Better off than the Atheist

“The patients in the mental house are better off than the atheists. The former lost the ability to reason whereas the latter gave it away.”

I read this on the Facebook page of and thought I would expand on the statement

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The former is only held accountable for the times when he was sane, as in the statement of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم:

“The pen has been lifted from three; for the sleeping person until he awakens, for the boy until he becomes  a young man and for the mentally insane until he regains sanity.” {At-Tirmithi, Sunan an-Nasa’i, Sunan Ibn Majah}

They will not be recompensed for actions committed while they do not possess their sanity.

The latter, however, is held accountable since he used his “intelligence” to counter not only his fitrah (innate/natural disposition) but everything that proves to the intellect the existence of Allaah.

The former is pitied by all; the Muslim and non-Muslim alike see his condition and do not consider it something to be envied. The latter, however, will draw in those weak in eemaan and those that are ignorant to make his life choice seem enviable as opposed to pitied. The Shayatin (devils) from the Jinn and the Ins (humankind) will make alluring the life of “zero recompense before the Creator” because “you only live once, so enjoy it”. They will act freely, under the illusion that the All-Hearer does not hear them, the All-Seer does not see them, and that He, the Most Just won’t judge them. They will believe this lie until the inevitable happens and they meet their Lord on the Day, in which there is no doubt. It is only the true believers, those whom Allaah has fortified with firmness, that see the true condition of the atheist and so they look at them with disdain and pity.

The insanity of the patient is clear whereas the insanity of the Atheist is hidden. The former is alienated from society; his time is spent away from the eyes of people. The latter is being welcomed by society under the pretence of “scientific truth and discovery”. He uses his lack of reasoning and his stubbornness in it to throw his theories at the unsuspecting public and unfortunately, the gullible will eat it all up. He will in turn earn not only his own sin, but the sin of everyone that follows him, as comes in the authentic hadith:

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Every caller who invites people to misguidance and is followed, will have a burden of sin equal to that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their burden in the slightest. And every caller who invites people to true guidance and is followed, will have a reward equal to that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.'” {Graded authentic by Al-Albani}

In conclusion, the statement above holds utter truth. The patient in the mental house is better off than the atheist. He is better off in this world before the people of intellect and he is better off on the Day of Judgement before His Lord. If he spent his entire life insane and the message of truth did not reach him, he will be tested on the Day of Judgement, as is narrated in many ahadith. If he passes then he will attain Paradise and if he fails and falls in to the Fire, he will only be recompensed for this sole act of disbelief and nothing of his actions in this world. The atheist, however, will be recompensed for his disbelief in this world, for the sins he accumulated, for the sins of those he misguided along with him and he will not find besides Allaah any helper. Just as he forgot Allaah in this world, so will he be forgotten in the Fire in the Hereafter.

“[ Allah ] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” {Surat Taha: 126}

May Allaah protect us, our loved ones and all the Muslimeen. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the final Messenger, his family, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Resurrection.


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