The reality of human being in the sight of Islam

By: Mohamed Ramadan

Allah has not created us in vain. He has created us for a specific purpose. To recognize the greatness and value of this purpose, we have to recognize the reality and the nature of our existence.

Human being is composed of two elements: body and spirit.

  1. The physical (worldly) element of human being:
  • Human being in the past:

Allah said in surat al-Hajj: (22, 5) [O mankind! If you are in doubt about life-after-death, then verily! we have created You (Adam) from dust, then (offspring of Adam) from a Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge), then from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood), then from a little lump of flesh, some formed and some unformed (miscarriage), so that we might manifest you Our power, and we Cause to remain in the wombs whom we will for an appointed term, then we bring You out as infants, that you may grow up and reach your prime (your full youth). Some of you will pass away [early in life], while others of you will be brought back to the miserable old age, so that he knows nothing after having known].

  • Human being in the present:

Many times, we enjoy many kinds of food, drinks, and others, but we forget one important fact:

  • What is the end result of the process of digestion and absorption?
  • What we carry in our digestive system?
  • What will happen if we have constipation or diarrhea?
  • What will happen if we have a problem with our urinary tract?
  • What will happen for our smell in hot weather?
  • What will happen if we do not clean our bodies?
  • Human being in the future:

After death, our bodies will transform into dust, and be buried into the earth. Allah said (Taha-55):

[20, 55] From the earth we have created you, and to the earth, we shall return you, and from it we shall bring you back to life.

 

  • The spiritual element of human being:

Prostration of the Angels to Adam:

Allah informs the Children of Adam about the honor of their father.

  • Allah said, (And surely, We created you and then gave you shape; then We told the angels, “Prostrate yourselves to Adam,” and they prostrated.)
  • ALSO. Allah said: [And (remember) when Your Lord said to the angels: “I am going to create a man (Adam) from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud. So, when I have fashioned Him completely and breathed into Him (Adam) the soul which I created for him, Then fall (you) down prostrating yourselves unto him. So, the angels prostrated themselves, All of them together except Iblîs (Satan), – He refused to be among the prostrators].
  • The Qur’an said: [Israa’, 70] (Indeed, We have honoured ‘dignified, bestowed blessings’ Adam’s Children, and we have guided ‘carried’ them by land and sea, and have provided them with At-Taiyibât (Lawful good things), and have exalted ‘preferred’ them above many of our creatures with a marked preference).

Because of the spirit that Allah created for Adam and breathed it into him, human being becomes qualified to talk with Allah as well as to receive the speech of Allah. Therefore, the Qur’an is Allah’s speech to human being, and the Salah is our way to talk with Allah.

Ali ibn abi Talib said:

  • On performing the first sajdah in our salah, we have to remember Allah’s saying: [From the earth we have created you] i.e.: from the clay.
  • On rising from the first sajdah, we have to remember our origin from the dust and bringing us to life.
  • On performing the second sajdah in our salah, we have to remember Allah’s saying: [In the earth we will return you]. i.e.: to the grave.
  • On rising from the second sajdah, we have to remember Allah’s saying: [From the earth we shall bring you back to life] i.e.: on the Day of Qiyammah.

Conclusion:

Allah Himself has created us first with His Hands, and after our death, He Himself will bring life back to us, and let us enter the Paradise and be close to him.

The question right now is: what is our duty towards our creator (Allah)?

 

 


 

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