Alhamdulillah… Infinite praise and thanks are due to the Almighty Allah, who has bestowed upon us countless blessings. May He send complete blessings and salutations be upon the most grateful Prophet, Sayyidinā Muhammad, his household, his companions, and all those who follow his guided path till the end of time.
There are many gifts to be grateful to God for. But some gifts stand out that no one can deny them. One of such blessings is the gift of the oxygen we breathe in.
The blessing of oxygen is something, for which, we should be very grateful to Allah. And the fact that it’s managed and supplied solely by Him is something we should be even more grateful for. For He didn’t give its rights of management to any fellow human being to manage for the rest.
On average, the estimated maximum period a person can stay alive without food is 14-21 days. Comparably, a person can remain alive without water for an estimated maximum period of seven days.
However, when it comes to oxygen, it’s a different estimation altogether. Although it varies from one person to another, on an average, three minutes is the estimated maximum time a person can stay alive without oxygen.
If this is the case with oxygen, one can rightly wonder what would happen, if the oxygen we breathe in is to be managed and supplied by our fellow human beings.
I have tried thinking of any positive possibilities if our oxygen was to be managed by our fellow human beings. But I couldn’t. The only possibilities I could think of is that more disasters will be experienced as a result.
If Our Oxygen Was Supplied by Man… Contemporarily
If our oxygen was supplied by man, to whom you and I are fellows, only 2 percent of the current population of our earth will remain in existence.
If our oxygen was supplied by man, only the tyrants, oppressors and the corrupt will be living on this earth. Without them controlling the oxygen, look at how they manipulate everyone, so to survive alone.
If our oxygen was supplied by man, the Qatari people would have been starved to death, following the siege imposed on them by the almighty Saudi-led countries.
If oxygen was supplied by man, 98% of the Egyptian people would have been dead long ago. If our oxygen was supplied by man, the Syrian people would have perished altogether, except Bashar al-Assad, his immediate family members, his yes men and his militia of terror.
If oxygen was supplied by man, the Iraqi and the Libyan peoples would have gone as a result of the American-led UN sanction on the two countries for more than a decade each.
If oxygen was supplied by man, the Palestinian people, including the Arabs who conspire against them, would have been a matter of the past.
If our oxygen was supplied by man, Hitler would have never left a soul alive when he massacred a countless number of people from various races, religions, and colours.
If Our Oxygen Was Supplied by Man… Historically
If our oxygen was supplied by man, the so-called colonial masters would have never left a breathing soul in any looted (colonized) land, from India, Nusantara, Africa and elsewhere.
If our oxygen was supplied by man, the Tatar and the Moguls would have finished the people of Baghdad, as well as the people of Egypt when they invaded the Muslim land.
If our oxygen was supplied by man, the Crusaders would have never spared a single Muslim on earth, when they invaded Andalusia and ‘killed’ even trees that “were suspected to be Muslims.”
If our oxygen was supplied by man, the non-believers of Makkah would have spared no Muslim soul or whomsoever empathized or sympathized with The Prophet Muhammad and his followers.
If Our Oxygen Was Supplied by Man… The Truth
This means, if our oxygen was managed and supplied by man, not a single chosen Prophet or Messenger nor a single follower of his, would have been spared by their oppressors, who did all they can to ensure the light of guidance reached no soul.
The Qur’an presents some of the stories that highlight the struggles of the chosen Prophets and Messengers had experienced in the hands of the very people they were sent to save from going astray.
If our oxygen was supplied by man, life would have stopped the moment one of the sons of our father, Adam, killed the other out of jealousy and hatred.
If Our Oxygen Was Supplied by Man… The Bad News
If our oxygen was supplied by man, we’ll be carrying around oxygen cylinders, similar to the way you carry gas cylinders in your gas-fuelled cars. In the best situations, we’ll be carrying our ‘oxygen cylinders’ and cans just like our asthmatic brethren –may Allah cure them– carry inhalers around.
Either way, has that been the case, you’ll have to have money to obtain it or perish.
If Our Oxygen Was Supplied by Man… The Good News
The good news is that, the oxygen we breathe in is supplied by Allah, and it shall remain to be supplied by Him alone.
In addition to being grateful to Him for this significant gift, we must understand, that this indicates there’s only one God worth to be worshiped and there can’t be more than one.
لَوْ كانَ فيهِما ءالِهَةٌ إِلَّا اللَّـهُ لَفَسَدَتا ۚ فَسُبحـٰنَ اللَّـهِ رَبِّ العَرشِ عَمّا يَصِفونَ
“If there had been in the heavens and on the earth, other deities besides God, both the heavens and earth would be ruined. God, Lord of the throne, is far above that which they ascribe to Him” (Sūrah al-Anbiyā’, 21:22).
Practically, imagine when both a husband and wife wants to have a 100% equal rights and powers, at any one time in the house. Not only that their children are victimized in so doing, but they can’t get along for long time as a married couple.
Siblings can’t get along over petty things. Business partners go apart over non-existent issues. Families break up for mysterious misunderstandings. When things get hot and dirty, each party start working to eliminate the other or others. All to remain in existence and dominance.
What man overlooks is that, the power God has entrusted him with is a very limited and tiny one. However, look around and see how he abuses it. With the little power, he enslaves his fellow human. It’s the sense of this unnoticed tiny power that enticed Fir‘aun to claim:
فَحَشَرَ فَنَادَىٰ * فَقَالَ أَنَا۠ رَبُّكُمُ ٱلْأَعْلَىٰ
“And he summoned all his people, and proclaimed, “I am your supreme Lord.”
When man learnt to pollute the air, he created the atomic bomb, and the people of Vietnam and Japan were bombed and supposed to be eradicated from existence. But because oxygen remains ‘unbombed,’ the people of Vietnam and Japan were hurt, but they were not eliminated from existence.
Since Oxygen is Not Supplied by Man… What Do You Do About It?
There are many gifts we can be grateful to God for. But the most obvious of all blessings is that He has kept the management and supply of the oxygen we breathe in, to Himself and it is He who manages it.
Studies show that 98% of the world’s wealth is owned by 2% of its population. This means, only 2% in this world own as much as the 98% own. But the good news is that oxygen is not included among the studied wealth. Your soul is also not included. These are assets no one can have ownership to, except its Creator.
Since your oxygen is managed and supplied only by its Creator, your life should be devoted to Him. Not to his creations.
Yes, you should serve the creations. Not for their sake. But for His sake. In other words, you should not allow your fellow humans to determine your relationship with Him. Instead, your relationship with Him should determine your relationship with His creations.
Allah knows best.
Allahu Hafiz 🙂