These days, with the proliferation of fake news and online influencers who invent entire realities to erase people’s understanding of what is true and what is false, where often the greatest deceivers present themselves as the most sincere truth-tellers, we are as a society in great need of somehow finding our way, our lost sense of reality. From another perspective,
وَلَا تَلْبِسُوا الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُوا الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it].Surat Al-Baqara 2:42
This is exactly what we find happening now. Wherever the rich and/or powerful become self-appointed purveyors of truth, and gain tyrannical power beyond the reach of self-control, they become like a plague of locusts: devouring everything in their path, divested entirely from a sense of reality, as if they live in a world where only they and their fantasies of worldly wealth and power exist; they feel both invincible and insatiably precarious, gutted as individual souls and incorporated into a destructive force (the “swarm”, in the modern iteration, the hunger for ever-increasing profit) from which there is no escape, neither for them nor for the societies enthralled by them. It’s theoretically possible for them to accept responsibility for their actions, but only if a catastrophe strikes them to wake them from their stupor, and break, by no less than mortal peril, the grip of that which possesses them.
حَتَّىٰ إِذَا أَخَذْنَا مُتْرَفِيهِم بِالْعَذَابِ إِذَا هُمْ يَجْأَرُونَ
Until when We seize their affluent ones with punishment, at once they are crying [to Allah] for help.Surat Al-Mu’minoon 23:64
What possesses them is their own conceit, which blinds them, fed by their wealth which gives them a sense of invulnerability that is only an illusion, and of being better than others, which is an even greater delusion. They feel they can afford to create their own reality, their own truth.
وَلَوِ اتَّبَعَ الْحَقُّ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ لَفَسَدَتِ السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ ۚ بَلْ أَتَيْنَاهُم بِذِكْرِهِمْ فَهُمْ عَن ذِكْرِهِم مُّعْرِضُونَ
But if the Truth had followed their inclinations, the heavens and the earth and whoever is in them would have been ruined. Rather, We have brought them their message, but they, from their message, are turning away.Surat Al-Mu’minoon 23:71
“Their message”, of course, is Truth itself, the cosmology and system of Allah the Exalted, presented in the Quran, the sourcebook of enlightenment, literacy, and knowledge presented in layers of symbolic meaning, “symbol” being only one instance of the Arabic word mathal, referring to example, parable, metaphor, simile, allegory, paradigm, archetype, comparison. Of course, such people have decided, without a thought, let alone attempted knowledge, that the Quran is another book like the Bible or “whatever,” taking the God-man confusion as their basic summation of religion, and feeling no need of further interest in a subject so, as they see it, “backward”. What they hear from the “leaders” of such faith confirms their sense that religious truth is “as you like it” to be.
وَقَالُوا لَن يَدْخُلَ الْجَنَّةَ إِلَّا مَن كَانَ هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَىٰ ۗ تِلْكَ أَمَانِيُّهُمْ ۗ قُلْ هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.”Surat Al-Baqara 2:111
And if one examines Christian dogma as usually presented, where the “Old Testament God” somehow couldn’t just forgive sins and was excessive in wrath (far be such lies against the Almighty Lord of Mercy from any truth) and needed a man, a gendered, procreating human being, to be His “son” — by what sort of begetting, dare one ask? — in order to be literally tortured and killed — the ultimate sign of being devoid of any mercy — in order to “save” humankind from their “sins,” by which is meant “responsibility for one’s actions,” in order to “go to heaven,” at whose gate is not an angel, but a man, again, “Saint Peter,” through whose human auspices all must pass, or not, through the “gate” of Heaven — not the Exalted in Might and Majesty, the King Of Kings, the Lord of All presiding on His unimaginable Throne, whose meting out of justice is also instantaneous, as one is at that point in the timeless realm, a point the ignorant couldn’t possibly think to consider.
يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ لِمَ تَلْبِسُونَ الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
O People of the Scripture, why do you confuse the truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know?Surat Al-Imran 3:71
The “know” refers to the fact that these are lies that are disseminated knowingly in order to deny the truth publicly and as they imagine, “make it true” even though they know it isn’t. Of course, the lies keep spreading like cancer, both among the people and their collective thought and sense of truth, which becomes thereby corrupted, and within the lie itself, with each iteration adding falsehood to falsehood until we get the diametrical opposite of faith in God: for example, the so-called “prosperity gospel” which glorifies living for money and the things of this world, rejecting compassion, charity except as a show (essential for that praised-be tax break), and ethics, for the worship of oneself, one’s celebrity preacher and his glorious yachts, and using the name of God as a prop by which to delude and scam the gullible and mindless masses out of their money and properties. It is Satan-worship disguised as faith, although within it are sincere and well-meaning people, just as among those who worshipped the Pharaohs were people of goodwill and others who actively tyrannized them, but being tyrannized is not accepted as an excuse for obliterating one’s faculties of reason and intuition. Because by acquiescing to tyrants in matters of faith, one signs away one’s soul to them; resistance is a necessity for the freedom of mind and truth, and for the heart to be true to its own highest yearnings. Not its desire for ease and oblivion, sold in exchange for one’s very worth and value as a living being.
فَرِيقًا هَدَىٰ وَفَرِيقًا حَقَّ عَلَيْهِمُ الضَّلَالَةُ ۗ إِنَّهُمُ اتَّخَذُوا الشَّيَاطِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ وَيَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُم مُّهْتَدُونَ
A group [of you] He guided, and a group deserved [to be in] error. Indeed, they had taken the devils as allies instead of Allah while they thought that they were guided.Surat Al-‘Araf 7:30
Their “thought,” however, is not some random but sincere effort to find truth. Rather it is an assumption based on denial. That denial is actively initiated denial of truth they don’t want to be true, so they decide to cover it up (the word kufr or denial, often translated “disbelief”), and promote an idea (presumption or conjecture) for an alternative truth or reality, as was famously said by Trump’s former counselor Kellyanne Conway. She was just more blatant about it, giving us a striking comparison between truth, backed up by clear evidence, and falsehood, with no evidence but merely a claim.
وَمَا يَتَّبِعُ أَكْثَرُهُمْ إِلَّا ظَنًّا ۚ إِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا يُغْنِي مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَيْئًا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ بِمَا يَفْعَلُونَ
And most of them do not follow except conjecture. Indeed, conjecture does not avail against the truth at all. Certainly, Allah is Knowing of what they do.Surat Yunus 10:36
But is Kellyanne Conway’s defense of Trump’s obvious lies any worse than those Christian leaders who actively promote breaching the First Commandment? That one whose often-cited translation states “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” meaning essentially worship nothing except One God? And then, while claiming to be adherents of this Commandment, they reject the supposedly “wrathful” God of the cleverly-named “Old Testament” to be replaced by the allegedly “upgraded” “New Testament” which they claim exempts all those who follow them from hell, a get-out-of-hell-free card, Christianity’s most attractive promotional meme.
“This will be yours!” preachers proclaim, if followers “simply” worship Jesus as Lord, meaning take him as a new God added to the Old Testament wrathful God as a newly-formed hybrid man-god deity who now becomes an alternate truth, one who conforms to their desire for a sort of MasterCard-style guaranteed paradise, no questions asked except one: did you buy into this alternate truth or not?
And if you did, they “guarantee” you Paradise. Unfortunately, such a false claim isn’t so “simple!” It violates the First Commandment, rendering everything they promote moot. What kind of religion requires of its believers to violate their own sacred creed? On what basis do they guarantee you their alternate truth is indeed true? And what indeed is truth? Is there even a truth? Is there even a reality or is all delusion and nothing matters and there are no consequences? These are the questions haunting the followers of falsehood and delusion. But there is a very powerful, consequential and meaningful Truth that is inescapable and will drown them in the horror of their delusion if they do not face it. The clever formulation of this delusion won’t validate their get-out-of-hell-free card because Allah the Exalted Lord of Hosts, Lord of Mercy, already decreed how He gets people out of hell and there is no alternative reality to His decree.
That “clever formulation” states that God, out of love and mercy for “the world” (so they can claim “see, we don’t deny but praise His mercy!”) had a “son,” and then we have to stop right here. The Ineffable One created procreation and is categorically Creator, so this is a lie that incurs Allah’s wrath as it breaks the First Commandment. Then follows the formulation claiming this “son” of God (a phrase abhorrent in its blasphemy) must be worshipped, as a man, along with God, i.e. the “old God” of the Old Testament, now supplanted by the New Hybrid God! Whose human supposed “component” Jesus never said such a lie, was actually a Prophet and messenger who never said, even in the currently existing (and adulterated, translated) Bible, “worship me” or “worship me and my mother” but rather was born without a father as a sign to the religious patriarchy.
