“Never Plead Ignorance”

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Diamonds from Harun Yahya’s Book;

“Never Plead Ignorance”

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Primarily, a person should reflect on the purpose of his existence in this world, on what exist beyond this life, on how this magnificent on which he lives came into existence, and on Who is the Creator of all living things, including him.

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The existence of Allah is obvious. Ignoring it would only be the beginning of the greatest damage we could ever do to ourselves. That is simply because Allah is no need of anything. He is the One Who shows His greatness in all things and in all ways. Allah is the owner of everything, from the heaven to the earth.

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This is what evolutionists assert. They know exactly that the atom has no consciousness, yet, they further claim that the atoms are assembled into beings which have feelings and which think.

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Man is being who has will and consciousness. He takes decisions, speaks and arrive at conclusions. All these features and functions of the “soul” make man different.

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Never plead ignorance of the fact that even if all the parts making up a person could come together coincidentally, such a heap of atoms would not form the “spirit”.

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A person who makes a conscious effort to understand the miraculous attributes of living beings would easily find the answer to the question “how did these being emerge?” Allah furnishes all living beings with extraordinary features and shows men the evident signs of His existence and might.

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Never plead ignorance of the fact that such delicate balances could not have occurred by chance, and that only Allah the Almighty has the power to establish such an order.

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Life on earth exists on the “crust” of the earth, a section of 7 layers with a distance of 670 km. The crust, 6,370 km deep, makes up only 1% of the depth of this section. Scientist, drawing an analogy between an apple and the world, state that the outer part of an apple is similar to the planet’s interior, an inner core of molten elements. Just considering that 12 km below the earth the temperature is about 60° C shows that the world is anything but serene and still. Possessions, children, career, and people’s possessions, all belong to a life led on top of this core of molten elements.

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When you reflect on your past days, you realize with surprise that nothing properly satisfied you because time passed quickly. Until this moment, it may be that you have been unaware of this reality; yet now that you have grasped it, you must base your reasoning on more realistic grounds and reorient all your deeds and the conduct of your lives. Properly, you should try to earn the good pleasure of Allah, the Bestower of all favours in this world and the next. That is because, those who consume their lives irresponsibly will be greatly astonished in the Hereafter. When they will rise from the dead and stand before Allah, they will realize that they only stayed for a short time in this world.

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Everything on earth is destined to perish. Everything in nature decays and reduces to insignificance in time. The most glorious places turn into ruins. Think about these facts and never plead ignorance that Allah created these images on purpose; to prevent you develop a profound sense of attachment to this life and forget the hereafter.

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You also must never plead ignorance about the fact that one day you will also grow old and lose most of your physical and mental skills. So, while you are still endowed with these skills, start getting prepared for the hereafter.

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Disasters are constant reminders of the fact that the world is full of internal and external threads. Man never assumes that he might also be affected by such a disaster one day. Yet, Allah has the power to make him face such a terrible incident at a very unexpected time.

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People often invent scenarios in their minds. They want to believe, for instance, that they will die in the later years of their lives and that hence they still have years ahead. Contrary to what they believe however, they hear almost everyday news of young people who lose their lives.

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Never abandon yourself to this heedlessness, which seized many people, and never plead ignorance of the fact that death is but a momentary transition and that it is very close to every soul.

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Every day we hear the death of someone or we lose one of our close relatives. These incidents are surely obvious evidence that no one can avoid death. Whether young or old, well-off or poor, everyone faces death on a predestined day. This makes one realize that one should not attach to this world and prepare for the life after death.

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Never plead ignorance of the fact that a person merely deceives himself by assuming that death is far from him. And being aware of this fact, spend your life in earning the good pleasure of Allah.

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Never plead ignorance of the fact that death is the key to the gate of the eternal abode. Spend your life without forgetting the fact of death.

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Man’s possessions in this world do no good to him when he turns to a heap of bones in his grave.

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A person who ponders on death will realize the futility of devotion to this life and start to live for his true abode, the hereafter. Never plead ignorance of the fact that the possessions of this life will remain behind in this world. Avoid the deep regret people will feel in the hereafter.

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Never plead ignorance of the fact that those who avoid the thought of the death will face a fearsome end.

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Do not make the same mistake as many others. Never pretend you don’t grasp that you have to take the Qur’an and the Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad as a guide and that the Qur’an is a reminder and an admonition.

