God Made You His Viceroy
In The Earth To See
How You Behave!
Is That How You Behave?
(M. Javed Naseem)
“Then We appointed you viceroys in the earth
after them, that We might see how you behave.”(al-Quran 10:14)
We are the masterpiece of God’s Creation – the best in the universe. When Allah thought about creating a human being, He held us in high esteem and granted us honor and respect, even above His angels. He gave us splendor.
“And had We willed We could have set among
you angels to be viceroys in the earth.”
“He it is Who has placed you as viceroys of the
Earth and has exalted some of you in rank above
others, that He may try you by (the test of) that
which He has given you. Lo! Your Lord is
swift in prosecution; and Lo! He verily is
The above two verses from the Holy Quran tell the truth about us – humans. If Allah had wanted, He could have appointed angels as Viceroys in the earth. But He chose Man and exalted his status, above the status of the angels, and then appointed him as His Viceroy in the earth. Alas! Most of us are trying to prove that it was not a wise decision. We are opposing what Allah wanted for us. We are revolting against Him. Unfortunately, we can only hurt ourselves.
Know Your ‘Self’ And
Make A Difference
(While You Can)!
Get Up, Rise And Shine!
Heaven And Earth Were
Created For You! Don’t
Opt For Hellfire!
وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌ فِى ٱلأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً
قَالُواْ أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ ٱلدِّمَآءَ وَنَحْنُ
نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ قَالَ إِنِّيۤ أَعْلَمُ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
“Behold, your Lord said to the angels: ‘I will
create a vice-gerent on earth.’ They said:
Will You place therein one who will make
mischief therein and shed blood whilst we do
celebrate Your praises and glorify Your holy
(name)?’ He said: "I know what you know not."
Vow! So amazing! Ponder upon the above verse of the Quran and look at the depth of knowledge, the vision, the insight or the farsightedness of the angels! God had just floated the idea of creating a man but the angels knew immediately what that man was going to do in the earth! And the man was not even created yet! Allah-o-Akbar! The angels knew that man would be a trouble-maker. He would spread corruption and bloodshed in the earth. And they were absolutely right!
Allah created Man as His Khalifa (Vice-Gerent) in the Earth. Gerent is a Latin word (used in modern French for ‘Manager’) and as a verb it means: To bear, to conduct, to manage or to govern. Some scholars have translated the Arabic word ‘Khalifa’ as heir, viceroy, vice-gerent or care-taker. Therefore, man is the “Vice-Gerent” (Deputy Manager) of God on earth but he rules the world and behaves like Devil. Since the time Devil disobeyed Allah and refused to fall in prostration in front of Adam, Allah had declared him as a devout enemy of man. The irony is that man knows it and acknowledges it too but still follows the Devil. This is revolt and merits punishment. It is more than simple disobedience.
When we claim to be Muslims and then arrogantly go against the commands of Allah, openly or discretely, it constitutes hypocrisy (Munaafiqat) in Islam. And Allah has promised Munaafiqeen (hypocrites) a grave punishment in the lowest part of Hell. Do we really understand that? I doubt.
Today, Muslims in general and Muslim leaders in particular, are considered corrupt, inapt and incompetent because corruption flourishes in all Arab countries and other Muslim states. All politicians are trying to make easy money and live of others. They are so shameless that they even extort money in the name of charity (hospitals, dispensaries, schools, food, medicines, humanitarian projects, etc., etc.) and then transfer that money to their off-shore bank accounts overseas. Thus they are set for a luxury life. Others are plundering it while abusing authority and power. They don’t even think for a moment that they are going to die tomorrow!
And that shows what kind of Muslims they are; how much they fear Allah’s wrath; how much they care about others; and how much importance they give to justice and fair-play in their society! They care about themselves only. Allah tells us in the Quran in very plain words: “Remember Me, I’ll remember you!” And if you don’t remember Him in this world, He’ll not remember you in the Hereafter! Simple as that!
