We’ve read in the Quran time and time again that the world was created in opposites but what is the significance of this? The Chinese call it the ying and yang of life I learned whilst l lived there.
Let’s first examine the different types of opposites we have all around us.
There’s men and women. One cannot do without the other. Likewise at least one of the couple must be cool headed as-two hotheaded couples would make an explosive marriage.
We have night and day each plays their role. One tafseer states that this is similar to a man and a woman if one of them trying to do the role of the other then this creates some problems within marriage relationships. One complements the other.
The male trait of strength complement the female trait of gentleness that’s why when fused together both man and woman feel complete.
We have a left wing of the plane and a right wing of a plane without one of them the plane will not fly.
If the weather is just dry we’ll have a famine and if the weather is just wet we’ll have a flood.
We cannot experience happiness without sadness people who take drugs or drink alcohol to experience happiness report feeling down afterwards.
Once we examine the opposites that exist in the world we can see that one cannot exist without the existence of the other.it is the existence of each other. Create balance and harmony in the world that we live and experience.
To learn Arabic you need this too. How?
In Get Fluent In Arabic I explain,
In order to develop your speaking skills you must have listened to the language long enough. A child learns to listen to their mother tongue before they can speak it. Speaking cannot occur unless listening has occurred.
And like wise writing cannot exist without reading. You cannot even copy the letters of Arabic unless you are reading then which involves looking at them.
In order for you to develop your speaking in Arabic you must have a teacher who listens and allows you to talk in Arabic as opposed to the teacher who talks most of the time and you have to listen.
Likewise you can’t learn Arabic focusing on just the theory side (grammar) without the practical. Listening, speaking, reading and writing. But learning just the practical.
Balance is found in doing both.
I’m amazed at how the opposites work together to create balance in the universe.
But balance is found in your life by embracing both opposites of anything.
You can’t be hardworking all the time or it will affect your health through stress. Neither can you be its opposite lazy and relaxed all the time or it too will affect your health through obesity and weakening your mind.
A husband cannot be hard strong all the time he needs to display gentleness too.
People make the mistake of being one of two opposites all the time. Embracing one leads to extremes.
The opposite to spirituality is materialism. Two men became extreme spiritualalists. They said I won’t marry the other I will always fast. The prophet being in the middle said I pray and marry I fast and I eat.
Are you one of the opposites?
Have you embraced inactivity the opposite of active which can actually kill or damage your health long-term.
A wise man once said, a coin has three sides heads, tails and the edge (the middle) and ladies and gentlemen intelligence is found on the edge.
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Author of Get Fluent In Arabic