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Stand Up for the Truth

by | Nov 8, 2020

Every Friday, as a family, we try to read Surah Al-Kahf together. This Surah contains four main stories that each have their morals and are different and interesting in their own respect. However, the story of the People of the Cave (which is the title of the Surah, Kahf means Cave) might be the most apropos in our days, especially in middle-eastern countries. Here is their story in a nutshell.

There was a small group of young men who were Muslim; meaning they believed in Allah as the One Unique Creator, Divinity, Lord… and believed in the teachings of the latest messenger (don’t forget, this happened before the time of Muhammad (ﷺ)). Anyways, they were summoned before the ruler since they did not abide by the religion of the state: idolatry. At one point, they were asked to testify, and this is how it went down:

And We made firm their hearts when they stood up and said, “Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. Never will we invoke besides Him any deity. We would have certainly spoken, then, an excessive transgression.

These, our people, have taken besides Him deities. Why do they not bring for [worship of] them a clear authority? And who is more unjust than one who invents about Allah a lie?”

Surah Al-Kahf (18 – 14-15)

Now, this is when the good gets great. But, to do so, one must not just read with his eyes or listen with his ears; but with his mind, an open mind. The word of Allah is so concise that skipping a word (or not giving it its importance in meaning) trivializes its whole significance. One must extrapolate meaning without pretending to insinuation.

For instance, when they “stood up and said”, it wasn’t in a bar or in a schoolyard, they were summoned in front of their ruler, and instead of reverting to idolatry, they stood steadfast and spoke the truth unapologetically. They could have begged for mercy or blamed each other, or played the ”I didn’t know card” or whatever to get them out of their predicament; but, that was never their objective. Instead, they pled their case of belief so everyone could get a chance to hear what Islam is about.

Following this, they took refuge in a cave, where Allah guarded them in a slumber for 300 years. As to the who the where and the when, it is believed that they lived in the Roman Empire (in the East), sometime between Jesus (ﷺ) and Muhammad (ﷺ) (and Allah knows best). But this is exactly not the point, these are details. Some might argue that they are important, but people tend to take effigies and mausoleums of places and people like the People of the Cave.

In sum, this group of young men is a testimony of endurance and perseverance in faith. And those who go against these truths, disappear with time, even if it takes 300 years. Injustice does not last and cannot last.

You hear that MBS, Sisi, bin Zayed, Bashar, any prince, king, president, or general that fits under this category. Killing, imprisoning, torturing anyone who speaks the truth is sacrilege in this life and warrants punishment in the hereafter.

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Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)

Faith

the process of belief