Mr. Jameel:Peace and Mercy from Allah be upon all of you, Dear brother and sisters, I would like to welcome all of you to a new episode of our series: “Islam is a method of life”
The constituents of bearing the trust:
Dr. Rateb:In the name of Allah The Most Gracious and the Most Merciful, and praise be to Allah Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon Sayyidina Muhammad, upon his Family and his Companions.
((Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself (i.e. obeys and performs all that Allah ordered, by following the true Faith of Islamic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds))And the real prosperity is to be successful in the Sight of Allah, and the successful that counts is that in the hereafter:
((Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself (i.e. obeys and performs all that Allah ordered, by following the true Faith of Islamic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds))The meaning of purifying human’s own self is to get it to know its Lord, make it obey Him, and push it to sublime through good deeds with which paradise is paid for, given paradise is the reason behind our existence.
Every phenomenon in Universe indicates Allah’s Greatness:Hence, Universe is the first constituent that no two persons can argue upon, regardless of their backgrounds, their religions, their kinship, their race, their origins, or their blood lines.
We know Allah through universal signs, Actions and Words:More than 1300 Ayahs in Quran tackle the universe, as if Allah is giving us a method of reflecting and connecting with this universe, Allah said:
((Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding. Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides))And the rest of the Ayah reflects my point:
((And think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): "Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.))These universal signs go along with Allah’s Actions upon His creations.
((Say (O Muhammad): "Travel in the land and see what was the end of those who rejected truth."))
((Say (O Muhammad): "Travel in the land and see))In other words:
((what was the end of those who rejected truth."))Reflecting on Allah’s Actions upon His creations will bring us to know Allah, and reflecting on the creations will bring us to know Allah through His signs.
Knowing Allah is the gist of the religion (Islam):Knowing Allah the Almighty is the gist of this religion (Islam), as when you know the law-Giver before knowing the law, you will devote yourself to obeying the law-Giver, whereas if you know the law without knowing the law-Giver, you will try to break away from the law in various ways which you yourself invent.
Mr. Jameel:So Dr. Rateb, you are saying that the universe is the first constituent and the first constant factor in the trust.
Dr. Rateb:It is the common denominator among mankind, as it is the same wherever you go on earth, east or west, north or south, and in advanced countries or developed ones, not to mention that there is an immutable belief in the universe.
Mr. Jameel:Dr. Rateb, to summarize we can say that the universe is the first constituent in bearing the trust, and whoever has reasoning, is able to reflect on it, so what about the reasoning as well?
Reasoning is our means to know Allah in the light of Revelation:
Dr. Rateb:Reasoning is the mean bestowed upon us by Allah, and it is the most precious blessing that has ever been given to any creation, and mankind are honored to have it.
((Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds (in disbelief and evil deed, etc.). Because he considers himself self-sufficient.))
((Verily, he thought and plotted; So let him be cursed! How he plotted! And once more let him be cursed, how he plotted!))Therefore, reasoning might transgress, despite its subtle balance in judging matters, why is that?
Mr. Jameel:Therefore, man is given this universe, then reasoning, and he will be held accountable according to his reasoning and his reflection on this universe, now what about the third constituent in the divine assignment which is human nature?
Human nature is the detector to our faults:
Dr. Rateb:Human nature (innate) is installed in mankind as the psychological measure and the inner detector through which man can tell when he/she goes wrong, Allah said:
((And by Nafs (Adam or a person or a soul, etc.), and Him Who perfected him in proportion; Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him;))Namely, when Nafs goes right, it knows it, and when it goes wrong, it knows it as well.
(( Nay! Man will be a witness against himself [as his body parts (skin, hands, legs, etc.) will speak about his deeds]. Though he may put forth his excuses (to cover his evil deeds).))The congruence between human nature and the divine laws is a character in mankind, and any violation to Islamic laws will reflect in hardship in the innate, and any wrongdoing in applying Allah’s method, will reflect as self blaming or a sting of conscience so to speak.
Mr. Jameel:Dr. Rateb, this issue isn’t finished yet, and we will carry on next episode. I would like to thank you for your coming to our show, and I would like to thank all spectators for watching us, and we will meet you next time, and I will leave you under the Protection of Allah.