The Two Ways of Knowing Your Creator

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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

Knowing these two ways should drive us to take the necessary steps to prioritize our lives properly. Many of us commonly fall into the trap of putting Allah’s remembrance and Quran recitation and reflection at the bottom of our lists. Instead, we should recognize that sometimes, rather than just needing more time, wealth, resources, etc. in our lives, we need more of Allah’s blessings and ‘barakah’ in what we already have. With no such blessings, we can’t expect to achieve success and happiness. Instead of chasing life’s never-ending pursuits, let’s be with Allah and His book. In return, we will achieve the best of this life and the hereafter and our affairs will become more manageable. 

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23 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.

  • HYDER

    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!

  • Razia

    Jazak Allah. May ALLAH keep us steadfast to His book (Quran) & sunah. Allah huma Ameen

  • Shish Ahmed

    Exceptionally good and outstanding advise rendered by Iqra Sense offering truth and sagacity to all men of understanding.

  • Mahabub Hossain

    Yes, It is very meaningful article. We must always great full to my allha,

  • umar saleh idi

    Alhamdu lillah, it’s quite inspiring.

  • Muneer

    Thank You. Very precious article.
    I think if you send daily one ayah as ayah of the day with meaning will be more useful and it will make the subscribers remember Allah.

  • Lim Dinie

    Jazakallah Khair. Alhamdulillah. Sometimes somewhere Allah SWT will ignite us all with reminders for those who wants to be reminded. Ameen.

  • shilaja

    Aslamu alikum,
    Alhamdulillah Allah is our creater make the quran most importent in our starting & end of life thank u for more knowledge giving people.

  • Abubakar Usman Muhammad

    Jazakhallah. Ome of the best advice to hold on to for the rest of my life, may Allah bless us all to be conscious of Him and His blessings upon us, amin summa amin.

  • Anonymous

    Dear All,
    Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmat-Allah Wa Barakatuh

    May All-Mighty Allah reward you and may you always be under His protection for sharing very important Islamic topics. Since reminding benefits Muslims, the Islamic topics, articles you are sharing serve as the best reminders. Furthermore, it adds to our knowledge of Islam which is the complete code of life in the Sight of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala.
    Best wishes,

    Burhani

  • Isha Hussain

    Masha Allah beautiful reminder. We should strive hard to achieve a d accomplish the hereafter life then this materialistic life.. May Allah gives us the strength and divert us from the whispers of the devil. Ameen ya Raab ?

  • Rufai Jeleel

    Jazakum llahu khaeran kethiiran. This noble undertaking of sharing beautiful words of reminder to us on how to be better Muslims is highly appreciated. We pray Allah to increase us in imaan and may He accept all our ibaadah with His great pleasure.

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