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Said Hawwa on the human need for God

Syrian Islamic scholar Said Hawwa
Some people think it is God's duty to come to them and compel them to believe in Him. They think if God doesn't show up on their doorstep, they don't need to acknowledge His existence.

On this attitude the great 20th century Syrian scholar Said Hawwa (pictured) writes:
ترى هل الله هو الذي يحتاج إلينا كي نؤمن به، أم نحن الذين نحتاج أن نؤمن من أجل أنفسنا؟ والجواب { إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَنِيٌّ عَنِ الْعَالَمِينَ } (العنكبوت: 6) وإذن فلنحرر أنفسنا من أجل أن نكون أهلاً لرؤية آيات الله. سعيد حوى في كتابه الله جل جلاله
Tell me, is it God who needs us to believe in Him, or is it we who need to believe for our own sake? And the answer is: "Indeed God is totally needless of the inhabitants of the worlds" [Quran, 29:6]. Therefore let's free ourselves so that we may be in the company of those who see His signs. -Said Hawwa in his book, Allah Jalla Jalaluhu.
Said Hawwa goes on to say that belief in God comes out of thought and reflection, as demonstrated in the Quran by the story of prophet Ibraheem's finding of God. It is not God's fault that people refuse to dedicate time to think about where they came from, and what the purpose of their existence is.