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 consider the relationship between a parent and his or her child; between an employer and his or 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 (with authority) and a lower level (with no authority).
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 to 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 decisions–which opposed to–been made by the higher level party.
At the same time, because the higher level party (mostly) looks at things from their bigger pictures (helicopter view), 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 or slave. And the most superior relationship between a master and his servant or 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 between the relationships that lie among creatures, and the one that lies between the Creator and His creatures. Allahu Akbar!
Another thing is that, human being (Insān) 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 (Waḥyu), and no other means of true spiritual discovery. An example is the world of Jinn, soul, life after death, the Day of Judgment, and etc. In fact, it is scientifically proven, that 97% of the seen world, which we are proud of many discoveries in, are yet to be discovered. This means man has so far been able to discover only 3% of the seen world. Subḥānallāh!
Once we agree that the relationship between Allah s.w.t and us is a master-servant or master-slave relationship, 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 and however 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 Insān and then He set all the other creatures to be at my service (for my use and benefit), 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) Lā ilāha illā Allāh!!
Now, instead of spending my time to show respect and be thankful, so I can be granted the eternal happiness, Iblīs (the satan) keeps on whispering in my ears to mislead me from going through the right path. So that I will be his (Iblīs’) 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 into existence?’ ‘Who created Him?’. And 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 in this life and the next.
We benefit from worshiping Him s.w.t., whereby He loses nothing from our disobedience. Lā ilāha illā Allāh :'( :'( :'(
Allah s.w.t says in Surah Al-Anbiyā’: 23: “He cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they will be questioned”.
Also He says in Surah Al-Qaṣaṣ: 70: “…and His is the command, and unto Him you will be brought back.”
He also says in Surah Al-Shūrā: 49: Unto Allah belongs the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He created 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 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-Dhāriyāt: 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 🙂