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Knowing Allah (SWT)

Post by ILMAdmin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:29 pm

Knowing Allah (SWT)
􀃆 Before we begin to study the ways in which we can know Allah (SWT), it is
necessary that we first look at the various methods that we as human beings use
to gather any kind of information or knowledge.
Gaining Knowledge
We know that one of man’s specialties is that he is always in search of gaining
more information about the world he lives in. He yearns to know anything that is
related to both, his internal and external world. Because the knowledge he seeks
comes in different forms, he is equipped with different skills to deal with this
variety.
There are four main skills a human being uses:
1. Senses
The most ancient and transparent way of gaining knowledge is through use of our
five basic senses.
We see the different colors and shapes that fill our world; we listen to birds
singing and babies crying; we learn the variety of flavors available through our
sense of taste; we smell the aromas that things give off and finally feel textures
through touch. The information we get in these ways is direct because the
particular sense sends the message straight away to the brain.
2. Experiments
Despite the fact that many obvious things are learnt through direct capture, there
are many aspects of our Universe that can not be discovered by using any of the
five senses. For example, we can not observe the actual flow of electricity in a
live wire with any of our senses. We can not use our senses to discover things
such as atoms, electrons and magnetism.
Our conclusions on this subject are a result of indirect methods of discovery.
Instead of seeing the actual object in question, we base our knowledge on the
effect it has on other things. For instance, we know that there is a flow of
electricity when we see the resulting light from a bulb.
Another example is in regards to people’s thoughts; we can not find out what
goes on in another person’s mind with any of our senses, but through that
person’s speech we are able to judge his thoughts and character.
When talking of indirect methods of gaining knowledge, we can refer to it as an
‘intellectually based’ approach because it relies on the brain to process the
information and apply it to the knowledge being searched for. Many of the
achievements of science are achieved through this system.
3. Intellect
The use of intellect to gain knowledge has been separated from the indirect
approach because of a fundamental difference that exists between the two.
In the direct method of capturing knowledge, the human being reasons out based
on his senses, BUT, the use of intellect does not rely on the senses to provide raw
information.
An example of this is the science of Mathematics. When we study other sciences
such as Chemistry and Physics, we know that we must carry out experiments,
capture information with our five senses and then apply these using the resulting
theories. This is not so in Mathematics.
Mathematics depends solely on thought processes of the brain (use of intellect).
In this science, you can get numerous results from a few basic sources, without
need for any experiments. In this case, the foundation stone is based on the brain.
4. Emotions
Our internal understanding is another way in which we gain knowledge. We are
capable of feeling sorrow, happiness, fear, courage, love and hatred. These
feelings are direct, meaning we can experience them without any interference of
external influences.
If we are happy we don’t achieve this state with the help of any of the five senses,
or the brain. The condition is directly felt in our heart. This is a result of an inner
instinct that illuminates different ways for man.

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Unseen vs. Nonexistent

Post by ILMAdmin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:30 pm

Unseen vs. Nonexistent
From the above methods it is obvious to note that the existence of something
does not depend only on our being able to sense it.
Many people deny the existence of Allah (SWT) claiming that they can not see
him. To them what can not be seen does not exist. However, if this were truly the
case then we would also have to deny many of the useful scientific achievements
that have been accomplished so far.
If our reasoning demands proof of existence, then likewise we should also have
proof of inexistence. When we have a lack of proof, we can say that we do not
have knowledge about the subject, but this is not the same as saying that the
subject does not exist.
To judge the presence or absence of anything, we need to first get information
about it. If it happens to be unseen, then that will not automatically mean it is
absent.
If we do not manage to get enough reasons to proof whether something is present
or absent, then the phrase ‘I don’t know’ can be used to show that neither opinion
has been sufficiently verified. This will also leave the door open to future
discovery and argument in favor of either the present or absent stance.
To explain this concept better, consider the following example:
Suppose you are standing in your room and somebody asks you if your best
friend is standing at a certain corner in town, which is out of your sight.
What would you say?
• Would you deny that your friend is there just because you can not see
him?
Or
• Would you say you don’t know?
The first is obviously an illogical answer. The second would be more sensible,
and would allow you to confirm later on, whether your friend was at that corner
or not.
From this we can conclude that not seeing something is certainly NOT a sign of
its absence.

