Reason and Revelation / Role of Intellect in Islam
Duration/Lessons: +5hrs / 6 lessons
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About: A series of lectures on nothing less than the most important topic in Islam or any field of thought or activity: what is the limit, if any, on the use of the human intellect in terms of arriving at 'truth'? Is there a conflict between reason and revelation in revealed religions and which has primacy? At the risk of spoilers, this series of lectures is indispensable, because it literally frees the imprisoned minds of Muslims and others: reason is openly given primacy by both itself and the Quran: if the role of reason is merely to take one to revelation and thereafter not to be trusted, as many false intellectuals amongst both Muslims and Christians claim, then the means by which one reached said revelation are faulty, since they are not to be trusted. Thus reason has primacy for it is the means by which we decide if God exists in the first place and thereafter which if any is the correct message from him. The intellect is given free reign by Islam and no question is disallowed: in short, Islam has nothing to fear from the intellects' unlimited application and in fact demands it in the Quran in explicit terms and in numerous places, as conclusively shown in parts 1-3 (with numerous fascinating digressions). After showing the clear logical, rational and Quranic proofs, the eminent speaker goes on to tackle in the latter parts how the clear message of the Quran, which respects the intellect and yes, even philosophical thinking, in the strongest terms, was subverted, perverted or outright ignored by various movements and thinkers, including our old friend Ibn Taymiyyah...