is not perfect, nor is creation free from error and mistakes. Hence when humans commit evil, and commit major sins, such as murder, mass thievery, and other major acts of evil this has nothing to do with God, it is not God’s fault, it is the fault of that human being, God is free from what this evil person has done because God does not sanction nor call for it.
Had Islam taught that the creation is perfect and completely obedient to God such as the angels, then atheists would have a major case, yet I challenge a single atheist to bring me one Quranic passage which claims that man is a perfect obedient creature.
Now the atheist will resort to another tactic, after you tell him this he will say “well if God is perfect, all powerful, then why does he not make his creation perfect? Why does he allow such things to happen?”
Now the atheist is committing another major problem. Many will notice atheists often mock Islam for having so many rules on what to do and what not to do, they claim it is like a dictator. However so the atheist now wants God to become a complete dictator and control us humans and make us perfect! The atheist says if God can stop it why does he not? So the atheist wants God to now come and directly interfere in our society, yet I thought atheists had a problem with God running affairs, isn’t that a dictatorship as they often claim?! So now the atheist is being inconsistent in his methodology. God gave man free will, hence when you sin, and commit evil, it is because God gave you free will to do what you want, so basically the atheist now wants God to go back on giving us free will and to turn us into controlled robots!
Also what is good and bad? When an atheist says why doesn’t God stop all the bad evil going around the world what exactly is the atheist referring to? Because to a Muslim evilness includes fornication, strip clubs, drugs, and alcohol, yet to most atheists these things are okay and are not evil! Hence if God granted the atheists wish the atheist would now complain that God has taken away his free will and choice which ultimately contradicts what he was asking for in the first place which was that God come and change the society and interfere in our affairs!
So to atheists, what do you want, do you want God to take away your free will? Do you want God to control you? You can’t say no because your methodology says yes to this! However so if you have no problem with this then why do you have a problem when God gives you rules and laws to live by WITH a free will to choose to follow them or not yet you complain against it!
So therefore if the atheists want to stop the evil around the world, then the first thing they should do is accept God, accept his rules, accept his laws, accept everything he has told you, and after this they should call people to the same thing, because evil will only end when the entire society finally obeys God and his rules as they should be obeyed, yet hardly anyone is doing that and this is why the world is so corrupt.
As God tells you:
6:142- And of the cattle (are some) for burden (like camels etc.) and (some are) small (unable to carry burden like sheep, goats etc. for food, meat, milk, wool etc.). Eat of what Allah has provided for you, and follow not the footsteps of Shaitân (Satan). Surely he is to you an open enemy.
6:151- Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty – We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not near to Al-Fawâhish (shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, and kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Islâmic law). This He has commanded you that you may understand.
3:102- O you who believe! Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah.
3:31- Say (O Muhammad SAW to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
Many more verses could be quoted, but these verses make the point clear, don’t commit evil, and obey Allah, and enter the religion of Islam, this is the straight path that can lead to ending evil, yet you choose to not obey hence you have no one to blame but yourself!
And Allah Knows Best!
By Sami Zaatari
Continuing with our responses to atheist arguments we this time turn our attention to their argument that the belief in God and religion is delusional and crazy because he is invisible to us, basically we have never even seen him. Atheists always tend to make this point through mockery, as if us God believers are crazy people and need help because we believe in an entity that we have never personally seen.
The argument is not logical to begin with, just because you have not seen something does not mean it does not exist, an example of this would be the dinosaurs. We have never seen dinosaurs, yet we believe that they have existed. Now an atheist will say I am wrong because there is actual evidence for dinosaurs, such as bones and so on, hence we are able to know that they really existed. I would respond to this and say exactly! Very good point mr.atheist because this is the exact same thing with God! God has given us many signs and wonders to let us know that he is real and does exist, as he says:
YUSUFALI: It is He who sends down rain from the sky: from it ye drink, and out of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle.
YUSUFALI: With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes and every kind of fruit: verily in this is a sign for those who give thought.
YUSUFALI: He has made subject to you the Night and the Day; the sun and the moon; and the stars are in subjection by His Command: verily in this are Signs for men who are wise.
