O Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidate, Ponder of Adam’s Tale
If we take a look into political world nowadays both at international and even at national level, there are so many people that want themselves to be the president and vice president. Even though Allooh has said in QS. Al-Ahzab 72.
Surah Al-Ahzab 72:
Indeed, we offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant.
I try to ponder on why Allooh said that our ancestor, Adam AS was very unjust and ignorant. Wasn’t Adam AS was supported by the whole heaven’s inhabitants except Iblis to become the caliph on the face of the earth? Wasn’t it better compared to let that arrogant Iblis ruled over this world?
In my knowledge, the willingness of Adam AS to become the caliph of this world is still an unjust and ignorant decision. Allooh has calculated (not determine) that Adam AS and majority of his descendant can’t be able to bear that mandate. The mandate to worship Allooh or upholding the truth based on Allooh’s regulation on the face of the earth. No matter how Allooh has planted an instinct of righteousness or id Allooh (Al-A’raf 172-173), their wits and He has sent His messengers and apostles. Even Allooh will always help humans in their effort to worship Him and change a bad destiny into a good one. But the pressure from the other id (lust) and the hard work of Satan in deceiving humans will make the majority of humans be defeated in the end. And it will be a disgrace for them (humans) in this world and in afterlife. That’s the meaning of Alloh’s saying that said humans are indeed unjust and ignorant by receiving the mandate, even if they were being supported by the whole heavenly realm inhabitant except Iblis.
If Adam AS wasn’t willing to become the caliph of this world, will the position of this world’s caliph befall on the Iblis the king of all devils? Because Iblis is the servant of Allooh who was the most respected by the whole angels because of his prowess in worshipping Allooh, not in the slightest less than angels, even possessing IQ far higher than angels. If that was truly the case then the war between the truth and evil wouldn’t happen on the face of the earth. Because Iblis and his descendant will absolutely make this world to worship Allooh forever and ever. But because Allooh wants to make a game of war between righteousness and evil, then the position of caliph was being offered to another races. Not towards angels and that particularly genius angel (Iblis/king of devils) (Al-Ahzab:72).
And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”
[ Allah ] said, O Iblees, what is [the matter] with you that you are not with those who prostrate?”
He said, “Never would I prostrate to a human whom You created out of clay from an altered black mud.”
It was shown from those three verses that Iblis, with his wit, won’t repeat angel’s question about how strong his ‘not-Allooh id’, which is to create destruction and spill blood. Creating destruction and spilling blood is something that human would do for the ego to be recognized. Or to achieve their own self-actualization. Self-actualization is the highest form of human need according to Abraham Maslow (one theory which is hard to refute). Iblis questioned the structure of human which is based on mud. That structure will make humans quickly not to worship Allooh. The need for eating, drinking, having clothes, sex and home are the basic need for human being according to Abraham Maslow (a theory that hard to refute). Gut’s peristaltic movement will move faster and continuously and stomach acid will increase if there is no food. All of it will lead to pain and eventually sickness in the belly. Brain activity reduced, eyes can’t see clearly, even simple movement will be hard to do if there is no food. Whereas to get those foods, humans might forget Allooh’s mandate. Because their time will be used mostly on getting food. And it’ll be a big probability too that the food is in satan’s hand. Because of that, the reason why Iblis wasn’t bowing to Adam was pretty much solid. Because only by the first layer of human needs, according to Abraham Maslow, or just by satisfying basic needs, human has forgotten Allooh’s mandate. Compare it with the reasoning of angels that human will only waver on their mandate in the face of the highest need they can achieve which is self-actualization (Al-Baqarah: 30).
Abraham Maslow’s pyramid:
If angels were satisfied with the ability of Adam AS to suppress his desire and in using his id Allooh with his wits to bear Allooh’s mandate (which symbolized by Adam AS able to mention the name of things/Al-Baqarah 33). Not the same can be said for Iblis. He was still not satisfied by Adam’s ability. He saw that Adam will have trouble in suppressing the not-Allooh id, eventhough in the end Adam AS has successfully bear Allooh’s mandate. (Al-Baqarah 34)
He said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.”
QS Al-Baqarah 34:
And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate before Adam”; so they prostrated, except for Iblees. He refused and was arrogant and became of the disbelievers.
