Uniting in Faith
When humanity's present living conditions are scrutinized,
the need for alliances among believers become apparent. Social ills,
among them conflicts, wars, genocide, poverty, famine, social injustice,
and moral degeneration, pose a serious threat to many countries.
Moreover, a great number of innocent people suffering under those
conditions are desperately waiting for a helping hand to be extended.
Conscientious people around the world are trying to help them. Aid
packages are dispatched to areas affected by famine, peace envoys
are trying to protect people in war zones, and efforts are being
made to curb crime and decadence. But these efforts are regional
and limited to finding solutions to the most pressing issues. In
fact, it is actually possible to eradicate all kinds of human suffering
and to bring happiness, security, and prosperity to the world.
However, achieving this goal depends on identifying
the true causes of such ills - the decline of religious morality
- and eradicating their ideological basis. The fact that the law
of the strong prevails throughout the world is partly responsible
for this situation, for this attitude engenders a social model based
upon self-interest. Even more seriously, it has replaced acceptance,
love, sympathy, compassion, and cooperation with conflict, greed,
and dispute. In short, it disregards humanity's obligation to serve
God, view this life as a realm of testing designed to win His good
pleasure, and strive for the Hereafter.
The ideological changes that took place in the
nineteenth century laid the foundations for the spiritual collapse
in the next century. Whereas the majority of people believed in
God's existence until that time, these changes enabled atheism to
become a major influence. In the eighteenth century, such materialists
as Denis Diderot (d. 1784) and Baron D'Holbach (d. 1789) asserted
that the universe had existed forever and that only matter existed,
and this view found an ever-increasing following in Europe. In the
nineteenth century, atheism expanded further with the influence
of such thinkers as Ludwig Feuerbach (d. 1872), Karl Marx (d. 1883),
Friedrich Engels (d. 1894), Friedrich Nietzsche (d. 1900), Emile
Durkheim (d. 1917), and Sigmund Freud (d. 1939).
Charles Darwin (d. 1882) did the greatest service
to atheism by devising his theory of evolution, which was designed
to oppose creation. Darwinism provided an allegedly scientific answer
to the question of how humanity and other life forms emerged - a
question that atheists had never managed to answer until that time.
He proposed that nature had a mechanism that could enliven dead
matter and give rise to millions of species. Many people, unfortunately,
believed this erroneous idea.
At the end of the nineteenth century, atheists
had formulated a worldview that, they claimed, explained everything.
They postulated that the universe was not created, but had existed
since eternity and thus had no beginning. They assumed that its
clear order and equilibrium was coincidental and devoid of purpose.
Darwinism claimed to answer the question of how humanity and all
other beings were created. Marx and Durkheim provided atheistic
answers to history and sociology, and Freud did the same for psychology.
These theories, however, were shown to be baseless and without merit
by the scientific, political, and social developments of the twentieth
century. And, moreover, discoveries in astronomy, biology, psychology,
and social behavior completely destroyed atheisms' propositions.
During this period, however, movements based on
Darwinism and materialism devastated humanity. Such ideologies as
communism, fascism, racism, nihilism, and existentialism caused
people great sorrow and engendered countless conflicts, wars, and
calamities. Their aftereffects continue to be felt today, albeit
with a lesser impact, and certain circles persist in defending Darwinism
as a scientific fact.
At present, the burden of responsibility rests
upon the shoulders of all conscientious believers to do something
about the global situation created by all ideologies opposed to
religious morality. All Christians, Jews, and Muslims should join
in this effort, for they are the target of these atheistic ideologies.
Therefore, the sincere People of the Book and sincere Muslims must
cooperate, join forces, and tell the world of Darwinism's false
worldview, which is based on materialism, not science. All of the
other anti-religious ideologies (e.g., communism, fascism, racism)
as well as decadence must be fought together on an ideological level
so that the world can enjoy peace, tranquility, and justice in the
near future. When this great task has been completed, suffering,
hardship, killing, calamity, injustice, and destitution will make
way for enlightenment, calmness, prosperity, wealth, health, and
In the present environment of hardship and troubles,
sincere Jews, Christians, and Muslims must be even more accepting,
conciliatory, complementary, and respectful of each other. They
should not forget that unity, togetherness, and cooperation bring
success, and that dispute, argument, and conflict bring nothing
but weakness. The current situation demands the immediate formation
of such an alliance.