Look at the sunrise and sunset. The colours are changing every moment, the clouds are moving, the sun is coming up and going down. This is all being done for us (the servants of Allah Ta’ala). Why are all these things prepared for the servant?
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
I have not created Jinn and human beings except for my worship.
In this verse worship actually means to recognise Allah Ta’ala
كنت كنزا مخفيا فاحببت ان اعرف فخلقت الخلق
I was a hidden treasure; I wanted to be recognised so I created the creation (so that they may recognise Me)
Sometimes we're involved with status and worldly pleasure so much that we forget about Allah (SWT). We get so engrosssed in our sins and disobedience. Once a calamity befalls upon us, we suddenly remember Allah (SWT) and turn to Him for help. Thus, we realise that this sense of belonging with Allah is a natural phenomenon in humans, but our involvement in worldly affairs results in us forgetting Allah (SWT) and abstaining from His worship.
There is a well-known tradition that states that a man went to see Imam Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq (as) and expressed his amazement about the recognition of Allah (SWT). He said: "I have discussed this issue with many knowledgeable people, but they have not been able to help me." Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) ended his amazement using his intrinsic human Godliness and asked him:
"Have you ever been aboard a ship?"
The man said: "Yes."
Then Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) asked: "Have you ever been on a sinking ship, and reached out for a narrow piece of board to stay afloat?"
The man said: "Yes. I have." Then Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said: "Then while you could not see any dry land or anyone there to save you, were you not really attracted to some power to rescue you?"
The man replied in the positive and was finally relieved of his amazement about Allah's (SWT) recognition.
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