Al Ma’ari on Religion
He was equally sarcastic towards the religions of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Al-Ma'arri remarked that monks in their cloisters or devotees in their mosques were blindly following the beliefs of their locality: if they were born among the Magians or Sabeans they would have become Magians or Sabeans.
Al- Ma'arri was a rationalist who valued reason above tradition or revelation.
"Religion is a human institution invented as a source of power and income for its founders and priesthood, who pursued worldly ends with forged documents attributed to divine inspiration."