The History of al-Tabari — Post #1
Tabari starts his great work with an invocation to God in which he also praises the Prophet (SAW).
He then goes on to discuss the nature of creation and its relationship to God, in that 1. All things created were done so with the purpose of worshiping God. 2. God is not dependent on His creations for their worship or in any other way whatsoever, and that 3. God provides and cares for his creations in every minute and major detail. Furthermore, with regard to humans He gave us the faculties to choose and decipher good from bad as such 4. All gratitude is due to God and Tabari expands by explaining that by showing gratitude, God provides us with further blessings and favors in reward…. presumably because the act of being grateful means that we understand the magnitude of Gods kindness and care of us —- life/the world/ our minds/ this universe could have been different. God could have created us and commanded worship regardless but He didn’t…. He created for us a world to help us and make things easier and to facilitate our minds, body and spirit. Furthermore, He explained all this to us in the Quran so that we may know what has been done for us.
Tabari quotes the following verses regarding these points:
Qur: 51: 56-58
This is a concept i did not fully appreciate before, perhaps being grateful for the everyday things that we take for granted such as the ecosystems, the oceans and the way they generate rain, the night, the trees and the air we breath and the way we and they all interact… maybe there is an added dimension in addition to Gratitude…. by appreciating the complexity of the favors God (SA) has bestowed on us through the Earth… we can gain more respect for it and the other “simple” natural wonders. Maybe by respecting nature and the world as a gift from God (SA) out of care for us we would learn to treasure it more.
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