Article appeared Friday, December 14th, 2012 in The News Today, Bangladesh

The Revelation (257)

yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD

All around us we see things that are made or fabricated. Examples can be paintings, buildings, cars and computers. Without having an understanding of what they are doing, these things generally fulfill the purpose for which they are made. None of these things has the capacity to understand what it is doing nor of appreciating the fact that it is made. Now imagine that these objects are given intelligence to appreciate the fact they are made. In addition, imagine that these things are given a free-will to decide whether or not to fulfill their purpose. If so, what might happen? Given free-will, would every made thing willingly fulfill its purpose? If not, how would a manufacturer look upon products that do not fulfill their purpose? Let us take our imagination and logic a step further. Given intelligence, the products would be in a position to work out that they are purposefully and specifically made. Also, would it make sense for a product to claim that a similar product is either a ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ of its maker, i.e. it is physically related? Can the manufacturer and his product be equal? For example, should a painting claim that another painting is a son of the painter? In addition, that this physically related painting should be demolished so that other paintings do not have to account for the sin of not fulfilling their individual purpose? Are you and I created? If yes, how different are we from the products mentioned above? For example, should we equally have a purpose? Or has the Creator gone to all the trouble of making everything without a purpose in mind? If not, what could the purpose be? Also, should the purpose be a matter of concern? Can the Creator destroy us if we do not fulfill His Purpose? Looking through the most recent Revelation, the Qur’an, we find the following purpose: “O you people! Adore your Guardian-Lord who created you and those who came before you so that you may have the chance to learn righteousness.” [2.21] Our Creator enlightens what He has done for us and gives a warning: “Who has made the earth your couch and the heaven your canopy; and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals to Allah when you know (the truth).” [2.22] Who or what can be a competing rival to the Creator? Anything that we assume has power over our lives is a potential rival. Some of us assume that besides the Creator our ‘luck’ determines what has and will come about, some think that lucky charms have power over our lives, as well as stones, other human beings, wealth, political power, etc. To help understand the difference between the Creator and assumed rivals, the Creator introduces Himself in the Qur’an and clarifies the Role He plays: “It is Allah Who causes the seed-grain and the date-stone to split and sprout. He causes the living to arise from the dead (lifeless) and He is the one to cause the dead to issue from the living. That is Allah; then how are you deluded away from the truth?” [6.95] The term ‘Allah’ is a contraction of the Arabic definite article al- or ‘the’ and ilāh or ‘deity, god’ together simply meaning the sole deity, god {1}. To allay any doubts, our Creator even enlightens the purpose of the individual facilities He has created for us,

6.96 “He it is that cleaves the daybreak (from the dark): He makes the night for rest and tranquility and the sun and moon for the reckoning of time: such is the judgment and ordering of the Exalted in Power, the Omniscient.”

6.97 “It is He Who makes the stars (as beacons) for you that you may guide yourselves with their help through the dark spaces of land and sea: We detail Our Signs for people who want to understand.” 6.98 “It is He who has produced you from a single person: here (earth or present life) is a place of (temporary) sojourn and a place of departure: We detail Our Signs for people who (want to) understand.” 6.99 “It is He who sends down rain from the skies: with it We produce vegetation of all kinds: from some We produce green (crops) out of which We produce grain heaped up (at harvest); out of the date-palm and its sheaths (or spats) (come) clusters of dates hanging low and near: and (then there are) gardens of grapes and olives and pomegranates each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety): when they begin to bear fruit and the ripeness thereof. Behold! In these things there are signs for people who believe.” 6.100 “Yet they make the Jinns {2} equals with Allah though Allah did create the Jinns; and they falsely, having no knowledge, attribute to Him sons and daughters. Praise and glory be to Him! He is above what they attribute to Him!” 6.101 “To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: how can He have a son when He has no consort? He created all things and He has full knowledge of all things.” 6.102 “That is Allah your Lord! There is no god but He the Creator of all things: then worship Him: and He alone has power to dispose of all affairs.” 6.103 “No vision can grasp Him but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension yet is acquainted with all things.” 6.104 “Now have come to you from your Lord proofs to open your eyes: if any will see it will be for (the good of) his own soul; if any will be blind it will be to his own (harm): I am not (here) to watch over your doings.” 6.105 “Thus do We explain the Signs by various (symbols and analogies): that they may say "You have taught us diligently" and that We may make the matter clear to those who want to understand.” 6.106 “Follow what you are taught by inspiration from your Lord: there is no god but He: and turn aside from those who join gods with Allah.”
Should we honor and adore our Creator for giving us existence with full faculties and facilities or should we demonstrate ungratefulness by imagining that other things also have power over our lives? -------{Notes}: {1} {2} “And the Jinn race We had created before from the fire of a scorching wind.” [15.27]