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What Does God Want from Us?

DR.PASHA | April 28, 2010 | Section: Articles | 123 reads

 

What Does God Want from Us?

 Dr. Pasha

 

Turning to God Almighty for Answers

What is the purpose of human life in this world? What is our mission on earth? Why did God Almighty create us?

What does he want from us?

Without a doubt, big questions, all of them. Answers, however, are small and simple. Provided, that is, you turn to God himself for answers, and not try to invent or concoct them on your own. For, how will you know the mind of God unless he tells you?

But turning to God does not mean waiting for a mysterious voice to whisper in your ear that you may then claim came from him. And that you may then go on to interpret however you want.

And based on which you can then proceed to do what you want with God’s world and treat its inhabitants how you want – without taking any serious personal responsibility for your actions or to the fate you have inflicted on God’s creation.

That is not what turning to God for answers means. But, rather, turning to God means turning to God’s word in this world. It means turning to the Qur’an: God Almighty’s direct word that is in our hands.

And it means turning to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, who was taught the Qur’an by God, and who was then told to go teach and explain the Qur’an to the rest of humanity. And show it to them in practice how it works.

That is what turning to God for answers means in the true and pure teachings and culture of Islam free form the usual religious mumbo-jumbo. Everything else flows from that basic foundation.

And here is some of what the Qur’an says on this subject: the all-important subject of our identity and our role and duty in this world.

World Has a Master

The first thing the Qur’an tells us is that the world has a master. And that we have a master. And that our master and the master of this world is God Almighty: Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

This is how the logic goes: Allah made the world; he runs the world; he owns the world, including us; and he, therefore, is the master of the world including us.

The biggest thrust of the Qur’an, thus, is to convince us that we have a master – God.

And he is the maker, master and owner of you – and of all the worlds.

As for how to refer to him, and what names you should use to call him, the Qur’an gives you the only answer that seems to make sense: it gives you a free hand. Call him by whatever name you will, says the Qur’an, for, his are all the beautiful names. So, call him by any beautiful, wonderful, noble, pure and perfect name you want and you will be calling him.

As for who he is and what we know about him, the Qur’an says he has neither parents nor offspring – he neither begets, nor is he begotten. And no one and nothing is like him.

It is amazing – and incredibly beautiful – how God Almighty pursues and highlights this theme throughout the Qur’an. Repeating, clarifying and emphasizing it as often and in as many different ways as we may have a need for.

Everything and Everyone Is God’s Slave

So, here is the basic truth you learn from the Qur’an: All of us in this world are God’s slaves. That means all of humanity is Allah’s slave and so is everything else in the universe.

Allah makes it clear in the Qur’an that human beings – and the rest of creation – are his wholly and completely owned slaves. He made them; he runs their existence; he owns them. And they are dependent on him in every way and for everything.

  1. Their job is to do his bidding.

That is the purpose of the creation of human beings – and of all creation – says the Qur’an: to do what God Almighty commanded them to do.

Some of God’s creation, like plants and animals, obeys his commands instinctively and involuntarily. Human beings, however, are expected to do so consciously and after careful deliberation and choice.

  1. Allah made the entire earth, and everything in it, for human beings – for his favorite slaves.

  2. Allah created the cosmos to sustain, enhance and enrich human life on earth.

  3. Allah then created us – the human beings – to run and manage planet earth in his name and as per his rules and laws.

Some of those laws include universal justice; equality of the human race as a whole; compassion for all; protection of life and liberty for everyone except through a Due Process that is truth-based both in reality and appearance; freedom of belief, conscience and speech for all; and special rights and protections for women, orphans and other weaker sections of society.

That, Allah says, is the purpose of our creation: to be God’s managers and stewards on his earth.

  1. Allah then declared that while all kinds of racial and tribal divisions of birth may characterize the human race, the true mark of merit and excellence was character. It was achievement and not inheritance.

  2. Allah then made it clear that the true purpose of creating humanity was to serve him: to know about him and to carry out and implement his laws and rules in the world.

  3. Allah then made it abundantly clear that the way of doing this was through the method of communication, invitation and persuasion, and not through the method of force, coercion and violence.

That means there are two ways of getting things done in this world: the method of truth and the method of falsehood. And each one of these two methods has its own set of rules and requirements. Each has its own methodology and approach.

That means truth can only be served using logic and evidence, and gentlepersuasion, and honest and open communication.

Falsehood, on the other hand, requires force, coercion, deception, intimidation and manipulation for its promotion and advancement in this world.

