By Zuhurud-Din M. M. Ahmad
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It is the Law of God. Submission to it brings liarmoiiy, for it means realization of what is inherent in one’s true natule; opposition to it brings discord, for it means realization of what is extraneous to one’s true nature. It is cosmos as opposed to chaos justice as opposed to injustice. ” in acknowledgement of the truth of God’s Lordship, it has sealed a Covenant with God. Thus when man is manifested as man in this wordly life he will, if rightly guided, remember his Covenant and act accordingly as outlined above, so that his worship, his acts of piety, his life and death is lied out for the sake of God alone.