Those Things that Need to be Thought About
the beginning of the book, we referred to the importance of thinking,
the gains it brings man and that thought is a very important faculty that
separates man from other creatures. We also mentioned the causes that
prevent thinking. The main purpose in all this was to encourage people
to think and to help them see the purpose of their creation and honour
Allah's endless knowledge and might.
In the following pages, we will try to describe what a person believing
in Allah would think about the things he meets during the day, what lessons
he would draw from the events he witnesses, how he should thank and come
closer to Allah by seeing his Lord's art and knowledge in everything.
Certainly what will be mentioned here covers only a very small part of
a man's thinking capacity. Man has the ability to think every moment (not
hour, minute, or second but moment) of his life. The scope of man's thought
is so broad that it is almost not possible to put any constraints or limits
on it. The purpose of what will be told below is only to open a door for
people who do not make use of their faculty of thinking as is appropriate.
It should be born in mind that only people who reflect can understand
and assume a different position than others. The situation of those who
cannot see the miraculous events around them and cannot reflect has been
related in the verses of Allah as follows:
The likeness of those who disbelieve is that of
someone who yells out to something which cannot hear – it is nothing but
a cry and a call. Deaf – dumb – blind. They do not use their intellects.
(Surat al-Baqara: 171)
…They have hearts they do not understand with.
They have eyes they do not see with. They have ears they do not hear with.
Such people are like cattle. No, they are even further astray! They are
the unaware. (Surat al-A'raf: 179)
Do you suppose that most of them hear or understand?
They are just like cattle. Indeed they are even more astray! (Surat al-Furqan:
Those who are able to see Allah's signs, the miraculous aspects of the
beings and events He creates, and who, therefore, can understand, are
people who reflect. Such people can derive conclusions from everything,
big or small, they see around them.
When One Wakes up in the Morning…
There is no need for special conditions for someone to start thinking.
From the moment we wake up in the morning, plenty of opportunities for
thought lie before us.
A long day lies before us when we wake up in the morning. Most of the
time, we do not feel tired or sleepless, we are ready to start everything
over again. Thinking this, one remembers a verse of Allah:
It is He who made the night a cloak for you and
sleep a rest, and He made the day a time for rising. (Surat al-Furqan:
Washing the face and taking a shower, we pull ourselves together and
come more fully to our senses. Now we are ready to think on many useful
issues. There are many concerns much more important than what we will
have for breakfast or what time we have to leave home, and we first have
to think about them.
First of all, our being able to wake up in the morning is a great miracle.
Despite having lost consciousness entirely, in the morning we recover
consciousness and our personalities. The heart beats, we are able to breathe,
talk and see. In fact, when we go to sleep, there is no guarantee that
these favours will be returned to us in the morning. Nor have we met any
disasters during the night. For example, the absent-mindedness of a neighbour
could cause a gas leakage and great explosion during the night could have
woken us. A catastrophe could have occurred in the region where we lived
and we could have lost our lives.
We could have had other problems with our bodies; for example, we could
have woken up with severe pains in the kidneys or with a headache. Yet,
none of these happened and we have woken up safe and sound. Thinking on
all of this, we thank Allah for His mercy and protection.
Starting a new day in good health means Allah's giving us another chance
to achieve more for the hereafter.
Therefore, the best attitude to take is that we will spend our day in
such a way as to please Allah. Man should, prior to everything else, make
plans for this and keep his mind occupied with thoughts of that sort.
The starting point for pleasing Allah is to ask Him for help about this
matter. The prayer of the prophet Sulayman sets a good example for the
…My Lord, keep me thankful for the blessing You
have bestowed on me and on my parents, and keep me acting rightly, pleasing
You, and admit me, by Your mercy, among Your righteous slaves. (Surat
What Our Weaknesses Make Us Think
It is Allah who created you from a weak beginning then after weakness
gave you strength then after strength ordained weakness and grey
hair. He creates whatever He wills. He is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.
(Surat ar-Rum: 19)
Realising our incapacities as soon as we get out of our beds, we start
to think. Every morning we definitely have to wash our faces and brush
our teeth. Seeing these, we start to think of our other weaknesses. For
instance, that we have to take a bath every day, that under our thin skin
there is such a terrible sight, that our bodies are extremely open to
infections, and cannot stand sleeplessness, hunger and thirst. These are
all signs of our weakness.
If the person looking in the mirror in the morning is aged, some other
thoughts may come to mind. The first signs of ageing start to appear in
the face after the first two decades of life. In the thirties, wrinkles
begin to appear beneath the eyes and around the mouth; the skin is no
longer as ruddy as it used to be, and deterioration can be observed in
a great part of the body. With age, the hair turns white, and even the
For someone who thinks about these, old age is one of the most powerful
events displaying the temporary nature of the life of this world, and
it holds one back from being attached greedily to this world. Someone
who starts to grow old understands that a countdown has started in his
life in this world. In truth, that which ages and for which the countdown
is now underway is the body. The body gradually declines but the soul
does not grow old. Most people are strongly influenced by the fact of
their being good looking or unattractive in their youth. In general, people
who used to be good-looking are often arrogant where people who used to
be unattractive feel inferior and unhappy. Ageing shows how temporary
the body's beauty or ugliness is, that the only thing that is acceptable
before Allah and the only gain of man are right actions, good qualities
of character along with commitment to Allah.
Each time we face our weaknesses, we realise that the only being that
is Perfect and High Exalted above imperfections is Allah, and then we
glorify the greatness of Allah. Allah has created every weakness man possesses
with a purpose. Some of these purposes are to help people not to be attached
to the life of this world, and not go astray with their possessions. Someone
who grasps these by thinking, wants Allah to recreate him in the hereafter
free from all these weaknesses.
Our weaknesses remind us of another very important thought. While a rose
growing up from the black soil smells perfectly clean, an unbearable smell
emanates from us when we do not look after ourselves. This is something
that arrogant and conceited people in particular have to think about and
from which they should take warning.
What Some Features of the Human Body Make One Think About
at the mirror in the morning, we may think about many things we have not
thought about before. For example, our eyelashes, eyebrows, bones and
teeth stop growing when they reach a certain length. However, hair does
not stop growing. In other words, whereas those body parts the growth
of which will be disadvantageous and unsightly stop growing, hair, the
growth of which is aesthetically pleasing, keeps on growing. Besides that,
there is perfect harmony and proportion in the growth of bones. For example
the bones of the upper human limbs do not grow unnecessarily long leaving
the body relatively undersized. Their growth comes to a halt just in time
as if each knows how long it should grow.
Certainly, the things mentioned here come about as a result of certain
physical reactions that take place in the body. Yet a man who reflects
also wonders: how do these chemical reactions take place? Who placed just
as much as is necessary of hormones and enzymes in the body thus determining
the growth of everything? And who controls the amounts and secretions
Doubtless, it is impossible to claim that all these have come into being
by coincidence. It is impossible for the cells constituting man or the
unconscious atoms constituting cells to take such decisions. It is evident
that each one of these is the art of Allah Who creates us in the best
On the way…
There are many things on which to reflect in what we see on the
Right after waking up and making ready in the morning, most people set
out on the way to their offices, schools or to settle some affairs outside
in the world. For a believer this short trip is the beginning of doing
good deeds that will please Allah. As we leave home and go outside, we
readily come across many subjects on which we ought to reflect. There
are thousands of people, cars, trees, big and small, and countless details
all around us. Here, the outlook of a believer is very clear. We try to
get the most from what we see around us. We think about the causes of
events. The view we confront has come about within the knowledge of Allah
and His will. Therefore, there should certainly be causes behind it. Since
Allah made us go out, and set these images before us, there must be something
to be seen in them and thought about. From the moment we wake up, we give
thanks to Allah for having given us another day in this world to earn
our reward with our Lord. Now, we have started a journey in which we can
earn these rewards. Being aware of this, we think about the verse of Allah:
"We made the day for earning a living." (Surat an-Naba':
11) In accordance with this verse, we make plans on how to spend the day
in doing deeds that are useful to other people and with which Allah is
When we reach our car or any other vehicle with these plans in mind,
we again give thanks to Allah. No matter how far the destination, we have
the means to get there. As a convenience, Allah has created many vehicles
for people to use in travel. In particular, recent technological developments
have introduced many new possibilities such as cars, trains, aeroplanes,
ships, helicopters, buses, etc. Pondering this, one remembers one more
issue: it is Allah Who puts the technology at the service of mankind.
