al-Raghib al-Isfahani #07 – How Human Beings Are Created

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The speaker discusses how humans are created differently from other creatures and that humans are more of an unrealized potential than other creatures. They also talk about how humans have a higher ceiling than other creatures and that their purpose is to improve themselves. The goal is to develop humans more slowly than other creatures.

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So it also he points out that human beings are created different or created differently from most other creatures and that we are much more of an unrealized potential than other creatures. And this this also, you know, bears are stands to reason when we look at the yum of other sort of creatures, okay? If you have an animal, like a horse, right? How long does it take a baby horse to stand up? Right? It's like the first day, right? How long until animals reach maturity, a couple of years, whereas human beings, our childhood is very delayed, right? You're not legally adult until you're 18. And that do this until you're 21? Or that until you're 21, right, we take a lot longer as human

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beings. And if someone's just looking at it from a materialistic or evolutionary perspective, like, well, that doesn't really make sense. Wouldn't it benefit us to mature quicker, it would in some sort of materialist sense. But there's more to it than just materiality, that Allah created us as potential much more than other creatures. Even our not just with in respect to time and how long it takes us to develop but also with our

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let's say, our faculties, okay, we don't have like claws. We don't have like fangs, we don't have like, we're kind of weak, right? We don't really have like natural defenses. We're not super fast, and we can't fly and you know, all these sorts of things that all the other creatures have at least one of, we don't have them. What do we have, okay, we got opposable thumbs, we're not the only ones. But we do have opposable thumbs, we have the ability to speak, we have language, okay? Other creatures also have language. But maybe we have something a little bit more on the Language Department than other creatures. And we have an intellect, we have an intellect that, as far as we

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can tell, is pretty powerful, maybe, maybe more powerful than the other creatures, okay. So we come into this world as an entirely different creation, we are a potential primarily, we have to work harder to realize our potential than other creatures. So a human being is always in motion. They always have to be developing themselves, they always have to be learning something new, they always have to be acquiring a new skill. This is hardwired into the creation of a human being, whereas other creatures, they're kind of there ready to go, you know? And so this is also why as the author of ragab is finally bringing this up, he's trying to pad that motivation as like, listen, you're not

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like every other creature creature, right? You see, maybe a sloth or you see a dog or a cat, like relaxing in the sun chillin out, like, whatever. You're not like them. You're supposed to be different. You're supposed to be you've got a higher ceiling. Okay. They don't have the ceiling of Khilafah. Above their heads, we have a high ceiling. Okay, Rafa. And our job is to try to get there through improving ourselves. And so we are, if we observe the fact that we kind of come into this world as like not really having much else going on, right? We're not under the delusion that our purposes five lies in something else. Right. Our purpose is not just to be like the strongest or the

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fastest or whatever, okay, those things might help us in other ways. But it's not where our purpose lies. Our purpose is in something entirely different. And it should motivate us more kind of starting out with a bigger deficit. It should motivate us more to develop ourselves.