Ignoring the creator a grave sin

Ignoring the creator a grave sin

By MAULANA WAHIDUD... | 28 May, 2016
According to Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet of Islam is reported to have said, “One who never expresses his gratitude to other human beings will never be thankful to God.” 
Thankfulness is a state of mind which cannot be compartmentalized. If it manifests itself in one place, the chances are that it will do so in other places too. If a man shows gratitude to one person, he will surely show it to others likewise. 
When a person does someone a good turn, it is something quite obvious – a tangible direct experience. On the contrary, God’s kindness, being an indirect experience, is not at all obvious. One has to be perceptive, and reflective to be able to realize what favours are granted to one by God. While the favours a human being does are observable, God’s favours can be realized only by thinking about them. 
One who fails to perceive an event which is directly observable cannot be expected to grasp something which can be apprehended only after a great deal of reflection. 
If the recipient of a favour fails to acknowledge it for fear of belittling himself in the eyes of his benefactor, he does himself nothing but harm. 
It is more a question of being belittled in the eyes of his own conscience than falling down in others’ eyes – a course by far the more injurious. 
An even greater disadvantage of an ungrateful attitude is that it produces a mentality of non-acknowledgement. 
Failing at first to acknowledge the favours of one’s fellow men leads on to failure to give wholehearted credence to the Lord of the Universe. There is no greater loss in this world than one who has failed to acknowledge his Creator without whose favour one’s existence would have not been possible. 

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The belief in a God dwelling .....up There! has historically been the cause, or the pretext, or the reason, for the shedding of oceans of blood and of a host of genocides. Jaina and Buddhist cultures have been - and they still are - historically the most peaceful and beautiful ways of life. The salient feature of these two religious dispensations is their wise rejection of the belief in and, of the talk of, God which, they rightly hold, are impediments to the practice of genuine spirituality. It is significant that the Believers of a religion which arose out of war and bloodshed in Arabia, would have been so successful in the obliteration of so many Buddhist cultures and of their pacifisms. Indian Buddhism came to near total extinction by the hammer and crowbar blows of Paradise seeking Believers in the Creator who inspires demolition of the houses of pacifists. The correction of the belief in Monotheism lies in the universalism which characterises the polytheism of mythic divinities of the Brahmanists. Almost every other day the TV screens show streets soaked with the blood of innocents killed by Believers doing their sacred duty for which the Merciful Creator rewards them with the instant enjoyment of the sensual delights of Paradise. Maulana Wahiduddin would please his readers if her were to compare in an article his view on the Humanity of Kaffir Belief in millions of divinities and on the inhumanity of belief in a Personal God who divides mankind into Believers and Kaffirs.

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