A person who thinks sees that it is Allah Who puts technology at
the service of mankind.
Everyday, scientists come up with new discoveries and innovations that
facilitate our lives. They accomplish all these with the means that Allah
creates on the earth. Someone who thinks, carries on his trip by giving
thanks to his Lord for putting these at his service.
towards our destination accompanied by such thoughts, a stack of rubbish,
a foul odour, the confined, dingy places we see in between streets bring
various thoughts to our minds.
In this world, Allah has created settings and sights by means of which
we are able to visualise both paradise and hell, or guess, through comparison,
how they will be. Stacks of rubbish, foul odours, confined, dingy and
dark places cause considerable distress to our souls. One never wants
to be in such places. All these qualities remind one of hell and anyone
who meets such scenes remembers the verses about hell. Allah has depicted
in many verses of the Qur'an the unpleasant sights, darkness, and filth
of the hell:
And the Companions of the Left: what of the Companions
of the Left? Amid searing blasts and scalding water,
And the murk of thick black smoke,
Providing no coolness and no pleasure. (Surat al-Waqi'a: 41-44)
When they are flung into a narrow place in it,
shackled together in chains, they will cry out there for destruction.
"Do not cry out today for just one destruction, cry out for many
destructions!" (Surat al-Furqan: 13-14)
A pleasant view or a confined and dingy place may trigger many different
thoughts in us.
Remembering these ayat of the Qur'an, we pray to Allah for Him to protect
us from the fury of hell and we ask forgiveness for our mistakes.
One who does not employ such modes of thought, on the other hand, spends
his day grumbling, fussing, and looking for the offender in every incident.
He will become furious at people who dump their garbage and at the municipality
that was late to collect it. He will busy his mind with many subjects
throughout the day such as holes in the roads, those who block the traffic,
his becoming soaked due to a wrong weather forecast by the meteorologists,
and finally the unjust scolding he receives from his boss. These vain
thoughts, however, are of no use to him in his afterlife. One might stop
to think whether he should push so many things aside. Indeed, many people
claim the real reason that keeps them from thinking is the struggle they
have to carry on in this world. They say that they cannot think because
of problems such as food, accommodation and health. This, however, is
nothing but an excuse. One's responsibilities and the state one is in
have nothing to do with one's thinking. Someone who tries to think to
gain the pleasure of Allah will find Allah's help beside him. He will
see that the issues that used to be a problem for him are solved one by
one and every passing day he will be able to spare more and more time
to think. This is something understood and experienced only by believers.
What A Multi-Coloured World Makes One Think
Continuing on our journey, we try to see Allah's signs and creational
miracles around us, and honour our Lord's glory by thinking about them.
When we look out from the car window, we see a multi-coloured world. We
then think: "What would everything be like if the world were not
Have a look at the pictures below and think. Would we derive the same
pleasure as we now do from a sea or mountain landscape or a flower without
colour? Would images of the sky, fruits, butterflies, clothes, and faces
of people give us as much pleasure as they now do? It is a favour from
our Lord that we live in a vibrant multi-coloured world. Every colour
we see in nature, the perfect harmony of living beings' colours are all
signs of the matchless art and unique creation of Allah. The colours of
a flower, or a bird and the harmony of these colours or the soft interplay
between colours, the fact that nothing disturbs our eyes in nature, that,
for instance, the colours of the seas, the sky, and the trees are in tones
that give us peace and do not exhaust our eyes, show the perfection of
Allah's creation. Reflecting on all these, we come to understand that
everything we see around us is a work of the infinite knowledge and omnipotence
of Allah. In return for all these favours Allah has granted us, we fear
Allah and seek His protection from being ungrateful. In the Qur'an, Allah
reminds us of the presence of colours, and states that only those who
have knowledge have fear of Allah. Elsewhere, Allah makes it clear that
the believers continually reflect and use their intellects, explore by
thinking and derive conclusions from their reflections:
Do you not see that Allah sends down water from
the sky and by it We bring forth fruits of varying colours? And in the
mountains there are streaks of white and red, or varying shades, and rocks
of deep jet black. And mankind and beasts and livestock are likewise of
varying colours. Only those of His slaves with knowledge have fear of
Allah. Allah is Almighty, Ever-Forgiving. (Surah Fatir: 27-28)
What A Hearse Seen on the Way Should Make One Think
A person who rushes to his destination may suddenly run into a hearse.
In fact, this is a very important opportunity for someone to pull himself
together. The sight he meets reminds him of death. One day, he, too, will
be in that hearse. There is no doubt about it, no matter how much he evades
it, death will sooner or later find him. Whether in his bed, or on his
way, or on vacation, he will certainly leave this world. For death is
an unavoidable reality.
At that instant, a believer remembers the following verses of Allah:
Every self will taste death. Then you will be returned
to Us. As for those who believe and do right actions, We will lodge them
in lofty chambers in the Garden, with rivers flowing under them, remaining
in them timelessly, for ever. How excellent is the reward of those who
act: those who are steadfast and put their trust in their Lord. (Surat
A funeral we encounter should make us think of "our own death"
and that this world is short and temporary.
Certainly, the consideration that his own body will also be placed in
a shroud, covered with soil by his kinsmen, his forename and surname carved
on a gravestone, removes man's attachment to the world. Someone who sincerely
and realistically thinks about this, sees how senseless it is to lay claim
to a body which one day is to decay in the earth.
In the verse of Surat al-'Ankabut, Allah gives the glad tidings of paradise
after death to those who are patient and put their trust in Allah. For
this reason, believers, thinking that they will die one day, try to live
sincerely directed towards Allah, living in right action and with the
good character commanded by Allah to attain paradise. Every time they
think about the closeness of death, their determination grows and they
try to adopt the highest values and increasingly develop them throughout
On the other hand, those who give precedence to other thoughts, and spend
their lives in vain anxieties, do not think that the same will definitely
befall them one day, even in the event that they come across a hearse
and even though they pass by cemeteries every day, and even when some
of their loved ones die besides them.
During the Day…
In the face of all events he comes across throughout the day, a believer
always thinks of Allah's verses, and tries to have an understanding of
the subtleties in events.
He reacts to each favour or trial with the good character of which Allah
will approve. For a person who believes, the place he is in has little
importance. Whether at school, at work, or shopping, by reflecting on
the fact that Allah creates everything, he tries to see, the hidden purpose
in events and the beauties that He creates, and he leads a life abiding
by the verses of his Lord. This attitude of believers is related in the
Qur'an as follows:
There are men who proclaim His glory morning and
evening, not distracted by trade or commerce from the remembrance of Allah
and the establishment of salat (regular Prayer)
and the payment of zakat (regular Charity); fearing
a day when all hearts and eyes will be in turmoil – so that Allah can
reward them for the best of what they did and give them more from His
unbounded favour. Allah provides for anyone He wills without reckoning.
