Thursday, July 19, 2007

Message for Friday - Worship means knowing purpose

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G'd says in the Qur'an (51:56): I did not create jinn nor men except to worship me [alone]."

According to the Qur'anic concept of creation, all created beings are patterned upon their natures, which are in servitude to G'd. The nature of humans in their intrinsic innocence obeys the natural laws that govern the universe.

Once humans in their innocent state come under the influence of elders, whose natures has been corrupted, humans are in need of clear commands and prohibitions to guide their natures back into accordance with the natural laws. These commands have been revealed in the Divine scriptures, taught be prophets, messengers and saintly people.

An animal, however, can obey commands. Train a dog to sit and command it to sit, and it will. So although humans are to obey ordinances, this is not complete worship for humans because the human creation is above the creation of the entire kingdom and even angels for that matter.

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَكُمْ خَلَائِفَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَمَنْ كَفَرَ فَعَلَيْهِ كُفْرُهُ

G'd says (6:165): It is He [G'd}, who made you vicegerents in the earth. And whoever rejects, disbelief is upon him.

The lives of humans, if lived in accordance with the logic of the Qur'an, are to bring about maturation of existence from an innocent baby like state that is inclined to acting upon natural emotions and sentiments to a more disciplined being that can obey and adhere to laws to a mature life that has innocent intentions, obeys ordinances and observes, rationalizes and discovers new realms of science to assistance in the role of custodian of the material world.

This is already in the nature of all humans; the consciousness only needs to understand this reality to develope and act in accordance with this created purpose to fully worship G'd. So many have been dumbed down to think about irrevelant matters that they do not realize their own human potential.

And surely G'd knows best.

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