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
We are all Children of Hindh