Divine Revelation

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Prince a five year old boy from India fell and got trapped in a small but deep borewell while playing outside his house. A television news channel broadcast this news and all other channels too picked it up. Suddenly the nation was gripped and glued to their television sets as the electronic media gave live coverage of the trapped boy and the rescue operation underway. People prayed and wept for the five year old who they could watch live trapped in the 60 feet deep 12 inch hole. Even the Prime Minister joined in. The army did a marvellous rescue job by first ensuring food and oxygen supply to the little boy and then boring in a parallel shaft, before finally hauling out Prince to safety.

This incident showed that in spite of all our diversity and differences, we are after all one human family. We all have the same emotions,concerns,aspirations and fears. We all value human life and dignity and desire a peaceful and just world. Our conscience always pricks us when we see evil. It hurts to see someone suffer as was the case when Prince fell down. We feel happy when good prevails over evil and right over wrong.This conscience or inner voice that is common to all mankind has been mentioned in the Holy Quran as a proof of the Hereafter (life after death).

Allah says in the Holy Quran (75:2)

Translation: And I do call to witness the self-reproaching spirit

Every human conscience wants good to be rewarded with good and evil with evil.We expect truth to prevail and falsehood to be vanquished.But this is not always possible in this world.

We see that one nation can massacre hundreds and displace thousands in its hatred for another nation or community.The prepetrators of these war crimes go unpunished and are scot free to lead a merry life in this world.Similarly there are so many people who do good without getting any benefits or reward in this life.Thus logic demands that there should be a life in which there is eternal justice;where evil doers are punished and the virtous amply rewarded.This is what is promised by Allah in the Akhira or the Hereafter.

Allah says in the Holy Quran (99: 7-8)

Translation: Then shall anyone who has done an atom's weight of good see it .
And anyone who has done an atom's weight of evil shall see it.

May Allah guide us all.

Posted by Arshad on Monday, July 24, 2006.

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