Should we pray for small inconsequential things too or just for big things?
God wants us to pray for all things big and small and is offended if we don’t. His powers are not limited by time or space and He can take care of everyone’s requests.
For example you lost your keys somewhere and can’t find them. After looking for them everywhere and trying to figure out where they could be, you start getting desperate and think whether you should ask God to help you find them.
Since you are desperate and losing hope, you will have real earnestness in your prayer and God always listens to people when they are in need.
You will find your keys where you least expected them to be.
Who answers the distressed person when he calls upon Him?
Some people ask why use medicine when prayer heals. First of all prayer heals a lot of spiritual ills. Secondly God wants us to use the faculties and resources He has already provided us and then ask for His help. If we are not using what He has already given us, it doesn’t make sense to ask for more. He wants us to make the maximum effort we can and then ask Him to make those efforts fruitful and beneficial.
There is no conflict between prayer and science. Science describes the facts we have discovered about this world. Prayer goes beyond science.
Science is limited by our God given faculties and effort and time. Prayer is limited by nothing, just like God Himself.
Jesus was taken down from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea and was treated by both Joseph and Nicodemus, who were members of the Essenes Order (as was Jesus), and who were experts in the healing medicines (John 19:38-40). Once Jesus was healed, he knew he had to stay out of sight and to leave the area once he had settled his affairs (John 20:14). His mission was to preach to all the tribes of Israel, many of whom had been taken to Assyria, Mesopotamia and Media (modern day Persia/Iran) by the Assyrian King Shalmaneser V. When the Persian Empire spread to Afghanistan, India and Kashmir, the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel” moved with it and permanently settled in those areas. Jesus appeared to his followers one last time on the Mount of Olives and then disappeared in a cloud (Acts 1:9). He travelled to Damascus and then on to Persia. He had to change his name to Yuz Asaf (Jesus the Gatherer) to escape recognition. He reached Afghanistan and then India and settled in Kashmir. He travelled for many years preaching to the tribes of Israel in Kashmir, India, Nepal and surrounding areas. He died there at the age of 120 years and is buried in Mohalla Khaniyar, Srinagar, Kashmir. More details and pictures are in this presentation.
If one truly believes in God, one understands that only God is permanent.
He was here before anything else, and He will be here after everything else is gone.
Everything else, and everyone else, is temporary.
So if one doesn’t believe in God, one’s existence doesn’t make any sense.
Life only makes sense if there is a God who can tell us why He created us and for what purpose.
Without God, we are nothing.
Yes. But only if one truly believes in God.
First of all, it changes one’s outlook on life. One believes God to be the Creator and Sustainer of the world, and everything else and everyone else to be of no consequence. It gives one the courage and confidence to take bold actions and do the right things.
Secondly, even though nature follows the laws of nature created by God, only God has full knowledge of everything, and He arranges things in such a way as to help His creatures who are in trouble and seek His help.
These are the attributes of God mentioned in the Holy Quran:
|1||Rabb al-Aalamin||Lord of all the worlds|
|4||Malik Yaum al-Din||Master of the Day of Judgement|
|6||Al-Quddus||The Holy One|
|7||Al-Salam||The Source of Peace|
|8||Al-Mu’min||The Bestower of Security|
|16||Al-Ghaffar||The Great Forgiver|
|17||Al-Qahhar||The Most Supreme|
|19||Al-Razzaq||The Great Sustainer|
|26||Al-Mu’izz||The Bestower of Honor|
|30||Al-Hakam||The Wise Judge|
|36||Al-Ghafur||The Most Forgiving|
|37||Al-Shakur||The Most Appreciating|
|39||Al-Kabir||The Incomparably Great|
|43||Al-Jalil||The Lord of Majesty|
|46||Al-Mujib||The Answerer of Prayers|
|50||Al-Majid||The Lord of Honor|
|54||Al-Wakil||The Disposer of Affairs|
|65||Al-Qayyum||The Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining|
|68||Al-Qadir||The Possessor of power and authority|
|77||Al-Muta’ali||The Most High|
|84||Malik al-Mulk||The Lord of Sovereignty|
|99||Dhul Arsh||The Lord of the Throne|
|100||Dhul Waqar||The Possessor of staidness and gravity|
|106||Al-Samad||The Besought of all|
|107||Dhul Jalal wal Ikram||The Lord of Majesty and Bounty|
There are some attributes that man shares with God. After all, the purpose of man’s creation is to manifest in himself God’s attributes:
And when thy Lord said to the angels: ‘I am about to place a vicegerent in the earth.’ (2:31)
A vicegerent is a Prophet who manifests divine attributes and becomes an image of God.
As it says in the Bible, ‘So God created man in his own image.’ (Genesis 1:27)
The Holy Quran teaches that man has been created to serve as a manifestation of God’s attributes and to illustrate them in his life.
But man’s attributes are not the same as God’s attributes, just like an image is not the same as the real thing. Man is limited in his abilities to manifest God’s attributes, whereas God manifests these attributes fully.
For example man can create things out of other things, whereas God created the whole universe out of nothing.
Why was the Holy Quran revealed in Arabic, instead of some easily accessible language like English?
God has addressed this issue in the Holy Quran:
And if We had made it a Quran in a foreign tongue, they surely would have said, ‘Why have not its verses been made clear? What! a foreign tongue and an Arab Prophet?’ (41:45)
God always sends His guidance in the language of the Prophet and the people who are its first recipients:
And We have not sent any Messenger except with revelation in the language of his people in order that he might make things clear to them. (14:5)
So We have made the Quran easy in thy tongue that thou mayest give thereby glad tidings to the righteous, and warn thereby a contentious people. (19:98)
Arabic is the most expressive, eloquent and comprehensive language, and is eminently suited for the delivery of God’s final and complete message to mankind:
We have made it a Book to be oft read, in clear, eloquent language that you may understand. (43:4)
A Book, the verses of which have been expounded in detail, and which will be repeatedly read, couched in clear, eloquent language, for a people who have knowledge. (41:4)
It has also been proven that Arabic is the mother of all the world’s languages.