True Freedom

Freedom consists of being free from enslavement to anything or anyone other than one’s real Master – God.

By Sheima Salam Sumer

All enslavement to anything or anyone other than God is enslavement to something which is not worthy to be the master of a human being, for only the Exalted Creator and Sustainer of the universe can be worthy of occupying this place. True freedom does not consist of license to do whatever one wants while being
slave to one’s passions. Rather, freedom consists of being free from enslavement to anything or anyone other than one’s real Master—God. Islam thus seeks to liberate the human being from enslavement to anything other than God, and to free him to worship and serve Him alone.

“Say (0 Muhammad), ‘Verily, my prayer and my worship, my life and death, are for God, the Lord of the worlds. He has no associate (in His divinity). This I am commanded, and I am the first of those who submit.’ Say: ‘Shall I seek for a lord other than God when He is the Lord of all things?’ Every soul draws the earning (of its acts) on none but itself. No bearer of burdens can hear the burden of another. In the end you will all return to God: then He will tell you about that concerning which you differed. It is He Who has made you vicegerents of the earth and has raised some of you above others in rank so that He may test you in what He has given you. Indeed, your Lord is swift in punishment, yet He is indeed the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (6:162-165)

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