Just wanted to deliver three points.
First, that Allah is capable of everything. Yes, Allah is capable of everything, including doing something that atheist rejects: to give life after we die. At the end of the day, Allah will make all of us alive again and then we will be held responsible for our life. Allah said in the Qur’an chapter Yasin, the last three verses:
“Is not He who created the heavens and the earth Able to create the likes of them? Yes, [it is so]; and He is the Knowing Creator”.
Second, the fact that we can worship Allah is because of Allah’s help. This recognition shows: first, how weak we actually are, even to worship Allah, we need His help; and second, it shows how grateful we are to Allah. There are several examples or du’a which show how we need Allah in worshiping Him.
- In one du’a that is quite recommended to be said after sholat: Allohumma ‘a’inni ‘ala dzikrika, wa li syukrika, wa lihusni ‘ibadatika. O Allah, please help me to remember You, be grateful to you, and to worship you.
- In one of prophet Sulaiman a.s. du’a, he mentioned (as in QS 27:19): “So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” In the du’a above, even Prophet Sulaiman ask Allah to enable or to help him to always be grateful to Allah.
- Lastly, in du’a that we usually read after finish reading Qur’an: “Allahummarhamna bil qur’an, waj’alhu lana imaamam….”. In this du’a, we ask Allah to give us rahmat or rezki, that is reading qur’an. So even to read qur’an is a rezki from Allah.
And the third one, about the important of knowledge, the mastery of science. There are many places (or even too many) where Allah mentioned something about natural science phenomenon. So it convinced me more that science mastery insyaallah will lead to more ketaqwaan or fear of Allah. Be always keen to learn knowledge which then can make us closer to Allah.
That’s it. Allah, berikan lah hikmah pada kami agar kami bisa melihat sesuatu jauh dibalik tampilan lahiriyah dan kuatkanlah kami untuk bisa beribadah dan bermanfaat besar bagi orang lain,,