"The depths of the heart have no limits."
What the Prophet (God bless him and grant him peace) had initially was an inner reality. Gibril (peace be upon him) showed Muhammed (God bless him and grant him peace) how to manifest that reality outwardly through prayer, fasting, and other acts of worship.
Acts of worship are exactly that - manifestations of an inward inclination. Don’t forget this. Struggling with acts of worship is a sign that you should sit down, focus, remember Allah, and find your inner inclination.
واذكروا الله كثيرا لعلكم تفلحون
To succeed, constantly remind yourselves of God.
Look towards things that remind you of God. The easiest of these to recognize are His Beauty (panoramic views, flowers, sunlight) and His Majesty (mountains, intelligent design, order). Perhaps the most pleasing is a blend of the two: His Mercy.
…wadhkur Allaha katheeral la’alakum tuflihoon (al-Jumu’a)
العلم يأتي شيئا فشيئا
al-‘ilmu ya’ti shai’an fa shai’a
Knowledge comes gradually.
We praise He who unavoidably exists, as prostration to Him is compulsory. Generosity overflows from Him. Everything holy in existence comes forth by His majestic attributes. These majestic attributes are: 1) the uniqueness of His lordship in singularity, and 2) the oneness of His giving essence through its connection to beneficence and its beneficent relationship. [He is] The Hearing, the Seeing, the Knowing; the Informed of the minute details and the broad spectrums of every knowledge and action. He is exalted above physical limitations and direction; above being fathered, producing progeny, and having partners. He is beyond all that which the imagination can conjure, and that which may entertain the mind’s eye; clear of all that estimates Him by examples and probability.
"Tubba’ then reached Yemen, the two Jewish rabbis with him. The Himyar prevented him from entering Yemen because he had forsaken their religion, but he invited them to become Jews, saying ‘this religion is better.’ They proposed that the fire would decide their case. He agreed.
According to the Yemenites, a fire settled disputed matters among them by devouring the wrong-doer and allowing the innocent to go scatheless. Accordingly, the Yemenis came out into the open with their idols and offerings and the Jewish rabbis with their sacred books and sat at the appointed place.
The fire emerged and the Yemenites fled in fear. When their supporters mocked them, they returned to their positions. The fire enguled them and the idols, burning them to ashes, but spared the Jewish scholars and their books, only sweating on the forehead. The Himyar thus accepted Judaism, and this was its beginning in Yemen.”
I would like to take this time to thank God and the hispanic culture that invented Horchata.
To know that some can look at creation and not see evidence of God baffles me. I can understand that people can be distracted by creation, as many scientists are, but to not see design where there is clear design is beyond believable to me.
If they do recognize design, they often attribute it to happenstance… a coagulation of random occurrences.
It seems easier to me (even more logical) to believe that we exist because God wanted us to than to believe that for trillions of years, things (with unknown origins) were bouncing around until we ended up where we are today.
I forget who it was that said it, but it rings so true: many marvel at creation, while those who know marvel at the creator, or kama qalah.