Moral Degeneration in Disbelieving
On the Day when those disbelievers
are exposed to the Fire: ‘You dissipated the good things you
had in your worldly life and enjoyed yourself in it. So today
you are being repaid with the punishment of humiliation for
being arrogant in the earth without any right and for being
(Surat al-Ahqaf: 20)
from the real purpose of life is, in a way, losing one's values.
Indeed, one does not expect those to have elevated values who believe
that the world is the one and only place in which to live and that
all persons, including oneself, will cease utterly at death. Similarly,
one does not expect humane qualities in someone who does not think
he is being tested in his deeds in this world and that he will be
paid in full according to them in the hereafter.
It is unavoidable that those communities clinging to
such distorted philosophies will experience spiritual idleness.
In this short life, individuals are mostly concerned about gaining
personal benefits and satisfying their own desires, with the basic
objective of leading a life for which they do not have to be responsible.
Meanwhile, their ambition is never to attain perfection of character,
believing that this will not add anything beneficial to their life.
On the contrary, on the basis of their distorted outlook on life,
they consider helpful, conscientious, compassionate and indulgent
people somewhat "foolish." Their rationale commands the strong to
exert pressure on the weak and use violence against them, without
respecting any of their rights. Allah, in the Qur'an, stresses that
those having no faith in the hereafter and the Day of Judgement
see no limits to committing wrong actions:
Woe that Day to the deniers: those
who deny the Day of Reckoning. No one denies it except for every
evil aggressor. (Surat al-Mutaffifin: 10-12)
These people, who have drifted from the religion aspire
to possess more and they instil this ambition into the minds of
others around them, predisposing them to disobey the limits of Allah.
We are living in a time when those who have entirely
abandoned religious values are in the majority. Not content with
what they personally do, these people are willing also to cause
others to drift along this dark path. This is the time when all
forms of immorality are being revitalised: not seeing any limits
in committing wrong actions, violent aggression, spiritual idleness,
moral degradation, prostitution, inciting to "avarice" as in the
words of one verse, perverted sexual orientations, drug addiction,
gambling… In the following pages, we will dwell on the dimensions
of moral degradation consequential to disbelief.
INDOCTRINATION OF IMMORALITY
A disbelieving person as well as a person who has poor
faith in Allah and the hereafter readily commits fornication, gambling
or theft, deeds made unlawful by Allah. Disbelief actually lays
the basis of this inclination. This rationale maintains that human
beings came into existence as a result of chance and that thus man
does not have to feel responsible toward his Creator. The Theory
of Evolution, which ideologically nurtures disbelief, holds human
beings to be a developed form of animal. In this sense, nothing
should be a matter of concern for us, except meeting our own needs.
As for meeting the desires of the wicked side of his soul, we do
not have to observe any limits; we can act just like animals. In
brief, such philosophies, which do not contain any spiritual dimension,
fail to recognise moral values.
4 June 2001
Indeed, renowned materialists and advocates of Darwinism
clearly express how disbelief sees moral values. William Provine,
a professor from Cornell University, explains how materialism assesses
Modern science directly implies that
the world is organized strictly in accordance with mechanistic principles.
There are no purposive principles whatsoever in nature. There are
no gods and no designing forces that are rationally detectable...
Second, modern science directly implies that there are no inherent
moral or ethical laws, no absolute guiding principles for human
society. Thirdly, human beings are marvelously complex machines.
The individual human becomes an ethical person by means of two primary
mechanisms: heredity and environmental influences. That is all there
is. Fourth, we must conclude that when we die, we die and that is
the end of us...11
As this scientist, a materialist himself, puts it, disbelief
allows no faith in the hereafter. People simply believe they will
perish with death. This perverted belief of disbelievers is related
in the Qur'an as follows:
What is there but our life in this
world? We die and we live and we will not be raised again. (Surat
Those not believing in the resurrection from the dead,
observe no limits and see no harm in immorality. For these people,
there is no reason a man should exert his willpower. This is why
disbelief is the foremost reason accounting for moral degeneration,
as is also affirmed by the aforementioned words of W. Provine. The
distorted thoughts and moral values of a disbeliever are evident
in these words.
