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Jumada II  1434

Volume 29 No 4

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

History of the Human Race

There’s a course, a series of lectures, you can order called “The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History.” The lecture titles include: “Moses and Monotheism,” “Columbus Finds a New World,” “Marathon—Democracy Triumphant,” “The Defeat of the Spanish Armada,” “Two Brothers Take a Flight,” “Hitler Becomes Chancellor,” “The Atomic Bomb is Dropped,” “Dr. King Leads a March,” and many more.

If asked, probably no two people would include all the same things on their list of events that changed history, but there would be many similarities. Certain events are considered cataclysmic by almost everyone. It might be positive like Jesus’s teachings, the discovery of America, the first manned space flight, or Pasteur’s medical advances. Or it might be negative like Kennedy’s assassination, Hitler’s death camps, or the September 11 attacks. Most people would agree these were life-changing events on a global scale.

But actually few people really know “the most important event in the history of the human race.” It precedes Hitler; it precedes Columbus;

it precedes the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel. It actually precedes life on this planet.

[38:67-85] Say, "Here is awesome news. That you are totally oblivious to. I had no knowledge previously, about the feud in the High Society. I am inspired that my sole mission is to deliver the warnings to you." Your Lord said to the angels, "I am creating a human being from clay. Once I design him, and blow into him from My spirit, you shall fall prostrate before him." The angels fell prostrate, all of them, except Satan; he refused, and was too arrogant, unappreciative. He said, "O Satan, what prevented you from prostrating before what I created with My hands? Are you too arrogant? Have you rebelled?" He said, "I am better than he; You created me from fire, and created him from clay."  He said, "Therefore, you must be exiled, you will be banished.  You have incurred My condemnation until the Day of Judgment." He said, "My Lord, respite me till the Day of Resurrection." He said, "You are respited. Until the appointed day." He said, "I swear by Your majesty, that I will send them all astray. Except Your worshipers who are devoted

absolutely to You alone." He said, "This is the truth, and the truth is all that I utter. I will fill Hell with you and all those who follow you."

And the footnote states: *38:69 The feud in the High Society was triggered by Satan's challenge to God's absolute authority. This is definitely the most important event in the history of the human race. We failed to make a firm stand regarding God's absolute authority. This life represents the third and final chance to redeem ourselves (See the Introduction and Appendix 7).

We have been blessed to have received a messenger who made all of this clear to us. It’s always been right there in the Quran, but it was never fully understood. Now we know that our failure to stand firmly with God was a terrible blasphemy. It should have condemned us to exile right then. But God is so merciful that He granted us a second chance. He banished all the rebels to this earth—this beautiful planet of green trees, tall mountains, flowing rivers. But before He sent us down, He offered us a reprieve.

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