A Believer's Desire And Choice
Has a person ever lived in this world without having to brave distress? Has there ever been someone whose every wish has always been fulfilled? Even the Prophets-AS and the Companions-RAU had to live through turmoils. It must, therefore, be noted that the desire and the pursuit of a Prophet-AS a Companion-RAU or an accomplished believer revolve around Allah-SWT’s Pleasure and His-SWT Nearness. A Prophet-AS in any case is perfect while a Companion-RAU upon acquiring the Barakah and Prophetic lights, and a believer through adherence to the latter, initiate in themselves that fervent desire. Thus any outward distress befalling such people also serves as a source of attaining Allah-SWT’s Pleasure and Nearness, resulting in their ultimate triumph. Therefore, success is the lot of a believer under all circumstances.
Next, the qualities of a believer are discussed. The first one is that he enjoys a stale of Khashooh (humility) in worship which is a state of the Qalb. The auspicious Name of Allah-SWT is so deeply embedded in his Qalb, that everything else is driven out. It is only then that the physical self can also engage in worship peacefully. The second quality of believers is that they value every moment of their life, sparing themselves from futile endeavours. The third quality typical of believers is that they actively strive for Zakat i.e. purification: physical, moral and fiscal. The fourth quality is that they safeguard their modesty, and remain mindful of Allah-SWT’s Injunctions even under the most overpowering physical instincts. They fulfil their desire only with their legally wedded spouses, or the bondswoman which they legally possess. Through no other channel they seek sexual satisfaction and keep their shames well guarded. And those who resort to any other means apart from the above two are indeed transgressors. The fifth quality of believers is that they are trustworthy and keep their pledges. They exert fully with due sincerity to safeguard and uphold the trust and covenants, whether in the form of Allah-SWT’s Rights, or the rights of fellow beings. And finally they do not merely offer worships but rightfully guard these by duly observing the rites. They worship diligently with due regard to the obligations (Fardh), the imperatives (Wajib), the Sunnah and the meritorious (Mustahib) aspects. Besides, they convey it to others and through propagation and teaching serve as the guardians of worships. They are to inherit Jannah, as inevitably as the inheritance reaches an heir, and therein they will abide.
Everything is made for a purpose and has an end. So if people fail to believe in the Akhirah and the Reckoning, would it mean that the human life will bear no results? A person may lead a virtuous or sinful life and pass away without ever having to face any accountability? The answer is revealed here. Just ponder over human genesis, how Allah-SWT has assigned the entire universal system, the sun, the moon, the stars, the heavens and the earth, as well as clouds and water, winds and countless angels to support this task.
Creation Of Humanity And Islam; The Findings Of Science
The running of this system in turn makes the soil yield that quintessential substance which is required to build a human body. Every particle is destined to be a part of some human body. Different commodities growing out of the soil such as fruits, grains and medicine reach the body after having gone through a lengthy process.
Allah-SWT initiated this system by fashioning the first human being Aadam-AS by His-SWT Omnipotence while all of his-AS progeny is being created through this complex system. And O’ Reader! Just ponder over how a Grand System is operating to convert the soil into food which in turn is stored into two different human beings, that is, prospective father and mother. When they consume food, this System allows the food apportioned for them to be absorbed into their bodies, while the ingredients intended for the procreation are segregated and stored in the form of semen or seed. Then at a moment predetermined, that seed finds its place into the mother's womb. Nature then converts this seed into a clot of blood, which in turn is converted into a lump of flesh. Then, bones are formed and every joint sets in at its appropriate place. The skeleton is then covered by flesh and the human body stands completed. It is now animated and turned into a new creation. By blowing His-SWT Spirit (the Ruh) into this body, Allah-SWT finally delivers it into this world.
There are two kinds of Ruh; one is animalistic in nature and is generated in the form of subtle vapours during the process of the formation of the organs and limbs of an embryo and the contents of its blood. It penetrates into every cell of the body. The physicians and the philosophers call it Ruh, but the real human Spirit or Ruh belongs to the higher Realm. Allah-SWT by His-SWT Absolute Powers assigns it from Alam-e-Amr into the human body and connects it with the animalistic one. How it is done is beyond human understanding. It is true that Arwah were created long before the creation of human bodies. And before the beginning of time the question “Am I not your Creator?” was also put forth to the Ruh. It is this very Ruh which is the source of human lifeand the condition when this vital connection is snapped is termed as death.
Khaliq (The Creator)
If only this entire system of creation is pondered over, it reveals that Allah-SWT indeed is the Most Perfect, Absolutely Powerful, the Best and the Most Superior of all Creators. The real Creator is Allah-SWT Alone, Who-SWT is not dependant on anything and creates things from non-existence. However, the word Khaliq (or creator) is also used for manufacturers and human inventions are also called as takhleeq (creation). This creation attributed to human beings is nothing more than merely putting together in different ways what has already been created by Him-SWT . The difference between Divine Creativity and human creativity can be assessed by the fact that a thing created naturally can never be produced by human endeavour, even though it may be a straw of grass. And this indeed is a great miracle of the Quran and an undeniable evidence of its authenticity that it explained the developmental stages of the human embryo inside a mother’s womb fourteen centuries before their discovery through medical science, which has after much research and effort succeeded in merely endorsing these facts revealed by the Quran. Praise be to Allah-SWT ! This meticulous system of human creation can never be an exercise in vain, and will be followed by death. Death is the end of the worldly life and not absolute extinction of a human being, for after this he will be raised again to face the outcome of his conduct on the Day of Judgment.
See how Allah-SWT’s Magnificence has created seven heavens, the Administrative Centres of the terrestrial existence, and has stimulated the resources of life therein. It is there that the angels receive instructions for running the system of earthly life. The conduct and the prayers of human beings also proceed to the heavens. This entire system was devised because Allah-SWT is not at all oblivious of the needs of His-SWT creation. See how He-SWT pours down water from heights. So many factors control this process, and water goes through so many transformations before pouring down as rain drops. His-SWT Absolute Power does not allow these drop to fall down uncounted, rather each and every drop is duly accounted for, and falls over the site predetermined.
He-SWT is so Omnipotent that He-SWT even spreads it on land in the form of snow, accumulates it in lakes, and also stores it underground, only to let it sprout as springs and cascades. Had Allah-SWT Willed, He-SWT could have drained the rain water away as soon as it poured down or withheld it altogether. However, He-SWT out of His-SWT Benevolence, makes it a source of growing orchards laden with fruits and flowers, multifarious dates, grapes and unlimited variety of other fruits which human beings enjoy eating. He-SWT also makes auspicious trees to grow, like the olive tree in the Sinai.
The fruit borne on this tree is brimming with oil and is the best curry, declared as such by the Quran fourteen hundred years ago. It has now been discovered as a substitute for pure ghee (an extract of butter) by modern science. It is recommended for those with high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in blood. It gives more nourishment than pure ghee and reduces the level of these substances in blood.
For mankind, even cattle provide ample evidence of Allah-SWT’s Benevolence and Magnificence as He-SWT makes them yield the purest milk separating it from their blood and dung by a grand process. Even their meat bones, hides and fur serve mankind. These animals also serve as stock-in-trade, as well as means of transportation, and in fact have given mankind the concept of building means of transport. Inspired by birds and marine animals, man invented aeroplanes and ships respectively.