The Defender of the Creed of Ahlu-s-Sunnah

Sources of Knowledge (3)

     I.    The Sound Senses (5)

A.   Hearing

B.   Sight

C.   Smell

D.   Taste

E.   Touch

   II.    The True Narration (2)

A.   Mutawatir Report

1.    An incident that is witnessed and transmitted by a large number of people and passed down by numerous channels of transmission in such a way that all of those people could not agree to lie.

B.   The Prophetic Report

1.    The one who is a Prophet proves he is so by the performance of a miracle

a.    The miracle is:

  • Extraordinary
  • Performed by the one who says he is a prophet
  • An act that can’t be matched or done by an opponent
  • An act that occurs in the way that the Prophet says it will

b.    Prophet Muhammad performed many miracle – some have been transmitted by Mutawatir

  • The Holy Qur’an
  • The water springing from between the Prophet’s fingers
  • The moaning tree trunk

Other Miracles

  • The Isra’ and Mi’raj
  • The animals testifying to his Prophethood
  • Feeding many from small containers of food
  • Miraculous healing
  • The illuminated staffs
  • The transformation of the people’s hearts of the Arab (and other) people
  • The food making the sound of tasbih
  • Filling the dry or brackish wells with potable water
  • The acceptance of the Prophet’s supplications (du^a)
  • Witnessing distant events (e.g., An-Najashi’s death / the lost camel)
  • Prophecy

  III.    The Reason (Sound Intellect)

A.   Knowledge attained by intuition*

1.    For example, the whole must be greater than its parts

B.   Knowledge gained by inference

1.    If X>Y, and Y>Z, then necessarily: X>Z

*Intuition here does not mean “a feeling”. Rather, it means something that is known without demonstration (i.e., it is known by natural intelligence or ‘common sense’ and doesn’t require a complex reasoning process)

The Rational Judgments (3)

     I.    The Rational Necessity (refers to Allah and His attributes)

A.   The One (and His attributes) whose non-existence is rejected by reason (i.e., the sound mind)

B.   Reason necessitates the recognition of the Creator Who has Perfect, Befitting Attributes, such as:

1.     Oneness (Dalil At-Tamanu^)

2.     Eternality

3.     Transcendence (i.e., Absolute Freedom From Need)

4.     Incomparability

5.     Knowledge, Power, and Will, etc.

   II.    The Rational Impossibility

A.   That which the mind does not accept [its existence] as a reality

1.    Examples: A square circle

2.    A daughter giving birth to her own mother

  III.    The Rational Possibility

A.   That which reason accepts [its existence] at one time, and non-existence at another (this refers to the entire creation)

1.    This entails the entire creation, including the customary and uncustomary events

2.    The miracles of the Prophets and karamat of the awliya’ are not impossible; they are contrary-to-custom

a.     The causes do not create the result (effect); Allah is the Creator of all causes and results

IMPORTANT QUOTE

“Confusing the uncustomary and the ‘unfamiliar’ with the impossible leads to many errors.”

TWO IMPORTANT RULES

a.    The Law of Contradiction: A thing cannot both be – and not be– in the same regard at the same time.

b.    A thing cannot be contrary to definition.