True Wisdom Described in the Qur’an
The human mind is vital for our existence and, in a sense, it is what makes us human beings. The ability to think profound thoughts, comprehend subtle issues, speak with wisdom, and differentiate right from wrong can be accomplished only with the power of our mind. Without a doubt there is no one on this earth who does not know the importance of these qualities. But there is a very important reality that many people don’t know or fail to realize. Not everyone is as wise as people presume. Everyone has a certain amount of innate intelligence, but wisdom is a special capacity developed through specific conditions. These two notions, intelligence and wisdom, are usually perceived to mean the same thing by the general public. However, in the Qur’an the reality of the human status is summed up in the phrase: “most of them lack wisdom”. (Surat al-Ma’ida: 103)
Most people do not use their wisdom. So what is “wisdom”? How can the source of wisdom be reached? Who possesses real wisdom? Only the Qur’an gives us the right answers to these questions, because the Qur’an is Allah’s word and it is the only source from which we can obtain absolutely accurate information on any topic. When we look at the Qur’an, we see that wisdom is only developed through having faith.
Anyone who turns toward Allah by listening to his conscience may possess this great blessing without exerting any physical effort. We only need to believe in Allah sincerely, fear Him as is proper, and lead the life our Creator wants us to. This sincere faith provides humans with wisdom. And this clear mind, with its influence over every moment of one’s life, will lead to the right path.
This book will define the true meaning of wisdom. “What are the circumstances that bring about wisdom?”, “Can wisdom increase or decrease?”, “Can there be factors that cloud reasoning?”, “If so, can they be removed?” Questions such as these and probably questions which most people will learn the real answers to for the first time will be answered. Everyone will be reminded once again how valuable a blessing the mind is.
Also, by drawing attention to examples of wisdom and non-wisdom in the Qur’an, the clear distinction between the two will be portrayed. The great rewards, given in this world and the Hereafter, to the people of wisdom who obey the Qur’an will be explained. And the great losses experienced by those who don’t use their minds and have strayed away from religion will be described: everyone will be exhorted to use his reason.
This book, as is expressed in Surat al-Muzzammil, verse 19: “Let him who will take the right path to his Lord”, aims to open up a path for those who wish to draw near to Allah, comprehend His greatness, live by the morals of the Qur’an, and benefit from the blessings of our mind.