Allah's Activities-(i) In parts 3, 4 and 5 we had a glimpse of what Allah does sitting on His huge Throne in His executive office, as well as when He ventures out on a regular nocturnal site tour of His slaves. In this part (part 9), we are going to observe more of Allah’s activities which He conducts to sustain His living and existence. To keep short the length of this part of this series, here is the summary of the important activities of Allah. Many Qur’anic verses and ahadith have been summarized to extract their main messages. Allah has His daily activities First, we read the following verses from the Qur’an: Allah keeps an accurate record of anyone who is buried under earth…50:4 Two angels (one on right, one on left) record all the activities of a person, not even a word he utters is left out; Allah monitors their works...50:17-18 Allah reviews the records (of His slaves) presented by the recording angels...50:23 Allah records all minor or major activities of the unbelievers…54:52-53 Allah has raised the firmaments high and has created the balance so that people cannot cheat in measure; Allah monitors the cheats... 55:7-9 All things in heavens and earth beg to Allah; He is always busy with work…55:29 Let us now review a few ahadith: In Sahih Muslim, we read that Allah is always busy. Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0345 Abu Musa reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was standing amongst us and (he said) four (things): Verily Allah does not sleep and it does not befit Him to sleep. He raises the scale and lowers it. The deeds of the day are presented to Him in the night and the deeds of the night in the day. Another hadith in Sunaan Abu Dawud details further Allah’s daily night activities. Sunaan Abu Dawud, Vol. I, Hadith Number 1310 Abu Hurairah reported the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) as saying: our Lord who is blessed and exalted descends every night to the lowest heaven when the last one third of the night remains, and said: Who supplicates me so that I may answer him? Who asks of Me so that I may give him? Who asks forgiveness so that I may forgive him? It will be a mistake to be incredulous on this nightly activity of Allah. It will be an error to dismiss the above hadith as metaphorical. The erudite Islamic scholar, Professor Ahmad Hasan comments that the above hadith affirms that Allah’s nightly descent on earth is not figurative; it is for real. Based on a report, he asserts that the hadith narrator was asked about how Allah does this nightly routine job. Abu Hurairah vouched that Muhammad had confirmed Allah’s night activity but was unable to provide the modus operandi. (Hasan, 2001, p 1.346, footnote 700). Allah examines a man’s record on Mondays and Thursdays…(Tirmidhi, 627) Narrated AbuHurayrah Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "Men's deeds are presented (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like mine to be presented when I am fasting." Tirmidhi transmitted it. (Tirmidhi hadith number 627 quoted from ALIM CD ROM. Allah is an employer of His messengers; Muhammad received his wages from Allah As mentioned above, the affairs and conducts of Allah are pure business–like. He has, in His employ, prophets, such as Muhammad to carry out His jobs on earth. Allah had paid these prophets their wages. This means Muhammad was in Allah’s payroll. Here are a few Qur’anic verses to ponder about Allah’s wage policies. Muhammad does not need a wage for his service; Allah’s wage is the best for him…23:72 Allah paid prophet Shui’b’s wages…26:180 Muhammad did not want any wages from the pagans; Allah paid his wages…34:47 Muhammad is not a pretender; he did not need any wages (from the Meccan pagans)…38:86 Muhammad should not ask for a wage to preach the message of Allah...52:40 Muhammad did not burden the pagans with his demand for his wages…68:46 Allah conducts trumpet playing In a previous section, we read that Allah hates music. However, there is one exception — Allah loves the sound of trumpet. In fact, He, along with his, Archangel Israfil plays the trumpet, especially to notify His subjects about their impending doom. Please read the following verses to appreciate Allah’s role as a trumpet player. There will be no more relationship when the trumpet is sounded; no question with one another; Allah will use a balance to judge…23:101-102 Every soul will be gathered with the trumpet; two angels will accompany each soul, one angel will drive the person another angel to bear the witness...50:21 Allah contracts human beings to build Ka’ba; He could not build it Himself Although, Allah Himself, with His own hands had created this extraordinarily complex earth and its life system, it is strange that when Allah’s temporary retreat, Ka’ba is damaged or destroyed in a flood or gutted in a fire, Allah is hopelessly unable to repair or re build it. Historical evidences suggest that this temporary abode of Allah was destroyed many times, probably around twenty times during its existence. Every time Ka’ba is destroyed, Allah has to seek the help of humankind for its reconstruction. It is perplexing that Allah sends thousands of angels to help His dear friend, Muhammad to reduce the infidels, but He had never sent a single angel to repair or rebuild Ka’ba—His very own