We are numbers. Not only because each number is unique, with all sorts of different properties to it. We are very similar to numbers by their very nature, often not bearing attention to the infinite dimensions to them (us) than anybody can even count. We can't be defined by any one trait any more than 14 can be completely defined by its status as a multiple of 2. You might be thinking this is a dig at the trait theory and for those who don’t know what I’m talking; it’s in summary an attempt at biological reductionism claiming we are a makeup of a limited number of traits. In fact this blog entry is hypocritical in itself as I’m pretty much introducing another reductionist argument, but only to get my point across. People may argue that every unknown number holds a similar prime factor, although true that doesn't mean you're anything like them, because it doesn't predict the other prime factors you might have. If you are confused right now then replace prime factor with psychological trait, personality trait and neurological traits. What makes us different to numbers however is that we have been given the ability to forever change our factors, adding and subtracting at will. We have been given the freedom to change our place in the pattern of life.
Why is the latter so important?
We’ve established that we are all unknown numbers, we are all composite numbers and numbers can be put into a million different equations the same way us humans are put into a million different tests and trials. It's our job to derive that unknown, freeing ourselves from the equation (trials). The other side is the weight of our removed trial. Some of us are a mere x=1 while others x=100y/10 * 100. The former is less complicated only because the original problem was easier to solve. But sometimes the complication to the problem is self-induced. Sins in mathematical terms are like adding more unneeded variables to an equation, practically losing yourself within a problem you helped to build.
In life there are people who are great mathematicians. But the greatest mathematicians are those who rid themselves from the shackles of sins. Not everybody is a self-acclaimed numerical geek but fortunately for those who aren't there is a solution. This solution comes in two forms:
1) Like any other mathematical problem, following the templates of those who succeeded will lead you to the goal. But not every template and method works, some methods work for certain people (numbers), some only for certain problems and the majority will only get you half way. Nowadays everybody is a self-acclaimed scholar (or should I say mathematician), leaving you with an array of templates, a few legit but others are just tainted versions of the predecessors original.
2) The second solution is a permanent solution, unlike the gamble of the former. Unattractive only because of its difficulty as opposed to the first. This solution is to seek those who are designated teachers, teachers who will teach you how to become great mathematicians. Teachers who have been put on this earth for this very reason. The Prophets and oracles are these teachers, the greatest of mathematicians. How many shackles can the Quran remove? How much can Dua Kumail simplify your problem, as if it were mere numbers? Seeking Allah(swt) himself brings light into your equation, making you see variables you thought were once lost.
Now back to my Maths exam.