Monday, May 18, 2015

Allah asks us To THINK

ALLAH asks us to THINK

(Date written : 19 May 2015)

1) There are many verses in the Al-Quran that Allah asks the People to THINK :

Al-An'aam : 50

قُل لَّآ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ عِندِى خَزَآئِنُ اللَّهِ وَلَآ أَعْلَمُ الْغَيْبَ وَلَآ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ إِنِّى مَلَكٌ ۖ إِنْ أَتَّبِعُ إِلَّا مَا يُوحٰىٓ إِلَىَّ ۚ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِى الْأَعْمٰى وَالْبَصِيرُ ۚ أَفَلَا تَتَفَكَّرُونَ

● .." Say, "Is the blind equivalent to the seeing? Then will you not give THOUGHT (TAFAKKARUN) ?" ●

As-Saaffaat : 138

وَبِالَّيْلِ ۗ أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ

● And at night. Then will you not use REASON / THINKING (TA'QILUN)? ●

Yaseen : 62

وَلَقَدْ أَضَلَّ مِنكُمْ جِبِلًّا كَثِيرًا ۖ أَفَلَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْقِلُونَ

● And he had already led ASTRAY from among you much of creation, so did you not use REASON (TA'QILUN)? ●

Yaseen : 68

وَمَن نُّعَمِّرْهُ نُنَكِّسْهُ فِى الْخَلْقِ ۖ أَفَلَا يَعْقِلُونَ

● And he to whom We grant long life We reverse in creation; so will they not UNDERSTAND (YA'QILUN)? ●

As-Saaffaat : 154

مَا لَكُمْ كَيْفَ تَحْكُمُونَ

● What is [wrong] with you? How do you make JUDGEMENT (TAHKUMUN) ? ●

If we dont THINK and get CLEAR REASONING with ourselves, how can we make JUDGEMENT ?

In fact, Allah punished people who dont use their thinking or Reasoning :

Al-Mulk : 10

وَقَالُوا لَوْ كُنَّا نَسْمَعُ أَوْ نَعْقِلُ مَا كُنَّا فِىٓ أَصْحٰبِ السَّعِيرِ

● And they will say, "If only we had been listening or REASONING (NA'QILU), we would not be among the companions of the BLAZE." ●

Yunus : 100

وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَن تُؤْمِنَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَيَجْعَلُ الرِّجْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ

● And it is not for a soul to believe except by permission of Allah, and HE WILL PLACE DEFILEMENT UPON THOSE WHO DO NOT THINK / USE REASON (YA'QILUN). ●

2) What is Thinking ?

Thinking is a process to find the Answer for Questions in our Head. That is the definition of Thinking.

In another word, THINKING is called REASONING, that is to find the Reasons of why, what, how, where and when.

3) Islam is BASED on REASONS. To explain to people who is DISBELIEVER or ATHEIST, in fact ESPECIALLY to OURSELVES, we need STRONG REASON as what has been shown by Prophet and Messenger Ibrahim (Abraham) PBUH in the Quran :

Maryam : 42

إِذْ قَالَ لِأَبِيهِ يٰٓأَبَتِ لِمَ تَعْبُدُ مَا لَا يَسْمَعُ وَلَا يُبْصِرُ وَلَا يُغْنِى عَنكَ شَيْـًٔا

●[Mention] when he[Abraham]said to his father, "O my father, WHY do you worship that which does not hear and does not see and will not benefit you at all? ●

Al-Baqara : 258

أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِى حَآجَّ إِبْرٰهِۦمَ فِى رَبِّهِۦٓ أَنْ ءَاتٰىهُ اللَّهُ الْمُلْكَ إِذْ قَالَ إِبْرٰهِۦمُ رَبِّىَ الَّذِى يُحْىِۦ وَيُمِيتُ قَالَ أَنَا۠ أُحْىِۦ وَأُمِيتُ ۖ قَالَ إِبْرٰهِۦمُ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْتِى بِالشَّمْسِ مِنَ الْمَشْرِقِ فَأْتِ بِهَا مِنَ الْمَغْرِبِ فَبُهِتَ الَّذِى كَفَرَ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِى الْقَوْمَ الظّٰلِمِينَ

● Have you not considered the one who argued with Abraham about his Lord [merely] because Allah had given him kingship? When Abraham said, "My Lord is the one who gives life and causes death," he said, "I give life and cause death." Abraham said, "Indeed, Allah brings up the sun from the east, so bring it up from the west." So the disbeliever was overwhelmed [by astonishment], and Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people. ●

We have been shown by Prophet and Messenger Ibrahim to use REASON and LOGIC when conveying the Message of Allah. In the verse above, PROPHET IBRAHIM PBUH as ONE of Our USWATAN HASANAH (in fact all Messengers of Allah have Uswatun Hasanah or Excellent Example) has DELIBERATELY shows example on how to use Logic and Reason when talking to Atheist or Musyrikin (People who Associate Partners to Allah).

And - this is the MOST IMPORTANT THING of why Prophet Ibrahim DIFFERS in LOGIC between him and other people :

Maryam : 43

يٰٓأَبَتِ إِنِّى قَدْ جَآءَنِى مِنَ الْعِلْمِ مَا لَمْ يَأْتِكَ فَاتَّبِعْنِىٓ أَهْدِكَ صِرٰطًا سَوِيًّا

● O my father, indeed there has come to me of KNOWLEDGE ('ILM) that which has not come to you, so follow me; I will guide you to an even path. ●

When Prophet Ibrahim KNOWLEDGE is DIFFERENT, his LOGIC and his BELIEF is DIFFERENT.

4) Not only that, Allah describes how Prophet Ibrahim Pbuh, before he was made Prophet and Messenger -  CONTINUE using his LOGIC and REASON to find WHO is The God of all Universe. Prophet Ibrahim Pbuh is DEFINITELY Not the FOLLOWER of Assumptions. He PERSISTENTLY finding the ANSWERS to the QUESTIONS inside his head :

Al-An'aam : 76

فَلَمَّا جَنَّ عَلَيْهِ الَّيْلُ رَءَا كَوْكَبًا ۖ قَالَ هٰذَا رَبِّى ۖ فَلَمَّآ أَفَلَ قَالَ لَآ أُحِبُّ الْءَافِلِينَ

● So when the night covered him (Ibrahim) [with darkness], he saw a star. He said, "This is my lord." But when it set, he said, "I like not those that disappear." ●

Al-An'aam : 77

فَلَمَّا رَءَا الْقَمَرَ بَازِغًا قَالَ هٰذَا رَبِّى ۖ فَلَمَّآ أَفَلَ قَالَ لَئِن لَّمْ يَهْدِنِى رَبِّى لَأَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الضَّآلِّينَ

● And when he saw the moon rising, he said, "This is my lord." But when it set, he said, "Unless my Lord guides me, I will surely be among the people gone astray." ●

Al-An'aam : 78

فَلَمَّا رَءَا الشَّمْسَ بَازِغَةً قَالَ هٰذَا رَبِّى هٰذَآ أَكْبَرُ ۖ فَلَمَّآ أَفَلَتْ قَالَ يٰقَوْمِ إِنِّى بَرِىٓءٌ مِّمَّا تُشْرِكُونَ

● And when he saw the sun rising, he said, "This is my lord; this is greater." But when it set, he said, "O my people, indeed I am free from what you associate with Allah. ●

All the above verses CLEARLY shows the Process of THINKING and REASONING. The God or Allah can never be SOMETHING that sometimes appear and sometimes disappear - to the guy called IBRAHIM (ABRAHAM), before he was made the Prophet and Messenger.

Then, with Allah's GUIDANCE and because he is one of the chosen to be the Prophet and Messenger :

Al-An'aam : 75

وَكَذٰلِكَ نُرِىٓ إِبْرٰهِيمَ مَلَكُوتَ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلِيَكُونَ مِنَ الْمُوقِنِينَ

● And thus did We show Abraham the realm of the heavens and the earth that he would be among the certain [in faith] ●

Al-An'aam : 79

إِنِّى وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِىَ لِلَّذِى فَطَرَ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالْأَرْضَ حَنِيفًا ۖ وَمَآ أَنَا۠ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ

● Indeed, I have turned my face toward He who created the heavens and the earth, as a true monotheist (HANIF), and I am not of those who associate others with Allah (MUSYRIKIN)." ●

5) Furthermore, Prophet and Messenger Ibrahim is PERSONALLY CALLED by Allah in the Quran as USWATUN HASANAH (EXCELLENT EXAMPLE) (while other Prophet and Messngers are in general) :

Al-Mumtahana : 4

قَدْ كَانَتْ لَكُمْ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ فِىٓ إِبْرٰهِيمَ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُۥٓ إِذْ قَالُوا لِقَوْمِهِمْ إِنَّا بُرَءٰٓؤُا مِنكُمْ وَمِمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ كَفَرْنَا بِكُمْ وَبَدَا بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدٰوَةُ وَالْبَغْضَآءُ أَبَدًا حَتّٰى تُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَحْدَهُۥٓ إِلَّا قَوْلَ إِبْرٰهِيمَ لِأَبِيهِ لَأَسْتَغْفِرَنَّ لَكَ وَمَآ أَمْلِكُ لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِن شَىْءٍ ۖ رَّبَّنَا عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ

● There has already been for you an EXCELLENT EXAMPLE (USWATUN HASANAH) in ABRAHAM and those with him ... ●

On Top of that, we the QAUM of Prophet and Messenger Muhammad PBUH including Prophet Muhammad himself are ASKED to follow the MILLAH of IBRAHIM :

An-Nahl : 123

ثُمَّ أَوْحَيْنَآ إِلَيْكَ أَنِ اتَّبِعْ مِلَّةَ إِبْرٰهِيمَ حَنِيفًا ۖ وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ

● Then We revealed to you, [O Muhammad], to FOLLOW the MILLAH of Abraham, the upright (HANIF); and he was not of those who associate with Allah. ●

Aal-i-Imraan : 68

إِنَّ أَوْلَى النَّاسِ بِإِبْرٰهِيمَ لَلَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُ وَهٰذَا النَّبِىُّ وَالَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا ۗ وَاللَّهُ وَلِىُّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

● Indeed, the most worthy of Abraham among the people are those who FOLLOWED him [IBRAHIM] and THIS PROPHET (MUHAMMAD), and those WHO BELIEVE (AMANU). And Allah is the ally of the believers. ●

5) We are ASKED by Allah not to Pursue ANYTHING, or DO ANYTHING, or FOLLOW ANYTHING unless, we have KNOWLEDGE on that THING :

Al-Israa : 36

وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِۦ عِلْمٌ ۚ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولٰٓئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْـُٔولًا

● And DO NOT PURSUE that of which you have NO KNOWLEDGE. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those [one] will be questioned. ●

KNOWLEDGE definitely comes FROM ALLAH, if we are SINCERE to find MARDATILLAH (Seek The Please of Allah), if and only we REFUSED to be the FOLLOWER of Assumptions like EXCELLENT EXAMPLE shown by Prophet and Messenger Ibrahim PBUH.

All KNOWLEDGE have CLEAR EVIDENCE that Satisfy LOGIC. We have different new LOGIC, everytime we have new KNOWLEDGE; after we UNDERSTAND something Through REASONING and most importantly with ALLAH's GUIDANCE.


Al-An'aam : 116

وَإِن تُطِعْ أَكْثَرَ مَن فِى الْأَرْضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَخْرُصُونَ

● And if you OBEY (TUT°I') MOST of those upon the earth, they will MISLEAD (YUD°ILLU) you from the way of Allah. They FOLLOW not except ASSUMPTION (Z°AN), and they are not but GUESSING (YAKHRUSUN). ●

An-Najm : 28

وَمَا لَهُم بِهِۦ مِنْ عِلْمٍ ۖ إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ ۖ وَإِنَّ الظَّنَّ لَا يُغْنِى مِنَ الْحَقِّ شَيْـًٔا

● And they have thereof NO KNOWLEDGE ('ILM) knowledge. They FOLLOW (YATTABI'U) not except ASSUMPTION, and indeed, assumption avails not against the TRUTH at all. ●

Al-A'raaf : 3

اتَّبِعُوا مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا مِن دُونِهِۦٓ أَوْلِيَآءَ ۗ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ

● FOLLOW (ITTABI'U), [O mankind], WHAT HAS BEEN REVEALED (UNZILA) TO YOU [Al-Quran] from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember. ●


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