There are many reasons that hinder people to think. One, or several, or all of these causes can prevent a person to think and understand the truth. Therefore, it is important everyone is looking for the factors that cause them are in such poor condition, and tried to get away from him. If nothing is done, he will not be able to know the actual reality of the life of the world, which in turn deliver them to a huge loss in the hereafter.
In the Qur'an Allah proclaim a state of people who are accustomed to think superficially:
يَعۡلَمُونَ ظَٰهِرٗا مِّنَ ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَهُمۡ عَنِ ٱلۡأٓخِرَةِ هُمۡ غَٰفِلُونَ ٧ أَوَ لَمۡ يَتَفَكَّرُواْ فِيٓ أَنفُسِهِمۗ مَّا خَلَقَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضَ وَمَا بَيۡنَهُمَآ إِلَّا بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَأَجَلٖ مُّسَمّٗىۗ وَإِنَّ كَثِيرٗا مِّنَ ٱلنَّاسِ بِلِقَآيِٕ رَبِّهِمۡ لَكَٰفِرُونَ ٨
They know the outward of this world´s life, but of the hereafter they are absolutely heedless. Do they not reflect within themselves: Allah did not create the heavens and the earth and what is between them two but with truth, and (for) an appointed term? And most surely most of the people are deniers of the meeting of their Lord. (Ar-Rum, 30: 7-8)
Mental paralysis due to follow most people
One reason that makes most people get lost is the belief that what "most" of man is true. Humans are usually more inclined to accept what is taught by the people around him, instead of thinking to find your own truth of what is taught. He saw that the things that at first seem awkward is often taken for granted by most people, or even less ignored. Then after some time, he became familiar also with such matters.
For example: most of the friends in the vicinity do not think that one day they will die. They even did not allow a single person to speak on this issue to remind about death. A person in such an environment would say, "Because everybody like that, then there is no harm if I behave the same as they were." Then these people go through life without thinking of death at all. Conversely, if the people around him to behave as people who fear Allah and do good in earnest for the final day, so maybe this person will also change the attitude.
An additional example: hundreds of news about natural disasters, injustice, dishonesty, injustice, suicide, murder, theft, fraud was reported on TV and magazines. Thousands of people who need help is mentioned every day. But many of those who read the news, turning the pages of a newspaper or pressing the TV button quietly. In general, people do not think of why news of this kind so much; what to do and what preparations should be made to prevent the occurrence of such tragic events; as well as what they can do to resolve the issue. Most men accused person or other party responsible for the events. They casually throw words like "what is my responsibility to save the world?"
Laziness is a factor that prevents most people from thinking.
As a result of mental laziness, humans do everything as they've ever seen and they are accustomed to doing. To give an example from everyday life: the way in which the housewives in cleaning the house are as they have seen from their mothers first. In general, no one thinks, "How to clean house in a more practical and results cleaner" in other words, trying to find a new way. Likewise, when there is a need to be repaired, humans usually use the method that has been taught when they were children. Generally, they are reluctant to try to find new ways that may be more practical and efficient. The way these people talk the same. The way how an accountant talking, for example, the same as other accountants he had ever seen in his life. The doctors, bankers, vendors ... ..and people of any background have a distinctive way of talking. They are not trying to find the most appropriate, nicest and most profitable with thinking. They simply imitate what they have seen.
How to use problem solving also show laziness in thinking. For example: in addressing the waste problem, a manager of a building to apply the same methods that have been used by the previous manager. Or a mayor trying to find a way out of the problem by mimicking the highway used by the previous mayor. In many ways, he was unable to find a new solution because not want to think.
