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The Prophet (PBUH) of Islam’s Important Recommendation on Contemplation


Religion places emphasis on contemplation, thinking and rationalization because it is to lead man toward God, godliness, and betterment of his worldly and heavenly life. It is in such condition that the foundations of religious doctrines are cemented in man and he can apply true Islamic beliefs in his thinking.
Contemplation is an important and essential step in consolidation of religious principles. In other words, in order to consolidate religious principles that are related to human thought and rationalization, one must contemplate accurately. But how the true path of thinking is acquired? What are the religious and Islamic instructions in this connection?

Importance of Thought and Contemplation

The Holy Qur’an and the traditions attributed to the Prophet (PBUH) and the Infallible Imams have all recommended man to contemplate.

The Holy Qur’an says thinking and contemplation are the two qualities of the wise people. “Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.” (Surah Al-i Imran: 190)

According to the revered Prophet (PBUH) of Islam, in line with Qur’anic teachings, Islam has emphatically recommended contemplation on all affairs, without which human wisdom and thought will be useless and on the wrong path.
The Holy Qur’an has cited many qualities for the wise addressing them by many names such as Olel-Albaab (those of understanding). In addition to the Holy Qur’an, there are many traditions and narrations on the importance of contemplation. A tradition attributed to the Prophet (PBUH) says that he addressed Ibn Masoud and said: “You ibn Masoud! When you want to do something, try to do it with your knowledge and wisdom. Avoid doing anything without contemplation and knowledge because the Almighty God says: “And do not be like she who untwisted her spun thread after it was strong.”” (Surah Nahl: 92)
Also he says: “Two Rakats of light but well-contemplated prayer is better than overnight prayers.”
Again he says: “It is a good quality of the wise that they never express opinion without contemplation. If they see it useful, then they speak and enjoy benefits and if not, they keep quiet and be safe and healthy.”

Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi

1- Mafatih al-Hayat, Ayatollah Javadi Amoli
2- Stages of Ethics in the Holy Quran, Vol. 11, Ayatollah Javadi Amoli
3- Asrar al-Ayat, Mulla Sadra Shirazi
4- Philosophical Treatise of Mulla Sadra, Reread by Hamed Naji
5- Tafsir al-Mizan (Al-Mizan Exegesis OF THE Holy Qu'ran)

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