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I Am Tired Now!

Are You Deceiving Yourself? (3)
By Harun Yahya
Muslim thinker
I am Tired Now

Physical discomfort is one of the excuses people put forward for not following the religion of Allah. For example, a person who is unwilling to worship Allah claims to be ill when he is really perfectly healthy. He tries to use this to deceive himself and those around him, and fails to fulfill his responsibilities. Such a person should never forget that Allah knows everything.

No human act or thought is a secret from Allah the Almighty. Allah knows every thought that crosses a person's mind, everything he feels in his heart and everything which is hidden in his subconscious. As the Qur'an tells us, {… Allah knows what your hearts contain.} (Aal `Imran 3: 119)

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However, although they are given the opportunity to earn Allah's approval and attain Paradise, people who are far removed from the morality of the Qur'an prefer to set aside their worship using illness as their excuse and follow their own selfish desires. In return for this insincerity, they will receive bitter torment in the Hereafter because the excuses they offer for not carrying out Allah's instructions are dishonest.

For people who really do have physical ailments, a number of concessions are provided in the Qur'an. For example, fasting is one of the religious duties which Allah has made compulsory. Consequently, people are obliged to carry out this instruction. In the Qur'an, Allah tells us clearly about situations in which people may be exempt from this form of worship:

{Fasting is prescribed] for a specified number of days. But any of you who are ill or on a journey should fast a number of other days.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 184)

A later verse, reminds us that He always wants ease for His servants:

{Allah desires ease for you; He does not desire difficulty for you. You should complete the number of days and proclaim Allah's greatness for the guidance He has given you so that hopefully you will be thankful.} (Al-Baqarah: 185)

As can be seen from this example, there is always an easy way for those who believe sincerely in Allah because the religion of Allah is extremely simple. Allah does not want any difficulties for people who wish to live by His religion. It is Allah Who knows best what will be difficult for people and how to lighten their load, and in the Qur'an He tells us that He will not impose on anybody beyond the limit of his strength:

Most people behave very ungratefully in the face of Allah's compassion and blessings.
{Allah desires to make things lighter for you. Man was created weak.} (An-Nisa' 4: 28)

{We do not impose on any self any more than it can stand. With Us there is a Book which speaks the truth. They will not be wronged.} (Al-Mu’minun 23: 62)

Most people behave very ungratefully in the face of Allah's compassion and blessings. Because of their attachment to worldly ambitions, they continually put forward one circumstance after another as excuses for not worshipping as they should. Of course, in doing so they are only deceiving and harming themselves because as we are told in the Qur'an, Allah is in need of nothing:

Do not forget that Allah knows an insincere excuse before it even crosses a person's mind.
{If you are ungrateful, Allah is rich beyond need of any of you and He is not pleased with ingratitude in His servants. But if you are grateful, He likes it in you. No burden-bearer can bear another's burden. Then you will return to your Lord and He will inform you of what you did. He knows what the heart contains.} (Az-Zumar 39: 7)

Be careful; do not deny your position of servitude to Allah and make excuses. Do not even think about such insincerity. Do not forget that Allah knows an insincere excuse before it even crosses a person's mind, and while you are deceiving yourself, if you suddenly meet with the angel of death, you will never be able to return to the world to worship Allah no matter how much you may want to. In the Qur'an, Allah tells us of the regret that will be felt on the Day of Judgment by healthy and able people who avoided worship:

{…they are called on to prostrate, but they will not be able to do so. Their eyes will be downcast, darkened by debasement; for they were called on to prostrate when they were in full possession of their faculties. (Al-Qalam 68: 42-43)

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Taken with some modifications from the Book: Why Do You Deceive Yourself?

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Harun Yahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied fine arts at Istanbul's Mimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, he has published many books on political, faith-related, and scientific issues.

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