How To Be Smarter and Wiser

Choose what pleases The Creator over what pleases yourself.

You have been created, from already existing material, having previously been nothing worth mentioning.

You are part of a creation with rules and regulations. 

From the people of the world, are those who do what pleases The Creator and they have an easy, fulfilling, peaceful life. 

And there are others who do not know and live a life of darkness and hardship. 

And the only way out is with knowledge. 

How To Be Smarter and Wiser

In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants. 

All praise belongs to God, may He extol His Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, his family and companions and whoever follows them. 

To proceed, 

You were brought out of your mother not knowing anything. 

You have been given a heart to store and understand knowledge, two eyes and two ears to acquire it and limbs to act upon it. 

So how will you act? 

Will you just blindly act without knowledge and then fall into all sorts of problems – surely this isn’t smart or wise. 

Or will you study the most important of things, The Creator and Maintainer, of you and everything around you, The One Owning and Disposing of the affairs.  

Surely, the one with this knowledge has been granted abundant good.

What is Intelligence?

Intelligence is the ability to acquire and act upon knowledge.

It is not speaking without knowledge.

It is not having lots of trivia knowledge. 

It is not having a large vocabulary and fooling the people with difficult language. 

It is not having lots of actual knowledge but not acting upon it. 

It is not coming up with all these silly, complicated theories and not achieving anything of importance.

It is acquiring and acting upon authentic knowledge. 

And the most important knowledge is knowledge of God, The Creator, Maintainer, Owner, The Free of all needs, All Praiseworthy. 

His Names, Attributes and Actions, what pleases Him and what displeases Him. 

You have always been and will never cease to be one who is completely dependant upon The Provider, The Fully Aware, not moving except by His Permission.

Believing and acting correctly upon this knowledge is the path of peace, ease and safety. 

God, The Blessed and Most High, has said in one short chapter of His Final Book, 

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

وَٱلْعَصْرِ

إِنَّ ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ لَفِى خُسْرٍ

إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِ

In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.

By Time.

Indeed, mankind is in loss. 

Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds and mutually advise one another with the truth and mutually advise one another with patience. 

The Noble Qur’an Chapter (104) Time

So in this one short and easy to memorise chapter, The All-Knowing, The All-Wise establishes the proof upon His slaves. 

How simple and easy is the path to peace and happiness, to what is best in this life and the next. 

And how many and easy to spot are the paths that turn aside to un-ease and distress. 

What is Knowledge?

Knowledge is to perceive things as they actually are.

And knowledge is of two types. 

God’s Knowledge, The Knowledge of The Lord, Most High, one of His Perfect and Beautiful Attributes, His Knowledge encompassing all things. 

That which has occurred and that which hasn’t occurred, all that is occurring and all that isn’t occurring, all that ever will occur and all that will never occur, and what would happen if it did occcur. 

He is The First, The Last, The Uppermost, The Innermost (by His Knowledge) and He is Knowing of all things.

And the second type of knowledge is the knowledge which The Lord, Blessed and Most High, allows His creation to perceive. 

Verily there is no knowledge for us, except that which He has taught us, through whichever of the ways and means He chooses to teach us. 

As for the most important of knowledge, and it is the knowledge regarding Him, The Most High, then this is not to taken except from those whom He has sent to us to teach us that. 

The Prophets and Messengers which God has sent to mankind are well known (such as Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus), each of them sent to their respected peoples, except for the final and our Messenger, Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace.  

All of these messengers informed their people of what would benefit them in this life and the next – which is what pleases The Owner and Disposer of affairs, The Most Merciful Above His slaves. 

What is Wisdom?

Wisdom is to put things in their proper places.

Without authentic knowledge about The Creator and what pleases Him, how can we know the reality of things, where to put them or how to put them there? 

How can we know the reality of things without a foundation of real, authentic knowledge?

How can we know where to place those things after, without knowing where The Creator is pleased for them to go?

So from wisdom is putting oneself in their proper place. 

To admit that we have a desperate, undeniable need for knowledge. 

The foundation of all wisdom (and justice) is the singling out of God, The Perfect and Most High, with the gratitude that is due to Him. 

He created you when you were previously a despised fluid and nurtured you into a reading, thinking, acting person. 

Surely, it is not from wisdom to direct the gratitude that your parents deserve for carrying you, caring for you and being a means of nurturing you from weakness to where you are now, and instead, thanking the house or the cat or the kitchen table!

And these are created beings like you in desperate need of guidance and sustenance from The Bestower! 

So how then, about directing the gratitude that God, The One Who Guides, The Provider, deserves – to a weak and pathetic creation who before God created it was nothing worth mentioning!? 

He created you, provides for you, protects you, controls all of the things around you.  

Actual, Correct Monotheism is the foundation of justice, wisdom and all that is good. 

It is what YOU were created for. 

God, The Most High, has said, 

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

And I did not create the jinns and humans except to worship Me.

The Noble Qur’an 51:56

So put yourself in your proper place! Be smart and wise and single out God alone in worship, don’t worship nothingness nor the other things which God has created and is sustaining. 

Wrongdoing

Wrongdoing is the opposite of wisdom. 

It is to put things in other than their proper places. 

From this is to allow the wrong knowledge into one’s heart. 

Such as telling oneself that they and everything they see around them was created by nothing – when nothing doesn’t have the attributes required to create anything!

Or telling oneself that they were created by other created beings – tell me, where is the sky or the earth hiding all of The Knowledge and Wisdom needed to create a human? 

And if you ask them that, could they answer you? 

Then who is better to worship, that which cannot answer you, cannot hear or respond – or the All-Hearing, All-Knowing, The One Who Answers the one who calls upon Him, The Most Near, The Strong?! 

So don’t harm yourself, if you don’t take care of your heart, who will?

Fill it with actual, correct knowledge – that God alone is The One with The Perfect and Beautiful Names, Attributes and Actions.

That He is The One Possessing The Perfect Knowledge, Will, Wisdom and Ability to create whatever, however and whenever He wills.  

That He is The Only One possessing the sole right to be worshipped; then use your heart, tongue and limbs for this.

Leave the company of those who claim that nothing can create something, for when someone pokes them in the back they know someone did it, isn’t to harder to create the Heavens and the Earth and everything in it?

What is Worship?

Worship is everything that God loves and is pleased with, from statements and actions, inward and outward.

So you have decided to become smart (acting upon actual knowledge) and wise (putting things in their proper places) so it is time to establish worship for God alone. 

If we want to show gratitude to The Creator, we need to know what pleases Him and what displeases Him; and all praise is to Him Who has sent to us Prophets and Messengers to teach us this.

The final of them and our messenger is the Prophet Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the angels and grant him peace. 

God has preserved, for over 1,400 years, His Final Book, His Perfect Speech, and it begins, 

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَٰلَمِينَ

ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

مَٰلِكِ يَوْمِ ٱلدِّينِ

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

ٱهْدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٰطَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمَ

صِرَٰطَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ ٱلْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا ٱلضَّآلِّينَ

In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.

All praise belongs to God, The Lord of The Worlds. 

The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants. 

Sovereign Owner of The Day of Recompense. 

You alone we worship and You alone we ask for help.

Guide us to The Straight Path.

The Path of those upon whom you have bestowed favour, not the path of those who have earned your anger (by not acting upon their knowledge) nor those who have gone astray (by acting without knowledge). 

The Noble Qur’an Chapter (1) The Opening

Be smart.

All praise belongs to God, The Lord of The Worlds, may He extol His Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, his family and companions altogether.

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