It also deserves mention that not everyone engaging in
immorality does this having Darwinism or materialism in mind. However,
one should remember that these ideologies and their disbelieving
mentors instil these distorted notions into the minds of people
and, consequently the majority of people feel greedily attached
to this life rather than leading their lives with the hereafter
Telegraph, 26 June 2000
Newsweek, 28 May 2000
The understanding of those of the 60's generation who
seized upon sensual liberation was also a consequence of seeing
no limits to behaviour. They are remembered for all forms of immorality
such as free sex, drugs, arrogant independence and rebellion. Three
decades later, today, many of those 60's iconoclasts are either
ruling countries or teaching at schools. The parents who raised
today's youth also belong to the same generation. Today, we observe
an immorality that is almost unprecedented in world history. One
cause of this is the existence of a highly degenerated generation,
who were raised by disbelieving parents. Allah, in the Qur'an, mentions
the community who are unaware of the religion because their fathers
were not warned:
(You are one of the Messengers)
so that you may warn a people whose fathers were not warned and
who are therefore unaware. (Surah Yasin: 6)
15 May 2000
A person having no
inner fear of Allah observes no limits. This accounts for
degeneration in societies.
As is also stressed in this verse, the generations who
are born to disbelieving people become irreligious and devoid of
moral values like their parents.
Today, the main cause of moral degeneration pervading
the world, from America to Holland, Far East to Russia, is the existence
of people who because of their disbelief assume themselves not to
be answerable for their actions and to be independent. Because disbelief
is so widespread in our day - as never before in world history -
homosexuality has become a social norm. For the same reason prostitution,
paedophilia, gambling, fraud and bribery are out of control. The
rot in society is self-evident with distrust everywhere - even among
immediate family members - evil habits becoming a matter of prestige,
pre-marital and extra-marital sex becoming a defining characteristic
of "modernism". Again, disbelief accounts for people's loss of virtues
such as modesty, shame and good conduct. People are steadily encouraged
to adopt behaviour as a norm that was morally unacceptable only
a few decades ago.
Time, 23 Nov.
It is undeniable that disbelief brings immorality. Yet,
there may be people claiming to be moral, albeit disbelieving. They
assert they do not get involved in any of the aforementioned immoral
behaviour. Indeed, it is all possible that a person having no faith
might never become involved in any form of corruption, and that
he could be determined to remain so. Yet, this does not indicate
that he is a morally good person. A person who displays virtuous
conduct only because he has fear of Allah remains consistent in
his manners no matter what the circumstances. A disbelieving person,
who claims he has never received bribes, can readily lie if it serves
his interests. Alternatively, the same person admits to receiving
bribes to pay his son's hospital bills. In brief, as conditions
change, under the pretext of "compelling circumstances", a disbelieving
person may well commit things he himself accepts as wrong. For instance,
a disbelieving person who deems murder unimaginable may one day
give in to his anger and commit it.
Having good values, however, demands
patience and willpower. No matter how compelling the circumstances,
one has to strive for good character. To display such unyielding
patience and willpower, one needs to have a purpose. Believers manage
this because they have an ultimate aim in life: to attain the good
pleasure of Allah, His mercy and the Garden. They know that as the
Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, "There will be nothing
heavier in the balance of the believer on the Day of Rising than
good character."12 To this end, they take every
opportunity to strive for excellence. A disbelieving and purposeless
person, on the other hand, has no reason to persevere in patience
and willpower. For instance, those earning their living by prostitution
claim that it is the only way they can support themselves. If they
had faith in Allah and the hereafter, however, they would never
tend to such a shameful way of earning a living. Being aware that
they will not be able to give an account for it, they would meticulously
avoid it with great fear.
Satan threatens you with poverty
and commands you to conduct unseemly. Allah promises you forgiveness
from Him and abundance. Allah is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing.
(Surat al-Baqara: 268)
As indicated in the verse, because of the fear of impoverishment,
a majority of people dare to indulge in all forms of immorality.
