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Article appeared Friday, July 3rd, 2015 in The News Today, Bangladesh

The Revelation (384)

yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD

When we use the word trust, what do we usually imply? For example, we could trust a brand
or a person. Could such a trust be conditional, i.e., could we imply that we trust the brand
manufacturer or the person only 5% even 95% of the time? Obviously, trust cannot be a
percentage either we trust or we dont!
Similarly, when we say we trust the Creator, what do we imply? Should we trust the Creator
sometimes, often, always or can trust involve a degree of trustworthiness or when
convenient? Before we say that we trust the Creator, it may be useful to put Him on a measuring
scale and decide who He is, and His relationship with us and every moment that we pass. To do
this, it may be useful to find relevant verses in Holy Scriptures that relate to His attributes. In the
following Verse from the Holy Quran, our Creator asks us to consider a phenomenon we
observe in our daily life a shadow.
Have you not turned your vision to your Lord how He extends the shadow, and if He
willed He could have made it stationary? Then We made the sun its guide. [25.45]
Whenever we see a shadow, we normally link it to the suns rays being blocked by an object. As
the sun rises and sets we assume that the shadow will automatically follow the suns movement.
However, in a universe where the Creator has had to create every single thing from nothing, the
shadow is an independent creation, just as we would have to create a shadow separately on a
drawing canvass a shadow cannot appear automatically. Just like an artist would have to
adjust the shape and length of a shadow in a drawing, so has had the Creator to create each
change in shape of the shadow and adjust its length. Subsequently, the Creator linked the
shape and size to the movement of the sun, thus giving the appearance of a Law of Physics,
e.g., light travels in straight lines. Thus any effect that we automatically assume is actually
independent of its cause it is the Creator who wills the effect nothing is automatic, every
effect is in the hands of the Creator. Thus, He says in the Quran,
To Allah do belongs the unseen (secrets) of the heavens and the earth and to Him goes
back every affair (for decision): then worship Him and put your trust in Him: and your
Lord is not unaware of any little thing that you do. [11.123]
Since it is He who has had to link every cause to every effect, it is only He who knows all the
unseen links or secrets of the heavens and the earth. It is He who decides and enables the
effect in every case. No cause has any power to produce the corresponding effect automatically!
By virtue of the method of creation, the effect or success in anything is therefore given by the
Creator alone. Therefore, the question is, can we get away without trusting Him in the effects
that we look for in our day to day affairs? Is it surprising that Moses (pbuh) said,
Moses said: "O my People! If you do (really) believe in Allah then in Him put your trust if
you submit (your will to His). [10.84]
Allah wants us to work out how He has put everything together and intelligently put our
complete trust in Him this is belief. The Holy Quran also gives examples of how prophets
placed their complete trust in the Creator and were subsequently rewarded for their trust and
patience. In Chapter 12 or Sura Yusuf, Allah also mentions the trust and patience of Yusufs
father, Jacob (pbuh). In the following Verse, Jacob warns his sons, only to realize that the result
is completely in the hands of Allah.

12.67 And he said, "O my sons do not enter by one gate but enter by different
gates; not that I can profit you against (the decree of) Allah (with my advice). The
decision is only for Allah; upon Him do I put my trust and let all that trust put their
trust on Him (alone)."
As Jacob realized, what Allah had in store for the sons could not be averted. Jacob had a good
understanding of who the Creator is and His workings.

12.68 And when they entered (the city) from where their father had ordered them,
it did not profit them in the least against (the Plan of) Allah: it was but a necessity
of Jacob's soul which he discharged. For he was by Our instruction full of
knowledge (and experience): but most men do not know.
Essentially, the palace guards got hold of all the brothers and took them to Joseph, including
Josephs brother from the same mother Benjamin.

12.69 And when they entered upon Joseph, he took his (full) brother aside and
said to him, Indeed, I am your brother, so do not grieve over what they did to
me.
Joseph was hospitable to all the brothers, regardless of how they had treated him when he
stayed with them. However, given the track record of poor treatment that Joseph had received, it
would be unlikely that Benjamin got good treatment from them. Joseph therefore needed a way
to prevent Benjamin going back with his half-brothers without arousing suspicion.

12.70 So when he had furnished them with their supplies, he put the (gold
measuring) bowl into the bag of his brother. Then an announcer called out, O
(people of the) caravan, indeed you are thieves.
12.71 They said, while approaching them, What is it that you are missing?
12.72 They said, We are missing the measure of the king. And for he who finds
it, is (the reward of) a camels load (of grain), and I am responsible for it.
In their own defense, the brothers claimed that they came from a good family background and
therefore could not steal.

12. 73 They said, By Allah, you have certainly known that we did not come to
cause corruption in the land, and we have not been thieves.
12.74 They (the accusers) said, Then what would be the recompense if you
should be liars?
12.75 (The brothers) said, Its recompense is that he in whose bag it is found
he (himself) will be its recompense. Thus do we recompense the wrongdoers.
Here we see that the final effect is being given by Allah. The brothers, of their own accord, being
confident, suggested a punishment that would ultimately allow Benjamin to stay back with
Joseph.