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How can logic become idolatry?

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27 views asked Jul 23, 2014 by Saleh Al-Saleh (1,560 points)

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The idol of logic (Akl ke pujari)
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Islam places the human intellect in a very high status. People are held accountable because they have the faculty of reason. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

“The pen is lifted from three people: the sleeper until he awakens, the child until he reaches the age of discernment, and the insane until he is able to reason.” (At-Tirmidhi)

To protect the faculty of reason, Islam forbids consuming alcohol and narcotics. However, it should be noted that the human intellect has limitations. There are certain things that go beyond the capacity of the human intellect. For understanding such issues, Islam gives space to divine revelation to spare the human intellect any effort that might lead it astray. Giving preference to ones logic over them is sheer idolatry.

Allah, The Most High Says

“But no, by your Lord, they will not [truly] believe until they make you, [O Muhammad (SAW)], judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves and then find within themselves no discomfort from what you have judged and submit in [full, willing] submission.” [An-Nisā' 65]

Those who still uphold their superficial logic in preference divine revelations they should take a look at the lives of prophets. 

Allah, The Most High Says

“So We gave him the good news of a forbearing son. And when (his son) was old enough to help in his daily affairs, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I have seen in a dream that I must sacrifice you. So look, what think you? He said: O my father! Do that which you are commanded. God willing, you shall find me of the patient.” [Aş-Şāffāt 101-102]

Did Abraham (AS) question God (Naudhu billah) when He tested him with a command to sacrifice his only son? And today we find people in the east and west questioning Beard, Hijab, Fast, Circumcision etc. even though their benefits at both individual and societal level have been proved and more research is only adding to the humiliation of the rebellious folk.

~Wama Alayna Ilal Balagh Ul Mubeen

answered Jul 23, 2014 by Abid (1,970 points)
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