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REFLECTION: Do we sometimes go too far and think that we are independent, so much so that we forget that there is a Higher power? What do you think?
Originally published in IFN June 2011
by Mariam Al-Kalby
We do not own this world. Nor have we created it. But we spread our feathers and strut our arrogance around, as though, we, the clay creations that we are, are the masters of the universe.
Our behavior emanates the idea that we run the world by ourselves without anyone’s help.
But we forget that just a slight touch from the fire burns, a simple hug makes us feel warm, a sick heart that aches illustrates how weak we succumb to different feelings and emotions as human beings.
That is nothing wrong but what is wrong is to contemplate that there is no higher power.
Our place in this life is forgotten as we get swept up by the winds of this dunya (world) and need to be reminded that there is a higher power and higher form.
Allah is the Exalted and the Mighty One.
We are creations that roam the earth with Allah’s purpose embedded in our fitrah (instinct) but we have to unleash this identity with supplication and deeds.
As human beings, we can detach ourselves from everything except when it comes to Allah because we have been created to be dependent to Him.
In Surah Al-Alaq, it discusses how we have been created and how Allah is the One who bestows knowledge on us.
We did not create ourselves but Allah has and He wants us to find and finish creating ourselves by being His servants:
1. Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists),
2. Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
3. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous,
4. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen,
5. Has taught man that which he knew not.
6. Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds (in disbelief and evil deed, etc.).
7. Because he considers himself self-sufficient.
8. Surely! Unto your Lord is the return.