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The Two Ways of Knowing Your Creator

In his book Al-Fawaid, Ibn-Qayyim mentions two ways of knowing Allah. The first is by observing His creation –

Allah says in the Quran –

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. [Quran – Al-Baqara 2:164]

The Quran also states:

Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. [Quran – Al-Ímran 3:190]

The second way of knowing Allah is to ponder over the verses of the Quran. The Quran states:

(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember. [Quran – Saad 38:29]

Allah is my Lord

The question then is that how much time do you spend in knowing Allah? When observing his creation, do you recognize the power that created this creation and holds it together? Do you recognize who controls your affairs? Do you spend enough time reading Quran? More than that do you then spend time pondering over the verses of Quran? Or has Quran and pondering over its verses become something that is not very high on your priority list and planned for some general day in the future? When is that day going to come? Do you care?

Generally, the common trap that people fall into is to prioritize wrongly in life and accordingly suffer the appropriate consequences. If Quran does not fit in the right order of your priorities because other life matters related to your families, your pursuits of earning a provision, and other aspects of your life seem more important, think again – Who do you think has more control on the affairs of your life?

It is time to straighten our priorities.

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12 comments… add one
  • Great religious advice, really helpful. Thank you.

  • Jazakallah (Thank you) for the great blog entry.It’s true that people need to prioritize properly.

  • azmath

    jazakAlla ( Thank you ) it is very ture that we have to prioritize to read Quran and think deeply about our hereafter life and not too much about this world as life is nothing but a play .

  • umm Yousef

    TRULY we are distracted so much from our main goal…We should try our best to stay on the right path and the duties and responsibilities of this life should not overtake the responsibilities of the akhira…Allah swt is most compasionate

  • abdul

    barakallahu fika,its a helpful write-up

  • Raheema Yaqub

    Thank you for reawakening us of our purpose on earth. May Allah reward u

  • fira

    radiya Allah ank, these are really great wordsu advice us. we remember to pray Allah only when we are in a hard state, after it we are engaged in so much even with pretexts we dont remember that Allah did for us

  • Jazaka Allah khair. May this reminder remain close to our hearts for our true priority needs to focus on the One that permits us life. The greatest friend for the believer is Allah SWT. We should prioritize reading His words over the words of any other aspect of our life, then those authentically reported words of His final Prophet, Muhammed. Salla allahu alaihe wa salaam. May Allah help us to keep our priorities clear. Ameen.

  • Tahzib

    mashaallah…subhanallah…Quran is reallly a big gift for all the followers of islam…because it teaches us everything and also have the solutions of every problem…Inshaallah we will devote time in reading Quran…Allah hame taufique de.


    JAZAKALLAAH; The Addressed issue is touching, thought provoking and inviting towards basics of ‘Imaan. We know importance of The Qur’aan and Hadith but what we need is to recite, learn and practice in order to achieve success in this life and life hereafter. May ALLAH SWT bless all of us with HIDAYAH.

  • Hussna Al Shabi Chapman

    May Allah grant us the grace to find Him & draw nearer to him through prayers & the Qur’an

  • Sameena

    JazakAllah Khair. Thanks for these regular reminders that shake us up from time to time. May Allah Help us to prioritize rightly in life and make the Quran the most important in our order of priorities. Aameen!

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