When a spider weaves a web, it does so to trap insects and sustain its life by consuming them. It is driven by instincts, yet it lives an intelligent life.
We humans often get lost on this path. We are intelligent beings, yet we live a foolish life that goes against all logic.
Perhaps we conduct our life most logically in childhood, so I will not give an example from that period. I do it from another one when we already believe that our intelligence is fulfilled. Well, we always do something to make our life simpler and happier, right? When we get married, we do it in order to share the burdens of life and to enjoy the many beauties and experiences. In contrast, the practice is - respecting the exception - that our burdens get increasing, which often results a mass of annoyances. When we get to work, in addition to money, we do it because we love that job, we understand it, and if the payment is good, the work environment is right, it brings ease into our lives.
From here, everyone can continue the story what happened to him/her. Question: Has the situation become simpler or more complicated? I can continue with buying a new house, a plot where the neighbors are loud, the roof is soaking, the tap is going bad, etc. But I can mention the long-awaited vacation we planned in advance, but the bags didn’t arrive, it rained all the way. Let’s not forget our favorite food that we wished, but it ended up with diarrhea and the beautiful shoes that are small and hurt the feet.
The point is that the spider has far fewer “unhappiness”, as the only thing that makes it annoyed if comes into its life a predator larger than it. Waterfowl will catch fish even if the anglers on the shore cannot, the wild game will find food in the forest even if you and I are not gotten paid and have nothing for shopping. And if you sum it up, you start countless events in order to simplify your life and you’ll end up realizing that a thousand troubles have fallen into your neck. Well, that’s what we call intelligent and planned life. In addition, setting the attempts mentioned above causes so many frictions that millions of regulations have to be placed between us, otherwise we will cause trouble to others and to ourselves.
This is because creatures do not follow their own laws, but the laws of their most intelligent Creator:
Seest thou not that to Allah bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on earth,- the sun, the moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as are fit for Punishment: and such as Allah shall disgrace,- None can raise to honour: for Allah carries out all that He wills. (Quran 22:18)
Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. And Allah knows well all that they do. (Quran 24:41)
There are several additional quotations in the Quran with similar content. The point is that it is not the animals who are intelligent, but Allah, Whose order they follow. This chance is also given to man, not once, but twice. Allah (SWT) launches us, people, with two priceless supports. Most of us ignore both, or reprogram or rewrite them:
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“Every child is born in a state of fitrah (i.e. to worship none but Allah Alone). Then his parents make him a Jew, a Christian or a Magian, as an animal delivers a perfect baby animal. Do you find it mutilated?"
Maybe you’ve already experienced an inner voice speaking to you and proposed something. When you listened to that voice you made the right decision. This is the fitra. A working program encoded in us, however it only comes to the surface when we care about it. Fitra is not religion dependent. It's in everyone. The word itself is to launch, so it also means that we are launched with it on a journey in life and we have the program launching us to make decisions.
If we stumble even with the fitra, here are the Creator’s “most intelligent” rules, the Guidance what He has revealed to man. We have two choices: to follow or not? It depends on the free will.
This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah. (Quran 2:2)
Who fear, in Arabic text Muttaqin coming from Taqwa which means to restraint or guarding one’s tongue, hand and heart from evil. For a true believer the level of faith depends on the level of his restraint from evil
Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them; (Quran 2:3)
Unseen, “Gheib”. In Islam there is the Visible World and the Unseen One. Both of them has its rules, inhabitants and logics. However, both of them are subordinated under Allah. We mankind are the inhabitants of the Visible World what is endless itself. In order to recognize the Greatness of Allah we must try to discover it and do our utmost to extend the limits of our knowledge about it. A true believer however accepts the existence of the Unseen too and the context of the Two Worlds to each other. If one can coexist with the Unseen he can be more responsive to the divine signs what are surrounding.
Spend or sacrifice out of what We have provided for them. Nothing is free of charge. If there is an investment, we can expect return. Allah has invested in us and provided our livelihood. If we have the fortune to enjoy it we cannot be selfish. We have to spend from it for those who are in need, suffering from poverty or who are on the way of Allah. If we want to prove for the entire world that Islam is for mankind we must do for mankind.