Eternity Has Already Begun

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Conclusion

The foregoing exposition should have given the reader a clearer conception of the fact that All alone in timelessness, man is put to test in a world of images in his mind, with the original of which he can by no means be in touch.  The verse, " Leave the person I created on his own to Me alone," (Surat Al-Muddaththir: 11) is a clear indication of this truth.

Once in possession of the facts explained in this book, the reader will easily comprehend that including himself, man lives in a world, which we only encounter with its copy. In this copy universe, the sole absolute being is Allah. There is no other deity but Him. All the things people attach importance to and hence cast their religion away for are simply meaningless:

That is because Allah—He is the Truth, and what you call upon besides Him is falsehood. Allah is the All-High, the Most Great. (Surah Luqman: 30)

On a three-dimensional, high quality screen, an individual watches a film being projected. Since he is almost attached to this screen, he cannot succeed in detaching himself from it, so that he may grasp the situation he is in. Forgetting that he is in the Presence of Allah and is being tested by Him, he feels himself to be an independent and separate being, apart from Allah. Hence, he assumes himself to be very important. His experiences in life seem to be so real that he considers his body, his possessions, his family, and friends he watches on the screen to be real and feels pride in them. However, as it is stated expressly in the verse, "Blessed be Him to whom belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and everything in between them..." (Surat az-Zukhruf: 85), the sole owner of these possessions is Allah. Were Allah to withdraw this image from the screen, even for a moment, the human watcher would recognize that he is all alone. Furthermore, he would feel ashamed of being proud of all the images he watches on the screen; that is to say, of his body, his possessions and everything else he sees in the external world.

A sensate being pondering over these facts would also appreciate his weakness in the sight of Allah. He can earn esteem and lead a pleasurable life for all eternity only when he bows to Allah. Only then can he hope for Allah to show him the images of Paradise for all eternity.

What Allah expects from His servants is quite explicit: to appreciate His power and to lead a life observing His limits. Yet, some people, because of their heedlessness, forget the Almighty Allah or deny Him. At this point, one of the major factors misleading them is the crowd of people, — which they assume to exist — surrounding them. These people display such a rebellious attitude because they assume their friends, associates, everyone who shares the same mentality with them, exist, and because they forget that they are all alone. To their disappointment, however, each one of them is all alone, no matter with how many people he is surrounded. There is no one to help him except for Allah:

… They will not find any protector or helper for themselves besides Allah. (Surat an-Nisa': 173)

As Allah informed in the verse "Each of them will come to Him on the Day of Resurrection all alone." (Surah Maryam: 95), on the Day of Judgment, they will be all alone in the Presence of Allah. Nor will their friends and relatives, who are distant from Allah and the religious morality, forget the Day of Judgment and Hereafter, be next to them on that Day. And certainly satan, whom they followed eagerly, will leave them:

He led me astray from the Reminder after it came to me. Satan always leaves man in the lurch. (Surat al-Furqan: 29)

You have come to Us all alone just as We created you at first, leaving behind you everything We bestowed on you. We do not see your intercessors accompanying you, those you claimed were your partners with Allah. The link between you is cut. Those you made such claims for have forsaken you. (Surat al-An'am: 94)

For those having a sincere approach, it is easy to grasp these facts. Allah's verses are very explicit. This fact never changes, whether you are in the middle of a crowd, in a cinema, in a meeting, in a busy street, or among your close friends. You are, in reality, all alone. The state of those who cannot grasp this fact due to their prejudiced attitude is explained in the following verse:

… That is because they are people who do not use their intellect. (Surat al-Hashr: 14)

Those who set aside their prejudice and ponder over these facts are the believers, those who can think and take heed:

What of him who spends the night hours in prayer, prostrating and standing up, mindful of the Hereafter, hoping for the mercy of his Lord? Say: 'Are they the same—those who know and those who do not know?' It is only people of intelligence who pay heed. (Surat az-Zumar: 9)

Is he who knows that what has been sent down to you from your Lord is the truth like him who is blind? It is only people of intelligence who pay heed. (Surat ar-Ra'd: 19)

So, you also submit to Allah and obey Him.

And avoid being, as is said in the verse, the one "who is blind."

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