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Once I ran into a nice statement and it went deep into my heart and touched it. I stopped for a while and thought. It is typical of me to overthink when I find a reason for thinking. After that, I find it a good opportunity to put the pen to the paper or my fingers to the keyboard and let my thoughts flow on a piece of paper or the computer screen. Those sentences goes right below (Note: These words may seem repeating and boring. But these are the thoughts passed through my mind for a while and I felt like sharing them with you.):
“Some people assume that they have lots of problems in their lives. As a result, there is no time and energy left for them to talk to God and worship him. But the opposite is true. They are in trouble and misery since they don’t talk to God, don’t call him, and don’t beg him for his help.”
Well. Religion is nothing but a set of thoughts and teachings or a guidebook that persuades us and lets us know how to have a healthy lifestyle. I’m not pointing to a particular religion in this blog. I am talking about any religion that teaches us good traits and actions—a religion which is in favor of humanity and every positive action and behavior.
But why religions provide us with some rules and teachings and ask us to be obedient to them? Does God really need our worshiping? What are these religious teachings and rituals for?
These teachings and written words in scriptures are for us to know how to live a good life. Every sin to which we are warned by our holy books is unhealthy for us. Can you name a sinful act that is not against our health? Jealousy, arrogance, violence, cruelty, wrath, and et cetera are unhealthy for us, aren’t they? Each one may cause negative feelings to us or have negative outcomes in our personal or social life. Reversely, positive traits like generosity, kindness, affection, sympathy, patience, and so on, are more compatible with our nature (Al-Fitrah) as a human. We believe that God (literally speaking) has inhaled from His soul into the humans' souls. It is meant that we naturally like the positive traits at our hearts. And we don’t feel good when we do or face a sin. But we may fail to obey God and commit sin. Since it’s typical of human beings to get used to things they are dealing with routinely. Some feel neutral towards some sins and they don’t feel bad about them after a while. In other words, their hearts are dead and they cannot realize the negative feelings they experience after repeating and repeating sinful deeds.
To put in the nutshell, God doesn’t need our worshiping but we need it. There is no one kinder than God to His creatures. We believe that mothers’ or fathers’ loves, for example, are the strongest loves that are unconditional and heavenly. It will give an idea on how kinder the creator of these precious gifts (for example, love) could have been. He is the all-affectionate, the all-merciful, the all-benevolent, and etc to the human beings; and He encourages them that He forgives them if they truly and regretfully ask Him for His forgiveness.
That’s why He states:” اِن الله يُحبُ التوابين و يُحبُ المُتطِّهرين “
If someone asks God for His forgiveness at the bottom of their hearts, God will purify them and their hearts as if they have not done that sin.
We have to keep in mind that He is always here and there waiting for us. It is our own choice to take the first step and call Him.
Thanks for reading.
Hurieh, July 7th/ 2016
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