Woman: Root of All Evil?
Time was, in the Sixth Century AD, when women everywhere were male property and plaything.
Kings and commoners alike despised and abused women in every way they could.
Religion and religious leaders often treated women worse. They denied women were even people or they had a soul.
They went about saying it was woman who got man kicked out of Paradise, where God Almighty had put both man and woman when he first created them.
They called woman Gateway to Hell.
They called woman the Instrument of the Devil.
Religion and religious leaders more or less blamed woman for all of man’s troubles on earth.
And there were those in this world who did something about it.
Nothing is more amazing in this world than a believer who is sustained by God’s Love.
Let me explain how.
“When a believer looks at God, I mean when he thinks or contemplates about God, he thinks his life is forever.
But when he looks at this world, he knows that his life hangs in the most delicate and dynamic balance of a dizzy whirl of a billion variables from minute to minute and from second to micro- and millisecond.
So a believer learns to scale his life and his priorities accordingly.
And his life then becomes a perfect balance of rights and responsibilities.
As a result, a believer discharges his duties, and fulfils his obligations, to friend and foe alike, and to humans and non-humans alike, as if he had but maybe seconds to live.
But he leaves his rewards in the safe and secure hands of his master – God Almighty.
And he rests comfortably in the safe and secure knowledge that what is his by divine dispensation will also be his in actuality.
And what was meant to reach him in this world will never miss him, no matter who gets in the way or tries to stop it.
A believer never surrenders his rights, no matter how seemingly insurmountable the odds against him, for he knows his rights are given to him by his maker and master, God Almighty, and not by fellow-human beings like himself.
Nor does a believer allow the rights of anyone else to be denied or diminished, for he knows all rights, his as well as everyone else’s, come from God and it is his God-given duty to cherish and protect them and to strive tirelessly to secure them for himself as well as for all others.
Yet, at the same time, a believer’s struggle for his rights is most cultured, compassionate and dignified, for, he knows that the one who gave him his rights will also make sure to deliver them to him.
As a result, a believer’s struggle for those God-given rights – life, liberty, property, family, human dignity, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and such – both for himself and for everyone else in this world, is persistent and fearless.
For, a believer reads in the Qur’an, which is God’s word in his hand, and in this world, and in the universe, that God does not change the condition of a people unless they themselves work to change it.
As a human being, a believer loves Liberty more than he loves Life, just as the American revolutionary Patrick Henry once said it as eloquently and forcefully as perhaps any man can ever say it: “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”
And as the Bible quotes the indomitable Moses, Prophet and Messenger of God, may God bless him, as saying it to no less a tyrant than Pharaoh who not only considered himself the greatest king on earth, but also God: “Let My People Go!”
But a believer respects, loves, and celebrates life as a very special gift and trust from God, not just for himself but for all of God’s creation, both human and non-human.
Such a man is mortal to the extent all creation must drink inevitably from the decreed cup of mortality. But his life, legacy and impact on the world are forever, for, he is moved by the Spirit of God that God breathed in him when he created him.
Such a man is indestructible, unbreakable.
For, as someone once said it:
- You send him in exile, you turn him into a tourist on the endless expanse of God’s earth;
- You lock him up in jail, you make it possible for him to be in never-ending tete-a-tete with his Creator;
- Or you kill him, and thereby you confer upon him the priceless blessing of martyrdom and send him directly to paradise where he lives forever in eternal bliss in the presence of God Almighty.
Indeed, how different is the world of a believer who knows, understands, and believes, and cares, from the world of a non-believer who neither knows, nor understands, nor believes, nor cares.
And what an enchanted and impregnable and radiant and self-sustaining world it is!
Directly in the hand of God Almighty.
May God bless such a believer and those he loves and teaches, and whose lives he touches!” (Dr. Pasha)