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Summary

Post by ILMAdmin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:31 pm

Summary
Having looked at the various methods we use to gather and absorb information,
we can now see how a human being using these skills to learn about Allah (SWT)
and His existence.
It is clear that Allah (SWT) can not be found using the direct capture system,
because He does not have a material or physical form.
Since our senses can not detect Him, we must turn to the other ways, each of
these can help us understand Allah (SWT) better and prove His existence.
1. Experiments
In the same way we use experiments, properties and effects, to prove laws and
theories in this world, we can observe the system around us and from its signs
and properties, seek the path that will lead us to Allah (SWT).
2. Use of Intellect
This is the most complete method in the attempt to know Allah (SWT). By using
our intellectual power, we can prove the existence of the Creator. The original
and initial causes of various effects are the main intellectual reasons used to
prove the existence of Allah (SWT).
3. Relying on Emotions
We can also ascertain the existence of Allah (SWT) by utilizing our internal
feelings and emotions. This kind of knowledge is referred to as spiritual
knowledge and shall be discussed at a later stage.

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Evidence of the Existence of Allah (SWT) in Creation

Post by ILMAdmin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:31 pm

Evidence of the Existence of Allah (SWT) in Creation
The Universe has been created by Divine Intelligence and Design, as the
following shall reveal:
􀃆 The Earth rotates on its axis at 1000 miles per hour. If it slowed down to 100
miles per hour, our days and nights would be 10 times as long as it is now, and
the hot sun would then burn our vegetation during each long day, while during
the long night any surviving vegetation would freeze.
􀃆 The Sun, the source of our life has a surface temperature of 1200o F and our
Earth is just far away enough so that the Sun warms just enough, and not too
much! If the sun only gave off only ½ of its present radiation, we would freeze to
death, and if it gave half as much as more, we would roast.
􀃆 The slant of the Earth, which is tilted at an angle of 23o gives us our seasons.
Had it not been tilted, vapors from the oceans would move North and South
filling the continents with ice.
􀃆 If our Moon was only 50,000 miles away instead of its actual distance, the
tides would be so enormous that twice a day all the continents would be
submerged. The mountains would also soon be eroded away.
􀃆 If the crust of the Earth had been only 10 feet thicker, there would be no
Oxygen (O2), without which no animal / human being can survive.
􀃆 Had the ocean been a few feet deeper, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Oxygen
(O2) would have been absorbed, and no life could exist.
􀃆 If our atmosphere was thicker, some of the meteors, now burning in space by
the millions everyday, would be striking all parts of the earth, starting fires
everywhere.
Can all this exist simply by CHANCE?

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Scientists Acknowledge the Existence of God

Post by ILMAdmin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:32 pm

Scientists Acknowledge the Existence of God
Quotes of Famous Scientists
When I see the glories of the cosmos I cannot help but believe that
there is a Divine Hand behind it all
Albert Einstein
This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could
only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent
Being. This Being governs all things … as Lord of all.
Isaac Newton
Another source of conviction in the existence of God … follows from
the impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe
as the result of blind chance or necessity.
Charles Darwin
Scientists go one step further, and logically deduce from their evidence that the
Universe was intelligently created by one source, i.e. one God. The “oneness” of
this source is observed by:
• The uniformity in the workings of the laws of nature all through the
Universe
• The common origin of everything in the Universe
• The blueprint or design of life all across the species.
The above information tells us that many highly learned scientists have accepted
the existence of Supreme and Absolute power.
Therefore, justice demands that scientists SHOULD acknowledge this Grand
Creator.

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