(Surat an-Nur: 37-38).
What Difficulties Someone Meets at Work Make Him
Man may encounter various difficulties throughout the day. However,
whatever difficulty he encounters, he needs to put his trust in Allah
and think as such: "Allah tests us with everything we do and we think
about in the life of this world. This is a very important reality of which
we should not lose sight even for a moment. Therefore, if we meet a difficulty
in anything that we do or think that things do not proceed on the right
track, we should never forget that all these events are set against us
to test our conduct."
It is essential to think that there is good in all events that
seem like trouble and then everything will result in the best
way with the help of Allah.
These thoughts which cross one's mind are true of all major or minor
events one encounters during the day. For instance, we may make extra
payments due to a misunderstanding or carelessness, we may lose a file
on the computer on which we spent hours due to a powercut, a young student
may fail in a university exam although he studied very hard, our days
may pass waiting in queues about some work in progress due to bureaucratic
procedures, work may go wrong because of missing documents, one may miss
the plane or the bus on the way to somewhere one must reach very urgently…
There are numerous such incidents which everyone may, and almost certainly
will, come across in his lifetime and consider a difficulty and "trouble".
In all these incidents, a person with faith immediately thinks that Allah
is testing his conduct and patience, and that it is senseless for a man
who will die and give account in the hereafter to be carried away by such
incidents and lose time by worrying about them. He knows that there is
good behind all these events. He never says "Alas" to any happening and
asks Allah to facilitate his work and turn everything to good purpose.
And when relief follows difficulty, we realise that this is an answer
to our prayer to Allah, that Allah is the Hearer of prayers and He responds
to them, and we give thanks to Allah.
Living through the day thinking these thoughts, one never becomes hopeless,
worries, feels sorry, or is left desperate, no matter what one encounters.
We know that Allah has created all of these for a good and that there
is a blessing in them. Moreover, we think like this not only in major
events that may befall us but, as we have mentioned, also in all of the
details, big or small, we meet in our daily life.
Think of a man who cannot settle an important matter as he wishes, and
who encounters serious problems just when he is about to reach his goal.
This person suddenly becomes angry, feels unhappy and distressed and,
in short, develops all sorts of negative feelings. However, someone who
thinks that there is good in everything, tries to find the hidden purpose
in this event which Allah shows him. He thinks that Allah may have brought
to his attention that he must take more definite measures regarding this
issue. He takes all the essential measures and gives thanks to Allah saying,
"maybe this helped to prevent more serious harm."
Someone who misses the bus while trying to reach an appointment may think,
"perhaps my being late and not being on this bus have saved me from an
accident or another harm". These are only a few examples. One may also
think, "there might be many other such hidden purposes". These kinds of
examples can be multiplied within a man's life. The important thing is
that our plans may not always be resolved according to our wishes. We
may suddenly find ourselves in a completely different situation than we
had planned. In such circumstances, someone who behaves resignedly and
looks for good in the particular event he faces, prospers. Allah states
in His verse:
It may be that you hate something when it is good
for you and it may be that you love something when it is bad for you.
Allah knows and you do not know. (Surat al-Baqara: 216)
As Allah states in His verse, we cannot know but Allah knows. Therefore,
it is Allah Who knows what is good and bad for us. What falls to man is
merely to take Allah, Full of Kindness and Most Merciful, for a friend
and submit to Allah with full submission.
Things that are Thought While Working at Something…
It is important that while working on something, we do not let our minds
go blank and that we always think of the good. The human mind is capable
of doing more than one thing at a time. A person driving a car, cleaning
the house, working, walking on the street, can also think of acts of goodness
at the same time.
While cleaning the house, the person gives thanks to Allah for having
given him such everyday means as water and detergents. Knowing that Allah
loves cleanliness and clean people, he sees the work he does as an act
of worship and with it hopes to earn the good pleasure of Allah. In addition,
he takes pleasure in offering a comfortable setting for other people by
cleaning the place in which he resides.
Someone working at a job prays to Allah in secret constantly, asks his
Lord to facilitate his work, and thinks that he cannot succeed in anything
unless Allah wills. We see that in the Qur'an, the prophets, who set an
example for us, constantly turn towards Allah in secret, and think of
Allah while working. One of these precious people is the prophet Musa.
After helping two women he met on his way to water their flocks, he turned
towards Allah with the following words:
When he arrived at the water of Madyan, he found
a crowd of people drawing water there. Standing apart from them, he found
two women, holding back their sheep. He said, "What are you two doing
here?" They said, "We cannot draw water until the shepherds have driven
off their sheep. You see our father is a very old man." So he drew water
for them and then withdrew into the shade and said, "My Lord, I am truly
in need of any good You have in store for me." (Surat al-Qasas: 23-24)
Another example we see in the Qur'an about this subject is that of the
prophets Ibrahim and Isma'il. Allah says that these prophets thought of
good things for other believers while working together, and they turned
towards Him and prayed to Him about their work:
And when Ibrahim built the foundations of the House
with Isma'il: "Our Lord, accept this from us! You are the All-Hearing,
the All-Knowing. Our Lord, make us both Muslims submitted to You, and
our descendants a Muslim community submitted to You. Show us our rites
of worship and turn towards us. You are the Ever-Returning, the Most Merciful.
Our Lord, raise up among them a Messenger from them to recite Your Signs
to them and teach them the Book and Wisdom and purify them. You are Almighty,
the All-Wise." (Surat al-Baqara: 127-129)
What A Cobweb Makes One Think
There are many things in the perfect design of the web produced
by a tiny insect on which to think.
There are many things to think for someone who spends his day at home.
For example, while doing cleaning, he might see a spider that has woven
its web in a corner of the house. If he realises that he ought to think
about this creature which is normally of no importance to anyone, he will
see new doors being opened for him. This tiny insect he sees before him
is a miracle of design. There is perfect symmetry in the web the spider
has woven. If, by any chance, he wonders how a tiny spider could achieve
such astonishingly perfect design, and if he makes quick research, he
will encounter some other extraordinary facts: the thread a spider uses
is thirty percent more flexible than a rubber thread of the same thickness.
The thread the spider produces is of such a superior quality that men
use it as a model for the manufacture of bullet-proof vests. Indeed, a
substance, which many people consider a 'simple' spider's web, is in fact
equivalent to one of the most ideal industrial materials of the world.
man witnesses the perfect design of the living things around him, if he
keeps on thinking, he will come across even more astonishing facts. When
he examines the fly, which he constantly meets, but to which he has never
paid attention, and at which he has even become angry and tried to kill,
he sees that it has a very meticulous and detailed habit of cleaning itself.
The fly frequently alights on a spot and cleans its fore- and hind-limbs
separately. Then it cleans the dust off on its wings and head thoroughly
with its fore- and hind-limbs. It continues cleaning until it is assured
of its cleanliness. All other types of flies and insects clean themselves
in a similar way, with the same attention to detail and meticulousness.
This indicates that the Unique Creator taught them how to clean themselves.
