Saturday, December 9, 2006

50)Does Reason equal Revelation: Not quite!

When I talk about a balance between revelation and reason, I'd like to make it clear that, while it is as close to an equal balance as is possible, it can never be a perfect balance. It needs to be recognised that the mind, which is the tool whereby man exercises reason and intellect, is nevertheless itself a part of Allah's creation. Hence there is ultimate superiority of revelation over reason. This fact is eloquently stated by the following words of our present Imam:

Excerpt of speech made by Mowlana Hazar Imam at the founding of the Aga Khan University In Karachi, Pakistan in 1983:

"..........In Islamic belief, knowledge is two-fold. There is that revealed through the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) and that which man discovers by virtue of his own intellect. Nor do these two involve any contradiction, provided man remembers that his own mind is itself the creation of God. Without this humility, no balance is possible. With it, there are no barriers. Indeed, one strength of Islam has always lain in its belief that creation is not static but continuous, that through scientific and other endeavours, God has opened and continues to open new windows for us to see the marvels of His creation....."


Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4.
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3