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Everything depends on a cause in the universe and takes place according to the cycle of cause and effect. since causality is apparent through the universe, it means that causes have an actual part in the creation and operation of things. if they have a part, they may be partners.

As is required by the Divine Will and Wisdom and as the Divine Names tend to manifest themselves, the results have been made dependent on causes. However, as is convincingly argued in many places, causes have no creative effect in the universe. In addition to what we have already said in other places concerning the subject, we say here only this:

Among conscious beings who may be regarded as most effective causes in bringing about effects, man is evidently the most elevated among them with a free, most comprehensive will-power which has a vast field of operation. Speaking, thinking and eating are the most apparent among the acts arising from his free will. All these three acts include well-ordered chains of events, but only one is directly connected to manís free will. For example, among the series of events related to eating, from the formation of fruits and growth and ripening of grains to their becoming sustenance for the cells of the human body, only chewing them depends on manís free will. As hunger, thirst and appetite are outside the field of manís will, so also does his body work independently of him. What he does from among the actions related to speaking is only to take the air in and out of the vocal organs where sounds are produced. Whereas, while being like a seed in the mouth, a word becomes like a tree in the air when uttered. That tree produces millions of fruits of the kind of that single word. It goes into the ears of millions of listeners. A man can only imagine this multiplication. After uttering the word, he has nothing more to do with it of his free will.

If man, the most honored among causes, even agents, and the most free in using will, has nothing to do with creation to that degree, how can inanimate objects, elements, plants and animals, which constitute nature, have any real effect or part in creation? How can things, called Ďnatural lawsí, which have no consciousness, will and knowledge, and which have only nominal existence, be the originators of a miraculous system-the universe-the creation and operation of which require infinite knowledge, will and power, and of a miraculous living, conscious, speaking, reasoning, thinking, and learning organism like man? Nature is only an envelope for the Lordís creatures and a tray or a cauldron for the gifts of the All-Merciful One. Certainly, neither the tray on which they offer you a gift of the king, nor the piece of cloth in which the gift is wrapped, nor even the private who brings it to you, can be a partner of the king in his sovereignty. The one who imagines him to be a partner, is suffering delirium. In the same way, neither the apparent causes nor means can have any part in the Divine Lordship in any way. What falls to their lot is only the duty of worship.


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O people who believe in the Unity of God! You argue that the Creator of the universe is absolutely One, and Eternally Besought-of-All. He is Single, yet He has absolute and free disposition of everything. He is able to exercise His absolute authority over all things all at the same time, no one act of His pre-venting Him from doing the others. How should we believe in such a bewildering assertion. How can a single one do countless things in countless places at the same instant without any difficulty?'

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