Random Thoughts and Notes: First Set
1. There are people who say that, in the case of the proof for the Existence of Allah, they see a problem: they say suppose the ‘infinite regress’ were to be done without time as a parameter, then what would we say? From what I understand, we say this ‘infinite regress’ is “conceptually successive”, insofar as the exact dimensions are not important, except the fact of acknowledging that they are indeed limited dimensions. Continue reading
بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم
Salam alaykum and Hello to the readers,
It has been a very long time since I have posted here, the reasons being varied; such as procrastination from my side, a decrease in the amount and breadth of my reading, my only modest progress in formally learning the Islamic Deen, plus my inability to locate those who would go through the articles on the site for revision or for writing fresh material.
However, I will resume posting some thoughts and notes online, either on this very site – under a continuation of the previous “Random Notes and Thoughts” title- and/or on the companion Muslim Answers- Quick Thoughts and Notes Blog .
I do think these writings should be put forward in the public realm, even if they are incomplete and/or improvements could be thought of. The truth is though, the months and years are passing, and it is better to post some things rather than wait for the time when the arguments could be polished fully and reviewed (since that time might never come).
I will keep the comments section closed, while I continue to seek more feedback, knowledge and help in this regard from trusted and knowledgeable sources. [There might be some double-posting/multiple-posting between this site and the companion blog and some disorganization, but again I think it is best to put these things forward rather than worry too much about style and organization issues, even if it does lead to the same information being present in multiple of my blogs/sites.]
By Salama Abdelhady, Prof. of Energy Systems, Aswan University (with footnotes by a member of the MuslimAnswers team)
(Note: I was urged to publish this piece by the author. I do think that the piece has a number of oversights, slips, and oversimplifies some crucial matters of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and their interrelationship, and moreover the ending of this piece seems to be somewhat sudden, but I am nevertheless presenting this article while adding footnotes as appropriate)
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the three great monotheistic religions, adopted by more than 70% of the world’s population. The source of these religions is God who chose human messengers to call people to these religions. So, they are actually one religion which has the same core or belief in one God, as the Creator of the living universe, and in the Day of Resurrection or the Day in which our deeds will be reckoned. They trace their commandments to two Holy Books sent or revealed from God, the Bible and the Quran, and to one grandfather of the messengers or carriers of these three religions from God to humanity, Abraham (peace and blessings be upon him). That is why they are called Abrahamic Monotheistic Religions – and these are sealed by Islam. Continue reading
- In Surah al-‘Asr, when the loss the human beings are in is mentioned in addition to those who are saved, the rule is loss and the exception is escape; thus the exception confirms the general rule.
- The Shuyuukh mention that one of the particularities of Islamic Law is that there is no benefit in the law for the Lawgiver – that is, Allah does not benefit from the Shariah; this is besides His not benefiting whether we follow or discard Islam and the Shariah.
It is said that when we emphasize the ‘reality’ in our discussions with non-Muslims, we are showing a total disdain for different minds to perceive things in different ways. What do we say to this?
Answer (by Ustadh Luqman al-Andalusi, Executive Director of al-Andalus Institute of Islamic Studies): Continue reading