…for life and spiritual contemplation… To contemplate means to think deeply, to ponder. But what sort of contemplation that a person should do? When he contemplates about life and spiritual matters, does he simply use his brain?
Spiritually, to contemplate means to 'read', not with physical eyes but with mind and heart. The mind or reason is used to observe and analyze while the heart is used to feel. So, spiritual contemplation is the integration of brain (mind) and heart. The result of the activity of spiritual contemplation is Godly awareness or Godly belief that grows in the soul (heart). The Godly belief will make people easier to obey God's rules and commands.
Let's contemplate… why planets in the universe don't crash each other? Why we receive sunlight during the day but see the stars at night? How come the elements in the universe can work in harmony? That's because they obey God's rules and commands! Human being can also be in harmony just like the universe. The harmony that human being want in this life is peace, serenity, no worries, no anxiety, no sadness and always be truly happy. Can a person be like that all the time? YES, he can, as long as he obeys God's rules and commands. Remember Allah (God) says in the Qur'an chapter 2 verse 38: "…whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve."
What sort of things that should be contemplated so that Godly beliefs grow in our soul?
- Contemplation of the signs of Allah's Greatness which will make human being humble. He realizes that how small a person is in front of The Creator.
- Contemplation of all the things that Allah (God) has given which will make a person loves God and always be grateful to God.
- Contemplation of God's promises as written in the Qur'an which will make a person willing to do good deeds.
- Contemplation of God's punishments as written in the Qur'an which will make a person afraid to make sin.
Another important thing for us to contemplate about the journey of human being. It is informed in the Qur'an that every person experiences the following journey:
soul world —-> mother's womb world —-> this world —-> grave world —-> hereafter (heaven and hell)
If we look and contemplate the journey of a man, it can be concluded that actually what a man does in this world is simply traveling. He is a traveler. For a traveler, the real joy is when he arrives at the destination. So, it is a great loss when the traveler arrives at a horrible destination, instead of a good one. Having awareness that there is heaven and hell at the end of the journey, will make a person be careful and be conscious in what he does. He will not be engrossed in the materialistic world. He will always try to obey God's rules and commands so that he can arrive at the destination he wants. He will not do evil things while living in this world.
Spiritual contemplation plays important role in reaching the goal of mankind, that is being happy in this world and in the hereafter. That's because by doing the contemplation, Godly beliefs will be generated which will make it easier to obey God and to follow His messenger (Prophet Muhammad). And as God promises in the Qur'an, whoever obeys Him, there will be no sadness, no worries, no anxiety.
spiritual contemplation —> Godly beliefs —> obeying God —> happy in this world and in the hereafter
However, not so many people want to do spiritual contemplation due to imbalance of the soul. The imbalance is simply caused by the inclination towards worldly pleasure or fun so that there is only a tiny space in the heart or soul for spiritual matters. The inclination for worldly life is due to the existence of human's desire. This desire will make it difficult for a person to obey God's rules and commands in the Qur'an, leading to unhappiness in this world and in the hereafter.
If a person is willing to have spiritual awareness, then he must make the effort by himself, which means the willingness to do that genuinely comes from within himself. That's because such awareness can't be transferred by even the most pious person. Unlike a wood or a stone that must be carved by someone else to be a beautiful statue, a person must 'carve' himself to become 'beautiful'. He 'carves' himself by struggling to obtain Godly beliefs.
What happens when a person stops doing contemplation? Automatically, his spiritual awareness will diminish and it will be difficult for him to obey God and finally he will not be happy in this world and in the hereafter.
The following is the road map to achieve an everlasting happiness in this world and in the hereafter:
spiritual contemplation —> Godly beliefs —> |human desire = difficulty| —> obedience —> The Qur'an —> happiness in this world and in the hereafter
Explanation: The ultimate goal of all human being is to be happy in this world and in the hereafter. That can only be achieved by obeying the rules of God as written in the Qur'an. But, being obedient towards the Qur'an is not easy as there is desire. However, the desire can be calmed by having Godly beliefs and those beliefs can only be achieved by doing spiritual contemplation.