Verse 17: If ʿAql Enables you to Fly

///Verse 17: If ʿAql Enables you to Fly

Verse 17: If ʿAql Enables you to Fly


The previous verse and those following, by illustrative references, set the reader’s mind thinking on the majesty, and omnipotence of the Creator. The trend of thought is not to suggest that the Creator can be comprehended. This, we have been clearly told, is outside the power of man, nay, even beyond the power of al-ʿAql al-Awwal, the first and highest in perfection. Rather, we are told, if man comprehends certain facts and substances that are to be found in Creation, he will be convinced beyond a shadow of doubt of the fact of the Creator and he will be able to assess His infinity by inference and inference alone.

Such an illustrative reference is found in this verse. If, says the author, man could through the exercise of his ʿaql indulge in a flight of discovery in the world of creation, he will have an insight into the might of his Creator, Him, who enables man in the first place to undertake such a flight.

Allah has empowered man, Allah has designed and arranged the capacity in man. In consequence, the flight of discovery becomes possible. Man discerns the majesty of Allah and takes heed of His existence.

When man travels in space, it is but natural, that within him there prevails a just elation as to his ingenuity and creative ability to conquer space. He has succeeded in bridling and overcoming the forces of nature. But this fact itself, should confirm in the mind of man that the power that he exercises is provided and arranged for man by the Omnipotent. The enabling faculty in man owes its origin to Allah.

The reader will make a mental note of the Arabic words used in referring to the Creator, viz. ’empowers, designs and arranges.’ The description, besides being appropriate, is forcefully illustrative and even novel in technique.

2019-02-15T08:52:06+03:00February 15th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|