History: a Way to See the Future

Allah in the Quraan orders us several times to consider history, learn it, and learn from it. “Say: walk in the land and find out what was the destiny of those before you …,” “Don’t they walk in the land and find out what was the destiny of those before them …,” and “in their stories was a lesson for those who have intellect …” are examples of these orders.

Things in this universe were not created haphazardly. They were created according to a law, Allah’s law. They follow certain patterns and they conform to set laws. No one will dare to try to jump from the 50th floor because he knows for sure that he will end up falling dead on the ground. Gravity is a law. No one can ignore it and no one can avoid it. It applies whether we admit it or not. It applies whether we like it or not. It applies whether we experience it or not. It’s a complete stupidity to disregard it.

The big mistake we are making is that we think those laws are only the physical laws. And what a mistake it is. It applies to all aspects of life. Here is a few attributes of Allah’s law (a.k.a. Allah’s Sunnah, way):

  • It applies to all aspects of life. Allah says, “Verily, we have created everything with Qadar”
  • It is consistent. Allah says, “… you will never find Allah’s sunnah altered …”
  • It is something we can learn. Otherwise, the orders of Allah to walk in the land and learn about the experience of others will be invalid.
  • Only the wise can see it. Allah says, “in their stories were a lesson for those who have intellect …”

Let us learn history. Let us learn from history. Let us discuss it among one another and deduce lessons from it. “… tell stories for them to reflect.” Ordered Allah in the Quraan.

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