I was asked in an Islamic group why I don’t think Allah was worth worshiping (as usual got kicked out for my honest opinion) and thought I would elaborate on the reasons. Just to sum up, I use to be a devout practicing Salafi Muslim and as I transitioned out I became a Quranist. When I realized reform didn’t work and studied evolution and psychology I became an atheist of sorts (I do support the concept of Deism though).
One of my friends sent me this quote as I was feeling a little sad about my beliefs being false. The truth can hurt big time, but it is liberating. This is what my friend sent me:
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved”
And thus started my clinical psychological assessment of Allah.
1. Allah was an excuse for my sadistic retribution:
I realized that when someone had hurt me, I would always turn to the Qur’an to read about the terrible punishments Allah would inflict upon disbelievers, hypocrites and people who wronged others. When I thought about it, it really was a terrible reason for me to turn to God. In my time of need of course I asked him to lift my burdens, but I was also consoled with the fact that while I would be enjoying my time in heaven, others would be burning in hell and suffering. When I look back I feel quite disgusted with myself. What is worse is that the Qur’an actually promotes this idea by saying that the believers from heaven will look down into hell and gloat over the disbeliever’s misfortunes!. What sort of God encourages things like that? What sort of human being was I to be comforted in the eternal suffering of others? Indeed there are people who do the most inhumane and atrocious things to others, but how can one be punished infinitely for a finite amount of sin? The point is now as a humanist I cannot be consoled or condone the suffering of others. I cannot imagine torturing others for an infinite amount of time or torturing another human being at all. Therefore Allah to me is not a God worth worshiping because he condones human sadism.
2. Allah is a sadist himself and a petty God
Honestly, what sort of God creates humans and decides to send a good majority of them to hell? What sort of God would take pleasure in such things? You cannot be all loving and merciful and sadistic at the same time! I mean Allah throws people in hell for stupid and ridiculous things like having consensual sex, being in another religion (irrespective of how good you are), doing shirk (will touch on that) and as something as silly as pissing standing up (for a man). Of course Allah punishes murderers and tyrants too according to the Qur’an, but he is not a God of justice when he punishes people for such meaningless things. Muhammad once said something (I cannot verify if this is true) that Allah loves us more than a mother loves her child. Quite evidently I found that to be a load of bullshit. No good mother could throw her child into a pit of torturous fire no matter how evil her child was. Good mothers love their children unconditionally. I am just marveled at the sheer audacity for Muhammad to claim such a thing. I would entrust my soul to a loving mother than Allah any day.
3. Allah is an egotistical narcissist
This goes back to Marcus’s quote I mentioned above. An all loving, merciful God would not care about how much he was praised and worshiped. An all merciful, loving God would care about what us as individuals do for others and how we try to make the world a better place. Yes, Allah does encourage these things in the Quran, but he does not give them priority. He doesn’t even encourage his believers to do it for the good of mankind with the satisfaction of helping others. You will find many verses saying believers only give things like charity because they ‘fear the last day,’ ‘fear Allah’ etc. Should not charity and doing good for others be for the sole reason of wanting to help another human being? Feeling satisfaction that you made their lives better and there is one less person suffering in the world? Not because you’re scared of going to hell? To me it seems like Allah’s believers are doing some serious butt kissing. However the point here is that not only does Allah not stress the importance on doing good things for others for the sake of humanity (only for reward points), Allah says he only created humans to worship him. “We did not create the jinn and men except to worship us” [Surah adh-Dhariyyat, verse 56]
So some high and mighty powerful deity created us with just that purpose? To be praised? To be told how great he is all the time? That is egotistical and narcissistic. You will find many verses of the Qur’an where Allah puts praises for him above all else…above doing good for others. As if speaking empty words will make a difference in the world. Being an all powerful deity I can sympathize of course. If I had such great power myself and created a universe, perhaps I’d create beings to tell me how great I am too. However it defeats the purpose of an all compassionate God though. I prefer Cersei Lannister’s view of the Gods. In Season Two of Game of Thrones, she says “The Gods have no mercy. That is why they are Gods.” I think anyone who claims to love this self-centered, narcissistic and egotistical piece of shit of a God is a deluded liar.
4. Allah inspires followers out of fear
I am not sure if it is a real quote, but in Season one of the Tudors (yes I love my TV shows), King Henry asks Thomas More a very important question about how he should rule England.
