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Quranic Wisdom – New.indd
- Introduction 7
- The Best Story 12
- Honesty and Hard Work 13
- The First Murder 15
- Charity is a Duty 17
- The Forbidden Tree 18
- Education Matters 20
- All Men are Equal 21 Animals as Teachers 23
- Social Etiquette 24
- Verify and Then Accept 26
- The Supportive Role 27
- Avoid Confrontation 29
- From Potential to Reality 31
- A World Full of Friends 32
- Like a Good Tree 34
- Self-Correcting Mechanism 35
- The Importance of Time 37
- Only Givers Remain
- The Advice of a Wise Man 40
- Successful Dialogue 41
- The Formula of Co-existence
- How to Face Problems 44
- Submission to God 46
- The Rise and Fall of a Nation
- Practical Wisdom 49
- After Night there is Day 51
- The Real Achiever 53
- Actions Matter 54
- Law of Success 56
- Blame Thy Self 57
- Do not Provoke Others 59
- How to Avoid Tension 60
- No Discrimination 62
- Waste of Money 63
- Setting a Tradition 65
- Anger Management 67
- Hopeful Beginning 68
- Peace of Mind 70
- Mission and Profession 72
- The Value of Silence 74
- Right Use of Speech 76
- The Complex-free Soul 78
- The Art of Acceptance 80
- Spiritual Partners 82
- De-condition the Mind 84
- Negative Remarks 86
- Conspiracy: Not a Problem 88
- The Best Way of Settlement 90
- Sound Speech 91
- Universal Brotherhood 93
- Man and Nature 95
- The Importance of Interaction
- The Creation Plan of God 99
- Making the Right Choice 101
- The Value of Differences 103
- A Course in Self-Control 105
- The Phenomenon of Degeneration 107
- The Prophet’s Life was an Open Book 109
- Respect All Cultures, Do Not Discriminate 111
- No Conflict Between Prayer and Commerce 113
- When You Make a Mistake
- It is Quality that Matters 117
- Just Speech and Correct Conduct 119
- Discrimination is Alien to the Quran 121
- Political Status Quoism 123
- Jihad in Quran: A Peaceful Ideology 125
- The Consequences of Wrong Deeds 127
- Let there be no Vain or Sinful Talk 129
- The Importance of Playing a Secondary Role 131
- Needed, a Mixture of Opposites
- Political Power: A Responsibility
- Conscience Serves as a Corrective to Ego 137
- The Opening Chapter of the Quran 139
- Avoid Unnecessary Conflict
- Understand Things in Correct Perspective 143
- Two Sources of Knowledge
- Intellectual Partners 147
- A Predictable Character 149
- Greater than Political Victory
- Faith is a Discovery 153
- Freedom and Determinism
- Don’t Live in Suspicion 157
- Waiting for a Better Future
- Wish Well, Be Honest 161
- The Quran: A Book of Contemplation 163
- The Human Personality 165
- Successful Leadership 167
- Learning Lessons 169
- Character Assassination 171
- A Sense of Accountability 173 The Role of a Woman 175
- Speech Management 177
- Don’t be a Slave to Your Desires 179
- The Money Culture 181
- Learning from Everyone 183
- Six Magic Words 185
- No Double Standards 187
- Widening the Horizon 189
- The Quran as a Book 191
- No Pollution 193
- The Gist of the Quran 195
- From One to One Hundred Fourteen 197
- High Thinking 199
- Asking the Blessing of God
- Ignore them Politely 203
- Life in a State of Urgency 205
- Crux of the Quran 207
- From Darkness to Light 208 Say no to Double Standards
- The Philosophy of Peace 211
- A World of Competition 214
- Mutual Consultation 216
- Make Angels Your Companions
- Focused Thinking 220
- Individualism versus Collectivism 222
- The Importance of Reason 224
- Justice for the Sake of God 226
- Sensitivity as an Inner Check
- No Aggression 230
- The Voice of Nature 232
- The Purpose of Man’s Trial
- Spirituality versus Politics 236
- Accept, Introspect, Make Amends 238
- Difference: A Part of Creation
- Leave the Problem Pending
- Better than Revenge 244
- The Religion of Nature 246
- De-condition Your Mind, Introspect 248
- The Limitations of Human Knowledge 250
- Leniency at all Times 252
- The Importance of an Intellectual Audience 254
- Spiritual Journey 256
- The Beginning and the End
- The Principle of Bossism 260
- The Art of Desire Management
- A Duty Conscious Society 264
- In Spite of Old Age 266
- Illogical Attitude 268
- Action Before Action 270
- Double Measurement 272
- Spiritual Food 274
- Avoiding the Useless 276
- Every person is born on the path of God 278
- Modesty Stems from Realization of God 280
- Read the Quran with a Positive Mind 282
- Troubles Help Self- Development 284
- The Young are a Great Force for Good 286
- The Process of Purification
- Violation of Reason 290
- Human Life is a Blessing of God 292
- The Concept of Nskh in the Quran 294
- The Minority-Majority Equation 296
- The Abel Culture 298
