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The Qur’an is full of knowledge about human nature as a thankless creature who came to this life as preferred creature (naib); was provided health, all necessities of life in abundance; started arguing with the Creator; forgot purpose of his creation; spent life as fun and pleasure; indulged in criminal and extremist deeds without fearing accountability; became arrogant, crushing others with gang activities; when placed under testing, returned with prayers and cries for help, but when provided relief claimed it as due to his own smartness; remained in vacuum of disobedience till becoming physically and mentally weak, realized his faults at death bed.
God creates all the living being as no person is born from choice. Rather, being Creator, He created him from nothing and turned him to be a living human being with certain identity of sex and physical and psychological traits of a new-born baby. (Al-Dahar 1-3,” Has there not been over man a period of time, when he was nothing to be mentioned? Verily, We have created man from Nutfah drops of mixed semen (discharge of man and woman), in order to try him, so We made him hearer, seer. Verily, We showed him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful.”
He has given humans senses of right and wrong to decide for deeds (AL-Shamus 7-9). As a Master, He has ordered his blessings of the universe to be at the service of His favorite unique creation (Naib), Adam’s children on this earth to enjoy and pay thanks to Him in return. In Al Namal 76 & in Al-hijar19-27 as,” And the earth We spread out, and placed therein firm mountains, and caused to grow therein all kinds of things in due proportion. And We have provided therein means of living, for you and for those whom you provide not [moving (living) creatures, cattle, beasts, and other animals]. And there is not a thing, but with Us are the stores thereof. And We send it not down except in a known measure. And We send the winds fertilizing (to fill heavily the clouds with water), then caused the water (rain) to descend from the sky, and We gave it to you to drink, and it is not you who are the owners of its stores [i.e. to give water to whom you like or to withhold it from whom you like]. And certainly We! We it is Who give life, and cause death, and We are the Inheritors. And indeed, We know the first generations of you who had passed away, and indeed, We know the present generations of you (mankind), and also those who will come afterwards. And verily, your Lord will gather them together. Truly, He is All-Wise, All-Knowing. And indeed, We created man from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud. And the jinn, We created aforetime from the smokeless flame of fire.”
Instead of realizing the gifts of his benefactor, he takes everything for granted as his own right of possession and blindly indulges in gathering sources with both hands like a wild animal (Younes 12,” And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying down on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on his way as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him! Thus, it seems fair to the Musrifun that which they used to do.).
If the Almighty Master of the universe turns the water into floods or levels it down, or with air pollution makes the land barren or desert, brings abrupt severe weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes or other catastrophes, human beings are helpless to control them. For correction, Allah sends His words of directions but greedy mankind who spend their life worried to lose life provisions, not only ignored the blessings of the generous Provider, but started arguments with his Provider. Surah Ibrahim 34,” Allah gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, - a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allah's Blessings by disbelief, and by worshipping others besides Allah, and by disobeying Allah and His Prophet (Muhammad).”
It is a misinterpretation that Islamic religion is based on a name or demands full- time worship; rather, it teaches to have a psychic (Ruh) interaction with the Creator by thanking Him for the provisions, passing a moderate and balanced life in the world with love towards Allah and His creatures. Mankind is tested in life through losses, disease, disaster, etc., for self-correction. The Qur’an reveals these facts of human nature with logic (yaqaloon) and application of observation (yashadoona) at the human mental level. When people asked about how to have close contact to Allah, the Qur’an quoted in Al-Baqra 186,” And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So, let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” Islam is a religion deeply in touch with the dearest one living abroad and missing him in time crisis and communicating with him regularly five time.
An atheist and polytheist should observe that there are about 6,000 evidences of Allah, such as narrated in Al-Inaam 95-103, Al-Nahal 5-18 & 78-83, Al-Baqra 30 & 164, Younis 3, Al-Noor 43-45, Al-room 8, 33-35 & 48 etc. Some humans become arrogant and crush those who obey the laws of the nature and principle of a moderate, meaningful life by submitting to the Master of the universe.
During life, whenever the human being is confronted with crisis, diseases, losses, storms, etc., he realizes his limitation and calls the Master in his helpless state. In Bani Israel 83,” And when We bestow Our Grace on man (the disbeliever), he turns away and becomes arrogant, far away from the Right Path. And when evil touches him he is in great despair”. It is remarkable to note, a child strictly follows the command of parents or an employee to be the best on the job and to please his employer, but he is least concerned about the Provider of all his needs. In Hood 6,” And no (moving) living creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allah. And He knows its dwelling place and its deposit (in the uterus, grave, etc.). all is in a Clear Book (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz - the Book of Decrees with Allah ‘´
On the blessings and relief from the Protector, human beings become disloyal by expressing that it was all due to his own wit and labor. In Surah Hud 8-11,” And if We delay the torment for them till a determined term, they are sure to say, "What keeps it back?" Verily, on the day it reaches them, nothing will turn it away from them, and they will be surrounded by (fall in) that at which they used to mock! And if We give man a taste of Mercy from Us, and then withdraw it from him, verily! He is despairing, ungrateful. But if We let him taste good (favor) after evil (poverty and harm) has touched him, he is sure to say: "Ills have departed from me." Surely, he is exultant, and boastful (ungrateful to Allah). Except those who show patience and do righteous good deeds, those: theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward (Paradise).”
