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?
Recommendation of the Prophet (PBUH): Think about end of task before you do it
Imam Sadiq (A.S) said: “A believer came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said: O, Messenger of Allah give me a recommendation. The Prophet (PBUH) asked a question from him for three times: If I give you the recommendation, will you act upon it? The believer responded “yes” all the three times. Then the Prophet (PBUH) said: It is my recommendation that when you want to do something, think about its end first. If it is a means of intellectual development and guidance, then do it; and if it becomes a cause of wrongdoing, leave it.”
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
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