Certainly, the above examples can be fatal to human life if not handled properly. Though there are many more important issues from it all. Even if not thought out, will bring great losses and the eternal human. The cause of the loss was the failure of a person in thinking about the purpose of his existence in the world; indifference to death as a reality that can not be avoided; and assurance of the day of judgment after death. In the Qur'an, Allah invites people to reflect on this very important fact:
أُوْلَٰٓئِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ خَسِرُوٓاْ أَنفُسَهُمۡ وَضَلَّ عَنۡهُم مَّا كَانُواْ يَفۡتَرُونَ ٢١ لَا جَرَمَ أَنَّهُمۡ فِي ٱلۡأٓخِرَةِ هُمُ ٱلۡأَخۡسَرُونَ ٢٢ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ وَأَخۡبَتُوٓاْ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمۡ أُوْلَٰٓئِكَ أَصۡحَٰبُ ٱلۡجَنَّةِۖ هُمۡ فِيهَا خَٰلِدُونَ ٢٣ ۞مَثَلُ ٱلۡفَرِيقَيۡنِ كَٱلۡأَعۡمَىٰ وَٱلۡأَصَمِّ وَٱلۡبَصِيرِ وَٱلسَّمِيعِۚ هَلۡ يَسۡتَوِيَانِ مَثَلًاۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ ٢٤
These are they who have lost their souls, and what they forged is gone from them. Truly in the hereafter they are the greatest losers. Surely (as to) those who believe and do good and humble themselves to their Lord, these are the dwellers of the garden, in it they will abide. The likeness of the two parties is as the blind and the deaf and the seeing and the hearing: are they equal in condition? Will you not then mind? (Hud, 11: 21-24)
أَفَمَن يَخۡلُقُ كَمَن لَّا يَخۡلُقُۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ ١٧
Is He then Who creates like him who does not create? Do you not then mind?. (An-Nahl, 16: 17)
The assumption that it is not good to think deeply
There is a strong belief within the community that it is not good to think deeply. They reminded each other by saying "Do not think too much, you will lose any sense". This really is nothing but nonsense by those who are far from religion. That should be avoided is not not think, but to think of evil; or mired in indecision, fantasies or wishful thinking empty.
Those who do not have a strong faith in God and the Last Day, do not think about things that are nice and helpful, but the things that are negative. So the results are not only useful and ultimately emerge from their contemplation. They think, for example, that life on earth is temporary, and that they will die one day, but it made them lose hope. Consciously because they know that life without God will only follow orders of their torment in the Hereafter. Most of them being pessimistic because it believes that they will disappear completely after death.
A wise man, who believes in Allah and the Last Day mindset completely different when he learned that life on earth is only temporary. First of all, awareness of the life of the world that while prompted him to start a fight or hard work earnestly for the essential and eternal life in the hereafter. Knowing that this life will end sooner or later, he is not carried away by lust and ambition of world interest. He looks very calm. None of events that happened in the life of this temporary upset. With cheerful he was always thinking about the expectations to achieve a lasting and enjoyable life in the hereafter. He also really enjoyed the blessing and the beauty of the world. God has created the world with imperfect life and full of flaws as a test for humans. He thought that if life in the world is not perfect and there are handicapped so much pleasure to people, then it is definitely the life of heaven so unimaginable anymore beauty. He longed to see the beauty of the essentials in the hereafter. And he understood all these things after thinking deeply.
Disassociate ourselves from the responsibility of carrying out what is gained from thinking
Most men think that they can evade a wide range of responsibilities to refrain from thinking, and divert his mind to think about other things. By doing so in the world, they managed to release themselves from a variety of problems. One of the many things that are very deceiving humans is the assumption that they will be able to free themselves from their obligation to God by not thinking. This is the main reason that made them not to think about death and life thereafter. If someone thinks that he will one day die and always remember that there is eternal life after death, then he is obliged to work hard for their lives after death.
But he has been deceiving himself when believes that the obligation will be off by itself when he does not think about the existence of the afterlife. This is a very big mistake, and if someone does not get the truth in the world to think, then after death he will realize that there is no way out for him to escape.
وَجَآءَتۡ سَكۡرَةُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِ بِٱلۡحَقِّۖ ذَٰلِكَ مَا كُنتَ مِنۡهُ تَحِيدُ ١٩ وَنُفِخَ فِي ٱلصُّورِۚ ذَٰلِكَ يَوۡمُ ٱلۡوَعِيدِ ٢٠
And the stupor of death will come in truth; that is what you were trying to escape. And the trumpet shall be blown; that is the day of the threatening. (Qaf 50: 19-20)
Do not think due lulled by everyday life
Most people spend their whole lives in "haste". When it reaches a certain age, they have to work and live bear themselves and their families. They regard this as a "struggle for life". And, because they have to work hard, somersaults in the work, they say no longer have time for other things, including thinking. Finally they were carried away by the current dissolved in any direction their life is taking them. Thus, they become desensitized to events happening around. However, no human being should have a purpose in life just to spend time; rushing from one place to another.
The important thing here is the ability to see the true reality of the life of this world to then follow the path of real life. No one who has the ultimate goal of earning money, work, study at a university or buying a home. Of course, humans have to do this all his life, but which must always have in mind when doing things is that awareness of the existence of man in the world as servants of God, to work for the sake of seeking the pleasure, mercy and Paradise of God. Deeds and the work other than for the purpose merely serves as a "tool" to help people to achieve true purpose. Placing tool as the main goal is a huge mistake that was touted
devil to man.