On the other hand, even the thought of living immorally does not
occur to the mind of a person hoping to earn the mercy of Allah.
In one verse, Allah stresses that the fear of Allah that believers
have makes them strive with good character:
Those who join what Allah has commanded
to be joined and are afraid of their Lord and fear an evil Reckoning;
those who are steadfast in seeking the face of their Lord, and establish
salat and give from the provision We have given them, secretly and
openly, and stave off evil with good, it is they who will have the
Ultimate Abode… (Surat ar-Ra'd: 21-22)
THE TROUBLE THE ELDERLY EXPERIENCE
crowded buses, elderly people stand while seated youngsters
avoid eye-contact… Elderly people wait in queues for hours
under the hot sun or in heavy rain… Frail ageing parents need
to be cared for and are thus perceived as burdens in the house…
Elderly women and men with mental and physical weaknesses
whose presence no more endears them to their beloved ones.
are only a few things those who grow old, who definitely deserve
respect, not neglect, face in the later years of their lives.
In disbelieving countries, people who experience ageing-related
problems, both physical and spiritual, experience a lot of
trouble. Many individual and societal challenges related to
the quality of life in old age make life hard for these people.
The mistreatment they receive and the type of places in which
they are left add greatly to their problems.
Protecting the elderly and showing them due respect,
however, are commanded in the Qur'an. In the following verse,
Allah relates the respect elderly people deserve:
Lord has decreed that you should worship none but Him, and
that you should show kindness to your parents. Whether one
or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them
a word of contempt out of irritation and do not be harsh with
them but speak to them with gentleness and generosity. (Surat
The elderly and needy never encounter intolerance,
violence or rage in a society with people who have the Qur'anic
consciousness. For elderly and young alike, believers provide
the most peaceful and comfortable conditions. Meanwhile, they
only expect their reward for these services from Allah.
If one has faith, whether young or old, one always
strives to remain compassionate, respectful and understanding.
In societies distant from religion elderly people bother people
around them because of their touchiness or other unfavourable
qualities. This is not the case in an environment where people
adhere to the Qur'an and the Sunnah since the elderly, too,
strive to display excellent character under any circumstance.
PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO INTO
Today, under the guise of "modernism" or "liberation",
people, especially teenagers, are conditioned towards immorality.
Values strictly avoided a few decades ago are readily internalised
by societies today. All forms of vice are displayed on TV, in the
tabloids and magazines. Forgers, homosexuals, those who sell their
bodies, parents pushing their daughters to prostitution, gamblers,
the so-called celebrities with deplorable manners are presented
to public as role-models. Even if they are sometimes genuinely abhorred,
they become people whose life-style is emulated by the masses. Meanwhile,
the dissolute lives they live are offered as a defining value of
"modernism" or even "civilisation".
In recent years, widespread effeminate behaviour, style
and clothing among men typifies one consequence of this indoctrination.
That societies tend to such degradation is a token of their imprudence.
Similarly, renowned people in the public eye promote extramarital
relations and drug use. The ignorant masses imitate everything associated
with these people - from behaviours to philosophies, clothing styles
to use of language. They hardly realise that these people - the
objects of adulation to millions - are simply shallow people battling
serious psychological, sexual and spiritual problems and thus constantly
humiliated by their close associates who are aware of their real
inner worlds. Yet, the majority of people fail to comprehend this.
Allah draws attention to the fact that those having no faith are
devoid of wisdom:
Anything you have been given is
only the enjoyment of the life of this world and its finery. What
is with Allah is better and longer lasting. So will you not use
your intellect? (Surat al-Qasas: 60)
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2000
Largely, the press and the media
are responsible for the incorporation of homosexuality into
our societal values, conduct denounced in the Qur'an.
However, thoughtful, wise, conscientious, intelligent
people with strong fear of Allah have to be the ones forming the
moral framework of society. They would nurture a healthier social
model pushing all vices out of society. Rather than trifling matters,
teenagers could be far more preoccupied with enriching their characters.
