There has been always the idea that God judges a person’s heart and soul, but does God judge the mind?
I would say that God judges the way in which you use the mind not the intellectual capacity itself. The mind is a complex structure of pathways and circuits that ultimately create the person. The body is a shell, but the mind in a lot of ways is the essence or the core of the body. It may be the spark of Life, that God gives us as the chemical charge to start the brain.
In reading the Quran, the rhetorical question of “Do the people not use their mind or understand?”, comes up again and again. When Gabriel is explaining the situations of the past and the present, often times it is the thought process of the “bad guys” that is analyzed.
O Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favor which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your covenant with Me as I fulfill My Covenant with you, and fear none but Me.
And when My bondmen ask you concerning Me, then, surely I am near; I answer the invocation of the invoker when he invokes Me; so let them respond (to) Me, and let them believe in Me, so that possibly they would respond right-mindedly.
Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts and minds may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts.
And certainly We have repeated this to them that they may be mindful, but the greater number of men do not consent to aught except denying.
Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for a term appointed, did Allah create the heavens and the earth, and all between them: yet are there truly many among men who deny the meeting with their Lord (at the Resurrection)!
Here we can see in the above verses that a person will be judged based on how much effort they put forth to use their minds. Yes, our minds are always “on”, but using deductive reasoning, logical, common sense, parts of our brain sometimes are not. Especially if someone only functions from the reptilian part of the brain based on natural instincts and reactiveness. Most violence is done through emotions that are not controlled. It is rare to meet a serial killer that does not kill out of rage, but even then…psychologically their emotions of deep seated feelings repressed drives them to kill.
I read an interesting article yesterday based on how atheists may actually NOT use an important part of their brain that allows them to believe in God of the old historical messages. https://americanvision.org/12630/atheists-embarrassed-study-proves-atheism-uses-less-brain-function/
According to this study, they are actually not as logical as they claim to be. They often neglect the use of evidence in historical connections to the higher messages from God that suggest that there is an overarching power that is above us and guiding us to make the right choices towards living.
So, yes, I really do believe that God and the Angels will ask us in our life reviews how we decided to use our minds. Part of it is about going to school and learning a trade to help the world, instead of sitting in your mother’s basement wasting your intelligence playing video games. But using the mind can go far above educational pursuits and knowledge, it is about having a balance over your emotions. You can be any IQ level, and be considered bright or smart, if you have a good head on your shoulders because you constantly make good choices for yourself and others. I call kids “bright” that I find to be perceptive and in control of their feelings at times, compared to other kids who just hit others or throw a temper tantrum cause they don’t get their way. This extends into adulthood too, so it is important to teach control of emotional responses at an early age.
The mind is a wonderful thing, and it was designed to help us become co-creators with God. In the Quran the Kabbah is not described in full detail of how Adam built the first house and place to quiet the mind and be mindful of God. But Adam had the ability to create and build using his mind and we know this or else humans would not have survived without shelter. This example of being able to measure and use logical reasoning can be seen with Noah using his mind to build an ark to save himself and a few others from the upcoming flood. This ark had to be big enough and strong enough to endure this trial.
It is proven that in older people, using the mind can prolong health. So it is important to do puzzles, read, and think actively to keep a longer healthier life.
The mind is a precious thing, so don’t waste it, and when the Angels show you your life record by bringing up memories of conscious moments in your life while alive, hopefully it is the moments you can be proud of to show when you used your mind and minded what you did for yourself and to others.