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14 December 2018 CE | 05 Rabbi al-Thanni 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Reflect Upon the Creation

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Reflect upon the creation and do not reflect upon Allah.” [At-Targheeb]

The reflection which is forbidden here is to try to reflect about Allah’s Self, asking “how?” and “why?” and so on. Trying to reflect deeply about Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) causes doubt in the heart.

However, one should reflect on Allah’s creation, His dominion, the blessings which He has bestowed, His greatness and His names and attributes.

The following is an example of how Imam Shafi’i reflected. He was asked what made him believe in Allah. He replied to the question in the following way, “The leaves of Toot (berries) are all but one. Each leaf tastes exactly the same. Insects, honey bees, cows, goats, and deer live off of it. After eating these, the insects produce silk; bees produce honey; deer give musk (a special kind of scent), cows and goats produce feces (and milk). Is this not clear evidence that one kind of leaf has so many qualities, and who created these qualities? It is the Khaliq (Creator) who we call Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala) Who is the Inventor and the Creator.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

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