There were a couple of times when I read the last 10 verses of Surah al-Imran in the morning, trying to follow the Sunnah. It was one verse that says:
A-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!..
I read that verse couple of times but I was wondering why I didn’t bother to think of the creation before I fell asleep. It’s like the ayah just go through my mind without affecting my heart.
Until one day, I watched the lecture “Foundation of Faith” by Ustadh Nouman in Bayyinah TV mentioning about the verse :
“No doubt about it, in the creation of the sky and the earth, and the conflict between the night and the day (the night turns into the day, and the day turns into the night), there are miraculous sign (there are clear indication) for people of sound (powerful) mind.”
If you truly think about this verse, the sky is pretty incredible. The earth is remarkable.
Those are indeed miraculous signs. But the miraculous signs can only be seen by those with sound (powerful) mind. Those with the ability to think clearly. A sound mind that is free from vanity.
The Arabic word used is ‘Ulul Albab’. Who are the ‘Ulul Albab’? Ulul Albab are the people who have a mind that is actually free from useless information.
We nowadays get bombarded with a lot of information. We check our Facebook every hour, TV is wajib, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, you name it.
What do most people post on Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram? Is it useful? A cat playing piano? Nowadays human beings tend to appreciate useless information. Information that has no benefit. The more useless information you are taking in, the less you are capable of processing good information.
Take one example:-
If you eat a lot of junk food, and you also eat an apple. Will that undo all the damage caused by the junk? If you want to get healthier, you have to start eating healthy food AND also stop eating junk food. Both comes hand in hand and a better health could only be achieved with BOTH being done.
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 miracles, until we can become the people who can get away from useless information. Then, when we receive beneficial information, it will actually impact us.
Junk food + apple = it’s still junk.
You try to listen to lectures, you try to learn the Quran, but at the same time, Facebook is a must before you sleep. And then you wonder, even though you listen to all those good stuffs, why hasn’t it change you? Because you have consumed too much junk while consuming the good stuffs.
You will not be able to think about the sky and the earth as mentioned in various verses in the Quran if your heart are busy with useless information on the internet, on the TV. If your heart are sound, when you look up to the sky, you will realize that “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.
For example in Surah-Ankabut, Allah mentioned, “Didn’t they travel around all over the earth and didn’t they take a good look at how creation began?”
Which tafseer do you need to look up to understand this verse? The tafseer that you need is to really go and figure out how creation began. Travel, and reflect.
In Surah An-Naml, verse 44 about Solomon and the Queen. She stepped on the glass and accepted Islam. The ayah of the quran forces you to see your history – you should explore it.
One of the Quranic verses, “Human being loves to rush”. In traffic, we can’t wait for the red light to turn green. We can’t wait for the plane to start boarding. When this article is gonna be over.
In Surah Al-A’raf, verse 179, Allah specifically mentioned the cows. Other animals when they are close to danger, they will react. They run away from it. But the cow does nothing. It doesn’t move.
People that keep their minds numb are the people that keep themselves busy with music, movies, video games, drugs and alcohol. They keep themselves busy, they keep their minds numb until they could not see the world around them. ‘Ula-ika kal-an’am’ – they are like cattle. They don’t even realize the danger around them. They don’t even realize what’s happening.
You try to listen to lectures, you try to learn the Quran, but on the same you are also obsessed with the entertainment on Facebook. If you eat an apple because you want to be healthy, and on the same time you eat a lot of junk food – Will that apple undo all the damage that comes from the junk food?
If we become people that reflect on the Quran, if we can deeply, in meaningful way reflect on the Quran, then we will have the insights. We will have the drive to want to take the best out of 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 realize what our life purpose is.
By remembering Allah, hearts become satisfied. Do we remember God while we pray?
Ar-Ra’d [13: 28] : Those who have faith and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah- truly it is in the remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest.