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What are the biggest revelations in the declassified JFK assassination files?

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What are the biggest revelations in the declassified JFK assassination files?

By Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD

Does each human being have a unique and individual calling? What is this question asking? Is there a reason behind the fact that in addition to a physical uniqueness, each person has an individual character and personality? Each is also born into a unique environment and a set of circumstances. Has God therefore made each unique for a purpose – for His Purpose? Does each of us have an individual role to play? Are we being invited or called by God to play this role? If so, what could an individual’s purpose be? Is being unique also a sign of the importance and honor that God has given each of us? To work this out, let us draw a parallel with the famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Imagine that there were 5000 such original paintings. How valuable or famous then would each individual painting be? So, by making each person unique, has God demonstrated the importance and honor He has given each of us? In return, what could God possibly want from each of us? The painting Mona Lisa has been made famous by art critics who evaluate paintings. Should we equally make God famous by evaluating our own abilities, capabilities and the environment He has given us? Should we promote God by developing the skills He has given and by fulfilling the potential He has given us? Could representing God and acknowledging His Blessings and Greatness be our calling? To develop our thoughts, let us analyze what famous people have said and then look for references in the Holy Scriptures to decide the value and purpose of our life. Commenting on the fact that each one of us has something unique to contribute to the world, in her book, The Law of Divine Compensation, the spiritual activist Marianne Williamson {1} writes, “Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.” {2} Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890), the painter who himself struggled against a lack of self-confidence {3}, commented on how to pursue one’s calling, “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” {2} A person can only contribute where gaps or problems exist or there is a need for positive improvement. The idea is that we have to move out of our self – move out of our egos, move beyond self-pity and develop an awareness of people and the environment in which we have been placed. It is only then that we can discover what needs to be done. The gap that we find is an opportunity given by God. We may ignore or run away from the opportunity. However, if we pick up the opportunity and dedicate ourselves to bridging the gap with the passion and skills given by God, we would lead a fulfilling life – we would find that our individual life has a purpose and value. Our life would subsequently become complete when we acknowledge and thank God for creating us, for creating the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life and for granting success to our efforts. Turning to the Holy Scriptures, we find confirmation of these thoughts in the Bible, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” [1 Peter 4:10] {4} What are the gifts we have received from God? He has designed and created each individual from non-existence, He has added a personality and skills, He has created opportunities to develop and use individual skills, grants success, the opportunity to acknowledge and be grateful, i.e., an awe inspiring experience to know, feel and acknowledge the Qualities and Attributes of a Most Wise, Merciful and Benevolent Creator. He points out in the Al-Qur’an that He has created man to represent Him as His Deputy. “Behold Your Lord said to the angels, “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” They said, “Will You place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood? While we do celebrate Your praises and glorify Your Holy Name?” He said: “I know what you know not.”” [2.30] So man has the opportunity to represent God and His Mercy, thus glorifying His Name and fulfilling His purpose. Man also has the opportunity to become arrogant, ignore God and do evil. Which opportunity should man avail? To help us relate, the Al-Qur’an relays stories of those who have passed away. Each story has its own purpose. The Verses below talk about Prophet Jonah (also known as Zun-nun) who, being impatient and angry with his people, tried to run away from his calling. His calling was that he was sent as a prophet to Nineveh, an ancient city of Iraq. 21.87 “And remember Zun-nun when he departed in wrath: he imagined that We had no power over him! But he cried through the depths of darkness “There is no god but You: Glory to You: I was indeed wrong!”” In this particular Verse, God points out that Zun-nun ran away from his opportunity of guiding the townspeople with patience, later realizing his mistake and God showered His Mercy when he repented repeatedly. God finally rewarded him with people who finally believed. The lesson is we should patiently work our calling, while trusting God to grant success. 21.88 “So We listened to him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do We deliver those who have faith.” Elsewhere in the Al-Qur’an [37.139 – 37.148] we can pick up more details of the story. “So also was Jonah among those sent (by us). When he ran away (like slave from captivity) to the ship (fully) laden. He (agreed to) cast lots and he was condemned: Then the big Fish did swallow him and he had done acts worthy of blame. Had it not been that he (repented and) glorified Allah. He would certainly have remained inside the Fish till the Day of Resurrection. But We cast him forth on the naked shore in a state of sickness. And We caused to grow over him a spreading plant of the Gourd kind. And We sent him (on a mission) to a hundred thousand (men) or more. And they believed; so We permitted them to enjoy (their life) for a while. Our sojourn on earth is to discover, learn about our Guardian Lord, act as His Deputy by doing righteous deeds and glorify Him. “O people! Adore your Guardian-Lord who created you and those who came before you that you may have the chance to learn righteousness.” [2.21] {Notes}: {1}https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17297.Marianne_Williamson {2}https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/calling {3}https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/34583.Vincent_van_Gogh {4}http://biblehub.com/1_peter/4-10.htm

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