Thursday, 17 February 2011

See the Signs

God created the universe to show the signs of His creation. However, the unbelievers cannot understand this fact since they do not have the ability to "see" this divine purpose. As the Qur'an expresses it:
"They have eyes with which they do not see." The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 7, Verse 179. With their materialistic vision, they do not have the wisdom and comprehension to grasp this important reality. Believers are quite different from this "blind" category, because they realize and accept that the whole universe is created by God with a certain aim and wisdom. This belief is a first step of faith.

In the Islamic tradition, progress in faith is in three steps: being informed, seeing and experiencing. Seeing the signs of God and not being "blind" like the unbelievers, require a high degree of concentration. In the Qur'an, the believers are called to observe and notice the signs of God around them and this is only possible by being careful:
"See you the seed that you sow in the ground? Is it you that cause it to grow, or are We the Cause?" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 56, Verses 63-64

"See you the water which you drink? Do ye bring it down (in rain) from the cloud or do We?" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 56, Verses 68-69

And God states in another verse that the blind could not be held equal to the seeing and asks "Will you then consider not?" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 6, Verse 50
One should train oneself to recognize the signs of God and should always keep them in mind. Otherwise, the mind will start to wander, jumping from one topic to another, wasting time in thinking about useless things. This is a kind of unconsciousness; you cannot control your mind when you lose concentration in God. You cannot focus on a subject. Indeed, you cannot conceive the truth behind events, nor can you ever have the competence to affect the course they take. On the contrary, your mind is directed by stray happenings. You are "bewildered" all the time, which is not the attribute of the believer, but of the unbeliever.

Believers, on the other hand, are the ones who direct their minds better to perceive God, and who try in better ways to serve His religion.