ATLASOFCREATION.COMhttp://atlasofcreation.comatlasofcreation.com - Pleasant thoughts - Recently AddedenCopyright (C) 1994 atlasofcreation.com 1ATLASOFCREATION.COMhttp://atlasofcreation.comhttp://harunyahya.com/assets/images/hy_muhur.png11666Profound love of Allah also increases one's love to His Manifestations In the verse, “Some people set up equals to Allah, loving them as they should love Allah. But those who have faith have greater love for Allah...” (Surat al-Baqara, 165), it is related that some peoplego astray while in their pursuit of love; they direct the love they have not to Allah, but to Allah’s manifestations. This is one of the fundamental reasons why people cannot experience love in the true sense of the word. While these people who fall into this delusion assume that they experience real love, they realize that what they are really experiencing  is a deceiving, transient and false understanding of it. People who seek a  solution using  the misguided methods of those  societies who are distant to the morality of religion can never attain the secret of living by  genuine love and respect. For believers, on the other hand,  an entirely  contrary situation holds true. For them, the way to experience genuine love in its most intense form is open, since it is their unconditional love they feel for Allah that lies at the basis of their love. Believers are aware that it is our Lord Who creates everything in this world, and that it is only Him Who holds all people under His control. For this reason, for every moment they experience and every blessing they enjoy, they give thanks only to Allah and feel deep and profound love for Him. They know that Allah is infinitely good, just, compassionate and He is the One Who loves His servants infinitely. They unconditionally and unswervingly trust in Allah. They believe that no matter what Allah creates, there is much  good that they can see or fail to understand.

The love believers feel for others  stems from this very sincere and innate love they feel for Allah. They love other people  in the awareness that it is only our Lord Who creates all this beauty in that other person. For this reason, he approaches a mistake that person makes with compassion, mercy, understanding and forgiveness. A believer can assess that person with the viewpoint required by the morality of the Qur’an, since he attributes neither goodness and beauty in that person (nor his flaws or mistakes) to the person himself. This way, he can constantly display the love and compassion the morality of the Qur’an grants to him.

A believer continues to love a person he loves for the sake of Allah, both in this world and in the Hereafter unceasingly as long as the person he loves also harbours an understanding of love that stems from the love of Allah.

This is a blessing that our Lord Almighty Allah grants only to  believers. Allah grants  His genuine servants who love Him, both in this world and in the Hereafter, with a profound feeling of love and respect; the believers  experience the most beautiful and perfect form of love as a result. This is related in the Qur’an as follows:

"As for those who have faith and do right actions, the All-Merciful will bestow His love on them. (Surah Maryam, 96)

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''Having a meaningful look'' is a pleasure for a muslim  

One of the most important blessings Allah grants to a person is his eyes. Everyone of sound mind has the ability to convey his feelings through his eyes and hence have a gaze filled  with meaning.

However “a look with meaning” has hardly any significance for people with no faith, for their value judgments are often based on some selfish or mundane interests. For this reason, “having a meaningful look” ” is usually the last feature they look for in the other party while for some, it is not an  important feature at all. 

The Importance of having looks with meaning for Believers

Wealth, sumptuous conditions of life, a successful career,  being surrounded with people appreciated by the society, having good job opportunities, and physical beauty are some of the factors that many people admire greatly.

For believers, on the other hand, having a sincere gaze  is very important, for what renders a person loveable is the values that make-up his soul. The eyes, on the other hand, are the most vital organs that convey one’s soul. All the good and evil a person experiences in his soul are inevitably reflected in his eyes. An insincere person can never attain genuine sincerity in his eyes, no matter how hard he tries to conceal his insincerity with his words. A sincere person, on the other hand, conveys his honest, scrupulous and sincere personality through his eyes although he does nothing special. Consequently a sincere look in the eyes  is a very important means in getting to know a person.

How does profundity in one’s faith influence the way one looks?

 

The power of the eye is not limited to what is expressed above. If one wills, he can use his eyes in a much more beautiful manner. The more profoundly a believer experiences the beautiful moral values in his soul,  his eyes convey these feelings in a deeper and more meaningful way. The favorable way a person expresses his soul and reflects his personality and morality to others inspires trust and security in the people around  him and hence turns into a blessing for all. The good comprehension of a person’s faith in Allah and submission in Him by others becomes a sign of reliability and comfort for all believers. Each and every  portent revealing a person’s loyalty, sincerity, trustworthiness and faith  makes him more loveable by others.

For this reason a believer does not consider the eyes as a mere organ of the body. He knows that the beautiful way a person looks is a significant instrument that will reinforce his love, respect, friendship and reliability. For this reason, in order to earn Allah’s good pleasure, he considers using his eyes in the most beautiful fashion  as an important sign of faith.

For a believer, features such as love, friendship, loyalty and reliability are very important blessings. If —apart from many other attitudes—he has the opportunity to express these feelings through his eyes, then he uses it in the best way possible.

A person must make effort to have “a look with beautiful meaning”

No matter how good the morality a person may be, if he surrenders himself in serene inattentiveness , remains indifferent towards beauties Allah manifests in the world and people, then this ordinary attitude and dullness reveals itself in the way  a person looks. If one does not properly feel the joy of every blessing Allah creates for him, if he does not rejoice over the superior moral qualities of the people around him, if he does not experience the love of Allah in his soul, these weaknesses in his soul will also manifest themselves in the way he looks.

But if a believer remains vigilant in order to earn Allah’s good pleasure, pays attention to every detail Allah creates, remains thankful for every blessing, takes every opportunity to display moral perfection, Allah opens his heart to every sort of beautiful feelings. Such a person profoundly experiences the love, loyalty, submission, zeal, excitement and passion of faith. The profundity of faith is so intensely  experienced that the eyes of such a person convey  many meanings. Even a moment’s glance from  this person conveys a certain conviction about him, as if one has known him for a lifetime. 

For this reason a believer never thinks, “The way I look is not so important; what is important is to display good manners. Those who want to know me must judge me by my attitudes and words.” He must consider  conveying  meaning with his looks as an important act of worship, for our Almighty Allah relates in the Qur’an that looks are very important in getting know a person, to feel love for him, to trust him and establish a friendship with him. In many verses of the Qur’an, Allah relates that people’s characters can be discerned from their looks:

If We wished, We would show them to you and you would know them by their mark...” (Surah Muhammed, 30)

Those who are unbelievers all but strike you down with their evil looks when they hear the Reminder...”(Surat al-Qalam, 51)

He knows the eyes’ deceit and what people’s breasts conceal..”(Surah Ghafir, 19)

Every person who grasps this fact must make a sincere effort to attain a more beautiful, meaningful, trustworthy, smart look which possesses  character and meaning. This feature that he will acquire will, by Allah’s leave, be instrumental for creating much  good both in this world and in the Hereafter and open the path to many hidden blessings. In one verse of the Qur’an Allah relates:

Eyesight cannot perceive Him but He perceives eyesight. He is the All-Penetrating, the All-Aware. (Surat al-Anam, 103)

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A behavior disorder to be avoided: Hubris  

A hubristic  person may not realize the repulsiveness of his behavior. However, a person should not do something he does not want to be done to him by others. People who step forward in almost every situation, thinking that they know best,  and know all the answers, are considered “hubristic.” People who possess this quality are known as having something to say in every matter  and putting forward an idea – whether they have information or not- on every matter in question. Hubristic people see themselves as highly  important, as if the whole world is turning only around them. They think that they are in the middle of every incident. They believe that if they are not there, if they do not talk, if they do not put forward  an idea, people will lack some  important information. Therefore, they cannot help but intervene in every subject mentioned. This way of behavior is like a sickness in these people. They believe that they are saying the most important things  even on matters that do not concern them, and they have no knowledge of.

Even in situations when their help is not required, their ideas are not asked for, and even when they are asked to keep out, they cannot control themselves and insist upon interfering.

Common Behavior Disorders of Hubristic People

Continuously reminding of matters that others can think of: One of the most important indicators of this behavior disorder is continuously reminding people of matters that others can easily think of , acting out before others  can even say a word, and pointing something out  as if they are the ones who discovered it first and others do not know about this . For example, if there are two alternatives of going to some particular place, it is obvious that the person in question would  prefer one of these. This is a known fact. But a pretentious  person cannot help but ascertain  this. He would say, “You can go from here, and if not, you can go from there,” as if he discovered those two alternatives for the first time.

They think that they are sympathetic: One of the most important matters these people are mistaken about is that despite this style of behavior , they are considered to be very sympathetic by the people around them.  They assume that their discourses are appreciated, that the ideas they give are considered important and that people absolutely need the information they will provide. They believe that if they do not get involved into the matters being discussed, give ideas or speak their piece of mind, things will screech to a halt, vital matters will not be solved and people cannot think for themselves what must  be done.

However, there is nothing of the sort. Let alone being sympathetic, a hubristic manner causes a person to appear as repulsive to others. . Even though what they say may very well be  correct when  they mention a subject or detail, which is needed, people are disturbed by this contribution.  What is important in an incident, is not merely solving  the matter at hand ; but the morality followed during this process; allowing people to be  in a peaceful, comfortable and relaxed environment as a community is just as important as the desired  result. Hubris brings tension, discomfort and restlessness to the environment. People prefer to be at peace and resolve issues through a more thoughtful  way, instead of being concerned with such hostile conditions and benefiting from that person’s ideas, even if they yield  any benefit.

They do not realize the harm they cause the environment:The important thing here is that this situation, which everyone is openly aware of and disturbed by, is not recognized  by the person who does it. That person thinks that life’s normal course continues and he is only helping  the people around him with his ideas. However, he is unaware  that the disturbance he causes is greater than the benefits of the ideas he will give.

The Reason of Hubris is to Admire One’s Own Intellect

People who embrace hubris as a life style are far removed from the sharpness of intelligence and reason revealed in the Qur'an. Despite this, these people admire their own intellect and think themselves to be smarter than other people. They are certain that they have the intelligence required  to put forth  an idea about every subject. They think that they acquire great life experience by synthesizing the secondhand information they acquire randomly  and the summaries  they form from these incidents enter  into their own opinion. They try to prove to everyone within earshot this “experience” at every opportunity. Here qualities such as mind, intelligence, morality and culture are of secondary importance. One of the most emphasized factors is that of age. This so-called superiority is emphasized through phrases such as “We have been through that already” or “I know your childhood.”

Even though it is found that these people were wrong about any subject they were so quick to inform  about, it  is a very rare situation that they accept it. Being wrong, making a mistake or being proven wrong are not things hubris people would enjoy. For the hubris  the important thing is not to get proper results per se,  or to reach the facts and truths, but to satisfy one’s own complexes.

In children who are raised in such an environment, similar qualities begin to develop at a very young  age. For example, the child of a cultured, intellectual, wealthy family that is distant  from the moral values of Islam, often develops a hubris and highbrow personality, and sees others as inferiors and assumes himself to be right and knowledgeable  about every subject. This child, who has the appearance of a “precocious” person, carries this structure on him throughout his life, for as long as he is not educated.


How Is Hubris to be  Avoided?

