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On the occasion of a wedding:
Those who are here, or coming from different parts of the world for this occasion to show our love and sincerity to this family; a great family.
Imagine that everyone coming from a different background and a different culture and they are coming and reuniting together like a family reunion. They are all coming for one event for something that is sacred for them, holy for them, which is a sacred marriage of two people, of a groom and a bride and a bride and a groom. And everyone is happy. We are not coming and traveling all these distances to come and eat food here, but if it is given to us we eat it, no problem. They are generous so we eat, and if they fill us with gifts, we accept.
But most important, this will give us an idea, about that this whole universe - I don’t want to speak sciences as I spoke yesterday, because I am limited to 10 minutes, but this whole universe that is in front of us that we can look at it and we feel that we are unable to hold it in our hands. We look at the sun and the stars and we cannot hold them in our hands, we cannot see them well, because our hands are not big enough. You need big hands.
But all these philosophers that came through this universe and all these intelligent people, all of them are looking for one issue that is in common. No one can say “no I am not.” Those who believe in God and those who don’t believe in God. People who believe in a creator and people who don’t believe in a creator. Still both of these two types as these are the two types that there are: either you believe in a creator or you don’t believe in a creator. Whichever they are, they wrote thousands and thousands of books and they filled libraries and universities. Go to a bookstore and look how many thousands of books filling the shelves. They wrote all these books and all of them are trying to understand to reach a reality they don’t understand. They are trying to find something that they don’t know. Whatever we have reached of knowledge and technology still there is a lot we don’t know. We are trying to go further because we realized we don’t know ourselves. We are all focused on one issue. How to know about ourself?
What are the ways to know the self? To get the secret of this creation and the secret of this life. How do sperm and egg come together and give a life. There is one Islamic tradition from the Prophet (s), he said:
كل ابن ادم يفنى الا عجب الذنب منه خلق ابنادم ومنه يركب
" kulla ’bn adam yafna illa `ujb al-dhanab - The whole of human beings will disintegrate except a small bone in the body, rare to see it, it is very small. It is the coccyx. On it he is built.”
It doesn’t disappear. It is always there. And this is a prediction from 1400 years of the Prophet Muhammad (s), as Jesus made a lot of predictions and he brought many people back from their graves and as Moses gave lot of predictions and we have to go with it and accept it.
But we are focusing on this issue as the time is short: the coccyx never disappeared. And people who are whatever, they believe or don’t believe, it doesn’t mean anything to them. They open a grave and after 10-15 years they find the body is gone. But they don’t search, they don’t search for this bone that in the back. So recently some scientists were reading this saying of the prophet. What he said. They said, "How 1400 years ago someone can say the whole body goes except that part. The whole body goes, I want to check scientifically.” They went and searched and took two bones. One from someone who died recently like one month ago, they took his coccyx out, and one in a grave that is many many years gone and searching , searching, searching and they found that bone. And they took these two bones to the lab and one the one that is from the recent time and the one that is from a long time ago. They crushed completely under high pressure to make it a powder. Completely powdered. Then they took from that powder and checked that there is life still in it, it is living species, it dint die. With this high pressure that they crushed the bone, the bone is gone and disappeared there is only powder still they found a living species inside that body.
They took the one that died long time ago and did the same thing. Still that species that is in the cell, still it is living.
They took another two bones from similar situation and they cremated them. They put them into fire, 5000 degrees centigrade and they burned them, completely burning them to ashes. They took these ashes and tested them and found there is a living species, a cell inside them, still alive.
So today when they find bones they want to find how old it is, they look at the DNA inside them.
Allah is showing them. 1400 years ago someone came and said this is happening. There was no microscope, no technology. No labs. In a desert. He said that "the body is going to disintegrate completely except the coccyx, there will remain there a cell that is alive.”
So what I want to say is the greatness of those scientists and the philosophers, is that they are running to seek reality. Why we are here on this planet, not another. Who made these trees, these flowers, this life. Why not on Jupiter? Why not on the moon? Why not on the sun? Why on this tiny earth? It is a big question to open our minds that there is some One behind that.
Like some people came to the Companion of the Prophet (s), Sayyidina `Ali (r). They came and said “there is no existence of God.” He said, "I will answer at the ocean, the sea.” He took them to the sea and they said, "where is your answer?” He said, "wait until this boat arrives.” He said, "since we came here I was distracted.” They said, "why are you distracted?” He said, " I saw this boat coming to shore and I am wondering if anyone is on it or not.” They said, "There must be someone on it.” So they said, "Let us wait til it comes to shore.” When it came to shore then the captain and fisherman came out. They said, "O Ali (r), we thought you are wise person, you must be stupid. How can a boat comes with no one. We beat you. Yes look there is two people on that boat.”
In spirituality you have to be accepting and tolerant. Tolerant is not enough. He said, "I’m stupid - no problem. But if this boat took two people to sail it here, but for this universe you are not accepting One even. Is it possible for this universe that there is no One who put it, no One who founded it, no One who put it together?”
Who put these planets stable in their places? They have force from here, force form there, The forces are balanced, keeping it still, in opposition. If one of these forces came more from here than there, would not it be … they say it came from the Big Bang. Ok, Big Bang or not, but when this explosion happened why these stars and planets are still in their places and very symmetrical and very organized - not one of them moving from their places?
And we are here for this event and one day we are going to be united again, when all our souls will be in the presence of our Creator. We are going to be together. Allah said in Holy Qur'an:
يَا أَيُّهَاالنَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًاوَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّاللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
Ya ayyuha an-naasu inna khalaqnaakum min dhakarin wa unthaa wa ja`alnakum shu`ooban wa qabaa’ila lita`arafoo inna akramakum `inda Allahi atqaakum inna Allaha `aleemun khabeer
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). Al-Hujurat [49:13]
We know each other here and we will know echo other in the realm of souls.
May Allah bless us in the Day of Judgment and make our judgment a good one. We will be together there as we are together here.