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Thinking

The Qur'an invites people to think. God commands them to reflect on its verses, humanity's creation, natural phenomenon, His gifts, and other beings. Believers are told to think carefully when evaluating events so that they can help other people comprehend the profound evidence for God's existence and the magnitude of His creation. One verse reveals this reality:

In the creation of the heavens and Earth, the alternation of the night and the day, the ships that sail the seas to people's benefit, the water that God sends down from the sky - by which He brings Earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind - the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient between heaven and Earth there are Signs for people who use their intellect. (Qur'an, 2:164) The Qur'an also reveals that believers reflect deeply while drawing conclusions:

In the creation of the heavens and the Earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are Signs for people with intelligence: those who remember God, standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and Earth: "Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire." (Qur'an, 3:190-91)

Wherever people turn and wherever they are, they encounter God's infinite wisdom, unequalled artistry, inexhaustible might, greatness, and supremacy. However, before they can benefit from all of this, they must free themselves from prejudice and carefully study and observe the other beings in their environment. Genuinely reflective people will find an underlying purpose in their encounters. Learning from these encounters enables them to have a better and deeper understanding of God's providence. As a result, their love, respect, and devotion to Him will increase. The Bible states that genuine believers need to ponder and learn from their encounters, as the following passages make clear:

Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? (Mark, 8:17) Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. (1 Corinthians, 1:26) Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. (2 Timothy, 2:7) The Torah also emphasizes the importance of pondering God's artistry in creation and His might, and calls on believers to contemplate these matters deeply. For example:

… and on His law he meditates day and night. (Psalm, 1:2) On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. (Psalm, 63:6) I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds. (Psalm, 77:12)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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