What a hubris person must try to bear in mind is that even if he didn't exist, the world would continue apace, the sun and moon would continue their ceaseless revolutions, and the stars in the heavens above would continue to give forth their brilliant light. Even if he is not there, matters will be handled, and people will provide solid  answers to solve problems. Such a person tends to believe that everything will fall apart if they are not present; however, there are means and ways of dealing with this personality type in a manner that is just, compassionate, and keeping in concordance with Islamic morality. One of the ways of telling this to such a person is to ask him analyze a hubris  person he knows. He would certainly admit that he is very disturbed by this person who knows all the answers, who gets involved in things even if he is not asked to, who continuously gives ideas about things, who gives advice, who criticizes, who says that he does not like the methods and actions of others and who has the mentality of “know-it-all”. However, despite this, he is not aware that he does this very same thing, which he does not want to be done to him, to others.

Because he does not think deeply and thoroughly about his inner self in this aspect, he cannot see the boundaries of repulsiveness and disturbance his hubris causes. Here, by showing this truth to him,  we can invite this person to think more sincerely (by Allah’s leave) and to change his actions. When he realizes this truth even for a little, he would change  his character, insha’Allah (if Allah wills it to be so), and obtain a more sincere and better morality.


Almighty Allah is the Sole Owner of Intelligence

The intelligence seen in people is not an independent ability; it is given to them. The real owner of intelligence is Almighty Allah, the Creator of man. Allah is the Owner of an infinite and boundless intelligence, and He grants this blessing to the one He wishes according to his faith. A person who cannot act or think outside of the Will of Almighty Allah and who takes up only a small space on earth, believing that what comes to his mind as his own thought and stroking  his ego would be ascribing partners to Allah, which is one of the greatest sins. Believers, who know these truths and so avoid ascribing partners to Allah, cannot develop a hubris attitude by admiring their own intellect and thus do not become arrogant. On the contrary, they believe that Almighty Allah is the Source of this intelligence and they realize their weakness in His Sight. When they take decisions that result in goodness by Allah’s inspiration, they again turn to Almighty Allah, our Lord, and give their thanks to Him. It is revealed in the Qur'an that the owners of a clean mind has to praise only Allah as the true Owner of intelligence:

They said, ‘Glory be to You! We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. You are the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.’(Surat al-Baqara, 32)


There Are Many Verses in the Quran About the Condition of Those Who Act Sapiently

Hubris is a behavior often used by people who turn away from the moral values of religion, and it is used by satan. Some of the verses about the subject revealed in the Qur'an are as follows:

When they are told, ‘Follow what Allah has sent down to you,’ They say, ‘We are following what we found our fathers doing.’ What, even though their fathers did not understand a thing and were not guided!(Surat al-Baqara, 170)

Their Prophet said to them, ‘Allah has appointed Talut to be your king.’ They said, ‘How can he have kingship over us when we have much more right to kingship than he does? He has not even got much wealth!’ He said, ‘Allah has chosen him over you and favoured him greatly in knowledge and physical strength. Allah gives kingship to anyone He wills. Allah is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing.’(Surat al-Baqara, 247)

Those who were left behind were glad to stay behind the Messenger of Allah. They did not want to do jihad with their wealth and themselves in the Way of Allah. They said, ‘Do not go out to fight in the heat.’ Say: ‘The Fire of Hell is much hotter, if they only understood.’(Surat at-Tawba, 81)

They say, ‘We will not believe you until you make a spring gush out from the earth for us;or have a garden of dates and grapes which you make rivers come pouring through;or make the sky, as you claim, fall down on us in lumps; or bring Allah and the angels here as a guarantee;or possess a house built out of gleaming gold; or ascend up into heaven – and even then we will not believe in your ascent unless you bring us down a book to read!’ Say: ‘Glory be to my Lord! Am I anything but a human messenger?’”(Surat al-Isra’, 90-93)

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Changing what is in oneself - 2  

Sincerity is a very influential way for changing what is in oneself

“That is because Allah would never change a blessing He has conferred on a people until they had changed what was in themselves. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”(Surat al-Anfal, 53)

In the Qur’an, Allah relates that one of the most important attributes He demands in a person is “sincerity.” No matter what kind of weaknesses and flaws a person may have, sincerity is a very important attribute of a believer that will be instrumental in making him earn Allah’s good pleasure. By Allah’s leave, a person is prone to find the right path if he remains very sincere and honest towards Allah and is able to completely exclude the reasoning of satan and the negative inculcations of his lower-self. A person who considers the Qur’an with sincerity will see that the main problem lies not in the effort seen from outside but in the intention made inside.

Indeed the kind of “change” Allah relates in the Qur’an is a profoundly sincere intention made towards Allah. It is the decision made not to display a morality with which Allah will be displeased. It is a deep regret and pangs of conscience felt out of doing the contrary and thus making a firm decision to change. Furthermore, it is having the kind of faith that would render one firmly resolute about not taking a step back under any circumstances. Once a person takes such a firm decision in himself, he can also hope for any increase  in the blessings Allah grants him.

A Believer wants to Change so as to Earn Allah’s Good Pleasure

A person must never engage in a good deed or show moral perfection solely to attain a blessing. The main goal of a believer is to earn Allah’s good pleasure. He never exchanges a blessing of this world to Allah’s good pleasure, His love, friendship and His closeness. Consequently “while changing what is in himself”, the goal of a believer is not to attain “more blessings” but to be one of those servants with whom Allah feels pleased.”

In compliance with this secret revealed in the verse, if a person takes a sincere step within himself, Allah promises him to give much better and auspicious blessings than the ones previously taken from him. That is because what Allah essentially demands from His servants is sincerity, as related in words, “If Allah knows of any good in your hearts.” The related verse follows:

O Prophet! Say to those you are holding prisoner, ‘If Allah knows of any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you and forgive you.’ Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat al-Anfal, 70)

Almighty Allah may increase or reduce the blessings to test His servant’s faith


Allah creates the life of this world with many secrets. It is true that Allah may increase or reduce the blessings a person possesses due to the morality he displays but He may also change them in order to put his faith to test. Therefore an increase of blessings a person has may not always source from the betterment of his morality. Similarly, a reduction in blessings may not always be the token of bad morality. In the Qur’an Allah relates that He particularly bestows wealth to unbelievers:

“Do not let their wealth and children impress you. Allah merely wants to punish them by them during their life in the world and for them to expire while they are unbelievers..” (Surat at-Tawba, 55)

As the verse also makes it clear, gains or any loss of blessings in one’s life may have many wisdom. For this reason when encountered with such a situation, a believer immediately considers all possibilities related in the Qur’an and makes soul searching. If he has experienced any loss in blessings, he considers the possible faults or flaws he has had, immediately takes refuge in Allah and repents. Alternatively if he has enjoyed any extra blessings, he gives heartfelt thanks to Allah, considering that Allah had blessed him and increased His blessings on him. In the meantime, considering that these blessings may well be a trial for him, he struggles even more to perfect his morality and be a servant deserving Allah’s mercy.

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The Important Difference Between ''Being annoyed with someone'' and ''Not liking for Allah's good pleasure''  

In societies where people do not live by the morality of the Qur’an, people may feel uncomfortable with one another for many reasons. Sometimes a person’s face, nose, mouth, voice, the way he laughs, his accent, his stature, be it tall or diminutive , his hair style, color or his neighborhood, his job, car, house or a mimic, in brief anything related to him may cause this feeling. However these traits cited here may not in any event, be of  a disturbing nature. Sometimes people feel annoyed with another only because one has a better nature than himself, consider him as a rival, or because he does not conform to his culture, pleasure or habits.

 Sometimes this irritation and anger may have no grounds whatsoever. Indeed in many cases, these people may not actually know why they harbor such negative feelings towards this person. The reason for  this attitude, which they express with the words, “I am annoyed with him” is that they remain under the influence  of satan.

What is the difference between “being annoyed with someone” and “Not liking for Allah’s good pleasure”?

Believers may also feel displeased with the flaws or weaknesses of one another  . A flawed attitude of a person may indeed cause  material and spiritual harm to the people around. Alternatively, a person’s weakness  in living by the morality of the Qur’an   may negatively influence the trust and closeness felt towards that person. However, just like the love of a believer, the only measure of this annoyance is again the Qur’an. A believer feels disturbed only when one shows weakness in conducting himself in compliance with the morality of the Qur’an. Otherwise,  he does not feel unease because of how a person laughs, his stature or the level of his culture. This feeling, (which is completely  compatible with the morality of the Qur’an) a person of faith feels towards another believer is “disliking for Allah’s good pleasure.” This feeling is legitimate as long as the person does not correct his attitude which is not in compliance with the morality of the Qur’an. However having this feeling does not mean to “completely turn one’s face from that person.” Within this time during when one “dislikes a person for Allah’s consent”, he still engages in a wholehearted struggle to compassionately communicate the truth to that person, to support him and to eliminate his weakness. Meanwhile, this feeling in no way impairs his love for him because he has faith in Allah, for there is no human being in this world who does not err. As a requisite of His law, Allah created everyone with flaws and weaknesses. Allah creates flaws in people so that they can notice their weaknesses and seek refuge in Allah, ask for repentance, struggle to become better servants of Allah, enjoin goodness and forbid from the wicked. Consequently believers do not expect one another to be “flawless.” When they see a flaw, they simply enjoin the good in compliance with the Qur’an. This superior attribute of believers is related in a verse as follows:

The men and women of the believers are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong, and establish prayer and pay alms, and obey Allah and His Messenger. They are the people on whom Allah will have mercy. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat at-Tawba, 71)
 

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Real Bliss is only possible by turning to Allah with a sincere Heart  

Throughout their lives, the majority of people long for attaining real bliss. With all their might they chase everything they believe  will bring them happiness.

People usually seek happiness and peace in their friends, social activities, in a successful school life or career, in their hobbies, in making donations and other values to which they attach importance. However, no matter which methods they resort to, people who seek happiness in the impermanent goals of this life can never attain the real bliss they long for. Most of them cannot see that the happiness they dream of cannot be attained with the values they specify for themselves. Meanwhile,  in  chasing after the bliss they long for, their lives end all of a sudden.

They ask themselves, “I have attained everything I wished but I am still not happy. ;I have lived all my dreams but why do I feel so low?” but they can never find the answer.

However, the reason why they cannot feel  happy is very simple. The answer to this question is found in  a  great secret of Allah. In the Qur’an, Allah relates that being happy is possible only through sincere faith, profound loyalty to Allah, deep awe of Allah and love of Allah. For this reason it is impossible for those who do not turn to Allah, and lead a life dedicated to earning  Allah’s good pleasure to be happy. As a requisite of the test in this world, Allah may  grant the blessings of this world to such a person; when looked at from outside, this person may seem to enjoy many blessings and beauties. However, he can never experience real happiness in his soul. In the Qur’an Allah relates, “those who have faith and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of Allah. Only in the remembrance of Allah can the heart find peace.” (Surat ar-Ra‘d, 28)

As Allah relates in the verse, hearts will only find peace with the remembrance of Allah, and a deep and exuberant love of Allah. There is no other way to true  happiness other than sincere faith. 

