Is it speaking against God, against Al-Lan that is the problem? Is this what constitutes the sin of blasphemy?
Or is it speaking about him with no due deference that causes such righteous rage? Words cannot kill a deity or harm him, surely?
Then why must laws exist to prevent such a thing? If a man says in his mind, "God is capable of evil acts on a scale greater than man," and for evidence, points at the world around him and in the Book of Sayings, then should that man be punished in some supernatural sense? Will fate take its course, eventually, when that man is judged on the Final Day? If he is to be judged at all for thinking thoughts that cannot be thought. Why wait so long? Why does a deity have to wait an eternity to right wrongs? Is it because he has no potency? No presence here in the real world?
If, on the other hand a man were to utter the words out loud, "God is not deserving of our worship, he does nothing to earn such praise," is that sufficient grounds to prosecute him under the law of Al-Lan? And if so, does it seem odd that it is men who must mete out punishments for such crimes on behalf of such an omnipotent creator.
Perhaps, worse still, would be to speak to Al-Lan as if he were a mortal, an equal, a confidante in this absurd theatre which forces us to assume our given roles and to not deviate from the lines we see on the pages before us.
-The Discourse of the Tribe of al-Mukafir ch.7
Have you ever created a whole universe from a single, pivotal moment? Followed the alternate path that could have happened, branch by branch by branch? Until you found yourself lost somewhere so different to the world that you have always known only to discover that it is somehow inhabited by familiar characters and ideas, foibles, weaknesses and triumphs? It is populated with similar glories and tragedies and by the same love and loss, the same smiles and the same tears?
Welcome then, to the Kingdom of Hindh.
Imagine if you can, that during the Battle of Yamama, Musaylimah had been accepted as the Messenger of the one and only God, whom he came to call Al-Lan, "The One Who is Never". What if Musaylimah had been viewed as the Perfect Man and Muhammad had become known as al-Kadhab, the Great Liar?
What if Khalid ibn Walid, the Drawn Sword of God had been defeated by Musaylimah and then had switched his allegiance to this humble and fearsome magician. What if all Musulman around the world had grown up revering Musaylimah instead of Muhammad? How different would our journey have been? Would it have been richer, more wonderful, more amazing, industrious, evolutionary? How would life have unfolded for Hindh and all its people?
For it was Musaylimah whose insight held him to these words, "...at the time of prayer, one may turn his face to whatever side he chooses, provided it be with this intention: I address myself to thee, who hath neither side nor figure....why should it be permitted to make a Kiblah of a house?”
The Kingdom of Hindh Tales are an attempt to describe how events transpired after Musaylimah was recognised as the Envoy of The Most Benevolent Al-Lan, the One True God. Some of it is conjecture on the part of the author, some of it is blasphemy, some of it satire, some of it is pure fiction.
And the rest? Well the rest is history.
We are all Children of Hindh