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Islam does not come with anything that is irrational,
but it does come with things that are supra rational,
i.e. rationality does not and cannot have a role to judge whether it’s valid or not.
It’s beyond the scope of the intellect.
Islam does not come with anything that contradict the intellect,
but it comes with things that the intellect might not necessarily understand,
even if it does not find illogical.
Islam will tell you these things.
And it is possible your mind will not fully comprehend,
but Islam will not tell you something that goes against,
that contradicts the mind,
that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has blessed you with.
And when you look at the question that
these young men and women, 17, 18, 19, 20, up to the early 20th,
they inevitably centered around a core group of issues,
all of which are modern,
all of which are emanating from within a particular cultural paradigm.
In other words, the questions that
people of our generation are asking
never even occurred to the last generation,
or the generation before them,
or the generation before them all the way back to
the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam and before.
These are questions that modern society is positing.
Questions about the existence of God, sexuality and orientation, gender roles,
These things did not exist,
society by and large accepted these things as truth.
And a hundred years from now
the questions that those generations of Muslims will be asking
will be completely unknown of, unthought of,
by the generations of our times.
So, instead of being so quick to question Islam,
take a step back and be just as questioning
of your own question and where they emanating from.
Instead of just jumping at the Quran,
and say, “Why does the Quran say this?”
Take a step back before you get there and ask yourself,
“Why am I asking this particular question
and not another one that perhaps five hundred or a thousand years ago
was at the front of people’s mind?”
And when you start contextualizing yourself,
Look! You and I both of us, we are products
of a particular civilization,
or a particular code of conduct, ethics, morality,
of a particular paradigm.
And the questions that are being spoon fed to us
by the context that we live in,
we also should be brave enough to challenge those questions.
Why are we not brave enough to challenge those questions,
even as we are brave enough to challenge the Quran?
Those questions will change,
the Quran will remain as we know unchanged.
This great theologian Ibn Taimiyyah, he actually critiques
this notion that reason alone will always arrive at the truth.
And he brings forth such a beautiful examples.
First and foremost, the impossibility
of even defining what is reason
what is rational, what is intellectual.
What might be intellectual for us,
was not intellectual a generation ago.
What might be rational for us,
was not rational a hundred years ago.
Rationality itself changes from society, to time, to place.
And there, there is nothing that we can judge
rationality by in and of itself.
In fact in our own lives,
how many times have we undertaken a course of action
thinking this is so logical, this is so reasonable,
this is so the correct decision.
And the next day, the next week, the next month, the next year,
we look back and we say, “What a dumb decision I’ve made.”
“How could I’ve been thinking that?”
Isn’t it we ourselves experienced this?
So how then can we take “reason”
to be something above and beyond anything
always deriving ultimate truth from that?
Now, does this mean as I said that Islam
has nothing to do with reason?
No, not at all.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us to think, to ponder.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us in the Quran,
to make tafakkur, tadabbur, tadhakkur of His signs.
But, if you look at the Quranic command to think and reflect
the Quran never tells you, “Challenge Allah’s revelation!”
Rather the Quran addresses non-Muslims,
and says, “Think! Is Islam true or not?”
“Think! Is the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam true or not?”
“Think! Is this book, the Quran, from Allah or not?”
Once you come to the conclusion,
that the Quran is the book from Allah,
that the Prophet Mohammad shallallahu alaihi wa sallam is the true Prophet,
that’s where you use your mind.
Once you submit and admit that the Quran
is the book from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala,
then you are not supposed to question
each and every minutiae and law, and wisdom.
We will never understand why we pray
five times a day, and not four or six times.
There is no clear cut answer we can give,
we will never understand why we perform wudhu in a certain manner,
why we have to do one ruku‘ and two sajdahs in every raka’ah.
It might not be something that is fully understood rationally,
but neither is it irrational.
It’s not against reason, it’s there, you just submit.
Now somebody would say, “I don’t understand the wisdom in five.”
Well, tough luck, you’ve accepted the Quran,
we’re assuming you have accepted the Quran,
you’ve accepted the Quran, you must accept it as a package deal.
So, reason has a role and a place to guide you,
to the fact that the Prophet Mohammad shallallahu alaihi wa sallam is a Prophet.
And the Quran is the book from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Once you submit to that,
then you accept the package deal.
And if you look at the question of these young men and women asked,
they’ll always about fiqh issues of a relativeky minor nature,
“Why does Islam allow this, why does the Quran say that?”
And they’re all things to do of a legal nature.
They’re not do with the basic or the essence of theology.
And we do not judge the validity of a religion
based upon the minutiae laws.
“How can Islam be true when we have to pray five times a day?”
That’s not how we judge Islam.
We judge Islam based on what?
On theology. on purpose of life,
on the fact that the Quran is a book from Allah.
Once we’ve established that these things are true,
we then accept the message as it is.
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