What Would Allah Do?

In response to older debate topics and those to come, I would invite my Christian readers to consider a filter for all their responses. Let’s call it the WWAD (What Would Allah Do?) Razor. To define it, I’d say the WWAD Razor is “eliminating a response that a Muslim could give (replacing God with Allah or Bible with Qur’an) that would not convince you.” To summarize, I’d rather not hear responses that, if coming from a Muslim, would not be compelling to you.

For instance, let’s say that I argue that natural disasters should not occur, because they are incompatible with God as we know Him. The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed nearly 228,000 people and displaced half a million from their homes. It is reasonable to assume that at least one of these people was innocent and didn’t deserve death. If this happened under the watch of an omniscient, benevolent, and omnipotent God then it couldn’t have happened – He’d have seen it, wanted to prevent it, and been able to prevent it. But in reality it was not prevented and caused lots of damage to human lives and unmeasurable suffering.

A logical, unbiased, reasoned response may follow like so: Your assumptions are false. The bible doesn’t state that God is omnipotent. This is merely assumed by Christians to make sense of ideas like Creation… or…  Disasters like this follow the pattern shown in Noah’s Flood and the future destruction of the Earth in end times, so it’s natural to assume that this pattern will continue. You’d have to study and understand the motivations behind these disasters to understand the Tsunami… or… Maybe God prevented a larger disaster from happening by allowing this one. After all, it did slow down the year by a little bit. This could add up to something in the larger scheme.

A biased response follows like this: God is mysterious, and we can’t even begin to figure out His ways. There may be a greater good in things like the Tsunami, and we assume there is because God is much smarter than you. What do you think you know about suffering? God loves these people much more than you do.

The biased response is one that I wish never to hear, and should never be put forward because even the ones writing it don’t believe it. If it read “Allah is mysterious, and we can’t…  etc.” then the writer wouldn’t find it a good point anymore. If he or she read such a statement, that person would dismiss it offhand immediately and think something like “Well, of course that’s what you believe” without a single moment of even considering its validity. And it is what Muslims believe. They are as convinced that their doctrine is true as Christians are of theirs. They believe that their God exists and is in control just as much as Christians do. But the strength of their conviction doesn’t move you to believe in Allah, nor do quotes from their holy text suggest that they have a better grasp of the facts than you do.

This is a good point to remember whenever you debate about religion with anyone. You have to be able to see it from your opponent’s point of view, and this is the best way to do that. If your opponent were to make the same point that you are making, and substituted the name of a God that you don’t believe in, would his argument win you over? If not, then you can see from his point of view why it isn’t winning him over. Use the WWAD Razor to refine your arguments and get rid of the ones that will have no effect.



About starcrashx

I love statistics. They drive my poker playing, my reasoning, and my research. As Penn Gillete said "Luck is probability taken personally". There's no such thing as luck... but I wish you positive chance. View all posts by starcrashx

3 responses to “What Would Allah Do?

  • Karyn Cray

    It would be beneficial to you to consider not putting ALL Christians in a box. To use statements such as “For instance, let’s say that I argue that natural disasters should not occur, because they are incompatible with God as we know Him.” This might say,”For instance, let’s say that I argue that natural disasters should not occur, because they are incompatible with God as I know Him.” As for me, I do not know the God that I worship that way. I thank every day from rescuing me from myself and the “natural disaster” I call SELF and FREE WILL. Blessings, Aunt Karyn :@)

  • starcrashx

    How do I know God? I know Him from the bible, as do you. Just because you personally don’t “see” Him that way doesn’t mean that it isn’t a logical way to view Him, based on scripture.

    It’s ironic that you used a faith-based argument considering the theme of this blog, by stating that you are thankful that God rescued you from SELF and FREE WILL. Again, a Muslim stating his thanks to Allah for rescue from his old ways is not a compelling argument to you, is it? Does that make you want to believe in Allah? Do you respect the Muslim for holding such a belief? Do you think that he knows a fake entity better than you do because of his faith?

    Apply the WWAD Razor, and you’d see why I fail to see your argument as anything but blind faith.

  • Jhjeffery

    Nice post. See what I mean about the caps lock key and Christians?


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