This subject is rather difficult, but I pray that Allah make it easy to explain as the subject is really critical to be comprehended at this time.
Imagine going to the beach, sitting by the ocean, looking at the sea.
What we can see is only the surface of the ocean.
There is so much treasure under the sea that doesn’t meet the eye.
If one is interested to see it, he would dive in, using specific tools.
To find the pearl, some effort must be taken, to satisfy the curiosity to see what’s underneath the ocean.
In our life, this is what is happening today. We pray, but only on the surface. We don’t think on what we recite in our prayer. Let it be Al-Fatihah, the recitation during ruku’, sujood, or tahiyyat. What does it mean? What is ghayri almaghdoobi AAalayhim; and who is part of wala addalleen? What does it mean with subhanarabbiayal a’la,? What is al’azeem in ruku’?
Our mind wanders around. What’s for lunch? How’s the projects? And we even plan our day in the middle of solah. And suddenly, in the middle of prayer, we ask, “How many rakaah did I just pray?” #truestory
Same goes with the Quran.
We read it…
and close the book….
We don’t bother to check the translation, let alone think deeply or reflect upon it.
Surah Muhammad [47: 24] : Do they not then think deeply in the Qur’an, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)?
What is happening? What’s really going on here? Are our hearts locked up, that we don’t think deeply in the Quran?
Why don’t we think?
Our hearts are too distracted. When people don’t do the zikr of Allah, the remembrance of Allah, the heart starts getting locked up.
Wait a minute! I pray. I do zikr after prayer. I read the Quran.
The reality is, do we actually remember Allah when we pray?
Or what to eat? What’s the next plan after solah? Or how’s the project going?
“When the people’s eyes and ears are watching and listening to something that distract them from the remembrance of Allah, then the heart starts becoming hard. And they start getting locked up.”
I want to share my own life experience that deals directly with the subject.
Not so long time ago, when I woke up in the morning, I used to recite the last 10 verses of Surah Al-Imran (as in the hadith). When I checked the translation,
Surah Al-Imran [3:190] :Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.”
Surah Al-Imran [3: 191] Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.”
I had a thought. I read this continuously for several days when I wake up in the morning. But I wondered, why the translation did not affect me even though I have been reading it many times.
…Those who remember Allah while… lying down on their sides….
When I put my head on the pillow, lying on my side, getting ready to sleep, I didn’t think of the Creation or the Creator Himself. Even though I’ve been reading that ayah again and again when I wake up in the morning. Then I realized.
It was because….
I couldn’t get the phone off my hand. I checked Facebook aimlessly, read online articles, scrolling my thumb on the phone until I fell asleep…. #yetanothertruestory
How could the verse 3:191 (thinking of the Creator before falling asleep) affect me when my heart is too distracted with what my friend ate for dinner, my friends who just gave birth, – and of all the things that people post on Facebook.
We nowadays get bombarded with many information. We check our Facebook every hour, TV is compulsory, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp etc.
Nowadays, human beings tend to appreciate useless information. Information that has no benefit. The more useless information we are taking in, the more our heart gets distracted.
Take one for example:-
If you eat a lot of apple to get healthy, and at the same time you also eat junk food. Will the apple undo all the damage from the junk food?
If you want to get healthy, you don’t just eat healthy food, but you must also stop eating the junk food immediately.
Same goes to our life. No matter how much we pray or read Quran everyday but still consume useless information that distract our mind from remembrance of God such as listening to music and watch endless movies, the sacred text won’t affect our hearts.
Why don’t you think?
So that you may think…
Wa hum la ya’qilun..
And they don’t think…
The Quran keeps on emphasizing on thinking, thinking, thinking…
How can we use our own intellect if we keep bombarding our mind with all the useless & endless information from Facebook newsfeeds?
Nowadays we keep emphasizing on the acquisition of information, but there is no emphasis on thought, on thinking. We do not teach ourselves how to think.
If we don’t understand how to think, the heart and mind is becoming empty.
Ok I get it, I get it! But what has this story got to do with the purpose of my life?
Surah Al-Imran [3:190] : Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.
Have we ever looked up at the sky and think, “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose.”
We don’t even have time to look up, let alone to think about it.
And when we don’t even think about anything around us, how could we even have the time to think on the purpose of our life?
It is only when our minds becomes clear from excessive useless information, then we can think clearly.
When we can think clearly, that is the time we can reflect on our own life,
“What are the talents and passion inside me that God has provided, that I can use to benefit others?”
Have we ever thought about this? If not, that means our hearts and minds are too distracted with the worldly affairs….
To become people of clear thought, we have to stop the obsession of obtaining useless information from entertainment devices. We will not be able to appreciate the sky and the earth as miraculous, until we can become the people who can get away from useless information. And then when we receive beneficial information, then only it will actually impact us.
You will not be able to think about the sky and the earth as mentioned in various ayah in the Quran if your heart is busy with useless information on the internet or television. If your hearts are sound, when you look up to the sky, you will say “Master, You did not create this without purpose.” But we wouldn’t have time to look up if we go out to work before the sun rises, and come back when the sun sets.
If we become people that reflect on the Quran, if we can reflect on the Quran in a deeply and meaningful way, then we will have the insights. We will have the drive to want to take the best from this world and use it to make the world a better place.
There’s no such thing as “I’m bored. I don’t know what to do,” only, and only if we become people of mission; the one that realizes what our life purpose is.
Dear Respected Readers,
I hope the article above, if not thoroughly, could at least get you to start thinking.
Is what you plan to do today tally with you want to achieve in your life?
Look up to the sky, and reflect…
“Begin with the end in mind: – is the famous motivation from Stephen R Covey, in which he mentioned, how do you want to be described at the end of your life? What are the big goals you want to achieve in the end?
The Quran massively talks about akhirah, in which God is reminding us to begin with the end in mind – the akhirah. Why don’t you think? Afalaa ta’qilun?
This article serves as the beginning of all upcoming articles that I want to share through this online platform. Most articles require reflection on several verses of the Quran. I hope it can help us to be thinkers, who can deeply ponder on the Quran, and also think deeply of our every aspect in our life.
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