Skepticism and Lying

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Among the method of confronting the Prophets, Messengers and callers to Allah and ruining their divine thought is casting doubts on the truthfulness of their call, the soundness of their principles, thinking and the chastity of their persons so as to shake the trust the audience has in them and render, sceptical, those who have already embraced the ideology. In this way, detractors expect to create a sort of schizophrenia in the callers themselves and a gulf between the callers and the society. The Holy Qur’an exposes this vicious method and those disguising themselves in it, saying:

“…and whenever (thereafter) and apostle came unto you with that which your selves desired not, swelled you with pride, some (of the apostle) you belied (as imposters) and some you slew.” Holy Qur’an (Baqara 2: 87)

In other places, their statements, which they made in order to inspire scepticism concerning the truthful-ness of the message and the soundness of its objectives, are reported:

“We heard not of this in the former creed. This is nothing but an imposture. (What) has the reminder been sent down (only) unto him among us? Nay! They are in doubt about My reminder, Nay! They have yet tasted not My chastisement!” Holy Qur’an (Sad 38: 7-8)

Then it states:

“But said the chiefs of those who disbelieved, from among his people: `This is a man like unto yourselves who intends to exalt himself above you; but had Allah will (to send any apostle) He would certainly have sent angels. We have heard not of this among our fathers did. Verily his is not but a man maniac so bear you with him for some time.” Holy Qur’an (Mu’minun 23: 24-25)

“Said the chiefs of the people of Pharaoh: `Verily this indeed is an enchanter (most) learn-ed’. He intends to turn your out of your land; What is it then your counself?” Holy Qur’an (A’raf 7: 109-110)

In this way, the Prophets (s.a.w.) and reformers are accused of lying, insanity, greed for power and name and for worldly gains so as to cast doubts on their noble, human objectives and guiding, divine call.

Adapted from: “The Methods Of Propagation and Missionary Work” by: “Sayyid Bahashti”

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