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No One to Thank

No One to Thank

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The Qur’an wonders in what areas and in what ways humans rely on their own strength when they fail to acknowledge God as the Giver, saying: “O humankind! What has made you careless concerning your Lord, the Most Generous?” (Qur’an 82:6)

Slave to Oneself

Slave to Oneself

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All humans, in the Qur’an’s own words, have a god – even if the god is the person himself. “Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire?” (Qur’an 24:43)

God is there

God is there

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You are not more difficult to see than a black ant, scampering over a black rock, under the cover of the darkest of moonless nights.

The only cause of evil

The only cause of evil

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Islam does not pass off all calamites as ‘trials,' but differentiates between punishments and trials. Trials are tests of character and faith; punishments are consequences of sins and transgressions.

Mercy is the Base … and Forgiveness Is a Promise

Mercy is the Base … and Forgiveness Is a Promise

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In Islam, one of God’s most emphasized attributes is mercy. All the chapters of the Qur’an except one begin with the statement “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate,” known as the Basmallah. The Basmallah is also the common statement that Muslims should recite before doing any action. It thus ingrains in them the confidence that God’s ultimate design for creation is one of care and mercy.

Moral Rationale for Denial of God

Moral Rationale for Denial of God

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky succinctly captures the moral consequences of a godless view of the world as follows: “If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be lawful, even cannibalism.”

Where Does Morality Come From?

Where Does Morality Come From?

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The entire concept of morality stems from the Islamic belief that humans are significant, that their behavior and actions will count and that the pattern of this entire universe is purposeful and balanced. Humankind is not a ship without a compass in the midst of a great storm, but is secured with a set of unchangeable norms for all possible moral situations.

Outlines of humanity in Islam

Outlines of humanity in Islam

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All humans, men and women, are descended from one soul: Adam (peace be upon him). From Adam, God created his wife, Eve (peace be upon her), and from them both He created the rest of the human race, which make all human beings equally valuable in His Sight, equally subject to His Sovereignty, equally deserving of His Grace, and equally accountable to Him for their deeds.

No Time to Waste in Islam

No Time to Waste in Islam

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The minute a human is born, the clock of their life starts ticking down, and it does not stop. “O son of Adam!” Muslim Scholar Hasan Al-Basri explained. “You are but days. Every day that goes by, a part of you goes with it.”

The Concepts of Worship and Viceregency on Earth

The Concepts of Worship and Viceregency on Earth

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The Qur’anic statement, “To God we belong and to God is our return” (2:156) represents the Islamic map of life. It is an entire way of seeing and responding to the world, where life and every particle of it takes on direction, significance, and purpose when God is the beginning and the end.

Running life with disregard to the maker’s instructions

Running life with disregard to the maker’s instructions

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Humans can only become the person God created them to be and live life to its best and fullest meaning when they apply the rules and standards their Maker has set out for them in His Book. It, alone, can bring them to the purest and highest state of being and give them the best possible direction, as indicated in the Qur’anic verse: “Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most just and right.” (Qur’an 17:9)

Purpose: Reason for Being

Purpose: Reason for Being

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Within every human is an innate desire for ultimate meaning and purpose. It cannot be escaped, as it goes to the root of human nature. Deep inside, humans want their lives to count for something much more than mere existence.