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GOD—THE SUPREME MIND

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Food and sleep are the two most basic requirements of every human being. At nightfall, a person feels tired and goes to sleep. At certain times during the day, he feels hungry and has something to eat. These are experiences common to every individual, irrespective of his or her position in life. But everyone has also experienced, at times of shock and distress, a curtailment of these normal bodily functions. Night comes, but one cannot sleep. Mealtimes come and go without one feeling any urge to have something to eat.

THE DESERVING ONES

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A man, born into a good family, experienced a decline in his fortunes. Financially, he had reached a point where he was living on the breadline. As time went on, he eventually found himself without friends. Even his relatives deserted him. He had no one to confide in. No one even greeted him on his way.

FAITH IN THE UNSEEN

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The Quran defines one quality of those true servants of God whom He will be pleased with as their “faith in the unseen” (2:3). As for those who “only know the outward appearance of the life of this world” (30:7), they can never come close to God.

EACH IN ITS OWN ORBIT RUNS

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Modern technology has produced a mechanical ‘man’–the robot–­which performs the prodigious feats of walking, talking and working. But, at the end of it all, it functions in a purely mechanical way, just like any other man-made machine. In no way does it evince the sub­tlety of behaviour controlled by human intelligence which we find in homo sapiens.

RECOGNIZE GOD’S SIGNS

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“Do they never reflect on the camels and how they were created,” (The Quran, 88: 17)

The camel is one of the unique creations of God. It serves as a sign for those who disbelieve Him. Besides giving us milk, meat, wool and hide, as other animals do, a camel is endowed with some unique characteristics, hence its title, ‘Ship of the Desert’. It escorts man on his unbearably harsh journey through the barrenness of the hot, dry deserts of sand.

MAN’S PLIGHT

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How grand and imposing the dome of a mausoleum appears from afar. Less so when the great edifice is entered and there appears, lying as low as could be, a solitary grave. What a contrast between the mighty dome–a symbol of human greatness, and that low-lying grave–a testimony to man’s utter helplessness. The two constructions present a picture of the startling and agonizing discrepancy between what man seeks in this world and what really comes his way.

IN EVERYTHING THERE IS A SIGN

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The Indian writer Khwajah Hasan Nizami (1878-1955) once wrote an article in Urdu entitled “Story of a Fly”. In it he comp­lained to a fly about the bother it caused people. “Why don’t you let us sleep in peace?” he remonstrated. “The time for sleep and eter­nal repose has not yet come,” the fly replied, “When it does, then you can sleep in peace. Now it is better for you to remain alert and active.”

LIVE A GOD-ORIENTED LIFE

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The Quran advocates the culture of spirituality. Quranic spirituality has nothing mysterious about it. It is a well-known discipline. It is only an alternative name for intellectual development. The formula for Quranic spirituality is expressed thus in a Quranic chapter: “Become men of God.” (The Quran, 3:79)

CONNECT WITH GOD

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We have been told in the Quran that ‘God is the light of the heavens and the earth.’ (24:35) That is, all the light in the entire universe emanates from God’s Being. If the Almighty did not create light, it could not be derived from any other source.