Article appeared Friday, July 26th, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (288)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Is there any favor or blessing that man can deny? For example, if we turn to the Qur’an, themost recent Revelation, we find:
And (moreover) He has
between their hearts:
not (even) if you spend allthat is in the earth could you have produced that affection but Allah has done it: for He isExalted in Might, Wise.
[8.63]The Verse talks about a blessing – affection; and then it challenges the creation of affection. Inhow many types of relationships is affection demonstrated? For example, we see affectionbetween brothers and sisters, between friends, between parents and their children, to name justa few types of relationships. What would happen if there was no love and affection, i.e. can youimagine a world without affection? If you subtract the quality of affection from all the differentkinds of relationships, what would life be like? So, not only has our Creator created the need for affection, He allows us blessings and enjoyment through affection! Now, in return for lovinglyand wisely giving us the quality of affection, how should one react and respond to the Creator?Secondly, the Verse challenges that all of mankind together with all the resources on earthwould not be able to create the quality of affection. What does this imply? Suppose that a robotwas being manufactured. First of all, could the manufacturer independently invent the conceptof affection? Secondly, if he did think of such a concept, could he together with all the robotmanufacturers in the world create this quality in a robot? But our Creator has done it. Havingdone so, what kind of attributes should we credit our Creator with? Can we say that He is mostMerciful, Wise and Powerful – He not only has He thought up the quality of affection, Hedesigned the functioning of affection and implemented it in a variety of human relationships – allto the benefit of human beings!So our Creator has bestowed on us the quality of affection as a part of His Purposeful Design.Why? Why has the Creator gone to the trouble of adding affection to each human being? Another relevant Verse from the Qur’an enlightens us:
It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knewnothing; and (then) He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and
that you may give thanks (to Allah).”
[16.78]What kind of gratitude should we demonstrate towards our Creator? Jesus (pbuh) guides us inthe Bible as to the
’The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God,the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul andwith your entire mind and with all your strength.’
[Mark 12:29 – 30, NIV]
In addition to Mark 12, this commandment appears in a number of places in the Bible, e.g. inMatthew 22:37, Luke 10:27, and in a number of chapters in Deuteronomy. In fact, thiscommandment is linked to the purpose of our creation and our temporary time on earth.
…The LORD your God is
you to see if you
love him with all your heart andsoul.
[Deuteronomy 13:3, NLT]
Is it then not just and proper that using our intelligence we should adore and love our Creator tothe best of our ability? What might happen if we don’t fulfill the purpose of our creation? Thepurpose of Revelation provided through all the prophets in all the ages, has just been toenlighten us to the fact that we are currently being tested and what would happen if we don’tfulfill the purpose of our individual creation. The Qur’an enlightens us to the fact that given thiscommandment in Deuteronomy, some people of Moses (pbuh) properly guide/preach others tothe truth.