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The End justifies the Means

by | Nov 1, 2020

In practically all spheres of life, we are judged by our results. A sports coach must have a winning record, or at least titles to back his worth. A sales rep has a quota to fill every week. Only straight-A students get scholarships based on academic achievements. all this is normal and sounds even fair; even those getting the short end of the stick aren’t crying foul or filing class-action lawsuits. The thing is, results aren’t everything. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we do away with results altogether by getting rid of exams and handing out participation ribbons to all. All I am saying is that the effort and the intention are worth more than the result.

But who can really judge someone’s intention or measure the effort put in? The answer is no one, except Allah! That is why the end does not justify the means for Allah because the end outcome solely depends on Him. Allah only (huge understatement) judges the intention and the effort.

For instance, let’s take the example of the Prophet Noah. Result-wise, practically nothing went his way. His wife and son died nonbelievers. The world was submerged in water, destroying his people. If you were to make a progress chart of those who believed in his time, it was practically a flat-liner graph with a blip of faith every few decades. Does that make him a failure? Absolutely not! The result might not be there to our eyes, but we are not the evaluator. He was chosen by Allah to deliver a message and fulfilled this duty to the fullest. He passed 950 years of his waken life, day after day after day… calling his people to Islam. If you don’t call that perseverance, I don’t know what is!?! I mean, when I tell my kids something twice, I get frustrated the third time… 950 years… wow!!! Not only his intention and effort were irreproachable, but Allah has also bestowed upon him a favorable result (Tawfik). after drowning all nonbelievers, Noah inherited a world absent of idolatry and association (Shirk), a world of belief, Islam.

So, if you don’t do well in an interview, and someone else gets the job, don’t be sour or mad that the other candidate expressed more confidence in five minutes than your 20 years of competence. Don’t feel down when your week of sleepless nights only gets you a 72% on your final exam (personally, I would be pleased, but I digress). just keep plowing through and forging ahead, because Allah recompenses effort and intention, in this life and 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