Why believe in a God? It is an old question, has been debated for thousands of years with no particularly satisfactory answers. However it does bug me.
My question is that in philosophy there is a doctrine "pragmatism" which define that "truth that we know today might be changed tomorrow as future is clearly uncertain. We try to discover things in every branch of knowledge just to solve the problems of today but we can be wrong in future". As we know that this is the principle on science, philosophy and in fact all knowledge is based. Now we come to Islam.…
Does Islam provide any critique or appraisal of Monotheistic religions - or in other words - of itself? Is it self-conscious, self-critical and self-correcting by its very nature? I want to know if Islam has the ability to evolve from within - as the world moves forward and realities change.
I saw a verse inscribed on a wall of a Pakistani Muslim boutique that says like this: "Allah allah karne se na milay allah, Allah walon se milne se miljaye allah (You can reach God by calling Him. The only way to access Him is to join the company of His friends)." I don't remember the exact sentence but it was like this, my question is-is this shirk (polytheism) or just a sufi prose?
I believe in God, al-hamdulillah. I believe that He is one and our creator and supreme of all. After truly believing this, can we think or research about following:
I heard in a lecture by Javed Ahmed Ghamdi that we should give "understanding to our kids about tawheed (unicity of God) and shirk (polytheism)". Honestly I grew up in a Muslim family but nobody gave us this understanding. “Everything is just there” kind of thing and now being living in US Mr Ghamdi's talk touched me from heart. Please ask him how can I give this understanding to my kids and probably for myself…
What is the purpose of our life? In our short life what does Allah wants us to do and how do we know we are going in the right direction?
Who is a Kafir? How can a Christian be a Kafir and still be from among
the People of the book?
Why believe in a God? It is an old question and has been debated for thousands of years with no particularly satisfactory answers. However it does bug me. Please let me know your arguments.