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Islam and Spiritualism (06 Jan 2017 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Think! Think! Think: Every Human Being Would Seem A Living Introduction To The Creator

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

06 January 2016

If a man were to emerge from out of a sealed-up cave all of a sudden, everyone would be completely astounded. They would think this to be some sort of very strange miracle.

An infant emerging from its mother’s womb is a similar sort of miracle. But even though people witness this event, they don’t think it to be anything extraordinary at all.

Why this difference? It is because rarely, if ever, does a man emerge from out of a sealed-up cave, while an infant emerging from a woman’s womb is an everyday thing. The latter is something that people have got used to. They take it for granted. They do not think it necessary to give it any thought at all.

If people were to really seriously reflect on the phenomenon of a child emerging from a woman’s womb, they would discover the existence of the Creator. When they see and deeply reflect on a living human being born, a being that can move, see, hear and make sounds, they would realise that every human being is a mobile sign of the Creator’s existence. Every human being would seem a living introduction to the Creator.

When a human being is born and comes into this world, he finds that there is an elaborate life-support system in place for him. This life-support system is so complete that it magnificently fulfills every need, small or big, of human beings. From the earth to the sun, everything in the world, without exception, is engaged in the service of man.

Then the day arrives when a person suddenly dies. Man desires eternal life, but generally within a hundred years he dies, against his will, leaving behind this world forever.

Every human being who comes into this world faces two things: first, life, and, after that, death.  If you seriously ponder on this, you will discover a really important reality—and that is, our receiving birth and coming into this world is not for us to be rewarded for something, but, rather, for us to be tested. Life in this world is a test, not a reward.

In this world, we humans have freewill. We have been given freewill in order to know who among us uses our freewill properly and who misuses it, or, in other words, who among us leads a principled life and who does not.

If you seriously think about the issue, you will discover that death actually is the day of our appearing before our Creator. We human beings are eternal beings, our lifespan being divided into two parts: the pre-death period, and the post-death period. The pre-death period is for us to be tested, while the post-death period is for us to be rewarded or punished, according to our previous record.

Today, we find ourselves in this world as living, conscious beings. When we die, we are taken away from this temporary world and are transferred into the next world, which is an eternal world.

This moment is sure to arrive for all of us. This is an unimaginably serious moment. In the post-death period of our lives we will still be the same beings, but all our possessions would have been left behind. Left behind forever, too, will be this world. And extending before us will be the eternal world where we will reach without any material possessions at all.

Wise is the person who prepares himself for that impending day.

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  • Sacking of the temples was not always for treasure. It was often an act of hostility towards the defeated monarch.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/13/2017 12:21:15 AM

  • the sacking of temples has much to do with the treasures within them.

    the breaking of idols in the kabah was not for the treasures within it, but for asserting an aggressive intolerant monotheism over polytheism.

    there is no equivalence. or are you suggesting that the prophet broke the idols in search of gold and rubies?

    By hats off! - 1/12/2017 10:00:16 PM

  • Hats Off,
    Didn't you say, "post-islam, all idols were destroyed"? The quotation on temple sacking was in response to that.

    You refer to, "educated people like you start talking as if islam was washed in milk and coated with honey." I never said that nor suggested that. Please try to be truthful in your comments.

     Religions have beauty and ugliness. It is up to us to make them beautiful. I have been talking mostly about man's role in trying to make our religions the best they can be.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/12/2017 1:43:23 PM

  • People have difficulty understanding simple English! Nowhere in my comment have I named any religion. The comment is a general one and covers all religions without exception.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/12/2017 4:37:53 AM

  • and by the way i forgot to add.

    almost every so-called religion has more ugliness than beauty. more cruelty than kindness. more treachery than honesty. more evil than goodness. more discrimination than equality.

    what really is most irksome is when educated people like you start talking as if islam was washed in milk and coated with honey.

    as far i am concerned, every religion has a set of victims. jews have their goyims, the christians have their pagans, the islamists have their kuffar, the vedic guys have their dasyus, the hindus have their shudras and so on and so forth.

    so if as you say all religions have a black past, don't go so teary eyed on islam just because you happened to be born in a muslim family.

