THE MODERN IGNORANCE

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THE MODERN IGNORANCE

Unfortunately, human race is now living through a new Jahiliyyah (ignorance), though some of them are claiming being Muslims. The Holy Qur'an has had its own concept about Jahiliyyah; it has not considered it an era that was terminated with the rising of the sun of Islam; rather it is a social state to which societies retrogress and individuals retrograde whenever they go away from the laws of Almighty Allah. In this regard, the Holy Qur'an says: "Do they then seek after a judgment of Jahiliyyah? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah. 5/50"

The Holy Qur'an has invited attentions to the probability of the return of Jahiliyyah by saying: "And make not a dazzling display, like that of the ancient Jahiliyyah. 33/33" The Holy Qur'an thus wants to say that there will be a second Jahiliyyah, which is now practiced by people who are experiencing distress, unhappiness and misery. Furthermore, the present Jahiliyyah has included all the disadvantages of the ancient Jahiliyyah: survival has been for the strongest. Sodomy has been enacted as a law admitted by the lawmakers who shamelessly accepted marriage between two males. The bad smell of fornication has diffused everywhere carrying animalistic savagery and uncontrollable diseases, such as AIDS and its likes. Defraudation has increasingly spread taking several kinds not only among individuals but also among governments; as a result, there has not been any fairness in the relationships between the human societies. This new form of injustice has been called 'double-dealing'. Monks, rabbis and the other heads of deviation among the evil men and jinn, inspiring each other with flowery discourses, have been betaken as gods besides Almighty Allah. They have deemed unlawful that which Almighty Allah has decided as lawful and deemed lawful that which He has decided as unlawful. Moreover, the gods that are worshipped rather than Almighty Allah have been of various kinds, not mere rocky idols. The devilish mentalities as well as the evil men and jinn have been producing more gods in order to inspire with flowery discourses and hinder from the path of Almighty Allah: "He (Satan) said: 'Because thou hast thrown me out of the way, lo! I will lie in wait for them on thy straight way. Then will I assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and their left: Nor wilt thou find, in most of them, gratitude (for thy mercies).' 7/16-17"

"And squat not on every road, breathing threats, hindering from the path of Allah those who believe in Him, and seeking in it something crooked; But remember how ye were little, and He gave you increase. And hold in your mind's eye what was the end of those who did mischief. 7/86"

Too many are those who hinder those who believe in Almighty Allah from the path of Him and seeking in it something crooked from the sound nature. Examples on such are the immoral girls who have entrapped men in snares of seduction, the bourses that charm the fans of money, the artists whose one and only concern is to destroy the social morals and ethics and many others.

All these are considered qualities of and signs on the modern Jahiliyyah as well as that of every time and place. This is one of the concepts of the Holy Qur'an that are worthy of being obviously comprehended.

For more explication, let us make a comparison between the beliefs and acts of the ancient Jahiliyyah from one side and the modern Jahiliyyah through which we are living. First of all, this comparison is intended to achieve the following goals:

(1) Revision of the concepts and terms of the Holy Qur'an, inference of all the connotations of these concepts and terms that are required by the Hoy Qur'an itself, shaking off the dust that is accumulated on these connotations due to the inattention to the Holy Qur'an and benefiting from the intellects in the understanding of it rather than referring to it.

(2)                Understanding the need for the Holy Qur'an: If we recognize that people have returned to the foremost Jahiliyyah, we will realize that they are in need for the return of the Holy Qur'an so as to practice its role over again in the leading to the actual Islam.

(3)                Consolidation of the idea of Imam al-Mahdi's advent through providing scientific evidences: The Holy Qur'an is not alone sufficient in redeeming the human beings after they have returned to the old Jahiliyyah; rather there must exist a bearer of the Holy Qur'an who can apply it to the reality in the same way as the Holy Prophet did. Because the Holy Prophet has been the seal of the Prophets, none is qualified to undertake this mission except Imam al-Mahdi—may Almighty Allah accept our souls as ransoms for his blessed advent. The indications to his blessed advents are following each other and the Promised Day is approaching. [1] Yet, this topic requires an independent thesis.

 



[1] Narrations have confirmed that Imam al-Mahdi will come with a new 'Islam' and a new 'Qur'an'. Yet, this does not mean that he will brings things strange from the religion conveyed by his grandfather, the Holy Prophet, or from the Holy Qur'an; rather he will shake off the dust from the Holy Qur'an and will restore it to life.