AN INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC BELIEFS, A SHORT REVIEW
Maulana wahiduddin khan( 01 jan 1925_21 April 2021) is an islamic spiritual scholar who has worked on the commentary of quran and had worked for the peace building of nations. He has written so many books on various issues in the context of quran and science. His scientific approach towards quran is amazing. The way he used to propagate his thoughts in the light of quran are worthy. Today here i tried my best to write and elaborate the thoughts he had put in the book “THE REALITY OF LIFE” published by Goodword. This book even is a pamphlet but is extraordinary in the way of transforming thoughts and insists reader to ponder over the universe and mostly on “SELF”.
The book starts with a question that whether the man has been made for world or vice versa, this adds beauty to the introduction and make a reader to ponder for a while without turning the page of the very book. Maulana had rightly answered the same in different ways to make our conscience aware about the happenings of life. As we all are known to the fact of being alive, but the question is why have we been here and why without our own will we are being taken back to the place of origin. If this was the case then why we have been sent to face the atrocities and difficulties without any benefit? Yeah the same question will arise in our minds whenever we feel helpless in these ways.but to understand the creation plan of God, one should first know about the life which itself is a blessing and to return back is more than that. Let’s be on the neutral side of the worldly life and hereafter. If there will not be any superpower to command over anything, Don’t you think the things will not work out? Yes , because until and unless we will not surrender to the lord or creator the whole universe will be fantasy. Same here in this book we are coming across various basic islamic beliefs that what actually the reality of life is?
As we all know we are living in an era of observational phenomenon that without observing the things by our senses we are unable to have trust over it. The terms like paradise,Postdeathlife, hell, Angels and other things are not visible or sensable to the naked eyes, it becomes impossible to believe. But remember the human life is eternal but the god has divided it into two phases, one the life here on earth (Pre death) and the second one The life after death (Post death) . Why God has created such a phenomenon is all to test his believers whether they will fit in the criteria of goodness to enter the second phase of life where immortality of everything is on. Human desires are uncountable and unsatisfied in the first phase of life as this world is just the trial room, you have to be obedient to the superpower in whatever position you are having in this world.
So the book starts with the creational plan of God and without being acquainted to the “SELF” no one will be able to get familiar with this very creational plan. The man in this world is the utmost and unique creation other than other beings in the whole cosmos.So being called as the best Creation among all we can’t be purposeless or meaningless. So the gods creational plan intention is that man must spend a period of trial in this present, imperfect world and subsequent to this, according to his deeds,he will enter the right to inhabit the perfect and eternal world, another name for which is Paradise.
Now let’s come to the era of present tremendous development in the human fields, the negative and adverse conditions still prevail there but due to the lack of god’s creational plan we easily give up and response negatively to the situations and prove ourselves wrong in the eyes of god to be the failure in the examination he has set for us. We should know that this life is just the fantasy. We have been sent for a cause which has been mentioned in the holy scripts. Same here in this book we came across various sub topics related to basic beliefs but how can we be more realistic in that is we have been blessed with not only two eyes but the third one is also there. The two naked eyes are to be used to the observational world and the phenomenon occuring around us, but the third one called an “intellect” is the most important to be the real obedient of creator. This eye help us to ponder over the invisibility which has been kept hidden to pass the test, but surely once we worked over it the post death life will be more easier and believable and we would become even more certain about what remains unseen than what is visible.
Now let’s move to the most important topic “DEATH”. Everyone whether religious or not believes that one day death will occur and we have to be burried or cremated according to the different customs. But at the final stage of this first phase of life we are still bound to the questions like what will happen to my children after my death? Who will take the charge of head? and so on without being curious about the coming journey. This all is just due to sense of non accountability and poor belief to the second phase of life. If we only realise that when we are buried we are actually been unshred into another world, we would be more worried about ourselves rather than about the children’s or others future. This all is because there may be two factors leading the non seriousness towards hereafter . Firstly that when we will die we will turn to dust and how can we be revieved? Secondly that the life after death is not visible to us. So when we will turn to dust remember that “man” not only refers to the bodily form but rather to the “soul” which inhabits the body. So if we will look our physical body is made of tiny particles called cells and these cells are continuously destroyed in the course of our daily life, but on taking the food and all we compensate them back and put balance in our body, but we can see in the course of 10 years our body cells are completely new and the old ones got destroyed, so here we can relate that we “ourselves” always remains same indicates that other portions is there which is immortal and that is soul.
The last portion of this amazing book talks about the “GOD ORIENTED LIFE” and that is as far as the earth is oriented to the sun and remains subordinate it will live and same is the case with humans we have to revolve around the teachings of god and have to ponder in the universe to find the symbols of superpower Almighty god to make our belief more stronger and to work for the second phase of life to fulfill the eternal quality of being obedient to Allah. Submission to God is the only way of life for both man and the universe.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Faheem Ul Islam hailing from Achan Pulwama is pursuing bachelor’s honours degree in political science at Aligarh Muslim University