That’s not the Man Allah had created to play His Viceroy or Vice-gerent in the earth. That man probably does not exist any more. The poet-philosopher of the East, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (or Allama Iqbal) said:
Where Is The Man?
“My ancestors were Brahmins. They spent
their lives in search of God. I am spending
my life in search of Man.”
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
When the Man becomes a beast, he starts killing other living creatures including human beings. Adam’s son showed us that with the first murder and his grand-grand-children are repeating the fete today in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Libya, Kashmir, Burma, etc., etc. The earth has become the killing fields.
Man has lost his splendor.
What happened to all the education, research and knowledge? All knowledge is useless if not used for the betterment of mankind; and if not used by man to connect to his Creator, the Almighty.
All Knowledge Is Useless Until …
“Look at the evils of the world around you and protect yourself from them. Our teachers give all the wrong messages to our youth, since they take away the natural flare from the soul. Take it from me that all knowledge is useless until it is connected with your life, because the purpose of knowledge is nothing but to show you the splendors of yourself!”
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
Man is capable of performing incredible fetes. He can catch the stars and dwell at moon. He can travel through galaxies. He can conquer the universe but cannot conquer his own desires and emotions! What a contrast! Simply put: If you are disconnected from your base, you are lost. You become nobody!
We are living with fake pride, fake love, fake news and fake leaders. We have lost our direction and that’s why we have lost all respect, dignity and honor. It hurts to see that we have lost our splendor. We are fallen.
Stagnation is Death.
Enter Another Dimention!
“Let this be our beautiful departure from stagnation! Let our minds come alive; enter another dimension; go beyond the stars eagerly struggling to find that which our naked eyes did not know existed! Rise like a falcon born to soar and not be alone but be present amongst others.”
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
― Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
We are one community and are supposed to help each other in times of need. As human beings we should feel for others because we are all parts of one great body and pieces of one big jigsaw puzzle. One without the others is nothing. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said, as narrated by An-Numan bin Bashir:
‘You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that if any part of the body is not well, the whole body suffers from sleeplessness and fever.’
(Bukhari, vol 8, book 73, No.40).
People who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, most money, or the most awards and medals. They are the people who care; who touched your heart and soul; who were there with a kind and encouraging word when you were down. And that makes the difference.
Now, you try to be one of those and touch somebody’s soul. Make a difference! Leave your footprints on somebody’s life. And do it while you can!
Strip away your pride, and put on humble clothes!
Wait for the illuminating openness,
As though your chest were filling with light,
As when God said,
“Did We not expand you?” (al-Quran 94:1)
Don’t look for it outside yourself.
You are the source of milk. Don’t milk others!
There is a milk fountain inside you.
Don’t walk around with an empty basket!
You have a channel into the ocean, and yet
You ask for water from a little pool!
Beg for that love expansion. Meditate only
on THAT! The Quran says:
“And He is with you.” (al-Quran 57:4)
There is a basket of fresh bread on your head,
And yet you go door to door asking for crusts!
Knock on your inner door! No other!
Mankind is one community. The best among us is not the one who has achieved top position in sports, education, science, technology or arts. These honors are good for one’s personal satisfaction. If one cannot use his knowledge, expertise, skills and wealth for the benefit of other human beings, it is worthless.
If we want to get rid of evil, we should strive for a welfare society based on social justice. We should have a firm belief that there is God up there and one day we will be answering questions while standing in His court. That God-fearing spirit is developed only when you believe that you are answerable to a Higher Authority than your corrupt government. So, raise your level and educate yourself!
How Do You Relate To This Universe?
The poet-philosopher of the East, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, asks:
“What is the character and general structure of the universe in which we live? Is there a permanent element in the constitution of this universe? How are we related to it? What place do we occupy in it, and what is the kind of conduct that befits the place we occupy? These questions are common to religion, philosophy, and higher poetry.”
And YOU are the answer! So, be a befitting YOU!