The necessity of reflection - from the first word, "iqra" to the incident itself which was confusing for the prophet(saw) and had to be thought through in figuring out what was going on.
The revelation continuously reminds us on the importance of reflection, consideration, reasoning, contemplation, understanding etc It is the core thread and that which was responsible for our rise and causal to our fall...
"It is a Book We have sent down to you, full of blessing, so let people of intelligence ponder (liyaddabbaru) its Signs and take heed." [Saad, 38:29]
"Will they not then ponder the Qur'an or are there locks upon their hearts?" [Muhammed, 47:24]
"Do they not look at the camels, how they are created? And at the heaven, how it is raised? And at the mountains, how they are rooted and fixed firm? And at the earth, how it is spread out?" [Ghashiyyah: 17-20]
The Prophet (saw) once came to the house of A'isha (ra), his wife. In the depth of night, he made wudu and stood up in prayer wherein he was weeping so much that his beard became wet. Thereafter, he went to sujud and was crying so much that the ground became wet. He then laid down upon his side and continued to weep. As dawn approached, Bilal (ra) came to call for Fajradhan when he came to alert the Prophet (saw) and saw him crying, whereupon Bilal (ra) asked:"O Prophet of Allah, why do you cry even though your past and present sins have been forgiven".The Prophet (saw) said, "Woe to you Bilal. Who will prevent me from crying? Allah has just tonight revealed this verse [Sura Al Imran: 190]. Woe to him who reads this verse and does not contemplate".
Other narrations speak of the future and touch on this topic, "Groups of people will emerge from my Umma who will drink the Qur'an as they drink milk." (Tabarani)
In commenting on this hadith, Al-Munawi says "... that is, they will raise their voices with their tongues without contemplating and reflecting on its meanings and pondering over its rulings; instead it (i.e. the Qur'an) passes over their tongues as milk which they drink passes over them quickly."
Imam Ibn Kathir commented on many of the verses in his tafsir saying
"These things should lead him [man] to see that He is the Lord, the Most Great, the Creator, the Owner and the Controller of everything. Therefore, He is Allah other than whom none deserves to be worshipped".
Thus reflection/contemplation etc precedes tawhid... it's a more fundamental and necessary act and I would say, far more important.
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