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Fatima is Fatima

by : Dr. Ali Shari'ati

Back You are here: Home Books Family Youth Aspiration Towards Responsibility

Youth Aspiration Towards Responsibility - Preface

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Merciful

Have a look thoughout this huge universe…

. Sun and moon are responsible for lightening the earth and the heaven at day and night and without them, this whole universe will fall in horrible darkness, in addition, they have other responsibilities, too.

Night and day, also, are responsible for following each other in this timely division of the day. Daytime is for activity and living, while night for sleeping and resting. And without this timely and accurate organization, the life order would have been in a total disorder; being that the day will be long without a night after, it or a long night without day after it.

The air that flows here and there…if not for it transferring breathable to us, we would have been in a state of suppression.

Sweet water that flows from rivers, and other sources of water, that quenches people and animal's thirst, as well as, watering the farms and gardens…and the salty sea that carries ships and allows millions of fishes to live in it, and Turn your face toward this broad world… Do you see anything in it without having a certain responsibility or responsibilities?

The sun and the moon are responsible for lighting the earth and the sky in the daytime and at night…and without these lights and lamps, the whole universe would have been in a complete these birds that fly in the sky and walk on the land, the ants and even the wild animals in the bush…all these have their own work and responsibilities.

If this is the case, then what of the human being who is the best of all these creatures in the sight of Allah?

From the beginning of this world, the Almighty Allah defined, for man, his responsibility: (He said: I will create a vicegerent on earth) (Holy Qur'an: 2:30). From that time man knows the nature of his responsibility: (We did indeed offer the trust to the Heaven and the Earth and the Mountains; but they refused to undertake it, being afraid thereof; but man undertook it…) (Holy Qur'an: 33:72), i.e., he undertook the responsibility of developing the earth, based on the will of Allah.

Thus, the whole universe is responsible…from the smallest to the biggest. You cannot see anything without having a certain responsibility; which may be known or unknown to you. The other creatures are bound to follow the line cleared for it, i.e. they perform their responsibilities based on the system defined by the Almighty Allah. The only creature that has choice and will is man…he- based on the nature of his creation- is obliged to do his own duty and responsibility or be refrained from it. Based on his choice - performing or not performing his duty - the results will be a success or a failure.

Allah's will wants the worldly life to be a workshop of deeds and actions, as well, as a field of competition for goods (He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed) (Holy Qur'an: 67:2). Till when these competitions end, since our father Adam till the last creature on earth, then the Day of Resurrection will approach us; the caller will call in a loud voice: (But stop them, for they must be asked) (Holy Qur'an: 37: 24).

There are many questions to be asked: What have you done with your responsibilities? Have you performed them as expected? Why have you performed some and left some others? Have you done them seeking Allah's pleasure or you have done them just for the sake of personal and worldly benefits? And so on….

In a short note, the Almighty Allah has created every creature for a certain purpose and responsibility, and He guided and gave him the ability to discharge that responsibility. There is no creature, in this world, that doesn't know the responsibility or responsibilities, which he was created for. The broad universe, with all its earth, water and sky, was brought into being for the purpose of serving man and, likewise, man was charged with the development of the world, it is not a joke or a play (Did ye then think that We had created you in jest) (Holy Qur'an: 23:110), (Does man think that he will be left uncontrolled -without purpose-?) (Holy Qur'an: 75:36)