Knowledge: ‘sine qua non’ for the Muslim

Acquiring knowledge, using our minds and thinking deeply are vitally important intellectual actions in studying the basic sources of the religion of Islam. In Islam, knowledge is so important that the word ‘ilm (knowledge), including its derivatives, is mentioned 750 times in the Qur’an. Moreover, when we take into account the things which lead us to knowledge and are related to the word ‘knowledge’ like read, think, draw a lesson, mind, sight, wisdom, and thought, we see that one in every four verses is about knowledge, because the key to happiness in the world and the hereafter lies…

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The Compability of Divine Determining (Qadar) And Power of Choice

Compared to other creatures in this universe, humans have a high position enabling them to say “I am free; I can do whatever I want”. Human can have opposite ideas in his universe of thought. For example, when divine determining is understood as an obligation, there will be no freedom for people. Indeed, throughout the history, some currents have emerged claiming that human has no power of will and human is like a leaf on the wind. Some other currents exaggerated so much that they denied divine determining stating, “If…

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