How Allah Calls Us to Know Him: Ibn al-Qayyim

The great scholar Ibn al-Qayyim once wrote:

الرَّبُّ تعالى يَدعُو عِبادَه في القرآن إلى مَعرفتِه مِن طَريقينِ: أحدهما النَّظرُ في مَفعولاتِه، والثاني التَّفكُّر في آياتِه وتَدبُّرِها، فتلك آياتُه المَشهُودَة، وهذه آياتُه المَسمُوعَة المَعقُولَة، فالنوع الأول كقوله: {إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ} وهو كثير في القرآن، والثاني كقوله: {أَفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآن} وهو كثير أيضا. ـ

Throughout the Qur’an, the Lord has called His slaves to know Him through two ways:

1) Considering the things that He has done
2) Contemplating and reflecting on His verses

So the former type of are things that we see, while the latter type are things that we hear and comprehend.

An example of the first type is:

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

In the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of night and day are signs for the people of intellect. [3:190]

and this is found frequently throughout the Qur’an.

An example of the second type is:

أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ

Or haven’t they contemplated the Qur’an? [4:82]

And this also comes frequently.

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