Why They Won’t Hear: Understanding and Overcoming the Closed Mentality of a Typical Muslim

One of the ways in which the Muslim ummah seeks to maintain inseparable ties to its family in the faith is the Muslim refusal to question the tenets of the faith. While many societies—even those with a significant religious influence—often encourage their citizens to question, investigate, and evaluate their learned beliefs in order to come to the truth on their own, Islam, it appears, does not. The construct and doctrine of the religion of Islam inherently generate followers that do not question the veracity, rationality, or practicality of their faith. As a result, Muslims are often ignorant of the deep truths of their own faith and generally closed to the ideas of other faiths. This study seeks to understand the fundamental safeguards and historical reactions against questioning the doctrines and practices of Islam, and how to overcome them.

While Islam is the youngest of the major religions of the world, it is also the fastest-growing and the second largest. Such rapid growth compels the observer to wonder why Islam has seen such success in such a relatively small amount of time. Perhaps one of the most significant factors of the growing Muslim machine is its seemingly unparalleled unity among its converts. The Muslim umma seeks to maintain inseparable ties to its family in the faith regardless of ethnicity, geography, or even ideology.
One of the means by which this unbreakable bond is formed is the Muslim refusal to question the tenets of the faith. Many societies—even those with a significant religious influence—often encourage their citizens to question, investigate, and evaluate their learned beliefs in order to come to the truth on their own, thereby solidifying their own personal worldview. Islam, it appears, does not. The construct and doctrine of the religion of Islam inherently generate followers that do not question the veracity, rationality, or practicality of their faith. As a result of their unwillingness to critique Islam, Muslims are often ignorant of the deep truths of their own faith and generally closed to the ideas of other faiths.
With this in mind, this study seeks to understand the fundamental safeguards and historical reactions against questioning the doctrines and practices of Islam. More specifically, the study will begin by investigating the major reasons given for why a follower must never question the faith. These reasons will primarily be unearthed from the statements and teachings of the Qur’an and the Hadith. From there, this study will briefly delineate some significant occasions throughout history where the Muslim faith had been challenged and the robust—often violent—reactions these challenges generated. Using these doctrinal and historical accounts as a backdrop, the study will then observe some of the modern reactions of Islam toward those who challenge or reject its teachings, as well as the societal impact such a closed mentality has had on the religion. Finally, the study will conclude with some suggestions for overcoming the unquestioning attitude of the Islamic faith, using it as a springboard for meaningful, open, and honest discussions with Muslim individuals.

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