The same fly flaps it wings approximately 500 times per second while
flying. In fact, no man-made machine could operate at such a rate, but
would shatter and burn because of friction. However, neither the wings,
muscles, nor the joints of the fly are harmed. Taking into account the
direction and speed of the wind, it can fly in any direction without being
diverted. Even with our current technology, man is very distant from producing
a device with these extraordinary features and techniques of flight. Yet
such an insignificant living being, which man brushes aside and pays no
attention to, achieves something remarkable that man so far has been unable
to achieve. Clearly, it is impossible to claim that a fly does this by
merit of its abilities and intelligence. Allah has given the fly all its
outstanding characteristics and abilities.
There is both visible and invisible life everywhere around us we casually
glance. There is not even a square centimetre on the earth where life
does not exist. Humans, plants, and animals are creatures that man is
able to see, yet there are also creatures that man cannot see but of whose
existence he is aware. The houses we live in, for example, are full of
microscopic creatures called "mites". Similarly, in the air
we breathe are countless viruses. The number of bacteria living in the
soil of our gardens is astonishingly high.
The person who reflects on the incredibly diverse life of the earth also
remembers the perfect systems of these creatures. All the creatures we
see are each a clear sign of Allah's art. In the same manner, great miracles
are hidden in microscopic creatures as well. The virus, bacterium or mite
which are all invisible to us, have their own bodily mechanisms. Allah
created their habitats, feeding patterns, and reproductive and defence
systems. One who reflects on these facts remembers Allah's verse:
How many creatures do not carry their provision
with them! Allah provides for them and He will for you. He is the All-Hearing,
the All-Knowing. (Surat al-‘Ankabut: 60)
What Illnesses Make One Think About
Man is a being who has many weaknesses and who has to make continual
effort to deal with his incompleteness. Illnesses expose man's weakness
most explicitly. Therefore, when a friend, or we ourselves, become sick,
we have to think about the hidden purpose in it. When we think, we see
that even the flu, which is considered a simple illness, offers lessons
from which we can take warning. When we catch such an illness, we think
the following that firstly, the main cause of flu is a virus so tiny as
to be invisible to the naked eye. However, such a tiny organism is enough
to cause a man of 60-70 kg to lose his strength, and make him so exhausted
as to prevent him walking or talking. Most of the time, the pills we take
or the meals we eat do not do any good. The only thing we can do is rest
and wait. In the body, a war takes place in which we cannot intervene.
We are tied hand and foot by a tiny organism. In such a situation, what
we should first remember is the following verse of Allah, in which prophet
He Who created me and guides me;
He Who gives me food and gives me drink;
And when I am ill, it is He Who heals me;
He Who will cause my death, then give me life;
He Who I sincerely hope will forgive my mistakes
on the Day of Reckoning.
My Lord, give me right judgement and unite me with
the righteous. (Surat Ash-Shu‘ara': 79-83)
A virus invisible to the naked eye can cause a large human body
to be confined to bed.
A person who catches any type of illness should compare his attitude
in good health to his attitude during his sickness and think about it.
He should realise his modest state in times of illness, how strongly he
understood that he is in need of Allah, and, for instance, on his way
to an operation, how sincerely and strongly he prayed to Allah. .
When we witness someone else's illness, we should immediately give thanks
to Allah when we remember our own good health. When a believer sees a
man with a crippled leg, he should think about what a major and important
favour his own leg is to him. He understands that his being able to walk
wherever he wants, as soon as he rises in the morning, and to run when
necessary or take care of himself without being in need of anyone else,
are each great favours of Allah. As he thinks and makes such comparisons,
he grasps better the value of the blessings he has been granted.
What Does One Think upon Meeting an Arrogant, Spoiled,
Offensive, Bad-Tempered Person?
During the day, in the office or at school, one comes across many different
types of people. These people may not all be good-tempered people who
fear Allah. The believer who meets such people, is never influenced by
them but keeps on sticking to the behaviour commanded by Allah. He knows
that the reason for the bad character traits of these people is their
lack of fear of Allah and their disbelief in the hereafter. And the following
flows through his mind: Allah warns people about the agony of hell and
asks them to think of endless torment and amend their conduct in the life
of this world, turn humbly towards Allah and live sincerely by the religion.
If one realises that he is face to face with such a serious threat, he
will certainly take precautions to avoid it. Yet, those who do not think
about it and therefore do not comprehend its seriousness, act as if there
is no place of fire and torment being prepared for them.
Someone who is aware of these facts, remembers some other very important
matters. While waiting at the edge of the fire of hell, the attitudes
of each one of these people will be completely different. If someone,
who does not hesitate to display spoiled, impudent and arrogant manners
today, lacking all belief in Allah, is arrested on the Day of Reckoning
and brought before the pit of hell dragged on the ground and subjected
to constant degradation, then the expression on his face, his attitude,
the way he speaks or the words he uses will not be as they used to be
Those who took their religion as a diversion and a game, and were deluded by the life of the world. Today We will forget them just as they forgot the encounter of this Day and denied Our Signs. (Surat al-A'raf: 51)
If an aggressive, insolent disbeliever, habitually commits crimes and
has no human aspect, is brought to the edge of the fire of hell, he will
feel eternal regret when he sees its torment.
Someone who makes all kinds of excuses for not living by the religion
and not worshipping Allah in the life of this world, will not be able
to make the same excuses waiting in front of the gate of hell. At that
time, prostration will no longer be possible even though the disbeliever
wants to perform it, and prayer will no longer be answered even though
the disbeliever prays earnestly.
Someone who fears Allah never forgets these matters. He thinks about
the fire of hell and by virtue of it sees what right manners, right words,
and good character are. Since he has a strong faith in the existence of
hell and constantly thinks about it, he always acts as if he is right
next to the hell fire, and always thinks about the fact that he will be
called to account for everything he does.
Allah has given people various kinds of food. The presence of
thousands of kinds of food with various tastes and fragrances
is an indication of Allah's mercy to people.
Allah calls people to think of hell and the Day of Reckoning:
On the Day that each self finds the good
it did, and the evil it did, present there in front of it, it will
wish there were an age between it and then. Allah advises you to beware
of Him. Allah is Ever-Gentle with His slaves.(Surat Al ‘Imran: 30)
It is Allah Who made the earth a stable home
for you and the sky a dome, and formed you, giving you the best of forms,
and provided you with good and wholesome things. That is Allah, your Lord.
Blessed be Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. (Surah Ghafir: 64)
Allah has given people diverse, pure, delicious food and drink in the
world. Certainly, all these are manifestations of Allah's endless grace
and His mercy to people. People could well live their lives with only
one kind of food and drink but Allah has bestowed upon them countless
favours: fruits, vegetables and various kinds of meats…
A believer who knows that all these favours are from Allah, thinks about
them and gives thanks to Allah every time he sits down to a meal.
What Do Fruits Served During a Meal Make One Think?
In many verses of the Qur'an, Allah mentions that He blesses people with
many kinds of food. These foods are there in front of anyone who sits down
to a meal. The dining table is decked with various vegetables grown from
the soil, and many animal products. Man, by nature, is created to find pleasure
in these foods. These foods, each one more delicious than the next, are
at the same time necessary for our survival. Let us think about what we
would do if these nourishing foods, so necessary for our survival, had no
taste, or if they tasted bad, or if they were harmful to us despite their
pleasant taste, or if there were only a few kinds of food on which we fed,
solely for survival. Allah's mercy to us is the only reason we are faced,
not with tasteless food and drink but with such a picture as we see on the
table. Even if one thinks only of fruit, one will recognise the tremendous
favour shown us.
The conscientious person, who sees a large variety of fruit on the dining
table, thinks the following:
- That out of the dark soil come fruits of diverse colours, a variety
of fragrances, with extremely clean contents, each of which has a very
pleasant taste, is a great favour Allah grants people.
