Assalamu-Alaikum, What does Islam say about intelligence or gifted individuals compared to people who are average or deficient in that capability?

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Yes, Allah has given each of us certain abilities and capabilities that are to be used to serve Him by serving His creation, for as so much as we serve and contribute to human welfare we glorify Allah. One thing we must understand, however, is how we define such words as 'greatness', 'extraordinary', etc. During our times, we may think a genius has to go to Harvard and become a great scientist or become famous in some special skill or trade. However, in the eyes of Allah, greatness can only be defined according to our piety. If we are endowed with certain gifts, wand we use those gifts to serve Allah, then they truly are great. However, if we use them merely to obtain fame and fortune, then they are our means of self-destruction. It is not so much the gift, therefore, but rather how we use it and what we do with it, i.e. the intention with which it is used.

In a time past, the greatest talents in the Muslim world became scholars of all kinds and ended up spending their lives in the service of Allah. These are the people that we read about from centuries ago.These geniuses used their tremendous skills and talents in the way of scholarship, science, the arts and humanities to serve the Muslims and humanity as a whole. It was their dedication to Allah, i.e. their piety and noble character that defined their greatness. The modern age has very different definitions of greatness, and it often has to do with how famous one is and how much money one makes. This is not how Islam defines greatness, however.

However what is important is your actions and belief. If one is not gifted but tries harder than by Allah he will recive more of a reward 

Aaishah that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: The likeness of the one who reads Quraan and memorizes it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have (at least) a double reward. (Al-Bukhaari, 4937)

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edited Apr 18 '13 at 22:51
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