Article appeared Friday, September 27th, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (296)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Does a believer have any particular characteristics? Or, in other words what is it that separatesa believer from a
How can one work out the answer to this question? One way maybe to ask another related question. For example, for a believer, is it simply sufficient to say that“I believe there is a Creator”? What makes a believer say this? Is this assertion based on somecertain knowledge that the believer has?Has the believer actually analyzed this knowledge? Should the believer need to comprehendthis knowledge and work out what it practically means for him/her? For example, to comprehendthis knowledge, the following statements, logic and questions could be applied.-If I believe in the fact that I have been created, this means that-The Creator has created an individual existence for me. Therefore, questions could be:-Do I enjoy having intelligence, feelings, status, satisfaction and a unique existence?-If I do, should I be pleased with the opportunity at life that He has given me?-If I am pleased, should I try to please the Creator in return?-If I do not want to please the Creator, what else have I given the Creator in return for giving me the opportunity at life?So how should the Creator look upon the soul that is pleased with its intelligent existence andworks to please the Creator in return? The Qur’an, the most recent Revelation, foretells thewelcome the Creator will give to such a soul upon death:
(To the righteous soul it will be said,) "O soul in (complete) rest and satisfaction! Comeback to your Lord well pleased (with yourself) and well-pleasing to Him! Enter thenamong my Devotees! Yes, enter my Heaven! "
[89.27 – 89.30]So a believer would be given recognition and a reward for her/his attitude towards the Creator. A person who has knowledge but does not actively acknowledge the contribution of the Creator is classified as a disbeliever. Such a person is ungrateful for the life given and may alsodemonstrate arrogance. So in contrast, on the Day of Judgment, what will the situation be with asoul that is ungrateful and demonstrates arrogance?
And on the Day that the Unbelievers will be placed before the Fire (it will be said tothem): "You received your good things in the life of the world and you took your pleasureout of them: but today shall you be recompensed with a Penalty of humiliation: for thatyou were arrogant on earth without just cause and that you (ever) transgressed."
[46.20]The job of individual human knowledge and intelligence is to recognize the Creator’scontribution to his/her life, consequently be grateful to Him and look for ways to please Him. TheCreator therefore clearly explains:
If you reject (Allah) truly Allah has no need of you;
but He likes not ingratitude from Hisservants: if you are grateful He is Pleased with you.
No bearer of burdens can bear theburden of another. In the end to your Lord is your return when He will tell you the truth of all that you did (in this life). For He knows well all that is in (men's) hearts.
[39.7]How does the Creator find out what is in our hearts?