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Learn from the universe

The Quran states: “Had the truth followed their desires, the heavens, the earth, and all who dwell in them, would have surely been corrupted.” (23:71). God’s scheme of creation is a perfect one. The whole universe is following this divine scheme. That is why the Quran points out that the universe is faultless (67:3). But human beings are free to act as they like. People follow their desires and do as they please. The result is corruption and disorder in the human world.

The solution to this problem confronting human society is the same as that which has been ordained for the rest of the universe.

 If a person follows his own desires, he comes into conflict with his fellowmen, which causes trouble in domestic and international arenas.


 If people follow the path of truth, like the universe, they can produce the same spirit of peace and harmony which the cosmos already dis­plays.

The path of truth as opposed of one’s desire can be understood from this verse in the Quran: “The sun is not allowed to overtake the moon nor does the night outpace the day. Each runs in its own orbit.” (36:40). It is God’s will that everything should move in its own orbit. All astronomical bodies act accord­ingly, never clashing with one another on their course. If a person were to apply this principle to his life, everyone would operate in his or her own given sphere, thus rectifying the friction which exists in human society. On the other hand, if a person follows his own desires, he comes into conflict with his fellowmen, which causes trouble in domestic and international arenas.

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