Not Embracing the True Religion after Discovery January 1, 2010Posted by Salim Boss in articles.
“Proper diagnosis and medication mean nothing if the patient fails to swallow the pills on his night stand, on time – or at all.” 
~ Murad Wilfried Hofmann
Once we unleash sense, reason, and intellect in the quest for the true religion, the answer would easily surface. Guatama Buddha totally agrees with me for he said, “three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” The extremely ignorant person is the one who discovers the Truth and decides not to embrace it. Robert Pirsig puts it this way, “The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I’m looking for the truth, and so it goes away. Puzzling!” Once you discover the truth, you will be left with two choices, either to believe or be damned. God’s punishment is meant for those who ignored the truth after it has reached them. There is no excuse. Winston Churchill once said that, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” It is these ignorant people who deserve God’s wrath. The Muslims have a verse that reads: “Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his ownself. And whoever goes astray, then he goes astray to his own loss. No one laden with burdens can bear another’s burden. And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning).” [Q 17:15]. Those who say, “our problem is not perception. Our problem is implementation” and they make no effort to implement what needs to be implemented, they shall have themselves to blame when God’s wrath descends upon them.
The unintelligent person is he who knows the true religion and decides not to embrace it. The Christian apologist Richard Sisson once said that “People do strange things when they are cornered by facts. When evidence cannot be denied, men who care nothing for the truth simply become illogical. Minds become willfully ignorant and emotions turn hostile.” To avoid the ignorant label, men should burry their prejudices and surrender to facts. Samuel Butler, English novelist, essayist and critic, (1835-1902) states that, “the truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.” The true religion is the only vehicle that will take you to heaven. If you discover the true religion and, out of pride or arrogance, you refuse to follow it, the automatic outcome will be Hellfire. “Is he who is cast into the Fire better or he who comes secure on the Day of Resurrection?” [Q 41:40]. Those who have purchased ignorance for smartness are stubbornly denying the true religion.
Men who have enthroned ignorance are those who whenever they are exhorted towards embracing the true religion, despite the consciences knowing it’s the truth, they themselves despise it. “And when it is said to them: “Believe as the people (followers of Muhammad) have believed,” they say: “Shall we believe as the fools have believed?” Verily, they are the fools, but they know not.” [Q 2:13]. A fool is the ignorant, simple-minded person who has little knowledge in areas of benefit and harm. When a kid tears or discards a 100 dollar note, we know he is simply not past the ignorant stage, but when a mature person discards a religion which brings most benefits and prevents much harm, he is a thoroughly ignorant person who should be arrested or taken to Guantanamo Bay prison without trial. An ignorant person is he who refuses to follow a religion offered to him by a low-status person. Even when your son tells you, “O my father! Verily! There has come to me of knowledge that which came not unto you. So follow me. I will guide you to a Straight Path.” [Q 19:43]. The intelligent will humbly submit to the New Religion discovered by the son whereas adherents of Ignorantism say: “Do you forsake my gods, son? If you do not stop, I will kick your . . . Get the hell out of me.”
Excerpted from Salim Boss’ book “They are either Extremely Smart or Extremely Ignorant” For more articles from this author, please visit his blog; http://extremelysmart.wordpress.com/. Get your free eBook of “They are either Extremely Smart or Extremely Ignorant” from the author’s website.
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. Hofmann, Murad Wilfried. Religion on The Rise: Islam in the Third Millennium. Maryland: Amana Publications, 2001.p. 194.