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The Prophets are chosen by God to guide erring humanity to the Straight Path ..
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Where's Today's Ark?
4/7/2014 - Religious - Article Ref: IC0410-2493
Number of comments: 21
Opinion Summary: Agree:19  Disagree:0  Neutral:2
By: Nasir Munir
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Prophets Yusuf and Yunus

Prophet Yusuf was a favorite son of a Prophet, abandoned in a dry well, sold to slavery and imprisoned in Egypt. 

Prophet Yunus was cast in the pit of a large fish and endured ill health.

Neither Prophets railed against God. Both of them showed a serene acceptance of God's will (Rida, a key Islamic virtue).

Prophet Moses

Prophet Moses wished to behold God: " 'Reveal Yourself unto me so that I can see you'. (God replied:) 'You Shall Not See Me, but look at that mountain, if you see it standing, then shall you see Me". God revealed his Glory to the mountain. The mountain was flattened and Moses fell in a swoon. ..." (Quran 7:143) 

God does not reveal himself in this crude manner. Contained in man is something that is not of the earth (that points to heaven, our primordial home), by cultivating that can man hope to see God (with the eye of the Heart)

Prophet Isa

For all his exalted position (his ascension and second coming him) his first words on his (miraculous) birth were: "I am the slave of God ..." (Quran 19:30)

The state of Abodieh (slave-hood, obedience) as contrasted to Satan's disobedience is the most perfected of the states, and most pleasing to God. (Note: Slavery and slave-hood in this context should not be confused with chattel slavery (e.g.: Roman Empire, New World) 

Prophet Mohammad

He is the seal of Prophets, after him there will be no Prophets. "...This day have I perfected your religion for you completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion..." (Quran 5:3)"

The Message first conveyed by Prophet Adam and affirmed by all succeeding Prophets after him was reaffirmed and re-conveyed for the last time. The era of the Prophets has come to a close. 

God has completed His favor on mankind. The Book (Quran) is a witness and source of salvation for all of humanity till the end of time.

Present Day Ark

Today, humanity is in need of an Ark to save us from the ravages of Modernity. The era of Modernity ushered in by the writings of, for example, Gibbon and Edmund Burke has led to a loss of meaning. With only the lower agitated possibilities of the human condition recognized, Modernity has striven to find meaning. Karl Marx attributed alienation of the soul to class differences in society; Sigmund Freud attributed it to the early repression of the passional dimensions of the human condition. When these remedies proved inadequate, meaning was sought in a sea of machines, skepticism and then skepticism about skepticism and later by New Age spirituality (among others). With higher states of the human condition explicitly excluded, Modernity's quest to find meaning and purpose are bound to be frustrated. 

Modernity is characterized by a lifestyle that is centered on the self, and on the lower possibilities of the human condition. The message we inhale almost from birth is to glorify the nafs (clay-bound body) in one form or the other. To "discover oneself", to "free oneself", and last but

... Adamic restoration is possible even under the worst of conditions ...

not least to "be yourself" emphasize a self-centric modality of behavior. Our patterns of consumption (for instance: automobiles, clothing, being seen at the "right" places etc.), it appears, define our identity. The result, not surprisingly, is a society which enthusiastically pursues material happiness but which puzzles over ever increasing rates of suicide, drug abuse, failed relationships, and aberrant forms of self-mutilation. Unremarkably, it's a society in denial, pain. 

"... Had you spent all that is upon the earth, you would not have reconciled their hearts, but God has reconciled their hearts ..." [Quran 8:63]

The Prophetic Message and The final Prophet's luminosity reshaped the pagan Arabs from a crude materialistic populace to a unified nation - all this in a span of twenty years. This shows that the Adamic restoration is possible even under the worst of conditions, even in times such as ours. The proverbial ark is with us. With the Quran, the example of the Prophet and thousands of transformed souls to guide us, let us set foot in the Ark - before the rains. 



[1] Whereas God is under no compulsion to be merciful; mercifulness (i.e. to be merciful) is a state that God has prescribed for Himself [" ...kataba alihi rahama ..." Quran 6:12]

[2] Piety that generally require acts of the body to perform: Shadah (The Twin Testimonial: No Diety save God and Mohammad is the Messenger of God), Fasting, Zakat, Haj and Prayers 

[3] jihad al nafs: The struggle to purify oneself from diseases of the heart (lust for power, honor, and greatness, greed ...) 

[4]. Those that rely on intentions, Walk on the Path. Those that rely on love, Fly on the Path.


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