of fitra, of human nature. When Prophet said, eventually my Ummah will
splinter into 72 groups – it was a metaphoric number to mean many. This
reflects the human nature, which is to differ from each other. God has
intentionally created us to be unique – with our own thumb print, eye print,
DNA, taste bud … and religion bud.
He said one tribe among you will be perfect, what does it mean? It does not
mean 71 tribes will go to hell.
Take the class room analogy – when the teacher asks students to do well in the
tests, obviously everyone can score 100 in factual sciences, but when social sciences
are in the mix, only one or two will score 100. It does not mean the other 71
will fail, it simply means one was perfect, and all others scoring from 99 down
to 70 will pass, a few will make D and few will have difficult times.
Remember the most dominant characteristics of God, the creator is Mercy. Indeed, it is one of the five core values of
Islam; Justice, equality, truthfulness and humility being the other.
wrong with the idea of only one is going to Janna and others don’t. That is not
human nature and that is not fitra. Most everyone will make it with an
exception of a few… who still got the time to seek forgiveness.
Allah will not forgive Shirk! That is baloney!
Allah will forgive shirk if one seeks forgiveness.
The simplest way to understand Shirk is to understand Tauheed. Tauheed is
clarity about responsibility and accountability of your actions to one God, and
one conscience, indeed God is closer to us than our jugular veins. Shirk on
the other hand is confusion about responsibility to accountability to who?
God is not a thing or a being to be counted as numerical one, number # 1, it is
an idea – it is the Noor and it is the existence of unseen energy that
permeates all of the creation.
I hope Dr. Nauman Anwar can share his scientific views on that. If we cannot think, we don’t need to live as
humans and become farishta’s and Jins and do what they are programmed to do. We
are human and we are given the freedom to think, and we must.
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a
writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work
place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers
pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in
Standing up for others
and has done that throughout his life as an activist. Mike has a presence on
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