Converting to Islam in Technological Dystopia

‘Brave’ New World, Strange Old Us

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah () said: “Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to how it began—as something strange. So glad tidings are for the strangers.” (Sahih Muslim)

Becoming a stranger is something I’ve experienced personally since having embraced Islam. Going from a majority to a minority, from left to neither left or right but something totally foreign in my society, has been a journey that is internally tumultuous albeit rewarding.

As you all know and likely experience, it’s not only converts to Islam that have to deal with the consequences of rejecting the status quo, and as the status quo becomes increasingly dystopian, I thought it would be worth reflecting on how backward and warped things have become.

I could never get that into sci-fi, even though I do admire how the form can allow for deep insights into existing problems and also potential future problems within our society.

The closest I ever got was Aldous Huxley and while there’s been quite a bit of talk about concepts in his book possibly becoming reality, Huxley’s foreword to the book is equally as thought provoking. I revisited it recently and was shocked to see just how perceptive Huxley was in regard to how society could decline. It is also a helpful reminder at time when we’re celebrating people embracing Islam.

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Despite the fact that Huxley was not a Muslim, he too seemed to understand the dangers that society was heading towards.

How Far Along Are We?

As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the dictator…will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate” (Aldous Huxley, Foreward to Brave New World, p.13)

In a part on how to make people love servitude (in order to attain a totalitarian state), he notes that the following are required:

1) “A greatly improved technique of suggestion—through infant conditioning and, later, with the aid of drugs…” (12)

Where, should, we, start?

2) “a fully developed science of human differences, enabling government managers to assign any given individual to his or her proper place in the social and economic hierarchy” (12-13)

All of the re-defining of basic terms related to human biology; the plutocracy that is the US now; the level of control we witnessed under COVID; and the fact that the rich and famous didn’t need to follow those rules (e.g., with mask expectations/requirements).

There is also the use of Facebook, Twitter, & Co. to control the masses and elections.

3) “a substitute for alcohol and other narcotics, something at once less harmful and less pleasure-giving than gin or heroin” (13)

Technology to a certain extent, (which can be highly addictive and gives people access to things like pornography); pornography and its ubiquity online, both as a product to be consumed and one sold by anyone with a camera.

4) “(…this would be a more long-term project, which would take generations of totalitarian control to bring to a successful conclusion), a foolproof system of eugenic, designed to standardize the human product and so to facilitate the task of managers.” (13)1

Assisted suicide; companies financially supporting employees’ abortions.

What do you think? Would you add or remove anything from the above?

For us, this is the type of servitude that has people focusing all of their attention towards anything and everything but Allah (Glorified and Transcendent is He), present company included. The narcissism associated with the social media age is adequate proof of this. May Allah help us to maintain balance within our lives and to conduct all of our activities with Him in mind. Amin.

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Leaving Islam

What is troubling is that degeneracy is so normalized—celebrated in fact—that being Muslim and following even the most basic principles of Islam is a struggle. The most obvious, inarguable points have now become the subject of scrutiny by progressive types.

It’s difficult to find actual statistics on how many Muslims are leaving Islam and why. What I’m finding from basic online searches are reasons like converts facing a lack of acceptance from the Muslim community, struggling with the fact that one lost friends and maybe even family because of converting to Islam, and converting to Islam in part for marriage (basically not being strong enough in their belief I suppose).

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I suspect another reason may be a lack of understanding regarding certain Islamic ideas, for which the only available comparison is the status quo. For many, the status quo is reasonably comfortable. In fact, I would argue that it is in some ways comfortable at the expense of others. Many fail to see this or they may mistakenly see this oppression as being against communities that enjoy special privileges these days, like the LGBTQ “community.” In doing so, they magically free themselves from the harms their government wreaks upon the truly oppressed people around the world via the CIA and the military. In any case, the status quo is comfortable, and insulting it or rejecting it makes you a bigot. Rejecting LGBTQ is confounded with discriminating on the basis of skin pigmentation (which we condemn of course).

Who wants to be a bigot? Why sacrifice for something that has cost you a lot and also marginalizes you on top of that?

I’ve found examples of people leaving Islam because they simply cannot reject LGBTQ. Obviously, they would disagree with my assessment, deeming it illogical and unreasonable. You can assess for yourselves.

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This is why it is so important to demonstrate how rational Islam is, and how—as others who weren’t or aren’t Muslim (like Huxley) have even pointed out—the path that society is upon is leading it to its demise.

Another important point that may help reverts deal with the conflict between their beliefs and what society wants them to believe and accept as right is this: if you believe that Allah knows best and has our best interests in mind, then trust that what He has deemed as halal and haram are also in the best interests of everyone:

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُونُوا۟ قَوَّٰمِينَ بِٱلْقِسْطِ شُهَدَآءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ ٱلْوَٰلِدَيْنِ وَٱلْأَقْرَبِينَ ۚ إِن يَكُنْ غَنِيًّا أَوْ فَقِيرًۭا فَٱللَّهُ أَوْلَىٰ بِهِمَا ۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا۟ ٱلْهَوَىٰٓ أَن تَعْدِلُوا۟ ۚ وَإِن تَلْوُۥٓا۟ أَوْ تُعْرِضُوا۟ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًۭا

O believers! Stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or close relatives. Be they rich or poor, Allah is best to ensure their interests. So do not let your desires cause you to deviate ˹from justice˺. If you distort the testimony or refuse to give it, then ˹know that˺ Allah is certainly All-Aware of what you do.

Surat al-Nisa, Aya 135

If you care about humanity, which of course you do, then you will hope that everyone follows the laws He lays out, even if it displeases some, because you know that society as a whole will benefit. We know, as Allah tell us in Surat al-Baqarah, that we may like things that are bad for us and dislike things that are good for us.

كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْقِتَالُ وَهُوَ كُرْهٌۭ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰٓ أَن تَكْرَهُوا۟ شَيْـًۭٔا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌۭ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰٓ أَن تُحِبُّوا۟ شَيْـًۭٔا وَهُوَ شَرٌّۭ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

Fighting has been made obligatory upon you ˹believers˺, though you dislike it. Perhaps you dislike something which is good for you and like something which is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know.
Surat al-Baqarah, Aya 216

We are mere mortals, we need Allah’s rules, much like a child needs his parents’ guidance and even firmness.

A New Path

Accept reverts to Islam and help them on their journey in their new life, because it is very much that. While many adults can look back at different periods in their life and feel that they used to be different people back then, it is in many ways part of an evolution that led to who they are now.

While embracing Islam may be part of an evolution on oneself, it is also a clear break. This can be both a happy feeling and a heavy feeling, all at the same time. Help your sisters and brothers through it if you can, and at the very least, accept them. Do not marginalize them more than they already will be, and just as they leave their past mistakes behind, you should do the same.

And just a small note on past mistakes, while it’s best not to mire in them, feeling regret (a concept I think society has tried to render moot these days by nature of cancel culture not allowing for it; and conversely by nature of the anything-goes ‘moral code’), I found this hadith immensely helpful:

It was narrated that Ibn Ma’qil said: I entered with my father upon Abdullah, and I heard him say:

Allah’s Messenger () said: “Regretfulness is repentance.”

My father said: “Did you hear the Prophet () say: ‘Regretfulness is repentance?’

He said: “Yes.”

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

May Allah forgive us, help us to move forward, and help us to understand His din. Amin.


1 All from this printing: Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2007
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