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Water: The Source Of Life, Physically And Spiritually

Tuesday, August 05, 2008Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

"We made from water every living thing" Holy Qur’an 21:30

Over 1400 years ago the Holy Qur’an established that water was the foundation upon which life was created. It is hard to believe that a man living in the 7th century without an education or link to the rest of the world could know such a scientific fact without divine intervention. Modern science has confirmed that what was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) over 1400 years ago is an actual fact.

According to the article “Qur’an and Science on water" by Ibrahim B. Syed water is very important to the earth and human beings.

“Three-fourth of planet earth is covered with water and water is the most abundant substance on earth. If one analyzes the human body one finds that a normal adult has about 70 percent water…If water is not in liquid form we will not survive. This is one of the signs of God. One can live without food for a couple months, but without water no one can survive for more than a few days…Water is essential for the survival of man.”

He then goes on to quote Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgi who says,

"There is no life without water. Water is part and parcel of the living machinery. ”

Water can be represented in three stages which is liquid, steam and solid.

In the spiritual traditions of the world, water plays a significant role in the lives of spiritual people. For instance, the ritual of baptism in Christianity deals with water. Also, the Muslims prior to each of their daily prayers will enter into what is called wudu or ablution, which means cleaning certain parts of their body with water or taking a full bath.

The Holy Qur’an often compares the truth or revelation to the water. As water replenishes the earth or our thirst, the same can be said of God’s revelation or word.

Our ancient ancestors taught us that for every physical reality there is a spiritual reality. So, if in the physical world there can be no life without water then how about the spiritual side of human beings? The Bible teaches us in Deuteronomy 8:3, that "man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

This teaches that just as we need physical nourishment for the physical survival, we equally need the spiritual (water)word of God. As we conclude this article, I will be dealing strictly with the spiritual growth and development of us as human beings.

What is life?

As we mature we oft times begin to question the purpose of our life in particular or the purpose of life in general. What is life? If you ask 100 people what is life you will probably come away with 100 different answers. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches, “Life is living in accord with the nature in which we are created and fulfilling our purpose for existence.” The Christian perspective says it like this, "This is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Both the Bible and Qur’an teach us that the human being was created for greatness. However, we live in a world where the true human greatness has not been realized only theorized.

According to the Qur’an’s teachings of human growth and development, there are 3 stages that we go through as human beings. As we saw earlier water is expressed in three stages as well. The three stages of development are Ammarah, Lawwama and Muta’innah. I will elaborate upon these three stages of our development.


“(man’s) self is wont to command evil.” Holy Qur’an 12:53

This stage of development finds us at our base animalistic self. We are found being guided by appetites and emotions like eating, drinking, sleeping, waking, anger and provocation as opposed to reason. This stage is similar to the stage of a new born baby. It is when we begin to develop our conscious self(mind) that we begin to grow to the second stage of life.


“Nay, I swear by the self-accusing spirit!” Holy Qur’an 75:2

We now recognize that we were functioning from the lower stage of development and we now desire to rise to higher plains. This stage is the transitional stage from lower self to higher self. This stage deals with the self accusing spirit or the conscious now calling you to account for your actions. We recognize that we still have emotions and appetites, but we now understand that the mind controls the body, therefore we don’t submit to emotions and appetites.


“O soul that art at rest.” Holy Qur’an 89:27

This is the final and the most difficult stage to reach. We have now transcended the weakness of the flesh and our minds to find peace within and peace without. This stage finds us in complete control of our mental faculties, in complete harmony with Almighty God and his creation. We discover that just as there is ‘one’ God there is similar oneness in nature and there should be oneness in humanity.

Our ultimate destiny

It is common to hear people say when they fall short: “I’m just human.” I do believe that we all go through things and mistakes are an inevitable part of our journey in life, however we must not be so hasty to think what we currently see in humanity is the highest we can go. 

Both the Bible and Qur’an teach we are made in the image, likeness or essence of the Creator. Modern scientists have concluded that the human being uses 10% or less of their total brain potential. Look at what this world has created using less than 10% of brain power. We saw man being sent to outer space not using the full powers of his brain. We see the advances in science and technology everyday by humans using less than 10% of their brain. Could you imagine the possibilities if we just doubled, not to think of using the full 100%, the total brain usage to 20 percent? Man and woman can potentially function as a god in the earthly realm exercising the powers of the Creator.

The Bible teaches us of this truth in the following verse

“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalm 82:6)

It is not meant by us being called gods to worship other than The Supreme God.

The Holy Qur’an doesn’t use the exact same explicit language to describe the high state of man and woman, but it’s there if you understand. The Qur’an(2:30-35) says that ALLAH created Adam and taught him knowledge of all things and put him over all things except God himself. The Qur’an calls man and woman his Khalifa or vicegerent in the Earth.

Furthermore the Qur’an says,

“He has made the ships subservient to you to run their course in the sea by His command, and He has made the rivers subservient to you…and He has made subservient to you the sun and the moon, pursuing their courses; and He has made subservient to you the night and the day." (14:32-33)

We were created in the image and likeness of Almighty God to be great and we should never think less of ourselves.

Thank you for reading these few words


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  1. Anonymous1:37 PM

    I too believe in some Muslim teachings and am a great admirer and follower of the Minister Louis Farrakan although I am not a Muslim. I was raised as a Christian but have recently been studying the dead sea scrolls and the teachings of the Essene Gnostics of the early times before the word "Christianity" was invented. This group of people lived during the time of Jesus and had their own interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. Are you familiar with this group of people and their beliefs? A great place to reasearch them is the website www.gnosis.org. Their fundamental belief is that knowlege is the key to seeking the "true" God. I would like your opinion on some of the text found on this website, especially a scripture entitled "The Origin of Life". They believed in the properties of water also. I believe John the Baptist belonged to this group and possibly even Jesus himself. They are completely missing from the Holy Bible even though they lived during the time of the Pharisees and Sadducees which are often mentioned in the Holy Bible.


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