Islam came to correct these five distortions By S N Smith, Ottawa,
“Did you then think that We created you in vain, and that you would not be returned to us?” (23:115)
“And I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” (51:56)
“…Who has created life and death so that He may try you which of you are best in deeds…” (67:2)
“And We have not created the heaven and earth and what is between them in vain. That is the opinion of those who disbelieve. And woe to such disbelievers, because of the Fire. Shall we treat those who believe and do good deeds as those who spread corruption on the earth? Or shall we treat the pious as sinners?” (38:27-28)
“And among the people there is he who sells himself for the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is kind to His worshipers.” (2:207)
“There has come to you from Allah a light and a luminous Book, through which Allah, by His grace, guides all who seek His good pleasure on the path of peace, and brings them out of the depths of darkness into light and guides them unto a Straight Path.” (5:15-16)
“And they say, ‘There is not but our worldly life; we die and live (i.e. some people die and others live, replacing them) and nothing destroys us except time.’ And they have of that no knowledge; they are only assuming. And when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidences, their argument is only that they say, ‘Bring [back] our forefathers, if you should be truthful.’ Say, ‘God causes you to live, then causes you to die; then He will assemble you for the Day of Resurrection, about which there is no doubt,’ but most of the people do not know.” (Quran, 45:24-26)
Each one of these topics deserves deserves an article, or even a full length book, of their own. As believers, we should be aware of these five distortions and how Islam responds to them. I have witnessed that even many people who call themselves Muslim fall into these traps of thinking because they are so influenced by the societies in which they live and the people around them, without taking the time to make reference back to the Book of Allah or the prophetic sunnah to see if their thinking is correct or not. They just un-reflectively assume they are correct and leave it at that. Such thinking is dangerous.
Allah has sent the divine message to correct our erroneous thinking because He knows that left to our own devices we will continually fall into error.
If we desire to call others to Islam, then we must have a sound understanding of the above distortions and be prepared to respond to them when the time is right. If for no other reason, we should strive to correct own distorted thinking for our own sake so that we can serve and worship Allah as He deserves.