Mankind shows ingratitude to their Master, as quoted in Bani Israel 67,” And when harm touches you upon the sea, those that you call upon besides Him vanish from you except Him (Allah Alone). But when He brings you safely to land, you turn away (from Him). And man is ever ungrateful.)”. Under the spell of their power, health and affluence, they become borderline personality and have selfish motives like tycoons by crushing world order, state stability, and social harmony. They even ridicule the Authority of the universe (Az-Zumar 49,” When harm touches man, he calls to Us (for help), then when We have (rescued him from that harm and) changed it into a Favor from Us, he says: "Only because of knowledge (that I possess) I obtained it." Nay, it is only a trial, but most of them know not!”
It is revealed that human beings instead of submitting to Allah, are often Mutatarif (Extremist), Kazeb (Liar), Aneed (Rebel), Zanoon (With subjective assumptions), Khasem (Argumentative), Mujrim (Incriminating), Murtaab (Doubtful), Mufsed (Trouble-maker), Munkir (Obstinate), Maghroor (Arrogant), Mushrik (Polytheist), Amara (Evil), Yaskharoon (Ridiculing), Zaeef (Emotionally Weak), Fawish (Malicious), Zalem (Cruel), Jahel (Ignorant), Insaan (Forgetful), Kanood (Ungrateful to the Creator), Tohmat (Incriminating), Jabbar (Tyrant), etc., to learn from their faults. Some are arrogant in even boosting the critics of the Almighty Creator, as stated in surah Yasin 77-79,” Does not man see that We have created him from Nutfah (mixed male and female discharge semen drops). Yet behold! He (stands forth) as an open opponent. And he puts forth for Us a parable, and forgets his own creation. He says: "Who will give life to these bones when they have rotted away and became dust?" Say: (O Muhammad) "He will give life to them Who created them for the first time! And He is the All-Knower of every creation!" They only realize the result on the death bed and beg for sins, but it is too late to get benefit from repenting as a last substitute of survival, as “It is of no use to cry over spilt milk”.
History is full of innumerable data about the deeds of nations and their leaders who, when confronted with the laws of the Creator and instead of thanking him for His blessings, refuted and crushed the obedient people, but all of them ended with worst punishment for these evil deeds. Such people’s mental state is revealed in Al-Furqan 43-44, “Have you (O Muhammad) seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire? Would you then be a Wakil (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him? Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path. (i.e. even worse than cattle).”
To develop the self-awareness of the blessings of the Creator, a litmus test for mental health is to blindfold a healthy person, along with tightening one hand and leg, for 24-48 hours and, without support, be asked to pass routine life activities. Then ask him the evaluate the worth of his blessed sense organs which can be damaged at any moment. I mostly give such test to clients who are over-whelmed with fantasies and have lost the taste for life among their countless facilities. In fact, our mind and body are corrupted with the provisions of nature and we are lost in the race of more and more without any stoppage of wishes and lust for life.
Every one of us, along with the readers, intellectuals, researchers, various leaders and global controllers, etc., knows the phenomenon of human mortality and limitations of time and power, but in our prime time, we forget to pay thanks to who has created us. In fact, like Adam, we forget this reality and for affluence, race in passing life in our fool’s paradise. Those who remind us of it, people criticize them as old-fashioned storytellers and foolish to not grab the sources for affluence. These people fight global battles, creating disharmony and chaos in various nations, when they leave all behind at death and have no time to enjoy anything by surrendering their mind to worldly plans and crushing other’s right in a civilized society.
With the progression of human beings, various types of complicated physical and psychological diseases are increasing in the masses. “A wearer knows where the shoe pinches”. To realize the suffering of others and self-correct extremities or the possibility of facing a worst scenario, it is better to reawaken to the reality of life. We should take some moments and think that if you were created without normal body organs, had a chronic diseases (like diabetes, sugar, ulcer, cancer, heart issues or other incurable disease), were hungry and thirsty, had body or vision dependence, were a slave, were under debt, lived with polluted air and water, had sick children, faced severe weathers without shelter, etc., then even the world’s best specialist cannot save you from a painful death (Al-Inaam 61-62 while & it is stated in Al-abhinaya 35,”. Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned”).
The “I” (Main/me) word prevails in human life as we use it maximum and apply in our lifetime when this is temporary and perishes with time and the Creator is and remain in power before, present and after this time. He is who created you so surrender to Him and thank Him in your prime time otherwise all deeds and efforts have no permanent results. In fact, in history people mostly memorialize the noble people for their gracious deeds and hate the selfish extremists.
