In his interview with al-Jazeera, Richard Dawkins made the illogical claim that religion was not essential for spirituality. He said that atheist scientists also possessed a spiritual side, in the form of enjoying a poem, music or gazing at the stars. But this idea of Dawkins' is utterly without foundation and totally fails to reflect the true facts.
If someone believes that the world is the work of chaos, that there is no life after death, that this transient world of pain and suffering, greed and hatred, is his only abode, that everything consists of matter alone, that nothing has any spiritual value, and that life is the result of the random combination of atoms, then his life can have no purpose or meaning. If he regards human beings as animals made up of atoms, then people will be of no worth in his eyes. Human love and values will also, therefore, have no meaning. If such a person does not believe he will have to account for himself in the Hereafter, then he is an entity capable of committing any crime, regarding everything as worthless and himself as a mere collection of matter. Fascists and dictators such as the mass-murderers Hitler and Stalin share just such a mindset. They have admitted this themselves in no uncertain terms.
It is impossible for such a person to take pleasure from someone else, whom he regards as worthless, an animal condemned to cease to exist after death, or to be moved by the beauty of music. How can a landscape give him any joy when he regards himself as having no purpose in this world? Beauty is meaningless in his eyes. In his eyes, the life of this world is a ruthless one, lived in a ruthless place, and will come to an end with death. In the eyes of such a person, human beings and the universe itself are the work of coincidence and chaos. It is therefore easy for someone with such a mindset to fall prey to hopelessness and despair. Someone who believes that his only purpose in life is to hand on his genes, that everything ends with death, that there is no meaning to what he does in this world and that friendship, love, goodness and beauty are pointless, will also imagine that life is purposeless and unnecessary, and will therefore be unable to take pleasure from anything. Since he regards himself as a finite being and other people merely as assemblies of atoms, it is impossible for anything in this world to evoke any spiritual feelings in him.
Indeed, Dawkins' own statements make the negative effect his pessimistic outlook has on people crystal clear. In the foreword to his book Unweaving the Rainbow, he describes the negative and pessimistic effect of his idea about the purpose of human life:
A foreign publisher of my first book confessed that he could not sleep for three nights after reading it, so troubled was he by what he saw as its cold, bleak message. Others have asked me how I can bear to get up in the mornings. A teacher from a distant country wrote to me reproachfully that a pupil had come to him in tears after reading the same book, because it had persuaded her that life was empty and purposeless. He advised her not to show the book to any of her friends, for fear of contaminating them with the same nihilistic pessimism. Similar accusations of barren desolation, of promoting an arid and joyless message, are frequently flung at science in general, and it is easy for scientists to play up to them. My colleague Peter Atkins begins his book The Second Law (1984) in this vein:
We are the children of chaos, and the deep structure of change is decay. At root, there is only corruption, and the unstemmable tide of chaos. Gone is purpose; all that is left is direction. This is the bleakness we have to accept as we peer deeply and dispassionately into the heart of the Universe. (2)
This is the conception of life that Dawkins and all other Darwinists propose. But again like all other Darwinists, Dawkins has suffered a grave defeat. He has been silenced in the face of 100 million fossils that prove the fact of Creation. His ugly attempts to convince people that they are purposeless animals and to turn them into irresponsible and ruthless societies with no belief in Allah have been overturned. Darwinists are no longer able to deceive the world. Darwinism has suffered a defeat from which it can never recover, and all that remains are the desperate death throes of its few adherents. Demagoguery no longer serves any purpose. People have seen the scientific facts and drawn their own conclusions: ALMIGHTY ALLAH, THE LORD OF THE WORLDS, IS THE CREATOR OF ALL LIVING THINGS.
2- Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow, Houghton Mifflin Company Newyork, 1998, p. ix