One of the first verses of the Qur’an I remember leaving a huge impact on me was this –
And We did not create the heaven and earth and that between them in play. (21:16)
It kind of explained why the whole life thing felt a little off. Everyone going about like it’s not a miracle to be a living breathing accident. And it felt good for the elephant in the room, our random seeming existence, to be finally addressed. I felt understood.
We all have those philosophical questions and we all don’t know what to do with them.
So some of us pile them into the back of a closet with our old toys and rhyme books, chipped hearts and cracked self-esteems and souvenirs collected on our way to growing up. I did just that.
We tell ourselves stories about aliens controlling us or finding a portal to another dimension. The stories keep getting deeper and darker so we can forget the crushing weight of our own curiosity.
I finally felt like I do not have to wonder endlessly or carry that weight alone.
By the time I read about verses that get the most limelight and their weird interpretations, I had absorbed so much of the Qur’an these things didn’t feel out of place or scary. It felt interesting like when someone tells you a crazy gossip about your BFF and you find it funny how this person thinks they know your homie better than you do. And indeed the words of Allah are above any analogy.
I felt hopeful, understood and humbled that God cares about good old principles and morality like it would matter when the world ends. You can’t help but respect a book that understands you more than you can even begin to understand yourself let alone God.