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Changing what is in oneself -1-  

Changing what is in oneself and adopting the moral perfection which is worthy of Allah’s good pleasure endows a believer with bliss and Paradise, the eternal Abode of believers. These are surely very great blessings. Almighty Allah relates this fact in the Qur’an as follows:

‘O self at rest and at peace, return to your Lord, well-pleasing and well-pleased! Enter among My slaves! (Surat al-Fajr, 27-30)

In the Qur’an, Almighty Allah relates that one measure by which He increases or reduces His blessings upon people is “changing what is in oneself.” This verse gives the good news of a very important secret. If a person makes a truly  sincere and profound  change in himself, this will, Insha'Allah (if Allah wills it to be so), be rewarded in the best way in Allah’s Sight. Allah knows the sincere change in His servants, and as a result of this sincere change, Allah promises an absolute increase in blessings.

In contrast , not appreciating the blessings one possesses may end up in the reduction of blessings. This again is  a promise related in the Qur’an as stated in the following verse:

Allah makes an example of a city which was safe and at peace, its provision coming to it plentifully from every side. Then it showed ingratitude for Allah’s blessings so Allah made it wear the robes of hunger and fear for what it did. (Surat an-Nahl, 112)


“Purifying one’s lower-self from Desires and Passions eases the Change”

What primarily needs to be done in order for a person to change himself is to be delivered from the wickedness of the lower-self. Almighty Allah inspires man to purify himself from evil and attain the frame of mind with which He is pleased. Our Lord imparts us this fact as follows:

And the self and what proportioned it and inspired it with depravity or fear of Allah, he who purifies it has succeeded, he who covers it up has failed. (Surat ash-Shams, 7-10)
 

Almighty Allah created man with a tendency toward  moral perfection. For this reason, when one approaches his lower-self  with utmost sincerity and honesty, he finds it easy  to recognize  its demands which are incompatible with the morality of the Qur’an. What needs to be done at this point is not to surrender  to these desires and passions that are irreconcilable with the morality of the Qur’an, but rather, a  purification of the lower-self, subduing and disciplining it.  To  this end, a person must never consider his lower-self as a part of him, never take sides with it nor  advocate for it. He must be aware that—apart from what our Lord protects him from with His mercy— the lower-self is always unjust, that its inspirations are incompatible with the morality of the Qur’an, that it is the voice of satan, and accordingly assess the words coming from it within this scope.


Reproaching and criticizing the lower–self helps a person to change himself

An effective way of changing oneself is to reproach the self. Aware that believers cannot attain true salvation and Paradise without reproaching their lower-selves, they control their attitudes and acts with questions like, “What did I mean with this word?” “What was my intention to do this?”, “What do I want to accomplish with these thoughts in mind?” When they err or do something wrong, they share it with other believers so that they can help them not to fall into the same error. In this way, they also degrade their lower-selves by criticizing it, which is something the self hates. That is because what the lower-self most desires  is “to attribute individualism to itself” and as a result of this false feeling, to prevent people from confessing these errors. This is the manner in which  the lower-self tries to convince the person that he is faultless and hence lends support to cover any evil of the self.

Reproaching the lower-self in the Hereafter will not be of any benefit to someone who abides by the wicked desires of his self, and thus does not lend himself to purify it and reproach it in this world. Allah draws our attention to the importance of this subject as follows:

No! I swear by the Day of Rising! No! I swear by the self-reproaching self. (Surat al-Qiyama, 1-2)

 
A way to change what is in oneself: Getting rid of superficiality

We need to sincerely and scrupulously think over the secret of the verse: “That is because Allah would never change a blessing He has conferred on a people until they had changed what was in themselves. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” (Surat al-Anfal, 53) That is because the kind of change Almighty Allah relates in this verse is not a “superficial change.” What is referred to here is a heartfelt change a person makes with fear of Allah, faith, zeal and sincerity.  Surely when looked at from outside, the great effort a person makes may be obvious. But ultimately, what really matters is to make that change deep within one’s self. Sometimes people are unable to ascertain the superficiality in their souls and understand why their endeavors have not brought about any results. In truth,  the reason for this is  quite obvious: because he has not pondered deeply and given due attention to the subject, he could not have made a profound change in his morality. But because he is not properly conscious of this weakness, he thinks that he has failed despite his best efforts. (Surely Allah is beyond that)

The fact is however he is in a great delusion. In the Qur’an Allah relates us that “no self will be wronged in any way.” (Surat al-Anbiya, 47)

Consequently, a person of such a frame of mind must be aware of Allah’s infinite justice and think, “Surely Allah is infinitely just and compassionate. If Allah has not changed my state, this means that I have still significant weaknesses. In this case, what weaknesses do I still posses ?” and search  for the answers again in the Qur’an.

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Start your day today by intending to spend every moment of your day doing righteous acts From  the moment a Muslim has faith, he has already made the decision to spend every moment of his life to earn Allah’s good pleasure. From that moment  on, he displays a great spiritual zeal and effort in the material and spiritual  sense. However, as an inherent inclination, a Muslim never feels his faith to be at a desired level, for until his last breath he has the opportunity to deepen his faith at every moment of his life. For this reason every day, every hour, every moment, he must once again make the  intention in his heart to deepen his faith, refresh it and be committed to spending  every moment of his life in engaging in good deeds deserving Allah’s consent.

At this very moment,  as we are reading this article, we can accordingly renew our intention. From  this very moment, we can intend to spend our time, use our opportunities, and put our spiritual and physical power into use in a much more conscious, attentive and sincere manner. We can assess every opportunity of fulfilling any act of worship with great zeal. We can observe  every opportunity by which we can earn Allah’s good pleasure and race towards the good deeds. Without thinking, “I have already made auspicious deeds, this is sufficient for today,” or “Compared to others around me I make much greater effort, and  in any event, I am better than them”, we can make progress.

What is mentioned here is a very different and distinctive state of mind. No doubt a Muslim spends his every moment in compliance with the morality of the Qur’an. However the demeanor of a person who makes a conscious and decisive decision on this subject is very much different, for the conscience of a person with such an intent is very sensitive. He is keenly  interested in what is  happening around him. He is more vigilant towards arduous works  than anyone else. He is the one that speaks the best words. He is more kind, conciliatory and positive than everyone else. He is full of love and compassion. He notices the needs of people before anyone else and meets them. He always employs an appeasing and peaceful style. He has a very different , positive mood that everyone notices right away. All these are the positive attributes “making an intention once again” grants a person. The goal of a believer who assumes this morality is to be among the “the most beloved servants of Allah.” For this reason, once he fully adopts this morality, he once again intends to be more sincere, more sensitive towards Allah’s good pleasure, and more scrupulous;  this deepens his morality even more. This continues  until the end of his life; he never finds his efforts and auspicious deeds to be sufficient. Consequently his faith, morality, personality and attitudes progress continuously and ultimately attains perfection.

In the Qur’an Allah informs us about the character of Muslims with such character as follows:

Such people are truly racing towards good things, and they are the first to reach them.(Surat al-Muminun, 61)


But as for those who have faith and do right actions, We will not let the wage of good-doers go to waste.(Surat al-Kahf, 30)

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Making effort to attain a profound faith is a very important act of worship The precious effort made towards attainment of a profound faith is a life-long struggle for a Muslim. From the moment a person opens his eyes he starts to struggle towards drawing close to Allah.

He gives thanks to Allah because He has given him life once again and made  it possible to awaken in the morning. .

He earnestly prays both for himself and for his Muslim brothers and sisters.

He works tirelessly  to spread the moral perfection,  as Allah commands us in the Qur’an to every corner of the world.

He keeps his moral perfection throughout the day.

He does not give in to the desires of his lower-self but assumes the kind of attitudes that deserve Allah’s good pleasure; he remains faithful to Allah at every moment of his life.

He constantly remembers Allah, thinks about His blessings, and communicates them to people around them.

No doubt such efforts of a Muslim shows his determination to be close to Allah and wish to earn Allah’s admiration, Insha'Allah. Allah accepts such a prayer of this servant; He renders him amongst those who have fear of Allah. He grants him great wisdom, understanding, majesty and might, and makes him a sincere servant.

The actual purpose of a Muslim is to be aware of his servanthood  and to comply with the commandments in the Qur’an to the letter. A person is responsible for making effort in attaining a deeper faith. Even a person who has  encountered many hardships and ardous tests on the way of Allah must renew his intention every day, keep the zeal and enthusiasm originating from his faith alive. and never forget his actual aim.

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''The Desire to be On one's Own'' with no reason is a scheme of Satan Many people  assume that the best solution to any troubles they encounter   is to be alone. Whether they are  at work, or out and about somewhere, they simply wish  to go home as soon as possible. If they are with their friends, they abandon   them . When  they are with their families at home, they retreat to  their room and never leave . If it is crowded everywhere else, as a last resort, they will go somewhere like the bathroom, where they think no one will see them. In brief, no matter how the conditions may be, they will try anything and everything  to be alone.

They are not aware that withdrawal from the company of others or isolation  will make their troubles go away . If anyone asks them about the reason for wanting to be left alone , they state that they really don't know why. That is because no matter the situation,   their chief concern  is to “evade rational thinking.” When they are in the company of other  people , they have to act reasonably and rationally. However when they remain alone, they don’t have to think about this,  and can simply act “without thinking.” They believe that this avoidance will provide them relief.

 

The Desire to be Alone incites satan to action  

If a person wants to remain alone so that he can ponder upon a subject related to his faith,  think clearly and in a better fashion, take refuge in Allah and ask help from Him, implore Him and pray to Him, this would  be a very reasonable demand. In many verses of the Qur’an, Allah recommends to people this morality. In order to attain a profound state of mind, there is surely no  need to be alone, but when the intention is to turn to Allah, this tendency may be considered to be legitimate.

However as stated above, people seek to avoid the company of others  around them and remain on their own most typically in  times of trouble or stress, when they come under the influence of their lower-selves, when they do not properly ponder upon the verses of the Qur’an, and when they do not fully act in compliance with their conscience. When they remain on their own, it is satan who first approaches them and tries  to take advantage of their situation. Satan distances these  people from their conscience and makes them come under the influence of their lower-selves. He tries to make them forget about thinking in compliance with the morality of the Qur’an and thus prevent them from displaying the best attitude deserving Allah’s consent. Satan is in a constant state of activity  to divert  people into a frame of mind  that is not compatible with the morality of the Qur’an. His goal is to make people fall into romanticism, despair, sorrow, apprehension and pessimism, and he does his utmost to make them feel insecure and uneasy. Making people forget the fact that not even  a mote  of dust can move, unless otherwise willed by Allah, he makes them think as if people can have any effect on any incident that happens. As a result of this delusion, satan tries to make people give in to feelings of  rage, grudge, jealousy, sensitivity and vexation, and to thereby display attitudes incompatible with the morality of the Qur’an.

Pretexts to be on one’s own

The human character depicted above  is frequently seen in novels, movies or serial dramas. From our earliest childhood, , many people have had such friends, family members or relatives. As a  result of the erroneous morality instilled by society,, people who do not employ their wisdom, and live by the morality of the Qur’an tend to display such attitudes when they encounter particularly difficult or troublesome situations. These people typically do not let anyone  disrupt their loneliness. They sometimes try to extend this period of being on their own  by pretending to be sick or sleepless. Once they manage to be on their own, they “do nothing”, which is basically what they wanted to do all along. By being alone, these people simply evade the following:

They do not think,

They do not employ their conscience or wisdom,

They do not seek ways to correct their situation

They do not suppress the wicked desires  of their lower-selves,

They do not hide their troubles  from other people, nor do they  show good morality to people,

They do not   display a sensible and mature character towards people,

They do not  show love, compassion, self -sacrifice and many other attitudes peculiar to moral perfection.

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One of the most vital qualities of a person in choosing one's friends is ''reliability'' Those who have fear of Allah will be amid Gardens and Springs:

‘Enter them in peace, in complete security!’ (Surat al-Hijr, 45-46)

There are many characteristics to look for in a person with whom one will make friends and for whom one can  have respect. Sacrifice, sensibility, thoughtfulness, compassion, mercy, wisdom, awareness, probity, loyalty, faithfulness  to name but a few. Each one of these traits have their respective impact on the other person, and no doubt everyone wants to have a friend having all of these beautiful attributes. Nevertheless, sometimes the absence of any one of these traits can be simply ignored; after all, . a  beautiful characteristic of the person may make up for the absence of another attribute.

However the absence of some attributes may well be  unacceptable. Although a person may have many perfect attributes, the absence of one vital attribute prevents people from having a profound friendship with him. One of these vital attributes is “reliability.”

In the Qur’an Allah relates to us that those believers who are accepted to the Garden will first hear the words, “Enter there in peace, in complete security.” This indicates that what people primarily need is to be in a secure environment. For this reason, in the life of thisworld people naturally look for a place that will make themselves feel secure. The essential feature they seek when  selecting their houses, neighborhood, workplaces and schools is their being“secure” in all aspects. This inclination also holds true for choosing their friends.
 

Making friends with one another means to reveal one’s flaws, weaknesses, and foibles  honestly and openly to that person. Real friendship is to be intimate with that person and true to him. One hides nothing from his true friend, feels no need to take any measures against him, nor conceals his real thoughts from him. Consequently a person needs to inspire some solid confidence and never make the other party think, “What would he think if I do this?”, “Would he misunderstand me?” “Would he lose his love or respect for me if he learns about my flaws or weaknesses?” Once the two parties experience a conflict of interests, one of them must never have any doubts, or feel apprehension about the other one’s faithfulness. No matter what happens, and even if they remain apart for decades, the love and friendship they experience deep in their hearts must never fade away. What is told against a friend or the negative suggestions made about him must not negatively influence that person.

The establishment of such a solid confidence between two people can only be possible by having  “sincere fear of Allah and profound faith.” Otherwise it is impossible to have a real and solid friendship between two people. Loving one another, showing understanding and loyalty stem from the concern of keeping some joint interests alive. The slightest harm inflicted on these interests may also lead the disappearance of love, friendship and reliability.

However if two people establish their friendship on reliability stemming from sincere faith, they never experience this. A sincere friendship based on trust is one of the most important consolations  granted to people in the life of this world. It is a great blessing to feel oneself at ease and secure as if he is on his own when he is in the company of another person.

Considering all these facts, one needs to primarily think about being a person who inspires trust.
One of the most important attributes of a reliable person is his profound fear of Allah and his pure faith. He does not exchange the consent of Allah to any gain of this world. In order to earn Allah’s love and admiration, he does not show the slightest hesitation to encounter any hardship and trouble in this world. He always remains meticulous in obeying the commands of Allah. He observes the interests of the religion and believers before his own interests and comfort. A person of such morality  abandons his lower-self. For Allah’s approval, he always gives priority to his friends and believers. He does not try to justify his acts seen to be flawed by others. With his moral perfection he always justifies the acts of the other party and takes the mistakes and errors upon himself.

Consequently a person who wants to inspire confidence must primarily “abandon his lower-self.” Without abandoning the love of one’s lower-self, it is impossible for a person to be reliable in the real sense of the word. A person who always sides with his lower-self cannot establish a real friendship, for he would always attempt to fulfill the desires of his own self, and ignore the needs of others

Those who want to enjoy the beauty of real friendship in this world must reconsider what has been related  above and try to attain moral perfection within their light.

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It is important to be a person able to make good use of wisdom rather than being ''plainly wise''…  

There are some people who are really wise…They have the ability to quickly grasp and to immediately notice the intricate aspects of a matter and the skills to see the general picture from a tiny piece. Because they are aware that they are intelligent and wise, they employ this attribute whenever they want and wherever they wish.

The fact is, no matter howwise a person may be, it is important to make good use of wisdom. However some people  are not literally aware ofthis attribute of morality which seems to be a detail but which is in fact very important. 

The fact is, however, that if a person does not care about how to exercise his wisdom then a type of wisdom which can be called “plain wisdom” comes about. These people of “plain wisdom” make use of their wisdom randomly. For instance they notice something important and express it right away. They see the possibility of a risk and immediately reveal it.  They analyze something other people are unable to do and convey it right away to another person. This ability to act without thinking and hastiness surely stems from their “trust in their wisdom.”

The fact is however no matter how great a virtue it may be, wisdom must be combined with other attributes of morality. Only being capable of distinguishing the right from wrong,finding solutions toproblems, being able tomake good judgments are not sufficient for moral perfection. Every one of these attitudes must be accompanied by other humane traits; it is of vital importance to handle every issue with compassion, mercy, respect and love. A person can only be called to be wise if he makes use of his wisdom by giving emphasis to these moral attributes. Only then one can be wise in the true sense of the word.

One of the most important attributes of a wise person is not to express “every thing he sees, every judgment he makes and every truth he knows without thinking.” A wise person must be the one who best knows how to express something; it is important to say the appropiate words in the right place and in the right time. He must be able to calculate the impact of each word he will utter on people no matter how accurate and important it may be. 

For instance in front of a person who is inclined to fear easily, a wise person does not express a sudden and risky incident in a sensational manner. Alternatively it is notwise to give important news in a straightforward manner to someone who is inclined to experience a serious health problem such as a sudden high blood pressure. In such a case the most sedative words must be selected. Similarly no matter how accurate it may be, one must estimate that telling the negative aspect of a truth first would cause uneasiness in the heart. Telling the same truth by stressing the positive aspects is a requisite of moral perfection and reason. Sometimes there may also be a truth that almost everyone sees but is not expressed out of courtesy and morality. Some people who do not make good use of their wisdom immediately express these facts as if they are the first ones that have noticed them. They can never think of why other people who are aware of the same fact simply remain silent about it.

The fact is however the way to solvea problem is not always to reveal it in a random manner. While handling a matter, one must take each person’s psychology into account respectively and select the best approach that will make the most positive impact on each one of them. Rather than expressing a problem about a situation, it may be more becoming not to mention the problem at all but to straightforwardly bring the solution. Alternatively rather than constantly making mention of the same flaws, weaknesses or errors, encouragement of attitudes and manners that will make up for these flaws might bring a more constructive outlook to the people.

This aside sometimes a single word in a statement may make a very negative impact on the other person. On the other hand sometimes even a single carelessly-selected word uttered within a compliment may cause doubt and uneasiness rather than joy and happiness. Consequently if a person is wise, each one of his words must be the product of real thought. He must calculate the impact of each word, stress and even the tone of his voice.

For instance while telling his diagnosis to his patient, a physician has the responsibility to employ a humane manner and approach with courtesyand rationalism.For instance he may be a cancer-patient with a few weeks time left. However as anyone may know, the person who must express this fact must possess many human attributesalong with medical knowledge and skills to  diagnose and cure the illness and communicate the situation of the patient to him in the best humane manner.


Consequently being knowledgeable about a subject or being capable of noticing the truth must not grant a person the freedom to express it in a crude manner or speak every thing that comes to his mind. Keeping in mind many details altogether, the actual sign of wisdom is to speak within the framework of kindness, compassion, moderation, understanding, love and respect. A person who is wise in the true sense of the word is the person who is able to make use of his wisdom together with all these details. 

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A morality that unbelievers are unable to afford: Being resolute in love Ask anyone in any corner of the world; they will all express that they know about “love and how to love” very well and that there are lots of people that they love. The fact is however, the number of people who know to love in this world are very few.

There is certainly a feeling they assume to be “love.” However in time it becomes obvious that this is not love.

Real love is the name given to that feeling that resists time, weaknesses, hardship and errors, and even more deepens as one encounters many trials.

If the feelings one assumes to be “love” is distant to these traits, then the name of this feeling is simply, “a temporary inclination”, “temporary liking” a “temporary interest” or “an excitement based on personal interests.”

It is very obvious that the traits of such a feeling is not “love.” A person who experiences this feeling simply says, “I love very dearly” but he readily becomes offended in the face of the slightest seemingly unfavorable incident.  He again says, “I love dearly”; but in a short while he says he no longer feels any interest. Alternatively he immediately leavesonce heencounters a situation that accords with his interests. He says, “I love very much” but he turns his face once he witnesses the slightest weakness of the one he loves. He says “I am deeply in love” but once he feels his interests are at stake, he is prepared to sacrifice without even thinking for a moment. He says, “I love very dearly” but once he remains away for some time, he forgets in no time. Time also works against this love. Rather than sharing the difficulties in hard times and providing support, one leaves her alone with her trouble and leads his own life.

In fact, people in societies of ignorance are also very well aware that they do not experience real love. The manners cited above are obvious to everyone. Indeed these behaviors have become almost like rules for people of such understanding. Proverbs, idioms or sayings also express this understanding clearly.

 

A person who experiences real love never has such distorted rationale.  One of the most important signs of genuine faith is one’s resoluteness in his love. Nothing that happens in his life, no seemingly unfavorable incident or any change in the manners, attitude or thoughts of the person he loves can ever make any negative impact on this person’s love. Genuine love is resistant against everything. Indeed, even seemingly negative happenings are the factors that strengthen and deepen his love. Forms of bad behavior such as being offended, getting angry, leaving alone a person at his times of difficulty or forgetting him totally have no place in such an understanding of love. That is because “genuine love” is based on the love of Allah. And one can attain this understanding of love only byfaith and the morality of the Qur’an. In one verse of the Qur’an Allah relates that He will grant love to those who have faith and engage in good deeds:

 As for those who believe and do right actions, the All-Merciful will bestow His love on them. (Surah Maryam, 96)

Consequently real love is a blessing that Allah bestows only to His servants of faith.

A person whose love is based on love of Allah and faith never displays disloyalty towards the one he loves. His love is also not based on any kinship or race, or based on any interest. Money, status, culture or material values have no importance.  For this reason, neither the changing conditions, nor weaknesses, nor any expectation for any personal interest can give any harm to such love. A believer’s profound and ardent loveof Allah and the moral perfection he assumes also laya ground that constantly nourishes, develops and increases the love of people around him.

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Do you make every effort to attain something you want?

One of the most important features of human nature is to “want.” Allah endows human soul an unending desire towards beauties and blessings. There is not a single person in this world who will not be pleased from any blessings or any good being done.

However a great majority of people want their wishes to come true without making any effort, exercising any wisdom or facing any difficulties. They simply want blessings to be ready before them; they want others to show the best of morality to them; they do not want to be afflicted by any trouble, difficulty or poverty; they want to sort out everything easily; they want everything to happen as they wish; they want diseases, weaknesses and any goal that demands any endeavour, patience and will to be distant to them…

The fact is however, while Allah creates a tendency in human soul towards goodness, blessings and beauties, He also demands him to “make effort” to attain them. Allah promises His Garden only to those servants of Him who spend their lives striving to attain goodness and beauty by exercising their wisdom and labouring. In the Qur’an, Allah reminds the importance of showing this incessant serious effort that will last for a lifetime:
 

But as for anyone who desires the Hereafter, and strives for it with the striving it deserves, being a believer, the striving of such people will be gratefully acknowledged. (Surat all-Isra’, 19)

Wealth and sons are the embellishment of the life of the world. But, in your Lord’s sight, right actions which are lasting bring a better reward and are a better basis for hope. (Surat al-Kahf, 46)

This is  a certain fact that a person who wants to enjoy beauties in this life and the Hereafter must never forget. The responsibility of a believer is to make effort until the end of his life, to strive,race to the good and get exhausted in this path:

For truly with hardship comes ease;

truly with hardship comes ease.

So when you have finished, work on,

and make your Lord your goal! (Surat al-Inshirah, 5-8)

Desiring something but merely waiting, doing nothing is not a form of morality that a believer can assume. For instance if he wants the morality of Islam to spread over the world, he must endeavour for it. If he wants goodness to spread among people, he must assume that good morality himself and display an exemplary morality himself. If he wants a tidy and clean environment, he takes the initiative and makes the cleaning himself.  If he wants to experience love and respect, then he must adopt a morality himself that deserves respect, love and friendship. If he wants to be treated with good morality, then he must display a morality that can teach people good morality with all its details.

However sometimes a person makes every effort to attain something but as a requisite of the trial in this world he may not attain his every wish. But Allah commands His servants to pray to Him without despairing, no matter what the conditions may be:

..Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. Allah’s mercy is close to the good-doers. (Surat Al-A‘raf, 56)

“…Do not despair of solace from Allah. No one despairs of solace from Allah except for people who are unbelievers.” (Surah Yusuf, 87)

Consequently out of his trust in Allah and aware of His infinite might, a person of faith continues to strive and pray until the end of his life with no despair. If something he wishes is not fulfilled, he knows that Allah creates this with goodness and wisdom; that our Lord knows the best and the most beneficial for us. Thus with ease of heart He submits to Allah. He experiences the ease of putting his trust in Allah with the hope that his sincere effort that only desires Allah’s consent will be definitely rewarded in the best form at Allah’s Sight.

In the Qur’an Allah mentions the kind of people who patiently desire all through their lives but who immediately lose their faith and hope in the face of any ordeal. This is just the state of those who make effort not for Allah’s consent but merely to attain blessings.

Man never tires of praying for the good and if evil touches him, he despairs and loses hope. But if We let him taste mercy from Us after he has suffered hardship, then he says, ‘This is my due.I do not think that the Hour is going to come. And if am returned to my Lord, I will definitely find the best reward with Him.’ But We will inform those who are unbelievers of what they did and make them suffer a ruthless punishment. (Surah Fussilat, 49-50)

Those who want to attain goodness and blessings must never forget the following important facts:

- Desiring goodness and blessings with sincerity and merely for Allah’s approval…

- Never forgetting that it is not an attitude becoming of a believer to ask for something, but then awaiting for it without making any effort, exercising wisdom and facing difficulties…

- Never daunting in putting in trust to Allah even if one’s wishes are not fulfilled…

- Never despairing; calling on Allah fearfully and eagerly until the end of one’s life…

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Deep in his heart, everyone must have a private, profound sincerity and intimacy towards Allah. Having an indifferent and distant style even in such secluded moments is an important deficiency that needs serious consideration… It is possible to see a Muslim’s personality, good manners, beautiful attitudes or observable acts of worship from outside. However one’s closeness to Allah in his heart, which is one of the most important signs of faith,is impossible for anyone to see from outside. The friendship, closeness and love one experiences in his heart towards Allah is one of the blessings in this world for a believer who loves Allah more than anyone and anything else. The characteristicsor attitudes seen from outside may sometimes be deceptive. Howeversincerity and closeness felt towards Allah deep in one’s heart reflects his true state. Believers themselves also witness this. At moments when noone else is around and one is all alone, a believer knows to put his or her trustin Allah, and their unconditional submission and loyalty to Him.

When a  person attains suchprofundity in their soul, even if there might be many flaws in their attitudes, by Allah’s leave it will be very easy to correct these flaws and perfect them. However, if the attitudes and behavior of a person seem flawless from outside but he has a cool and distant state of spirit towards Allah in his heart (surely Allah is beyond that),then this is a more inferior and dangerous state than the previous one described. That is because, even though suchperson does not have a detectable flaw, they experience a great emptiness and deficiency.  Even more important, because such a person has never experienced the actual spiritual feelingof being close to Allah, such a person will be unaware of how great loss of loss they are in and have been.

 

Being insufficient in one’s sincerity towards Allah; his living in a cool and distant state of soul towards Him (surely Allah is beyond that) is in fact a very obvious sign that onelooks at everything from such a perspective. That is because if one cannot feel sufficient love, closeness or sincerity towards our Lord, Who is the actual and infinite possessor of all sorts of beauty, goodness, flawlessness and perfection, then it is not possible for him to feel real love and candidness towards anything else or any other human being. A person can only appreciate the beauties surrounding him when he grasps the infinitely perfect names of Allah and feels Allah’s love.

In the Qur’an, Allah warns people against such a threat by relating the state of those who work a lot but whose efforts are in vain:

Some faces on that Day will be downcast,laboring, toiling endlessly… (Surat al-Ghashiyya, 2-3)

Those who have faith say, ‘Are these the people who swore by Allah, with their most earnest oaths, that they were with you?’ Their actions have come to nothing and they now are losers.(Surat al-Maida, 53)

That is because they followed what angers Allah and hated what is pleasing to Him. So He made their actions come to nothing. (Surah Muhammad, 28)

 

Consequently a person may fulfill many acts of worship Allah commands him in the Qur’an, make serious effort and use all his strength throughout the day. However this great deficiency in his soul is a great danger that may cause him to face a state he never expects both in this world and in the Hereafter.

There are moments when one remains alone in his or her inner world, turns to Allah to pray, pleadsto Him earnestly, asks for spiritual blessings from Him and reveals to Him his innermost secrets, feelings, troubles and wishes to Him. However, if a person is still cold, distant, superficial and apathetic even at those moments, then they need to reconsider this seriously.

Indeed people may assume a certain kind of cold, arrogant or distant attitude to those around them. Displaying such base forms of behavior also towards people is wrong. A person must be able to leave behind such pretense, arrogance or distance at such moments of prayer when no onecan ever hear or see him except Allah.

It is normal for unbelievers to live in such a cold world. People who do not love Allah, who fail to appreciate His superior attributes (surely Allah is beyond that), who never tend to plead to Allah out of his arrogance and pride cannot have an inner closeness to Allah. Even if they pray they usually do it in an insincere manner.

Aperson of faith who believes in Allah and the existence of the Hereafter with certainty and who devotes himself to Allah, will not have abnormal feelings and flaws in theircloseness to Allah. For this reason it is extremely important for a person to reconsider their attitude and behaviorfrom this viewpoint and immediately correct any deficiency, if he or she has any. A believer must see no limits in his love,exultation, candidness, closeness and sincerity towards Allah. The world and everything in it are doomed to perish. Consequently aware of the fact that nothing is eternal except for Allah, a believer must divert all his love and sincerity to our Lord. Only with this kind of sincere love of Allah, exuberance of faith and making our Lord his or her only true friend will any good deedsone makes in this world be rendered as precious.

In the Qur’an Allah relates this fact as follows:

…Whatever good you do, Allah knows it. Take provision; but the best provision is fear of Allah. So have fear of Me, people of intelligence! (Surat al-Baqara, 197)

Their flesh and blood does not reach Allah but your fear of Allah does reach Him.In this way He has subjected them to you so that you might proclaim Allah’s greatness for the way that He has guided you. Give good news to the good-doers. (Surat al-Hajj, 37)

Their reward is with their Lord: Gardens of Eden with rivers flowing under them,remaining in them timelessly, forever and ever. Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him.That is for those who fear their Lord. (Surat al-Bayyina, 8)

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Finding the fault primarily with oneself is a good attribute of morality…  

In the case of a conflict or a problem, people generally tend to seek the fault not primarily within themselves but in the other party. When considered from this point of view, they indeed find proofs that will justify themselves. Based on such proofs, they evaluate incidents or issues from a single point and only from their own perspectives.  

The fact is howeverin most cases it is not difficult to find proofs to justify both parties. Sometimes a party proves to be 100 percent right. But in most cases—even if it may be at a ratio of only 5 %—there is also an aspect of the matter that justifies the other party. Despite being at a ratio as low as 5 %, this rate sufficies to convince that person about his rightness. Existence of proofs about his rightness renders him unable to see the 95 % of the rightness of the other person and the proofs regarding it.

Sometimes, when looked from two different viewpoints, an incident gets two different appearances.  Particular details attract the attention of a person looking from the right while the eye of someone looking from the left catches totally different ones. For instance, someone looking from a distance sees another person eating his meal. However there is an optical illusion here. Looked at from a closer angle, it is seen that the same person only takes a spoonful of their meal, they see how it smells and then put the spoon back.

Sometimes, not having any knowledge about what the other party really witnesses, he insists on his own point and may even accuse the other party of not speaking the truth.
 

Sometimes a person is right in the true sense of the word. Yet despite this, the other party may claim just the contrary. Sometimes it may be out of pride and arrogance or sometimes it may be for reasons such as his will to defend his lower-self or out of anger.

In all cases that have been explained above with a few examples, the ideal morality is to primarily seek the fault in oneself even though he is assured of his rightness being 100 percent. Above everything, this is a requisite of the morality of the Qur’an. Furthermore, it is a requisite of modesty, maturity, tolerance,being appeasing and courtesy. No matter how right a person may be, it is not correct to use a direct style that accuses the other party. Allah commands His servants to “tell the best of the words.” Consequently, when one encounters such a situation, what is good is not to assume a furious or offensive style that brings the other person into contempt. A believer definetly conducts himself modestly and sincerely expresses himself with words like, “I may have seen it wrong,” “I may have forgotten”, ”I may be mistaken”, “I probably misremember”, “This did not occur to my memory” and primarily seek the fault in himself.

Indeed, human beings are weak. They can easly forget, err, misremember; they can mix up events, names or times. While suffering from such weaknesses, simply claiming that one is definetly faultless would be utterly unbecoming.

This aside kindness is an important part of the morality of religion. Advocatingthe truth does not mean to hurt or upset the other party, to stir trouble or to cause disorder. If a believer wants to remind of something , make any criticism or express a truth, he must definetly assume a manner that will quiet the other parties. He must be attentive to their state of mind and avoid causing any tension. In this sense he is responsible for employing the kindest and most moderate style that reflects his mercy and affection.

Indeed, when someone who assumes the fault despite his rightness and approaches the other party with a modest and affectionate style, the person who is erronous feels embarrassed in the face of this superior morality and responds with similar kindness. Such a morality, thus, lays a proper ground for the erronous person to see his fault and accept it more easily. Consequently, when a Muslim presents an exemplary morality, he becomes instrumental in the other party’s adopting the same morality. Rather than showing the other party his injustice belligerently, by Allah’s leave, this perfect morality becomes instrumental in the accomplishment of a much better result.

Say to My slaves that they should only say the best. Satan wants  to stir up trouble between them. Satan is an outright enemy to man.(Surat al-Isra’, 53)

A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with something better  and, if there is enmity between you and someone else, he will be like a bosom friend. (Surah Fussilat,   34)

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A question that one needs to constantly ask himself: ''Do I every moment think that it is Allah Who does everything?'' You will meet someone at a certain time but he does not show up on time. You accomplish something important but people do not appreciate it. You make a great effort and do something good but the person in question does not even notice it. You say something to a person with good intentions but he misunderstands it. You clean somewhere for hours and put it in a perfect state but someone appears and carelessly turns it into a mess. You need to sleep but someone makes noise. You ask for help for an emergency but he does not come to help. You give something important to someone but he loses it. You study for university exams for years but just on that day you get sick and cannot take the exam. Someone accidentally pours something on your brand new dress. You put a lot of money in your bag but your wallet is stolen. Someone comes and hits your car while driving on highway. Alternatively you are in a hurry but you can even not move because of traffic jam. Someone who is close to you suddenly gets sick and he passes away because the ambulance does not arrive on time. You are hospitalized to undergo a particular treatment but meanwhile you are infected and catch another disease.

You may feel bad and accuse others for all these incidents. Putting the blame on them, you may express your anger to them.

In such situations people grumble and feel distaste towards these people and assume that incidents would have proceeded favorably if those people had not made a mistake or behaved inconsiderately. However this is such a great delusion; indeed if a person grasps this fact, his entire outlook on life changes entirely.

Other than Allah, there is not a single power on earth that can move even a dust-sized object. Anything occurs on earth only because Allah wants it so. We can think of what one experiences throughout his life as a video-cassette. Every time we watch a video-cassette, we come across with the same images. This also holds true for the life of a human being. If this video-cassette is kept for hundreds of years and watched again after this time, the images existing in the cassette will still be the same. What a person experiences throughout his life are likewise a whole; they never change. If a person will be late for an appointment, he will definitely be late. There may be various reasons for that; there may be a traffic jam, a disease or forgetfulness. But the result never changes. Similarly nothing changes the death time of a person. Ambulance may arrive late, a traffic accident may happen or doctors may be neglectful. But the outcome never changes. Therefore a person’s outlook on the events occurring during the day must be very different. For instance, if someone’s wallet is stolen then that person should not possess that money and Allah creates a reason for that end. If he cannot enter the university exam, then Allah wills another profession for that person. If someone cannot meet his friend because he could not show up, it is because Allah wills them not to meet. Unless otherwise willed by Allah, nobody can be late, nobody forgets anything, nobody can be neglectful, nobody misunderstands anything, nobody loses anything or nobody can make an accident… There is a single fact that one needs to be aware of: “It is Allah Who creates everything that a person experiences and Allah definitely creates a reason for what He preordains.” However thisreason nevercomes into being by itself. Nobody has the power to do anything unless otherwise willed by Allah. Our Lord relates this fact in the Qur’an as follows:

But you will not will unless Allah wills. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (Surat al-Insan, 30)

But you will not will unless Allah wills, the Lord of all the Worlds. (Surat at-Takwir, 29)

"... Allah created both you and what you do " (Surat as-Saffat, 96)

You did not kill them; it was Allah Who killed them; and you did not throw, when you threw; it was Allah Who threw: so He might test the believers with this excellent trial from Him. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Anfal, 17)

“… We test you with both good and evil as a trial. And you will be returned to Us.” (Surat al-Anbiya, 35)

As it is also stated in the verses all these are due to the fact that the life of this world is a place of trial. In order to put people to test, Allah creates particular events that a person will like or dislike and in the face of them He puts him to test about how the person will conduct himself. In all the events that He creates, Allah conceals many secrets, wisdom, blessings and various trials. For instance a person who cannot go somewhere because of someone’s thoughtlessness may thus be protected against very great dangers. By this means, he might be kept safe against a car that will hit him on the highway, a person of ill-will that he will come across, an attack or a robbery he will face, a microbe by which he will become sick.

For this reason aware that countless secrets and wisdom are concealed beyond incidents, a person must submit himself to Allah and trust in Him. In the acknowledgement that good or bad, whatever may befall him Allah creates with goodness, he must give thanks to Allah and be aware that Allah creates the best.

He must never forget that it is Allah Who creates all events and thus never attribute events to people. A person who does good to him as well as who harms him does so only because Allah commands him so. Consequently it is meaningless for a person to get angry with people, to grumble, make a face back at them and so on. When a believer comes across a blessing or trouble, he must know that these only come from Allah.

Surely he must take precautions against evil people and nurture good feelings for good people. However he must always keep in mind that it is Allah Who creates every incident he experiences at every moment of his life.

The morality of Muslims who are aware of this fact is related in the Qur’an as follows:

Say: ‘Nothing can happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is Our Master. It is in Allah that the believers should put their trust.’ (Surat at-Tawba, 51)

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Being self-sacrificing is most rewarding both in this world and the Hereafter Among the people of ignorance sacrifice is perceived as a kind of “imprudence.” According to these people a person is “smart” to the extent of his ability of watching for his interests. According to their flawed rationale, a person employs his wisdom in the best way possible if he is able to use people around him for his own interests, get advantage of their means while he provides minimum advantages to them in return.

Surely these people simply err in their thinking. For people who have no faith in the Hereafter providing benefits to another person, providing ease and comfort to him; furthermore doing all these by making concession from his own interests may be perceived as “imprudence.” But a faithful person who believes in the Hereafter and does all these to earn Allah’s good pleasure is the smartest person of the world.

Allah grants an average lifetime of 60-70 years to people. People who use this time in the best way possible are the “smartest” people in the true sense of the word. However “using this time in the best way possible” does not mean  reaping the most benefits. On the contrary, it means making the most self-sacrifice. What is important here is to do all these only to earn Allah’s good pleasure.

Indeed also in the societies of ignorance there are some people who simply disregard their own comfort and interests and make an all-out effort to make others happy, to provide them better conditions and make them more comfortable. However the goal of these people is not to earn Allah’s good pleasure. They simply consider each one of these people as an investment. Sooner or later these people expect something in return from these people and it is this “expectation” that gives them the energy to make self-sacrifice. When they buy a gift to a friend they expect at least a similar one from that person. If they offer a meal to their neighbor, they soon expect him to do the same to him. Even if they cannot get what they expect, making friends with them is also an important interest for these people. They believe that there will surely be a day when all these investments will yield their benefits. Furthermore they even consider the good they do to their own children as an investment to the years when they will grow old. They assume that the effort and opportunities they provide for a better education or career will add more comfort to their life in their old years. This is the sole belief that motivates them. Believers, on the other hand, derive their power for making self-sacrifice from their love of Allah, the profound awe and respect they feel towards our Creator. The will to be more loved by Allah makes believers to be enthusiastic about being self-sacrificing during 24 hours. Even at difficult moments when they feel physically exhausted or weak, they try to find an opportunity to be more self-sacrificing. Even if there may be other people who can make that sacrifice, they “race to the good.” In the absence of any valid reason, they consider leaving such an opportunity to another person as a loss.

Self-sacrifice of a believer is an obvious sign that he loves Allah more than his own lower-self, body, possessions, life and everything he has in material and spiritual terms. Without a moment of thinking, such a person has the might to sacrifice anything he has to earn Allah’s love. He has submitted his soul, possessions, life and everything he has to Allah. In the Qur’an Allah gives the good news to believers who display such moral perfection and reminds that only by this means can “great salvation and bliss” be attained:

Say: ‘My salat (regular prayer)and my rites, my living and my dying, are for Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds. (Surat al-Anam, 162)

Allah has bought from the believers their selves and their wealth in return for the Garden... It is a promise binding on Him in the Torah, the Gospel and the Qur’an and Who is truer to his contract than Allah? Rejoice then in the bargain you have made. That is the great victory.(Surat at-Tawba, 111)

Those who are filled with the fear of their Lord, those who have faith in the Signs of their Lord, those who do not associate anything with their Lord, those who give what they have given, their hearts fearful of their return to their Lord, such people are truly racing towards good things, and they are the first to reach them. (Surat al-Muminun, 57-61)

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A disease that Muslims must avoid: Overfamiliarity  

 

-What does overfamiliarity mean?

-What is overfamiliar behavior?

-How does overfamiliarity affect the person displaying it?

-What moral values are needed to escape overfamiliarity?

When people first encounter the proofs of Creation they realize there is something extraordinary in them, and this leads them to reflect on and research and investigate what they see. Some people, however, may soon develop a familiarity in the face of these things and start not to be affected by them. An entity or event they encounter every day becomes overfamiliar to them. 
 
This is like a disease, that all Muslims must avoid and that prevents people giving thanks to Allah.
 
Human beings can easily become accustomed to any images if they do not use their consciences properly. Allah has created the human soul prone to conditioning as a requirement of the secret of the test. From the moment a person is born he acts in the light of the conditioning he receives from his surroundings. When he forgets that it is Allah Who creates all things and that a person has a duty to reflect on and grasp the sublime wisdom in Allah’s Creation, then he will continue to live with only a very superficial perspective. In the event he is conditioned with the idea that it is enough to go along with the majority and blindly believe in their superstitions, then a mist practically will settle around him. He sees everything through that mist. Since he never breaks through that mist that has been around ever since his childhood, he never sees the difference between it and a clear and sharp perspective. The mist that surrounds such people is “overfamiliarity.” This is like a screen that prevents people seeing the flawless details, miracles and beauty in their daily lives and the things around them, and that prevents them comprehending the omniscience and infinite artistry of Almighty Allah. 
 
The Main Cause of Overfamiliarity Is Lack of Reflection 
 
One of the most serious mistakes that people living in the society of ignorance make is failing to concentrate on a subject and think deeply about it. The reason for this is that they devote all their attention to minor issues during the day. They thus tire their minds on these matters and waste a great deal of time on them. 
 
These people generally spend their time on thoughts limited to their homes, work school and family matters, and are only aware of and affected by the beauty and marvels in things the first time they encounter them. It is certainly a good thing for a person to set aside time for matters regarding the home or the family. But what is being referred to here is a person being taken in by the deceptive tempo of the life of this world and remaining unfeeling in the face of the proofs of Creation and the proofs of Allah’s omniscience all around him. 
 
Being Able to See Allah’s Blessings upon Us 
 
Someone who spends his life behind the veil of overfamiliarity may be affected the first time he encounters a proof of Creation. This may even, albeit for a brief time, be instrumental in his reflecting deeply and investigating the reality of what he sees. Eventually, however, he loses his initial excitement and sensitivity in the face of these beauties and begins to feel a sense of familiarity with what he sees. Later still, these will even begin to seem “ordinary” or “monotonous.” In the same way, he will regard many situations he has witnessed throughout his life and seen everyday as very “ordinary,” “familiar” and “bound to happen.” But the fact is that everything he sees and every situation he witnesses are exceedingly wise events specially created by Allah. Allah surrounds a person with countless beauties and marvels, and much goodness and wisdom lies hidden behind each one. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi set this out in these words: 
 
“Wondrous truths are concealed behind the veils of overfamiliarity, custom and monotony. (Emirdag Addendum) 
 
… Yes, the Being that administers this cosmos preserves all things in order and balance. Order and balance are the manifestation of knowledge and wisdom, of will and power. (The Tenth Word, Seventh Truth) 
 
… All of this shows that matters are done in accordance with infinite wisdom. (The Tenth Word, Third Truth) 
 
As Bediuzzaman says, there is great artistry and wisdom in the order and flawlessness that prevails at every moment of life. But only believers, who genuinely turn to Allah and can look at events through the eyes of wisdom, can properly appreciate this. Since such a person will regard everything he sees as a blessing created by Allah, the veil of heedlessness and overfamiliarity never descends over him. He feels an unending joy and fervor in the face of each and every one. Our Almighty Lord reveals in the Qur’an that only those servants who look through the eyes of wisdom can see the blessings and proofs of Creation on Earth:
 
“Have they not looked at the sky above them: how We structured it and made it beautiful and how there are no fissures in it? 
And the earth: how We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded mountains onto it and caused luxuriant plants of every kind to grow in it, an instruction and a reminder for every penitent human being.” (Surah Qaf, 6-8)
 
A Striking Example of Overfamiliarity… 
 
There are various reasons why people regard events as overfamiliar. One is that people come to attach more importance to material than to spiritual things. These words of Bediuzzaman, "The minds of those who seek all things in matter lie in their eyes. And the eye is blind to spiritual matters" (Letters, p. 457) once again remind us of this fact. 
 
For example, the first time a medical student sees a dead human body brought into an anatomy class, it may have a huge impact on him. He realizes that the world is a temporary place and that sooner or later everyone must die. The way that a body that was once so magnificent and attractive starts to rot so quickly and becomes impossible to look at sets him to thinking for a long time.
 
However, if one does not evaluate such situations through the eyes of faith, then the passage of time and seeing increasing numbers of dead bodies begin to give rise to a sense of familiarity and a weakness of thought. If one fails to think properly, then even such a striking environment will eventually begin to be regarded as normal. 
 
Every Moment We Live Is a Great Blessing
 
Another cause of overfamiliarity is the way that, because of His great mercy on His servants, Allah creates every moment perfect and uninterrupted. But some heedless people ignore the fact that is our merciful Lord Allah Who bestows on them the countless blessings that ensure their survival and Who preserves them through the matchless systems that He created. They never reflect on the proofs of Creation that surround them. Allah reveals this in the following verse: 
 
" How many Signs there are in the heavens and earth! Yet they pass them by, turning away from them.” (Surah Yusuf, 105)
 
There are very many more subjects that people regard with complete familiarity, as the verse says, in their daily lives. For example, the blood vessels under one’s feet are subjected to an average pressure of 70-80 kilos daily as people bounce up and down on their feet. But none of the very fine blood vessels in the feet is ever crushed or splits. This is just one of Allah’s countless blessings on His servants.
 
Our Lord Possesses Infinite Creative Power 
 
The life of this world, which is so short, incomparably shorter than the eternal life of the Hereafter, is full of manifestations of Allah’s infinite mercy. He creates people and also places them in the most ideal location for their survival. And all that people need to do in return is to serve Allah. Reflecting on the manifest proofs of Allah’s existence ad seeing the truth by drawing the appropriate conclusions from those proofs, when Allah has made the life of this world an opportunity to do so, will bring with it great benefits in the life of the Hereafter.
 
By Allah’s leave, deep reflection is instrumental in lifting the veil of overfamiliarity from Muslims’ eyes. Someone with a clear mind and the power to think soundly always possesses the intelligence to think the best of all events. Wherever such a person looks, he sees the beauty, details and miraculous aspects of Allah’s Creation, and he not only takes pleasure from these, but also acquires a great depth of faith. 
 
One important way of doing away with overfamiliarity is to set aside the idea of thinking in terms of natural causes that the materialist mindset has conditioned people with for many years in their homes, in the streets, in the papers and on the television. It is to look at everything in the world as if has been created that very moment and as if one is seeing it for the very first time. Such a person will not treat the things he encounters with overfamiliarity, but will feel a great excitement from everything. The Qur’an reveals that believers think deeply about every detail created for them in the life of this world, and that in this way they better comprehend the greatness of Allah, His infinitely lovely creative artistry and His infinite mercy on and affection for His servants: 
 
"Those who remember Allah, standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the Creation of the heavens and the earth: ‘Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Surat Al‘Imran, 191)
 
Lazy Thinking Gives Rise to Overfamiliarity
 
Some people never stop to reflect on how that flowers they pass by every day emerge from dark, muddy soil with such delightful fragrance and such bright colors and immaculately smooth petals. In other words, how did the inert soil, which decays all things, give life to those plants and their flowers?
 
As you walk along any street, you will see dozens of other people, none of whom resembles any other. Indeed, each of them differs from every other one, right down to their fingerprints. Those who regard all such sights as merely ordinary never reflect on how Allah has created so many billions of human beings to be completely different from one another, over many thousands of years.
 
These are a few examples of the proofs of the existence and power, reason and artistry of Almighty Allah. To lift the veil of familiarity, people need to do away with the barriers that prevent them from reflecting on “ordinary” things. They can then turn to Allah with a sincere and genuine heart at all moments, by considering the wisdom in all events and entities that He has created. The mercy that Allah has on His servants is revealed in these verses: 
 
Any blessing you have is from Allah. Then when harm touches you, it is to Him you cry for help. (Surat an-Nahl, 53)
 
In the Qur’an, believers are commanded to say "... It is as Allah wills, there is no strength but in Allah..." (Surat al-Kahf, 39) when they enter their gardens. This is because they know that when they enter their gardens it is Allah Who created and maintains it. An unthinking person may be affected the first time he sees a lovely garden, but after that it may become increasingly commonplace to him. And since some people never think at all, they are unaware of such blessings right from the very outset. They regard the blessings bestowed on them as “commonplace” or “things that could not have been any different.” They are unable to enjoy these delights. And that is a state of affairs that believers should avoid.
 
One Must Never Forget That Every Blessing Is a Mercy from Allah 
 
There is a danger of overfamiliarity in many areas of the great majority of people’s lives. For example, when someone living under harsh conditions is suddenly given a very easy lifestyle he will realize that everything he sees and enjoys is a blessing for him. His sleeping in a softer bed, his new home enjoying a delightful view, his being able to eat and drink whatever he wants, his having no problem heating his home as he chooses, his being able to get from one point to another very easily by car and many other things are all blessings for him. He experiences they joy of having them every time his former life comes to mind. But someone who has enjoyed these same luxuries from birth may not reflect on their worth so much. Or when someone suffering from a severe disease is treated and finally cured he realizes what a great blessing good health really is and constantly gives thanks to Allah. But someone who has never had a day’s illness in his life may not properly appreciate what a great blessing good health is, and because of that good health he may neglect to give thanks to Allah.  
 
But for a deep-thinking believer it makes no difference whether he has enjoyed all these blessings from birth or only acquired them later in life. Because, by Allah’s leave, he never looks at what he has through the eyes of overfamiliarity. He knows that Almighty Allah created each one and can take them all back if He so chooses.
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Do you notice the unanticipated beauties Allah creates for you?  

 
Most people would make more or less the same comments about “the life of this world.” In general the majority of people depict life as a monotonous cycle. They simply tell that life is made up of routine developments and classical expectations. Indeed their outlook on their own lives utterly reflects this description. Whether desirable or not, they get accustomed to everything they experience in life and rapidly adapt themselves to them. They react as if they have lost all their senses of excitement. They interpret all these beauties to be ordinary developments that must occur in the normal course of life. For this reason they cannot notice their extraordinary aspects and beauties. 
 
In the Qur’an Allah depicts the situation of these people as follows: 
 
On the Day when those who were disbelievers are exposed to the Fire: ‘You dissipated the good things you had in your worldly life and enjoyed yourself in it. So today you are being repaid with the punishment of humiliation for being arrogant in the earth without any right and for being deviators.’ (Surat al-Ahqaf, 20) 
 
Allah relates that in the Hereafter He will not grant any blessings to those who approach all the beauties, goodness, joyful and pleasing events they experience in life with some kind of heedlessness and are not affected by them. 
 
The outlook of believers to the life of this world is entirely different from these people who perceive events almost behind a veil of sleep. For believers the “life of this world” is a life full of surprises, beauties, goodness and wisdom. The fact that Allah encloses them with the manifestations of His infinitely beautiful morality and uniquely superior attributes make believers experience their lives with great excitement and enthusiasm. At every moment they taste the joy of recognizing another beauty Allah creates and the manifestations of His infinite mercy. 
 
Unbelievers are simply unaware of this very great blessing and they are deprived of it. At every moment Allah creates unexpected beauties with many details that can only be perceived with faith and conscience. With these incidents that only those people who have a faithful outlook can see, Allah makes His servants feel His closeness to them. Having a sense of this closeness is a great pleasure and blessing for a believer. Sometimes coming into existence of a seemingly ordinary, daily incident that occurs to one’s mind; sometimes coming face to face with a blessing in an unanticipated way that one wished by prayer; sometimes meeting pleasing incidents preordained by Allah are great blessings, food for thought and  instruments for drawing close to Allah. 
 
In the Qur’an Allah reminds His sincere servants about His infinite mercy on people; relates that He is believers’ absolute protector and helper and He answers sincere prayers. Consequently a believer is constantly conscious of Allah’s manifestations of mercy. Even in the face of suffering and difficulties he knows that these are the beauties especially created for him. However Allah also creates special beauties, signs showing the existence of preordination and details that will dispel his accustomed way of perception, astonish him and grant him a great fervent of faith. In each one of these events a believer tastes the profound exuberance and pleasure of seeing the manifestation of Allah’s infinite mercy, love and His closeness and warm bond to His servants. His soul and body is covered with love of Allah and His passion. As he continues to see the manifestations of Allah’s infinite might, that our Lord is capable of doing everything, that He is infinitely merciful and compassionate, his closeness to Allah increases even more.  
 
But for a believer to experience such an exuberance of faith, he does not need to witness great events or meet unprecedented blessings. Sometimes seemingly ordinary or insignificant  incidents such as meeting something very desirable at the very moment that occurs to one’s mind, hearing the answer of a question at a time one is desperately in need of it or being offered a food he likes at an unexpected time may also occur. The incidents themselves may be insignificant but the meaning of these incidents which are actually preordained  plans by Allah are very great. These occurrences are all manifestations of Allah’s infinite predominance, His infinite mercy. They reveal that He is all the time with His servants and that He sees and knows everything. Each one of these details are the unexpected beauties that Allah creates to make His servants who fervently love him to show His closeness to them. Witnessing this great fact is an instrument that stirs great excitement for believers and draws them close to Allah.  
 
If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 186)
 
Most people would make more or less the same comments about “the life of this world.” In general the majority of people depict life as a monotonous cycle. They simply tell that life is made up of routine developments and classical expectations. Indeed their outlook on their own lives utterly reflects this description. Whether desirable or not, they get accustomed to everything they experience in life and rapidly adapt themselves to them. They react as if they have lost all their senses of excitement. They interpret all these beauties to be ordinary developments that must occur in the normal course of life. For this reason they cannot notice their extraordinary aspects and beauties. 
In the Qur’an Allah depicts the situation of these people as follows: 
On the Day when those who were disbelievers are exposed to the Fire: ‘You dissipated the good things you had in your worldly life and enjoyed yourself in it. So today you are being repaid with the punishment of humiliation for being arrogant in the earth without any right and for being deviators.’ (Surat al-Ahqaf, 20) 
Allah relates that in the Hereafter He will not grant any blessings to those who approach all the beauties, goodness, joyful and pleasing events they experience in life with some kind of heedlessness and are not affected by them. 
The outlook of believers to the life of this world is entirely different from these people who perceive events almost behind a veil of sleep. For believers the “life of this world” is a life full of surprises, beauties, goodness and wisdom. The fact that Allah encloses them with the manifestations of His infinitely beautiful morality and uniquely superior attributes make believers experience their lives with great excitement and enthusiasm. At every moment they taste the joy of recognizing another beauty Allah creates and the manifestations of His infinite mercy. 
 
 
Unbelievers are simply unaware of this very great blessing and they are deprived of it. At every moment Allah creates unexpected beauties with many details that can only be perceived with faith and conscience. With these incidents that only those people who have a faithful outlook can see, Allah makes His servants feel His closeness to them. Having a sense of this closeness is a great pleasure and blessing for a believer. Sometimes coming into existence of a seemingly ordinary, daily incident that occurs to one’s mind; sometimes coming face to face with a blessing in an unanticipated way that one wished by prayer; sometimes meeting pleasing incidents preordained by Allah are great blessings, food for thought and  instruments for drawing close to Allah. 
In the Qur’an Allah reminds His sincere servants about His infinite mercy on people; relates that He is believers’ absolute protector and helper and He answers sincere prayers. Consequently a believer is constantly conscious of Allah’s manifestations of mercy. Even in the face of suffering and difficulties he knows that these are the beauties especially created for him. However Allah also creates special beauties, signs showing the existence of preordination and details that will dispel his accustomed way of perception, astonish him and grant him a great fervent of faith. In each one of these events a believer tastes the profound exuberance and pleasure of seeing the manifestation of Allah’s infinite mercy, love and His closeness and warm bond to His servants. His soul and body is covered with love of Allah and His passion. As he continues to see the manifestations of Allah’s infinite might, that our Lord is capable of doing everything, that He is infinitely merciful and compassionate, his closeness to Allah increases even more.  
But for a believer to experience such an exuberance of faith, he does not need to witness great events or meet unprecedented blessings. Sometimes seemingly ordinary or insignificant  incidents such as meeting something very desirable at the very moment that occurs to one’s mind, hearing the answer of a question at a time one is desperately in need of it or being offered a food he likes at an unexpected time may also occur. The incidents themselves may be insignificant but the meaning of these incidents which are actually preordained  plans by Allah are very great. These occurrences are all manifestations of Allah’s infinite predominance, His infinite mercy. They reveal that He is all the time with His servants and that He sees and knows everything. Each one of these details are the unexpected beauties that Allah  
creates to make His servants who fervently love him to show His closeness to them. Witnessing this great fact is an instrument that stirs great excitement for believers and draws them close to Allah.  
 
 
If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 186)

Most people would make more or less the same comments about “the life of this world.” In general the majority of people depict life as a monotonous cycle. They simply tell that life is made up of routine developments and classical expectations. Indeed their outlook on their own lives utterly reflects this description. Whether desirable or not, they get accustomed to everything they experience in life and rapidly adapt themselves to them. They react as if they have lost all their senses of excitement. They interpret all these beauties to be ordinary developments that must occur in the normal course of life. For this reason they cannot notice their extraordinary aspects and beauties. 
 
In the Qur’an Allah depicts the situation of these people as follows: 
 
On the Day when those who were disbelievers are exposed to the Fire: ‘You dissipated the good things you had in your worldly life and enjoyed yourself in it. So today you are being repaid with the punishment of humiliation for being arrogant in the earth without any right and for being deviators.’ (Surat al-Ahqaf, 20) 
 
Allah relates that in the Hereafter He will not grant any blessings to those who approach all the beauties, goodness, joyful and pleasing events they experience in life with some kind of heedlessness and are not affected by them. 
 
The outlook of believers to the life of this world is entirely different from these people who perceive events almost behind a veil of sleep. For believers the “life of this world” is a life full of surprises, beauties, goodness and wisdom. The fact that Allah encloses them with the manifestations of His infinitely beautiful morality and uniquely superior attributes make believers experience their lives with great excitement and enthusiasm. At every moment they taste the joy of recognizing another beauty Allah creates and the manifestations of His infinite mercy. 
 
Unbelievers are simply unaware of this very great blessing and they are deprived of it. At every moment Allah creates unexpected beauties with many details that can only be perceived with faith and conscience. With these incidents that only those people who have a faithful outlook can see, Allah makes His servants feel His closeness to them. Having a sense of this closeness is a great pleasure and blessing for a believer. Sometimes coming into existence of a seemingly ordinary, daily incident that occurs to one’s mind; sometimes coming face to face with a blessing in an unanticipated way that one wished by prayer; sometimes meeting pleasing incidents preordained by Allah are great blessings, food for thought and  instruments for drawing close to Allah. 
 
In the Qur’an Allah reminds His sincere servants about His infinite mercy on people; relates that He is believers’ absolute protector and helper and He answers sincere prayers. Consequently a believer is constantly conscious of Allah’s manifestations of mercy. Even in the face of suffering and difficulties he knows that these are the beauties especially created for him. However Allah also creates special beauties, signs showing the existence of preordination and details that will dispel his accustomed way of perception, astonish him and grant him a great fervent of faith. In each one of these events a believer tastes the profound exuberance and pleasure of seeing the manifestation of Allah’s infinite mercy, love and His closeness and warm bond to His servants. His soul and body is covered with love of Allah and His passion. As he continues to see the manifestations of Allah’s infinite might, that our Lord is capable of doing everything, that He is infinitely merciful and compassionate, his closeness to Allah increases even more.  
 
But for a believer to experience such an exuberance of faith, he does not need to witness great events or meet unprecedented blessings. Sometimes seemingly ordinary or insignificant  incidents such as meeting something very desirable at the very moment that occurs to one’s mind, hearing the answer of a question at a time one is desperately in need of it or being offered a food he likes at an unexpected time may also occur. The incidents themselves may be insignificant but the meaning of these incidents which are actually preordained  plans by Allah are very great. These occurrences are all manifestations of Allah’s infinite predominance, His infinite mercy. They reveal that He is all the time with His servants and that He sees and knows everything. Each one of these details are the unexpected beauties that Allah creates to make His servants who fervently love him to show His closeness to them. Witnessing this great fact is an instrument that stirs great excitement for believers and draws them close to Allah.  
 
If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 186)
 
Most people would make more or less the same comments about “the life of this world.” In general the majority of people depict life as a monotonous cycle. They simply tell that life is made up of routine developments and classical expectations. Indeed their outlook on their own lives utterly reflects this description. Whether desirable or not, they get accustomed to everything they experience in life and rapidly adapt themselves to them. They react as if they have lost all their senses of excitement. They interpret all these beauties to be ordinary developments that must occur in the normal course of life. For this reason they cannot notice their extraordinary aspects and beauties. 
In the Qur’an Allah depicts the situation of these people as follows: 
On the Day when those who were disbelievers are exposed to the Fire: ‘You dissipated the good things you had in your worldly life and enjoyed yourself in it. So today you are being repaid with the punishment of humiliation for being arrogant in the earth without any right and for being deviators.’ (Surat al-Ahqaf, 20) 
Allah relates that in the Hereafter He will not grant any blessings to those who approach all the beauties, goodness, joyful and pleasing events they experience in life with some kind of heedlessness and are not affected by them. 
The outlook of believers to the life of this world is entirely different from these people who perceive events almost behind a veil of sleep. For believers the “life of this world” is a life full of surprises, beauties, goodness and wisdom. The fact that Allah encloses them with the manifestations of His infinitely beautiful morality and uniquely superior attributes make believers experience their lives with great excitement and enthusiasm. At every moment they taste the joy of recognizing another beauty Allah creates and the manifestations of His infinite mercy. 
 
 
Unbelievers are simply unaware of this very great blessing and they are deprived of it. At every moment Allah creates unexpected beauties with many details that can only be perceived with faith and conscience. With these incidents that only those people who have a faithful outlook can see, Allah makes His servants feel His closeness to them. Having a sense of this closeness is a great pleasure and blessing for a believer. Sometimes coming into existence of a seemingly ordinary, daily incident that occurs to one’s mind; sometimes coming face to face with a blessing in an unanticipated way that one wished by prayer; sometimes meeting pleasing incidents preordained by Allah are great blessings, food for thought and  instruments for drawing close to Allah. 
In the Qur’an Allah reminds His sincere servants about His infinite mercy on people; relates that He is believers’ absolute protector and helper and He answers sincere prayers. Consequently a believer is constantly conscious of Allah’s manifestations of mercy. Even in the face of suffering and difficulties he knows that these are the beauties especially created for him. However Allah also creates special beauties, signs showing the existence of preordination and details that will dispel his accustomed way of perception, astonish him and grant him a great fervent of faith. In each one of these events a believer tastes the profound exuberance and pleasure of seeing the manifestation of Allah’s infinite mercy, love and His closeness and warm bond to His servants. His soul and body is covered with love of Allah and His passion. As he continues to see the manifestations of Allah’s infinite might, that our Lord is capable of doing everything, that He is infinitely merciful and compassionate, his closeness to Allah increases even more.  
But for a believer to experience such an exuberance of faith, he does not need to witness great events or meet unprecedented blessings. Sometimes seemingly ordinary or insignificant  incidents such as meeting something very desirable at the very moment that occurs to one’s mind, hearing the answer of a question at a time one is desperately in need of it or being offered a food he likes at an unexpected time may also occur. The incidents themselves may be insignificant but the meaning of these incidents which are actually preordained  plans by Allah are very great. These occurrences are all manifestations of Allah’s infinite predominance, His infinite mercy. They reveal that He is all the time with His servants and that He sees and knows everything. Each one of these details are the unexpected beauties that Allah  
creates to make His servants who fervently love him to show His closeness to them. Witnessing this great fact is an instrument that stirs great excitement for believers and draws them close to Allah.  
 
 
If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should therefore respond to Me and believe in Me so that hopefully they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 186)
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