Qur’an in view of Qur’an
Welcome to the program. In this episode we are going to discuss other characteristics of human being according to the holy Qur’an.
Some of the deeds of human being are not done with the aim of gaining profit or warding off harm. Rather they are done under the impact of a series of emotions which are called moral emotions. Human being, by nature, does these deeds. Indeed human being realizes good and evil and beautiful and ugly on the basis of his God-given nature. Ayahs 7 and 8 of surah Shams read in this regard, “By the soul and Him who fashioned it, and inspired it with its virtues and vices.”
Today’s turbulent world, in which innumerable problems are rampant everywhere, human being is seeking a refuge where he can feel safe and comfortable. To reach such a refuge he answers every call and is deceived by various creeds. These quasi-religions cannot quell his thirst for truth; nor can they provide him a safe haven to be immune from anxieties and stresses. But the holy Qur’an gives the ultimate and only remedy in ayah 28 of surah Ra’d, “Look! The hearts find rest in Allah’s remembrance!”
The person who enjoys such a rest will gradually cover the degrees of perfection and reach the source of creation as it is said in ayah 6 of surah Inshiqaq, “O man! Indeed you are striving toward your Lord laboriously; then you will encounter Him.”
One of the prominent characteristics of human being is that the entire universe with all its capacities has been disposed for human benefit. Part of ayah 13 of surah Jathiya reads, “And He has disposed for your benefit whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth.”
Part of ayah 29 of surah Baqara also reads, “It is He who created for you all that is in the earth.”
One of the most genuine dimensions of human spirit is the sense of worship. Studies have proved that this sense has existed with human being in every corner of the planet earth. That’s why God says in ayah 56 of surah al-Dhariyat, “And I did not create the jinn and the humans except that they may worship Me.”
One of the things that threaten the divine status of human being is the issue of forgetting oneself. It means that human being neglects his lofty values in the face of trivial goals and transient desires. The holy Qur’an warns against this threat in part of ayah 19 of surah Hashr, “And do not be like those who forget Allah so He makes them forget their own selves.”
As long as human being lives in this material world he has a very limited vision and awareness on different phenomena. He can just understand the things that are within the domain of his perception. That’s why some people deny the hereafter and the Unseen or what is called metaphysics. But the holy Qur’an explicates this in ayah 22 of surah QĀF, “You were certainly oblivious of this. So, We removed your veil from you; so, your sight is acute today.”
One of the lofty positions that human being can achieve, via training of the spirit and gaining ethical virtues, is the position of God’s pleasure. He who reaches this status just thinks of the divine pleasure so that even paradise with all its blessings and delights are trivialized before his eyes. Ayah 72 of surah at-Tawbah reads, “Allah has promised the faithful men and women gardens with streams running in them, to remain in them forever, and good dwellings in the Gardens of Eden. Yet Allah’s pleasure is greater. That is the great success.”
All of lofty characteristics that we discussed in these two episodes belong to faithful people. On the contrary, those people who distance from God in a downward spiral to the extent that they become inferior to animals. Such individuals will embark on committing every kind of crime and devilish act.