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The point of anything designed is to serve a purpose. And when the purpose of a thing is not known and understood, the abuse of that thing becomes inevitable.
- A created thing cannot know its purpose apart from its creator. Just as a potter and his pot: the potter has a purpose and plan in mind, which the pot simply does not know, nor do the onlookers. No amount of examination of a thing alone can give a complete answer as to why it was made. Humans cannot expect to comprehend God’s purposes in creation just by looking through telescopes, microscopes, or other scientific instruments.
- To know the purpose of a particular product, humans must ask the manufacturers directly and specifically. They are the most qualified to talk about the product. The product itself cannot tell them. That is the way it is with humans and God. Humans cannot know the purpose of their lives by simply asking themselves or others, “Why are we here?” or “What is the meaning of life?” This they can know only from their Creator.
- To ensure proper operation and avoid damages, every manufacturer provides an instruction manual that describes the product’s purpose, function, and features as well as contact information if something goes wrong.
- As it is with man-made creations, so it is with God’s creations. When God created humanity, He supplied it with an instruction manual – His revelations. According to Islam, God’s Guidance has been universal; He has left no nation or people without guidance sent through His continuous chain of Messengers. His revealed books included Abraham’s Scrolls, the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospels, and, finally, the Qur’an.