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The Revelation

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The Revelation

By Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD

What is Revelation? And where has it come from? Before we delve into these questions on Revelation, should we ask where we humans came from? Is it possible to find out? After being born, one-day realization dawns – we suddenly become conscious of having a consciousness. We realize that we can see, hear, feel, and have emotions and that we have questions. We ask our parents and those around us the questions that we have. More often than not, do we get our questions answered? Our innocent questions sometimes embarrass and often annoy our parents. Why is this? Is it because they are shy to tell us or is it that they simply do not know the answer? What are the questions we ask? For example, did we ever ask the question, Ma, where did I come from? Parents become embarrassed at this question, some perhaps get annoyed. To save parents of the embarrassment, Peter Mayle {1} put together the book, Where did I come from? which describes, in simplest terms for children, the entire reproductive process from intercourse to birth. The book delves into the physical sexual processes. But, wait, is this what the child actually wants to know? As an analogy, if the same question is asked about an exotic building that was recently constructed, where did this building come from? – what would the answer be? Would the appropriate answer consist of how the foundation was laid, how the steel girders, bricks and glass were put together? Or would who conceived and designed the building be the more appropriate answer? So, when a child asks, Ma, where did I come from?, what is he/she really asking? Each baby born is unique, complete with its own set of emotions and individual personality. Could the question actually mean Ma, who designed and brought me into existence? So, rather than lovemaking, what would the more appropriate answer be? As the parents did not design the baby, who did? Would the more appropriate answer be, God designed and made you into a beautiful person? The child’s next question would likely be who is God? Who is best to answer such questions? If God created the universe, designs and creates each individual person would He Himself not be the best to answer such questions? How, and using what methodology could He convey the answers? He would have to convert His Words to a human language that we can understand. This is what Revelation is – God sending His Words down to human kind in a form/format that we can understand and refer to. The last such Revelations for human kind are compiled as the Holy Scripture, the Al-Qur’an. Does this compilation answer the above questions? Verse 14 of Chapter 23 not only lays down the processes of creation, it confirms who designed each individual: “Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of it another creature: so blessed be Allah the Best to create! ” [23.14] And Verse 16, Verse 78 from the point of view of our consciousness adds, “It is He Who brought you out from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affections: that you may give thanks (to Allah).” [16.78] The Arabic term “Allah” literally means “The God”, {2} i.e., the one and only Almighty Lord of the Universe. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was made to memorize the Words of the Al-Qur’an (during 610 – 632 AD) and relay to human kind. The word Qur’an literally means “the reading” or “the recitation” {2} (or that which must be read as a manual to understand and follow), and refers to the divinely revealed scripture given to Muhammad. In addition to answering human kind’s questions, it informs God’s purpose and duties and responsibilities towards Him and the rest of creation. After death, on the Day of Judgment, human kind will be judged on the basis of what has been revealed.  25.1 “Blessed is He Who sent down the Criterion to His servant that it may be an admonition to all creatures.” Blessed {3} in the sense that God provides all the knowledge towards growth and development to all that is good. Criterion {3} refers to the Revelation (the Qur’an) in the sense that it separates truth from falsehood and teachers those who believe in God, how to live by separating what is lawful and what is prohibited. Who is “He”? 25.2 “He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: no son has He begotten nor has He a partner in His dominion: it is He Who created all things and ordered them in due proportions.” He is God (Allah in Arabic) who has designed and originated space, time, the universe and everything in it {4, 5}. Can we run away from the fact that everything that He has created belongs to Him? 25.3 “Yet have they taken besides Him gods that can create nothing but are themselves created; that have no control of hurt or good to themselves; nor can they control Death nor Life nor Resurrection.” God alone is in control. 25.4 “But the Disbelievers say, “Naught is this (the Qur’an) but a lie which he has forged and others have helped him at it.” In truth it is they who have put forward an iniquity and a falsehood.” Could Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) have had knowledge of how the baby is formed inside the womb, as given in Verse 23.14 above – knowledge that has been made scientifically available only in recent years? 25.5 “And they (disbelievers) say, “Tales of the ancients which he has caused to be written: and they are dictated before him morning and evening.”” 25.6 “Say, “It (the Qur’an) was sent down (revealed) by Him Who knows all the secrets (that is) in the heavens and the earth: verily He is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.”” Should He, the Almighty, who has designed everything in precise proportions not know all that we cannot see or sense? {Notes}: {1}https://www.amazon.com/Where-Did-Come-Peter-Mayle/dp/0818402539 {2}https://www.islamicity.org/covers/whatisislam/index.php?c=10.Home {3}Quran, The Study. A New Translation and Commentary. Nasr, S.E., Editor in Chief, HarperOne, 2015, p.890 {4}https://biblereasons.com/graven-images/ {5}https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k782BqrvfMM

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