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Shabaan 1426

Volume 21 No 9


In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

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

GOD IS RUNNING EVERYTHING

Say, "Nothing happens to us, except what GOD has decreed for us.
He is our Lord and Master. In GOD the believers shall trust. (9:51)

The understanding that GOD is running everything sets a new light in our submission to GOD. It means our acceptance of whatever happens to us personally, or to anybody, to anything, to any country in the world.

We do not really believe in GOD unless we believe that GOD is running everything and He is in full control of all things.

To GOD belongs everything in the heavens, and the earth. GOD is in full control of all things. (4:126)

Throughout the day, whenever we get the chance we should remind ourselves that GOD is the doer of everything. When we do this, the whole world will look different to us. When anything happens that turns us into an Objector instead of a Submitter, we must remind

ourselves that GOD is doing everything, and that we should be “submitting” instead of “objecting.”

For example, if we lose our temper we are not submitters. Losing our temper means we are objecting to something GOD is doing. We must remind ourselves that GOD is doing everything.

It was not you who killed them. GOD is the One who killed them. It was not you who threw when you threw; GOD is the One who threw. But He thus gives the believers a chance to earn a lot of credit. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient. (8:17)

GOD is running everything—this is a very important concept. For example in Chapter (Sura) 12, we learn how Joseph's brothers decided not to kill him. At least they

'thought' they decided not to kill him, and instead threw him in the well. But years before they made this decision, Joseph had seen a dream where the Sun, the Moon and 11 planets were prostrating before him—representing his parents and his brothers.

Therefore, when the brothers met to kill Joseph, they could not decide to kill Joseph. It was impossible for them to make a decision against GOD’s will. But there they were meeting, and they had taken votes—Shall we kill him? What shall we do with him? Finally they decided not to kill Joseph. Indeed, it had been already decided by GOD what would happen to him.

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