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Of Human Bondage

DR.PASHA | April 07, 2008 | Section: Articles | 1252 reads


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Cherisher, nourisher, sustainer, provider, keeper, maintainer and every other description of that kind follows from that basic premise.

But the bottom line is that God is the sole master and proprietor and humanity is the fully owned slave. The relationship, therefore, is one of master and slave.

Simple Logic of God’s Ownership of Humanity and the World

The logic of divine ownership of the world and all that it contains is a most simple one. God Almighty is the owner and master of the world and everything in it by right of invention, creation, concept, design, manufacture, patent, management, maintenance, claim, repair, recall and the rest.

If someone has got time, and is serious, these things can be fairly sustainably discussed at greater length, provided intentions are pure on both sides, and provided an attempt is made on all sides not to waste time or hide behind tired clichés, and provided no side is after scoring cheap points at the expense of the other.

The overall argument of limited human potency and capability for self-sustenance is a fairly strong one.

“Abdan Mamlookan,” is how the Qur’an describes a fully owned slave.

“Laa Yaqdiru ‘Alaa Shaiy,” is how the Qur’an describes the total inability of such a wholly owned slave to do anything by himself, without help from his master.

These are empirical statements whose validity is clearly and easily demonstrable. It is simple science and logic.

God, Chance or Fate: It Is Your Call

I am not saying you can put God in a laboratory. All I am saying is that human inability to invent itself, or to sustain itself indefinitely, or to totally transcend the limitations of time and space as well as the vagaries of circumstance and situation, including the working of the natural forces that operate in the universe, is not a matter of dispute or speculation, it is a self-evident fact.

No human being lives a 1000 years. No one can fly in the air without appropriate gadgetry and instrumentation. No one can breathe underwater.

It is God Almighty who makes all things possible for humans to live their life on earth. Atheists and unbelievers can call it Chance. They have every right to do that. But what they have no ability to do is to be able to show or prove that there is no God.

That means if the believers cannot show there is a God the unbelievers also cannot show there is no God. It is thus a perfectly level playing field, on which both sides are evenly matched. And that is exactly the way God wants it.

As a result, what no one in the world can dispute or question is the utter and absolute dependence of humanity on something beyond itself. That is what the believers call God and the unbelievers refer to as Chance.

Or Fate if you will.

Thus, God, Fate or Chance, ultimately it is your call. And the outcome of the game of life for you – both in this world and the next world – and for a lot of others around you, depends on the call you make.

Inherent Human Helplessness

Forgive me for saying this, but anyone with any sense can see the degree to which utter helplessness is inherent in the human condition.

How much evidence and how much logic, support and argument do we need to prove this most obvious and self-evident of facts?

If Shakespeare had had time, or if he had known Islam and Muslims better than he quite probably did, he would have said something like: “Humanity, Thy Name Is Frailty and Helplessness!”

I am saying “he quite probably did,” because how else did he come up with the title or story of Othello, the Moor?

Moor, indeed!

The British had to hedge on the question of Islam and Muslims, didn’t they, even though they got rich not only plundering Muslim lands and treasures but also selling Muslims as slaves for generations.

And how could Shakespeare have built Venice, the European gateway to the Muslim world, into his plays the way he did and not be aware of what lay beyond the gates of Europe?

Shakespeare’s Misogynistic Myth

If he had known and understood Islam fully and properly, Shakespeare would not have felt the need to malign and denigrate the prodigious strength of “Woman” – as in “Frailty, thy name is Woman!” He would not thus have perpetuated a sexist and misogynist theme in the English language down to our times.

For, Shakespeare should have known that it is only the woman – any woman anywhere – who conceives a child; carries it around in her belly for nine months; feeds it of her own body; eats, sleeps and walks about with that child still bouncing around in her tummy; delivers it through an orifice in her own body which tears open to allow the baby to pop out; nurses it endlessly at all times of day and night; takes care of it through thick and thin; and dotes on it through a succession of most demanding and painful stages of growth, development, education, health and illness.

Which man can do any of that, other than maybe take care of the baby a little bit after it is born and delivered – that too accompanied by a thousand complaints and excuses.

If all these things add up to one large human quality of “frailty,” then Shakespeare did not know a thing about the English language. Nor did he seem to understand how things work in the real world.

Either he should have studied Islam more carefully. Or he should have observed the world around him more rigorously.

Qur’an and Islam Exalt Womankind

In sharp and clear contrast to Shakespeare referring to womanhood as “frailty,” the Qur’an puts the woman on a pedestal. It gives the woman a place of honor and respect which she did not have before Islam and which she has not fully attained to this day, even after 1400 years after the advent of Islam in this world.

 

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