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The Second Way of coming to Know God

The Second Way of coming to Know God

The Outer Way With a quick glance at the world that we live in, we realize that the world is not in chaos and disorder. Rather, all phenomena are in motion moving towards a clear and determined direction. The facilities of the world are like a great army which has been divided into well-organized units which move in a determined direction. The following points will clarify any ambiguities: 1. In ... Read More »

A True Story

A True Story

We have said that in the depths of the spirit of those who deny God with their tongue, a faith in God exists. There is no doubt that victories and successes — especially for individuals with few possibilities develop pride and this very pride becomes the source for forgetfulness, to the point where often a person even forgets his or her own opinions. But the moment that a storm of ... Read More »

An Answer to an Important Question

An Answer to an Important Question

Question:we realized or recognized that we always hear the voice of monotheism (tawhid) and worship of God from within our souls and especially at times of difficulty, this voice becomes stronger and clearer and we naturally begin to think about God and we seek His help and kindness. Here it is possible that this question arises that this inner voice which we call the voice of our ‘God-given nature’ (fitrat) ... Read More »

Two Clear Ways of Knowing God

Two Clear Ways of Knowing God

From the earliest of times until today, books have been written about coming to know God and a great deal has been said by scholars and non-scholars. Each one chooses a way in order to come to understand this issue but from among all of the ways, there are two ways which can help us to grow near to this great Creator of the universe: – First, an inward way ... Read More »

The Signs of God in our Daily Life

The Signs of God in our Daily Life

1. Knowing God and the Progress of Science Pretend that a friend has come from a trip and has brought a book as a present for you. He says that it is an excellent book, because the author of this book is full of information by a very great scholar, who is accurate, an expert and a genius in his own field. You will most certainly not study this book ... Read More »

Why do we think about God and study ways of knowing the Creator of the universe?

Why do we think about God and study ways of knowing the Creator of the universe?

1. The Love to be informed about and know the world is deep inside every one of us We all want to know, in truth: Did this elevated heaven, with its beautiful stars, this extensive earth, with its heart-rendering views; these various creatures; beautiful birds; various kinds of fish, the seas and flowers; the blossoms, plants, abundant trees, whose tops reach towards the heavens; did all of these things come ... Read More »

Is the theory of evolution of species inconsistent with the viewpoint of the Noble Qur’an with regards to the creation of Prophet Adam (a.s.)?

Is the theory of evolution of species inconsistent with the viewpoint of the Noble Qur’an with regards to the creation of Prophet Adam (a.s.)?

Interestingly the supporters of the theory of Evolution of Species, as well as those from amongst the Muslims who oppose it, have sought to adhere to the Qur’an to prove their stances. However, probably being influenced by their own beliefs, some have sought to base their arguments on verses which do not have a complete bearing on their views. Accordingly, we shall select, from both the sides, only those verses ... Read More »

What is Islam’s perspective with regards to Jabr (compulsion) and Ikhtiyar (free-choice)?

What is Islam’s perspective with regards to Jabr (compulsion) and Ikhtiyar (free-choice)?

This problem is an ancient issue that had been the bone of contention of scholars; a group advocating freedom of will while another supporting compulsion and each of them presenting proofs to substantiate their viewpoints. But interestingly, in practice, both these groups have formally recognized and accepted the notion of choice and freedom of will. In other words all these debates are only within the periphery of theoretical discussion and ... Read More »

Why is it that our Supplications Occasionally Remain Unanswered

Why is it that our Supplications Occasionally Remain Unanswered

Attention towards the conditions for the acceptance of prayers reveals new realities in the issue of du’a, and manifests its constructive influence. In the Islamic traditions, some of the conditions (to be taken into regard) for the purpose of acceptance of one’s prayers are as follows: In order to have the prayers answered, first of all one should strive for the purification of the mind and soul, be repentant over ... Read More »

What is the philosophy behind Du’a and Invocations?

What is the philosophy behind Du’a and Invocations?

Those, who have not comprehended the reality of du’a, and its educative and psychological effects, have levelled various objections against it: At times they say: Du’a brings about a state of narcosis within people for, instead of exhorting them towards effort and utilization of advanced means, it directs them towards supplications and teaches them that they should pray, rather than exert themselves! And occasionally they say: Basically, is supplicating not ... Read More »