Secular Morality and the Abyss

The only parts of religion that secular morality accepts are the charitable aspects — e.g., help people, be nice, give charity, don’t harm others — and the self-improvement aspects — e.g., be mindful, be grateful, be patient, etc.

But, at its core, worship in Islam is not encompassed by either of those dimensions.

Worship is about being a slave.

It is about doing what your Maker commands you to do.

It is about lowering yourself to such an extent that you realize the reality of your existence: A small, weak creature, who came into being through no power of his own, persists through no power of his own, and will die and return to dust, ceasing to exist.

Ironically, secular morality understands that last part, but stubbornly denies the whole point of it, which is this: The only thing that has significance and meaning given such a reality is obedience to the One who has all power.

Reason recognizes this.

But it is not only rationality that secular morality lacks. It also lacks humanity. Our humanity, in its essence, understands viscerally that eating, sleeping, copulating are passing, finite pleasures that can mean nothing next to the looming abyss of nonexistence.

Only by destroying that humanity can secularism overcome faith in the Creator, thereby sending its adherents headfirst into that very abyss they tried so hard to ignore.

ٱعْلَمُوٓا۟ أَنَّمَا ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌۭ وَلَهْوٌۭ وَزِينَةٌۭ وَتَفَاخُرٌۢ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌۭ فِى ٱلْأَمْوَٰلِ وَٱلْأَوْلَـٰدِ ۖ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ ٱلْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُۥ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَىٰهُ مُصْفَرًّۭا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَـٰمًۭا ۖ وَفِى ٱلْـَٔاخِرَةِ عَذَابٌۭ شَدِيدٌۭ وَمَغْفِرَةٌۭ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ وَرِضْوَٰنٌۭ ۚ وَمَا ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَآ إِلَّا مَتَـٰعُ ٱلْغُرُورِ

“Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.” -Quran 57:20

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Agreed. But is there any non-shocking/affronting way of presenting this to a young Muslim who has (through no fault of their own) been conditioned with years of “do as thou wilt”? The only way I see is to remind them how the truth is that we’re always slaves, if not to God, then to other than God. And to show how the Sharia’s preservation of human rights is superior to current modernization, and therefore how doing-whatever-you-want is simply the inhuman thing to do.

    • “The truth is that we’re always slaves, if not to God, then to other than God”.
      What if, and hear me out, non-muslims who are doing good for the rest of society, such as doctors, engineers, caretakers etc… are a ‘slave’, as you put it, to their work. Like I don’t get it all, well primarily because it’s not the ‘truth’ but only your truth just like how Islam is a muslims truth not the actual truth. Regardless there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a ‘slave’, or whatever you want to call it, to contributing back to society without God.
      “ Sharia’s preservation of human rights is superior to current modernization”
      What rights does sharia give gay people. They’re HUMAN and with the knowledge and understanding we have today, they are absolutely normal people within society, not “transgressors” who can be murdered for practicing intimacy which by the way a straight person has the luxury to practice in Islam. Do you see the inconsistency? Unless you admit gay people are lesser than the rest of us. Most if not all critical analysis has shown us that they’re as normal as anyone else and they have the right to sexually practice freely without judgement or persecution. Where does Sharia do this?

      “doing-whatever-you-want is simply the inhuman thing to do”
      I can already picture where this is headed. First of all, no one ever does whatever they want because surprise surprise there can be laws established without religion. Now if you meant you can freely express yourself and practice whatever you want as long as you’re not hindering on anyone else’s rights, then by all means this is obviously better than whatever alternative you guys are trying to push. Look at the Scandinavian countries. Some of the least religious in the world, yet some of the happiest well educated people on this planet. They follow this “do whatever you want” philosophy that you are so against yet they exhibit some of the most humane aspects on earth with the rights they’ve given to their citizens. They have their own faults but they pale in comparison to Islam’s faults. They’re not perfect, but they’re much better than whatever alternative you guys are pushing.

      The enlightenment era is among us. It’s literally impossible to revert back to regressive morale and practises now with all the information in our fingertips. Muslims must embrace it or disavow.

  2. “eating, sleeping, copulating are passing, finite pleasures that can mean nothing next to the looming abyss of nonexistence”

    When I see sentences like this I’m overcome with pity. Fundamentalism genuinely is a real-world manifestation of our lizard brain in conflict with rationale.

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