Unquestionably, nothing can be more important than the creation of man
and his knowing his Creator. What we have done throughout the book is
to try to comprehend a subject that is an issue of the utmost importance
for every person.
We think it necessary to remind the reader at this point that one does
not need reams of information to grasp that the universe and everything
in it, including oneself, have been created. It is as much within the
scope of the conscience and reason of a small child as it is within that
of an adult to grasp that he was created. The prophet Ibrahim's words
in the Qur'an are a very good example of what we mean.
The Prophet Ibrahim once lived in a community that did not believe in
Allah and worshipped totem poles instead. Although he had never received
any teaching about the existence of Allah, he had grasped with his reason
and conscience that he had been created–moreover, that he had been created
by Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth. In the Qur'an it is related
When the night covered him over, he saw a star.
He said: "This is my Lord." But when it set, he said: "I love not those
that set." When he saw the moon rising in splendour, he said: "This is
my Lord." But when the moon set, he said: "Unless my Lord guides me, I
shall surely be among those who go astray." When he saw the sun rising
in splendour, he said: "This is my Lord; this is the greatest (of all)."
But when the sun set, he said: "O my people! I am indeed free from your
(guilt) of giving partners to Allah. For me, I have set my face, firmly
and truly, towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth, and never
shall I ascribe partners to Allah." (Surat al-Anaam, 76-79)
As we see in the example of the Prophet Ibrahim, everyone who has reason
and conscience and, more importantly, who "does not reject in iniquity and
arrogance" is capable of understanding that the universe was created and,
moreover, that it was created with a great order and plan.
No doubt the state of those who reject the existence of Allah, despite
all the manifest signs displayed for all to see, is quite astonishing
to those who have reason and conscience. In the Qur'an, the following
is stated about those who do not believe in Allah's power of creation:
If you marvel (at their want of faith), strange
is their saying: "When we are (actually) dust, shall we indeed then be
in a creation renewed?" They are those who deny their Lord! They are those
round whose necks will be yokes (of servitude): they will be companions
of the fire, to dwell therein (for aye)! (Surat al-Rad, 5)
The things related in this book are more important than anything else in
your life. Perhaps you have so far failed to give due consideration to the
importance of this subject or perhaps you may never have even thought about
it before. However, be assured that to recognise Allah, Who has created
you, is more important and urgent than anything else you can do.
Think about what He has granted you: you live in a world subtly-planned
down to its slightest detail and created specially for you. You had no
part in this process. You opened your eyes one day and found yourself
amidst countless blessings. You can see, you can hear, you can feel…
And it is so because He willed such a creation. In a verse it is said:
It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of
your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight
and intelligence and affections: that you may give thanks (to Allah).
(Surat an-Nahl, 78)
As stated in the verse, it is none but Allah Who has given you everything
you own and Who created the universe you live in. Therefore, come and submit
your whole self to Allah and be grateful to Him for all the blessings He
has endowed you with and thereby earn an eternal reward. If you do the opposite,
you will be showing ingratitude and exposing yourself to a penalty that,
by the will of Allah, shall last forever.
Be assured: He does exist and He is very close to you…
He sees and knows everything that you do, and hears every word you utter…
And be assured that everyone, including you, will soon give account to
Glory to You, of knowledge we have none, save what
You have taught us: In truth it is You Who are perfect in knowledge and
wisdom. (Surat al-Baqara, 32)