Article appeared Friday, April 5th, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (272)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Generation after generation of human beings has passed away since the creation of the firsthuman Adam. Each unique individual has had the opportunity to taste life and enjoy the benefitsof being intelligent. No other creature other than human is able to read and, in addition, evaluatethe purpose of intelligent life. For example, should one be grateful for being given life and itscountless benefits? The following Verse from the Qur’an, the most recent Revelation, elaboratesthe Creator’s point-of-view:
We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea;given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favorsabove a great part of Our Creation.
[17.70, YA] As intelligent beings, various questions could be formulated to evaluate the various parts of theVerse. For example,* Should every Revelation and Verse be evaluated? If yes why?* In particular, for this Verse, how have sons of Adam been honored?* Man is able to easily and quickly move around the entire globe. Where have the knowledge,materials, technology and ability to manufacture the means of transport come from? Fromwhere have the means for navigation come about? For example, how did Noah know how tobuild a large boat in the middle of the land?* How did the varieties of things we eat all come about to provide the body the nourishment andenergy it needs?* Can we think of any other special favors?No other creation is able to look for answers, for the purpose of confirming belief in the
Signs of the Creator,
let alone ask questions or even understand the purpose of questions. Man has thusbeen honored with this special ability. Why? Again, turning to the Qur’an for answers, we find:
O people! Adore your Guardian-Lord who created you and those who came before youthat you may have the chance to learn righteousness.
[2.21, YA]What could righteousness be, other than looking for Signs of the Creator and adoring Him for the life and blessings He has Given?
It is He Who Gave you life will Cause you to die and will again Give you life:
truly manis a most ungrateful creature!”
[22.66, YA]What is life
To Him will be the return of all of you. The promise of Allah is true and sure. It is HeWho began the process of Creation and will repeat it that
He may reward with justicethose who believe and work righteousness
but those who reject Him will havenothing but draughts of boiling fluids and a Penalty grievous: because they did rejectHim.
[10.4, YA]When will this happen?
On the appointed Day Allah will raise them all up (from graves) and show them the truth(and meaning) of their conduct. Allah has reckoned (the value of each person’s conduct)though they may have forgotten it: for Allah is Witness to all things.
[58.6]There is a Day set aside where and when judgment will be delivered. The purpose of Revelationand the Messengers is to warn of this Day and the need to be wary.
(To preach thus) “Seek the forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance; thatHe may Grant you enjoyment good (and true) for a term appointed (in this life) and