So those who originally conspired and formulated the above essentially used this falsehood and its promotional materials (get-out-of-Hell-free card, “Hail Mary” pass, the ubiquitous word “Love”) to maintain their beloved patriarchy, and all the oppression associated with it. This includes their enslavement of others, and their alleged impunity from the Final Judgment allowing them to oppressively subjugate, rape, plunder, usurp the resources of others without right, kill whoever stands in their way, all the while posing as paragons of piety to the bewildered and easily-fooled world, to whom is fed this opium that culminated, as a final show of rank stupidity, in Q-Anon which believes both anything and nothing, but passionately and with dedication to the mercurial lies of who-knows-who, deluded by the sense of having privileged or secret knowledge. Religion degraded to PR manipulating human puppets gutted of their souls, just as are their “masters.” Thus oppression is maintained, and millions of people lost their connection to the Truth, to the Lord of Mercy, to the Almighty, All-Merciful.
The Quran replies to their denial and dismissal of the Quran:
أَمْ يَقُولُونَ تَقَوَّلَهُ ۚ بَل لَّا يُؤْمِنُونَ
Or do they say, “He has made it up”? Rather, they do not believe.Surat Al-Tur 52:33
فَلْيَأْتُوا بِحَدِيثٍ مِّثْلِهِ إِن كَانُوا صَادِقِينَ
Then let them produce a statement like it, if they should be truthful.52:34
أَمْ خُلِقُوا مِنْ غَيْرِ شَيْءٍ أَمْ هُمُ الْخَالِقُونَ
Or were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]?52:35
أَمْ خَلَقُوا السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ ۚ بَل لَّا يُوقِنُونَ
Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Rather, they are not certain.52:36
أَمْ لَهُمْ سُلَّمٌ يَسْتَمِعُونَ فِيهِ ۖ فَلْيَأْتِ مُسْتَمِعُهُم بِسُلْطَانٍ مُّبِينٍ
Or have they a stairway [into the heaven] upon which they listen? Then let their listener produce a clear authority.52:39
أَمْ عِندَهُمُ الْغَيْبُ فَهُمْ يَكْتُبُونَ
Or have they [knowledge of] the unseen, so they write [it] down?52:41
أَمْ يُرِيدُونَ كَيْدًا ۖ فَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا هُمُ الْمَكِيدُونَ
Or do they intend a plan? But those who disbelieve – they are the object of a plan.52:42
أَمْ لَهُمْ إِلَٰهٌ غَيْرُ اللَّهِ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ
Or have they a deity other than Allah? Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.52:43
وَإِن يَرَوْا كِسْفًا مِّنَ السَّمَاءِ سَاقِطًا يَقُولُوا سَحَابٌ مَّرْكُومٌ
And if they were to see a fragment from the sky falling, they would say, “[It is merely] clouds heaped up.”52:44
فَذَرْهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يُلَاقُوا يَوْمَهُمُ الَّذِي فِيهِ يُصْعَقُونَ
So leave them until they meet their Day in which they will be struck insensible52:45
يَوْمَ لَا يُغْنِي عَنْهُمْ كَيْدُهُمْ شَيْئًا وَلَا هُمْ يُنصَرُونَ
The Day their plan will not avail them at all, nor will they be helped.52:46
These powerful ayat speak not only to the specific examples I cited in this discussion, but also to those whose faith lies in empiricism, only believing the outward appearance of things and scrupulously avoiding the issue of God, espousing the random meaninglessness of atheism to what they see as the alternative, a hybrid-god alternative that reminds them perhaps of statue-worshippers of old. Notice the parts I put in bold above, to show that atheism is mere nihilism in “truthiness” clothing. Truth that is incomplete is not truth. Without God as the centerpiece of an actual “theory of everything,” scientists, despite their actual verifiable and admirable knowledge, will never attain that theory because they ignored the most important centerpiece of Truth: Allah, the Exalted in might, the Most Merciful.