The Quranic Questions – 2

The Human Nature 

It is evident from the Quranic teachings that the children of Adam have been honored and made superior over all other creations. The very purpose of their existence on earth is said to be worship of the Creator which is quite synonymous to their nature. By human nature we mean a pattern that recognizes the Creator and finds solace in His worship, and comfort in His reverence. 

Questions about the Human Nature
The Quran magnificently elaborates the beautiful aspects of human nature which, unarguably, make them stand tall as custodian in the world. They have been created on the fitrah (nature) of Allah. To believe and worship one God is just their anticipated return to this fitrahThe details of the Quranic elaboration revolve around this aspect and clearly specify on what accounts human beings should feel honorable and superior servants of the God.

The descriptive narration of the Quran establishes a unique relevance between the universe and the human conscience, between the changes on and above the earth and the human developments. The details have been made so crystal clear that the human nature and the Quranic teachings appear perfectly harmonized and help understand the compatibility of human intellect with the nature and it’s Creator.

When things are made clear and the humans bestowed with the criterion to judge between right and wrong, the “no compulsion” factor that Islam emphasize seems very true. What suffices then? Well, just a timely reminder and a beautiful way of admonition is more than enough to know what the truth is?

Go through the following, the mind boggling questions will surely enlighten you with the reality that the Quran is meant for the human nature same as the nature is meant for the human existence:

قُلۡ أَغَيۡرَ ٱللَّهِ أَتَّخِذُ وَلِيًّ۬ا فَاطِرِ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَهُوَ يُطۡعِمُ وَلَا يُطۡعَمُ‌ۗ
Say: “Shall I take for my protector any other than Allah, the Maker of the heavens and the earth? And He it is that feeds but is not fed?…  (Ch 6 – Al-Anam: 14)

قُلۡ هَلۡ مِن شُرَكَآٮِٕكُم مَّن يَہۡدِىٓ إِلَى ٱلۡحَقِّ‌ۚ
Of your ‘partners’ is there any that can give any guidance towards truth…?  (Ch 10 – Yunus: 35)

أَفَتَعۡبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا يَنفَعُڪُمۡ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَلَا يَضُرُّكُمۡ
Do you worship things that can neither be of any good to you nor do you harm? (Ch 21 – Al-Anbiya: 66)

أَمَّن يَبۡدَؤُاْ ٱلۡخَلۡقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُ ۥ وَمَن يَرۡزُقُكُم مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ‌ۗ أَءِلَـٰهٌ۬ مَّعَ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ قُلۡ هَاتُواْ بُرۡهَـٰنَكُمۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ صَـٰدِقِينَ
Who originates creation, then repeats it, and who gives you sustenance from heaven and earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Say, “Bring forth your argument, if you are telling the truth?  (Ch 27- An-Naml: 64)

أَوَلَيۡسَ ٱللَّهُ بِأَعۡلَمَ بِمَا فِى صُدُورِ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ
Does not Allah know best all that is in the hearts of all creation?  (Ch 29 – Al-Ankaboot: 10)

أَوَلَمۡ يَرَوۡاْ أَنَّا جَعَلۡنَا حَرَمًا ءَامِنً۬ا وَيُتَخَطَّفُ ٱلنَّاسُ مِنۡ حَوۡلِهِمۡ‌ۚ أَفَبِٱلۡبَـٰطِلِ يُؤۡمِنُونَ وَبِنِعۡمَةِ ٱللَّهِ يَكۡفُرُونَ
Do they not see that We have made a safe Sanctuary (to their place), while the people are snatched away from all around them? Do they yet believe in falsehood and deny the favors of Allah? (Ch 29 – Al-Ankaboot: 67)

أَوَلَمۡ يَتَفَكَّرُواْ فِىٓ أَنفُسِہِم‌ۗ
Do they not reflect in their own minds? (Ch 30 – Ar-Rum: 08)

وَمَا تَدۡرِى نَفۡسٌ۬ مَّاذَا تَڪۡسِبُ غَدً۬ا‌ۖ
Nobody knows what it is that he will earn on the morrow?  (Ch 31 – Luqman: 34)

وَمَا تَدۡرِى نَفۡسُۢ بِأَىِّ أَرۡضٍ۬ تَمُوتُ‌ۚ
Nobody knows in what land he is to die? (Ch 31 – Luqman: 34)

أَمَّنۡ هُوَ قَـٰنِتٌ ءَانَآءَ ٱلَّيۡلِ سَاجِدً۬ا وَقَآٮِٕمً۬ا يَحۡذَرُ ٱلۡأَخِرَةَ وَيَرۡجُواْ رَحۡمَةَ رَبِّهِۦ‌ۗ
Is one who worships devoutly during the hour of the night prostrating himself or standing (in adoration), who takes heed of the Hereafter, and who places his hope in the Mercy of his Lord – (to be accounted equal with a disbeliever)?  (Ch 39 – Az-Zumar: 09)

قُلۡ هَلۡ يَسۡتَوِى ٱلَّذِينَ يَعۡلَمُونَ وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ‌ۗ
Say: “Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know…?  (Ch 39 – Az-Zumar: 09)

أَلَمۡ نَخۡلُقكُّم مِّن مَّآءٍ۬ مَّهِينٍ۬
Have We not created you from a fluid (held) despicable?  (Ch 77 – Al-Mursalat: 20)

مِنۡ أَىِّ شَىۡءٍ خَلَقَهُ
Out of what stuff Allah has created him? (Ch 80 – Abasa: 18)

فَلۡيَنظُرِ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنُ مِمَّ خُلِقَ
Let man but think from what he is created?  (Ch 86 – At-Tariq: 05)

أَيَحۡسَبُ أَن لَّن يَقۡدِرَ عَلَيۡهِ أَحَدٌ۬
Does he think that none has power over him?  (Ch 90 – Al-Balad: 05)

أَيَحۡسَبُ أَن لَّمۡ يَرَهُ ۥۤ أَحَدٌ
Does he think that none beholds him?  (Ch 90 – Al-Balad: 07)

أَلَمۡ نَجۡعَل لَّهُ ۥعَيۡنَيۡنِ وَلِسَانً۬ا وَشَفَتَيۡنِ
Have We not made for him a pair of eyes? And a tongue, and a pair of lips? (Ch 90 – Al-Balad: 8-9)

أَلَمۡ يَعۡلَم بِأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَرَىٰ
Does he not know that Allah sees? (Ch 96 – Al-‘Alaq: 14)


© Muhammad Abdullah Javed – April 2016

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