When you sit down to plan your future, how far does your mind take you? A week, a month, a year or maybe ten years? How does your thinking differ from planning your week to planning the next decade? When we consider unpredictable changes in the future, complexities arise as to how we can do effective planning. To overcome the complexities and make more accurate prediction, we must acquire maturity in thinking.
Maturity in Thinking
The ability to make sound judgements and solve problems is necessary and relevant at every stage of life. At times, a young person may be surprisingly mature, while at other times the behaviours and choices of adults testify to their immaturity.
The tribe of Bani Abdul Qays was the first delegation to arrive in Madinah in the fifth year of Hijrah. After embracing Islam, thirteen or fourteen of them came to the Prophet (sa) in one of the Hurum Months. Their chief was Al-Ashaj Abdul Qais, to whom the Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “You possess two characteristics beloved to Allah (swt): forbearance (Al-Hilm) and farsightedness (Al-Anaat).” He asked the Prophet (sa): “Did I develop these traits or did Allah (swt) bless me with them?” To which the Prophet (sa) replied: “Allah (swt) blessed you with these traits.”
Maturity in thinking is a mix of both Al-Hilm and Al-Anaat; therefore, one has to pray to Allah (swt) to acquire these traits.