  1. Allah, thus, made it clear that truth leads to peace, joy and success, whereas falsehood results in confusion, chaos, violence and war. He proclaimed truth, openness and peace to be his way and falsehood, deception and violence to be the Devil’s way.

  2. Allah, then, gave a special name to his truth-based path. He called it Islam: the path of submission to the master; the path of law and order; the path of peace and prosperity. For all.

  3. Allah, then, called the knowing, willful, malicious and persistent rejection of this path by its obvious name: rejection – Kufr.

  4. Allah, then, sent messengers to invite, persuade and convince humanity to embrace the truth-based path of Islam and turn away from the path of Kufr – the path of falsehood, deception, manipulation, force, intimidation and violence.

  5. Allah, then, told his messengers to convey their message using the sweetest, softest, gentlest, kindest and nicest means and methods of persuasion. Even when they were addressing a most terrible, deluded, arrogant and power-drunk tyrant like the Pharaoh of Egypt.

  6. Allah, then, sent his books with his messengers so that humanity will be able to read and understand them and use their guidance and teachings to organize, manage and run the affairs of this world. That is, to fulfill the purpose for which God Almighty created humanity in the first place: to serve him.

  7. Allah, however, made it clear that these messengers and their messages – as well as the books that they brought with them – were limited in their scope. They were limited by the imperatives of time and space.

That means the use and application of the message and books of these messengers were limited to a certain period of time, in the context of a certain place and social setting.

  1. Allah, then, when the time was ripe, and the world was ready, sent his final messenger, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to the whole world, and for all times.

  2. And Allah sent with Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, a book, the Qur’an.

  3. The Qur’an is the most complete and comprehensive book of divine teachings on earth. And the teachings of the Qur’an are timely and suitable for all times, places, contexts and circumstances (there is nothing wrong in saying that… we are the people of wa maa unzila min qablika).

  4. Allah gave Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, all kinds of miracles with which to impress and convince the world of the soundness and validity of his message.

  5. Some of these miracles that Allah gave Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, were time and space based – like the miracles of all other messengers of God before him. That is, they were visible and available only in the place and time where he was at that particular time – the time of the occurrence of those particular miracles.

  6. But some of his other miracles were independent of time and place. That is, they outlived his earthly existence at Makkah and Madinah.

Makkah was the place of his birth, where he spent the first 13 years of his divine mission on earth. And many of them continue to be with us to this day.

Madinah on the other hand was the place where he migrated to and spent the final 10 years of his building and practicing a most complete and comprehensive model of divine teachings on earth.

  1. Among the eternal miracles that God Almighty gave Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi waSallam, is the Qur’an, which is in our hands today in the same form and format in which it was given to him by God Almighty 1400 years ago.

  2. The social order Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, established at Madinah, proceeding from Makkah, was a complete personification of all the teachings of the Qur’an. Just like the Qur’an, this was one of the most amazing miracles that God Almighty gave to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

  3. The social order Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, established at Madinah, guaranteed to all human beings, for all times to come, all the fundamental rights and dignities they needed in order to live their life on earth as true and dutiful slaves of God on earth.

  4. Allah also enabled Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to train and put in place a whole nation of people who would practice that most wonderful and miraculous social order in their own lives and who will then also preach it to the rest of the world.

  5. Those who call themselves Muslims today are the physical and spiritual descendants of the people and the nation that Allah enabled Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to build on earth. These are the people who in every age and place accepted and embraced the divine message that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, brought into this world, that he then established at Madinah and which is now contained in its entirety in the Qur’an.

  6. The purpose of all of humanity on earth, then, is to obey and serve God – with conscious and careful choice.

  7. That purpose is to love and serve God in his heaven and to love and serve God’s creation right here on earth.

  8. Part of that purpose is to make God’s earth a better place for all its inhabitants.

  9. That purpose also includes an ongoing commitment on the part of all to invite and remind everyone of the nature and requirements of their mission on earth.

  10. Muslims are the group that has made a conscious and serious commitment to embrace this divine mission on earth.

  11. Their job is to love and serve God in his heaven; to love and serve his creation right here on earth; and to inform, educate and invite every other human being on earth to do the same.

  12. And in the fulfillment of their mission, the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad, SallallahuAlaihi wa Sallam, mandate Muslims to use nothing but the best and nicest of means and methods, at the center of which is truth and a genuine care and concern for the wellbeing of all human beings.

  13. So, the mission of Muslims on earth is to know Islam; to practice Islam in its entirety; to invite everyone else to Islam; and to do all of this using the best and the nicest methodological tools and instruments beginning with open, clear, respectful and truthful communication.

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© 2010 Syed Husain Pasha

Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional 
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at] 
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.

 

 

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