Article appeared Friday, July 19th, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (287)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Is the Creator real? What happens when we realize that the concept of the Creator is not just afigment of our imagination, but that He is very real? If the Creator is real what significance doesit hold for intelligent human beings? Are human beings then like robots – the difference beingthat we have been given intelligence, a personality, individual skills, family ties, feelings,opportunities and a free-will? Indeed, we are much more than a robot can ever be – thesimilarity mainly being that both are
. The robot is made by an intelligent human beingwhile the intelligent human being is created by the Supreme Creator, i.e. both are
madeor created. The qualitative difference between a man-made robot and the Creator-made humanbeing indicates the greatness and skill of the Creator.Does the fact that we are made have any implications for our day-to-day lives during our sojournon earth? For example, are we individually accountable for the life that we are enjoying? Whatwould happen if we manage to displease the Creator? Also, if there is only one Creator, whatdoes it imply about religion? Can we simply assume that we ourselves know all about religion,or in fact, should we take the trouble to find out what the Creator wants from us,
is it rationalto have multiple religions, each group establishing their own “personal” god? If the Creator is
and not just a figment of our imagination does it make sense to have a
god who isat our beck and call? Or should human beings be at
beck and call? Having createdintelligent beings, would the Creator inform mankind of what He wants?History stands witness to the fact that the Creator has repeatedly sent messengers andprophets revealing what He wants from His Creation. When the Creator chooses to sendRevelations, how important is the messenger? That is, should the message carry more value or the medium through which the message is sent more important? Additionally, would it berational for the message to be different with each subsequent messenger,
is the messagerelated with the messenger of the time or is the messenger just the deputy entrusted to deliver the Creator’s message? Would it be logical for the Creator to want other human beings tosupport the work of the deputy to help spread the message to as many human beings aspossible?Let’s now return to the initial question of what happens when the realization of the truth of theCreator crystallizes in our hearts? As a case in point, let’s look at what happened when Moseschose seventy of his people to receive the Creator’s Commandments. How did they
respond? Both the Bible (Old Testament) and the Qur’an confirm their reaction,
Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded,
"Wewill do everything the LORD has said; we will obey."
[Exodus 24:7, NIV]
And call in remembrance the favor of Allah to you and His Covenant which He ratifiedwith you when you said:
"We hear and we obey":
and fear Allah for
Allah knows well thesecrets of your hearts.
[5.7]The Creator looks at the acceptance of the truth in our hearts and the value we place in Him.Given the realization of the truth, would it be logical to turn to the Creator and ask for the best of the both worlds, the current world and the Hereafter,
best of whatever He has created for us.
7.156 “"And ordain for us that which is good in this life and the good in theHereafter:
for we have turned to You."
He replied: "With My punishment I visitwhom I will; but My mercy extends to all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who do right and practice regular charity and those who believe in Our Signs;”