Obviously, conscientious people are those who would commit themselves
to the betterment of society instead of its destruction. These are
the open-minded people, who can think freely and independently of
society's conditioning. Having dismissed disbelief, they do not
become blind and thus can grasp the purpose of life. Being aware
that Allah created them, these people only feel responsible to Allah
and so display excellent character. Since they only adhere to the
Qur'an and the Sunnah, they only follow the example of sincere,
wise, conscientious people who strive with good character:
You have an excellent model in
the Messenger of Allah, for all who put their hope in Allah and
the Last Day and remember Allah much. (Surat al-Ahzab: 21)
Praising those striving for excellent character in society
and presenting the virtues a good character brings to the human
spirit while expressing dislike for moral failings will surely stop
people tending to immorality.
A TOKEN OF THE LACK OF WILLPOWER
PECULIAR TO DISBELIEVERS: DRUGS
Drug use has had an alarming increase especially during
the last decade. That the majority of teenagers use drugs is a fact
confirmed by surveys. Similarly, the number of addicts around the
world is in no way negligible. A survey conducted in 1992 concluded
that 50% of the teenage population of Britain were drug users. Addicts
constituted 30% of British teenagers. Another survey indicates that,
between the years 1988 and 1995, Americans spent $57.3 billion on
drugs are detrimental to human health. A drug user ultimately ends
up in society's dark corners. He needs substantial sums of money
for drugs, yet, paradoxically, drugs physically hinder him from
working. At this stage, the addict starts to make his or her living
outside the law, stealing, cheating, in heterosexual or homosexual
prostitution, etc. Ultimately, the urgency of obtaining money and
the failure to become involved in any decent work reinforce each
other in a self-perpetuating spiral.
That a person from his own free will drift into
such an ignoble life is inconceivable. A wise and conscientious
person never falls into such a situation. Yet, the lack of willpower,
which is purely a consequence of disbelief, may cause one even more
harm, as stated in the verse: "Allah does not wrong people in any
way; rather it is people who wrong themselves." (Surah Yunus: 44)
Those tempting young people into using drugs show another
aspect of the effects of disbelief. Drug dealers, who have entirely
lost values such as conscience, compassion, mercy and pity, strive
to attract more young people just in order to earn more. For instance,
in some countries such as Latin America or Russia, drug smuggling
for commercial gain is among the most profitable activities. By
and large, the state in these countries controls the drug trade
or allows networks involved in the drug trade to keep working. If,
at least, one of these parties were faithful and had belief in Allah
and the hereafter, the world would be rid of such a problem. If,
due to fear of Allah, nobody got involved in drugs in any form -
neither trading with them nor using them - this problem would end
Being deprived of
the wisdom and conscience the Qur'an grants explains why young
people yield to drugs.
Today, initiatives against illegal drug dealing and drug
use fail to provide lasting solutions. For instance, if addicts
lacking the will to overcome addiction are treated in hospital,
they soon return to their former habits. In jail, members of drug
networks continue to traffic in illegal drugs internationally. The
only way to rescue a drug addict, on the other hand, is to give
him strong willpower. Only the religion provides man with unshakeable
willpower. Even disbelievers who demonstrate strong willpower have
a passion for something, a factor making them weak. Only the fear
of Allah and of torment in the Fire provides the sort of willpower
no one and nothing can overcome.
SOME SHAMEFUL BUT WIDESPREAD ACTS: PROSTITUTION
ADULTERY AND HOMOSEXUALITY
Prostitution, as a way of earning a living, is rapidly
becoming widespread. With each passing year, the average age of
young prostitutes decreases. Even their own families force very
young girls and boys to sell their bodies. At an age when they still
need protection and care, that children are pushed into such repulsive
areas should alarm the world countries enough so that they protect
them from such damage. On the contrary, however, countries like
Philippines are promoted as popular tourist attractions for obtaining
children for sex. In many parts of the world, tourists pour into
these locations only for this purpose.
Fornication is another indecent but
widespread act. According to the National Certified Health Statistics,
32% of all children born in the USA are born extra-maritally, which
means, every year, 1,267,383 babies are born to unmarried couples.14
A concept, which was unimaginable only 2-3 decades ago, has now
become a part of daily life.
