Article appeared Friday, December 7th, 2012 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (256)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Can a human being be compared to a robot? If yes, what would be similarities? A robot canphysically do a lot of things, e.g. move about, lift things and respond to instructions given by therobot-user. More importantly, what would be differences? In addition to having a uniquepersonality, a human being has an independent intelligence, feelings and a free-will. So while arobot is designed to follow instructions, in what way is a human being designed? A human being is free to use its will to follow its feelings
follow its intelligence. If a humanbeing allows its free-will to be dictated by feelings and emotions all the time what may happen?In contrast would it be better to be dictated by intelligence? Is there a difference? Which self-dictated policy or method is more likely to lead to success in the long run?Would the robot-maker want best use of the carefully manufactured robot? You would agreethat to encourage and ensure best use of the robot, the robot-maker would deliver a user-manual with the robot. At a minimum, the contents of the manual would contain at least fivetypes of information or knowledge: purpose of the robot, how to make best use of it,consequence of incorrect use, trouble shooting guide and contact details of the robot-maker or manufacturer. For the robot-user, then, what would be an intelligent approach to using therobot? Would it be wise to be guided by the user-manual or simply use the robot as dictated byemotions or feelings of ownership e.g.
I own the robot, therefore I would do with it as Iplease
?Similarly, would the Creator of each carefully-and-beautifully-made human being want the bestuse of His creation? To do so, is it unlikely that the Creator would provide Guidance? Toappropriately guide the user, i.e. the human being himself or herself, should the guidancesimilarly have at least five types of information? Just like in the case of the robot, knowledge onthe purpose of the human being, how to get best use, consequence of incorrect use, troubleshooting guide and how to get in touch with the Maker?Throughout the history of human beings the Creator has provided Guidance in the form of Revealed Knowledge or Revelation. Would it be an intelligent move to ignore this Guidance anddo as we please? To justify a desire to do as we please, should we suggest that the Creator isso great that He doesn’t provide Guidance or alternatively tailor Guidance to suit our desires?Having created us, our Creator knows exactly what our souls whisper to us and the things wesay to justify our thoughts. In the most recent Revelation, the Qur’an, He therefore warnsagainst such thoughts,
6.91 “No just estimate of Allah do they make when they say: "Nothing does Allahsend down to man (by way of revelation)": Ask: "Who then sent down the Bookwhich Moses brought?
A light and guidance to man:
but you make it into(separate) sheets for show while you conceal much (of its contents): therein wereyou taught that which you knew not, neither you, nor your fathers." Say: "Allah(sent it down)": then leave them to plunge in vain discourse and trifling.”
Revelation is Knowledge Revealed by the Creator. Why is such knowledge important? Thelogical premise is: if a human being refuses to fulfill the purpose for which he/she was created,is it likely that the Creator would have continuing use for him or her? This is the underlying