Thursday, September 14, 2006
Message for Friday - Rationalization Produced Satan
وأخرج أبو نعيم في الحلية والديلمي عن جعفر بن محمد عن جده " أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: قال أو من قاس أمر الدين برأيه إبليس. قال الله له: اسجد لآدم. فقال : أنا خير منه خلقتني من نار وخلقته من طين
It is related that Prophet Muhammad, Messenger of G'd (SAAS) stated that whoever uses analogical reasoning in matters clearly defined in religion, he is using the reasoning of Iblees.
G'd commanded him [Iblees] to prostrate to Adam. Iblees responded as told in the Qur'an:
I am better than him [Adam], you created me from fire and you created him from clay.
Unlike Christian theology, it is not an aspect of the faith of Muslims that the original sin in creation was of Adam eating from the forbidden fruit, which he was seduced to eat by Eve.
The Qur'an and prophetic traditions of Islam relate that the initial grave trangression of a created being was that of Iblees [Lucifer according to Christian tradition] disobeying the command of G'd when angels and Iblees were commanded to prostrate to Adam.
This clear command that G'd gave to Iblees was not obeyed due to the rationalization and comparison that Iblees made with Adam's perceived inferiority. Ibless' rationalization transformed him into the accursed Satan; G'd did not create the Satan.
Inductive reasoning is a powerful tool that the Creator has given to men and jinn. When inductive reasoning, however, supersedes clear commands from G'd, it leads to the ruining of the body and life that houses the mind.
If one beleives in an Intelligent Being Who created the entire universe, should not this same person beleive that the Creator knows better what brings about wholesome, productive life?
And surely G'd knows best.
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