Newsweek, 19 March 2001
The material and spiritual harms fornication gives society
are evident. Nor is there any need to point out that children born
to unmarried parents or single mothers, who are themselves still
children, inherently have a problematic upbringing. The future of
these children is often blurred. "A Synopsis of Current World Crisis
Reports" (March 9, 1998) remarks on the moral degeneration in family
structure as follows:
The last transformation in the early
part of this century necessitated the ruin of three societal foundational
factors… The first factor this time around was a more complete dissolution
of morals and the family as a foundation. This was brought about
primarily since the 1960's. The radical elements which now govern
the country were called the hippies in those days. Free love was
their watchword. Hardly anyone noticed that they were not free since
they were always fighting someone, and it wasn't love they had.
It was immorality and degeneracy.15
Fornication is an evil prohibited in the Qur'an. The
end of those who commit it is torment in the Fire unless they turn
in repentance from it:
Do not go near to fornication.
It is an indecent act, an evil way. (Surat al-Isra: 32)
…those who do not call on any other
god together with Allah and do not kill anyone Allah has made inviolate,
except with the right to do so, and do not fornicate; anyone who
does that will receive an evil punishment (Surat al-Furqan: 68)
After intense indoctrination, the majority of people
see fornication, which is in fact an act leading to the Fire, as
"modernity" and many are lured into it.
Homosexuality, which was unacceptable in the moral code
of societies until the recent past, is another shameful act that
today permeates our social life. Homosexuals in our day enjoy many
social rights, from homosexual marriages to having babies through
surrogate mothers or the right to adopt children. They have access
to parties, clubs and congresses organised only for their own purposes.
Meanwhile, many magazines and press organs instil into our minds
that homosexuality is a popular and acceptable way of life. Homosexuality
is, however, a perversion. Nevertheless, with words like "everyone
is free to choose his preference or his sexual orientation", an
"intellectual" quality is attributed to it and thus it is legitimised.
As everyone would agree, there is an absence of moral values in
the lives of homosexuals and prostitutes. They are usually aggressive
people who are hard to convince on any given subject. They curse
a lot. They do not keep their bodies and homes clean. Their hearts
are full of rage and hatred towards people to such an extent that,
without any feeling of quilt, many of them readily transmit their
infectious diseases to other people. They do not observe any limits
in any subject and are devoid of honour. Being in poor health psychologically,
they are highly prone to suicide or even murder. These people do
not have any contribution to make to society at all. Rather, they
always become a source of unrest, tension, sickness and immorality
in their environment. The reason why press places homosexuality
at the top of its agenda is to degenerate public. Since there is
a high proportion of homosexuals in the media and the world of entertainment,
their active campaigning for homosexuality is extremely effective.
Their spreading this propaganda even further weakens the moral values
of society forever.
The Daily Telegraph, 14 Sep. 2000
Young people, unaware
of chastity, one of the blessings of the values of the Qur'an,
see no reason why they should not sell their bodies.
Disbelief is the most essential attribute of a degenerate
society. Homosexuality is a form of perversion, for which in return
Allah promises torment both in this world and the hereafter, unless
the person turns to Him in repentance. Allah, in the Qur'an, proclaims
that the cities of the people who disobeyed the prophet Lut were
razed to the ground because they practised homosexuality, a disaster
which went down in history. When the prophet Lut, peace be upon
him, told them to give up this perversion and brought them Allah's
warning, they denied him and carried on with their perversion. Upon
this, his people were destroyed by the disaster of which Lut had
informed them in advance:
Of all beings, do you lie with males, leaving the wives
Allah has created for you? You are a people who have overstepped
the limits.' They said, 'Lut, if you do not desist you will be expelled.'
He said, 'I am someone who detests
the deed you perpetrate. My Lord, rescue me and my family from what
they are doing.' Therefore We rescued him and all his family - except
for an old woman who remained behind. Then We utterly destroyed
the rest and made a rain come pouring down upon them. How evil is
the rain of those who are warned! There is certainly a Sign in that,
yet most of them are not muminun. (Surat ash-Shu'ara: 165-174)
The way social institutions and related bodies deal with
the problem is so alarming.