residence on earth. Let us read the following verses to understand the complex mind of Allah. Abraham and Ismail made Ka’ba first and then Allah made Ka’ba a place of worship...2:125 During Noah’s time, Allah destroyed Ka’ba with the flood. Allah commanded his friend Abraham and Abraham’s son Ishmael to rebuild it (Tabari, 1988, p 6.51). They did just this (2:127) Abraham settled his people in the uncultivable neighbourhood of Ka’ba and implored Allah to bestow them with fruit and provision…14:37 Allah is a debtor; He borrows money from the believers (Muslims) Most of us have heard the introduction of Islamic Banking System in Islamic Countries. The Islamists are very hard working to introduce this unproven, fledgling banking system in non Islamic countries as well. They simply take advantage of the secular system of religious freedom and democracy to advance their agenda of this divine financial system. Now, they are quite happy that a sizeable section of the Muslim community is adopting the Islamic Bank to keep their money. Nevertheless, the reality is: these Islamists are drunk in Islamic fervor, so much so, that they have vouched to subjugate the entire world into this Bedouin Arab monetary system (peddled as Allah’s banking system). We might wonder why the Islamic financial system must replace the current world economic order and the banking system founded on sound modern economic theories. The answer is deceptively simple. It is because Allah is actually a banker. He lends and borrows money from His believers (Muslims). At times, He even acts as a usurious money lender, at times He borrows money at a low interest rate and re lends that at an exorbitant rate. Here are a few verses from the Qur’an which tells us, without a shadow of doubt that Allah borrows money from His faithful followers (Muslims) and repays them—not in cash but in kind or with promise (akin to promissory notes) of Paradise in the Afterlife. Invariably, Allah borrows money from Muslims to wage jihad against the non Muslims. More precisely, this means Allah uses Muslims’ money (hard cash) to buy war implements to kill the non Muslims. All unbelievers who still believe that Allah will show some mercy on them must heed this message. Let us comprehend the following verses from the Qur’an: When you spend for Allah just like grains of crop, He multiplies your contribution many fold (seven hundred times)…2:261 Let us read this verse in full: 2:261. The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allâh, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allâh gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allâh is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower. (Tr. Hilali and Khan, the Noble Qur’an) Elaborating on this, the eminent tafsir writer ibn Kathir writes tha t spending for Allah means spending on jihad, horses, weapons and so on. Ibn Kathir writes: Sa`id bin Jubayr commented, "Meaning spending in Allah's obedience.' ' Makhul said that the Ayah means, "Spending on Jihad, on horse stalls, weapons and so forth.'' The parable in the Ayah is more impressive on the heart than merely mentioning the number seven hundred. This Ayah indicates that Allah `grows' the good deeds f or its doers, just as He grows the plant for whoever sows it in fertile land. The Sunnah also mentions that the deeds are multiplied up to seven hundred folds. For instance, Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Mas`ud said that a man once gave away a camel, with its bridle on, in the cause of Allah and the Messenger of Allah said, (On the Day of Resurrection, you will have seven hundred camels with their bridles.) The Muslims should muster all their power and might, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles…etc) to strike terror in unbelievers’ hearts; Allah will repay whatever they spend in His cause…8:60 Ibn Kathir writes that in verse 8:60 Allah commands Muslims to prepare for war against disbelievers, as much as possible, according to affordability and availability (source) Here are more Qur’anic verses which tell the Muslims to spend for Allah so that Allah can wage wars against the infidels. Allah replaces whatever you spend on His cause…34:39 If you loan to Allah, He will increase your wealth many fold...57:11 Allah will reward many fold the loan of charitable believers, whether men or women...57:18 Fear Allah as much you are able to do so and spend on Allah and Muhammad...64:16 If you loan a beautiful loan to Allah, Allah will credit you double and will forgive you...64:17 Sahih Bukhari confirms that Allah will repay the loan if borrowed with the intention of repayment… (Sahih Bukhari, 3.41.572). Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 41, Number 572: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Whoever takes the money of the people with the intention of repaying it, Allah will repay it on his behalf, and whoever takes it in order to spoil it, then Allah will spoil him." Another hadith in Sahih Bukhari tells us that every day two angels come down from heaven; one of them supplicates Allah to compensate the charity givers...