May 2001: Page 1, 2, 3, 4

Submitters Perspective

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Why do they not study the Quran carefully?

Cont’d from Page 2

No one dies except by God’s leave, at a predetermined time … (3:145)

No one survives for a long life and no one’s life is snapped short, except in accordance with a pre-existing record, this is easy for God. (35:11)

We learn from the Quran that God is the One who does everything. Nothing happens except in accordance with His will:

Absolutely, He controls all creations and all commands. Most exalted is God, Lord of the Universe. (7:54)

It was not you who killed them, God is the One who killed them. It was not you who threw when you threw; God is the One who threw. But He thus gives the believers a chance to earn a lot of credit. God is Hearer, Omniscient. (8:17)

It is safe here to say, nobody has the power to kill or terminate anyone’s life but God Himself.

If you suffer hardship, the enemy also suffers the same hardship. We alternate the days of victory and defeat among the people. God thus distinguishes the true believers, and blesses some of you with martyrdom. God dislikes injustice. (3:140).

Again, we need a careful review of the verses we have just quoted above to fully understand how the system of God works. We noted that God grants martyrdom to a believer as a blessing from Him. God is the One who created death to use as a means by which we all return to Him. It is not how we die, but where we go when we die.

Imagine you are an astronaut and placed on a spaceship for some time on space. One day some of your colleagues on earth climbed up to get you. They informed you that you have been appointed for a position of prominence here on earth, where you will occupy this new position of honor in perfect security, as a reward for your accomplishment while on the spaceship. Remember too, that here on earth which is to be your permanent abode, you will not carry containers of oxygen as you did in space. Furthermore, you will get everything you ever wished for. Would this be the moment of sadness for you? Or rather happiness?

(At the time of his death) he was told, “Enter Paradise.” He said, “Oh, I wish my people knew. That my Lord has forgiven me, and made me honorable.” (36:26-27)

We are told in the Quran, that the righteous who depart our planet earth and were admitted back into paradise would wish that their relatives knew and stop worrying. However, our question still remains: why would the Most Gracious God punish people who commit the act of murder? Once again, our only source of answer for every question we raise is the Quran itself.

They never implore beside God any other god, nor do they kill any person – for God has made life sacred – except in the course of justice. Nor do they commit adultery. Those who commit these offenses will have to pay. (25:68)

No believer shall kill another believer, unless it is an accident. … anyone who kills a believer intentionally, his retribution is hell... (4:92-93)

From the above verses, God’s laws are clear, and anyone who defies these laws is punished. However, it is not about the death itself that killers are punished, but the actual intention and the wickedness in the heart of an individual to commit the crimes. As we know, Moses killed someone by mistake. He immediately repented to God, and God forgave him. God’s commands and orders are the supreme laws; disobeying any of them intentionally incurs severe consequences.

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