Chapter 16

BLIND BELIEF

One of the strong arguments between Muslims, is that non-Muslims believe in their religions only because their fathers and surroundings tell them that this is the truth. The irony is that they do not see that this is exactly what they are doing themselves: Their fathers and surroundings tell them that the Quran and Islam are the truth, because their own fathers said so, because their fathers said so, because . . . .. Very few Muslims ever sit down with the Quran, and use their brain and knowledge to find out if this can be true - not if it is the truth, but at least if it is possible it can be the truth. A number of the few who do so, leave the religion - all the errors, etc. tell them something, they say.

###01 7/28ab: "We found our fathers doing so". The reason why Muslims keep believing in the Quran, is that their fathers - and surroundings - tell them that the Quran must be true, and then they blindly believe this. But it is not possible for a person with reasonable knowledge about the world and different sciences, and with a reasonable quality brain, who study the Quran honestly trying to find out; "is this true or not", not to end in skepticism or stronger.

##02 23/1d: (A23/11): “- - - a Quranic allusion to the fact that people often reject a new ethical proposition on no better grounds than that it conflicts with their “inherited” habits of thoughts and ways of life. Indirectly, this allusion implies a condemnation of all blind "taqlid", i.e. an unthinking acceptance of religious doctrines or assertions which are not unequivocally supported by divine revelations, the explicit teachings of a prophet, or the evidence of the unprejudiced reason”.

This points hints that Jews and Christians (and others) believe in their religion only because their parents and others have told them the falsified Bible (or the pagans' teaching) is the truth, not because they themselves really have thought things over.

#####But the book skips the fact that this also goes for Muslims, especially as the Quran with all its errors is no revelation from any god: If they are strongly indoctrinated, they may react strongly to arguments and facts they do not like – and without thinking over – or being mentally able to think over – even true facts.

The book here has tailor-made a definition to fit Islam. It has forgotten(?) that for one thing reason is unable to find the right answer without full and correct information – and the Quran is full of mistakes - that claims about divine revelations are 15 to the dozen in some religious circles and invalid as proofs without documentation (something Muhammad and Allah were unable to produce) – and that the same goes for any self proclaimed prophet, and especially so if his teachings are very much wanting and he himself a questionable person (like the real Muhammad was). Not to mention "the evidence of the unprejudiced reason" - a meaningless expression in itself, and even more so in a culture where unprejudiced reason does not exist. This expression in reality in Islam is a claim for "belief on basis of blind belief". But definitions like this frequently are used in Islam and many Muslims really believe this is ok. logic - - - which make straight thinking difficult for them. But the use of such "proofs" reveal for one thing that Islam feels a need for proofs for their beliefs and claims, and for another that such proofs do not exist - had hard facts or hard proofs existed, they had used those instead of vague demagogy.

03 31/21e: "'Nay, we non-Muslims*) shall follow the ways that we found our fathers (following)' What! Even if it is Satan beckoning them to the Penalty of the (Blazing) Fire?" But this is just what Muslims are doing - blindly and without real questions following the old beliefs.

"- - - it is in the nature of man to regard the beliefs which have been implanted in him from childhood, and which he now shares with his social environment, as the only true and possible ones" - which explains in details why Muslims believe in spite of all facts proving something is seriously wrong with the religion.

(Also see 6/108b): “Thus have We (Allah*) made alluring to each people its own doings”. ***Comment A6/92 (A6/93 in the 2008 English edition): “Lit., ‘thus godly have we made….”, etc. implying that it is in the nature of man to regard the belief which have been implanted in him from childhood, and which he now shares with his social environment, as the only true and possible ones – with the result that a polemic against those beliefs often tends to provoke a hostile psychological reaction.” This is said as an explanation why Islam sometimes meets a negative reaction. But the book skips the fact that this also goes for Muslims: If they are strongly indoctrinated, they may react strongly to arguments and facts they do not like – and without thinking over – or being mentally able to think over – even to true facts.

To repeat it: But this is just what Muslims are doing - blindly and without real questions following the old beliefs.

###04 37/69-70: “Truly they found their fathers on the wrong path; so they (too) were rushed down their footsteps”.

Comment A37/25 (A37/27 in 2008 English edition): “I.e. blind imitation ("taqlid") of the – obviously absurd – beliefs, valuations and customs (f.x. parts of the Muslim “moral” code*) of one’s erring predecessors, and disregard of all evidence (!!!*) of the truth supplied by both reason and divine (?*) revelation, is here shown to be the principal cause of the suffering referred to - - -. (Zamakhshari)”.

No comments necessary – for one thing it is partly wrong, and for another this description all the same fits Muslims 100%, not to say 120%.

####05 42/13o: (YA4541): "Faith, Duty, or Religion, is not a matter to dispute about". Reflect on this - and as for Islam you may remember that the Quran with all its errors is not from any god. If you cannot reflect, you cannot find the truth - you only can believe because your fathers believed., because critical thinking is prohibited by a book full of mistakes, dictated by a man of doubtful moral, but liking power and women - - - and riches for bribes. Why did he prohibit reflecting on these points?)

###06 43/23b: (A43/23): “Rezi (one of the foremost Muslim scholars through the times*) says: ‘Had there been in the Quran nothing but these verses (43/20-24*), they would have sufficed to show the falsity of the principle postulating blind, unquestioning (by a Muslim) adoption of (another person’s) religious opinions (“ibtal al-qawl bi’t-raqlid”) - - -‘”.

If he had indicated Islam and the fathers and/or the imams, it hardly would be possible to say this more accurate. Islam is to a large degree based on indoctrination, social and judicial pressure, and glorification of blind belief + even physical threats if you ask "wrong" questions or leave the religion - - - and on the fact that their fathers and surroundings claim that the Quran is the truth, because that was what their fathers told their fathers again had told them, because..........


 

This content was posted with assistance from M. A. Khan, the editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islam Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery" (available online)