- The banana, tangerine, orange, melon, and watermelon, in short all
fruits, are created each with its wrappings. Their peels protect fruits
from decay and ruin. Their fragrances are also preserved in these wrappings.
Soon after their wrappings are removed, they begin to turn black and
- When examined one by one, the fruits are seen to have many delicate
points of significance. The tangerine and orange, for example, are segmented.
If they were a single piece, it would have been more difficult to eat
such juicy fruits. Yet, Allah has fashioned them in slices for people's
convenience. Unquestionably, this flawless, extremely aesthetical design,
perfectly addressing our needs, is one of the signs of the creation
of Allah, the Most Knowing.
- The strawberry, for example, is a very special fruit with its particular
form and taste. The patterns on it seem as if they are meticulously
designed. With its refreshing red form crowned with green leaves, it
is one of the works of the matchless art of Allah. The sweetness in
its fragrance and taste, and its being seedless and skinless, make it
easy to eat thus reminding one the fruits of Paradise. That a fruit,
which almost entirely grows in the soil, has such a beautiful and striking
colour, is a very strong sign to us from our Lord Who creates it and
Who manifests His art, wisdom and knowledge in the things He creates.
- The presence of different fruits in each season is another subject
to think about. It is a favour and grace of Allah to people that, for
example, in winter, a period when people need vitamins most, such C
vitamin-rich fruits as tangerines, oranges and grapefruits are available,
while in summer, such fruits as cherries and thirst-quenching melons,
watermelons and peaches are abundant.
- The charming picture of fruits on their branches or as they are planted
is one which Allah presents us. The picture of hundreds of fruits on
the apparently bone-dry branch, tightly fastened to it and juicy inside,
some of them as if specially polished outside, is evidence that each
one of them has been created by Allah. For instance, bunches of grapes
look as if they have been placed on the branches of the grapevine one
by one. Allah has created each one of them as a unique creation. Their
appearance on their branches is fashioned in such a way as to appeal
to people. For this reason, while depicting paradise in the Qur'an,
Allah states that its fruits are ready to be picked, in the verse, "Its
shading branches will droop down over them, its ripe fruit hanging ready
to be picked" (Surat al-Insan: 14).
Certainly, what are mentioned here are only a few restricted examples.
The blessings Allah creates are too diverse to be counted. He who realises
this at the dining table remembers another verse of Allah.
Is He Who creates like him who does not create?
So will you not pay heed? If you tried to number Allah's blessings, you
could never count them. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat
What Flavours and Odours Make One Think
Continuing to think, we come to realise more the beauties and subtleties
in the creation of Allah. While pondering all these, a conscientious person
also thinks that it is a great favour of his Lord that he is able to derive
pleasure from the blessings that Allah offers. He remembers that the senses
of taste and smell, in particular, help us perceive many of the world's
beauties. And he goes on to think that if we did not have the sense of
smell, we could not take as much pleasure as we now do from a rose, from
the fruits we eat or even from a barbecue. If we did not have the sense
of taste, we would not recognise the unique tastes of chocolate, candies,
meat, strawberries and other blessings.
We must not forget that we might well have been living in a colourless,
tasteless and odourless world. And if Allah had not given us all these
as blessings, we could by no means have acquired them. Yet, Allah has
bestowed upon people His favour by creating tastes and smells as well
as the sensory systems to perceive them.
While Strolling In the Garden…
What Beauties Seen in Nature Make One Think
He who believes in Allah praises his Lord for the beauties he sees in
nature. He is aware that Allah has created all existing beauty. He knows
that all these beauties belong to Allah and they are manifestations of
His attribute of jamal - beauty.
While walking in nature, one encounters more beauty. From a single straw
to the yellow daisy, from birds to ants, everything is full of details,
which need reflection. As people reflect upon these, they come to understand
the power and might of Allah.
Flowers developing from their buds without being puckered at all
as if ironed.
Butterflies, for example, are very aesthetically pleasing creatures.
With the symmetry and design of their lace-like wings - which are extremely
precise as if drawn by hand - their harmonious, phosphorescent colours,
butterflies are evidence of Allah's unequalled art and superior power
Similarly, innumerable plant and tree varieties on earth are among the
beauties Allah creates. Flowers, all in different colours and trees of
different forms, have been created and among their purposes is that they
give great pleasure to people.
One who has faith thinks about how flowers such as the rose, violet,
daisy, hyacinth, carnation, orchid and others have such smooth surfaces,
and how they come out of their seed completely flat without any puckers
as if ironed.
Other wonders Allah creates are the fragrances of these flowers. A rose,
for instance, has a strong and constant ever-changing smell. Even with
the latest technology, scientists cannot develop an exact match of the
smell of the rose. Laboratory research to imitate this smell has not yielded
satisfactory results. Smells produced based on the scent of the rose are
generally heavy and disturbing. However, the original scent of the rose
does not disturb.
Someone who has faith knows that each one of these is created for him
to praise Allah, to present him the art and knowledge of Allah in the
beauty He creates. For this reason, when someone sees this beauty while
strolling in the garden, he glorifies Allah, saying, "It is as
Allah wills, there is no strength but in Allah" (Surat al-Kahf:
39). He remembers that Allah has put all this beauty at the service of
mankind and that He will give the believers incomparably excellent blessings
in the hereafter. And because of this, his love for Allah increases ever
Have You Ever Thought about an Ant which You Have Seen
While Walking in a Garden?
An ant industriously carrying food to its nest.
People, in general, do not see any sense in thinking about the living
things they see in their surroundings. They do not imagine that those
living things they come across every day may have very interesting features.
For a person who has faith, on the other hand, every living thing Allah
creates bears the traces of a perfect creation. Ants, too, are some of
Someone who believes does not turn a blind eye to the ants he sees
while wandering in the garden. By seeing their astonishing features, he
witnesses the perfect creation of Allah.
Even examining the movement of the ant is thought provoking. It moves
its infinitesimal legs in a sequential and extremely organised manner
knowing perfectly which leg should take the first step and which the next.
It moves very rapidly without faltering.
This tiny insect lifts crumbs much bigger than its body. It carries
them to its nest with heart and soul. It travels distances that are very
long in comparison to its tiny body. On featureless land, with no guide
at its service, it can easily find its nest. Despite the entrance of the
nest being too small even for us to find, it is not confused and finds
it no matter where it is.
When one sees in the garden those ants, lined up one after the other,
ardently toiling to carry food to their nest, one cannot stop wondering
what kind of purpose these tiny living beings might have in working so
hard. Then one realises that not only does the ant carry food for itself,
but also for other members of its colony, for the queen ant and baby ants.
How such a tiny ant, which does not even have a developed brain, knows
diligence, discipline and self-sacrifice is a point on which one needs
to reflect. After pondering these facts, one reaches the following conclusion:
ants, like all other living beings, act by the inspiration of Allah and
obey His commands alone.
What the "Conscious" Movements of Ivy Make One Think
The Ivy's winding itself around an object looks like the movement
of a conscious being.
A believer strolling in the garden also thinks about the ivy that he
encounters, which is one of the beautiful things that Allah creates. For
a man who reflects, there are signs to learn from every living thing.
For instance, the ivy's winding itself round a branch or any other object
is an event about which one needs to think carefully. If the development
of the ivy were recorded, and then the replay speeded up, it would be
seen that the ivy moves as if it is a conscious being. Just as if it sees
that there is a branch right before it, it extends itself toward that
branch and it fastens itself to the branch as though lassooing it. Sometimes
it winds around the branch several times to secure itself. It grows very
rapidly in this fashion and it makes itself a new way, either returning
or proceeding downwards, when its path comes to an end. A believer who
witnesses all these once again sees that Allah has created all living
beings with unique, flawless systems.
