A new semester has begun & it's the typical excitement that we feel every beginning of the semester. And as I always respond to that feeling, hope it lasts till the next two months. Alhamdulillah, I'll be taking Law Society (Social Studies) & Thinking Skills.
So about thinking skills, our lecturer, Sir Jefri asked everyone to begin with taaruf and then answer individually, "What is thinking?"
I was the first asked to answer, so I did. Lol so I did answer it lah kan, according to what I feel. So yeah. Till it came to Erfie and as always, his approach in answering things are always captivating and even eye opening.
And masyaAllah, there was more to just an answer to a simple question.
"I'm not qualified to answer what thinking is. Who am I? I'm just a teenager. So I'm going to recite an ayah from the Quran which explains what thinking is, based on the Creator himself."
"Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], "Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire."
I sensed Erfie dividing that ayah into two significant divisions. The first part is of course the remembrance of Allah, acknowledging his might and greatness. And the latter is to think of his creations.
So Allah says think of Him in whatever we do, and think of His creations. He says those are the purpose of what we think. Thinking isn't just thinking and resulting to an answer but you see Allah at the end of that process.
I sort of could relate this to a topic that I read in Yasmin Mogahed's book, saying that Everything in life is a test (pg 86). Every single thing, good or bad is a test before arriving at THE destination. If we look into our problems, our dugaan as tests, we will probably look at it differently. Rather than saying it's a turmoil bringing us down to darkness, we see them as tests.
So what do we do when our lecturer says that we are going to have a quiz? We don't question him. We don't cry and sit in our rooms. We get prepared instead. We find ways to ace the test knowing the consequences if we actually fail the test. Same goes to our deen, taking into consideration the azab is the result of disbelief, we will get prepared for the 'tests' in dunya and at the end, getting 4.0 is equivalent to reaching Paradise in the here after. That is reality. That is permanent.
The nature of test itself is short and temporary. And never permanent. What is permanent and fixed, is akhirah, Allah.
So our purpose in life here on Earth is all for Him. Even 'thinking', the single thing that separates us from animals has its objective is to think of the Creator. Nothing else. The sole purpose of these tests attacking us, is to get closer to Allah.
"Do you suppose that you will enter the Garden without encountering what those before you encountered? They were afflicted by misfortune and hardship, and they were so shaken that even (their) messenger and the believers with him cried, 'When will God's help arrive?' Truly, God's help is near."
Surah Al Baqarah : 214
Isn't it clear enough?
Isn't it obvious enough?
That is a promise.
Why are we here, actually....