A flower opens its petals and prays to the sun, not because the sun needs it. The sere grass is grateful for a falling rain, not because the clouds need it. If we understood the nature of our soul’s relationship to God, prayer, reverence and gratitude would never feel forced upon us. They are the natural order of things, once [...]
Every method of “proof” available to us is a human-devised system, based on formulations of logic we are able to comprehend. It might surprise you to know that many such systems exist: for example, constructive logic (where proof is given by a truth witness), and classical logic (where proof may depend on axioms we hold always to be true). If [...]
It’s hard to give a “proof” of the Qur’án, in the sense of convincing others instantly and utterly, but there are a few facts to consider: Muhammad was illiterate, and is reported to have uttered the chapters of the Qur’án on the spot, noted down by those around him. If you look at the language and complexity of the Qur’án, [...]
While most other courses will teach you how to think about a particular subject, philosophy is unique in that it questions the process of thinking itself: By what logic do we arrive at answers? What is the foundation of answers, and the meaning of questions? How is it that we “know” something? What does it mean to “exist”, and what [...]
“God’s eternity”, in the Arabic, is often stated as “baqá”. It is discovered upon completing self-annihilation, faná. These two relate to the opposite poles of the mystic’s journey: God (Alláh) and self (nafs). Once the nafs is consumed in the fire of love and becomes nothing (faná), then the lover enters the heaven of eternity in God (baqá). These mystic [...]
Let’s say you want to become an expert on the sun. What would that mean? That you know its temperature, its cycles, its various wavelengths. But you still only know the sun from a great distance. So you build a ship and go to the sun. To survive the trip, you’d need to filter the sun’s light down to human [...]