Article appeared Friday, August 2nd, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (289)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
When parents give toys and provide conveniences, in what ways do children respond? At aminimum, there could be two types of responses. There are children who constantly want moreand more toys and conveniences. These type of children approach and interact with the parents
for the purpose of asking for more – they are ungrateful and care more about themselvesand the enjoyment they get out of their toys and conveniences.Then there are children who are grateful for whatever they get from their parents. They love andadore their parents and are grateful for the love and care provided by them.
Notice that bothtypes of children know that the parent is the provider.
However, the first type is ungrateful andconstantly nags for more. The second type is grateful and demonstrates love and affection for the parents. Now, imagine that a particular set of parents have both types of children. If, for some reason, the parents were forced to choose between the two types of children, which typeare they likely to choose? Which type of child would you say is righteous, i.e. does what is rightand behaves appropriately towards the parents?Can the relationship between children and parents be likened to the relationship betweenhuman beings and the Creator? Let us ask some questions to understand the relationship. For example, do human beings intuitively know that the source of everything is the Creator? Howmany people approach the Creator
when they need something? How many are grateful for being given life and adore the Creator in return? To deliver justice between the two differenttypes of people, how should the Creator react to each type on the Day of Judgment?What does the Creator say about those who prefer the things and conveniences that He hasgiven for our enjoyment and are ungrateful? The most recent Revelation, the Qur’an enlightensus.
Those who desire the life of the present and its glitter to them We shall pay (the priceof) their deeds without diminution. They are those for whom there is nothing in theHereafter but the Fire: vain are the designs they frame therein and of no effect are thedeeds that they do!
[11.15 – 11.16]So, to those who prefer the present life and its attractions, the Creator will give them whatever they want in this world, however, since they do not look forward to meeting Him and the afterlifewith Him, there will be nothing for them after the Day of Judgment except the tormenting Fire of Hell. This can be linked with purpose of our individual creation given in the Old Testament (Bookof Moses) part of the Bible.
…The LORD your God is
you to see if you
love Him with all your heart andsoul.
[Deuteronomy 13:3, NLT]
Being Merciful, while on earth, the Creator continues to give from His Bounty, however, He asksus to consider whether He would go to the trouble of making everything without a purpose.
Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for a term appointeddid Allah create the heavens and the earth and all between them: yet are there trulymany among men who deny the meeting with their Lord (on the Day of Judgment)!
[30.8] Also, being Merciful, what approaches could the Creator take if He did not want the end to bethe Fire of Hell for any of His intelligent beings? For example, He could repeatedly warn His