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Verse 19: Atomic Energy

The author deals in this couplet with a subject of topical interest. We have often read of the spirit of search and inquiry of men of science and the glory of their achievement in liberating the atom, described in scientific language, as the ultimate particle of matter and incapable of further division. The author directs the reader to ponder over and contemplate the phenomenon whereby this ultimate particle generates prodigious energy, fantastic in force, and so endeavour to realise the power of the Creator. Inferentially, the author leads us to consider the smallest unit of creation so that the power [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 18: From the Higher View

Once again the fundamental principle is enunciated here, namely, that comprehension of the created, i.e. the subject of creation is the only and unfailing method for the comprehension of the omnipotence of the Creator. If man ponders over each subject of creation, its formation, qualities, capacities and then further delves into the interrelation of each to the whole conception of the cosmic universe, and at the same time comprehends but an iota of it, man will avow the existence of the Creator and the futility of aspiring to a knowledge of the Creator. He will rest satisfied in the knowledge [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 17: If ʿAql Enables you to Fly

  The previous verse and those following, by illustrative references, set the reader's mind thinking on the majesty, and omnipotence of the Creator. The trend of thought is not to suggest that the Creator can be comprehended. This, we have been clearly told, is outside the power of man, nay, even beyond the power of al-ʿAql al-Awwal, the first and highest in perfection. Rather, we are told, if man comprehends certain facts and substances that are to be found in Creation, he will be convinced beyond a shadow of doubt of the fact of the Creator and he will be [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 16: The Glory of the Creator

This couplet projects us into the present age. The present generation justly lays claim to have advanced in the scientific and other fields of knowledge so as to produce atomic reactors, hydrogen bombs, jet planes, etc. The achievement is truly great and a matter of just pride. However, the author cautions that this achievement only reveals the glory of the Creator and implies that the just pride of achievement should not make us lose sight of the fact of our human character, of our ultimate fate and the existence of the Creator. We are to comprehend the glory of the [...]

By |February 14th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 15: Comprehending the Soul

This verse recalls a hadith of the Holy Prophet SAW questioned as to how one could know the Creator, the Prophet replied : 'Whosoever should know his soul will know his Creator.' The reply is at once apt and conclusive. It admonishes, as it were, the questioner and directs him first to attempt to know himself before he can even presume to know the Creator. If man can truly lay a claim to the knowledge of himself i.e. his soul, such knowledge itself will indicate to man, that the Creator is beyond the reach of comprehension, and, that the nearest [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 14: Happiness

The author in the immediately preceding verses having dealt with al-ʿaql al-salīm and having illustrated a few of the 'obstructions' which ʿaql meets with, now indicates that a happy life is within the grasp of that man who fashions his ʿaql, by the processes prescribed, into al-ʿaql al-salīm to which he thereafter owes obedience as his master. The two requirements of happiness, in this context, are al-ʿaql al-salīm and its supremacy over man. It is by virtue of this al-ʿaql al-salīm that the species homo sapiens becomes the noblest handiwork of Allah. The concept of happiness calls for explanation. In [...]

By |February 12th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|
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