My Beloved Muslim brothers and sisters, facebookers and bloggers,
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. And may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon our Holy Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions, at all times.
Many people may ask this question: “In the Quran, it is stated that we are created to worship Allah (s.w.t)… But why must He test us? What is the reason of Him (s.w.t) creating us and then sending us to heaven and hell. What is the logic behind the creation of the soul by Him (s.w.t)?” In fact, thoughts like these have come across my mind some time ago, but I didn’t bother to find answers to them because I thought it was a disturbance from the Satan. And, it was a disturbance from the Satan indeed. But now, I’ve found it is necessary to sit down and think of answers to them, especially that, one of my dear brothers and friends voiced it out, and insisted his question must be answered.
One of the things we need to take a look at is the relationship between Allah, the Creator and us, the creatures. Let’s find out the relationship between a parent and his/her child, between an employer and his/her employee; and between a government and its citizens. We will find that these three groups are made up of two similar parties each. These two parties are: a higher level party and a lower level party.
In many cases, decisions are made by the higher level party, and it may be not negotiable (no dictatorship here, though), the lower party usually looks at things from a very narrow perspective, and due to that, it may oppose a lot of decisions made by the higher level party. Sometimes it takes some time for the lower level party to understand and willingly accept the earlier –opposed- decisions been made by the higher level party.
At the same time, because the higher level party (mostly) looks at things from their bigger pictures, it may not need to consult the lower level party before making decisions. Thus, whether or not the lower level party understands and accepts the decision, it will have to obey and abide.
In fact, this is the relationship between a master and his servant/slave. And the most superior relationship between a master and his servant/slave is the one between Allah, the Creator and us, the creatures (heavens and earths, human beings, animals, tree, the seen and the unseen worlds all together), Although there’s no way of comparison of the relationships that lie between creatures amongst themselves and the one that lies between the Creator and His creatures. Allahu Akbar!
Another thing is that, human being (Insan) may be very knowledgeable, very curious, and hence, discovering. But no matter how, our capabilities to understand and comprehend are very limited; they are limited to the only extent that Allah s.w.t wants them to reach. they can never go beyond that. That’s why many things can only be determined through revelation (Wahyu), and no other means of true spiritual discovery. An example is the world of Jinn, soul, life after death and life, the Day of Judgment, and etc, etc… Even, it is scientifically said that, the seen world, which we are proud of many discoveries in it, we are yet to discover 97% of it. This means man has so far been able to discover only 3% of the seen world. Subhana Allah!
Once we agree that the relationship between Allah s.w.t and us is the relationship of a master and his servant/slave, we have to be open minded and accept the fact that He favourably created us human beings in the first place. We shouldn’t compose questions that will never be answered. A Master is not to be questioned, as far as Allah s.w.t is concerned. He does and creates, gives and takes, permits and forbids whatever He wants. No questions to be asked, although, creatures (man) are subject to be questioned for their deeds. This is what the Master s.w.t. wants!! If He created me anything other than my present creature, -for instance- I would have been grateful to Him too. Because I would still be His creature! But He s.w.t has given me the honour and the privilege; and created me Insan and then He set all the other creatures to be at my service (for my usage), and He asks me after all, to show some respect, and He will make me happier (by sending me to Jannah), or else, He will take away the blessings He’s given me (by making the hell fire my home) Laa ilaaha illa Allah!!
Now, instead of spending my time to show respect and be thankful, so I can be granted the eternal happiness, Iblis (the satan) keep on whispering in my ears to mislead me from going through the right path. So that I will be his (Iblis) companion in the Hell fire.
We (Muslims and Non-Muslim) all believe in the existence of ghosts (jinn) and soul, but no one can really identify what ghost or soul is, and what are the exact natures of them. The reason is the limitation of our understanding.
A question like this will never be answered! And keeping on finding answer for it will lead us to a question ‘How did God come to existence?’ ‘Who created Him?’. And etc, etc.
If we think we are lucky to be created whom we are, then we should be grateful by surrendering ourselves to Him. This will open our hearts to look for more ways to do good deeds in order to achieve more happiness here and in the hereafter.
We benefit from worshiping Him s.w.t., whereby He never loses anything from our disobedience. Laa ilaaha illa Allah :’( :’( :’(
Allah s.w.t says in Surah Al-Anbiya: 23: “He cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they will be questioned”.
Also He says in Surah Al-Qasas: 70: “…and His is the command, and unto Him you will be brought back.”
He also says in Surah Al-Shuraa: 49: Unto Allah belongeth the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He createth what He will.”
Finally, I would like anyone reading this note (starting with myself) to take note of this, ‘No one will tell us the particular reason why Allah s.w.t has created us, although we didn’t ask to be created. But some will always try to their best help us come to a convincing thoughts regarding Allah s.w.t. But please try to convince yourself, and accept what Allah s.w.t Himself has said in Surah Al-Zhariyaat: 50: “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)”.
May Allah preserve each one of us for the benefit of the ‘Ummah’.
Allah knows best.
Allahu Hafiz 🙂