Prophet Muhammad and his Household, Peace be upon them

Roots of Religion: Need of Religion

Shiatu Ali


all. These byelaws, that are expected to serve as substitutes for religion, must address a range of issues like identifying man’s needs, providing him with a framework to manage his affairs, fulfilling his needs, be it physical, spiritual or economical, etc. These statutes must necessarily have an inherent provision for defending the weak and the downtrodden, from the suppression of the despots and tyrants. Only if all these issues are addressed to with a fair degree of satisfaction, can one say that these laws are ethical, and hence capable of replacing all religious laws.

However, that is not the case. Today we see different societies of the world in sharp conflict with each other. Harmony is but a mirage. Bloodshed, murder and corruption are at an unprecedented height. And these societies are still struggling to rid themselves of the rampant depravity, evil, vices and perversions that have now become the…

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