A Nation Without Religion Cannot Survive
A large majority of people wrongly assume that religion is merely a series of rituals. However, apart from rituals Islam, the true religion, covers every aspect of life and provides a Qur’anic viewpoint and moral values. A sincere believer who is committed to his religion strives to earn mercy, blessings and salvation from Allah by living the high moral values of the Qur’an every moment of his life. He never deviates from righteousness, sincerity, moderation, respectful and merciful conduct – in brief, good morals. That is why societies practicing the moral values of the Qur’an will enjoy benefits desired by everyone.
For instance, a family living by the moral values of the Qur’an will not face many of the problems experienced in today's societies. But children in our day often rebel against their parents, fail to discriminate between right and wrong, and assume aggressive attitudes. Meanwhile, there are parents who do not feel the necessity to teach their children what is right and good and who do not provide proper guidance. These parents cannot even manage to get along well with each other. There are quarrels and abuse rather than love, respect, understanding and mercy.
But in a home where family members live by the Qur’an, children obey their parents and even avoid complaining, since Allah commands them not to express irritation.59 From early ages they learn to follow conscience, to discriminate between right and wrong, and to avoid evil. Parents strive to raise their children in accordance with religious values, giving them conscience and a sense of responsibility towards their people and country. Such parents become ideal role models for their children. In brief, love, respect and solidarity surrounds the family.
The family is the basic unit of the state; a strong family structure strengthens society. Conversely, families with weak structure, bereft of spiritual values, love, respect, solidarity and loyalty, are a threat to the welfare of a state. Especially in those countries where some evil circles make it their goal to establish a disbelieving society, the process of spiritual corruption is accelerated and moral degeneration reveals itself at all levels. In such societies relationships are established primarily on material benefits.
When material considerations blind even immediate family members to the merits of spiritual values like love, brotherhood, solidarity, self-sacrifice and loyalty, the existence of an upright nation becomes almost impossible. That is because degeneration not only affects the family but also spreads to the entire society. In schools and among friends evils such as envy, deception, ridicule and gossip replace love and respect. The business world, too, is riddled with people with vested interests. Hardly anyone defends the rights of others, seeks justice, or shows mercy and understanding for those who are disadvantaged. In short, living in harmony and peace becomes impossible for the members of such a community.
This is why the responsibility to defeat the religion of irreligion ideologically lies with faithful people. In addition to the destruction of family values and social relationships, other harmful effects of disbelief throughout the land are increasingly evident. Every individual must give serious opposition to disbelief if he declares allegiance to his state and the love of his people.
Terrorists Are a Product of Darwinism
In all corners of the world today there is widespread terror, massacre and genocide taking place. Innocent people are brutally killed, and for superficial causes countries are pitted against one another resulting in bloodbaths. Different reasons might be stated for the events occurring in countries of different histories, cultures and social structures, but a deeper examination reveals that each of them has suffered the endemic spiritual degeneration false belief triggers in society.
One of the common aspects of unbelieving ideologies is that they train their members in accordance with Darwinist views. As mentioned earlier, the theory of evolution denies the existence of a Creator to whom people should feel responsible and accountable. A person who has been indoctrinated with Darwinist views believes himself totally unrestricted, which makes him highly inclined toward various forms of immorality, cruelty and unscrupulousness.
Another reinforcement the theory of evolution provides for anarchy is that it presents man as merely a species of developed animal. Consequently, those who believe in Darwinism find the idea of murdering a person as simple as hunting an animal.
Here, the importance of informing people about Darwinism and making them aware that this ideology is nothing but a fallacy gains more urgency. Those who assume Darwinism is a scientific fact and who are remote from religious values with no faith in God are prone to accept Darwinist indoctrination which turns them into persons who can easily kill innocent people or rebel against their state, although they were previously peaceful citizens. Reverence for Stalin, Lenin, Mao (leaders infamous for bloody massacres) and for Darwin's theory (which views man as an animal) replaces love for God, religion, country and people. In the words of the Qur’an:
And when he goes away, he strives throughout the land to cause corruption therein and destroy crops and animals. And Allah does not like corruption. And when it is said to him, “Fear Allah”, pride in the sin takes hold of him. Sufficient for him is the Hellfire, and how wretched is the resting place!60
But those who break the covenant of Allah after contracting it and sever that which Allah has ordered to be joined and spread corruption on earth- for them is the curse, and they will have the worst home.61
However, once proofs from the Qur’an of Allah's existence and sovereignty are conveyed to people, it becomes impossible for them to be vulnerable to ideologies that make enmity, war and chaos their way of life. A person who believes in Allah and knows he will one day have to account for his deeds in His presence cannot do harm to his state or his people. One who fears Allah meticulously avoids every act that would anger Him and every deed that would result in eternal retribution in Hell. But a person who does not believe in Allah and the Day of Judgement, assuming that he is not responsible to anyone, can commit any evil without hesitation. Bediüzzaman Said Nursi described how unbelieving ideologies, especially communism, effect the emergence of anarchy:
Bediüzzaman'ın bu sözlerinin de işaret ettiği gerçek şudur: Anarşi, terör ve kargaşa belasının kökeninde insanların saygı, sevgi, merhamet gibi güzel duygulardan uzaklaşması, ahlaki ve insani değerlerini kaybetmesi yatmaktadır. Bu beladan kurtulmak için öncelikle yapılması gereken ise, dinsizliğin ortadan kaldırılması ve insanlara Allah korkusunun ve Kuran ahlakının öğretilmesidir.
One needs to remember that as well as those who encourage insurrection against their states and peoples, those who remain silent in the face of such divisive acts, doing nothing to contribute to their nations (when they have the means), hold the same materialist outlook on life. Their only aim is to gain the greatest advantage. Nothing bothers them as long as the happenings around them do not affect their interests; they are people devoid of such values as honesty, brotherhood, sacrifice and righteousness, and lack honorable goals. They seize any benefits the state provides and strive solely to satisfy their baser desires. Of such people Allah states the following:
And Allah presents an example of two men, one of them dumb and unable to do a thing, while he is a burden to his guardian. Wherever he directs him, he brings no good. Is he equal to one who commands justice, while he is on a straight path?63
As described in the verse, a righteous person who is on a straight path, fears Allah, attaches importance to spiritual values, and is enthusiastic to serve his country and nation is sure to bring goodness to his society. That is why it is so important that people learn about the true religion and live by the Qur’an. Allah describes those of elevated morals as follows:
[And they are] those who, if We give them authority in the land, establish prayer and give zakah, and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. And to Allah belongs the outcome of [all] matters.64
59. See Surah al-Isra’, 17:23.
60. Surah al-Baqara, 2:205-206.
61. Surah ar-Ra‘d, 13:25.
62. The Risale-i-Nur Collection, The Rays Collection, Fifth Ray.
63. Surah an-Nahl, 16:76.
64. Surah al-Hajj, 22:41.