Iblis was sure he could easily make Adam AS to leave Allooh’s mandate if he provoked his lust or that ‘not-Allooh id’ and defeat Adam’s wits. Because Adam AS was made from mud and that’s how mud’s personality really is (Hijr: 32). With that basic Iblis refused to beg for forgiveness to Allooh SWT, he even insisted on proving his ability to Allooh SWT, or proving that creating Adam AS was a big blunder or something that just will result in vain in the end (Hijr: 32, 33, 36)
Allah ] said, O Iblees, what is [the matter] with you that you are not with those who prostrate?”
He said, “Never would I prostrate to a human whom You created out of clay from an altered black mud.”
He said,”My Lord, then reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected.”
QS Al-Hijr 39
[Iblees] said, “My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them on earth, and I will mislead them all
For that he asked Allooh to reprieve him so that he may live together with human for the time being, wherever that human will be. Then it means he asked for a postpone to his punishment so that he won’t be kicked out directly from heaven into blazing hell until all human dies (Apocalypse/Hijr: 36)
He truly believed that he can deceive all humans from worshipping the one Allooh (Hijr: 39) .
Dan Allooh menerima tantangan itu dengan memberikan tangguh kepada Iblis untuk tidak langsung keluar dari surga, dan menangguhkannya masuk ke neraka sampai dengan manusia telah mati semuanya (Hijr: 37/38)
QS Al-Hijr 37:
[ Allah ] said, “So indeed, you are of those reprieved
QS Al-Hijr 38:
Until the Day of the time well-known.”
In the end Iblis had successfully deceived Adam AS in forgetting Allooh’s mandate (Thaha: 120-121)
Ath Thaha 120:
Then Satan whispered to him; he said, “O Adam, shall I direct you to the tree of eternity and possession that will not deteriorate?”
Ath Thaha 121:
And Adam and his wife ate of it, and their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten over themselves from the leaves of Paradise. And Adam disobeyed his Lord and erred.
The will of humanity to achieve the highest level of Abraham Maslow is the one that will cause Adam AS to fail in bearing Allooh’s mandate. The will of receiving an everlasting kingdom (Thaha:120)
That development wasn’t able to be fully comprehended by Adam AS when he received Allooh’s mandate. He even felt confident that he will never descend to the earth. Because Allooh promised to him that he can actually manage not to descend into earth and will live forever in heaven. Because Allooh can change whatever has been set on Adam AS just like he can change what has been written in Lauhul Mahfuz, 50 thousand years before the creation of the universe. Please take a look at what happens in surah Ar-Rad 39.
QS Ar-Rad 39:
Allah eliminates what He wills or confirms, and with Him is the Mother of the Book (Lauh mahfuzh).
That wrong calculation of Adam itself that Allooh said as an unjust and ignorant decision for him and for his descendants.
Iblis’ fate has been sealed in Lauhul Mahfuzh. He will become the most disgraced of all creatures in the universe. But He Allooh can change it (just like in Ar-Rad: 39). He can still make Iblis as the most exalted creature in the whole universe, if he wasn’t to challenge Allooh or showed to Allooh that he has created something futile in the creation of Adam AS. All of Iblis’ way of thinking has been expected by Allooh. Because of that Allooh stated that Iblis is indeed an accursed being (has been written in Lauhul Mahfuzh/Hijr: 34-35). And Allooh accepted that postponement (Hijr: 37).
[ Allah ] said, “Then get out of it, for indeed, you are expelled.
And indeed, upon you is the curse until the Day of Recompense.”
[ Allah ] said, “So indeed, you are of those reprieved
Allooh ingin menunjukkan pada Adam AS bahwa Dia Allooh tidak berbuat zalim atas penulisannya di Lauhul Mahfuzh bahwa Adam akan turun ke bumi. Kesalahan Adam sendirilah yang menyebabkan hal itu terjadi (Thaha: 115).
And We had already taken a promise from Adam before, but he forgot; and We found not in him determination.
Exact calculation like that that will cause Allooh has said to angels since the beginning that he will make human as the caliph of the earth, no matter how human has actually a chance to live in heaven forever and ever. Because it’s within Allooh’s rights to write anything and set anything on anything that He wished for.
Indeed, Allah does not wrong the people at all, but it is the people who are wronging themselves.
Alloh agreed that Iblis’ intervention will make all humans to forget Allooh as the correct notion (An-Nur 21).
QS An-Nur 21:
O you who have believed, do not follow the footsteps of Satan. And whoever follows the footsteps of Satan – indeed, he enjoins immorality and wrongdoing. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but Allah purifies whom He wills, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing.
