Although we did not have class this week, I spend some time reflecting on the information we learned last class. A good part of the class was spent on discussing ayahs of the second surah that were related to character. For example, one ayah that really stood out to me was Ayah 168. In the translation, it reads, “People, eat what is good and lawful from the earth, and do not follow Satan’s footsteps, for he is your sworn enemy.” This does not refer to the consumption of food; rather, it is referring to what people should and should not take in throughout their everyday lives (In this case, people should take in the good and lawful things that are provided to them by God, and they should not take in anything that Satan presents before them). An important aspect of character is pointed out here- Everything in this world has value, and can therefore impact us and build our character in a certain way. An important point to remember about this is that we are in control of what we take in. Therefore, we must pay attention to what we hear and what we take in, otherwise we will have to suffer the consequences if we listen to the wrong things. I think this is something that can definitely be applied to our lives out of the context of religion. There are so many people and experiences in our lives that can influence us in good and bad ways. It is up to us to decide what we want to listen and how we’re going to respond to the things we hear and the situations we are placed in. If an individual happens to choose the wrong path, they will have to deal with the consequences of that choice.
In response to Cappucino3, Mahu01, and several others that talked about the tests of God, I really like what was mentioned about God’s test of ease and feelings of gratefulness associated with that. When I am experiencing several good things in my life, I remind myself to be humble and grateful for the opportunities I am presented with. Although I do thank and pray to God for these moments in my life, I find myself turning and praying to God more often when I am faced with times of struggle and difficulty. During the moments of ease, I feel that God is with me and helping me with everything that is happening in my life. On the other hand, I tend to feel alone during moments of adversity, and this is why I think I pray to God more often in this moment. I need to be reminded that he is still there. I remind myself that instead of celebrating with me, he is testing me with things he knows I can handle, and therefore I should have faith and try my best to persevere through the tough times.