Friday, September 5, 2014

The Greatest Gift

Everyone deserves to be happy. Every life is precious and deserves comfort and love. Please be happy, guys. All of you. You all are awesome. Please. Keep. Smiling. That is all. Go on and rock!
~ Fahim Ferdous Promi

It is important for a believer to realize that every soul is an expression of God's Creative Power and therefore, every soul is special. And that is why we must learn to respect life whether that life be of the saint or the sinner, the rich or the poor, the male or the female, because, in the end, all of them are the Handiwork of God.

Would one, if handed the Mona Lisa or Sculpture of David be able to destroy the artworks at a whim? No. Most, out of respect for the great Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo cannot bring themselves to even entertain such a thought of destroying the masterful artworks of two very human artists then what more so should be the dignity and reverence offered upon the Artwork of God?

The belief that the worth of a soul is inferior if it is that of a sinner is an anathema and should be abhorrent for the believer for every soul has sinned and therefore none should hate the other for sinning differently than the self.

Now, let us assume for the sake of argument here, that a non-believer is the worst of sinners or perhaps the sodomite or heretic. Even then, does this really give us the right to condemn them and loathe them? The sin of every soul is different and it is not for us to judge one who sins differently than us. Even Scripture teaches us to do so:
He causes His sun to rise
on the evil and the good,
And sends rain
on the righteous and the unrighteous.
If you love those who love you,
what reward do you have?
Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
If you greet only your brothers,
what more are you doing than others?
Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Therefore you are to be perfect,
as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.
[Matthew 5:45-48]

Often times, we see admirers of celebrity figures preserve their clothes, their shoes, the manuscripts of their first works, purchasing them for fortunes. Yet we fail to preserve the Work of the Most High, tarnish the Signature He has left among us with the very gift of life He has granted to every being that moves and breathes. In fact, this very Earth, His Masterpiece, and look what we have done to this place.

Observe, how we are prejudiced against one another even though our genesis is the derivative of the same source: the Creative Act of God. Our origin and destiny, the same, yet we are unfair to one another, thinking ourselves greater than the next only because we see the color blue differently than the other, whereas Scripture tells us:
O mankind! Behold! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you, in the Sight of God is the best in conduct.
God is Omniscient, Aware.
[Quran 49:13]
And therefore humanity must unite against hatred and prejudice, treating each other fairly with love and equity, as commanded in the Scripture:
O you who believe! Be ever steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity; and never let hatred of anyone lead you into the sin of deviating from justice. Be just: this is closest to piety. And remain conscious of God: verily, God is aware of all that you do.
[Quran 5:8]
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even if it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be against the rich or the poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts of your desires, lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that you do.
[Quran 4:135]

— Fahim Ferdous Promi

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