Six Questions of The Great Imam Al-Ghazali

Once the great Imam Al-Ghazali gathered with his disciples and asked six questions.

The first question was

“What is the closest thing to us in this world?”

His students have answered the parents, teachers, friends, and relatives.
Al-Ghazali replied:

“Those are quite correct but the closest to us is ‘DEATH’ because it was the promise of Allah Almighty that every soul shall taste death.” (Ali Imran 185)

Then the second question was

“What is the furthest from us in this world?”

His students answered China, moon, sun and stars.
Al-Ghazali replied:

“Those are quite correct but the furthest from us is ‘THE PAST’ because in whatever the circumstances, whoever we are and whatever vehicle we use we cannot return to the past. Therefore we have to keep this day and the days that will come with a deed in accordance with the teachings of Islam.”

The third question was

“What is the biggest in this world?”

His students answered the mountain, earth and sun.
Al-Ghazali replied:

“Those are quite correct but the greatest of which is the ‘DESIRE’. So we must be careful of our own desires. Don’t let them lead us to the Hellfire.” (Al A’raf 179)

The fourth question was

“What is the heaviest in this world?”

His students answered steel, iron, and elephants.
Al-Ghazali replied:

“Those are quite correct but the heaviest of all is ‘HOLDING TRUST’ Plants, animals, mountains, angels, and all creation of Allah could not bear to caliph (leader/vicegerents) on Earth when Allah asked them to. However, human beings were proud in carrying out this favour that led most of them to Hellfire due to their failures of keeping trust. (Al Ahzab 72)

The fifth question was

“What is the lightest in this world?”

His students answered wind, dust, cloud and cotton.
Al-Ghazali replied:

“Those are quite correct but the lightest for human is ‘LEAVING THE SALAAT (five times prayer)’ because of jobs and business.”

The last question was

“What is the sharpest in this world?”

His students responded in unison, sword.
Al-Ghazali replied:

“That is quite correct but the sharpest of all is ‘THE TOUNGE’. Because of it, Man can easily backbite and hurt his brothers.”

What is the lightest thing in the world? It is leaving the five times prayer.

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Enam Pertanyaan Imam Al-Ghazali

Suatu hari, Imam Al-Ghazali berkumpul dengan murid-muridnya lalu beliau bertanya :

Pertanyaan pertama :

“Apakah yang paling dekat dengan diri kita di dunia ini?”

Murid 1 : Orang tua
Murid 2 : Guru
Murid 3 : Teman
Murid 4 : Kaum kerabat

“Semua jawaban itu benar. Tetapi yang paling dekat dengan kita ialah MATI ( Surah Ali-Imran:185) . Sebab itu janji Allah bahwa setiap yang bernyawa pasti akan mati.”

Pertanyaan kedua :

“Apa yang paling jauh dari kita di dunia ini ?”

Murid 1 : Negeri Cina Murid 2 : Bulan Murid 3 : Matahari Murid 4 : Bintang-bintang

Iman Ghazali :

“Semua jawaban itu benar. Tetapi yang paling benar adalah MASA LALU. Bagaimanapun kita, apapun kenderaan kita, tetap kita tidak akan dapat kembali ke masa yang lalu. Oleh sebab itu kita harus menjaga hari ini, hari esok dan hari-hari yang akan datang dengan perbuatan yang sesuai dengan ajaran Agama.”

Pertanyaan ketiga :

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Murid 1 : Gunung Murid 2 : Matahari Murid 3 : Bumi

Imam Ghazali :

“Semua jawaban itu benar, tapi yang besar sekali adalah HAWA NAFSU (Surah Al A’raf: 179). Maka kita harus hati-hati dengan nafsu kita, jangan sampai nafsu kita membawa ke neraka.”

Pertanyaan keempat :

”Apa yang paling berat didunia ?”

Murid 1 : Baja Murid 2 : Besi Murid 3 : Gajah

Imam Ghazali :

“Semua itu benar, tapi yang paling berat adalah MEMEGANG AMANAH (Surah Al-Azab : 72 ). Tumbuh-tumbuhan, binatang, gunung, dan malaikat semua tidak mampu ketika Allah SWT meminta mereka menjadi khalifah(pemimpin) di dunia ini. Tetapi manusia dengan sombongnya berebut-rebut menyanggupi permintaan Allah SWT sehingga banyak manusia masuk ke neraka kerana gagal memegang amanah.”

Pertanyaan kelima :

“Apa yang paling ringan di dunia ini ?”

Murid 1 : Kapas Murid 2 : Angin Murid 3 : Debu Murid 4 : Daun-daun

Imam Ghazali :

“Semua jawaban kamu itu benar, tapi yang paling ringan sekali didunia ini adalah MENINGGALKAN SHOLAT. Gara-gara pekerjaan kita atau urusan dunia, kita tinggalkan solat.”

Pertanyaan keenam :

”Apa yang paling tajam sekali didunia ini ?”

Murid- Murid dengan serentak menjawab : Pedang

Imam Ghazali :

“Itu benar, tapi yang paling tajam sekali didunia ini adalah LIDAH MANUSIA. Kerana melalui lidah, manusia dengan mudahnya menyakiti hati”

Apa yang paling ringan di dunia ini? Yaitu meninggalkan salat.