Every Believer Needs Assurance
[2:260] Abraham said, “My Lord, show me how You revive the dead.” He said, “Do you not believe?” He said, “Yes, but I wish to reassure my heart.” He said, “Take four birds, study their marks, place a piece of each bird on top of a hill, then call them to you. They will come to you in a hurry. You should know that GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.”
This verse shows that there are two ways to appeal to God (1) through our minds by means of logic (2) and through love by means of our hearts. We need both facets to fall into place in order to be able to come to Submission. Love without logic is blind faith, and this can lead people astray because if we are just following our hearts then we can fall for anything. Logic without love means that while it may make sense to us we will not have the motivation and passion to follow through with Submission.
[57:16] Is it not time for those who believed to open up their hearts for GOD’s message, and the truth that is revealed herein? They should not be like the followers of previous scriptures whose hearts became hardened with time and, consequently, many of them turned wicked.
Did Abraham have doubt by making this request to God? How do we differentiate between assurances and doubt?
This example of Abraham is more of a curiosity, rather than doubt. Abraham didn’t have any doubt that God could revive the dead, but he wanted to better understand it. There are a lot of things that God tells us that we don’t deny and accept whole-heartedly, but still want to understand and see with our own eyes. This is different than denying what God tells us as truth and demanding God to prove it to us before we believe. We have to believe it to see it [2:3]
Compare this example to the Children of Israel who refused to believe until they see God physically.
[2:55] Recall that you said, “O Moses, we will not believe unless we see GOD, physically.” Consequently, the lightning struck you, as you looked.
Assurance is when we want to strengthen our belief. With strengthened belief comes additional responsibility.
[5:112] Recall that the disciples said, “O Jesus, son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a feast from the sky?” He said, “You should reverence GOD, if you are believers.”
[5:113] They said, “We wish to eat from it, and to reassure our hearts, and to know for sure that you have told us the truth. We will serve as witnesses thereof.”
Greater Miracles Bring Greater Responsibility
[5:114] Said Jesus, the son of Mary, “Our god, our Lord, send down to us a feast from the sky. Let it bring plenty for each and every one of us, and a sign from You. Provide for us; You are the best Provider.” Footnote
[5:115] GOD said, “I am sending it down. Anyone among you who disbelieves after this, I will punish him as I never punished anyone else.”
Having Doubt Vs. Harboring Doubt
There is a difference between having doubt and harboring doubt. Having doubt is not a problem, as long as we work to eliminate our doubts. But when someone harbors doubt they are not looking to resolve it. By harboring doubt it will continue to grow like a seed that is being watered until it consumes the person.
The Quran’s Common Denominator
[74:30] Over it is nineteen.
[74:31] We appointed angels to be guardians of Hell, and we assigned their number (19)
(1) to disturb the disbelievers,
(2) to convince the Christians and Jews (that this is a divine scripture),
(3) to strengthen the faith of the faithful,
(4) to remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as the believers, and
(5) to expose those who harbor doubt in their hearts, and the disbelievers; they will say, “What did GOD mean by this allegory?” GOD thus sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. None knows the soldiers of your Lord except He. This is a reminder for the people.