Verse 22: Ponder Critically

  We have seen that within every element of creation there is a motivating force referred to as 'power.' We have further seen, that the motivating force or power in the ultimate analysis is related back to the original attribute of power of the First Creation i.e. the energy provided for, and, or given by Allah. The author exhorts us to think seriously, critically and precisely on the secrets of this power. In other words, the thought process and approach required is that of a research scientist. An exhaustive and comprehensive inquiry is called for into the marvellous secrets and [...]

By |February 21st, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 21: The Pivot

The power of the Creator is the pivot, the focal point. We have already seen that atomic energy relates back to the atom. The enabling energy in the atom is the creation of Allah. The use of the word 'power' leads us to consider the philosophic notion, that the first created were endowed with three principal attributes, viz. life, knowledge and power. Life, in the sense of an extant living being, knowledge of itself and power or ability. In an earlier verse, we have seen that Allah 'empowers, designs and arranges.' The author in verse 21 intimates that, the 'power' [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 20: Acknowledge Your Master

Verse 20 completes the idea developed in the previous verse. It says that when through a consideration of the atom man has gained knowledge of the existence of the Creator and acknowledges His supremacy, then man must so preserve the state of his ʿaql that he is not led away or prevented from faithfully treading the glorious path leading towards perfection, by temptations or by a self-seeking disbeliever. This verse, though apparently complementary to verse 19, is in itself pregnant with serious thought and meaning. It says, 'when you know this you must acknowledge your master, the most high.' The [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 19: Atomic Energy

The author deals in this couplet with a subject of topical interest. We have often read of the spirit of search and inquiry of men of science and the glory of their achievement in liberating the atom, described in scientific language, as the ultimate particle of matter and incapable of further division. The author directs the reader to ponder over and contemplate the phenomenon whereby this ultimate particle generates prodigious energy, fantastic in force, and so endeavour to realise the power of the Creator. Inferentially, the author leads us to consider the smallest unit of creation so that the power [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 18: From the Higher View

Once again the fundamental principle is enunciated here, namely, that comprehension of the created, i.e. the subject of creation is the only and unfailing method for the comprehension of the omnipotence of the Creator. If man ponders over each subject of creation, its formation, qualities, capacities and then further delves into the interrelation of each to the whole conception of the cosmic universe, and at the same time comprehends but an iota of it, man will avow the existence of the Creator and the futility of aspiring to a knowledge of the Creator. He will rest satisfied in the knowledge [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

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 [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|
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