Would it not become a sort of animal if it were reduced to the size of an egg? Or if a microbe were to be enlarged to the size of the globe, would it not resemble it? If it has life, it has a spirit too. If the world were reduced to the size of man, and the stars made the particles and substance of his being, would it not also be a living conscious being? God has many such animals.
106. There are two Shari‘as:
The First is the Shari‘a that we know which orders the actions and conduct of man, the microcosm, and proceeds from the attribute of speech.
The Second is the Supreme Shari‘a of Creation, which orders the motion and rest of the world, the macroanthropos, proceeds from the attribute of will, and is sometimes wrongly called nature. The angels are a vast community; they are the bearers, representatives, and personifications of the creative commands which proceed from the attribute of will and are the Shari‘a of Creation.
107. If you weigh the senses of a microscopic organism against man’s senses, you will observe a strange mystery: man is in the form of Ya. Sin., inscribed in him is the Sura Ya. Sin.
108. Materialism is a spiritual plague that has infected man with a terrible fever, causing him to be visited by divine wrath. The more the ability to inculcate and criticize expands, so does that plague spread.
109. The most wretched, distressed, and suffering of men is the man with no work, for idleness is the cousin of non-existence. Labour, however, is the life of existence and the waking state of life.
110. Profiting from banks, the doors of usury and interest, is for the infidels, who are the worst of men, and for the most tyrannous of the former, and for the most degenerate of the latter. Banks cause absolute harm to the Islamic world, so mankind’s affluence should not be taken into consideration. For if the infidels are warmongers and aggressive, so they are disrespectful and without honour.
111. The purpose of the khutba during the Friday Prayers is to mention the essentials and incontestable matters of religion, not to instruct in theoretical matters. The Arabic terms recall the essentials best.
112. When Hadiths and Qur’anic verses are balanced, it is clear that even the most eloquent of men cannot attain to the verses’ eloquence nor resemble them.
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