The believers contemplate on the ayaat of Allah that have been left upon the earth, and only they see the creation around them as ayaat.
Allah ta’ala says,
وَتَرَى الْأَرْضَ هَامِدَةً فَإِذَا أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْهَا الْمَاءَ اهْتَزَّتْ وَرَبَتْ وَأَنبَتَتْ مِن
كُلِّ زَوْجٍ بَهِيجٍ
“And you see the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it sprouts forth every kind of beautiful growth (in pairs).” (22:5)
What is the lesson for the believer in this?
Allah ta’ala reminds us that this plant is an ayah. Whenever we see a plant, we should remember the resurrection.
A simple plant is a reminder of the Day of Judgment for the believer.
Just as the earth will اهْتَزَّتْ,shake, رَبَتْ, swell and rise, أَنبَتَتْ, and sprout— on the Day of Judgment the earth will shake, then swell then sprout…but a plant will not be sprouting from the earth, rather it will be the companions of the grave: us.
Allah ta’ala describes the disbelievers saying:
وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا
“and they have eyes, wherewith they see not.” (7:179)
Those who do not believe in Allah see a plant and nothing else, but those with emaan and hearts that understand see an ayah about resurrection.
We ask Allah ta’ala to make us among those who take heed of His ayaat, Ameen.