Whom God calls Ulul-Albab
PROF. MUHAMMAD AKBAR KHUROO
The question intriguing me is with what was Prophet Muhammad (SAW) involved in before the first revelation came to him in the Cave of Hira. History reveals that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would safeguard himself from the infidel practices of disbelievers of Makkah and resort to the cave of Hira for contemplation. The greatest thinker in the world was engrossed with the purpose of creation and the reward came in the form of the holy Qur'an”. It has always been so that Allah (rewards the people of understanding –Ulul Albab, worldly or spiritually. Falling of apple was a usual process but the reward of gravity went to Newton for his contemplation. Dream of Kekule was nothing but a reward from Allah for he was engrossed with the mingling carbon atoms for the structure of Benzene.
Ulul-Albab are the people possessed with knowledge. The word “Ulul Albab” is repeated in the Quran sixteen times. As the saying of Prophet goes that Allah did not create anything more noble than Ulul-Albab; those who possess mature minds and comprehension which enables them to make accurate judgements. The climax to it is that they will find the reality of truth that will save their life in this world and the Hereafter. As revealed in the Holy Quran `Those who listen to the word (Quran) follow the best meaning in it, those are the ones whom Allah has guided and those are the ones endued with understanding [39:181
(Here is) a book which has been sent down unto thee, full of blessings, that they mediate on its signs and that men of understanding -Ulul Albab may receive admonition from it [39:291].
These people are always possessed with the purpose of creation. Narrated Hassan Basari (RA) that a momental prostration is more rewarding than a full nights Ibadah, introspection is like a mirror which reflects your good and bad deeds. For Ulul Albab any natural process is an eye opener for his existence. As narrated by Luqman(RA), “Seclusion enhances understanding the purpose of creation and takes you to the path of Heaven”. As revealed in The Holy Quran, It is only my people of understanding –Ulul Albab that receive my admonition.
The people of Quraish had once demanded from Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that why could he not turn the mountain of Uhud into gold such that it becomes a visual miracle similar to the ones the earlier Prophets such as Moosa (AS), Esa (AS), Saleh (AS) and so on. That night as narrated by Hazrat Aisha (RA) that the last Prophet had wept so much that the pillow on which the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was sleeping and rug on which the Prophet Muhammad(SAW) would pray were wet .It was narrated by the Prophet, it was the night when verses of Surah Al-Imran directed to Ulul-Albab were revealed “Indeed in the creation of Heavens and Earth, days and nights, there are great signs for people of Understanding”. As revealed in the Holy Quran, it is the people of understanding who receive admonition. Allah loves Ulul-Albab and curses the people who do not prostrate on the purpose and processes of creation. He equates them with the wild animals who have been swayed away by worldly gains.
(Prof. Muhammad Akbar Khuroo teaches at Department of Chemistry, University Of Kashmir)
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