Ask them: ‘Whose is the earth and who are those who are in it? Tell us if you know.’ They will surely say: ‘Allah’s.’ Say: ‘Then why do you not take heed?’ Ask them: ‘Who is the Lord of the seven heavens, the Lord of the Great Throne?’ They will surely say: ‘Allah.’ Say: ‘Will you not, then, fear (Allah).’ Ask them: ‘Say, if you indeed know, then to whom belongs the dominion over all things; He Who grants asylum, but against Whom no asylum is available?’ They will surely say: (To Allah) ‘Whence are you then deluded?’
(Al-Qur’an – 23:84-89)
Here the Qur’an knocks at the conscience of people and invites them to brood over the creation of God and realise the Truth. The Qur’an says: If God is the sole creator of the earth and all who dwell on it, what prevents people from comprehending the simple truth that He, and none but He, deserves to be served? Likewise, if God created all the human beings who ever lived on earth, what difficulty would He face were He to Will that all of them be brought back to life?
The proposition that God is Lord of the universe was acknowledged even by the unbelievers. Given that is the case, why are people not afraid of acting rebelliously towards God and associating others with Him in His Divinity? Why are they not worried about when they will be called to account by the Lord of the heavens and the earth about their behaviour? What justification will they be able to put forward to Him for their actions?
Who has deluded them into believing that He Who is the True Master of everything will never hold them to account, that He will never question them in what manner they used the things which truly belonged to Him? How have they succumbed to the erroneous belief that the Sovereign of the universe will never question them as to what right they had to claim their own sovereignty or to accept the sovereignty of others in His realm?