Once upon a time, a group of scholars approached the Umar Ibn Al-Khattab and said, \u201cWe have a few questions. If we get the answers to these questions correctly, we will accept the Islamic faith. \u201cAsk whatever you want to ask,\u201d said Umar. They asked the following questions.
What is the purpose of life?
Who is the Master of these
lives? How can its existence be
proved? What bene\ufb01ts would
there be if such a place existed?
Islam meets man\u2019s natural needs
for logical answers to these
No! I swear by the planets-that recede, that ride their course [and] hide themselves. (Holy Qur\u2019an, 81: 15-16)
It is an obligation for
every Muslim to seek
The ink of the learned
will be weighed with the blood of the martyrs on the Resurrection Day; and then, the
ink of the learned would be preferred to the blood of the martyrs.
The most learned of men is the one who gathers knowledge from others on
his own; the most worthy of men is the most knowing and the meanest is the most
Once, a group of people were traveling on
rocks at night. A voice came from the sky
that whosoever picks up the rocks will regret
and whosoever doesn\u2019t pick up the rocks will
regret. Now, the people were confused. How
can this be? Whether you pick up the rocks
or not, you will regret! Anyway, some people
picked up the rocks and some didn\u2019t. In the
morning when they reached their homes, they
saw that the rocks turned into diamonds. Now,
those people who didn\u2019t pick up the rocks started regretting saying \u201cIf only we had
saying \u201cWhy didn\u2019t we pick up more rocks?\u201d Both sides ended up regretting.
Dear friend, this same incident will take place with us on the Day of Judgment. Those
people who spent their time in useless things will start regretting by looking at those
who achieved a great position in Paradise by spending their time in the way of God.
Now, those who did achieve a position in Paradise will start regretting by looking at
those who did more than them and are higher in status. \u201cAlas! If we had only done
Our lives are not a result of nature\u2019s accident. Islam says
that our lives have purpose. God states in the Koran that
man\u2019s purpose in this life is to prove that he is deserving
of the eternal blissful life of the hereafter. Man was also
created to worship God to add meaning and focus to his
life. God did not create us for few years, to live, and to
die. On the contrary, there is a meaning to this cycle we
go through and there are consequences to our actions.
God, the Master of both this world and the hereafter is
also the Just and the Merciful. As a result of these two
qualities it would not logically make sense for God to
punish those who do good and reward those who do
evil. Just like a hard working student and a lazy student
can not be given the same grade for their different level
of effort. An evil tyrant and a person striving to be and
do good can not both enter Paradise, or Hell-Fire. Each
will be given what they justly deserve according to their
According to Islam, God will raise the dead after the
entire universe is vanished. Then, God will fairly judge
each person according to his/her deeds. That day is called
the Day of Judgment.
The Day of Judgment gives life its meaning. It becomes
the motive and driving force that encourages people to be
good and obey God. That also discourages people from
doing evil as one day they may be punished for their
These rules are for man\u2019s bene\ufb01t. If people are kinder,
more willing to help, and pious, then, life becomes a
peaceful and happier place to be in. Also no act will go
unnoticed and unrecorded by God. Any good acts and
struggles in the way of God will be rewarded, therefore
Just as our creation did not come by accident, our actions
will not be overlooked. According to our deeds in this
life, God, the Just and the Merciful, will fairly judge us
on the Day of Judgment. This day will take place when
all will be destroyed and then called back to life. On that
day, the good will be rewarded and the evil punished and
live in either eternal bliss or eternal punishment.
The word \u201ckhunnas\u201d in Surat at- Takwir (Surah #81) Verse 15 bears such meanings as shrinking and cowering, retracting and turning back. The Arabic expression translated as \u201chide themselves\u201d in the 16th verse is \u201ckunnas.\u201d The word \u201ckunnas\u201d is the plural form of \u201ckanis\u201d and refers to a speci\ufb01c path: entering a nest, the home of a body in motion or things entering their homes and hiding there. Again in verse 16, the word \u201caljawari,\u201d the plural form of the word \u201cjariya\u201d which means one that moves and \ufb02ows, is translated as \u201cthat ride their course.\u201d Bearing in mind the meaning of these words, it is very likely that these verses refer to the gravitational forces of the planets and their movements around their orbits.
These words in the above verses fully describe orbital movements stemming from the force of gravity. Of these, the word \u201ckhunnas\u201d refers to the planets\u2019
attraction towards their own centers and also their attraction towards the Sun, which is the center of our Solar System. (God knows best.) The force of gravity already existed in the universe-although it was only possible to reveal this attractive force with mathematical formulae with Sir Isaac Newton, who lived in the 17thand 18th centuries. The word \u201caljawari\u201d in the following verse emphasizes the orbital movements that arise as a result of the centrifugal force that opposes this attractive one. There is no doubt that the use of the word \u201caljawari\u201d together with \u201ckhunnas\u201d (attraction towards the center, shrinkage) and \u201ckunnas\u201d (path, entering the nest, the home of a body in motion) indicates an important scienti\ufb01c truth that nobody could have known about 1,400 years ago. (God knows best.) Moreover, these verses, one of the subjects sworn on in the Holy Qur\u2019an, are another indication of the importance of the subject.
