Have you ever wondered who, what, or where you were before the skies, seas and mountains ever existed? Have you ever pondered about your own creation, how simple, yet complex it seems? Have you ever ponder that you could not have been made to spend nine months in your mother’s belly, only to be born and engage in frivolities? Have you ever wondered why the cycle of weakness and helplessness repeats itself when old age sets in for people and the grim reaper is making for their throat? Have you ever wondered where you are from?
What purpose do you serve here? And where are you going later on? Questions upon questions without a definite answer will make confusion set in, I know. But I really want you to think deep and ponder, but if you need my help doing that, read on. Let us summarize the whole of our life as a journey of “From, for, & to”. From where or what were we created? For what were we created? And to where will we be returned? Why do so much sadness exist, and maybe, little joy. Why do people see life as nothingness, and why do some see it as a playground?
Fifty thousand years before the creation of the heavens and the earth, we were nothing. Nothing to be ever remembered. Fifty thousand years before the creation of the heavens and the earth Allah ordained the measures (of quality) of the creation. The first thing Allah created was the pen, and when the pen was created, it was told to write. The pen asked what should be written, and Allah instructed it to write what was decreed about everything till the last hour. Part of what the pen wrote was the creation of human beings, which indicates that we began from nothingness — unnamed in any form. The Qur’an relates:
“Has there not been over man a period of time, when he was nothing to be mentioned?”
-Sura Al-Insan, Ayah 1
So, we started as nothingness, never to be mentioned. Then when Allah began creation and He created the angels who worshipped Him without break, He then made the creation of man happened, starting from Adam (May Allah be pleased with him) and his wife Hawwa (May Allah be pleased with her). Adam was created from clay, Hawwau was created from his rib whilst he was asleep, and they were both made to procreate and the result of their procreation is we. But our creation is different from theirs. Ours involve the meeting of a pair (Male and female) as it is only through that reproduction can happen.
The Qur’an is explicit about our creation:
• So let man see from what he is created!
• He is created from a water gushing forth.
• Proceeding from between the back-bone and the ribs,
-Sura At-Tariq, Ayah 5-7
This process only happens when a man and woman meets, and even when they meet, there is no guarantee that their cohabitation will bring forth any being except if it has been decreed. So, when this happens, the creation of man has not ended. The sexual relation is the first phase to it (the phase which ends the father’s contribution), the next phase is totally controlled by Allah through the female (Mother to-be after having being impregnated), the Qur’an tells us:
“O mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then verily! We have created you (i.e. Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge i.e. offspring of Adam), then from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood) then from a little lump of flesh, some formed and some unformed (miscarriage), that We may make (it) clear to you (i.e. to show you Our Power and Ability to do what We will). And We cause whom We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as infants, then (give you growth) that you may reach your age of full strength. And among you there is he who dies (young), and among you there is he who is brought back to the miserable old age, so that he knows nothing after having known. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down water (rain) on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells and puts forth every lovely kind (of growth).”
-Sura Al-Hajj, Ayah 5
So, the entire creation of man was explained in the above verse. To buttress the verse, the Prophet also related in one of the hadiths narrated by Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud:
“The creation of you (humans) is gathered in the form of semen in the womb of your mother for forty days, then it becomes a clinging thing in similar (period), then it becomes a lump of flesh like that, then Allah sends an angel who breathes life into it; and (the angel) is commanded to record four things about it: Its provision, its term of life (in this world), its conduct; and whether it will be happy or miserable.” (Al-Bukhari).
Going by the aforementioned, we were totally fashioned by Allah in the best of forms that we are today. Our entire journey has been from Him, if He has then planned our creation and we have been brought to life, what purpose do we then serve? Why are we here? That brings us to the second stage. The present.
SHEHU, Abdus-Salam Aladodo.