Reverence and its object

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Soulveda | Sep 22, 2021

When a famous American player, Carl Lewis, won a long jump com­petition held at Los Angeles on June 22, 1984 he was so overwhelmed with gratitude at his victory that he could not resist paying homage to the track he had run on.

The urge to identify and acknowledge one’s benefactor and the longing to shower him with one’s feelings of deep gratitude is inherent in human nature. This is common to all: to rich and poor, to young and old.

According to psychiatrists, this emotion is not only the deepest of all emotions but is also so interwoven in human nature that it is in­separable from it.

This is the urge, in fact, to find God, the creator of man, and bow before Him. It is ingrained in man in order that he should be able to recognise and worship Him.

Man, however, digresses from the path of nature. The recognition and submission which is actually due to God, is given instead to His creatures.

Man feels inclined to adopt someone or something as his ‘God’, since the true deity remains invisible to the naked eye; it is a human failing that he takes more readily to visible or tangible objects. Thus, what God alone is worthy of, is offered to someone or something else.

Thus, the correct focusing of one’s emotions is monotheism as opposed to polytheism. The former should be their only true outlet.