- All Credit Goes to God Almighty 299
- Between Contentment and Discontentment 300
- Between Rational Choice and Emotional Choice 301
- The Crow as a Teacher 304
- Divine Food 306
- Don’t Follow the Dog Culture
- Every Choice is the Best Choice
- The Family of a Believer 311
- The Importance of Promise
- Life and Death 314
- Living in the Great Blessings of God 315
- Missing Link Found 317
- Paradise: The Ideal World to Live In 318
- Patience for the Sake of Personality Development 320
- Positive Aspect of Negative Event 323
- Adjustment—A Golden Principle 325
- Being God-Conscious 327
- Deserving Candidate for Paradise 329
- Difficult Times: A Blessing 331 God Almighty is With Us 333 Here is a Silver Lining 334
- Journey towards Final Destination 336
- Life after Death 339
- The Miracle of Positive Response 340
- Miraculous Nine Days 342
- Ready to Respond Every Moment 343
- Real Worship 345 Remembering God Much 347 Triggering the Mind 348
- The Missing Item of Creation
If you read the Quran, you will find that it deals with all of the subjects relating to human beings.
But the basic theme of the Quran is the creation plan of God. All other subjects touched on by the Quran are related to this basic theme, directly or indirectly.
God Almighty created the universe, and, it is God Almighty who revealed this book that is called Al-Quran.
The primary purpose of the Quran is to reveal that divine plan according to which the world was created and people were settled in it.
This theme, which is central to the Quran, is thus described in chapter sixty-seven, Al-Mulk (The Kingdom): “He created death and life so that He might test you, and find out which of you is best in conduct.” (67:2)
Here the words “life” and “death” refer to two different periods of humanity. The word “life” represents the pre-death period and the word “death” represents the second period of life, which may be called the post-death period.
God Almighty created man as an eternal being but he divided his life into two periods—the before- death period and the post-death period.
The pre-death period is very short, about hundred years, while the post-death period has no such limit. It will continue for all eternity.
According to the Quran, God Almighty created an ideal world that is called Paradise. The present world — the planet earth — has all those things that man needs or desires.
But, in this world everything is imperfect in its form. In Paradise, on the other hand, everything will be perfect and ideal. Paradise will be free of every kind of limitation or disadvantage. Moreover, Paradise is an eternal world. Paradise has a beginning but it has no end.
God Almighty created man and woman, bestowed them with freedom of choice and then settled them on the planet earth.
Through His prophets, God Almighty gave guidance to humanity. In every age the prophets told the people of all races about right and wrong. They told them what was good and what was bad.
This was simply a piece of guidance: there was no compulsion for people to follow it. People were asked to develop their thinking in such a way as to bring about moral consciousness in themselves and to lead a good life by their own choice. In this sense, everyone is being tested.
Then God Almighty established a system of complete recording. This recording system is managed by the angels. It is so comprehensive that it can record the intentions, the speech, the behaviour and the dealings of every single person. This system is operative at all times, day and night.
The purpose of all these arrangements is to select the kind of men and women who deserve to gain entry into eternal Paradise. At the time of Doomsday, God will appear with His angels and according to the angelic record He will select those men and women who passed the test.
What are those qualities that are required for a person to be a deserving candidate for Paradise? In a single word, it is spirituality. Paradise is a spiritual world and only those men and women who have developed spiritual qualities in their personality will be blessed with entry into Paradise.
According to the Quranic description, “Paradise is the home of peace.” (10:25). Paradise is a place where there is no nuisance, no noise and it is free of all kinds of pollution. The inhabitants of Paradise will be positive thinkers in the complete sense of the phrase.
The environment of Paradise will be free of all kinds of negative states, like anger, malice, hate, revenge, wrong desires, jealousy, fighting, exploitation and dishonesty, for these negative factors cannot be part of the psychology of the spiritual inhabitants of Paradise.
The definition of spirituality given in the dictionary is—the state of being opposed to worldliness. This definition is partly true, for unworldliness is not just for the sake of unworldliness. It is for the sake of a higher goal. And that goal is to develop a spiritual way of life.
There are two kinds of spirituality—negative spirituality and positive spirituality. Negative spirituality means renouncing the material world, or leaving the society and settling in some jungle or on some mountain.
This kind of negative spirituality has no creative role. It suppresses all the natural qualities of a human being, who then dies without having made full use of his natural potential.
Quranic spirituality is spirituality of the positive kind. It means living in the world and trying to derive spiritual food from material things as a matter of intellectual discipline. It means to control rather than kill one’s desires.
The fact is that God Almighty has created a person with great potential. It is not good to suppress this potential.
One should rather avail of this potential for the sake of personality development. It means experiencing all the goods and all the evils of society and trying to live with others without reaction.
Positive spirituality can be termed creative spirituality. For example, there is a verse in the Quran which says with reference to the believers that “they forgive people when they are angry.” (3:134). It means that positive spirituality is based on the formula of anger management rather than on trying to become a person who has no feelings of anger.
The formula for positive spirituality can be summarized thus: turn your negative sentiment into positive response; make friends out of enemies.
The formula for positive spirituality is based on the principle of simple living and high thinking. Simple living and high thinking are complementary to each other.
Simple living saves you from all kinds of distractions and high thinking saves you from being the victim of negative experiences. Simple living and high thinking are a sine qua non of the spiritual culture.
Positive spirituality is mentioned as follows in the Quran: “You are on the sublime character.” (68:4). Sublime character is that character which is based on high thinking.
If you read the Quran, you will find that it lays great emphasis on sabr (39:10), sulh (4:128), forgiveness (42:40), avoidance (7:199), contentment, and so on. Why all these teachings? These teachings apparently seem to advocate passivity.
But that is not so, for they embody great wisdom. The Quran tries to build that kind of mind which is able to manage all the affairs of life on the basis of spirituality. It is not passivity that is advocated but skill in the proper management of life’s problems.
The purpose of this formula—indeed, it is the Quran’s greatest concern—is to concentrate on high goals and one who wants to achieve high goals has no option but to foster the aforementioned qualities.
He has to try to effectively manage all undesirable situations. Otherwise, he will become preoccupied by trivial issues and will fail to continue his journey towards higher goals.
In the chapter Al-Shams (The Sun) of the Quran, you will find these verses: “He who purifies it will indeed be successful, and he who corrupts it is sure to fail.” (91:9-10). These Quranic verses refer to the importance of personality development, laying emphasis not on its physical but on its spiritual aspects.
It is no exaggeration to say that this is the main theme of the Quran, personality development being its basic goal.
What is purification of the soul? It is to purify your mind of all kinds of bias and negativity.
In other words, it is to de- condition your conditioning. This is the mind the Quran tries to build. One who fails in this de-conditioning process will become a corrupt or an unwanted personality in the divine scheme of things.
Man’s personality is like an onion. An onion has a central core, but this core is covered by many layers. If you want to reach the core, you have to remove all these covers or layers. The same is true of the human being.
A human personality is always subject to the process of conditioning, which wraps it up in many layers.
The process of conditioning begins right from birth. Initially, it is an unconscious process. The individual’s family, his institutions, his society, and his community: all are sources of this conditioning.
From childhood up to adolescence, he is affected by this conditioning. Only after reaching adulthood does he become able to understand this problem consciously.
From here onwards begins what is called personality development. It calls for an awakening of the mind and a conscious discovery of this problem. At this stage, the individual must develop the capacity for anti-self thinking. He must engage in introspection. He must try to de-condition his previous conditioning with complete objectivity. This is the most important task for every man and woman.
What is de-conditioning? It is a process of sorting out the items you have stored in your mind, all of which you must view with complete objectivity if you are to overhaul your personality in a dispassionate manner.
You have to remove the negative items in your mind if you are to turn your negativity into positivity.
A man once asked the Prophet of Islam a question—a very comprehensive one. He said, “O Prophet, give me a masterpiece of advice by which I may be able to manage all the affairs of my life.” The Prophet replied: “Don’t be angry.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, 6116)
This means that you must try to purify yourself of anger. Don’t allow anger to become a part of your personality. It is only in this way that you can truly develop your personality.
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