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Twelfth Characteristic

Absolute submission to materiality; denunciation of metaphysics; and denial of the unseen—these three aspects are within the common features of the ancient and modern societies of Jahillyyah. The Holy Qur'an says, "And they sometimes say, 'There is nothing except our life on this earth, and never shall we be raised up again.' 6/29"

"And they say, 'What is there but our life in this world? We shall die and we live, and nothing but time can destroy us.' But of that they have no knowledge: they merely conjecture. 45/24"

The Holy Qur'an has identified exalted goals to the achievement of which man must dedicate his lifetime:

"I have only created Jinn and men that they may serve Me. 51/56"

"O my people! Worship Allah; ye have no other god but Him. It is He Who hath produced you from the earth and settled you therein, then ask forgiveness of Him, and turn to Him in repentance, for my Lord is always near, ready to answer. 11/61"

"Then, We made you heirs in the land after them, to see how ye would behave. 10/14"

Man has not been created for the purpose of enjoying the pleasures of this world; rather man has been made the representative of the Creator on this land so as to construct and make it the tillage for the Next World, not to make it his final target and utmost goal. The Creator will then take account of man's deeds to see how he acts.

The following verse is a divine reproach for those who are sinking in the love for materialities: "Does man think that he will be left uncontrolled without purpose? Was he not a drop of sperm emitted in lowly form? Then did he become a leech-like clot; then did Allah make and fashion him in due proportion? And of him He made two sexes, male and female. Does not He, the same, have the power to give life to the dead? 75/36-40" We admit that Almighty Allah does have the power to give life to the dead and to do anything that He wills.

On the other hand, one must not deprive oneself of taking his share from the pleasures of this world provided that he will not make these pleasures the one and only purpose of his existence on this earth; rather one must exploit these pleasures for attaining the actual goal, which is the achievement of Almighty Allah's pleasure. The Holy Qur'an says: "But seek, with the wealth which Allah has bestowed on thee, the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do thou good, as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not occasions for mischief in the land: for Allah loves not those who do mischief. 28/77"

It has been said that this world is the ranch of the Next World [1] and the trade-place of the true servants of Almighty Allah. In this world, the true believers hope for a commerce -with Almighty Allah- that will never fail.


[1] ibn abi-jumhur: Ghawali al-La'ali 1:267.


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