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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
THE CREATION OF MAN
THE CREATION OF MAN
By: Kassim Ahmad
12 April, 2017
Quran states that God created man from one being, then his mate, and
from the two many beings of many tribes and nation. But the best are the
ones who worship God totally without associating Him with any being or
with any thing. These are called submitters or muslims or mukmins or who
have internalised God into thei selves.
God, of course, does not need their worship of Him. He is the
philosophical Necessary Being while the universe, including man is
contingent being. Man is God's shadow on earth. He has been sent to the
earth to retrieve himself after being duped by God's enemy, the Devil,
for opposing God's order to bow down to Man. This order is symbolic of
Man's ability to know. Knowledge is power, power to rule and remake the
Why did God create an imperfect universe? Perfection is God Who
exists by Himself. Read the Throne Verse (2: 255) to know Who God is.
God is Power Perfect. He does not create another god to rival Him. Two
gods is one two many. It is illogical and therefore a great wrong,
destined for hell.
There are three types of man, or rather ideologies or beliefs, the
true belief, monotheism, the false belief, polytheism, and in between
you have hipocracy. These beliefs bring about their consequences of the
psychological states of mind of unease and contentment, the ammarah, the lawwamah and the jannah of the Quran.
These psychological states exist now in this world, to be continued in
the hereafter. The hereafter is a logical continuation of this world,
on a higher ethical and spiritual level. Man therefore does not dies.
The Quran likens death to sleep, and waking to resurrection, as his soul
is a breath of the divine soul. The term 'death' used in the Quran is
life potential before it becomes factual.
What is God then? God is Pure Energy. It is so powerful that no created
being can withstand it. There will a time when billions of years from
now this immensely vase universe will be bereft of energy. It will
collapse upon itself, leaving "the Countenance of God", whatever that
means. A divine Hadith (Hadith Qudsi) has it, "I was alone at the
beginning. I am now as I was before." That means only God exists. Man or
the universe does not!
KASSIM AHMAD is a Malaysian author. His website is