Article appeared Friday, May 31st, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (280)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Do we accept that the universe and everything in it has been created? If we do, has the Creator gone to the trouble of making the entire universe and mankind
just for fun?
Or does He have apurpose and a plan for mankind? How can one answer these questions?One way could be to generate other questions while studying similar situations. Imagine thatyou set up a school and work very hard to produce good human beings. How would you feel if those graduating denied the fact that you are the founder of the school or denied your contribution to their development? How would you feel if the graduates felt they were self-madeand that they alone deserve the credit for their status as graduates? How would you feel aboutsuch graduates? Comparing this analogy with the creation of human beings, can we work outwhat the Creator’s purpose could be? What could His intelligent creation possibly give Him inreturn? Another way could be to look through world scriptures for answers. Looking through theBible, we find,
And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him withwholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart andunderstands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, He will be found by you;but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
[1 Chronicles, 28:9, NIV]
What has the Creator done for human beings? Turning to the most recent revelation, theQur’an, we find,
It is Allah Who has made for you the earth as a resting place and the sky as a canopyand has given you shapes and made your shapes beautiful and has provided for yousustenance of things pure and good such is Allah your Lord.
So Glory to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!
[40.64]The credit for whatever we have, including our beauty and intelligence, belongs to the Creator.So who should we express our profound sense of gratitude to?
It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knewnothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affections:
that youmay express your gratitude (to Allah).
[16.78]Having done so much for human beings, what should be appropriate behavior towards theCreator? The Creator’s purpose and plan is simply to
our response to Him. As pointed outin the Qur’an,
O you people! Adore your Guardian-Lord who created you and those who came beforeyou that
you may have the chance to learn righteousness.
[2.21]The job of each human being is to use his/her intelligence to recognize and acknowledge inreturn the contribution of the Creator and adore Him. Earth is a simply a testing ground to gather proof of righteousness and proof of ungratefulness. As pointed out in the Bible,
For the Lord will carry out his plan decisively, bringing it to completion on the earth.
[Romans 9:28, ISV]
In addition to logical analysis and support provided by scriptures the Creator has sentmessengers to demonstrate how to interact with Him. He provides various tests as a part of HisPlan to separate those who actually believe from those who just provide lip service.
Do men think that they will be left alone on saying "We believe" and that they will not betested? We did test those before them and Allah will certainly know those who are truefrom those who are false.
[29.2-3]What are examples of such tests?
Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.