We have already mentioned the fact that those who deny the existence of God do so only superficially:
there is faith in God deep in their very souls and consciences.
No doubt, worldly success could create false pride in shallow, superficial individuals and this pride then leads to negligence to the extent that at times man ignores his true innate nature. However, when he is faced with terrible events he puts aside his false pride and his natural monotheism and God-knowing nature comes over him.
Human history reveals to us many such examples of people one of whom is presented below:
There once lived a powerful and despotic minister who had everything under his scrutiny and control.
Once he attended a great gathering of religious scholars. Addressing them, he asked them rudely, “How much longer will you claim that there is a God?
I can prove the opposite of your claim in a thousand ways.”
He put forth his proposal with a special pride. Since those scholars knew well that he was not a man of logic and that he was under the complete influence of his own power, they remained silent and ignored him in a humiliating way.
Not long after this event, the minister was accused of some wrongdoing and was arrested and sent to jail.
One of the religious scholars who was present at the session on that day thought it was the right time to pay a visit to the imprisoned minister. He thought that since he was no longer in power, and he was no longer arrogant, and he could offer him some advice. The scholar saw the former minister involved in great contemplation, reciting the following two lines of poetry: All of us are like the pictures of lions which are drawn on flags. When the wind blows the lion on the flags moves here and there with the wind and seems to be attacking its enemies but in fact, it is not the lion which moves; rather, it is the wind which makes the movement. He was confessing that he himself was nothing in contrast with the power of the Almighty God who could take away any power He has bestowed upon us at any moment He deems appropriate.
The scholar observed that the former minister had turned into a religious, God-Fearing individual.
Greeting him, the scholar asked him: Do you remember you said you had one thousand reasons not to believe in God. I have come to nullify those thousand reasons through one reason: God is the one who took away your power from you. The former minister became ashamed and did not say a word since he had realized his errors.
Concerning Pharaoh, The Holy Qur’¡n says:
حَتَّى إِذَا أَدْرَكَهُ الْغَرَقُ قَالَ آمَنْتُ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا الَّذِي آمَنَتْ بِهِ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ وَأَنَا مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
Until when drowning overtook him, he (pharaoh) said: I believe there is no God but He in Whom the children of Israel believed.
[Qur’¡n 10: 90]
THINK AND ANSWER
Give the ethical lesson you learnt from this story.
Why were the children of Israel called by that name?
Who was pharaoh, where did he live and what was his claim?