[Disclaimer: Notably, I am not a sheikha (female Islamic studies scholar). I kindly encourage you to be your own truth/knowledge seeker. I know that I don’t know no matter how much I may think I know, so therefore I don’t know. With that said corrections are invited wherever necessary.]
Adam and Eve were given The Trust of free-will and moral obligation. Or rather, they jumped at it. Since, humankind stem from Adam and Eve, it’s safe to say we jumped at it, too.
What Is the Trust?
The Trust, also known as Al-Amanah, is safely and openly stated in the Holy Qur’an:
Indeed, We offered The Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they [all] declined to bear it, being fearful of it. But humanity assumed it, [for] they are truly wrongful [to themselves] and ignorant [of the consequences] — (Qur’an 33:72)
Based on my analysis of and empathy with our greatest grandparents, we must have jumped at God’s Offer because of the immense love we felt to and from God, the Angels and the rest of God’s Creations. We felt invincible. It’s what love does. Unstoppable. Enthusiasm dripping from our rose-colored shades. We experienced true love…
The rest of God’s Creations shrunk down from The Trust because they were afraid of failing and especially the consequences of it: Eternal Doom. We, who were honored and prostrated to by the Angels in Heaven, bore this offer.
So, we’re here now. The only thing we can do is to accept The Trust again today because it will empower us especially when we honor it well and achieve Eternal Success. We have to rise up to fulfilling this trust beautifully.
Free Will: The Power of Choice
Free-will is the ability to have the power of choice. As you may be aware of the ancient saying, “with great power comes great responsibility.” This is where moral obligation steps in. Remember, The Trust is a trust of free-will and moral obligation. Altogether, we have “the freedom…to choose between obedience and disobedience” and that “he himself be held responsible for his voluntary acts and deserve rewards for his righteous conduct and suffer punishment for his evil conduct” (Towards Understanding the Qur’an Website, Qur’an 33:72 Interpretation, 2022)
With that said, let’s do consistent inner work on ourselves and help each other to be our best, spiritually highest selves. Let’s continue to focus on the rewards. Keep our eyes on the prize: Re-Entering The Highest Garden. All we have to do is live in peace, love, happiness and spread goodwill. We got to make decisions from a place of love instead of misact through fear. Love is what God promises.
God, likewise, entrusted us with The Trust because He Knew that we have what it takes:
And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: "Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth." They said: "Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, - while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You." He (Allah) said: "I know that which you do not know.” (Qur’an 2:30)
God knows we have what it takes. I have a feeling that He Knows we have the ability and the capacity to learn the lessons of love. When we do, we’ll willingly love one another and enjoin good throughout our planet. This ranges from being kind to, taking care of and preserving our relationships with one another, animals, and nature.
Like I said earlier, I feel that God believes in our ability to love one another. He sees us in our Highest Self. God-Consciousness (Taqwa) helps us to keep being in the state of our Higher-Self. I pray that we all get to experience love, or at least learn the language of love (good/kind intentions, speech and actions) and pass it on to others and especially our future generations.
Last, but not least, I ask God to grant us Heaven through His Forgiveness, because we are forgetful or tend to be ego-driven (however small). I ask God to grant us Heaven through His Love and to teach us lessons of love and kindness. Finally, I ask God to grant us Heaven through His Mercy, especially after we have tried our ultimate best to love one another. O Lord, Amen times infinity!