    By hats off! - 1/12/2017 2:42:50 AM

  • who said anything about temple sacking. i never said anything about sacking of temples.

    kindly stick to the topic and go off on a tangent.

    lets just talk about monotheism and polytheism, tolerance and intolerance.

    i probably know as much about temple sacking as you might do. so lets keep that topic for another day.

    By hats off! - 1/12/2017 2:34:54 AM

  • Selective presentation of information is akin to untruth. An article by Audrey Truschke  that NAI may post in a day or two asserts:
    "The idea that medieval Muslim rulers wreaked havoc on Indian culture and society – deliberately and due to religious bigotry – is a ubiquitous notion in 21st century India. Few people seem to realise that the historical basis for such claims is shaky to non-existent. Fewer openly recognise the threat that such a misreading of the past poses for modern India.
    "Going back more than a millennium earlier, Hindu rulers were the first to come up with the idea of sacking one another’s temples, before Muslims even entered the Indian subcontinent. But one hears little about these “historical wrongs”."
    By the way, I never said that polytheists and atheists are any worse than monotheists. there are good and bad monotheists and good and bad polytheists. The pasts of all religions are bad. Exaggerations of the evils of one religion have become fashionable in the post-9/11 world.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/12/2017 12:21:18 AM

  • india - a polytheistic nation has jews, buddhists, jains, zoroastrians, christians, muslims, animists, tribals, still living together (though with problems). this is the case with most of the secular non-religious democracies in europe. similarly in america and south america - even in those countries where the official religion is some flavor of christianity.

    saudi arabia - a monotheistic nation has only muslims (many sunnis and a few shias). no other religions and identities are allowed by religious decree.

    as a contrast, in the pre-islamic period in the same country, jews, christians and pagans were living together (though with problems). trade caravans from far away countries were welcome to put up their own idols in the kaba. any three stones (for al-lat, al-uzza and manat) could be set up as idols and worshiped.

    post-islam, all idols were destroyed, jews driven out and christians and pagans became extinct. this continues to this day.

    this is the case with most of the muslim majority countries as well as those countries that chose the Holy Qur'an and sunnah as the basis for their constitution.

    the poster boys of islam - indonesia and malaysia are now in line. malaysia has a government funded "religious rehabilitation centers" for apostates and those muslims who openly embrace christaianity or become atheists - i need not say anything about indonesia - the less said the better. their state sponsored terrorism in papua new guinea is forcing the tribal citizens to embrace islam. but local resistance is building up.

    but all we are bothered about are the rohingyas. who cares for some face painted tribals who are getting forcibly converted to islam by the brutal indonesian lashkars!

    apart from claiming that i am packaging untruths, there is not a shred of evidence mr ghulam mohiyuddin can give in support of his assertions.

    if sati (now outlawed) was cruel, stoning to death (still practiced) is cruel too. if there was discrimination against shudras (now illegal), there is discrimination against the najis kuffar (still practiced) too.

    By hats off! - 1/11/2017 7:50:07 PM

  • By the same token, minds filled with hatred of faiths cannot be open to the good aspects of faiths.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/11/2017 3:03:45 PM

  • if i might say to mr.secularlogic, the hard core dawah artists (like nouman and tzortzis and others) say just the same thing - read the Holy Qur'an with an open mind.

    i feel this exhortation is futile. minds filled with faith cannot - by definition - be open with respect to their faith.

    if they are then their brains would fall out.

    By hats off! - 1/11/2017 4:07:53 AM

  • Mr Naseer Ahmed needs to study polytheism, idol worship, upanishads and Gita with an open mind.

    He is utterly, rabidly and viciously prejudiced about alternative belief systems. 

    In his hate, he cannot see that both polytheistic and monotheistic religions, when they become organised, become commercial enterprises of an entrepreneurial class that seeks to benefit from the frailties of human nature. Even his precious Islam is not above this corruption.

