The Impoverished View of Life According to Atheists

I came across this comment written by an atheist online today:

“This short life is what gives the universe meaning. Therefore live life to the fullest because this is all there is.

“At some point in the not too distant future, I will die. I will be forgotten quite quickly, like I’d never been born to begin with. Many aeons after that, the sun will blow up. Eventually there will be no more stars or planets left at all, and life will cease, leaving only silence and darkness for all eternity. Maybe I’m strange, but I don’t find it difficult to stare these facts in the face without despair or dejection. It’s just the way things are. Before the light goes out for good, I merely want to amuse myself a bit and have some joy mixed in with the inevitable suffering. For me that’s enough.”

What an impoverished worldview.

I thought of this:

وَقَالُوا مَا هِيَ إِلَّا حَيَاتُنَا الدُّنْيَا نَمُوتُ وَنَحْيَا وَمَا يُهْلِكُنَا إِلَّا الدَّهْرُ ۚ وَمَا لَهُم بِذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ ۖ إِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَظُنُّونَ.

“And they say, “There is nothing but our worldly life. We die and live, and nothing destroys us except time.” And they have no knowledge of that; they are only assuming.” (Surat Al-Jathiyah, 24)
And,

ذَرْهُمْ يَأْكُلُوا۟ وَيَتَمَتَّعُوا۟ وَيُلْهِهِمُ ٱلْأَمَلُ ۖ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ.

“Let them eat and enjoy themselves and be diverted by [false] hope, for they are going to know.” (Surat Al-Hijr, 3)

Your actions in this life are completely dependent on your evaluation of your time on this earth and what it means. If you deem this present life to be it and think there is nothing beyond it, you’ll live it “to the fullest” and make it your goal to “amuse” yourself, as this atheist said in his comment above.

But if you are a Muslim who knows that this present life is very temporary and that it’s a testing ground (دار الابتلاء) which determines your eternal fate in the next, permanent life inshaAllah, you will see this dunya very differently and thus act very differently. Amusement is not your goal.

Sadly, sometimes even some Muslims adopt the hedonistic, nihilistic view of this life that atheists have, seeking constant pleasure and “happiness” in this dunya as though this is all that exists.

Ramadan is the time for us to wake up from the spell of the dunya and refocus the course of our life on the Akhirah.

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Wee Jim

In fact, “if you are a Muslim who knows that this present life is very temporary and that it’s a testing ground… which determines your eternal fate in the next, permanent life”, amusement is your goal.
It’s just that you hope that if you follow the rules you will be rewarded with an eternity of pleasure instead.

Shaquille Shiddiq Priata

Amusement and bliss being the goal isn’t inherently bad.

What’s bad is thinking this worldly life is the only life that matters when in fact, it’s temporary.

Wee Jim

In fact, according to islamic doctrine, “amusement and bliss being the goal” is inherently bad and the person who pursues them – after death as well as before – will end up toasting with the rest of us.
Muslims are supposed to obey and follow god out of love of god. If their love of god is sincere and they do so properly they will have an eternity of pleasure. If they do so because they want an eternity of pleasure they’ll be posthumously disappointed.

Elephant Man

It’s fascinating that there is always a Qur’an quote for every idea these atheists pose