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Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala spoke but did we listen?

Allahu Akbar

1446  years  ago  a  window  opened  in  the  heavens  and  God  spoke  to man…Allah Subhanahu wa taala  revealed  His  Word  through  his  Messenger  Jibreel (alaihi salaam)  to  His Messenger Muhammad ﷺ and said:

Al-Alaq 96: 1. Read! In the Name of your Rabb, Who created (all that exists),  2. He created man from a clot. 3. Read! And your Rabb is the Most Generous,  4. He (is the One who) taught by the pen, 5. He taught man that which he knew not.

What  was  there  to  read  when  this  was  the  very  beginning  of  the  Revelation? The  command was  for Rasoolullahﷺ and  for  all  of  mankind  –  to  look  around them and ask, ‘Where did this all come from? How did all this happen?’ This event  is  so  significant  and  amazing  that  it  demands  that  we  spend  time reflecting  on  it  and  asking  ourselves,  ‘What  does  it  mean  to  say  –  Allah Subhanahu wa taala spoke? Is that important for me? Do I need to be concerned about this? Does it make  a  difference  to  me?  So  what  should  I  do  about  understanding  what  He said  and  acting  on  it?’  Look  people,  Islam  is  not  mythology.  Islam  is  reality. Allah Subhanahu wa taala is not a  concept.  Allah Subhanahu wa taala is  real; He is  alive, He exists,  He  sees, hears and knows and to Him is our return.

And like all facts and all reality none of this is dependent on our belief. Reality is  that  which  exists  independent  of  belief.  Whether  you  agree  or  not,  reality doesn’t change.

Gravity is real whether we agree with it or not. Stand up and try to lift up both your feet and you will discover gravity. Taxation is real. Try not paying taxes one year claiming, ‘I am an A-taxiest. I don’t believe in taxation.’ You will then discover  state  sponsorship  which  is  the  direct  result  of  tax  evasion.  I  don’t recommend  that  as  an  alternative  to  unemployment,  believe  me.  Better  to quietly pay your taxes.

The  Qur’an  begins  by  drawing  attention  to  the  world  around  us  and  inviting us to reflect. As I have said many times before – to live, is not simply to draw breath. To live is to live thoughtfully, responsibly with a sense of accountability to the One from Whom nothing is hidden of our intentions, gestures, words or actions. We live in a world of intelligence and reason and are very proud of our analytical thinking. This thinking tells us that the sign of something is proof of the existence of that thing. The footprint of a lion is proof that a lion passed that way  and  if  we  continue  in  that  direction  we  are  likely  to  have  a  rather permanent encounter. So what do we say when we see the signs of the Creator all around us? That all this is an accident? That it just happened accidentally? To  quote  from  a  wonderful  article  –  Scientific  Case  for  God  –  Mohammed Asadi, “The precision in the “mix” of constants that were necessary preconditions for the universe to evolve and for life to emerge provide mathematical evidence in support of  the  “God”  hypothesis.  The  odds  of  obtaining  these  “constants”  without  putting “intelligent design” in the equation is one out of 10,000,000 to the power 124. To see how impossible it is, compare this number to the total amount of subatomic particles in the  whole  universe,  which  has  been  calculated  to  be  10  to  the  power  80  (Hoyle, Wickramasinge  1985).  Faced  with  such  scientific  evidence,  justice  demands  that  we acknowledge the Creator. These facts make clear the assertion that Atheism is a “faith” based religion, with blind “belief” in nature as the “deity” to be evoked as an excuse for every “cause” that cannot be empirically explained. In this age of science, God is a fact.

So  let  us  see  what  Allah Subhanahu wa taala created  and  while  you  listen,  ask  the  question, ‘Why?’

In US, up North into the forests of Massachusetts. We walked under a magnificent stand of oak trees the ground under which was in such heavy shade that there was no undergrowth. However  I found  lots  of  small  green  berry-like things  scattered everywhere. I picked  one  up  and  found  that  it  was  a  compacted  mass  of  young  leaves.  My friend saw me looking at it and asked, ‘Do you know what that is? Inside that is the egg of the Midge. It lays its eggs on the terminal bud of the oak, 200 feet up  in  the  air.  When  that  happens,  the  leaf  on  which  the  egg  is  laid  stops growing  and  the  surrounding  leaves  of  the  terminal  bud  grow  and  envelope the  egg.  Then  the  whole  compacted  mass  falls  off  to  the  bottom.  The  egg hatches and the caterpillar is born in the middle of its food, safe and protected from the environment and predators. It grows and eventually the Midge bores its  way  out  of  the  leaf  mass  and  flies  away.’  I  thought  to  myself,  ‘That  is  the meaning of the Ayah:

Hud 11: 6. And no (moving) living creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allah Subhanahu wa taala. And He knows its dwelling place and its deposit (lives & dies). All is in a Clear Book

In Guyana, during one of the trips  one  of  the  delightful  sights  which  Allah Subhanahu wa taala  showed  me  was  what  I  first thought was a moth – flying very busily back and forth, up and down in a most un-birdlike  manner.  Its  wings  beat  so  fast  that  I  couldn’t  see  them  at  all.  My friend told me, ‘That ain’t no moth  man! That is a bird.  A  hummingbird.’ Later some research  showed  me  that it was  the Ruby- throated  Hummingbird,  an  amazing  creature  with  ruby  red  incandescent throat feathers of the male. The female is more plain in appearance and slightly larger than the male and weighs 4.5 grams.