In fact, under the laws of association and affect, the Pandora box of unresolved issues, unforgettable memories loaded with over-packed emotions as well as anxiety-ridden thoughts becomes out of control. People having personality impoverishment, sensitivity, anxiety, rigidity, instability, impulsivity, etc., are helpless with self-control during an on-going activity as their mind jumps to next activity and easily derail in the flooding thought process. This phenomenon is apparent in a normal person who loses taste of food while eating and attending cellphone texts, watching tv politics program and economic depression; in morning walks is lost in family issues or an afternoon job interview; in interviews is anxious about result and fear of failure at forgetting to write a specific answer; in attending calls and speedily driving under rush hours with fear of termination and delay in office, etc.
Fortunately, the abnormal thinking pattern emerges in smart children who are appreciated to handle tasks fast and doing various activities at a time but with passage of time, such faulty mechanism creates complications in the social set-up. This habit increases to such an extent that they become subject to various psychosomatic diseases such as peptic ulcer, blood pressure, gastric troubles, insomnia, etc., as they wish to stop the bad habit pattern but rigidity and anxiety becomes like chargers to the flow of thoughts. Resultingly, such people are physically somewhere and mentally somewhere else and pass life like a walking corpse without any taste of life.
The disturbed people, with incomplete thoughts and their unconscious impulses remaining a blockage, face difficulty in applying own mind in this mental chess. Even in prayers, a person becomes ritually and unconsciously involved in guilt feelings or other jobs after the prayers, and then feels gloomy that he has also played a trick with the Lord like a hypocrite in social affairs. This is also obvious in marital relations in the client’s complaint about poor understanding, tolerance and sexual pre-ejaculation where marital units are physically together but mentally lost somewhere else, having poor self-awareness and sexual understanding, acting like a ritual, blaming each other while looking for extra marital relations, etc. Even going to bed, one is unable to sleep due to thoughts, and even sleeping pills cannot control the disturbed sleep when a person leaves the bed in the morning with an exhausted body and tired mind to take part in daily responsibilities.
Those people having low frustration, low self-esteem, poor decision-making power are also easily over-whelmed by thoughts which has a negative impact on output which further cripples them to handle life situations. It is reminded to mankind in V-42:36-38,” So whatever you have been given is but a passing enjoyment for this worldly life, but that which is with Allah (Paradise) is better and more lasting for those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) and put their trust in their Lord (concerning all of their affairs). And those who avoid the greater sins, and Al-Fawahish (illegal sexual intercourse, etc.), and when they are angry, they forgive and those who answer the Call of their Lord, and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation, and who spend of what We have bestowed on them.”
Mostly people plan so many projects, having various fantasies and incomplete thoughts, it becomes a headache to attend all the incomplete thoughts, fantasies or plans at a time. Among the whirl of such thoughts, it is hard to tackle even one important challenging task as they attack the on-going activity with the fear to face all these self-created whirls of thoughts. It is a bad habit to become ritual in routine daily activities such as eating, praying, attending a call while involved in other running thoughts, so they lose taste and pleasure within a routine activity like a robot. The basic principle is to focus on the selected task one at a time, involve all the organs with feelings, increase the time till fully satisfied in completing it, otherwise enjoy the achievement through self-appreciation for the accomplishment. While restricting to an on-going job by feeling till completion, keep the mind flow fresh and life full as the repressed flow of fantasies have no time to exhaust the consciousness.
During a clinical setting when an emotionally blocked client enters with rigid thoughts and repressed negative emotions, it is the job of a therapist to gain trust and open the client’s stored feelings. Instead of repressing it to avoid realities or assumption of related deep negative consequences, he encourages and facilitates to exaggerate suffering through crying like a burnt child. It is clinical finding that when the client exaggerates and brings up the stored painful memory with active fantasies, not only is the block broken, rather it provides relief and cleanses the clouded fantasies and negative feelings. It is designated as law of saturation that when the opposite feelings emerge, one moves toward normalization. In daily life, people have experienced that even crying with full involvement makes them lighter and they enjoy it also as they feel master of the unpleasant feelings. Psychologically, when under an expert functional behaviorist analyst, a blocked negative feeling touches its peak, it turns toward the negative brim of the feelings. Human law of saturation is based on this principle that when one’s feelings touches the peak of blocked anxiety-ridden thoughts, the opposite feelings emerge to keep the flow of normal state. So, the client’s family or friends are at a loss to comprehend the art when mostly clients after expression of such thoughts, open the clinic’s door with a smiling face. A simple routine example is when a child who laughs a lot at bed times mostly reaches a peak and sleeps while crying without any significant reasons. In the same way, a person who is offered too much meat in every dish, gets fed up and asks for light pea soup or salad to balance his taste and stomach.
(Cont'd in the Book)
” We have indeed sent down (in this Qur’an) manifest Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, lawful and unlawful things, and the set boundaries of Islamic religion, etc. that make things clear showing the Right Path of Allah). And Allah guides whom He wills to a Straight Path (i.e. to Allah's religion of Islamic Monotheism).” (V-24:46)