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Article appeared Friday, October 5th, 2012 in The News Today, Bangladesh

The Revelation (247)

yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD

Do we ever wonder about the Creator and our relationship with Him? To understand the relationship, let us apply Set Theory from mathematics. As a starting point, let us consider two sets. Let the first set be named CREATOR and the second set CREATED. What would the elements of each set be? In which set should we put the Creator? In which set should we put ourselves, our personality, our skills, our environment, our opportunities and our successes? Can any of the things that we enjoy be put into the first set? In which set belong the semi-precious stones that we put on our fingers to promote our wellbeing? In which set do lucky charms, ancestors, prophets, idols, animals, wealth, status and power belong? Can any created entity or object belong in the first set? If we assume that created objects have power over our well-being, our wealth, our good fortune, etc. where do we place our belief? In the most recent Revelation, the Qur’an, our Creator asks a logical question regarding the assumed power of created objects: “Or have they taken gods from the earth who can raise (the dead)?” [21.21] Let us trace what the sacred religious texts of some of the major world religions say about the Creator. In the earliest texts of the Hindu religion, the ‘Rig-Veda’ we not only find characteristics of the Creator, but a warning: “Friends! Do not praise and worship anything else, do not be doomed, praise and worship only the benevolent God Almighty, unitedly in this world, sing his glory, again and again.” [Atharva 20.85.1] {1} So according to the Rig-Veda, assuming that other things have power over our lives leads to doom. Assuming that created objects have power is a sin against the Creator. It is the Creator alone who has any power and it is He alone who has gone through all the trouble to make every little detail for us. Likewise, in the various books of the Bible we are warned, “Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God? Then why do we betray each other, violating the covenant of our ancestors?” [Malachi 2:10, NLT] {2} “I will praise the LORD, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.” [Psalm 145:21, NLT] {3} “…Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” [Revelation 19:5, ESV] {4} Every created object in the heavens and the earth belongs to the Creator. It was His Personal Choice that He created each and everything. The most recent Revelation, the Qur’an, clarifies that this is the essential message of all Revealed Scriptures or holy Books. “To Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth. Verily We have directed the people of the Book before you and you (O Muslims) to fear Allah. But if you deny Him lo! To Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth and Allah is free of all wants worthy of all praise.” [4.131] The Qur’an similarly confirms that assuming other things have power is a serious crime against the Creator – this is tantamount to setting up ‘partners’ to the Creator. There is no forgiveness for such a grievous sin. “Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgives anything else to whom He pleases; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.” [4.48] Can created things have power? Suggesting, arguing or making a case that created things have power over our lives is supporting a downright falsehood.

6.21 “Who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah or rejects His Signs? But verily the wrong-doers never shall prosper.”
For example, can a lucky charm help us against our Creator on the Day of Judgment?

6.22 “One day shall We gather them all together: We shall say to those who ascribed partners (to Us): "Where are the partners whom you (invented and) talked about?"”
For example, people who use rings as lucky charms generally insist that they believe in only one Power or Creator. On the Day of Judgment, they will attempt to use the same excuse.

6.23 “There will then be (left) no subterfuge for them but to say: "By Allah Our Lord we were not those who joined gods with Allah."”
However, such people will by no means be able to escape the compelling evidence that will be presented before them.

6.24 “Behold! How they lie against their own souls! But the (lie) which they invented will leave them in the lurch.”
Our Creator gives us insights to the thought processes of such people. While on earth, they do not accept Revelation as the truth nor do they accept the Creator as the only reality. They often view scriptures as ‘tales from the past’.

6.25 “Of them there are some who (pretend to) listen to you (O, Muhammad); but We have thrown veils on their hearts so they understand it not and deafness in their ears; if they saw all the Signs they will not believe in them; in so much that when they come to you they (but) dispute with you; the unbelievers say: "These are nothing but tales of the ancients."”
Then there are those who simply avoid reading and trying to understand Revelation.

6.26 “Others they keep away from it and themselves they keep away; but they only destroy their own souls and they perceive it not.”
If only such people could visualize what would happen on the Day of Judgment, they would then refrain from avoiding the Qur’an.

6.27 “If you could but see when they are confronted with the fire! They will say: "Would that we were but sent back! Then would we not reject the Signs of our Lord but would be amongst those who believe!”
However, our Creator informs that they would simply repeat their sin.

6.28 “Yes in their own (eyes) it will become manifest what before they concealed but if they were returned they would certainly relapse to the things they were forbidden for they are indeed liars.” 6.29 “And they (sometimes) say: "There is nothing except our life on this earth and never shall we be raised up again."” 6.30 “If you could but see when they are confronted with their Lord! He will say: "Is not this the truth?" They will say: "Yes, by our Lord!" He will say: "Taste then the penalty because you rejected faith."”
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