EDIT: I just got an email from the guy I have mentioned in this post, poor guy has been thinking too much over this. Anyway, I had appended his email at the end of this post.
So SAWJ asked a question his blog and I have been reading the discussion silently, not adding my own interpretation as I was afraid that I might say something blasphemous. Here’s the question again:
Let’s say, there’s an engineer who designs a satellite. The life of the satellite is long enough and he sends it into space with 100 years of fuel. There’s no chance that the satellite will get destroyed and not be able to complete it’s 100 years. But after 25 years, the engineer dies!
Now the question is: Will the satellite stop working with the engineer’s death and not complete it’s 100 years?
If you think yes, you don’t possess the IQ to read on. Please stop reading right here!
If you thought no, here’s the real question:
Allah designed this Universe to perfection, there’s no chance of it getting destroyed by external force. He wrote all that is to happen in the Loh (book) with the Qalam (pen) [I hope you do know about the Loh-o-Qalam]. But after 25 years of creating this Universe, Allah died. This Universe will work perfectly as designed till the day it’s supposed to die. Is there any proof that Allah is still alive?
What I willbe writing here is not my interpretation but conclusion to a discussion that I had over this with someone I had emailed this question to. Lemme clarify, he’s not an aalim, just a normal guy who loves to study islamic literature:
First of all, it is important to understand, the question that was posed was not in the category of ‘shirk’ but in fact under ‘kufr’ but it would not be considered kufr cuz the human mind is free to think but actually believing in something of the sort would be kufr. Further, SAWJ also has an answer to this question according to the Shariah which he is not revealing.
Now coming to the part of ‘understanding by logic’. Ofcourse, for that we need to know what logic actually is. According to the limited knowledge that we have, logic is a mere illusion. Newton’s absoluteness theory/religious views (which gave way to so many laws in physics) were deemed incorrect by Einstein’s theory of relativity. We also know through the theory of incompletion, nothing can be deemed complete (and perfect) and thus all the laws and theories that we have in this world are merely ‘assumptions’ important for us to make our lives simpler. (It can also be used to explain why Newton’s laws were negated by Einstein and why Einstein’s theories are also in danger of negation in the future…they are incomplete like everything else). Now, if we take the islamic perspective, even the likes of Hazrat Imam Al-Ghazali, considered to be one of the best islamic philosophers and also the pioneer of occasionalism was unable to prove various happenings merely through logic.
So, what do we do now? This is where we need to be a little dogmatic and simply believe things as they are stated in the Qur’an by Allah (SWT). It is stated clearly in Ayat-al-Kursi that “Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists.” [2:255]
SAWJ, I am waiting for your answer now 🙂
EDIT: Ok, SAWJ has just posted the answer here.
EDIT: Here’s the email I was talking about
A man asked to Hazrat Ali (RA) that you believe in Allah and his oneness and you accept Islam and follow the commands by preventing yourself many luxuries of life. What is that? I don,t believe in God and I do what I please to. Hazrat Ali (RA) replied that: Ok, for the moment let us assume that your believes are true. In this case, whatever I have been doing by accepting Islam would not have any harm because there will not be any day of judgement and I will not be answerable to anybody. The only suffering I will have is that I remained away from the luxuries of life and I will be dead without enjoying. Since human life is finite, thus I (or any body following Islam) will be loosing a finite luxury-time (according to your belief). On the other hand, if what you say are false and my believes are true, then according to Islam, by not accepting Islam, you will be punished in Hell and will remain there for un-ending time. What is the best way now? Accepting Islam or not accepting? Enjoying a finite life time or facing a great pain for an infinite time? The choice is yours.May Allah bless Hazrat Ali (RA) and raise his standing in Jannah upon Prophet Muhammad (SW) and give us the love of him and all the Sahaba Kiram (RA). (Amen)