Third part of Chapter one is under progress alhamdulillah, titled,
فقه قدرة الرب
“Understanding (fiqh) of Power (Qudrat) of the Master (Rabb)“
فسبحان الخلاق العليم الذي فاوت بين مخلوقاته، فخلق الكبير والصغير، والذكر والأنثى، والقوي والضعيف، والثقيل والخفيف، وأحيا بعضها وأمات بعضها، وخلق المخلوقات وفرقها في ملكه في السماء والأرض.
[Roughly translated:] “Glory be to the Creator and the Knowing, Who kept distinction between His creation. So He created the big and the small, and the male and the female, and the strong and the weak, and the heavy and the light, and He brings to life some of them and causes death of some of them, and He created the creation and He differentiated in His kingdom, in the heavens and the earth.”
Where does that leave me? This is the question that comes to mind after reading the above passage. I felt so insignificant and silly and small when I first went through this. It’s not just the humans He made, there is a lot of other creation, we’re just one small puny part.
Think of the ‘big’ (though we don’t even know all the ‘big’) but for example, look at the trees. Imagine yourself standing in the Amazon Forest, and someone comes in a helicopter flying right over the tops of trees, would he see you? Of course not, you’d be a lost thing!
Think of the mountains, people perish trying to conquer them. If we humans were such powerful things, we’d just control the mountain in the blink of an eye, wouldn’t we?
Think of the whales, sharks, cobras, elephants. Just think!
Think of the ‘small’. A mere mosquito can prevent us from sleeping the whole night. We cannot make it go away, we just can’t.
Think of the cells inside our body. One brain cell or heart cell dies, and you’re dead. Why can’t you just shake it and make it work again?
Think of the gene. Can you manipulate them to make a crocodile into a giraffe or vice versa?
Think of the males and females, the strong and the weak, the heavy and the light. Think of examples yourself. Open the dimensions of your brain. Ponder! Share your findings or/and thoughts in the comments section below.
He makes them alive. Can you possibly take the baby from the womb and make it work? Any chance? Try, perhaps?
He makes a whole tree loaded with juicy oranges come out of a tiny seed in the ground. Can you make the seed do that?
And He makes them dead. The moment the soul leaves, can you catch it and put it back? Why not? It just left. No, you still can’t.
He makes harmful waves and heavenly bodies die before they reach us on the earth, if they do reach someday, do we have any guarantee of protection of this world?
So yes, He created the creation and He controls it, He has kept differentiation. Just as you can’t make a lion weak as a duckling, you can’t make the old man agile as the young. Similarly, you can’t control your life. Not even a single moment.
And who are you amongst the creation? A particle? Maybe even less than that.
How can we, even for a second, consider ourselves something? We are just silly helpless creatures. Really!