Seeking knowledge

Islam teaches us to seek knowledge and to think about our faith. It is not a matter of taking a leap of faith, but finding a logical path to faith — at least this is how I understand it. And this is a huge reason why the path of Islam is so appealing to me.

I was trained as a scientist and worked in a laboratory for more than a decade. I still work in the sciences but on the softer side of things compared to what I used to do, but I still love science. (Yes, I am a nerd.)

Even when I was in my most ‘anti-religion’ phase in the past, I never saw the conflict between science and God. In fact, the more I studied science, learning all the intricacies of what we have discovered over the centuries and recognizing the huge gaps still in our understanding of the world, the more certain I was there had to be some point of origin or ultimate source of energy – though it took me years to come to terms with what I understood our creator to be despite my Catholic upbringing.

I started thinking about all this again when I read a blog by an amazing Muslimah who noted she was a bit wary of reading books like “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins.

I have read many of these types of books, though mostly in years before I decided to follow Islam. Typically these books are opinion pieces being presented as fact, with flawed logic and biased research behind the arguments. These books did nothing to drive me towards atheism. In hindsight, they may have even pushed me towards Islam since, for me, they did not successfully argue their point. But I found it greatly valuable to understand what other people believe and why.

And I wonder if this principle can be applied to biased histories of Islam, such as the one shown on television a few weeks ago in the UK, and ‘art’ that may be viewed as disrespectful to Islam – be it television shows or movies. In my view, Islam is so much stronger than anything else out there. Though I emphatically believe we should be watchful of Islamophobia and speak out against it always.

I embrace the call to seek knowledge in Islam, and I encourage the Muslimah to read Richard Dawkins or anybody else she wants to read.

We should study our religion deeply, but we should know other points of view as well as I think it makes us stronger. Reading something that contradicts your belief may just encourage you learn more and can deepen your faith.

What do you think? Can Islam and Muslims take it? Should we worry about biased historians or atheists pushing their agenda? Where do we draw the line between seeking knowledge and appropriate avoidance of negative forces? And where does tolerance and ‘agreeing to disagree’ balance with fighting Islamophobia?

8 responses

  1. Love your post and the new look! I have read through Richard Dawkins briefly and he made a great argument that for a religion that promotes peace, we sure do get worked up violently over issues of like Danish cartoons. He is simply stating his opinion, and another convert I know made a good point that we often become so sensitive about these issues, it’s a lot to do with our own insecurities. Personally for me, I’m too busy worrying about how I look in front of God, to be defacing how others will turn to Him as well. Keep up your logical path towards Islam, it’s truly the only thing that makes sense. 😀

  2. Thought provoking post mashaAllah! 🙂
    I believe its very important to understand different angles of how human minds think and comprehend, in order to understand their view point. That would be a great way to increase our own pursuit of knowledge in helping us understand more about this beautiful religion. Its a never ending process of discovering more about Islam and helping others learn more too, in the process 🙂

  3. Assalamu Alaikum!
    Dear sister, I hope you are fine, happy and blessed………. what is going on with west or writers or actions that are done against Islam is a covert agenda…………. Its like they want to test how we are emotionally connected to our creator and his Prophet(S.A.W) including other Prophets (pbut) of Allah.
    Once christianity was deliberately infiltrated by (you all know), and was destroyed from within……….that was destruction without war, it is called 4th generation warfare.
    Once we are detached from our religion emotionally, then its all over like that of christianity and western civilization.

    Protocols of the learned elders of zion:

    *Protocol IV Materialism Replaces Religion
    “2. Who and what is in a position to overthrow an invisible force? And this is precisely what our force is. GENTILE(non-jew) masonry blindly serves as a screen for us and our objects, but the plan of action of our force, even its very abiding-place, remains for the whole people an unknown mystery.”

    “3.IT IS INDISPENSABLE FOR US TO UNDERMINE ALL FAITH, TO TEAR OUT OF THE MIND OF THE “GOYIM(non-jews)” THE VERY PRINCIPLE OF GOD-HEAD AND THE SPIRIT, AND TO PUT IN ITS PLACE ARITHMETICAL CALCULATIONS AND MATERIAL NEEDS.”

    “4. In order to give the GOYIM no time to think and take note, their minds must be diverted towards industry and trade. Thus, all the nations will be swallowed up in the pursuit of gain and in the race for it will not take note of their common foe. But again, in order that freedom may once for all disintegrate and ruin the communities of the GOYIM, we must put industry on a speculative basis: the result of this will be that what is withdrawn from the land by industry will slip through the hands and pass into speculation, that is, to our classes. ”

    note:They were created 100+ years ago to remove Allah fearing Muslims and christians……………….but Muslims still are connected to their mighty creator uncorrupted. Now do you get the point……

    *Protocol XII Control of the Press

    *Protocol XIV Assault on Religion
    “1. The need for daily bread forces the GOYIM (non-jews) to keep silence and be our humble servants. Agents taken on to our press from among the GOYIM will at our orders discuss anything which it is inconvenient for us to issue directly in official documents, and we meanwhile, quietly amid the din of the discussion so raised, shall simply take and carry through such measures as we wish and then offer them to the public as an accomplished fact. No one will dare to demand the abrogation of a matter once settled, all the more so as it will be represented as an improvement … And immediately the press will distract the current of thought towards, new questions, (have we not trained people always to be seeking something new?). Into the discussions of these new questions will throw themselves those of the brainless dispensers of fortunes who are not able even now to understand that they have not the remotest conception about the matters which they undertake to discuss. Questions of the political are unattainable for any save those who have guided it already for many ages, the creators.”

    “4. The part played by the liberals, utopian dreamers, will be finally played out when our government is acknowledged. Till such time they will continue to do us good service. Therefore we shall continue to direct their minds to all sorts of vain conceptions of fantastic theories, new and apparently progressive: for have we not with complete success turned the brainless heads of the GOYIM with progress, till there is not among the GOYIM one mind able to perceive that under this word lies a departure from truth in all cases where it is not a question of material inventions, for truth is one, and in it there is no place for progress. Progress, like a fallacious idea, serves to obscure truth so that none may know it except us, the Chosen of God, its guardians. ”

    Protocol XVI Brainwashing (through mainstream media)

    Protocol IX Re-education (Darwinism translated into atheism)
    CHRISTIAN YOUTH DESTROYED
    “10. WE HAVE FOOLED, BEMUSED AND CORRUPTED THE YOUTH OF THE “GOYIM” BY REARING THEM IN PRINCIPLES AND THEORIES WHICH ARE KNOWN TO US TO BE FALSE ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN INCULCATED.”

    Back to topic…………..that is the reason why Allah says in Quran again and again “Think and reflect”
    We just hope our fellow human beings start thinking……….. and to work betterment of the entire humanity.

    Few things to note when atheists say it happened on its own which is called evolution……………………have you or i, ever talked to an animal who improved its genetic code and starting doing things that can be called improvement in intelligence……………..never in recorded history…………..may be any atheist might have done it in dreams…….

    smallest of the things can be invented by humans but universe cannot be created by Supreme authority……why double standards???…………actually ipad came into existence through accident on a desert (LOL)!!!!!!!!!!

    there are tons of things but some other time…….

    Allah Hafiz!

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