Did you know that you have the right to say no – to anyone and anything?
And that the right to say “No!” may very well be quintessentially the most fundamental and inalienable right you have, if you are a human being?
And here is a further escalation of this concept: You have the right to say “No!” to anyone and anything including God Almighty himself.
Of course there are consequences to saying no.
For example, if you refuse to pay your taxes, the law will catch up with you – sooner or later.
Or if you refuse to obey a policeman, you may end up in jail or even dead.
Or if you fail to stop at the red light, you will get hit with a ticket, if not by other cars.
These are all normal requirements of civilized and orderly living in a society. Regardless of whether you are a Muslim or a non-Muslim.
And if you refuse to believe in God – and say no to him as it were – but then it turns out that there really is a God out there, then you may have some serious answering and explaining to do.
But there is more to life than obeying traffic signals.
As a human being, you have certain rights that no one can take away from you. And one of them is the right to say no to anyone and anything you want.
Including God Almighty himself!
And that right is given to you by God himself.
In fact, that is what makes you a human being in the first place – as distinct from so many other creations of God right here on this earth: the right to say no.
The Magna Carta – early 13th Century, right? – was an affirmation of the right of King John of England’s lords and barons to say no to their king. No more, no less.
And, believe it or not, that is what Islam came into this world to teach – and to ensure that everyone everywhere had that right: the right to say no.
Regardless of anyone’s race, religion, nationality or gender.
Full 600 years before the English lords and barons forced King John to grant them the right of refusal as it were.
It is things like this that make me think how anyone can make up all these things in the name of Islam.