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					           The Words

First, Second and Third Word
The First Word
   Bismillah (In the Name of God).
   We are in the realm of examination.
   The sphere where both good and bad exist.
   The place where God’s name of ‘Hakim’ takes precedence
    over the name of ‘Kadir’.
   A place where we can win or lose never-ending pleasure.
   The pass rate is very low.
   Through the fine-tuning discussion, we saw the probability
    of things coming to fruition is so low.
The First Word cont...
   For this reason we must say ‘Bismillah’ before we
    attempted anything.
   Before we eat!
   Before we work!
   Before we worship!
   Before we sleep!
The Second Word
   This Word concisely describes the subjective approach of
    proving the existence of God I have mentioned before.
   What’s the definition of a ‘proof’?
   ‘The validation of a proposition by application of specified
    rules, as of induction or deduction, to assumptions,
    axioms, and sequentially derived conclusions.’
   ‘The evidence or argument that compels the (sane and
    healthy) mind to accept an assertion as true.’
The Second Word cont...
   The rules are pain and pleasure.
   We have been created in way to follow what is
    pleasurable.
   Also to avoid what is painful.
   This how God’s desires are fulfilled.
   However, the answer to the question, ‘Does God exist?’
    plays a crucial role in what will be considered pleasure
    and what will be considered pain.
   Although, looking at the two path in its entirety, the same
    rules of pain and pleasure can be used to determine
    which is true.
The Second Word cont...
   That’s exactly what Bediuzzaman does in this chapter.
   Looking at the two paths, he firstly shows how the
    person who follows the path of atheism is in utter pain
    and torment.
   “Know that the first man represents an unbeliever, or
    someone depraved and heedless. In his view the world is
    a house of universal mourning. All living creature are
    orphans weeping at the blows of death and separation.
    Mighty beings like the mountains and oceans are like
    horrendous, lifeless corpses.”
The Second Word cont...
   Then he shows how a believer is always in pleasure
    regardless of what position he may be in.
   “Elhamdulillahi Ala Kulli Hal”
   “All praise be to God for every situation.”
   “As for the other man, he is a believer. He recognizes and
    affirms Almighty God. In his view this world is an abode
    where the Names of the All-Merciful One are constantly
    recited, a place of instruction for man and the animals,
    and a field of examination for man and jinn. All animal and
    human deaths are a demobilization.”
The Second Word cont...
   “Those who have completed their duties of life depart
    from this transient world for another, happy and trouble-
    free, world so that place may be made for new officials to
    come and work. The birth of animals and humans marks
    their enlistment into the army, their being taken under
    arms, and the start of their duties. Each living being is a
    joyful regular soldier, an honest, contented official. And all
    voices are either glorification of God and the recitation of
    His Names at the outset of their duties, and the thanks
    and rejoicing at their ceasing work, or the songs arising
    from their joy at working.”
The Second Word cont...
   “In the view of the believer, all beings are the friendly
    servants, amicable officials, and agreeable books of his
    Most Generous Lord and All-Compassionate Owner.”
   Challenge for everyone is to come up with a state other
    than unbelief that would be painful and torment for a
    believer?
   Thus, Bediuzzaman in this word summarises the
    subjective approach to the existence of God.
The Third Word
   “O you people, worship...” Quran 2:21.
   A chapter about the profit and happiness that lie in
    worship.
   Also about the loss and ruin that lie in vice, dissipation
    and laziness.
   Lets be honest, if we use our time on worship, what else
    would we do with our time?
   Vice, dissipation or being lazy...
The Third Word cont...
   Bediuzzaman provides an example about two soldiers
    receiving orders to proceed to a distant city.
   They are given two roads that they can take to reach
    their destination.
   They are the same in terms of distance.
   Two differences are that (1) people who take the road on
    the right receive great profit and experience great ease
    whereas the people who take the road on the left make a
    loss and (2) people who take the road on the right have
    to carry a baggage which is not that heavy whereas the
    people who take the road on the left travel without
    baggage.
The Third Word cont...
   The road on the right is belief...
   The road on the left is vice, dissipation or laziness...
   The baggage is worship and staying away from sinning.
   There is an apparent burden in worship, but there is an
    ease and lightness in its meaning that defies description.
The Third Word cont...
   For in the prescribed prayers the worshipper declares, “I
    bear witness that there is no god but God.” That is to say,
    he finds the door of a treasury of mercy in everything
    because he is believing and saying, “There is no Creator
    and Provider other than Him. Harm and benefit are in His
    hand. He is both All-Wise; He does nothing in vain, and
    He is All-Compassionate; His bounty and mercy are
    abundant.” Moreover, he sees that everything is
    subjugated to the command of his own Sustainer, so he
    takes refuge in Him. He places his trust in Him and relies
    on Him, and is fortified against every disaster; his belief
    gives him complete confidence.
The Third Word cont...
   Whereas a philosopher, with a so-called enlightened mind,
    sees a comet in the sky, he trembles on the ground, and
    exclaims anxiously: “Isn’t that comet going to hit the
    earth?”
   On one occasion, America was quaking with fear at such a
    comet, and many people left their homes in the middle of
    the night.
   So in this chapter, Bediuzzaman shows that there is great
    profit and ease in worshipping God and the contrary in
    not worshipping him.

				
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