The intellectual standards to improve the quality of reasoning and remaining cool
Sometimes we become so proud and arrogant that our blinkers do not allow us to see the full picture. With the narrow viewing angle we lose sight of the bigger picture and the panorama is missed. At other times we are wearing tinted sunglasses that do not let in the colours of the rainbow, so we see everything in black and white. Or as Jesus (peace be upon him) said “How can you say to your brother, let me remove the speck in your eye; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite!” After seeing President Trump on our TV screens for nearly a year now and seeing some of his belligerent and dangerous executive orders in less than two weeks into his presidency, it appears that he sees the world:
As black and white
Likes the idea of building walls
Puts the phone down when challenged
Why is he behaving like this? Psychologists could do a far better diagnosis than me, but I want to look at this from a moral and spiritual perspective.
One important contribution of Islam to the development of Human civilisation was its insistence on the use of reason rather than superstitions or mere assumptions. The Quran repeatedly urged its readers to look closely at nature, examine and study it carefully. Read this: “Have they not looked at the camel, how it was created? And the sky, how it was raised? And the mountains, how they were fixed? And the earth, how it was flattened and levelled? So, remind! Indeed you are a reminder. You are not there to compel them” (Sura Al Ghashiya: 17-22).
Hence, laying the foundations of empirical research, observations, measurements and solid tangible proof. This was revolutionary, since the Greeks were great at philosophy but not practical and experimental. In obeying these Quranic teachings, the Muslims laid the foundations of modern science in the 7th and 8th centuries. They made remarkable discoveries in Botany to Optics and Medicine to Horticulture. (Read More)
Dr Musharraf Hussain
He is the Chief Executive and Founder of Karimia Institute. In 2009, he was awarded an OBE for his services to community relations in Britain. He is the former chair of the Christian Muslim Forum, a senior trustee of Muslim Hands, trustee of National Centre for Citizenship and Law.