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Contemplation in Ramadan The Value of Thinking before Acting

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August 27, 2019

Contemplation, of its own self, has a significant value in Islam. In fact, numerous eminent scholar’s of the past, like Sheikh Ul Islam Ibn Taymiyah (ra), linked the importance of using the mind to reach the conclusion that the Quran is the world of Allah (swt) and Muhammad (saw) is the messenger of Allah (swt). Also Imam Ghazali (ra) is reported to have stated in his Ihya Uloom Ud Deen that “an hour’s worth of contemplation is better than a year’s worth of worship.” Ramadhan is a crucial time to ponder over one’s life and one’s role within this world as a Muslim. Under the physical strain of fasting, one may at times forget to think before acting and, thus, end up regretting his actions. This naseehah highlights the importance of thinking before acting and the dangers that can occur when one falls into such an instance. “Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the succession of night and day, there are indeed signs for all who possess [awakened] hearts, those who remember Allah when they stand, sit, and lie down and contemplate the creation of the heavens and the earth” [Q 3:190-91]

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