The Soul is Always Aware Because of Islam
The Soul is Always Aware Because of Islam
By Serap Akincioglu
Most people think that religion requires only their practicing the known worships, acting in conformity to the legal deeds, and keeping away from the evil ones.
But these acts of worship and the evil deeds from which one keeps away, only take a part of one’s daily life.
However, religion embraces a person’s total life and understanding of morality.
As stated above, religion embraces one’s total life and this is actualized by the soul. The righteous soul is one of the most important attributes of the human spirit.
Since the righteous soul is the inspiration of Allah, it always commands virtuous and blessed deeds to people in every circumstance.
This way, the soul directs one to the conduct which will serve in attaining the will and pleasure of Allah. If one thinks for a moment, he will surely realize the mechanism of the soul in himself.
When challenged by any event, the first thing heard is the voice of the righteous soul.
But the following response that one hears in himself is the stealthy inculcation of Satan.
The believers always come across situations in their life where they have to make a certain choice.
Not in all of these happenings does the believer know what exactly to do. Yet, someone who knows and understands the Qur’an, will refer to his soul and succeed in choosing the state of behavior that will please Allah.
For instance, Allah commands in the Qur’an, “They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: “What is beyond your needs” (Al-Baqarah, 2:219). Here, no absolute quantity to be kept is stated.
This verse is actually a trial to everyone for reckoning the sensitivity of one’s soul; since one can determine the degree of his needs by himself.
Right at this point, the first thing that one shall hear will be the voice of the soul. The one who acts unconditionally according to the righteous soul will also be able to attain the will of Allah.
On the contrary, the one who reduces the righteous message of the soul will have acted on the behalf of Satan.
Consequently, the soul is the basic foundation of religion. Actually, everyone is tried as to whether or not he is conforming to his soul.
As stated by Bediuzzaman, the righteous soul is always aware and in action, it will never hesitate in telling the right and the legal; “The soul always looks from the window of the heart.
Even if the mind closes its eyes, the eyes of the soul are always open” (Mesnevi-i Nuriye, p.240). In this respect, the ones who are immoral, irreligious, or arrogant act this way despite their souls.
Allah informs in the Qur’an that the ignorant ones rejected the signs of Allah in iniquity and arrogance, though their souls were convinced thereof.
This means that even the most brutal and arrogant person knows with his soul what is right or wrong.
As a matter of fact, the ones who deny Allah actually know that a Creator exists.
Yet, in case they accept a superior Creator, they will have to obey His rules and commands; so they intentionally deny this fact.
The messengers and the prophets have also invited their people to act according to their righteous soul all through history.
every prophet has notified their people about the hereafter, death, and the Power of Allah to awaken their covered souls.
For instance, Prophet Abraham demolished the idols of his community after forewarning them but left the biggest of the idols standing straight.
When his people came to him with great anger, Prophet Abraham told them to ask the biggest idol about what happened:
“Should they intend to deceive thee,- verily Allah sufficeth thee: He it is That hath strengthened thee with His aid and with (the company of) the Believers; And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts: not if thou hadst spent all that is in the earth, couldst thou have produced that affection, but Allah hath done it: for He is Exalted in Might, Wise. Prophet! sufficient unto thee is Allah,- (unto thee) and unto those who follow thee among the Believers.
Prophet! Rouse the Believers to the fight.
If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers: for these are a people without understanding. For the present, Allah hath lightened your (task), for He knoweth that there is a weak spot in you: But (even so), if there are a hundred of you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred, and if a thousand, they will vanquish two thousand, with the leave of Allah: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.
It is not fitting for a prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued the land. Ye look for the temporal goods of this world; but Allah looketh to the Hereafter: And Allah is Exalted in might, Wise” (Al-Anfal, 62-67).
As seen in the behavior of the people of Prophet Abraham, people may find out what is right and true, if they just listen to their souls for a short while.
But most people use their souls only for a very brief period and then turn back to their selfish desires.
Moreover, they may indeed go further in their fierceness to kill the messengers who invite them to the divine truth.
This is an important point in recognizing how one’s behavior may differ in terms of his conforming to selfish desires or the soul.
Most people are not aware that they are being tried whether they act following their righteous souls.
Everybody on the street, even the irreligious ones know about the soul, but they have a misleading understanding of it.
They assume that giving money to the beggars, feeding the cats on the street, or not throwing garbage on the streets are sufficient for being righteous.
And also they think that only deeds like killing one, torturing a poor person, or swindling others are evil.
However, the instances explained in the Qur’an tell about a high understanding of the soul.
For instance, the sorcerers, initially opposed to the Prophet Moses during the period of the Pharaoh, declare their belief in Allah despite the cruelty and threatening of the Pharaoh; and they immediately obey the Prophet, which is a sign of their righteous soul.
The sorcerers who believe right away do not hesitate for a moment in doing what the divine truth tells.
Thus, one should conform to what his soul orders, right away. In the case of the sorcerers, their selfish desires would have surely tried to make them give up, and Satan would have made them fear the threat of death.
In this respect, the Pharaoh threatens them by cutting off their hands and feet on opposite sides and hanging them.
And if they act on the side of the Pharaoh, he promises them status and high posts.
In such a case, conforming to the righteous, which are the commands and will of Allah, needs a deep understanding of morality.
And the number of people who have such a superior moral understanding and soul are only very few.
As a matter of fact, acting in accordance to the soul’s inspiration only in simple and easy things is only deceit of the Satan.
Satan tries to lessen the responsibility of the soul this way. But it is a fact that the righteous soul of a person, who regards himself as doing important things when only realizing minor ones, may lose its sharpness in time and may even get dull.
Eventually, such a person loses his sensitivity and awareness against all happenings. Then it becomes impossible to explain the reality or to arise a positive impression in such a person’s heart since he would then have a deceived soul.
The most crucial factor that activates one’s soul strengthens it, and turns it into action is the fear of Allah.
The one who fears Allah and who believes without a doubt in the hereafter, knows surely that he will be resurrected and judged with his soul.
Therefore, he always acts according to what his soul tells him. Eventually, everyone will be questioned in the hereafter, as to what extent he has used his soul and to guide him.
As informed with the verses of the Sura Ash-Shams, “By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it; And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right.”
The wrong is the inculcation of Satan over man, and it attracts everyone to selfish desires, anger, and opportunistic behavior by “inspiring each other with flowery discourses by way of deception.
” This way the evil prevents man from the right way of Allah, high morality, and religion.
But even in these negative circumstances, everyone is inspired by Allah about what is right and beautiful; also what virtuous speaking and behavior are, to please Allah.
In the Qur’an, this is stated in the following verse:
“By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it; And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right;- ” (Sura Ash-Shams, 7-8)
Thus, the righteous soul is a blessed inspiration to man given by Allah.
So every kind of appraised instance of morality and superior attribute of humanity is hidden in the determination to act in conformity to the soul.
The most significant attribute of Heaven is it’s being a place where only people and beings with the highest understanding of the soul may reside.
Actually, the soul will always be aware and heedful in Heaven which will in return establish an environment of complete security and peace.
Serap Akincioglu is currently writing articles as a regular columnist in a prominent Islamic newspaper Yeni Asya (New Asia) and also in a Muslim magazine called Bizim Aile (Our Family).
She has released two books written on Islamic issues: “Towards Enlightenment” and “Closer to Allah”. She participates in various panels, conferences, and meetings as a speaker. (Istanbul / Turkey)