Article appeared Friday, June 14th, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (282)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Do we enjoy existence and the good things of life? As a part of existence we have feelings andintelligence. Feelings and intelligence together allow us to enjoy the things and blessings of life.Can we make a list of things that we enjoy? For example, do we enjoy having abilities andskills? What about having a refreshing shower, delicious food, energizing sleep, fine clothes, asound health, a status in the society, etc.? Being on the receiving end of all such blessings whatshould the reaction or response of a grateful human being
If we believe that the Creator has bestowed on us all these blessings to enjoy, a logical questionwould be why. Why has the Creator gone to all the trouble of providing human beings with theblessings of life? Turning to the most recent Revelation, the Qur’an, we find,
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]The Creator has honored human beings with the enjoyment of life. An example of a specialfavor would be the creation of intelligence to collect data, analyze facts and understand theconsequences of our own behavior and actions. So why has the Creator given this particular favor? It is the Creator’s personal choice to make each human being unique and beautiful. Eachhuman being is like the masterpiece of an artist. Do we enjoy being unique and beautiful? Couldit simply be that the Creator wants to be acknowledged and honored in return for the uniqueexistence and blessings? Would this be an appropriate response of a grateful human being?
Say: "It is He Who has created you (and made you grow) and made for you thefaculties of hearing, seeing, feeling and understanding:
little thanks it is you give."
[67.23]What kind of gratitude does the Creator want? In previous Revelations, for example, in anumber of places in the Bible we find:
"Well said, teacher", the man replied; "You are right in saying that God is ONE and
there is no other but Him.
To love Him with all your heart, with all your understandingand with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself
important thanall burnt offerings and sacrifices. "
[Mark 12:32-33, NIV]
Loving the Creator with all our intelligence is more important than
all burnt offerings and sacrifices!
Similarly in the Qur’an we find:
your Guardian-Lord who created you and those who came before youthat you may have the chance to
[2.21]It is the Creator’s right to be loved in return for the meaningful existence that He has given us. If we do not love our Creator in return what might He do? On top, if we structure our communitiesto misuse the power and status given by Him, ill-treat our neighbors and subordinates, behavearrogantly in the earth and create diversions that invite sin can we further annoy Him?
When We finally decide to destroy a town or population We (first) send a definite order or commandment to those among them who are given the good things of this life and
yet they continue to transgress
; so that the Word (Judgment) is proved true againstthem: then (it is) We finally destroy them with utter destruction.
[17.16]History has repeatedly witnessed many such nations being destroyed by the Creator. As anexample, to Pharaoh and his people, the Creator sent Moses (pbuh) with a definite order so thatthey believe and mend their arrogant ways. The following Verses from the Qur’an detail how theCreator repeatedly punished them before destroying them completely. Upon the arrival and