Answer to the "Religion is only a part of life. So, why do people need to live by the Qur'an's values in all aspects of life?" Deceit
Religious morality is not just one part of life; rather, it encompasses and regulates all aspects of it and offers well-being and goodness to its every moment. Naturally, with the word "religion", what is referred to is Islam, the true religion.
Muslims spend 24 hours a day in a manner that will be pleasing to Allah. When rising in the morning, eating, working, going to school, engaging in business or shopping, they abide by the moral values of the Qur'an commanded by Allah and strictly avoid any behavior which will not be pleasing to Him. The moral values of Islam cover not just part of life, but all of it, and even beyond.
Advocating an un-Islamic suggestion means accepting some parts of the Qur'an and disregarding the rest. Rejecting some part of the Qur'an, however, means rejecting the entire book, for:
The religious morality described in the Qur'an has no room for any doubts or unfounded concerns, given that it relies on having faith in Allah, which is displayed through each believer's unconditional submission to Him and scrupulous observance of His commands and prohibitions. This unique attribute is related in many verses, some of which are given below:
As these verses make clear, Muslims truly devote themselves to Allah by making it their sole goal to earn Allah's good pleasure at every instant of life, by seeking the goodness in everything that happens, and pondering about the Hereafter. The Qur'an refers to these Muslims, as follows:
People who have no faith may not be able to understand such a noble morality, submission to Allah and deep faith. According to their materialistic and false point of view, since death is a disappearance once and for all, one needs to make the most of this life. For those people who nurture such a distorted outlook, every moment that does not bring them pleasure is a loss.
On the other hand, some people who claim to have faith but has not comprehended what deep faith is, may also claim falsely that religion covers only a minor part of life. According to the false point of view of these people, it is not possible for a person to seek the approval of Allah in every minute of his life. These people spread their distorted ideas and try to guide people to a weak and superficial faith.
Allah warns believers against the lies of such people:
These people's corrupted outlook on life manifests itself in such ignorant phrases as "Religion is important, but it should be limited to certain aspects of life" or "Do not ponder deeply about religion, or you may lose your mind." They turn their faces and act arrogantly when reminded of the Qur'an's morality. Allah explains the situation of such people, as follows:
The Qur'an refers to such people as hypocrites, for they are assumed to have an Islamic identity, although they have nothing to do with Islam. Moreover, as they are aware of this fact, they act in ways that do not violate social norms and customs in order to avoid hostile reactions and to persuade people to follow their examples.
By claiming that they have faith, hypocrites seek to maintain their worldly interests. Furthermore, through distorted explanations, they try to alienate other people from the essence of Islam and the Qur'an. Their ultimate aim is to eliminate the people of sincere faith, who are likely to stir up pangs of conscience in them, for:
Rather than Allah, these people take their whims and desires as their deities and serve them. The Qur'an relates this situation, as follows:
Hypocrites will surely gain nothing by assuming that they can deceive Allah and believers by professing belief and then concealing their efforts to harm believers and to divert them from the right path. The Qur'an informs us that their punishment will be even more severe than that of the unbelievers, atheists, and irreligious people, for they say lies in the name of Allah and show hypocrisy, insincerity, and dishonesty: