The Art of Believing

Hola Blogverse! I was actually going to go to sleep but my brain just won’t stop thinking and I feel the urge to write this down. So, here I am, writing down my thoughts instead of sleeping.

Some people think that believing in God is something that is out of date, something nonsense. Some people said that they don’t believe in God because they can’t see it. Some people don’t believe in God because they said that God can’t be scientifically evidenced. Some people said if it can’t be explained by research, it doesn’t exist. Some people said that God is a delusion. Some people said that there’s no such a thing as the hereafter. Some people said that there’s no God, because if there’s God, there would be no bad things happened in the world, there would be no sorrow in the world.

First of all, God is not a software that need updates. Unlike humans’ creations that need updates. God is one for all time. Some said God is nonsense. Well, duh. You don’t need your five senses to find and to believe in God. All you need is your heart, because you need faith to believe. Not your five senses. Embrace the faith with an open heart, then everything will eventually make sense to you. This also explains the statement which said that God can’t be scientifically evidenced and which said that God can’t be explained by research. Well, duh. Humans can not investigate things that are way beyond their capacity. You can’t just say, “Hey, God! Can we meet tomorrow at 9am? I need some data to prove that You are exist. I need to know your surname, where do you live, your height, your weight, so I can calculate things out.” Can you calculate your own future? Can you calculate either you will wake up again tomorrow morning or not? Some people said, “of course we can calculate the future.” But how accurate the calculation is? 99%? 99,9%? 99,999999999%?

“And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, “My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.” [ Allah ] said, “You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.” But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, “Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers.”” (Al-A’raf: 143)

“Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”” (Al-Ikhlas: 1-4)

“Allah has not taken any son, nor has there ever been with Him any deity. [If there had been], then each deity would have taken what it created, and some of them would have sought to overcome others. Exalted is Allah above what they describe [concerning Him]. [He is] Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, so high is He above what they associate [with Him].” (Al-Mu’minun: 91-92)

“Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction. But if good comes to them, they say, “This is from Allah “; and if evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All [things] are from Allah .” So what is [the matter] with those people that they can hardly understand any statement? What comes to you of good is from Allah , but what comes to you of evil, [O man], is from yourself. And We have sent you, [O Muhammad], to the people as a messenger, and sufficient is Allah as Witness.” (An-Nisa: 78-79)

Unlike humans, God knows the unknown. God has the knowledge about the unknown. God has the knowledge about everything, including about the future. God told us about what the future will be like in the guide book. God explained everything humans need to know in the guide book.

“I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them. Those who denied Our signs and the meeting of the Hereafter – their deeds have become worthless. Are they recompensed except for what they used to do?” (Al-A’raf: 146-147)

“And they swear by Allah their strongest oaths that if a sign came to them, they would surely believe in it. Say, “The signs are only with Allah .” And what will make you perceive that even if a sign came, they would not believe. And We will turn away their hearts and their eyes just as they refused to believe in it the first time. And We will leave them in their transgression, wandering blindly. And even if We had sent down to them the angels [with the message] and the dead spoke to them [of it] and We gathered together every [created] thing in front of them, they would not believe unless Allah should will. But most of them, [of that], are ignorant.” (Al-An’am: 109-111)

“And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who strays from His way, and He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.” (Al-An’am: 116-117)

“[He is] Originator of the heavens and the earth. How could He have a son when He does not have a companion and He created all things? And He is, of all things, Knowing.”(Al-An’am: 101)

“Unquestionably, they are in doubt about the meeting with their Lord. Unquestionably He is, of all things, encompassing.” (Fussilat: 54)

“And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Al-Baqarah: 115)

You read my blog posts, even though we never see each other, even though we don’t know each other. I believe that you’re exist, and you believe that I’m exist. How? Because you can see the signs, in this case, the signs of my existence are my blog and my blog posts. God doesn’t tell humans to believe Him without giving humans signs. The signs encompass everything. The signs of His existence are everywhere. But not everyone is willing to see it with humility, some see the signs with pride and ego.

“Indeed, within the heavens and earth are signs for the believers” (Al-Jathiyah: 3)

“And on the earth are signs for the certain [in faith], and in yourselves. Then will you not see?” (Adh-Dhariyat: 20-21)

“…indeed in that are signs for people who think.” (Ar-Ra’d: 4)

“And We have certainly presented for the people in this Qur’an from every [kind of] example – that they might remember. [It is] an Arabic Qur’an, without any deviance that they might become righteous. Allah presents an example: a slave owned by quarreling partners and another belonging exclusively to one man – are they equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah! But most of them do not know. Indeed, you are to die, and indeed, they are to die. Then indeed you, on the Day of Resurrection, before your Lord, will dispute. So who is more unjust than one who lies about Allah and denies the truth when it has come to him? Is there not in Hell a residence for the disbelievers? And the one who has brought the truth and [they who] believed in it – those are the righteous. They will have whatever they desire with their Lord. That is the reward of the doers of good. That Allah may remove from them the worst of what they did and reward them their due for the best of what they used to do.” (Az-Zumar: 27-35)

Some people said that God is a delusion. Well, duh. Humans can’t even find out either they will wake up again tomorrow morning or not. Is there any insurance company that can assure you that you will wake up again tomorrow morning? Is there any insurance company that know EXACTLY when you are going to die? Is there any insurance company that can guarantee when will EXACTLY you going to meet your soulmate? You can’t see your own future, does that mean your life is a delusion? Does that mean your future is a delusion just because you can’t see it. Yet?

How can a delusion has the ability in keeping billions (and growing) of believers for thousand years? If it’s a delusion, so it has to be able to be cured then. By what? By humans’ products? Medications? Therapists? How can God be cured by things that are way less powerful than God? Can a robot make humans? Humans can’t even find the cure for lots of current diseases. How can humans who has no knowledge about the future, whose knowledge don’t encompass everything, tell God whose knowledge encompass everything, the seen and the unseen, the known and the unknown, about what should God does and what shouldn’t God does. How is that possible? It doesn’t even make sense. Can you see who is having a delusion now?

Some people said that there’s no such a thing as the hereafter. Some people said that there’s no God, because if there’s God, there would be no bad things happened in the world, there would be no sorrow in the world. Well, duh. What makes you think that you know everything that things should go based on what you want it to be? Does your knowledge encompass everything? Even encompass the future? Do you know what EXACTLY will happen next in your life? Can science do such 100% accurate calculation of the future? We live on earth. We live in a world, not in a paradise where there is no sorrow, where there is no hunger, where there is no suffer, where there is no war, where everything is beautiful. World is the transit place before you go to the ultimate final destination: the hereafter.

“O my people, this worldly life is only [temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter – that is the home of [permanent] settlement.” (Ghafir: 39)

“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace” (Al-Furqan: 63)

“And [that they may know] that the Hour is coming – no doubt about it – and that Allah will resurrect those in the graves.” (Al-Haj: 27)

How do we know there’s such a thing as the hereafter? Simple, from the guide book that God gave us. A company will not give its’ customers buying their products without the guide book, won’t they? Then how can you conclude that there is no God when you NEVER read the guide book. How can you know about Biology if you never read books about Biology? How can explorers and scientists find out about things if  they never look for it. The guide book which God gave is obvious and crystal clear in telling the dos and don’ts. It’s obvious. But just like children in a family, not everyone is willing to get rid of their pride and ego to understand why God tells you to do and don’t do things. You can’t understand God with your pride and ego, even more with hatred, and especially with no faith. You need faith to believe. You need faith to understand. We can’t understand what we don’t believe, can we? Willingness, openness, then you can understand and believe.

That is why in Islam, the first thing you need to do to accept Islam is to surrender:
“Surely, the only religion Allah will accept is (surrender) to His Will.”(Ali-Imran: 19)

Then submission:
“But no, by your Lord, they will not [truly] believe until they make you, [O Muhammad], judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves and then find within themselves no discomfort from what you have judged and submit in [full, willing] submission.”(An-Nisa: 65)

Then Obedience:
“And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy.”(Ali-Imran: 132)
“O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.”(An-Nisa: 59)

Then sincerity and purity of intention:
“Verily, deeds are rewarded by intention. And everyone will have the reward for that which he has intended.”
[A saying of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him]

Then peace:
Between You & Allah
“Peace” is mentioned 58 times in the Holy Quran and it is certainly the most sought after condition for the life of every human on earth. “Peace” is also one of the attributes which Allah has named Himself by in the Holy Quran:
“He is Allah beside Whom there is none worthy of worship, The King, The Holy, The Peace, The Watcher, The All Mighty, The Compeller, The Supreme. Glory be to Allah! He is above all that they try to associate with Him as partners.” (Al-Hashr: 23)

And in the end of the day, after you surrender your pride, and have faith, everything makes sense. In the end of the day, there is no blurry lines between everything anymore.

Humans are not only blessed with five senses, humans are also blessed with a heart. Use it. Use it to have faith. Open your heart to find God. You can’t find the things you don’t want to find. You can’t let in His grace by closing the door (heart). Open your heart to ANY possibilities. Have the willingness to understand. You can’t find the light by closing your eyes. You can’t find God by closing your heart. You can’t love with a closed-heart. You can’t find the love with a closed-heart. You can’t find the soothing oasis with a hard heart. In order to have faith, you just need to get rid of your pride and ego, you just need to open your heart. It’s time to shut the senses and start using your heart.

“And the Day the wrongdoer will bite on his hands [in regret] he will say, “Oh, I wish I had taken with the Messenger a way. Oh, woe to me! I wish I had not taken that one as a friend. He led me away from the remembrance after it had come to me. And ever is Satan, to man, a deserter. And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.” And thus have We made for every prophet an enemy from among the criminals. But sufficient is your Lord as a guide and a helper. And those who disbelieve say, “Why was the Qur’an not revealed to him all at once?” Thus [it is] that We may strengthen thereby your heart. And We have spaced it distinctly. And they do not come to you with an argument except that We bring you the truth and the best explanation.” (Al-Furqan: 27-33)

“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance”(Al-Qamar: 17)

“So is one whose breast Allah has expanded to [accept] Islam and he is upon a light from his Lord [like one whose heart rejects it]? Then woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah . Those are in manifest error. Allah has sent down the best statement: a consistent Book wherein is reiteration. The skins shiver therefrom of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whom He wills. And one whom Allah leaves astray – for him there is no guide.” (Az-Zumar: 22-23)

Real freedom starts when you have faith.






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