Faithless people become proud of their evil deeds, Imam Khomeini explained

Faithless people become proud of their evil deeds, Imam Khomeini explained

The bad deeds of unbelievers, hypocrites, polytheists, atheists, villains, sinners, and transgressors occasionally reach such a point when they become proud of their evil deeds and think highly of themselves.

Imam Khomeini has undertaken very serious discussions in his famous book "an exposition on Forty Hadith" as following: 

They, on account of their vicious beliefs and deeds, consider themselves to be men of liberal thinking and open minds, free from all fetters and bonds and free from superstitions.

They consider themselves as men of courage and valor, link the faith and belief in God with superstition, and consider the observance of religious precepts as a kind of narrow-mindedness.

They consider good character and moral behavior as signs of weakness of the personality.

They look down on the performance of good deeds and observance of religious duties and rites as the signs of a weak mind and evidence of the lack of common sense.

They regard themselves as free-men, who, for not believing in nonsensical superstitions and indifference to religious rules, are worthy of praise.

Wicked and vicious qualities having sunk down their roots within the deep layers of their hearts, and their eyes and ears having become accustomed to those acts, and they having gained great charm and grace in their eyes, they consider them as accomplishments.

As pointed out in the hadith, at one stage bad deeds appear to be good to the evil person and he perceives them as virtues, Imam further explained. 

This is all allusion to the verse of the Quran, which says, Imam Khomeini further explained. 

And what of him, the evil of whose deeds has been decked out fair to him, so that he thinks then good?... 

The words and he considers that he is doing something good’) refer to the following verse:

Say: Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers in their works? Those whose striving goes astray in the life of the world, while they think that they are doing something good. Those are they who disbelieve in the signs of their Lord and in the encounter with Him. Therefore their works have failed, and on the Day of Resurrection We shall not assign to them any weight. (18: 103-05)

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