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Can a Nation without Religion Survive?

By A. O.

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When material considerations blind even immediate family members to the merits of spiritual values like love, brotherhood, solidarity, self-sacrifice, and loyalty, the existence of an upright nation becomes almost impossible.

A large majority of people wrongly assume that religion is merely a series of rituals. However, apart from rituals, Islam, the true religion, covers every aspect of life and provides a Qur’anic viewpoint and moral values. A sincere believer who is committed to his religion strives to earn mercy, blessings, and salvation from Allah by living the high moral values of the Qur’an every moment of his life. He never deviates from righteousness, sincerity, moderation, respectful and merciful conduct – in brief, good morals. That is why societies practicing the moral values of the Qur’an will enjoy benefits desired by everyone.

For instance, a family living by the moral values of the Qur’an will not face many of the problems experienced in today’s societies. But children in our day often rebel against their parents, fail to discriminate between right and wrong and assume aggressive attitudes. Meanwhile, there are parents who do not feel the necessity to teach their children what is right and good and who do not provide proper guidance. These parents cannot even manage to get along well with each other. There are quarrels and abuse rather than love, respect, understanding, and mercy.

But in a home where family members live by the Qur’an, children obey their parents and even avoid complaining, since Allah commands them not to express irritation (Al-Isra’, 17:23). From early ages, they learn to follow conscience, to discriminate between right and wrong, and to avoid evil. Parents strive to raise their children in accordance with religious values, giving them conscience and a sense of responsibility towards their people and country. Such parents become ideal role models for their children. In brief, love, respect, and solidarity surrounds the family.

The family is the basic unit of the state; a strong family structure strengthens society. Conversely, families with weak structure, bereft of spiritual values, love, respect, solidarity, and loyalty, are a threat to the welfare of a state. Especially in those countries where some evil circles make it their goal to establish a disbelieving society, the process of spiritual corruption is accelerated and moral degeneration reveals itself at all levels. In such societies relationships are established primarily on material benefits.

When material considerations blind even immediate family members to the merits of spiritual values like love, brotherhood, solidarity, self-sacrifice, and loyalty, the existence of an upright nation becomes almost impossible. That is because degeneration not only affects the family but also spreads to the entire society. In schools and among friends, evils such as envy, deception, ridicule, and gossip replace love and respect. The business world, too, is riddled with people with vested interests. Hardly anyone defends the rights of others, seeks justice, or shows mercy and understanding for those who are disadvantaged. In short, living in harmony and peace becomes impossible for the members of such a community.

This is why the responsibility to defeat the religion of irreligion ideologically lies with faithful people. In addition to the destruction of family values and social relationships, other harmful effects of disbelief throughout the land are increasingly evident. Every individual must give serious opposition to disbelief if he declares allegiance to his state and the love of his people.

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A. O. is a Turkish writer and author.

 

 

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