The famous ship, TheTitanic (what a
name!) made by Great Britain in 1912. Its owners and caption boasted that even
God cannot sink it. To prove their faith in the “unsinkable” Titanic the owners purposely did not
provide enough life-boats in case it does sink.
fateful day, it left the Port Southampton and half an hour later it hit an iceberg and sank! All crew and passengers were
killed, except a few to tell the tale.
It was a case of instantaneous punishment
by God in modern times. The Quran narrates tales of punishments by God of many
ancient communities who rebelled against God and His messengers -- the peoples of Noah, Hud and many others. Yet
do human beings take heed?
When God told the angels He was going to create
a vicegerent (khalifah) to rule the Earth, the angels protested, saying that
they will make corruption and shed blood. Human beings have surely shed blood
in two bloody world wars. God forbid that a Third World War fought with nuclear
arms take place! It would be the Human Community’s suicide. Taking examples
from God’s punishments of ancient peoples, the Human Family will persist, as
long as God wills. We have added the conditionality because Life is God’s trail
and teaching for the Human Family.
Look at the vast, the very, very vast universe
that He has created. Why? He wants to tell the disbelievers if they can do the
same. Obviously they cannot. So submit, willingly or unwillingly. The universe has existed many million years ago
and can go on for many more millions of years. God is Energy-in-Chief, intelligent
Energy-in-Chief, that is.
The Quran states that finally when universal
energy is exhausted, the universe would collapse upon itself, leaving God’s
Countenance. What is God’s Countenance? Can anyone imagine the simultaneous creation
of the universe and God’s Being? What is Time? What is Space? God fills all
Time and all Space.
Why does God create the universe and the
human family when all will be finally destroyed?
We began this essay with the lesson of the
sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic. It
is not for human beings, however great they are, to boast. Only God is great. We will conclude
with the thought that God is a mistery and His ways are misterious. But not
irrational. The world is Supra-rasional. It is Higher Reason. The Uncaused
Cause. God is the Uncaused Cause. He stands by Himself. He is Intelligent
Power-Chief to Whom all contingent beings must submit.
The error made by the
owners of The Titanic to be a fatal error.
KASSIM AHMAD is a Malaysian author. His website is >www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com
As I waved my hand bidding goodby to my
parents, uncles and aunties very many years ago on the train platform in Alor
Setar, I distinctly saw on my venerable mother’s face (who did not understand
why I had to go so far) as if she was saying I would do something great. For
the most part of my adult life, I am conscious of a mission, although at times
I was mad enough to want to be poor!
In the Malayan University in Singapore, I
joined the leftistsocialist club and
later joined the people’ party of Ahmad Boestamam, and quickly became its
leader for 18 years! Somehow or other I did not feel real about the power and
success of socialism. It was simply to identify myself with the poor to whom I
I was therefore critical of things I
inherited from my ancestors. The first scholar I critisied was Imam Shafi’e for
his TWO PRINCIPAL SOURCES (Quran and Hadis). The book Hadis -
Satu Peniliai Semula in 1986 became
the topic of discussion for two months, half opposed and half supporting me.
After two months it was banned.
The book was soon translated into English and
Arabic, resulting in several Muslim authorities (Turkey, Saudi’s Fahd and Indian
Muslim scholar in UIA) following suit.
I did not look back after this, strictly
following the Quran and all other teachings must go to the criticism of the Quran.
My critical view of the Hadis brought people from all over Malaysia to visit me
and hear from my own lips in 2014. Truth to tell, all of them without exception agreed
However, the religious authorities did not
like it. They arrested me for “dishonoring Islam” (Malay: “Menghina Islam”). I
was cleared in both civil and syari'ah courts at the highest levels. God be praised!
Coming to my vision of a liberated world, I am sure
that it can be realized. Firstly, it is in accord with the teachings of the
Quran, God’s final scripture, the only scripture that is protected by God. A
vision based on this scripture must of necessity be realized.
KASSIM AHMADis a Malaysian author. His website is https://kassimahmad.blogspot.my/