Differences in the Issue of “Atheism” Among the People of the World

Document Type : Research Paper

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1 Student in Department of Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, The Open University, Walton Hall, England

2 MA in Department of Engineering Science in MedTech, Faculty of Radiotherapy, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN), Wiener Neustadt, Austria

10.22034/jpl.2021.11412.1027

Abstract

The difference between how people view atheism varies in the world, in the west, Atheism is seen to be a normalised topic which is accepted by many people whereas in the East, heavily criticised. The openness in western societies with the spread of free secular materialistic thought occurred after the Enlightenment period, has pushed people towards the concept of atheism, especially in the younger generation. On the other hand, the East has much harsher rules when dealing with the influx of atheism where some countries believe death by execution is the solution. This pushed them to westernised way of thought where they began to fight Islamic beliefs, and of course under the support and protection of western regimes that they used as tools against Islam, many managed to flee their countries and go to the west as they consider that religion restricts and prevent them from achieving their goals, while atheism makes them free from all values and allows the achievement of freedom, without any restrictions. From here we see that the spread of Atheism in the Muslim countries stems from western atheism. It is thought that the increase of East atheism is due to cultural, intellectual, educational, psychological, political, social, and religious reasons and it is our duty as Muslims to find out why this is and how to solve it from the concept of Islamic beliefs the same way Imam Sadiq would by adopting a logical concept to convince the atheists during their theological debates and arguments. Due to their lack of evidence, it was not long before their theories were being disproved with one example being from the famous British philosopher Anthony flew was a strong advocator for atheism wrote a book called “Thereis a God” in the later days of his life.

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