(Sahih Bukhari, 2.24.522). Sahih Bukhari Volume 2, Book 24, Number 522: Narrated Abu Huraira : The Prophet said, "Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, 'O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your Cause,' and the other (angel) says, 'O Allah! Destroy every miser.' " Allah is a banker; believers can loan money to Allah, He will secure this loan as a fixed deposit Let us peruse the following verses from the Qur’an. Give a beautiful loan to Allah; He will multiply it many times (Allah will return double)...2:245 Allah is a heavy borrower, no doubt. Nevertheless, He is clever too. Just like an astute moneylender, He invests His borrowing from His faithful followers and promises them the return of the money borrowed with attractive gain (read interest). Here is a verse from the Qur’an about Allah’s promise of return on capital invested with Him. Allah will bestow more for spending on Him…35:30 We must not doubt Allah’s promise to clear His debt to the Muslims. In the past, Allah kept His promise. Here is a verse on this. There were twelve captains (twelve Patriarchs) from the children of Israel; Allah promised them to the garden of eternity (Eden) if they would follow His path...5:12 005.012 YUSUFALI: Allah did aforetime take a covenant from the Children of Israel, and we appointed twelve captains among them. And Allah said: "I am with you: if ye (but) establish regular prayers, practise regular charity, believe in my messengers, honour and assist them, and loan to Allah a beautiful loan, verily I will wipe out from you your evils, and admit you to gardens with rivers flowing beneath; but if any of you, after this, resisteth faith, he hath truly wandered from the path or rectitude." Eminent Qur’an translator Abdullah Yusuf Ali agrees that the ‘loan’ in this verse means spending in the cause of Allah (Ali, 1983, p 245, footnote 710). As a banker, Allah certainly practices usury. He has already mentioned about doubling the money of His creditors. Elsewhere, Allah had declared he has set strict conditions for securing a loan from Him. In verses 9:111 112 Allah, in fact, demands that His debt ors pay off their loan by sacrificing their lives in a jihad. Let us read these two very important verses: 9:111. Verily, Allâh has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allâh's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur'ân. And who is truer to his covenant than Allâh? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success . 9:112. (The believers whose lives Allâh has purchased are) those who repent to Allâh (from polytheism and hypocrisy, etc.), who worship Him, who praise Him, who fast (or go out in Allâh's Cause), who bow down (in prayer), who prostrate themselves (in prayer), who enjoin (people) for Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all what Islâm has ordained) and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism of all kinds and all that Islâm has forbidden), and who observe the limits set by Allâh (do all that Allâh has ordained and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allâh has forbidden). And give glad tidings to the believers. (Tr. Hilali and Khan, the Noble Qur’an) The above verses tell us quite clearly that Allah repays the loan of the jihadists (in this case their lives) with the dwellings in paradise. If we were to link the monetary values on this deal of Allah, we must understand that this business deal of Allah is just like a banking transaction,a kind of futures market trading. The interest (in this case the lives of the jihadists) charged by Allah is indeed exceptionally high. This business deal of Allah is certainly un Qur’anic and therefore; un Islamic, to say the least. This is because in many verses in the Qur’an, Allah has vehemently cursed the usurers. This was simply because during Muhammad’s time most of the money lenders were Jews. Thus, we note that to suit His purposes Allah simply violates His own business rules Let us read a few verses on Allah’s great distaste for the modern banking system which is primarily based on interest charges. Allah has permitted trade; forbidden usury...2:275 Concerning this verse, ibn Kathir writes that usurers are pardoned for the first offence; repeated usurers are the companions of fire. Those who consume Riba will be resurrected while insane and suffering from seizures. (source) Allah does not allow any usury whatsoever...3:130 Sins of the Jews are: usury, devouring people's substance; Allah has prepared a painful doom for them...4:161 Obviously, usury (Riba), as practiced by the infidels’ banking system is grossly contemptuous to Allah. He has reserved severe punishment for indulging in such un Islamic business. Here is a sample test of Allah’s punishment for a riba eater: A usurer will be punished by stoning in a river of blood…(Sahih Bukhari, 3.34.298) Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 298: Narrated Samura bin Jundab: The Prophet said, "This night I dreamt that two men came and took me to a Holy land whence we proceeded on till we reached a river of blood, where a man was standing, and on its bank was standing another man with stones in his hands. The man in the middle of the river tried to come out, but the other threw a stone in his mouth and forced him to go back to his original place. So, whenever he tried to come out, the other man would throw a stone in his mouth and force him to go back to his former place. I asked, 'Who is this?' I was told, 'The person in the river was a Riba-eater."