WHY DO WE THINK AND STUDY IN ORDER TO KNOW THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE
- The love to be informed about and know the world is deep inside every one of us We are interested in knowing whether this lofty Heaven with its shining stars and this wide earth with
its wonderful sceneries and colorful creatures, its beautiful and varied birds, its seas, mountains, flowers and blossoms, and its tall trees have come into being spontaneously or have been created by a skillful, mighty and dexterous Creator.
In addition to these questions, all of us are confronted with the following questions:
Where have we come from? Where are we now?
And where are we going?
How lucky would we be if only we knew the answers to these three basic questions?
Our inquisitive souls advise us not to sit idle; rather,
we should endeavor to find proper solutions to the above questions.
In a car accident, an injured and unconscious victim would be taken to the hospital to get proper treatment.
However, as soon as he regained consciousness, he would ask his caregivers why he was taken there, what place it was, and when he would leave. This vividly indicates that man could never be indifferent towards the above questions.
Thus, the first thing which will lead us towards the recognition of the God of The Universe and our existence is our inquisitive soul which always wants to
- A Sense of Gratitude
Suppose you were taken to an elegant party by your elder brother and suppose you had never met your host.
No doubt, your first desire upon your arrival at such a place would be to identify the host and to show him your appreciation and thank him for his kindness for having invited you.
When we look at the expansive table of sustenance spread for us we are anxious to recognize the
distributor of these items of subsistence and to thank Him even if He was not in need of our gratitude.
We are restless until this appreciation is extended on our part. And this restlessness on our part is an indication of our desire to recognize Allah.
- The connection of our benefit and loss to this question Suppose on your trip you arrived at a junction where there was turmoil.
Everybody would advise you not to get out of your car at that place due to the dangers looming there. However, one group might advise you to drive east and another group to drive west. Still
another might advise you to take an intermediate course which is said to be the safest way towards your prosperity, welfare, and convenience.
But could we allow ourselves to take up a course without much deliberation? Or could we stay at that hazardous location without selecting a right course of action. Definitely not.
Rather, without hesitation, our wisdom would guide us to study the situation and to consider the statements and advice offered by each group and adopt the best course of action.
During our lives in this world, we are confronted with the same dilemma. Each religion and school tries to attract us. However, since our destiny, prosperity misery and our progress or lack of it, depend on the way we choose for our action, we will find it significant to deliberate seriously and to identify the most appropriate solution to our problems and to keep ourselves safe from danger.
This is another reason why we try to identify the Creator of this world.
The Holy Qur’¡n says:
الَّذِينَ يَسْتَمِعُونَ الْقَوْلَ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ أَحْسَنَهُ أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ هَدَاهُمُ اللَّهُ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمْ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
Therefore, give good news to My servants,those who listen to the word, then follow the
best of it. [Qur’¡n 39: 17-18]
THINK AND ANSWER
Have you ever seriously tried to know more than what you have heard about knowing God
from your parents?
Can you tell the difference between knowing God and searching for Him?
Have you ever felt a spiritual delight deep inside you when you have discovered a need
for God or uncovered some mystery concerning Him?