Dr Sultan Abdulhameed will discuss the following verses:
Sura 16 Ayas 78–81
And God has brought you out from your mothers’ bodies not knowing anything—but He has given you hearing and sight and feelings, so that you may be grateful.
Have they not seen the birds flying in the air? None but God holds them up. In this surely there are messages for people who have faith.
And God has given you houses as places of rest, and tents from skins of animals—easy for you to handle when you travel and you camp—and furnishings and goods for temporary use from their skins and their wool and their hair.
And God has made for you, in what He created, means of protection: thus, He has given you places of shade in the hills, and garments to protect you from heat and cold, as well as such garments that protect you from danger.
In this way He bestows blessings on you, so that you might acknowledge Him.
In these ayas, Bedouins living in the Arabian desert fourteen centuries ago are being told they can build many things from the resources they have: places of rest in the hills, the wool and the skins of animals, etc., because they have been gifted with the ultimate resource: sight, hearing, their minds, and hearts.
What about us today? We can remind ourselves of the fact that opportunities in the world around us are infinitely more abundant today than in the past. Those who are grateful and look for resources find them. The implications of these ayas for our world-outlook will be discussed in our meeting.