Playing God – Misreading A Divine Practice

Dr. Shehzad Saleem


This book deals with how Muslims have misread the divine practice of God’s punishment and think that they have the right to punish and subjugate who deny the truth.

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In order to understand divine religions, it is essential to comprehend a certain unalterable practice of God. Simply put, it is: God, through natural disasters or through His messengers, punishes and humiliates in this very world their foremost and direct addressees who deliberately deny the truth, and rewards in this very world those among them who adhere to the truth. However, many scholars have misread this practice of God; they have regarded it to be a part of the shari’a, and as a result after the departure of the Prophet (saws), Muslims also think that they have the right to punish and subjugate people who deny the truth. As a consequence of this misreading, many other erroneous inferences have also resulted. Matters which were to be left to God have been taken up by human beings. In this manner, they are now guilty of inadvertently playing God.
This Book describes this divine practice in detail in the light of researches carried out by Hamid al-Din Farahi (1863-1930) and Amin Ahsan Islahi (1904-1997) and Javed Ahmed Ghamidi (b. 1951).

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