YUSUFALI: And the things on this earth which He has multiplied in varying colours (and qualities): verily in this is a sign for men who celebrate the praises of Allah (in gratitude).
It is He Who has made the sea subject, that ye may eat thereof flesh that is fresh and tender, and that ye may extract therefrom ornaments to wear; and thou seest the ships therein that plough the waves, that ye may seek (thus) of the bounty of Allah and that ye may be grateful.
As you can see Allah has given us these many signs for us to ponder and to realize there is a creator. Because how did all of these things happen just perfectly for us? The rainfall which replenishes the earth and allows us to drink, the fruits and that grow on the earth which help us survive and give us great pleasure of taste, how did all these things come about perfectly for us to enjoy and sustain us? Is it all a mere coincidence?
What about the oceans? Which also contain fish that we may eat and enjoy, which helps us survive, is this another coincidence? That not only on land do we have things that help us survive and enjoy, but in the oceans as well! Is this all a mere coincidence that happened by chance?
And then what about the sun and the moon, the stars and the universe, the perfect design was this all by chance? Was it by chance that the suns positioning to earth was just perfect and right that it helps us survive and does not destroy us? Is this another mere coincidence?
Everything is working perfectly for us! And it is all working in a way that allows us to survive, it is not like all these things are there for mere pleasure, because they are above that, these things allow us to live and survive.
As they say in economics, there is something called a need, and a want, a need is something you need to survive and live, a want is something that you desire which you don’t really have to have to survive. And is it a coincidence that all these things are a need for us? And that they work just perfectly for us?
So all of this should make a wise man think, and it will let a wise man know that this cant be a mere coincidence. Someone had to create this, to make things good for us, that we survive, if we were to go along as believing that this is a mere coincidence then wow what a coincidence! Only a blind ignorant foolish lost soul will believe this is all by chance.
I could go on to quote the miracles of the Quran, the prophecies, but since atheists would automatically reject this I shall simply remain on what I have quoted, the signs are all there for us, around the earth, the skies, the universe, the food, everything around you!
But as I said atheists will say this is all a mere coincidence, however so Allah refutes them:
Not without purpose did We create heaven and earth and all between! that were the thought of Unbelievers! but woe to the Unbelievers because of the Fire (of Hell)!
This basically refutes the atheist assessment, that all of this is a coincidence, which has no meaning, as Allah says he did not create all of this for no purpose, there is indeed a purpose and wisdom behind it all, not a mere coincidence which means nothing as atheists would have us to believe.
And as Allah also says:
Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.
So these signs make a smart man think, it makes him think how can such things happen? It makes him think and use his mind which brings him to the obvious conclusion that indeed there is a creator, that this is not all a mere chance by coincidence, a wise man will reflect upon all these signs as Allah says, only a blind man will reject it as coincidence!
As Allah also says again:
The parable of those who reject Faith is as if one were to shout Like a goat-herd, to things that listen to nothing but calls and cries: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they are void of wisdom.
This is how we view atheists, atheists like to claim us God believers are crazy and so on, yet this is how we view them, they are deaf, dumb, and blind, they have no wisdom. And it is true, only a blind man with no wisdom and no intelligence will believe all we see around us which works perfectly for us allowing us to survive and get pleasure is all one big fat chance!
I do not seek to convert an atheist; my main aim for this article was to simply refute the erroneous atheist argument, which is that God doesn’t exist because we have never seen him. For us God believers God has given us enough signs and miracles to prove his existence, in fact it is also part of faith that we believe in God without seeing him as well, because if someone were to accept God only by seeing him then God does not need such a believer because such a person is merely narrow-minded and ignorant, as the one who says I wont believe till I see!
We are not delusional, nor are we crazy, far from it, we are smart, we have used our brains, and we have seen the signs, which are crystal clear, an atheist will never believe until he sees God face to face, and I end this article with this verse which describes such a person:
And when ye said: O Moses! We will not believe in thee till we see Allah plainly; and even while ye gazed the lightning seized you.
And Allah the Master and the Creator who created us all with wisdom Knows Best!