“Romanticism: A Weapon of Satan”

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Diamonds from Harun Yahya’s Book;

“Romanticism: A Weapon of Satan”

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A person must act, not according to his emotions, but according to his reason, his freewill, and the commands of God. Moreover, he must train his emotions to conform to his reason and will.

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Hundreds of millions of people are enslaved to the desires of their hearts, their ambition, passion, hatred, and anger.

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Romanticism, by enslaving people to their feelings, leads them to lose touch with reality, and this manner, can be compared to the psychological disease of schizophrenia.

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Those who suffer from schizophrenia are completely cut off from reality and live in a world created by their own imaginations.

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Initially, people are usually not aware of communism’s romantic spirit, because communists always speak in the terms of science, philosophy, and rationality. However, communists develop their ideas out of a romantic outlook.

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They have idolized certain ideas, developing excessive emotional attachment to them. The most important of these is the notion of “revolution.” For a communist, revolution is the end of all evil and the beginning of everything good.

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Communist literature frequently speaks of “the beautiful country covered in flowers” and “the red sun on the horizon.” Actually, the relationship between a communist and his idea of revolution is comparable to a romantic love-story.

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This romanticism is also sometimes reflected in the attire of the communists. A young communist will often been seen wearing a khaki parka and commando cap, identifying himself with the Latin American communist guerilla Che Guevara, and no doubt in his room, among his personal possessions, you will find a poster of “Che.” The only difference between him and a college student romantically obsessed with a Pop star, is the kind of star he has chosen; his is not a musician but a guerilla fighter.

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Communism is simply an element of the weapon of romanticism used by Satan to rob human beings of their reason, and to alienate them from faith in God.

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If a person wants to be able to practice the kind of religion that God wants him to practice, he must first escape the mire of romanticism.

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Wisdom is the quality of a believer who has the ability to recognize the subtle signs in God in everything that He has created, allowing him to understand the world around him.

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Intelligence is a physical characteristic possessed by all individuals in varying degrees, but wisdom is a quality that belongs only to believers.

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Wisdom, however, assures peace, well-being, and happiness, and shows the way to attain them.

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A wise person possesses insight far superior to that of an intelligent person.

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The source of wisdom, is a deep-seated faith and fear of God.

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It is interesting that people, whom Satan has misled through sentimentalism, seem to be drawn to ill feelings such as pessimism, hopelessness, sorrow, grief, and depression. Instead of living with the peace of mind resulting from putting one’s trust in God, people commit themselves into continual sorrow.

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Believers are not sentimental, but are empathetic and humane.

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Someone who possesses the kind of empathy commended by God will do anything he can, to help another person to find solutions to his problems, and take the necessary measures to get him out of his difficulties. This is the true compassion and love.

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In order for a person to have a healthy and balanced spiritual life, it is necessary for him to keep his emotions under control, and direct them according to his faith and wisdom.

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Human being must direct the emotions God has created in him according to God’s will.

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Without any regard for the criteria of the Qur’an, they dote excessively on the person they are in love with.

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Sentimentality robs a person of his sense of reality.

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Instead of reason and logic, he chooses emotion; and instead of reality, he chooses dream and fantasies. Therefore, it is impossible to engage in conversation or discourse with him; he can neither offer nor take any guidance or advice. In actually, sentimentality is a mild form of the mental disorder that psychiatrists call “schizophrenia.”

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Those who slavishly fall into sentimentality, on the other hand, have thrown aside their reason, delivered themselves to the will and the whim of Satan, and continue to be led toward eternal torment through the bleak mire of idolatry.

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To live in a system full of deceit and harm, in which people do not help each other without expecting something in return, where friendships are pursued with expectations of profit, where even simple mistakes one commits is met with an angry response, and where everyone treats the other unjustly, gossiping and not saying what they really think, is a cause for unhappiness for a sentimental person.

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Another essential reason for the unhappiness felt by those without faith is the fact that their plans do not turn out as they expect.

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They always find a reason for their mournfulness, sadness, depression, and thoughts of suicide. For example, a girl who had been the but of a joke made by a friend may think it normal to spend the entire night crying, and obsessing over why her friend would have such a thing.

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Emotional people, their introversion, and melancholic loneliness, are not compatible with religion. God calls people to put their trust in Him and have peace of mind.

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The love that people feel for one another should have its source in God. The person who loves God feels compassion toward those who obey Him. This is real love, felt for the qualities of God manifested in these people.

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They direct their feelings of love, either to themselves, or to other people: to their fathers, sons, brothers and sisters, wives, husbands, girlfriends and boyfriends, people they look up to as examples or people they are attracted to. The list can be very long. Some people may even direct their feelings of love toward inanimate objects, or even toward abstract concepts. Things such as money, property, a house, a car or false ideals such as position, rank and power, may be idolized. In short, adoration which is not guided by faith, is part of the sin of idolatry or ascribing divinity to other than God. Because this love is not wisely directed toward God, it is a romantic love.

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The kind of romantic love that leads to idolatry has become acceptable in society as completely “innocent,” as “mere romance” and as “true feelings;” it is even praised and encouraged. Usually, it is at a young age that people fall under the influence of romanticism, which prevents the development of their minds and conscience, keeping them ignorant of religion, faith and the purpose of creation. They have forgotten God, and know nothing about loving or fearing Him. Idolatry then becomes the common practice of this misguided generation.

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Romance is one of the most consistent and marketable themes in music, poetry, and literature. Satan knows very well that sentimentality is a sickness that prevents people from thinking properly, of recognizing reality, of being mindful of God, and of contemplating the purpose of creation and the afterlife, and that it lures people away from practicing their religion, and leads them ultimately into idolatry.

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Directing one’s feelings of adoration to anyone other than God, or to any of His creatures, is a critical cause leading to “idolatry.”

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It is clear that sentimental attitude adopted by a person merely represents a lack of consideration for those around him, and is a typical example to a person’s wronging himself.

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A true believer will find the weakness of romanticism unbecoming for himself. He will behave rationally, bring solutions to problems, and make himself an example to those around him.

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Unhappy, overly emotional and pessimistic people cannot appreciate the beauty and blessings of this world. Though they may be surrounded by countless example of this beauty, they see only the negative aspect of things, and become even more depressed. However, God, in His mercy and compassion, created these blessings for the sake of human beings. A believer keeps this idea at the forefront of this mind, and is grateful to God for His blessings.

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