As one continues observing the movements of the ivy, one witnesses another
important feature of the plant. One sees that the ivy attaches itself
firmly to the surface on which it lies by stretching out arms to the sides.
The viscous substance this 'unconscious' plant produces is so strong that
when one tries to remove it, it may even strip paint off the wall.
The existence of such a plant reveals to the believer, who sees and reflects
upon these, the omnipotence of Allah, the Creator of this plant.
What Trees Make One Think
We see trees everyday and everywhere; however, have you ever thought
how water reaches the farthest leaf on the top branch of a lofty tree?
We can have a better understanding of the extraordinary nature of this
by way of a comparison. It is impossible for the water in a tank in the
basement of your building to climb to higher floors without a hydrophoric
tank or some other powerful engine. You cannot pump water even to the
first floor. Therefore, there should also be in trees a pumping system
similar to the hydrophoric engine. Otherwise, since water would not be
able to reach the trunk of the tree and the branches, trees would soon
Bright green and living leaves growing out of the dry wood of a branch,
water reaching the threadlike veins of the leaves at heights of many
metres, the leaves not drying out under the burning sun… these are
only a few of the numerous subjects about which trees make one think.
Allah has created each tree with all the necessary equipment. Moreover,
the hydraulic system in many trees is too superior to be compared to the
building in which one lives. That is one of the subjects someone, who
looks at everything with "an eye which actually sees", thinks
upon seeing these plants.
Another subject has to do with the leaves. Someone who reflects on the
things he sees does not, upon looking at a tree, consider the leaves as
common forms, which he is accustomed to see. He thinks of various things
that do not occur to most people. Leaves, for example, are very delicate
forms. Nonetheless, they do not dry out under the scorching heat. When
a human stays out in a temperature of 40°C even for a short while, the
colour of his skin changes and he suffers from dehydration. Leaves, on
the other hand, can remain green under the burning heat, without being
scorched, for days, and even months, although very little amounts of water
drain through their threadlike veins. That is a miracle of creation demonstrating
that Allah creates everything with an unequalled knowledge. Thinking over
this miracle of creation, someone who believes can once again see the
might of Allah and remember Him.
While Reading a Paper or Watching TV…
People follow the daily papers and TV news either during the day or when
they return home in the evening. In such reports, there are many issues
for a conscientious person to think over, take heed from, and in which
to see the signs of Allah.
What the Frequency of Cases of Violence, Robbery
and Homicide Make One Think
In societies that fear Allah, none of these scenes take place.
Everyday, on the local pages of the newspapers or on TV news, one comes
across many reports of homicide, wounding, theft, robbery, swindle and
suicide. The frequent occurrence of these events, and a large number of
people's being so disposed to commit such crimes indicate the harm from
which people who do not live by the religion of Allah suffer. Someone's
kidnapping a small child for ransom, causing him great fear, and even
killing him, another's pointing a gun at the face of a man and shooting
him without hesitation, another's accepting a bribe, or committing suicide
or swindling… all these are indications that these people do not fear
Allah and do not believe in the hereafter. Someone who fears Allah and
knows that he will give account in the hereafter would never do any of
these. Each of these are acts that will be recompensed with hell in the
hereafter, if the perpetrator does not turn in repentance from them and
if Allah does not forgive and show mercy.
may say: "I am an atheist. I do not believe in Allah, yet I do not
accept bribes". However, this statement of a man with no fear of
Allah is not at all convincing. It is very likely that he would decline
to keep this promise if the conditions change. For instance, if this person
has to find money for a very urgent cause, and happens to be in a situation
in which he has the chance to steal or accept a bribe, he might not hold
his promise. Or such a person is not expected to keep his word when his
own life is at stake. Although this person may avoid taking bribes in
difficult situations, he may be apt to commit other forbidden acts. A
person who believes, however, never does anything whatsoever for which
he cannot give account in the hereafter.
So, the cause of the events that make us voice protests in the newspapers,
on TV, in our social lives, and urge us to exclaim "what happened
to this society?" is, in truth, lack of religion. A believer who
sees these reports does not turn a blind eye to them but thinks that the
only solution is to tell people about the religion and to revive the values
of the religion. In a society made up of people who fear Allah and who
know that they will give account in the hereafter, it is impossible for
these kinds of events to occur to the extent they do now in our time.
In such a society, peace and safety will be lived at the highest level.
What Discussion Programmes Lasting till Morning
Make One Think
For a person who continues to think over the things he sees around him,
discussion programmes broadcast on TV are also examples for him to think
These discussion programmes include people who are most closely involved
with the topic of the day and who are most knowledgeable about that subject.
These people discuss a topic for hours, with no one being able to work
out a solution or reach a conclusion. However, those who attend these
discussion programmes are people who are considered to be qualified to
solve these issues.
Indeed, the solution to most of these issues is quite clear. However,
people's self-interests, their remaining under the influence of their
immediate circle, their efforts to push themselves forward rather than
sincerely seeking for solutions, bring them to deadlock and stalemate.
A conscientious person who witnesses all these, thinks that the reason
for these events, too, lies in society's being distant from the religion
of Allah. Someone who believes in Allah never displays an irresponsible,
barren, and heedless attitude. He knows that there is good in every event
to which Allah exposes him, that he is constantly being tested in this
world, that he has to use his reason, strength and knowledge in such a
way as to please Allah.
In addition, while watching such programme, the believer remembers a
verse of Allah:
… more than anything else, man is argumentative
(Surat al-Kahf: 54)
The atmosphere in these kinds of programmes discloses the argumentative
and disputatious nature of people. These people's failure most of the
time even to understand the question, their being obsessed only with what
they will say and trying to say it first, their interrupting one another,
their easily raising their voices and losing their tempers in a flash,
and their starting to hurl insults at each other, clearly reveal the negative
aspects of apparently educated and sophisticated people who lack the religion
In the company of one hundred percent sincere and honest people who fear
Allah, such prolonged and fruitless scenes never take place. As the purpose
is to find the solution that most pleases Allah and is of maximum use
to people, the most proper and conscientious method of reasoning is found
and put into practice without losing any time. Since everybody's conscience
will be contented with the final decision, no dispute takes place.
If anyone has an objection grounded on reasonable causes that shows a
better way, then his suggestion is employed right away. Unlike others,
those who fear Allah do not display an obstinate and arrogant attitude.
Remembering what Allah says in the Qur'an; "… Over everyone with
knowledge there is one more knowing" (Surah Yusuf: 76), they employ
the best options that they can.
These discussions, lasting until the morning without reaching any solution,
are worth considering because they show what can happen in an environment
where the values and high qualities of character of religion are not lived.
WHAT FAMINE AND POVERTY IN EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD
MAKE ONE THINK
One of the issues frequently dealt with in the media is injustice among
While there are, on one side of the world, notably prosperous countries
with very high levels of welfare, there are, on the other side, people
who do not have anything to eat, medicines to treat even the simplest
diseases, and who repeatedly die of neglect. The first thing that this
situation reveals is the iniquitous system prevailing in the world. It
would be very easy for one or more of the wealthy countries to save those
people. For instance, near the nations dying of hunger in Africa, there
are communities who have accumulated wealth from diamond mines and hence
developed an advanced 'civilisation'. Although it is quite easy to relocate
those people who live in poverty, near to starvation and are abandoned
to die, or to provide means to meet their needs in the areas where they
live, for decades no fundamental solution has been sought for these people.
