Throughout the course of this book, various significant aspects of the Religion of the Ignorant that appear in our society have been examined. However, the false Religion of Ignorantism does not belong solely to our own time and society. On the contrary, this satanic religion is common to societies in all times and places that have turned away from the true religion. The only differences lie in terms of external form. Although the customs of society and models of behavior change according to time and place, the basic logic remains the same. Putting on a show, for instance—one of the main features of the Religion of the Ignorant—may take place in different forms in different societies. The expressions and gestures that reflect arrogance and self-love may assume different forms. But at the end of the day, the fundamental logic is still the same.
This logic, as emphasized right from the outset, is the result of the Ignorantists having forgotten Allah. As it is stated in the Qur'an, they "... have made Him into something to cast disdainfully behind [their] backs!" (Surah Hud, 92). Members of this false religion are unaware that they have come into this world in order to serve Allah, and that His mercy is their only salvation. Yet it is Allah Who created us, gave us form and appearance in our mothers' wombs, brought us into the world, prepared that world for us, has mercy upon us, causes us to live and will eventually cause us to die. We have no other guardian, Lord, or Deity than Him. We came from Him and shall return to Him. We shall not remain long in this world. Since this is the fundamental
Since this is the fundamental essence of our existence, then it is most unwise to engage in petty calculations of interest in this world, where we shall remain for only a brief time, to show off to one another, to thirst after goods and property that are condemned to vanish, and to choose other guides, other aims and other causes than those in the religion of Allah. The world has been created as the vineyard of the Hereafter. We can attain the mercy and Paradise of Allah in the Hereafter and live a peaceful life in this world only by following His path and holding fast to Allah. That is indeed what we are commanded:
…hold fast to Allah. He is your Protector—the Best Protector, the Best Helper. (Surat al-Hajj, 78)
Everything examined throughout this book reveals the distorted thinking, perspective, customs and behavior produced by the Religion of the Ignorant. When its features are compared to the true religion described in the Qur'an, the enormous gulf between the two can clearly be seen. That difference is the difference between faith and denial. To put it another way, it is the difference between the religion of Allah and the false religion produced by satan. Therefore, there can be no question of any similarity between Ignorantism and Islam, or of Muslims adopting any part of the former. For that reason, the believer can immediately be distinguished from the Ignorantist society. Members of that society soon realize that the believer is not one of them. Yet they cannot comprehend how the belivers' character could be so opposite to their own religion. The logic of the believer is the antithesis of theirs. That is in any case why throughout history, adherents of Ignorantism have been unable to understand the believers and have even accused them of madness.
However, the system to which they belong has no consistent, logical foundations. The words they speak are generally contradictory. They speak of the need to adhere to Islam, but then, in their own eyes, place restrictions upon it. According to their own low intellects, they like some provisions of the religion, but are in favor of other provisions not being implemented, saying that there is no need to go to extremes. They say, "We are Muslims," but add that they don't wish to live by Islam.
As can be seen from these contradictory words, the illogical interpretations, ideas and thoughts of any member of the Religion of the Ignorant totally contradict the verses of the Qur'an. Such people are referred to in the Qur'an:
Among people there is one who argues about Allah without knowledge or guidance or any light-giving Book, turning away arrogantly, to misguide people from the way of Allah. He will be disgraced in this world and on the Day of Resurrection, We will make him taste the punishment of the Burning. (Surat al-Hajj, 8-9)
Such clarity of consciousness and reason are required in order to comprehend the true religion that these can be possessed only by believers. In several verses, Allah has revealed that unbelievers and idolaters are people whose minds and perceptions remain closed:
Allah has sealed up their hearts and hearing and over their eyes is a blindfold. They will have a terrible punishment. (Surat al-Baqara, 7)
We created many of the jinn and humanity for Hell. They have hearts they do not understand with. They have eyes they do not see with. They have ears they do not hear with. Such people are like cattle. No, they are even further astray! They are the unaware. (Surat al-A'raf, 179)
... Allah has turned their hearts away because they are people who do not understand. (Surat at-Tawba, 127)
Ignorantism is therefore the false religion of the irrational and the unaware. Yet reason and conscience should lead them to live by religious moral values, for the true glory, honor and eternal happiness of mankind lie in Islam.
The choice between the two religions lies with the individual, as is explained in a verse:
There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned. Right guidance has become clearly distinct from error. Anyone who rejects false deities and believes in Allah has grasped the Firmest Handhold, which will never give way. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqara, 256)