None of these institutions give emphasis to the fact
that this perversion is a wrong action displeasing to Allah and
the reason for pain in this world as well as eternal suffering in
the hereafter. The sickness these perverted people give to society
should be removed. However, what is more urgent is to save these
people from that in which they indulge. Today, there are millions
of people around the world living in perversion and depravity, who
through intense indoctrination have incorporated immorality, rebellion
and all forms of awful behaviour patterns into their lives.
…those who do not call on
any other god together with Allah and do not kill anyone Allah
has made inviolate, except with the right to do so, and do
not fornicate; anyone who does that will receive an evil punishment
(Surat al-Furqan: 68)
On the other hand, in a believing society people strive
for what is better, more honourable, more aesthetic and honest.
Allah informs us about the people who are rightly guided in the
…Allah has given you love of iman
and made it pleasing to your hearts, and has made disbelief, deviance
and disobedience hateful to you. People such as these are rightly
guided. (Surat al-Hujurat: 7)
The only force that prevents man from indulging in wicked
deeds and perversion and that makes good values spread in society
is the deen. In a verse, Allah informs us thus:
Recite what has been revealed to
you of the Book and establish salat. Salat precludes indecency and
wrongdoing. And remembrance of Allah is greater still. Allah knows
what you do. (Surat al-Ankabut: 45)
GAMBLING IS DETRIMENTAL TO HUMAN LIFE
Brought About by Disbelief
Some young people
think that by obeying Satan, they will be able to continue
their perversity with him in Hell. Hell, however, is
under the complete control of Allah, and they will suffer
the penalty of their deeds in Hell along with Satan.
In our day, gambling blights societies. Nevertheless,
gambling continues to be one of the most profitable sectors. However,
enormous amounts of money spent for pure pleasure, namely for gambling,
could well be channelled to better purpose, i.e. to promote the
The influence of gambling over people is entirely malignant.
Society cannot afford gambling, which is also evident from the news
in the newspapers and TV. People commit suicide due to debt, they
cannot keep their family together, they suffer from depression,
and even commit murder, since they gamble away what they amassed
over years in only a few hours. This sector of the economy, established
on broken families, ruined marriages, and money made outside the
law, is a significant example of moral degeneration.
It is astonishing that gambling, which does so much harm
to society, is extensively promoted. To make money out of gambling
and legitimising it is surely not done by people who are listening
to their consciences.
Those who allow gambling to become widespread in society,
which is a source of mass suffering, confess to this vice when they
themselves start to suffer from it. Until they meet such an undesirable
end themselves, however, they cause many people to drift into a
Satanism is an evil
that occasionally comes onto the agenda. When the subject
comes to the attention of the public, everyone makes a comment
according to his own ideas and offers various ways to protect
young people from this threat. However, it is obvious that
none of these solutions are deep-rooted and permanent, and
that there is only one way to protect people from this perversity:
having faith in Allah, to appreciate the signs of His existence
and power, fear Him, live by the Qur'an and educate the young
people. No other way will help to free people from this threat.
Eradicating such conscienceless attitudes is only possible
through adherence to the Qur'an. Allah defines gambling as filth
and warns man to stay away from it:
You who have iman! Wine and gambling,
stone altars and divining arrows are filth from the handiwork of
Satan. Avoid them completely so that hopefully you will be successful.
Evil wants to stir up enmity and hatred between you by means of
wine and gambling, and to debar you from remembrance of Allah and
from salat. Will you not then give them up? (Surat al-Ma'ida: 90-91)
What is incumbent on faithful and conscientious people
is to raise awareness about the harms gambling brings and summon
people to avoid this vice.
You who have faith! Wine
and gambling, stone altars and divining arrows are filth from
the handiwork of Satan. Avoid them completely so that hopefully
you will be successful.
(Surat al-Ma'ida: 90)
11. Philip Johnson, Darwin On Trial,
2.b. Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 1993, p. 126
12. At-Tirmidhi, reported by Abu'd-Darda