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Are You Shakir or Kafir? - The Real Test of Life

"Was there not a period of time when man was nothing to speak of? We created man from a drop of mingled fluid to put him to the test; We gave him hearing and sight; We guided him to the right path, whether he was grateful (shakir) or not (kafir)." [surah Al-Insan 76:1-3]

Contrary to the belief of many people and various traditions, this life is neither about enjoyment nor suffering, it is only one thing - a test. In his supplementary notes for the upcoming seminar on Surah Al-Insan (also known as Al-Dahr), Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi writes:



"This surah can be paired with the one before it. Al-Qiyamah ended with a brief account of the lowly first stages of a human life, from which one can hardly imagine that there could emerge so complex a creature as a human being capable of knowing right from wrong and therefore self-accusing. Surat al-Insan begins with mention of those first stages of a human life and the forceful affirmation that in the whole of time (al-dahr) there is not any period (however small) in which a human being is to be considered unworthy of mention, i.e. of no account. To the contrary, human life is always significant, important, and heavy with consequences, which become fully apparent in the afterlife. Whereas Surat al-Qiyamah had emphasized the punishment in hereafter of the unbelieving, unrepentant sinners, this surah emphasizes the rewards in paradise for those who are thankful believers and strive to please the One who created and nurtured them.

God has created human beings hearing and seeing, that is, capable of perceiving and understanding when they are shown the way between right and wrong, and capable of choosing. Man indeed has a choice: to be kafir or shakir – to deny and cover up the reality that he knows right from wrong, or to acknowledge that reality, be thankful for it and choose the right. God created him and gave him life and responsibility in order to put him to a testing trial so that he comes to know for himself his own value."

The full notes can be found at: http://goo.gl/exVN0

Surah Al-Insan goes to the core of the reason of existence of man. These notes are only a taste of what is to come in the forthcoming seminar on Surah Al-Insan this Saturday in Cambridge and Live Online Worldwide.

Please book your place now for an incredibly powerful and life-changing seminar inshaAllah.

Surah Al-Insan
Man The Unknown - What is His Destiny?

The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series

With a Special Session on "Doubts and Controversies about Islam"

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013 Time: 9.30AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live On-line Web Access


Features: Course Notes, Childcare/Crèche, Free Parking, Group Discounts and Scholarship

http://courses.meoc.org.uk << Click Here To Register

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Why Have We Forgotten Our Destination?
Man The Unknown - Surah Al-Insan - What is His Destiny? (plus Bonus Open Q & A Session)
"Doubts and Controversies about Islam" in the Light of Surah Al-Insan


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Muslim Education & Outreach Cambridge (MEOC)


Tel: 07736 779448 / 01223 655223 Email: courses[at]meoc.org.uk

 

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