In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful
One of the ways of realizing something of the greatness of the Lord is to reflect upon how we came into existence. He tells us about in the following verse of the Holy Qur’an. He says:
O mankind, if you have doubt about resurrection, know that verily, We created you out of dust, then out of a sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh partly formed and partly unformed. (22:5)
Allah is Infinite, and all creatures are finite; so the All-Wise Lord selected to make a tiny, microscopic grain of sand be His Representative here on the earth. No wonder why the angels were surprised when this was told to them.
Man has been blessed with the capacity to represent the Lord in two dimensions; viz. physically and spiritually.
Although the Lord is not a physical being, He has made known to us the way He connects with His creatures. This He calls His Divine Attributes (His Beautiful Names). This connection He calls His Habits, and they will never change. He says:
The Nature of Allah is the nature He has bestowed on mankind. There is no change in the Habit of Allah. That is the Upright Way but a lot of people cannot understand. (30:30)
We are all supposed to behave like our Lord here on the earth. We interact with our fellow human beings on the basis of the qualities contained in the Attributes of the Lord. For example, we are supposed to show kindness and compassion, must be able to forgive, etc. When we do so we are really representing our Lord, because we are behaving like Him.
Every human being can behave like the Lord in two ways, one is to manifest something of the Divine Attributes in our daily physical activities, and the other is to keep our souls polished, bright and shining.
In order to keep it clean and bright we are required to uphold the permissible and avoid the prohibited. The prohibited things are unclean and produce stains on our souls. Allah says:
Nay but that which they have earned is rust upon their hearts. (83:14)
We must always keep in mind the important fact concerning our great enemy, Satan. He decorates the physical things that are prohibited to make them look attractive, and he works on one’s desires and emotion to entice that person to do the wrong.
Let us all make a genuine effort to submit humbly to the Lord by upholding the permissible and avoiding the prohibited. In that way we will have no need to fear or grieve.