By Dr. Ahmad Al-Khalidi
Man’s Free Will
Allah (God) created Man and endowed him with the liberty of selection. So, not like angels, who can’t disobey Allah (Exalted be He), Man can select and resolve what technique to observe or what deed to do; nonetheless, he’s accountable to Allah for what he does or for what he chooses whether or not good or evil.
Thus, Man will both be rewarded for his good deeds or punished on account of his evil deeds. Nevertheless, Allah, the Most Merciful, doesn’t depart Man with out assist or steerage.
He (Exalted be He) sends Messengers and Prophets to Mankind all through Man-history to information and enjoin them to observe the correct path that results in the pleasure of Allah and in the end to Paradise, on the similar time to warn Man in opposition to wrongdoing which will lead him to the wrath of Allah and ultimately to torture in Hell.
Life Is a Test
If we hint Mankind historical past on this world, we discover that Allah (Exalted be He) exams Man by evil and by good. We learn within the Quran what means:
Every soul shall have a style of demise: and We take a look at you by evil and by good by means of trial. to Us should you come back. (Quran 21:35)
So, Allah blesses Man with the blessings of listening to, sight, and coronary heart in addition to so many blessings equivalent to well being and wealth to see if Man feels grateful or ungrateful to his Lord.
Say: “It is He Who has created you (and made you develop), and made for you the colleges of listening to, seeing, feeling and understanding: little thanks it’s ye give. (Quran 67:23)
Trials and Tribulations
Likewise, Allah (Exalted be He) places Man in clear and evident trials equivalent to ailments, worry, starvation, lack of pricey individuals or lack of properties all through lifetime to see if Man remembers his Lord, refuges to Him and seeks aid from Him or he forgets about his Lord relying solely on his poor potentials. Allah says:
Be positive we will take a look at you with one thing of worry and starvation, some loss in items or lives or the fruits (of your toil), however give glad tidings to those that patiently persevere, Who say, when bothered with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”: They are these on whom (Descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they’re those that obtain steerage. (Quran 2:155-157)
However, if Man passes these exams efficiently by means of persistence, gratitude, repentance and submission to His Creator, he, on this case, is profitable and deserves steerage in addition to the pleasure of his Lord.
On the opposite hand, if Man exhibits ingratitude to his Lord, problem to His Will, and disobedience to His instructions; he, on this case, shall be uncovered to severer trials and in the end to his Lord’s anger which will result in his obliteration.
Unfortunately, not like believers, Man, normally, is usually ungrateful to his Lord. Although Allah (Exalted be He) saves him from hazard and destruction; he forgets his Lord’s Mercy and bounty, and as a substitute of being grateful to Him, he exhibits ingratitude and wrongdoing.
That is why, when Man practices misconduct and betrayal like that; unluckily, he tastes its painful penalties throughout his lifetime earlier than he tastes them within the Hereafter. Allah says:
When We make mankind style of some mercy after adversity has touched them, behold! they take to plotting in opposition to Our Signs! Say: “Swifter to plan is Allah!” Verily, Our messengers document all of the plots that you just make! (Quran 10:21)
When Man is surrounded with hazard, he supplicates the Almighty (Exalted be He) to save lots of him from that hazard promising Allah to be grateful and grateful for His Majesty. However, when he’s saved and feels protected, he commits wrongdoing and transgresses himself forgetting his Lord’s favor upon him.
He it’s Who allows you to traverse by means of land and sea; in order that ye even board ships;- they sail with them with a positive wind, they usually rejoice thereat; then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from all sides, they usually suppose they’re being overwhelmed: they cry unto Allah, sincerely providing (their) obligation unto Him saying, “If thou dost deliver us from this, we shall truly show our gratitude!”
But when he delivers them, behold! they transgress insolently by means of the earth in defiance of proper! O mankind! your insolence is in opposition to your individual souls,- an enjoyment of the lifetime of the current: in the long run, to Us is your return, and We shall present you the reality of all that ye did. (Quran 10:22-23)
This is the deluding nature of Man. As quickly as he’s saved by his Lord; he, being conning, doesn’t preserve his promise to his Lord Who saves him from hazard and bestows blessings upon him.
On the opposite, he turns right into a wrongdoer on the earth forgetting all his undertakings and pleas to Allah (Exalted be He) in time of hazard considering that he’s fairly protected from threat and he’s no extra in have to his Lord’s mercy and assist.
Has not the ungrateful Man obtained that his Lord Who saves him from hazard is ready to place him once more into threat the place he shall discover no protector nor helper to him besides his Lord. Has not the obstinate and unwise man realized that Allah is succesful on this case to destroy him as a punishment for his ingratitude.
When misery seizes you at sea, those who ye name upon – apart from Himself – depart you within the lurch! however when He brings you again protected to land, you flip away (from Him). Most ungrateful is man
Do you then really feel safe that He won’t trigger you to be swallowed up beneath the earth when ye are on land, or that He won’t ship in opposition to you a violent twister (with showers of stones) in order that ye shall discover nobody to hold out your affairs for you?
Or do you’re feeling safe that He won’t ship you again a second time to sea and ship in opposition to you a heavy gale to drown you due to your ingratitude, in order that ye discover no helper. Therein in opposition to Us? (Quran 17:67–69)
Strange is that this human being! He doesn’t bear in mind Allah except he’s at a life-threatening scenario; but, he hardly ever returns to his innate pure nature, and cleans it from impurities and corruption besides at time of misery, and as quickly as he feels protected he both forgets his supplications and assurances to His Lord or turns into an ungrateful transgressor excluding the believer or the easy individual whose innate nature remains to be alive, sound and all the time washed up with religion.
Nowadays, the entire world with all its varied or totally different classes: the wealthy and the poor, the highly effective and the weak, the easterner and the westerner, the progressive and the backward, they’re all uncovered to the identical risk. That is why so many individuals all around the world have began to think about absolutely the energy that controls the entire world. So many apostates and unbelievers have began to search for the reality they usually have realized by means of the evident common indicators and the present epidemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that there’s an absolute energy that manages the entire world. They realized that the tremendous human powers stand unable to defend themselves in opposition to the Devine will of the Creator of the Universe.
Likewise, most individuals have realized that no matter Man plots, nothing takes place on this world besides in accordance to what Allah the Almighty wills. Accordingly, so many non-Muslims have believed within the Oneness of the Creator who governs the entire world. They have believed in Allah and adopted the faith of Islam that requires the Oneness of Allah the Almighty the Wise Who has neither a companion nor a son.
About the writer:
Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Al khalidi is Researcher and translator, E L instructor and lecturer, an previous member within the Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait.