Part of the points from this essay is taken from the lecture:
Nouman Ali Khan – Clarity of Thought
Imagine going to the beach, sitting by the ocean, looking at the sea.
What we can see is only the surface of the ocean.
There is so much treasure under the sea that doesn’t meet the eye.
If one is interested to see it, he would dive in, using specific tools.
To find pearl, some effort must be taken, to satisfy the curiosity to see what’s underneath the ocean.
In our life, this is what is happening today. We pray, but only seems to be performing actions on the surface.
We rarely think on what we recite in our prayer. Let it be Al-Fatihah, the recitation during ruku’, sujood, or tahiyyat.
What does that mean? What is ghayri almaghdoobi AAalayhim; and who is part of wala addalleen? What does it mean with subhanarabbiayal a’la,? What is al’azeem in ruku’?
Our minds wander. What’s for lunch? How’s the projects?
And we even plan our day in the middle of prayer. And suddenly, in the middle of prayer, we ask ourselves, “How many rakaah did I just pray?”
Same goes with the Quran.
We read it…
and close the book….
We did not bother to check for its translation, let alone think deeply or reflect upon it.
Surah Muhammad [47: 24]: Do they not then think deeply in the Qur’an, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)?
Are our hearts locked up, that we don’t think deeply in the Quran?
Our hearts are too distracted. When people don’t do the zikr of Allah, the remembrance of Allah, the heart starts getting locked up.
“When the people’s eyes and ears are watching and listening to something that distract them from the remembrance of Allah, then the heart starts becoming hard. And they start getting locked up.”
We nowadays get bombarded with too much information. We check our social media every hour, TV is compulsory, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Nowadays, human beings tend to appreciate useless information. Information that has no benefit. The more useless information we are taking in, the more our heart gets distracted.
Take one for example:-
If we eat a lot of apple to get healthy, and at the same time we also eat junk food. Will the apple undo all the damage from the junk food?
If we want to get healthy, we don’t just eat healthy food, but we must also stop eating the junk food immediately.
Meaning: Why don’t you think?
Meaning: So that you may think…
Wa hum la ya’qilun..
Meaning: And they don’t think…
The Quran continuously emphasizes on thinking, thinking, thinking…
Nowadays we keep focusing on the acquisition of information, but there is no emphasis on thought, on thinking. We do not teach ourselves how to think.
If we do not understand how to think, our hearts and minds are becoming empty.
So what has this got to do with the purpose of life?
Surah Al-Imran [3:190]: Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.
Have we ever looked up at the sky and think, “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose.”
We don’t even have time to look up, let alone to think about it.
And when we don’t think about anything surrounding us, how would we even have the time to think on the purpose of our life?
It is only when our minds becomes clear from excessive useless information, then we can think clearly to reflect on our life.
“What are the talents and passion inside me that God has provided, that I can use to benefit others?” – Have we ever thought about this?
To become people of clear thoughts, we have to stop the obsession of obtaining useless information from entertainment devices.
We will not be able to appreciate the sky and the earth as miraculous, until we can become the people who can get away from useless information.
And then when we receive beneficial information, only then it will actually impact us.
We will not be able to think about the sky and the earth as mentioned in various verses in the Quran if our heart is busy with useless information on the internet or television.
Sound hearts will direct our thinking such as when we see the sky, to come into thinking, “Master, You did not create this without purpose.”
If we become people that reflect on the Quran, if we can reflect on the Quran in a deeply and meaningful way, then we will have the insights.
We will have the drive to want to take the best from this world and use it to make the world a better place.
Nouman Ali Khan – Clarity of Thought
[Backdated post;May 2nd,2020]