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Never pretend you don’t grasp that all verses of the Qur’an are explicit and easy to practice. Do not follow a path you will later regret.

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Surely this is a matchless system and a great favor Allah grants man. No matter which incident man encounters in life, no matter where he goes or what origin he has, he possesses a guide to the truth. Always keep in mind that you possess a guide to the truth. Never pretend that you don’t understand this inner voice.

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Like every other man, you have both a conscience and an evil who misleads you. You also hear the voices of your conscience and your evil. If you want to attain the good pleasure of Allah and truthfulness, don’t pretend that you don’t hear the voice of your conscience.

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Even though yourself thinks of it as a difficult task or it is unwilling to follow the conscience, don’t pretend that you don’t grasp your conscience is guiding you to the truth. Be certain that Allah has infinite conscience; if you persist in following the Qur’an and are alert to what your conscience commands, then Allah will bountifully reward you for all your deeds, even for the ones that may seem insignificant to you. Meanwhile, surely those who remain heedless of the Book and about their consciences will not be treated the same in the presence of Allah.

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Never plead ignorance of the fact that you have no alternative but to be sincere and honest in your conduct while Allah surrounds you and hears and sees whatever you do.

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Allah gives a detailed account of virtuous, blessed behavior and attitudes in the Qur’an. Below, the typical attributes of an individual who is sincerely devoted to Allah and who is aware that he will be judged can be listed as follows:

Reliability,

Forgiveness,

Repelling evil with good,

Having mercy for believers,

Not being led astray by rage,

Engaging in good deeds for no price or reward,

Remaining consistently temperate in one’s approach to people,

Avoiding ridiculing people because of jealousy and selfishness,

Speaking graciously to people,

Keep promises and trusts,

Being a reliable witness,

Avoiding vain talk and trifling,

Being generous,

Settling matters wisely,

Being patient,

Being modest…

The attributes of believers listed above are only the basic one. On the Day of Judgment, man will be judged according to what actions he has done and these attributes. Those who have these attributes in this world and who have acted according to the Book, on the other hand, will be rewarded with a beautiful life.

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As we have seen, there’s no end to social problems and immoral attitudes where disbelief rages. So, never plead ignorance of the fact that you need to submit yourself to the region of Allah and that only then can you attain peace and security. Besides that, keep in mind that only a life devoted to Allah will secure a life for all eternity.

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A person having fear for Allah often shows patience no matter what he encounters in life. Difficulties neither demoralize nor discourage him. Trusting Allah, he confronts every incident with determination and courage. By trusting Allah and with the state of spirit the religion grants man, he assesses incident wisely. Disbelievers, however, always incur trouble and superstitious fears leading them to a hellish life. Neither societies nor individuals attain a condition of heart that finds the satisfaction.

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Never plead ignorance about the existence of the Hereafter, the place where Allah’s attribute of justice will be fully manifested and each deed will be rewarded justly.

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Prepare for the hereafter and never forget that you will encounter your efforts there. Never plead that you do not grasp these facts. Do not waste your life in vain and meaningless efforts.

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Never ignore this fact. While you still have the opportunity to attain the matchless favors of the paradise, never silence the voice of your conscience just to have the imperfect and temporary possessions of this world. Never plead ignorance about what some people lose in eternity for the sake of a short life just because they do not think.

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That is why you must never plead ignorance thinking that, “the majority of people are doing the same.” Even if you are left alone in your efforts, start to prepare for the hereafter, being aware that you are responsible only for yourself.

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You must never plead ignorance that what you see, hear, feel and touch, in brief the “things” you acknowledge as the material world, are only images presented to you.

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In truth, every individual is enclosed within his own image that is presented to him by his sense. Everyone has his own world. In this world, it is unlikely for anyone to know what others experience or see. Furthermore, one can never know if others see anything or not. That is because. Like every other thing, people too are images perceived within his world (brain). This is actually the most important secret of your life.

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Never plead ignorance that All-Mighty Allah created you and that every important or significant occurrence you encounter in life within the knowledge of Allah and predestined.

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Some people have a distorted understanding of destiny. They assume that they can step out of the boundaries of destiny, “or they can live a life separate and independent from destiny. However, as stated earlier, our destinies are in the eternal knowledge of Allah and Allah knows all incidents in the past, present and future, as a single moment. It is unlikely that human beings, who are subject to time, can exceed the boundaries of this single moment and change anything or manage it by their own will. To claim the contrary would be irrational.

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