Bismillah (in the name of God), alhamdulillah (praise and thanks belong to God): The Quran teaches us that the heavens and the earth were one and then split apart to commence the formation of the universe:
Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe? (Quran, The Prophets, 21:30)
To help us understand how brief our existence on this planet is, a thought came to my mind the other day. Imagine a large crystal of glass being thrown with force to the ground. In the microseconds following impact, the pieces crack and then fly apart. Let’s go a step further: imagine that on one of the countless shards of glass an even more fleeting form of life lives, develops, and happens to observe the universe of glass around it. If they looked out from their shard world to see their glass universe they would see during their life time that the universe itself was apparently suspended in mid air as if frozen by time.
But to the outside observer looking in at this fleeting glass universe, it is clear that the lives of the shard beings is so fleeting that it almost non-existent. For intelligent beings living on their shard world, they may have noticed even in their brief existence there is evidence to show that both they and their universe are just a brief blip in the expanse of forever. The example to me, brings home the incredibly short lives we lead on this planet and in our universe.
Science paints a picture of the birth of the universe which resembles this crystal of glass exploding apart. It also underlines the timescales of the universe and our fleeting existence relative to it. If we accept the materialistic interpretation of these events and deny our spiritual after life we can only come to the conclusion that our lives are so short that they are pointless.
But when we think this thought, an inner voice speaks to us and says that this conclusion is wrong. If we did not have this inner voice and believe it to be true we would have ceased to exist many centuries ago. If life has no point then there is no point to obeying the law, helping others, writing books, sharing our thoughts having children and so on.
Yet many of us continue to ignore it. It is this inner voice that makes us realise our lives are not pointless but that they have a purpose. The existence of man and the progress of civilisation is a clear proof that our inner voice has an effect on us. If our partial attention has given us so much benefit what would happen if we gave our inner voice the full attention it deserves?
Let us try and amplify our inner voice. We find this naturally happens when we reflect over the universe. This tells us that the source or author of this inner voice and the originator of the universe are one and the same, a singular source. Though the universe is so vast our inner voice echoes inside it. As we are from this universe, we come to another conclusion: the author of this inner voice is our creator.
The complexity of the universe around us and the fact that this inner voice appeals to our intelligence leads us to one more conclusion: the author of the inner voice, creator of the universe, is amazingly intelligent and capable. Our fleetingly short duration of life leads us to one more conclusion that we are wholly dependent on the creator, while the creator is independent of us and this universe. Our dependence on the creator and the creator’s independence from leads to the conclusion that the creator existed before us and will exist after us.
So we know we have a purpose, but what is it? Whatever the answer, it lies with our creator. If our creator has placed an inner voice inside us and a universe that amplifies this inner voice, it shows that we can reach the answer and it has a strong connection with our creator. The word in every human language that is used for an intelligent creator is, God. Our search is for God.
Our quest seems very difficult but we if we rely on the simple conclusions of our reflection over our inner voice and its place in the universe we can say the following: There is only one God. A caring God who has not left us in the dark but given us an inner voice. A God that we need to help us find our purpose. A God who does not need us as our existence is so brief and so must have always existed and will exist forever. A wise God who has given a message that appeals to our sense. A God whose amazing creation of the universe, along with our connection to it, bear witness that there is no equal to God.
Just as our inner voice finds a resonance with the universe that exists around us, is there a message that is ascribed to God, a religion, that resonates with our inner voice? Is there any religion that amplifies what we hear within us?
If we briefly reflect over the religions of this world we always find that their resonance with our inner voice is defective: Christianity requires the independent God to be dependent on a son. Judaism limits itself to some when the inner voice is universal. Buddhists accept the inner voice but do not allow it to echo in the universe to discover the single creator and deny God. The Hindus consider everything a god but the inner voice is single. The secular creationists consider the Creator is one, universal but not intelligent and not independent. The dualists believe in two while the animists, like the Hindus believe in many gods, yet God is only one.
Is there no religion that perfectly resonates with the reflections of our inner voice? Here is what the religion of Islam says about God:
Say, “He is God, [who is] One,
God, the One everyone seeks.
He has not given birth and was not born
And there is no equivalent to Him
(The Quran, Sincerity, 112)
The above chapter is a central, unchanging and consistent description of God that is found in the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him). As you can see its resonance with our inner voice is perfect.
If the book of Islam, the Quran, resonates with the inner voice of man, we are left with one conclusion. The author of our inner voice, the Quran, and the creator of the universe are the one and same, God. I therefore invite you to accept where your inner voice takes you. I invite you to become a Muslim, a follower of Islam – the religion of the inner voice.