The Truth Or The Religious Element (8)
God is not only the most powerful, but he is All-Powerful. The chain of near and distant causes is nothing but an instrument in the All-Powerful hand of the artisan of the world, “Allâh is the Creator of all things, and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian) overall things. * To him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. And those who disbelieve in the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allâh, such are they who will be the losers.” (XXXIX, 62-3).
All should be explained by God, “And that to your Lord (Allâh) is the End (Return of every thing)” (LIII, 42).
Thus, the man inclined to conclude that there is, not only an absolute destiny rendering vain all human intervention, but an entire passivity of mankind where any relation of causality should disappear. Such a conclusion opposes two groups of the Qur’anic texts: those which are constantly calling for our moral effort and those which explain such physical and historical phenomena by each other. The only reasonable interpretation would be that which admits to each of the given facts a determined scope, and to attribute to the human being and to the world an autonomous power or an absolute impotence. Such is the golden mean in which the Qur’an seems to want to place us.
The Qur’an had not been well understood when some give a bad construction of the Prophet's systematic refusal to be seen as a miracle worker. They insinuated by that that he did not give signs of the divinity of his mission. The truth is that, in all the extraordinary circumstances which accompany the Prophets in establishing their missions and assuring their success, the Qur’anic doctrine never sees in that a direct human work. It is by God's power that such and such marvels are accomplished by the words or by the hand of his Apostles. Noah and the ancient Prophets had already proclaimed that before,
“He said: “Only Allâh will bring it (the punishment) on you, if he wills, and then you will escape not.” (XI, 33),
“Their Messengers said to them: We are no more than human beings like you, but Allâh bestows His Grace to whom He wills of His slaves. It is not ours to bring you an authority (proof) except by the Permission of Allâh.” (XIV, 11).
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