However, helping these people is not a task that a few people can handle.
In order to find fundamental solutions, many people need to make self-sacrifices.
However, today, the number of people who lay claim to attempting to solve
such a problem is quite few.
Trillions of dollars are being wasted in every part of the world for
various reasons. On the one hand, that some people throw their meals away
unsatisfied with the amount of salt, and, on the other hand, that some
die unable to find enough food to eat, is clear evidence against an iniquitous
world order caused by not living by the values of the religion on the
Someone who sees all these thinks that the only thing that will eliminate
this iniquity is the adoption of the values that Allah commands. People
who fear Allah and act by their consciences would never allow such iniquity
and injustice. They would help out needy people with quick, definite and
long-lasting solutions not allowing any ostentation, and, if necessary,
exploiting all the possibilities of the world.
Do they not see that they are tried once or twice in every year? But still they do not turn back. They do not pay heed. (Surat at-Tawba: 126)
Allah tells us in the Qur'an that helping the poor and needy is a characteristic
of people who fear Allah and the Day of Judgement:
Those in whose wealth there is a known share for
beggars and the destitute; those who affirm the Day of Judgement, those
who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord. (Surat al-Ma‘arij: 24-27)
They give food, despite their love for it, to the
poor and orphans and captives: ‘We feed you only out of desire for the
Face of Allah. We do not want any repayment from you or any thanks. Truly
we fear from our Lord a glowering, calamitous Day.' (Surat al-Insan: 8-10)
Not feeding the poor is a characteristic of irreligious people who have
no fear of Allah:
(Allah commands) ‘Seize him and truss him up. Then
roast him in the Blazing Fire. Then bind him in a chain which is seventy
cubits long. He used not to believe in Allah the Most Great, nor did he
urge the feeding of the poor. Therefore here today he has no friend nor
any food except exuding pus which no one will eat except those who were
in error.' (Surat al-Haqqa: 30-37)
What Disasters Occurring Around the World Make One Think
There are hidden meanings to be reflected on in the disaster reports
frequently covered by newspapers and TV.
Some of the reports people frequently run across on TVs and in newspapers
are of disasters. People may meet disaster at any time. A powerful earthquake
may happen, a fire may start or flooding may occur. Someone who sees these
reports remembers that Allah has power over all things, that He can raze
a city to the ground if He so wills. Thinking of these, one sees that
there is no one but Allah with whom one can take refuge and from whom
one can ask help. Even the strongest buildings and cities equipped with
the most advanced technology cannot stand against the power of Allah;
they too can perish all of a sudden.
All these scenes are for men to think about and take lessons from.
Someone who hears about or reads these disaster reports also reflects
that Allah has sent a disaster against this city for a purpose. In the
Qur'an, Allah relates that He consigns the disobedient nations to penalty
so that they might take heed or be repaid for their deeds. Hence, if a
given community practises values with which Allah would be displeased,
Allah may have punished them for that reason. Or, it may be that Allah
is testing these people with some hardships in the world.
Thinking about these possibilities, the believer fears that all these
may also befall him, and asks forgiveness of Allah for his own conduct.
No person and no nation can prevent any disaster from occurring unless
Allah so wills. It makes no difference whether it is the most wealthy
and powerful country in the world or a place that ordinarily would be
thought to be at little risk because of its geographical location. Allah
says that no nation can prevent a disaster that will befall them.
Do the people of the cities feel secure against
Our violent force coming down on them in the night while they are asleep?
Or do the people of the cities feel secure against Our violent force coming
down on them in the day while they are playing games? Do they feel secure
against Allah's devising? No one feels secure against Allah's devising
except for those who are lost. Is it not clear to those who have inherited
the earth after these people that, if We wanted to, We could strike them
for their wrong actions, sealing up their hearts so that they cannot hear?
(Surat al-A‘raf: 97-100)
| 1. A flood disaster in Honduras. 2. A
disaster in Mali-Gao caused by gusty winds. 3. A town of the coast
inundated by river floods. 4. Another inundated town. 5. A devastated
| An earthquake lasting a few seconds is
enough to destroy a whole city. Those who think that these scenes
are ‘works of nature' are mistaken. This is because nature, an incredibly
ill-defined entity, just as all other beings, under the command
What News Items About Usury Make One Think
Another topic frequently dealt with in the news is decline in the economy.
In particular, a number of negative news items are reported about usury
each day. Someone who reads the reports mentioning that usury is out of
control, and causes downturns in the economy realises that in return for
the wide adoption of such a deeply abhorrent and forbidden act, Allah
depresses the productivity of people's earnings. As stated in the verse,
"Allah obliterates usury but makes charitable deeds grow in value!
Allah does not love any persistently ungrateful wrongdoer" (Surat
al-Baqara: 276), Allah eliminates the profit earned through usury, and
decrease its productivity. This fact is stated in another verse as follows:
What you give with usurious intent, aiming to get
back a greater amount from people's wealth, does not become greater with
Allah. But anything you give as charity, seeking the Face of Allah, all
who do that will get a recompense multiplied. (Surat ar-Rum: 39)
| YYou who believe! do not feed on usury, multiplied and then remultiplied. Have taqwa of Allah so that hopefully you will be successful.
(Surat Al 'Imran: 130)
For a man who reflects, reports about usury, too, are examples that
Allah's verses are manifest among people.
Thinking about Nice Places
It is also possible to see on TV programs, in newspapers and magazines
the beauty Allah creates and to reflect on it. Looking at or visiting
somewhere with a wonderful view, a beautiful house, garden or beach surely
pleases everyone. These views, first of all, remind one of paradise. A
believing person remembers once more that Allah, Who gives such great
blessings, and shows people such glorious beauty, will certainly create
incomparable places in paradise.
Someone who sees these also thinks the following: every beauty created
in the world has a number of flaws and imperfections because the world
is a place of testing. Someone who spends some time at a holiday resort,
the images of which he has earlier seen on TV, notices these defects.
The weather's extreme humidity, the sea's disturbing saline content, the
blistering heat and flies; these are only a few examples. Many worldly
difficulties can happen, such as sunburn, the travel agency's organisational
problems, and the intolerable nature of the people with whom one shares
In paradise, there will be the originals of these beauties and there
will not be a single thing that would disturb one, and not a single displeasing
conversation will be held. In every beauty a believer confronts in the
world, he longs for paradise. He always gives thanks for the blessings
Allah has given him in the world, and he takes pleasure from them thinking
that all these are blessings Allah has given him out of His grace. Knowing,
however, that the originals of these beautiful things exist in paradise,
he does not forget the hereafter by being carried away by the beauty of
the world. He leads a life by means of which he can come to possess eternal
beauty and deserve to enter the paradise of Allah.
What Does It Make One Think on Reading in Scientific
Magazines that The Building Block of Matter is the Atom?
Unless man thinks over the things he knows, he cannot grasp the subtleties
in them and realise in what an extraordinary environment he lives. On
that account, a person who believes continually thinks over the living
beings and events Allah creates. These can sometimes be subjects known
to many people, yet he is able to draw different conclusions from them
than others do.
For example, it is a very well known fact that the basic component of
every animate or inanimate being in the universe is the atom. That is,
most people know that the books they read, the armchairs on which they
sit, the water they drink and all the things they see around them are
composed of atoms. Yet only conscientious people think beyond this and
witness the exalted might of Allah.