    By secularlogic - 1/11/2017 3:19:50 AM

  • Hats Off's analyses package a lot of untruths. Both polytheistic and monotheistic societies can be cruel. Pre-Islamic Arabia was a lot more cruel than he tries to portray. Polytheistic India had some very cruel practices such as the severe oppression of the Sudras, sati and bloody battles such as in Kalinga. Atheistic Soviet Union and Maoist China killed millions of their own citizens. Inventing simplistic formulations to fight your hate war against monotheistic religions just will not do when complex and even unknown factors are at play.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/10/2017 1:09:57 PM

  • @Naseer - Man! How much arrogance you have. Too big for a mere mortal. You claim that only yours religious monotheist views are truth, while others are corrupted..
    I hope you learn some humbleness before anything, and if your religion can not teach you even this basic thing, that is a useless religion.

    By Pankaj Verma - 1/10/2017 6:29:21 AM

  • "Polytheism and idols promote consumption of religion by people who seek easy solutions to their problems without making them responsible or accountable for anything since with many gods, the thought of accountability does not even arise."

    quite the reverse. polytheistic tolerant saudi arabia turned into what it is today (an intellectual wasteland - a prison state) after the advent of islam and its subsequent enforcement through ridda wars.

    if your assertions were true, saudi arabia would have been a thriving multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious tolerant democratic country. it is none of all that. now as we see almost all muslim majority countries going down the same road, your argument does not hold at all.

    monotheism is inherently intolerant - first by by its intolerance of multiple gods.
    second by aggressive dawah.
    third by conquest for the lord.
    fourth by obligatory regimental mass prayer routines.
    fifth by enforcing public participation as against the optional private contemplation.
    sixth by enforcing a monoculture as against a polytheistic multiculture.
    seventh by creating holy warriors that fight on behalf of god rather than on behalf of the state.
    eighth by displacing the divine by the merely prophetic.

    judaism, christianity and islam have followed the same trajectory. judaism and christianity outgrew their fables, but islam is struggling. and as in any struggle, lives will be lost - as they are being lost.

    in any case seeing that islam is the fastest growing religion, its marketing must be pretty good. also seeing that islam is the second largest religion today, in marketing terms its branding and selling have to be acknowledged to be the second best.

    the contempt for polytheism your monotheistic religion gives you is in plain sight.

    By hats off! - 1/10/2017 4:51:17 AM

  • Like everything else, religion has become a marketable commodity that can be sold to people for profit. There is therefore a flourishing business of exploiters who exploit the weaknesses, insecurities and the vulnerability of people.

    How does one attract people to one's shop? There has to be some USP. This is usually achieved by setting up an object of reverence and spreading stories of its magical powers.

    One religion and one god is not good for business just as lack of choice does not produce consumerism. To maximize consumption, every fear, desire and longing of the people must be pandered to by an impressive array of solutions.

    Polytheism and idols promote consumption of religion by people who seek easy solutions to their problems without making them responsible or accountable for anything since with many gods, the thought of accountability does not even arise.

    The religions of the world have pioneered the art and science of marketing and of free market enterprise.

    Religion is many things to many people and the above is a description of a form in which it is found and every religion has succumbed to some form of polytheism or idol worship to a lesser or greater extent.

    However, let us not confuse all of religion with the above scenario. The purest form of every religion is opposed to all of what has just been described.

    The characteristics of the uncorrupted form of every religion are: 

    1. There is only one God who alone can answer our prayer and to whom we are accountable for all that we do.

    2. Does not require middlemen or priests.

    2. Shows the legitimate way to achieve ones goals and promises no easy solutions

    3. Is in accordance with the laws of nature and human behaviour.

    4. Promotes a moral code respecting the rights of all people.

    5. Creates no privileged class based on any criteria except merit.

    6. Promotes worship a God who is just and loves justice, kindness, charity, forgiveness, truth and probity in all matters and abhors any kind of oppression, vengefulness. or excess of anything.

    7. Destroys every superstition and discourages superstitious behaviour.

    It suits people who are against religion to dwell on the worst form of religion which  is the corrupted form. Since it is man who corrupts religion, the corrupted form is man-made and there is great variety in such corrupted forms.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/10/2017 1:47:48 AM

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