Sense Perception Alone Cannot Lead You to God (Or Virtually Any Other Knowledge) – Existence of God Part 2

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As we stated earlier, before we can answer the question “how can I know that God exists?” we must first ask the question “how do I know anything at all.” There are multiple ways that the intellect comes to know, and these modalities (or ways) of knowing are arranged hierarchically. I will go from the lowest form of knowledge to the highest – though this may seem unintuitive to the modern mind, which has been conditioned to see certainty as ordered in precisely the opposite direction. I will sort out these modern confusions as we proceed upon each level, inshaAllah. Continue Reading

Jonathan Brown Does it Again

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Jonathan Brown has written an excellent article on the issue of suicide bombing in Islam and the popular American perception. Very valuable read. Check it out here, inshaAllah: Continue Reading

How To Know God Exists (Existence of God Part 1)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

Before we can answer the question “how can I know that God exists?” we must first ask the question “how do I know anything at all.” Or perhaps more appropriately, since God is not a “thing,” we should ask “how do I come to know?”  As we shall see, all knowledge is ultimately grounded in what is unfortunately called “intuition” in English, but which is more appropriately called “immediate knowledge” or “knowledge by presence” in Islamic philosophy. Continue Reading

One Month Hiatus

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate,

I will be taking a one month hiatus to focus on some other pertinent matters. I should be back around mid September inshaAllah with some new, and God Willing more frequent posts. Thanks for your patience and understanding! Continue Reading

Sunnah of the Week #3: Dua Right Before Eating

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate,

This week we will implement a new sunnah of the blessed Messenger, inshaAllah. Each week, we will add another sunnah to our daily routines. You can see the full story behind this idea in the post A Sunnah a Day Keeps the Devil Away. Continue Reading

Sunnah of the Week #2: Dua When Waking Up

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate,

This week we will implement a new sunnah of the blessed Messenger, inshaAllah. Each week, we will add another sunnah to our daily routines. You can see the full story behind this idea in the post A Sunnah a Day Keeps the Devil Away. Continue Reading

“You” Are Not Your Rational Mind

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate,

Previously, I had explained why the best translation for the Arabic term aql is consciousness. I also detailed the change in the meaning of the Latin term intellectus to its modern English connotation of being solely related to the rational mind. I am assuming you understand this and I will be using the words consciousness, aql, and intellect (in it’s Latin sense) interchangeably throughout all my future posts.. Continue Reading

Sunnah of the Week #1: Dua Before Sleeping

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate

This week we will begin to implement the sunnan of the blessed Messenger, inshaAllah. Each week, we will add another sunnah to our daily routines. You can see the full story behind this idea in the post A Sunnah a Day Keeps the Devil Away. Continue Reading

The Weekly Sunnahs Will Be Delayed For One More Week

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate

If you’ve been following me, then you know today we were supposed to start the weekly sunnan today, as outlined in my post A Sunnah A Day Keeps the Devil Away. Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties I was unable to get the weekly newsletter set up on time, which is integral for this project. Bare with me, inshaAllah by next week everything should be set up correctly. My apologies for the delay. Continue Reading

The Aql Is Not Reason – It’s Consciousness

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One of the greatest tragedies befalling the mimbar today is an egregious mistranslation of the Arabic term العقل (al-aql). It is usually translated as “reason,” the devastating ramifications of which cannot be overstated. This (mis)translation is literally undercutting the foundation of all Islamic spirituality. Continue Reading