When such people see reports about this subject, they think the following:
atoms are inanimate beings. How, then, can inanimate substances such as
atoms come together and form animate human beings capable of seeing, hearing,
interpreting what they hear, enjoying the music to which they listen,
thinking, making decisions, being happy or miserable? How could man acquire
such traits making him totally different from other conglomerates of atoms?
Certainly, inanimate and unconscious atoms cannot give human beings these
human qualities. It is clear that Allah creates man with a spirit endowed
with such characteristics. This reminds one of a verse of Allah:
He Who has created all things in the best possible
way. He commenced the creation of man from clay; then produced his seed
from an extract of base fluid; then formed him and breathed His Spirit
into him and gave you hearing, sight, and hearts. What little thanks you
show! (Surat as-Sajda: 7-9)
Some Facts One Reaches by Deep Thinking
Have you ever thought that everything is created for man only?
When someone who believes in Allah investigates the systems and all the
animate and inanimate beings present in the universe with an attentive
eye, he sees that all are created for man. He understands that nothing
has come into existence by chance but Allah creates everything in the
most precise way for man's use.
The planet and the whole universe in which we live bear all the
properties necessary for our lives. Someone who thinks about this
will see clearly that Allah created the whole universe for us
Man, for example, can breathe effortlessly all the time. The air he inhales
neither burns his nasal passages nor makes him dizzy nor causes headaches.
The proportion of the gases in air is designed with the amounts that are
most suitable for the human body. Someone who thinks of these remembers
another very crucial point: if the oxygen concentration in the atmosphere
were a little more or a little less than at present, in both cases life
would vanish. He then remembers what a hard time he has in breathing in
airless places. As a believing person continues to think on this subject,
he constantly gives thanks to his Lord. This is because he sees that the
atmosphere of the earth could well be designed, as it is on many other
planets, so as to make it difficult to breathe. Yet, it is not so and
the atmosphere of the earth is created in perfect balance and order in
such a way as to enable billions of people to breathe effortlessly.
Someone who keeps thinking about the planet on which he lives, thinks
how important water, which Allah creates, is for human life. The following
comes to mind: people, in general, understand the importance of water
only when they are deprived of it for a long time. Water, however, is
a substance which we need every moment of our lives. For instance, a considerable
portion of our body cells and of the blood that reaches every point in
our body consists of water. Were it not so, the fluidity of blood would
decrease and its flow in the veins would become very difficult. The fluidity
of water is important not only for our bodies but also for plants. Thus,
water reaches the furthest end of the leaf by passing through its thread-like
The great quantity of water in the seas makes our earth habitable. If
the proportion of sea to land on the earth were smaller, then lands would
turn into deserts and life would be impossible.
A conscientious person who thinks about these matters is completely convinced
that the establishment of such a perfect balance on the earth is surely
not a coincidence. Seeing and thinking about all these shows that a Creator
Who is exalted and the owner of eternal power created everything for a
Moreover, he also remembers that the examples on which he has been reflecting
are very limited in number. Indeed, it is impossible to count the examples
regarding the delicate balances on earth. Yet a man who reflects can readily
see the order, perfection and balance that prevail in every corner of
the universe, and thus reach the conclusion that Allah has created everything
for man. Allah states this in the Qur'an thus:
And He has made everything in the heavens and everything
on the earth subservient to you. It is all from Him. There are certainly
Signs in that for people who reflect. (Surat al-Jathiyya: 13).
What Eternity Makes One Think
Everyone is familiar with the concept of eternity, yet have you every
thought about eternity? This is one of the subjects upon which a person
believing in Allah reflects.
Allah's creating the eternal life of paradise and hell is a very important
subject over which everyone needs to think. One who thinks it over poses
the following questions: the eternal nature of paradise is one of the
greatest blessings and rewards bestowed in the life after death. The glorious
life in paradise will never end. Man may live in this world for at most
a hundred year. Life in paradise, however, is timeless, so that in comparison
a quadrillion times quadrillion years is short.
Someone who remembers these also realises that it is quite difficult
for man to comprehend eternity. Such an example may help elucidate this
subject: if there were a quadrillion people who had kept going a quadrillion
times a quadrillion, night and day, and if each of them had a life of
a quadrillion years all of which they spent for this end, the figure they
would reach in total would still remain like "zero" in comparison
to the number of years to be spent in the eternal life.
Someone who thinks on these reaches the following conclusion: Allah possesses
such great knowledge that what is "everlasting" for man, in
His sight has already ended. Every incident and every thought that have
taken place from the first moment time began to its last moment are, with
their times and forms, determined and come to an end within His knowledge.
One should, in the same way, think that hell is a place in which unbelievers
will dwell forever. There are various kinds of torture, torments, and
distresses in hell. Unbelievers in hell are subject to uninterrupted physical
and spiritual torture, which never stops, nor is the sufferer spared any
time for sleep or rest. If there were an end to the life in hell, there
would be hope for the companions of hell even if that rest were quadrillions
of years later. Yet, what they receive in return for their associating
partners with Allah and their disbelief is eternal torment.
As for those who reject Our Signs and are arrogant
regarding them, they are the Companions of the Fire, remaining in it timelessly,
for ever. (Surat al-A'raf: 36),
It is extremely important for each individual to try to comprehend eternity
by reflecting on it. It increases man's endeavours for the hereafter,
and reinforces both his fear and his hope. While he strongly fears eternal
torment, he cherishes the hope of attaining eternal bliss.
What Does One Think About Dreams?
There are important purposes in dreams for someone who reflects. Such
a person thinks about how "realistic" the dreams are that he
sees while asleep, which in that way are no different in their realism
from the moment he awakes. For instance, despite one person's body lying
on the bed, in dream he went on business trips, met new people, and had
lunch while listening to music. He enjoyed the taste of his meal, danced
to the music, became excited because of the incidents that happened, became
happy and unhappy, was afraid and felt tired. He could even have driven
a vehicle that he had not previously driven until that day and did not
even know how to drive.
Allah takes back people's selves when their death arrives and those
who have not yet died, while they are asleep. He keeps hold of those
whose death has been decreed and sends the others back for a specified
term. There are certainly Signs in that for people who reflect.
Although his body had been lying still in bed, his eyes shut, he saw
different images from those of the place where he was. This means that
what saw was not the eyes. Although the room in which he was lying was
empty, he heard voices. Thus what heard was not the ears. Everything had
taken place in his brain. Still, everything was very realistic as if every
image had an original form. What is it, then, that although none of them
has originals in the external world, forms such realistic images in the
brain? Man cannot formulate these consciously and intentionally while
asleep. Nor can the brain produce such images on its own. The brain is
a bulk of meat made up of protein molecules. It would be extremely unreasonable
to claim that such a substance forms images on its own, and that it even
forms human faces, places and sounds never seen or heard before that day.
Who is it, then, that shows the images in the dream while asleep? One
who reflects upon such questions once again sees the obvious truth: it
is Allah Who makes men sleep, takes back their souls while they are asleep,
sends them back to them when they awake and shows them their dreams in
Someone who knows that Allah shows the dreams also reflects upon the
dream's hidden purposes and the reasons for their creation. In one's dream,
one is as sure of the people and events he experiences as when awake.
We think that all of them really exist, that the lives we dream are uninterrupted
and continuous. If somebody comes up to us and says, "You are having
a dream now, wake up", we would not believe him. Someone who realises
this, on the other hand, thinks as follows: "Who can say that the
life of this world is not also a temporary and dream-like life? Just as
I wake up from a dream, one day I will also wake up from the life of this
world and see totally different images, for instance, the images of the