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Purposeful Reflections That Bring Us Closer to Allah

by Ustaz Vincent Souleymane

Getting closer to Allah SWT is such a beautiful thing to do as Allah loves the servant who strives to draw closer to Him. There are numerous ways to do so. One of them is by doing purposeful reflections because thinking, reasoning and reflecting are paths that can lead us to Allah. 

“Who put him on this train? When did he do this? Who drives it? What is its destination? What does it want with him personally? He doesn’t know any of this. 

Could this person ignore these questions, sit back and enjoy the scenery? Whether his wagon is equipped and comfortable or whether it is uncomfortable and dilapidated, could his reason ignore those questions to which he has no answer?”

The person —carried away by the rhythm of his daily activities, busy carrying out his future projects, never taking the time to stop to meditate on the meaning of life— is that traveler who focuses all his attention on enjoying the amenities of his wagon while he is unaware of the reason for his presence on the train and its destination.

Reflect on Allah’s Creations

“Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the alternation of the night and the day and the ships which sail through the sea with that profits men, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and scatters in it all kinds of moving creatures and in the veering of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the sky and the earth, there are Signs for a people who are mindful.

[Al-Baqarah 2:164]

“Observe what is in the heavens and the earth.”

[Yunus 10:101]

“Have they ever reflected on the wonders of the heavens and the earth, and everything Allah has created?

[Al-A’raf 7:185]

“We will show them Our signs in the universe and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that this Quran is the truth.”

[Fussilat 41:53]

Reflect and Understand Allah’s Names

Then it will be appropriate to know Allah, and for that there is nothing better than to reflect on His names and attributes which He has transmitted to us through revelation.

The one who meditates on His Creator by His name of Ar-Rahmân, will never despair of His mercy and will always be in search of His forgiveness.

Gain Knowledge and Reflect from Human History

Allah tells us about ancient peoples in the Quran. These stories from previous communities are meant to make us reflect on past human experiences and the consequences of their actions. 

They show us that those who followed the prophets succeeded, in this lower world and the afterlife, while those who rebelled and rejected the message of the prophets perished. It is up to us to reflect and seek to be like the people who have obtained Allah’s consent and, on the contrary, to differentiate ourselves from those who have taken the path of their own downfall.

Self-Reflection

It is fundamental that believers do personal introspections on a regular basis, without hiding their face, thinking “What did I do right today? What did I do wrong? Have I achieved my goals this year in terms of worship and spiritual development? What are my evil inclinations which I must purify my heart from?”.

He must provide honest answers to these questions in order to have control over his life and not let himself be carried away by events and his passions.

Likewise, it is appropriate to meditate on the blessings that Allah grants him. Retrace his day from waking up to going to bed and trying to count the number of blessings he received from his Lord. Then his love for Him will only increase tenfold and his determination to walk towards Him will be strengthened.Through all the things we have done and sins we have committed, reflection is the fuel for hearts. Without this fuel, the lamp of the heart remains in darkness. May Allah help us to be among those who use the mind and heart to reflect and remember Him always.

Vincent Souleymane, a French imam and shariah advisor at Muslim Pro, has devoted his time to study and enrich others with the knowledge of Islamic sciences ever since he converted to the religion in 1999. During his studies at the Oussoul Eddine Institute in Saint-Denis, he became aware of the importance of devotion to Allah and decided to continue his religious studies at the daroul ouloum achrafiya of the Island La Réunion and at the IESH of Château Chinon. Since then, Vincent Souleymane devotes himself to the Almighty by teaching Islam at the Oussoul Eddine Institute, as well as being an imam at the Fontenay sous Bois Mosque.