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Monday, December 26, 2005

Deep Thinking

Have you ever thought about the fact that you did not exist
before you were conceived and then born into the world and that you have
come into existence from mere nothingness?
Have you ever thought about how the flowers you see in your living
room everyday come out of pitch black, muddy soil with fragrant smells
and are as colorful as they are?
Have you ever thought about how mosquitoes, which irritatingly fly
around you, move their wings so fast that we are unable to see them?
Have you ever thought about how the peels of fruits such as bananas,
watermelons, melons and oranges serve as wrappings of high quality, and
how the fruits are packed in these wrappings so that they maintain
their taste and fragrance?
Have you ever thought about the possibility that while you are asleep
a sudden earthquake could raze your home, your office, and your city to
the ground and that in a few seconds you could lose everything of the
world you possess?
Have you ever thought of how your life passes away very quickly, and
that you will grow old and become weak, and slowly lose your beauty,
health and strength?
Have you ever thought about how one day you will find the angels of
death appointed by God before you and that you will then leave this
Well, have you ever thought about why people are so attached to a
world from which they will soon depart when what they basically need is to
strive for the hereafter?
Man is a being whom God furnishes with the faculty of thought. Yet,
most people do not use this very important faculty as they should. In
fact, some people almost never think.
In truth, each person possesses a capacity for thought of which even
he himself is unaware. Once man begins to use this capacity, facts he
has not been able to realise until that very moment begin to be
uncovered for him. The deeper he goes in reflection, the more his capacity to
think improves, and this is possible for everyone. One just has to
realise that one needs to reflect and then to strive hard.
Someone who does not think will remain totally distant from truths
and lead his life in self-deception and error. As a result, he will not
grasp the purpose of the creation of the world, and the reason for his
existence on the earth. Yet, God has created everything with a purpose.
This fact is stated in the Qur'an as follows:
We did not create the heavens and the earth and everything between
them as a game. We did not create them except with truth but most of them
do not know it. (Surat ad-Dukhan: 38-39)
Did you suppose that We created you for amusement and that you would
not return to Us? (Surat al-Muminun: 115)
Therefore, each person needs to ponder the purpose of creation, first
as it concerns him himself, and then as it pertains to everything he
sees in the universe and every event he experiences throughout his life.
Someone who does not think, will understand the facts only after he
dies, when he gives account before God, but then it will be too late. God
says in the Qur'an that on the day of account, everybody will think and
see the truth:
That day Hell is produced, that day man will remember; but how will
the remembrance help him? He will say, "Oh! If only I had prepared in
advance for this life of mine!" (Surat al-Fajr: 23-24)
The truth can be told to a person in many different ways; it can be
shown by the use of details, pieces of evidence and by every means. Yet,
if this person does not think over this truth on his own, sincerely and
honestly with the purpose of comprehending the truth, all these efforts
are useless. For this reason, when the messengers of God communicated
the message to their people, they told them the truth clearly and then
summoned them to think.
While God has given us a chance in the life of this world to reflect
and derive conclusions from our reflections, to see the truth will
bring us great gain in our life in the hereafter. For this reason, God has
summoned all people, through His prophets and books, to reflect on
their creation and on the creation of the universe:
Have they not reflected within themselves? God did not create the
heavens and the earth and everything between them except with truth and
for a fixed term. Yet many people reject the meeting with their Lord.
(Surat ar-Rum: 8)
A man who reflects grasps the secrets of God's creation, the truth of
the life of this world, the existence of hell and paradise, and the
inner truth of matters. He gets a deeper understanding of the importance
of being a person with whom God is pleased, and so he lives religion as
is its due, recognizes God's attributes in everything he sees, and
begins to think not according to what the majority of people demand but as
God commands. As a result, he takes pleasure from beauty much more than
others do, and does not suffer distress from baseless misapprehensions
and worldly greed.
These are only a few of the beautiful things a person who thinks will
gain in the world. The gain in the hereafter of someone who always
finds the truth by thinking, is the love, approval, mercy and the paradise
of our Lord, which are above everything else.


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