But even Iblis can be defeated. Because Allooh has planted tauheed instinct so that human will continue to search for Allooh before they are able to worship him thoroughly (Al-A’raf: 172-173). If human follows that tauheed instinct, then he will definitely stick closely to the teaching brought upon by Allooh’s apostles, using his wits to fight against satan’s ploy, so then he can continue in sticking on the teaching of Allooh’s apostles, continuing to ask for forgiveness and direction from Allooh SWT, just like what muslims do by saying ihdinas shiroothol mustaqqim 17x a day. And Allooh will win them (Thaha: 123).
QS Al-A’raf 172:
And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.”
QS Al-A’raf 173:
Or [lest] you say, “It was only that our fathers associated [others in worship] with Allah before, and we were but descendants after them. Then would You destroy us for what the falsifiers have done?”
[ Allah ] said, “Descend from Paradise – all, [your descendants] being enemies to one another. And if there should come to you guidance from Me – then whoever follows My guidance will neither go astray [in the world] nor suffer [in the Hereafter].
No matter how in majority, humans has been disabled by Iblis in their effort of worshipping the one Allooh, but Allooh has shown to us, the Iblis’ saying that the creation of human as a futile attempt could not be proven by him.
The conclusion is it is true that Allooh wants to create a game of war between righteousness and evil on this earth.
The interesting part is the effort of Isa AS to save the majority of humanity from their defeat against Iblis, just like what has been written in Barnabas gospel. He asked once to Allooh to arrange a meeting with Iblis. He will try so that Iblis will repent of his sin to Allooh. And if he is willing to repent then he ask Allooh to forgive Iblis’ sin and return him to heaven. And Allooh grant Isa’s wish. He told Iblis to meet Isa AS. After Iblis met with Isa and knew the real intention of Isa AS, he was furious. He stated that he can’t bow to human that was created by altered black mud from the beginning of his creation until the end of time. He asked Isa AS to never pray like that again to Allooh SWT.
The arrogant nature of Iblis and his rejection of Allooh’s intention to create Adam AS has been calculated by Allooh. Because of that Allooh has written in His holy book in Lauhul Mahfudz that Iblis will become an accursed being and infidel towards Him (Hijr: 34-35). His genius made him arrogant and infidel. Even though that genius itself was actually a chance for him to not be infidel and arrogant. Or there is still a chance for Iblis to become the most exalted creature both in the earth and heaven (Ar-Rad: 39). But that arrogant nature has no cure in itself except by hard work from that being to cure himself. By that basic Allooh let Isa AS to try to sway Iblis and stop the game of war between Allooh and Iblis in this world. And Allooh had already known that Isa will fail.
What’s the correlation between my pondering about our ancestor tale, Adam AS, with the willingness of someone to become presidential and vice-presidential candidates?
Because they are all want to achieve the highest level of a human needs just like what has been written by Abraham Maslow. They want to become president or vice president. They are ready to bear mandate to solve Indonesia’s messy condition. No matter in order to achieve that it is needed for that person to possess a high-level of intelligence, wide-level of knowledge, sufficient experience and magnificent bravery. The most important of them all is the approval and help from Allooh the god of all universe towards them. Whereas tp achieve that approval and help from Allooh it is needed for them to control his not-Allooh id and train their Allooh id.
Looking at what available in presidential and vice-presidential candidates Indonesia has right now and also challenges that they will face, then their intention to become presidential and vice-presidential candidate in my opinion or people like me or maybe Allooh SWT is unjust and ignorant. Even though it is like that we are all living on this world already. The war against Allooh’s party and satan’s party will be going on forever, until the end of time. To win this war it is clearly necessary to have a leader to guide us.
If they are all afraid to nominate themselves or to be nominated as president or vice president, because they understand their weakness inside of them or afraid to be sentenced as unjust and ignorant, then satan’s party will take over Indonesia instead. That mustn’t happen. The righteous power has to be able to defeat the evil. The righteous power has to be able to find and force the best motherland’s son as the leader of righteous power. Thing like this has happened in the past, when the righteous power forced Abu Bakr, Ali bin Abi Thalib and Umar bin Abdul Aziz that was really enticed by luxuries to be the leader of righteous power. And because of them the Roman and Persian Emperor had to change their opinion towards Islamic kingdom. Islamic kingdom had increased its level from Pariah or Sudra to Kshatriya or Brahman.
If Indonesia’s righteous power is able to find and force its best son as the leader of righteous power, then In syaa Allooh Indonesia’s caste that is now currently located in the level of Sudra or Pariah will change into Vaishya or Kshatriya.
Hope that this writing will be beneficial to us all and all of Indonesia’s people. Amen.
QS Al-‘Asr 1-3:
Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.