Man Is A Telling Witness Against Himself

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The Qur’an says: Man can deny everything under the stress of indifference or arrogance, but he cannot deny his own nature. When he looks around and finds that the hands of Providence is at work everywhere, his very nature will cry out that what he beholds cannot exist without a Providence.

Be it noted that the method of presentation observed by the Qur’an is not to offer postulates or intellectual poses and to base its argument thereon. On the other hand, its appeal is to man’s natural instincts and aptitudes. It points out that the sense of God is inherent in nature. If one denies it through indifference, he needs to be warned against that indifference. But the method to employ for this should not wholly be intellectual in character. On the other hand, it should be such as could touch his heart also and rouse his conscience. Once that is done, he needs no argument to bring conviction to him. That will come to him as a matter of course. That is why the Qur’an cites man’s own nature as an argument against himself.

“Nay, man is a telling witness against himself, although he tenders excuses.”

Surah: Al-Qiyamah (The Day of Ressurection) – Chapter: 75 – Verse: 14