The Onslaught of Misguidance: Philosophy and Science

In order to understand how materialism spread through the world, we need to understand the intellectual transformation that Europe has undergone in the past few hundred years. Though the Muslim world has been substantially affected by this way of thinking, the remedy is at hand. The subject of this article is a momentous issue that affects all Muslims very deeply, and that has played a large part in causing the decline of Muslim civilisation, the weakness of Muslim peoples, and the political and intellectual fragmentation and disunity of the Muslim…

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Are we really able to see?

Basirat (insight) used in Islamic sources has a different connotation than when it is used as a term in secular contexts. By that word, a kind of spiritual faculty is meant which is associated with the heart. One of the words which is equivalent of the ‘eye’ in Arabic is ‘basar’ (بصر). The Qur’an says as follows while depicting the stages in the Judgement Day in verse 22 of surah Qaf, “and now We have removed from you your veil, so your sight today is sharp”. The word which is…

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The Islamization of Knowledge

By Abdulhamid A. Abusulayman The Islamization of knowledge may be a way out of the epistemological borders of the West for Muslims to establish the authenticity of their civilization once again. It is hoped that an experimental project being conducted in Malaysia will yield good results for the fulfilment of the Islamization of knowledge. The Islamization of Knowledge is a project that concerns knowledge, learning, and education. It originated and developed in the minds and consciences of a group of Muslims who were aware of the spirit and cultural power…

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The Contribution of Imam Nursi in the Fields of Religion and Philosophy

Dr. Oghuz Mashkur Khan Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was born in 1877 in a small village called Nurs, in the district of Hizan, a province of Bitlis (Turkey). He was an Islamic scholar of the highest standing, having studied not only all the traditional religious disciplines, but also modern science, and earned the name Bediuzzaman, the wonder of the age. He was an advocate of a form of Islam strongly committed to non-violence and constructive engagement with the West and with Christianity. He brought teachings of the traditional religious disciplines as…

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A Fallacy of Atheism: Formation by itself

Since the beginning of human life on the earth there has always been groups of people along with the believers, who have been sceptic and have had controversial ideas regarding the belief that there is an omnipotent and omniscient creator who created the universe and settled down the earth for man and by that way he has been trying them so that it will be revealed who will obey Him and who will not. The groups of ideas regarding the existence of god are several; other than theists who are…

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What is the touchstone of the mind?

Is the mind enough to understand the religious issues? Mind is one of the greatest bounties that Allah has given to people. Because man understand and realize many things, and relates them by means of mind. He can differentiate the right and the wrong, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly by weighing in his mind. Based on this, in fact, Allah holds the people of sound mind responsible for their actions. He does not hold the children (who are not at the age of discretion) and…

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Philosophy and the Quran

The training which philosophy, science and the Quranic wisdom give to social life is totally different from each other. “Philosophy accepts ‘force’ as its point of support in social life. It considers its aim to be ‘the benefits’. The principle of its life recognized to be ‘conflict’. It holds the bond between communities to be ‘racialism and negative nationalism’. However, the mark of force is ‘aggression’. The mark of benefit -since they are insufficient for every desire- is ‘jostling and tussling’. While the mark of conflict is ‘strife’. And the…

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