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Lesson Two

Postby Muntazir » 20 May 2010, 15:21

THE SIGNS OF GOD IN OUR DAILY LIFE

1. Knowing God and the Progress of Science

Pretend that a friend has brought a book as a present for you. It’s an excellent book because the author is full of information and a great scholar who is accurate and an expert in his field.

You will most certainly study this book and concentrate on every sentence, and even the choice of words made by the author. If there be a sentence that you may not understand, perhaps you will spend hours studying it until it becomes clear to you, because the author of this book is not a normal average person but rather a great scholar who considers every word he uses carefully.

But if it was to be the opposite and the author is not very literate, would you still consider reading this book? And if you would not understand something in it, would you still call the author a genius or rather point him to be careless in writing?

This World of various creations is like the Great book in which every creature is like its word or sentence. Every atom of this Universe is worthy of study for a person who worships God and will make use of
a special sense of curiosity in studying the secrets of creation — and it is this very fact which helps science and human knowledge to progress — because he knows that the Creator of this universe has endless knowledge and power and every¬thing He does is based on wisdom and philosophy. Thus, he studies with greater care, more profoundly in order to be able to understand the secrets better.

But a Materialist has no reason to discover the secrets of creation for he believes that nature is senseless, and if we look at the work of a materialist scholar, it is in the same rank because he accepts God but calls Him as 'Nature'.

2. Knowing God, Endeavoring and Hope

Whenever a difficult and complicated event takes place in our life, we sense weakness, hopelessness and loneliness, and whenever we are confronted by these difficulties, a person with faith seeks help from God. This is because a person who has faith in God does not see him or herself as being alone or powerless, and with His hope, support and help, he or she will struggle against the difficulty until he or she overcomes with it.

Faith in God is a great place of refuge for a human being and it is the substance of perseverance, steadfastness, it always keeps hope in our hearts and it is because of this individuals with faith never attempt to commit suicide because suicide attempts comes from despair or a complete lack of hope and a feeling of having failed, but individuals with faith neither lose hope nor do they sense failure.

3. Knowing God and the Sense of Responsibility

We know some doctors who, when poor people visit them, they not only charge them nothing for the visit, but also give them money and drugs. And when they sense a danger for the patient, they will stay the entire night with them until they be sure of their good condition. These are people who worship God and have faith.

But we also know of a doctor who, until the visiting money is not paid, he will not take any step for the sick person. And this is because he does not have a strong faith.
A person who has faith, no matter what his or her profession is, senses responsibility, knows his or her duties, does good, readily forgives and constantly sees a spiritual guard within his or her soul who watches over his or her own deeds.

But people who lack faith are selfish and dangerous who have no sense of responsibility. Oppression, suppression and aggression against the rights of others is easy for them and they are less prepared to do good.

4. Knowing God and Peacefulness

Psychologists say that mental and psychological diseases are greater in our time than in any other. They say that one of the factors is anxiety over the future events, anxiety over death, anxiety over war and anxiety of fear and failure. They add, "Among the things which can take anxiety away from a person's spirit is faith in God, because whenever an anxiety wants to penetrate one's spirit, faith in God pushes it away. A God Who is Kind, a God Who helps one meet his or her needs, a God Who is aware of His servant’s condition, and when they turn towards Him, He helps them and frees them from the anxiety. Because of this, a real believer always has a sense of peacefulness, and no anxiety exists within his or her spirit. Whatever a person does is for God, even if one suffers a loss, one seeks its replacement from Him. Such people enter the war front with a smile on their faces.

The Holy Qur’an says:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَلَمْ يَلْبِسُوا إِيمَانَهُمْ بِظُلْمٍ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمُ الْأَمْنُ وَهُمْ مُهْتَدُونَ
[It is those who believe and confuse not their beliefs with wrong - that are (truly) in security, for they are on (right) guidance.] (6:82)
as-Salaamu 'aleykum warahmatullah

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