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
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 world?
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
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:
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
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
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.