I thought about what I would put out today, and I decided to put out something we can wrap our heart and soul around. It’s been an up and down week. From visiting my great nieces and nephews, going to the boxing gym, finding out my friend and coach was diagnosed with Covid-19, to the separate town hall events last night, my heart has been up and down, happy, and sad.
In light of this roller-coaster week, I thought it would be well served to put out something talking about God’s creation and some of the blessings He has placed in it for us. Just a small excerpt from: The Bee.
In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.
God sends down water from the sky, with which He revives the earth after its death. In this is a sign for people who listen.
And there is a lesson for you in cattle: We give you a drink from their bellies, from between waste and blood, pure milk, refreshing to the drinkers.
And from the fruits of date-palms and grapevines, you derive sugar and wholesome food. In this is a sign for people who understand.
And your Lord inspired the bee: “Set up hives in the mountains, and in the trees, and in what they construct.”
Then eat of all the fruits, and go along the pathways of your Lord, with precision. From their bellies emerges a fluid of diverse colors, containing healing for the people. Surely in this is a sign for people who reflect.
God created you; then He takes you away. Some of you will be brought back to the worst age, so that he will no longer know anything, after having acquired knowledge. God is Omniscient and Omnipotent.
God has favored some of you over others in livelihood. Those who are favored would not give their properties to their servants, to the extent of making them partners in it. Will they then renounce God’s blessings?
God has given you mates from among yourselves; and has produced for you, from your mates, children, and grandchildren; and has provided you with good things. Will they then believe in falsehood, and refuse God’s favors?
And yet they serve besides God what possesses no provisions for them in the heavens, nor on earth, nor are they capable.
So do not cite the examples for God. God knows, and you do not know.
God cites the example of a bonded slave, who has no power over anything; and someone to whom We have given plentiful provision, from which he gives secretly and openly. Are they equal in comparison? All praise belongs to God, but most of them do not know.
And God cites the example of two men: one of them dumb, unable to do anything, and is a burden on his master; whichever way he directs him, he achieves nothing good. Is he equal to him who commands justice, and is on a straight path?
To God belongs the unseen of the heavens and the earth. The coming of the Hour is only as the twinkling of the eye, or even nearer. God has power over everything.