“Is it better for a ruler to be feared or loved?” This question can be interpreted in two different ways. Is it referring to what is better for the ruler or the people? As a humanist I went with love. Do you know why? It ensures safety of the ruler. Love will bring you true loyalty and security. And with such love a ruler will be more inclined to help his/her people and vice-versa. Fear on the other hand does not buy you true love or true loyalty. People only follow you because they fear what you could do to them. They do not care about you as an individual (or deity), but only follow to escape punishment. If the ruler (or deity)’s power is diminished, no followers will stay with you because they never truly loved nor were they loyal. This is similar with Allah. He plays psychological mind games with people and emotionally/spiritually blackmails humans into following his teachings. The punishment in hell for disbelievers is described in great detail in the Qur’an. Burning in fire, faces melting, drinking boiling water that will burn your innards…
Muslims are not following Allah because they ‘care’ about him or love him as a deity. Rather they fear this imaginary deity’s power and how he will torture them ruthlessly if they don’t believe in him. Of course you will find Muslims who say they love Allah and even cry for him. Many would gladly die for him, but it’s not love. It is a false loyalty. It is actually a mental illness and the term for it today is called Stockholm syndrome. In situations where you find no other alternatives (in religion there ARE, but the fear Allah inspires is quite immense), you can easily force yourself to ‘love’ something or someone, sympathize with them and be loyal to them. It is a sickness that is hard to be free of once it has manifested itself. Therefore once again, Allah is not a God worth worshiping. A deity that created humans so it can feel satisfaction for its power is not a God is just an attention seeker.
5. Following Allah for rewards is nothing but butt kissing.
As I mentioned above, Allah only inspires followers out of fear. Naturally followers of Allah are not interested in Allah’s love or actually care about the God himself, but rather what he promises. Eternal bliss. They only do things for rewards. They only help others, give charity and do other good works for rewards. Their whole existence on being good is for a reward in heaven. Even the Qur’an bears witness to this fact citing believers to do things for Allah and Allah alone. Allah is swamped by an army a billion strong of persistent butt kissers and they lick his ass with extraordinary fervor in hopes of wine and virgin prostitutes in heaven. Why anyone would be inspired and look up to such an insult to humanity is beyond me. People should do good because they want to. Because they want to help others. Because they get satisfaction from helping others. Because happiness comes from helping others. It actually shows that Allah is so insecure about his influence and power to inspire awe in his creation, that he has to tempt people with a gift to gain followers. I do not worship Gods that require ass licking and are not confident enough in their abilities to inspire loyalty that they have to condition their creation.
6. Allah’s religion does not guarantee better humans
While I am not saying this is part of Islam, some people can ardently believe in Allah and do terrible things. Look at the acid attacks in Afganistan and Pakistan. The stoning of rape victims, the punishing of rape victims, the executions of homosexuals, adulterers, apostates, blasphemers etc. Look at the terrorism and hypocrisy. While apologetics would argue this is not Islam, regardless it still shows that Allah’s religion hardly benefits mankind or stops people from doing evil things. Plus you shouldn’t do evil things because you know it hurts others and hurting others is wrong. That is what I live by. Religious people supposedly don’t do evil things because they fear hell. That is the difference between them and I.
7. Allah lets believers get away with anything
If I could quote the amount of ahadith and quranic verses that allow believers to get away with atrocities, this article would be a hell of a deal longer. While repentance is encouraged, it is not proper repentance. One merely has to pray with all their heart for forgiveness and Allah may forgive them. Very rarely is it sincere repentance. The fact of the matter is, whatever you do wrong, you should go to the people you have wronged and try to rectify it with honesty and integrity. If it is such a situation that you cannot, than devote some of your time being a better person and helping others and learning from your mistake. That is repentance. Not praying to some egotistical deity and getting forgiveness. And basically that is what Allah’s faith (and all others) allow. People can simply sincerely repent in their hearts (not a bad thing) and get away with it (bad thing). That is not justice nor does it do justice for the people’s lives hurt, wronged or ruined. No amount of praying is going to make that other person’s wounds better or fix the damage that is done. Hence one must take responsibility for one’s mistakes, own up to it and go out there and fix it. Not pray mindlessly for the ‘sin’ to be removed for eternal happiness. When I started a high school there was a girl I use to bully and I am sincerely sorry for it now. No amount of praying is going to remove those painful memories or the humiliation and hurt I inflicted upon her. Now I vowed one day, if I ever meet her or see her again to sincerely apologize for my behavior, explain that I was just a bitchy teenager and let her to decide to forgive me or not. That is my rectification. My repentance is never to bully others again and speak out against bullies who do. That is what humanism has taught me. I will not take the ‘easy’ way out by making myself feel better that some deity will forgive me for hurting another individual. Allah again is not a God worth worshiping because he does not uphold justice to individuals.
8. Allah has his priorities all wrong.
Seriously. His priorities are fucked up. He is so egotistical and self-centered that he puts shirk as the worst sin of all. I seriously cannot comprehend how the personal choice of having a mediator between God and himself is the worst sin imaginable. For the life of me I cannot. How is a personal view of God (mediating using shirk) worse than murder, rape, pedophilia, oppression, tyranny, torture etc? I mean is Allah trolling or what? Then there are all those stupid punishments for having sex and homosexuality or eating something as delicious as a BLT. And I think I remember how on judgement day us kaffirs will have a flag in our ass cheeks to identify us like we are the porn stars out of some redtube bondage film. Then of course is Allah’s favor upon men. Even Allah is referred to as a ‘he’.
I suppose I could go on and on, but like all religions, Allah is a lying, manipulative, egotistical, narcissistic, sadistic, misogynistic pimp whom I won’t even devote one single praise to. I won’t give him my love or loyalty and he can lump it.