The real praise and recognition regard always the achievement. For a housewife her cooking is her pride, for a scientist the Nobel Prize or the practical application of her invention, for the head of a family the appreciation of his family by others, for a student the good result what he has achieved. The hip of housewife, the mustache of scientist, the glasses of the head of the family, and the briefs of a student are not a matter what should be praised with nice words. Anyone who puts something on the table has to be rewarded.
The creator is pleased that his work is useful and appreciated. It is a pleasure for the writer if people read his books and his thoughts are transplanted.
God didn't create vanity: the universe and man in it. His true acknowledgment by man is nothing less than the appreciation and service of His creation and of man. This includes protecting our environment and good deeds for the benefit of our fellow human beings:
Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition. (Quran 16:90)
Is there any Reward for Good - other than Good? (Quran 55:60)
And here is an item what should be explained:
Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors. (Quran 3:110)
In Arabic language past tense expresses conditional tense, too. Literally the aya says:” You were the best of peoples… Therefore this aya has two meanings and both of them are true and eternal:
- You were the best of peoples when you were enjoining what was right and were forbidding what is wrong and were believing in Allah.
- You are the best of people if you enjoin what is right and if you forbid what is wrong and if you believe in Allah.
The main idea of the verse doesn’t express permanency. It links the content to historical age or a condition. The real meaning comes only after we put age or condition together.
So, when will we be the best nation again? When we learn to appreciate the Creator through his creatures. If we preserve our world, we will not abuse the earth and serve our fellow men in righteousness. According to a hadith we must dare to do against the evil:
Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Whoever amongst you sees an evil, he must change it with his hand; if he is unable to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is unable to do so, then with his heart; and that is the weakest form of Faith". (Muslim)
If this is the admonition of our faith (and all faith has the same!), why do we bow down before man?
Who is this weak being who can cause suffering, death, but cannot create life? Why we put him in front of Allah who gives Life and Guidance and shows us the way how to walk on this path? Are you sure we did everything what we could?