The Quranology Diaries (vol. 3)

Might as well ban the Qur’an

If you don’t follow mindless religiosity without raising any questions or make intellectual opposition, and when you do it is countered as “intellectual arrogance”, “overreliance on the intellect”, and “a satan’s trick”! If this is the case, then you will have to ban the Qur’an to stop it from igniting the intellect and thus driving people into the trick of satan.

In-fact, the reverse is actually true; only mindless religiosity is nurtured by absolute arrogance, whilst true intellectualisation humbles the human; which is why the Qur’an compels us to adopt it. The trick of satan is to make us believe that utilising the intellect is a part of his trap.

Analysing viewpoints of others

Focus only on the ideas, opinions, conclusions, findings etc, and then try to understand the point of view, perspective and the basis of their view etc. Focusing on the character itself is foolish and ignorant.

Of-course, it is important for an individual for their knowledge to be consistent with their character, but in terms of an intellectual truth only the evidence and its manifestation matters. If you seek truth with a personality-centred approach, there is a risk of a high probability that you will end up being in a cult of personality or initiating one.

The key characteristic of a truth-seeker is that they take from all, pious or sinner; basing solely on the strength of the evidence.

Eclipse-related myths

Q: Is an eclipse harmful for a pregnant woman and her baby?

A: This seems to be predominantly a south-Asian superstition, rooted in Hindu astrology, where it is believed to affect the developing baby by causing a physical deformity, such as a cleft lip or birthmarks.

The Qur’an and science make no such correlations. As a matter of fact, the Qur’an strongly shuns superstitious beliefs, and scientists at NASA call such beliefs myths.

A parting thought

The institutionalisation of extra-Qur’anic materials as binding authorities and thereafter constituting the Qur’an as contingent to them is downright polytheism; and purifying the Qur’an from the grip of such unwarranted authorities, is returning back to pure monotheism.

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Adam Sayid is presently Visiting Religious Advisor at The Association of British Muslims, and the Chief executive officer at Quranology the Quran App

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