Someone who lives without thinking it would be easier to make these facilities as a destination. We can cite other examples are similar in everyday life, for example: there is no doubt that the work and produce a variety of things that are useful to the community is an act
well. Someone who believes in God will do the work enthusiastically while expecting a reply of God in the world and in the hereafter. Conversely, if someone does the same thing without remembering Allah and just expect reward the world, such as getting a high position in order to be respected by the people, then he has made a mistake. He has done something that can actually be used as a means to achieve its goal of seeking the pleasure of Allah. When finding the actual reality in the hereafter, he felt very sorry for having done this thing. In one verse, Allah refers to those who are deceived by the life of the world as follows:
كَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِكُمۡ كَانُوٓاْ أَشَدَّ مِنكُمۡ قُوَّةٗ وَأَكۡثَرَ أَمۡوَٰلٗا وَأَوۡلَٰدٗا فَٱسۡتَمۡتَعُواْ بِخَلَٰقِهِمۡ فَٱسۡتَمۡتَعۡتُم بِخَلَٰقِكُمۡ كَمَا ٱسۡتَمۡتَعَ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِكُم بِخَلَٰقِهِمۡ وَخُضۡتُمۡ كَٱلَّذِي خَاضُوٓاْۚ أُوْلَٰٓئِكَ حَبِطَتۡ أَعۡمَٰلُهُمۡ فِي ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَٱلۡأٓخِرَةِۖ وَأُوْلَٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلۡخَٰسِرُونَ ٦٩
Like those before you; they were stronger than you in power and more abundant in wealth and children, so they enjoyed their portion; thus have you enjoyed your portion as those before you enjoyed their portion; and you entered into vain discourses like the vain discourses in which entered those before you. These are they whose works are null in this world and the hereafter, and these are they who are the losers. (At-Tawbah, 9: 69).
See everything with "normal vision", a look without reflection
When looking at a few new things for the first time, humans may find an incredible variety of things that drive their desire to know more about what they were seeing it. But after all this time, they are getting used to these things and no longer feel amazement. Especially an object or event that they encounter every day has become something that is "normal" for them.
For example, some of the prospective doctors feel any influence on him when he first saw the bodies. The first time one of their patients died long can make them reflective. Though few minutes ago the lifeless bodies are still alive, laugh, think of the plans, talk, enjoy life with a cheerful countenance. The man who used to live and see with your eyes cheerful, talking about future plans, enjoy breakfast in the morning suddenly lying without spirit. When first the bodies are placed in front of the doctor for an autopsy, they think everything they see him. His body decaying so fast, offensive odor was smelled, looks beautiful hair that had become so tangled that no one refused to touch it. All of this, including what is on their minds. Then they thought: precursor of all human beings are equal and their bodies will experience a similar end, ie they will be like a corpse that they witnessed.
However, after repeated see some of the bodies and found that some of his patients died, these people eventually become accustomed. They then treat the bodies, or even to their patients as goods or objects.
Indeed, this does not apply to doctors alone. To most people, the same thing can happen in their lives. For example, when someone who used to live in distress blessed with all-sufficient life, he will realize that all he had was a pleasure for him. The bed became more comfortable, place of residence facing a beautiful view, he can buy whatever he wants, warm home in the winter at will, easily go from one place to another by vehicle, and many other things all of which are a pleasure him. When comparing with the previous circumstances, he would feel grateful and happy. However, for people who already have all of this at birth may never much thought about the value of all the enjoyment. Thus, an assessment of all the pleasures was impossible to do without it going to think deeply.
Another case for someone who is willing to contemplate, not matter whether he gets all the pleasures of the birth or at a later date. Because he never saw what he had as something mediocre. He understood that everything he have is a creation of God. At will, God was able to take all the enjoyment that is from him. For example, the believers when climbing animal mounts, the vehicle, they would pray:
لِتَسۡتَوُۥاْ عَلَىٰ ظُهُورِهِۦ ثُمَّ تَذۡكُرُواْ نِعۡمَةَ رَبِّكُمۡ إِذَا ٱسۡتَوَيۡتُمۡ عَلَيۡهِ وَتَقُولُواْ سُبۡحَٰنَ ٱلَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُۥ مُقۡرِنِينَ ١٣ وَإِنَّآ إِلَىٰ رَبِّنَا لَمُنقَلِبُونَ ١٤
That you may firmly sit on their backs, then remember the favor of your Lord when you are firmly seated thereon, and say: Glory be to Him Who made this subservient to us and we were not able to do it. And surely to our Lord we must return. (Az-Zukhruf, 43: 13-14)
In another verse, narrated that when people who believe enter gardens or parks, they remember Allah and say,
وَلَوۡلَآ إِذۡ دَخَلۡتَ جَنَّتَكَ قُلۡتَ مَا شَآءَ ٱللَّهُ لَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِٱللَّهِۚ إِن تَرَنِ أَنَا۠ أَقَلَّ مِنكَ مَالٗا وَوَلَدٗا ٣٩
And wherefore did you not say when you entered your garden: It is as Allah has pleased, there is no power save in Allah? If you consider me to be inferior to you in wealth and children. (Al-Kahf, 18: 39).
