Once a student from America came home after a long period of time. He had built so critical way of thinking that he challenged his â€˜Ustadzâ€™ (Arabic word of â€˜teacherâ€™â€”usually used to call someone expert in Islamic studies) about religion matters.
He asked 3 questions :
Why canâ€™t I see God?
What is fate?
Why devil is punished in hell which consists of fireâ€”while devil itself is made from fire? It must not feel any pain, then?
But instead of answering the questions, right after the student spoke suddenly the Ustadz strongly SLAP him!
â€œS**t! What the h**l are u doing???â€ shout the student.
â€œIâ€™m doing what u want,â€ said the Ustadz calmly. â€œIâ€™m answering ur questions.â€
â€œHuh??? I heard even no single answer!â€ the student protested.
â€œMy slap,â€ told the Ustadz. â€œIt answered all of your questions.â€
â€œYou fool,â€ mock the student. â€œHow come?â€
â€œOK Iâ€™ll explain it, Young Guy. When I slapped you, what did you feel?â€
â€œPainful,â€ he answered.
â€œCould you see it?â€
â€œPain? Of course I canâ€™t see it.â€
â€œThen how can you know that it exists?â€
â€œI just feel it.â€
â€œAnd so is GOD,â€ said the Ustadz. â€œItâ€™s the answer of your first question. You canâ€™t see Him but you can feel Him, thatâ€™s why you know that HE absolutely exists.â€
Hearing this answer, the student can only gawked.
Still in his calm style, the Ustadz asked the student again.
â€œWhen I slapped you, did you predict, or even dreamt, that you will get slapped today, at this time?â€
The student just moved his head side to side.
â€œThatâ€™s what you called FATE,â€ said the Ustadz. â€œAnd it also answered your second question.â€
The studentâ€™s mouth opened wider and wider.
Finally, the Ustadz asked him again.
â€œThen, what do you think my hand was made from?â€
â€œSkin, of course.â€
â€œAnd your cheek?â€
â€œAnd you felt painful when I slapped you?â€
â€œYes Iâ€™ve told you,â€ the student answeredâ€”started think that this Ustadz may bullied him.
â€œNaaahhh,â€ the Ustadz got his point. â€œSo does DEVIL. Though it was made from fire, and it was punished in hell which also consists of fire, still it feels painful.â€
With this last answer of his questions, the student was left unspeakable.
(Translated from Media Ummat, 3rd-4th week of January 2009 Edition, with some changes to make this more dramatic story…=p)