on Faith (1)
In the name of Allah, the Most
Gracious, the Most Merciful.
I praise you my Lord, and ask for your aid, and I pray
that peace be upon the best of your creations, our prophet Mohammad.
example, the inanimate beings that we see around us, such as the sun, the moon,
the mountains, the elements of the earth and the water, they all serve the
genera above them. They serve the plants and provide it with food and all the
elements required for its growth. They also serve animals providing it with the
essential elements for its survival and continuance. The inanimate beings also
serve man, providing him with all the necessary elements of life.
ascend one level to the plants, we do not find it serving its inferior genus,
which is the inanimate beings, but serving the superior genera to it which are
the animals and the human beings. If we ascend one more time to the animals, we
still will not find it serving its inferiors, but again serving its superior genus,
which is the human being. Then the circle of servanthood stops, and we do not
find any other genera that man would serve. So the servanthood in the whole
universe has stopped at the level of man and now man should look for his
mission in this world.
This is the first task for the
mind: man has to look for his mission in life. If he does not search for it,
then he must consider himself lower than the inanimate beings, less significant
than the plants, and more trivial than the animals. But how would the master be
less important than the servant? Therefore, man as a master ought to have a
mission appropriate to his mastership over the rest of the genera.
This is one stance that man ought
to stand. There is yet another stance: You as a human being served by all
other genera, when did those genera serve you? Did they serve you after you
possessed a mind, and after you have used that mind to control them and make
them serve you? Or did those genera serve you before you obtained your mind and
before you had the ability to reason? Did they serve you because they are under
your control following your commands? Did you command the sun to shine, the
moon to rise, the air to move and the sky to rain? Definitely, you did not have
power over any of this! You were not supposed to accept your existence in life
in such a passive attitude, where you only benefit from others. Your duty is to
look for your own mission in this world so that you would not be less
significant than those beneath you.
In this world, you are just like
that person who found things at his service, without having power over them and
without even knowing about them. It is your duty as a human being to search for
whoever created those things and made them subservient to you, without you
having any power over them and even before you got your own mind. Allah bestows
mercy on people to lead them out of their negligence by sending them messengers
to solve those mysteries: Who provided you with those things that you have no
power over them? And who has made them subservient to you before even you can
have any power to control them? The messengers came to solve this mystery for
us. So when Allah (SWT) sent His messenger, you ought to have listened
carefully to them so that you can get the puzzle sorted out. By that you would
regain your value in this world, instead of being a negligible person without a
function or a determined mission. You should have listened to the messenger and
obeyed him better than deafening your ears and turning away from him. This is
another absolute foolishness.
The first irrational act from you
is ignoring your mission. And the second one is that you turned away from those
who came to solve the mystery for you. However, Allah is merciful and He
continued to send his messengers to remind us because he is the All Merciful
God. He knows the negligence of the human being. He sent the messengers so that
no one could claim that he did not know. But did Allah (SWT) send the
messengers to establish those matters of servanthood and mastership? Of course
not, those rules have always been there, He (SWT) sent the messengers to remind
the people. So normally the concept of mans mission in life should be well
known, and at a point in time man forgets his role and then Allah (SWT) would
send His messenger as a mere reminder to the people.
Therefore, to Adam, this matter
is solidly proven. But the doubt is all for the ones who came after Adam. When
the messengers came to solve the mystery of this world and to explain to man
his mission in life, they all agreed on one law represented by Allahs own words
in the Holy Statement (Hadeeth Koddsi): Son of Adam, I have created the
things for you. This is a mere truth
proven by matter-of-factness. Everything in this world is created for you man
and Allahs words I have created the things for you. are a mere Truth. This is the given part of the
equation and yet to know is the required part. So what is the required element
that the mind is looking for in this world? As Allah (SWT) says I
have created the things for you, and I have created you for Me. So do not
engage yourself with what is for you and forget what you are for. This is the philosophy of all religions!
So the disbeliever or the
disobedient has done harm only to himself not to the creator, because the
creator with all the characteristics of perfection is Allah, The Creator.
Allah says in the Holy Statement
And if your first and your
last and your mankind and your jinn all have the heart of the most righteous
man among you, it will not increase My holdings as much as a wing of a
mosquito. And if your first and your last and your mankind and your jinn all
have the heart of the most wicked man among you, it will not decrease My
holdings as much as a wing of a mosquito. And if your first and your last
of your mankind and your jinn all gathered in one place each asking Me what he
wants and I gave it to him, it would not decrease of what I have except as much
as what hold on to a needle if it was immersed in the sea. This is because I am
Munificent, Originator and Laudable. My Bounties are
words and My Wrath is words: If I decree something I say to it: Be and it is.