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He has created the Heavens and the Earth for Truth. He wraps the night up in the day, and wraps the day up in the night. (Holy Qur\u2019an, 39:5)
In the Holy Qur\u2019an, the words used for describing the universe are quite remarkable. The Arabic word which is translated as \u201cto wrap\u201d in the above verse is \u201ctakwir.\u201d In English, it means \u201cto make one thing lap over another, folded up as a garment that is laid away.\u201d For instance, in Arabic dictionaries this word is used for the action of wrapping one thing around another, in the way that a turban is put on. The information given in the verse about the day and the night wrapping each other up includes accurate information about the shape of the world. This can be true only if the Earth is round. This means that in the Holy Qur\u2019an, which was revealed in the 7th century, the roundness of the world was hinted at.
However, it should be remembered that the understanding of astronomy of the time perceived the world differently. It was then thought that the world was a \ufb02at plane and all scienti\ufb01c calculations and explanations were based on this belief. However, the Glorious Qur\u2019an has employed the most de\ufb01nitive words when it came to describing the universe. These facts, which we could only correctly fathom in our century, have been in the Holy Qur\u2019an for a vast length of time.
Once upon a time in the Iranian city of Shiraz,
there lived the famous poet named Saadi. Like most other
poets and philosophers, Saadi was not a rich man. He led
a very simple life. A rich merchant of Shiraz invited Saadi
along with a lot of other big businessmen of the town on
the occasion of his daughter\u2019s marriage which was to be
a grand affair. Saadi accepted the invitation and decided
On the day of the wedding, the host and his family were receiving the guests at the gate. They were
ushering all the guests towards the dining hall. All the rich people of the town attended the wedding.
They had come out in best of their attires. Saadi wore simple clothes which were neither grand
nor expensive. He waited in a corner for someone to approach him but no one gave him as much
as even a second glance. Even the host did not acknowledge him and looked away. Seeing all this,
Saadi quietly left the party and went to a shop from where he could hire clothes. There he chose a
richly brocaded dress which was embroidered in gold on the margins. He selected a fancy turban
and a waist-band to go with it. As he put on the hired dress and looked into the mirror, he found
himself a changed person.
With this, he entered the dining hall and this time was welcomed with open arms. The host
embraced him as he would do to an old friend and complimented him on the clothes he was
wearing. On seeing him, he said, \u201cAnd here comes our favourite poet. What took you so long,
word and allowed the host to lead him to the dining room where other guests had assembled. Tasty dishes had been laid out on grand carpets. Saadi was offered a seat with soft cushions. The food was served in \ufb01ne crockery and cutlery made out of silver.
The host led Saadi by hand and himself served out the chicken soup and the fragrant rice to him. After this, something strange happened. Saadi dipped the corner of his waist-coat in the soup and sprinkled some rice on it. Addressing the clothes, he said: \u201cThis is a feast for you, you should
\u201cAren\u2019t you the same person who did not even throw a look at me when I came dressed in
simple clothes. I can guess that it is my clothes and appearance that matter with you, not
my individual worth. Now that I have put on grand clothes, I see a world of difference in
reception here. All that I can now say is that this feast is meant for my clothes, not for me.\u201d
Prophet Muhammed recited this verse to the Muslims \u201cO you men! surely We have
created you of a male and a female, and made you tribes and families that you may know
each other; surely the most honorable of you with God is the one among you most careful (of his
A little boy is telling his Grandma
how \u201ceverything\u201d is going wrong. School,
family problems, health problems, problems
with friends, etc.
Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which, of course, he does.
\u201cHere, have some cooking oil.\u201d *\u201dYuck\u201d
says the boy.
\u201cHow about a couple raw eggs? \u201c \u201cGross,
\u201cWould you like some \ufb02our then? Or maybe
To which Grandma replies: \u201cYes, all
those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the
right way, they make a wonderfully
God works the same way. Many times we
wonder why would He let us go through
such bad and dif\ufb01cult times.
But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!\u201d
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (P.), the \ufb01rst successor, leader, and Imam after Prophet Muhammed (M), said: \u201cA man came to Prophet Muhammed (M) and asked him to teach him an action so that both God, the Exalted, and people would love him, his wealth would increase, his body would be healthy, his life time would last long, and he would be raised with him (the Prophet). Then he (M.) said: These are six traits which need six qualities:
2. If you want people to love you, be benevolent to them and decline what they have in their hands.
3. If you want God to increase your wealth, then give its alms tax (20% of your yearly income which is spent on the poor and needy).
healthy, pay charity more frequently.
5. If you want God to prolong your lifetime,
then have regard for your kinship.
6. And, if you want God to raise you with
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?