Unchangeable Systems which Govern the World
- :Shahid Mutahhari
The laws and the systems governing the world are also unchangeable. The things existing in nature are constantly changing, but the natural systems governing them are firm. They do not undergo a change. The things develop and evolve. They take various courses. They sometimes attain almost perfection and sometimes remain stagnant. Sometimes they march speedily and sometimes slowly. But the natural systems neither change nor develop. The Qur'an calls these unchangeable systems the divine practice.
"The same was the way of Allah in respect of those who passed away earlier. And you will not find the way of Allah undergoing a change". (Surah al-Ahzab, 33:63)
It is an unchangeable divine practice that the final success pertains to the pious, and the earth belongs to the righteous.
Allah in the Holy Qur'an says: "Indeed We have written in the Psalms, after the Torah had been given: The righteous among My slaves shall inherit the earth". (Surah al-Anbiya, 21:105)
"The earth belongs to Allah. He gives it to whom He pleases. Happy shall be the end of the pious". (Surah al-A'raf, 7:128)
It is an unchangeable divine practice that Allah does not change the general condition of a people unless and until they themselves make an effort to change it.
"Allah never changes the condition of a nation unless it (first) changes what is in its heart". (Surah al-Ra'd, 13:11)
It is an unchangeable divine practice that a people always gets that form of government which it deserves in accordance with its spiritual, moral and intellectual conditions.
"Thus we make the wrong-doers friends of each other because of their own doings". (Surah al-An'am, 6:129)
It is an unchangeable divine practice that easy-going and luxuriously living licentious people are ruined.
"When We intend to destroy a township, We first warn those of its people who live an easy life. If they persist in their wickedness there, they become liable to punishment. Then We totally annihilate them". (Surah al-Isra, 17:16)
It is an unchangeable divine practice that the people having faith and doing right deeds are always successful in the struggle for survival and they come to power in the world.
"Allah has promised those of you who believe and do good deeds that He will surely give them power on the earth as He gave to those who were before them to succeed, and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has approved for them. He shall give them peace and security after a period of uneasiness". (Surah al-Nur, 24:55)
It is an unchangeable divine practice that injustice and tyranny lead to ruin and devastation.
"We destroyed the people of all those towns because they were unjust, and we appointed a fixed time for their destruction". (Surah al-Kahf, 18:59)
The Holy Prophet (s) has said: "A regime can continue with unbelief, but not with tyranny".
Adapted from the book: "Man and Destiny" by: "Shahid Mutahhari"
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