This little bird migrates from these forests of South America, 2000 miles, all the way north to  the  bank  of  the  Mississippi  River  part  of which route  is  straight across  the  Gulf  of  Mexico.  The  same  gulf  in  which  the  famous  BP  slogan, ‘We’re  bringing  oil  to  American  shores’,  came  true  in  a  rather  unexpected manner. It appears that the slogan was actually a hoax. The Gulf of Mexico is 600  miles  wide  and  the  Ruby-throated  Hummingbird  takes  26  hours  to  make the  crossing.  Remember  this  is  not  an  albatross  coasting  on  thermals  on  a  12 foot wingspan. This is a little bird the size of a moth beating its wings at more than 1000 rpm flying alone across the vast expanse of 600 miles of open ocean. It  is  not  an  aquatic  bird.  If  it  lands  in  the  water,  it  becomes  fish  food.  But  it doesn’t.  It flies, non-stop  across  the  ocean,  through  one  night  and  day until it safely reaches the shore on the other side. Ask why is it that the Ruby-throated Hummingbird must leave bird heaven, the Amazonian rain forest, when there is no winter snow or summer drought to drive it north and make this amazing journey?

Ask what is the meaning of 26 hours of non-stop flight across the open ocean? Allah Subhanahu wa taala draws our attention to the birds and says:

Mulk  67:  19.  Do  they  not  see  the  birds  above  them,  spreading  out  their  wings  and folding them in? None holds them up except Ar-Rahman (Allah). Verily, He is the All- Seer of everything.

Allah Subhanahu wa taala draws our attention to the world around us and made this challenging statement:

Fussilat  41:  53.  We  will  show  them  Our  Signs  in  the  universe,  and  in  their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (Qur’an) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Rabb that He is a Witness over all things?

Allah Subhanahu wa taala draws  our  attention  to  the  common  everyday  miracles  that  we  are  a part  of  and  take  for  granted.  How  many  of  us  reflect  on  the  miracle  of  sleep and the fact that the body continues to function even though we are dead to the world? How many reflect on the rain, the earth, mountains, the sun and moon? He said:

Naba 78: 6. Have We not made the earth as a bed, 7. And the mountains as pegs? 8. And We have created you in pairs. 9. And have made your sleep as a thing for rest. 10. And have made the night as a covering (through its darkness), 11. And have made the day for livelihood. 12. And We have built above you seven strong (heavens), 13. And have  made  (therein)  a  shining  lamp  (sun).  14.  And  have  sent  down  from  the  rainy clouds abundant water. 15. That We may produce therewith corn and vegetation, 16. And gardens of thick growth.

Allah Subhanahu wa taala mentioned the importance of His Kalaam – His Revelation, the Qur’an:

Hashr 59: 21.  Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah Subhanahu wa taala. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect.

Then  Allah Subhanahu wa taala  introduced  Himself  in  Ayaat  the  Glory  and  Magnificence  of which is unmatched:

Hashr 59: 22. He is Allah, than Whom La ilaha illa Huwa (none is worthy of worship except He) the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. 23. He is Allah than Whom there is La ilaha illa Huwa, the King, the Holy,  the  One  Free  from  all  defects,  the  Giver  of  security,  the  Watcher  over  His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah! (High is He) above  all  that  they  associate  as  partners  with  Him.  24.  He  is  Allah,  the  Creator,  the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.

There  are  two  kinds  of  knowledge  –  that  which  we know or can find out by ourselves, no matter how long it takes; and that which we can never find out no matter how much we try. The second kind would be unimportant  if  it  didn’t  concern  us  –  but  it  does.  That  knowledge  has  to  do with the result of our actions and about what will happen to us when we are called to account. That knowledge has to do with life after death and the only way  we  can  learn  about  it  is  by  listening  to the One  Who  doesn’t  die.  That  is the next subject in the Qur’an.

A  man  came  to  Rasoolullahﷺ and  demanded,  ‘What  does  your  Rabb  say?’ Rasoolullahﷺ recited:

Takwir 81: 1. When the sun Kuwwirat (wound-up and lost its light). 2. And when the stars shall fall; 3. And when the mountains shall made to pass away; 4. And when the pregnant she-camels shall be neglected; 5. And when the wild beasts shall be gathered together; 6. And when the seas shall become a blazing Fire (explode); 7. And when the souls  shall  be  joined  with  their  bodies;  8.  And  when  the  female  (infant)  buried  alive shall be questioned. 9. For what sin she was killed?

The  man  started  weeping  and  put  his  hand  on  the  mouth  of  Rasoolullahﷺ because  he  remembered  what  he  had  done  with  his  own  daughter.  Allah Subhanahu wa taala mentioned  that  Day  and  warned  us  about  it  and  He  told  us  that  we  will  see that Day and that we need to prepare for it, if we don’t want to be among the losers. He said:

Hadeed 57: 12. On the Day you shall see the believing men and the believing women their light running forward before them and by their right hands. Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever! Truly, this is the great success!

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