It is a sign that at all times when entering their gardens, appear in their minds: it is God who creates and maintains this park. Conversely, someone who did not think possible amazed when I first saw a beautiful garden, but then the garden becomes a place for him mediocre. Admiration for the beauty was gone. Some people are completely unaware of favor is because not think. They consider all the pleasures that exist as "ordinary" or "normal" and as "something that is supposed to be so". This is what makes them unable to feel pleasure from the beauty of the garden
Conclusion: obligatory upon man to eliminate all the causes that hinder them from thinking
As has been said before, the fact that most people do not think and live in a state of neglect of the truth not be a reason for someone not to think. Every human being has the freedom to himself, and he will be responsible for himself before God. Must always remember that God tests people in his life in the world. The attitude of the people besides himself were often indifferent, do not want to think, to reason or understand the truth is part of the test for him. Someone who thinks sincerely would not say, "Most people do not think, and do not realize this, then why am I alone who must think?" But, he will accept and undergo the test by thinking about the negligence of the stretcher, and seek refuge in God in order not to make it included in their class. It is clear that their situation is not a reason for him not to think. In the Qur'an, Allah proclaim in many verses that most of mankind are heedless and do not believe:
وَمَآ أَكۡثَرُ ٱلنَّاسِ وَلَوۡ حَرَصۡتَ بِمُؤۡمِنِينَ ١٠٣
And most people will not believe though you desire it eagerly. ( Yusuf, 12: 103)
الٓمٓرۚ تِلۡكَ ءَايَٰتُ ٱلۡكِتَٰبِۗ وَٱلَّذِيٓ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ ٱلۡحَقُّ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكۡثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ ١
Alif Lam Mim Ra. These are the verses of the Book; and that which is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, but most people do not believe. (Ar-Ra'd, 13: 1)
وَأَقۡسَمُواْ بِٱللَّهِ جَهۡدَ أَيۡمَٰنِهِمۡ لَا يَبۡعَثُ ٱللَّهُ مَن يَمُوتُۚ بَلَىٰ وَعۡدًا عَلَيۡهِ حَقّٗا وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكۡثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ ٣٨
And they swear by Allah with the most energetic of their oaths: Allah will not raise up him who dies. Yea! it is a promise binding on Him, quite true, but most people do not know; (Nahl, 16: 38)
وَلَقَدۡ صَرَّفۡنَٰهُ بَيۡنَهُمۡ لِيَذَّكَّرُواْ فَأَبَىٰٓ أَكۡثَرُ ٱلنَّاسِ إِلَّا كُفُورٗا ٥٠
And certainly We have repeated this to them that they may be mindful, but the greater number of men do not consent to aught except denying. (Al-Furqaan, 25: 50)
In another verse, Allah tells the consummation of those who are lost due to follow most of mankind; and do not obey the commands of God as a result of neglect purpose of their creation:
وَهُمۡ يَصۡطَرِخُونَ فِيهَا رَبَّنَآ أَخۡرِجۡنَا نَعۡمَلۡ صَٰلِحًا غَيۡرَ ٱلَّذِي كُنَّا نَعۡمَلُۚ أَوَ لَمۡ نُعَمِّرۡكُم مَّا يَتَذَكَّرُ فِيهِ مَن تَذَكَّرَ وَجَآءَكُمُ ٱلنَّذِيرُۖ فَذُوقُواْ فَمَا لِلظَّٰلِمِينَ مِن نَّصِيرٍ ٣٧
And they shall cry therein for succour: O our Lord! take us out, we will do good deeds other than those which we used to do. Did We not preserve you alive long enough, so that he who would be mindful in it should mind? And there came to you the warner; therefore taste; because for the unjust, there is no helper. (Fatir: 35:37)
Based on the above proposition, every man should throw away everything that prevents them from thinking to then be sincere and honest to think carefully about every creation or events that God created, and take a lesson and a warning of what he thinks.
In the next chapter, we will elaborate on various things to think about and ponder the human, namely some of the events and of God's creation that can be encountered in everyday life. Our goal is to provide guidance on this issue to the readers so that they are able to live the rest of his life as a man who "thinks and take warning of what they think".