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Today's Reminder

June 16, 2024 | Dhuʻl-Hijjah 9, 1445

Living The Quran

Al-Tawbah (Repentance)
Chapter 9: Verse 72

Physical Delights
God has promised believing men and believing women gardens through which rivers flow, in which they shall abide forever, and wonderful mansions in the gardens of Eden, as well as greater pleasure and blessings from God. That is the most supreme triumph.

The needs of the body are limited and easy to satisfy provided people can avoid extravagance and self-indulgence. Various talents and endeavours are rewarded in various forms and in different degrees. Some people appreciate what they receive more than they appreciate the giver. From our own experience, we know that the recognition and honour (such as the Nobel Prize, for instance), bestowed upon scientists and achievers mean very little to some unless complemented by substantial financial rewards. However, others direct their gratitude to the giver regardless of the value of what he gives them.

True believers adore God for His own sake and accept whatever He ordains for them, whether good or bad. However, as humans and believers, we need to experience the pleasure of reward, and ought not, therefore, to be so insincere as to claim that we are not seeking the material pleasures of Paradise but only to be with God and to enjoy the glory of His company!

Believers will indeed have the honour and the privilege of seeing God Almighty in person, but they will also enjoy the physical delights of being in Paradise, and there is no contradiction between the two.

Source:
"Thematic Commentary on the Quran" - Muhammad Al-Ghazali, pp. 614, 615

From Issue: 472 [Read original issue]

Understanding The Prophet's Life

Bearing Sickness

Ata ibn Abi Rabah reported: "Ibn Abbas said to me, 'Shall I show you a woman who is one of the people of the Garden?' I said, 'Please do.' He said, 'A black woman came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, "I have fits during which I expose myself. Pray to Allah Almighty for me." He replied, "If you wish, you can show fortitude and you will receive the Garden, and if you wish, I will pray to Allah Almighty to heal you." She said, "I will show fortitude." She added, "I expose myself, so pray to Allah that I do not expose myself." So he prayed for her.'"

This woman who was afflicted by fits preferred to die with the guarantee of entering the Garden as the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, informed her. All that she wanted was for her body not to become uncovered during unconsciousness as a result of her fits. The Prophet guaranteed that to her. If her illness had been from Shaytan taking power over her, would the noble Prophet leave her the victim of that accursed one? What would have happened if the woman had lived now? Perhaps she would have been treated with electric shocks to be cured. Perhaps someone would have said, "She is possessed by a devil," and continued to beat her until the alleged devil left her. Perhaps she would have died from the severe beating.

Compiled From:
"The Sunna of the Prophet" - Muhammad al-Ghazali

From Issue: 960 [Read original issue]

Blindspot!

Recognizing Creativity

One way to foster creativity is for managers, educators, and parents to understand the kinds of behaviours and attitudes creative people exhibit, and to recognize and support them. In other words, we have to recognize what creativity looks like in the wild—in the people we manage, in our children and students, and even in ourselves:

Big-picture-thinking: Creative people think abstractly, looking past the concrete details of the current situation and seeking new solutions. However, with their optimism and curiosity, they are sometimes seen as dreamy and unrealistic.

Spontaneous: Creative individuals tend to be flexible and act fast on new opportunities, approaching them with an open mind and a playful perspective—which can come off as impulsive.

Playful: Creative people tend to be lighthearted and have a drive to explore the world. On the other hand, this can also be seen as mischievous.

Resilient: Creative people can pick themselves up after a failure and bounce back from challenges, refocusing on new ways to overcome adversities. Sometimes, this comes across as combative.

Autonomous: Creative people often strive for independence in their thoughts and actions, relying on intrinsic motivation to pursue their goals. At times, such individuals can seem out of control.

Defiant: Creative people have a tendency to reject existing norms and authorities in pursuit of their own goals. This allows them to see what others cannot see and develop solutions that push boundaries, which can seem rebellious.

Risk-taking: Fuelled by their optimism, many creative people are willing to forgo security in favour of uncertain rewards. To the average person, this may come across as reckless.

Daydreaming: By daydreaming, creative individuals are able to envision new perspectives and solutions—but along the way, some of their ideas might seem delusional.

Compiled From:
"How to Combat America's Creativity Crisis" - Michael Ruiz

From Issue: 932 [Read original issue]