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The battle of wits between the advocates of Faith and Skepticism never advanced much beyond the argument that Hazrat Ali, Radiyallahu Anhu, put forward 1400 years ago.
Hazrat Ali wrote a little couplet in which he said this – he was a great poet and literary figure by the way, among so many other things:
“The physicist and the physician both claimed,
There was no resurrection and no day of judgment.
To this I said: Fine, have it your way!
If, I then pointed out,
Things after death turn out the way you say,
I will not be in any trouble at all;
But if, on the other hand,
Should things turn out the way I say,
Imagine what your fate will be.”
This debate between Belief and Disbelief is a matter of considerable personal interest to me and I have followed it keenly over several decades in person and over centuries in books.
And let me say two things:
a) First of all, Hazrat Ali’s argument is as calm, cool and rational as it can be.
b) Second, I have not seen either the physicist or the physician, as Hazrat Ali, Radiyallahu Anhu, calls them, or anyone else, come up with a satisfactory counter to this most eloquent argument by Hazrat Ali.
So far as I can judge, the ball is still in the court of the Skeptics.
As for that Haiku-type little poem by Hazrat Ali, Radiyallahu Anhu, here it is in original Arabic:
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With regard to anything, just because you don't see it does not mean it is not there.
For, as all educated people know -- or they should know -- that with regard to anything: "Absence of Evidence" is by no means ...
Think about Him, Not about You. Don’t think about who you are: Hindu, Jew, Christian or Muslim. Rich, poor, black, white, man, woman. Instead focus and concentrate on who HE is: God of All. God of love. God of mercy ...
When we do or say something, others watch. And they listen.
And, when we think, no one is watching or listening, Allah is.
That is the difference between faith and lack of faith -- between being a Muslim and not being a ...
Humans have a predictable trajectory in life. Some a bit different than some others in some minor details no doubt. But the basic process -- and the basic beginning and end -- is all the same.
We are all born weak ...
There is not a doubt that we are all on our return journey to God – each and every one of us.
The Qur’an makes that categorically clear.
Wa Inaa Ilaihi Raaji’oon!
“We are all marching back to God!”
The first step in this ...
I don't get it. I just don't.
I don't get the fact that Muslims don't seem to get it.
And I don't get the fact that the Non-Muslims and the world don't seem to get it.
They all seem to have some vague ...
And knowing and believing that there is Hisaab -- total and complete accountability before God after death -- we humans would not only behave better, and live a better life in this world, we also would not worry too much about what ...
Every man's -- and I suppose every woman's -- "permanent" address, as they call it, in this most obviously and stubbornly impermanent world, is as follows:
Name: whatever that is
Door Number: whatever that is
Street: whatever that is
Town, city or village: whatever ...
I feel I am trivializing it by putting it this way, but that is the image that comes to mind. And it is not even apt or appropriate, really.
But when I see people falling over themselves, and not even minding ...
“Pleasure for many people is the path they pursue through life. Pain is often the price they pay for many of the pleasures they seek in this world. Islam modulates pleasure, and optimizes it, while minimizing pain and distancing it. ...
"Islam places in the hands of all of us a most personal and intimate miracle: How to defy death every time it strikes.
Here is how.
“Everything shall perish,” the Qur’an declares, “except him!”
Reference is to God.
Islam defines human mortality in a ...
George Bush (Jr.), former president of the United States, once said he was the decider. Well, I have news for him.
In the real world, the world in which all decisions are made and count, the only decider is Allah – ...
Humanity was sick, Islam came to heal it.
Humanity is back to being sick again. It needs Islam, once again, to make it well and whole.
It needs the Qur’an.
Allahu Akbar, should that alone not wake up human beings today to the ...
"When things go wrong – and they often do – people look for someone to blame. Often, they find it easier to blame others than to hold themselves accountable.
“Scapegoating” is an old idea. It is in the Bible – the Old ...
Accountability is a most important aspect of a Muslim’s life. And this accountability is not just before God Almighty, the Creator. It is also before each and every one of his creation.
Because God’s creation has a stake in what goes ...
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