Having Faith in Allah’s Words (Ep. 7) – Bringing Islamic History to Life Now, going back to the request of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam, Does that mean that there is logic provided for every ruling in the shariah? For every story, for every incident? Can we find a logical explanation? No, absolutely not. You use your ‘aql in Islam, you use your intellect to arrive at the integrity of the naql, to arrive at the integrity of the text. So I know anything that comes from Allah and His Messenger ﷺ is absolute truth. Even if my logic doesn’t agree with it. However, if I find the proof of it, and that’s the beauty of studying and the beauty of seeking knowledge. (QS. Fathir : 28) – إِنَّما يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبادِهِ الْعُلَماء Those who have a greater awe of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى are those who are learned it. Why? Because by studying the proofs and by studying the evidences, by studying context, your faith increases, because almost everything does have a logical explanation to it. But even when it doesn’t, I know, I’ve used my intellect, I’ve used my ‘aql, to arrive at the conclusion that there is no way that the Qur’an and the Sunnah are not divine. And so by doing so, that puts me to ease with everything that comes after that. And so you find Abu Bakr Ash-Shiddiq radiallahuanhu, when the Prophet ﷺ he took his night journey, the journey of Isra’ Mi’raj, and obviously the Prophet ﷺ when he wakes up and he tells the people that he was taken from Makkah to Jerusalem to the Heavens, Abu Jahal mocked the Prophet ﷺ and he called the people, and he said, “Can you repeat which you just said in front of the people?” And even some of the Muslims were shaken by that. How can the Prophet ﷺ, how can a man be taken from Makkah to Jerusalem to the Heavens and back all in one night? So a man comes to Abu Bakr radiallahuanhu and he says, “Do you hear what Muhammad ﷺ said?” And Abu Bakr raadiallahuanhu he responds by saying, “If he ﷺ said it, then he’s telling the truth.” And Abu Bakr says, “Look, I believe him when he says that something happens to him that far greater than that.” You know, what’s greater than him going from Makkah to Jerusalem and to the Heavens in one night? Is that revelation comes to him from the Lord of the Heavens? Revelation descends upon him from above the Heavens all the way to his heart (ﷺ). So I believed him with something far greater than that. Why wouldn’t I believe him when he tells me that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى took him from Makkah to Jerusalem to the Heavens and back in one night? And Abu Bakr radiallahuanhu what he’s showing us here, Abu Bakr did not say, “Well, I’m gonna need to see proof of what the Prophet ﷺ saw on the way, if the Prophet ﷺ can describe some things between Makkah and Jerusalem, then maybe I’ll be convinced.” No. Abu Bakr radiallahuanhu said, “Look, I know that this man is the Prophet of Allah. I know that this man receives revelation (ﷺ). So I believe him with whatever he says.” Now, does that mean when the Prophet ﷺ accurately describes the things that he’s seen between Makkah and Jerusalem to the extent that he would tell you (ﷺ) about a people and where their water was on the way from Makkah to Jerusalem, that no one would have known unless they were there, because they didn’t have text messages back then. Does that not increase the faith of the person when the Prophet ﷺ does that, when the Prophet ﷺ accurately explains these things? Of course it does. But I don’t need that to believe in it in the first place, but it will increase my iman, and that’s what Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam was asking. So it takes us to the next step. Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ says in the Qur’an: (QS. Fussilat :53) – سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ That, “We will show them Our signs in the universe and even within themselves.” in the farthest horizons all the way to themselves.” حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ “Until it shows to them, until it’s made clear to them, that it is the truth from Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى.” So Allah is telling us, “Look, I’m giving you all of these signs, all of these proofs, in the deep horizons and even within the creation of yourself, that there is no way that a being like you could exist without Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. Until it is made clear to you that this is the truth.” Once you have found that truth, there is the pursuit of truth and then there is the pursuit of meaning. And most people spend their lives trying to find the truth, and so, they never even get to the meaning and the purpose of life and what are we supposed to be doing here and so on so forth. As believers, as Muslims, we’ve already arrived at the truth, we’ve already know that this is the truth. So now the entire journey of life becomes finding the meaning. And even Atheist, you know I always say this that… that when you’re debating with an Atheist or you’re speaking to an atheist, by the end of the conversation they’ll be an agnostic. They’ll started off by saying, “There is no God.” But then when you put forth all the proofs, they’ll say, “Well, there might be a God”, or “I can see how there would be some divine energy or some God, but I don’t think that there is any religion or any guidance, we’re just left to be and we’re not sure”, and so on so forth. So could all of this, you know, the answer to that, could simply be, could all of this simply be without meaning? Do you really think Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى create that… if there is a God, if you’re convinced that there is some kind of divine energy and something that brought us here, cause it’s clearly is, would you really say that all of this is for nothing? that there is no meaning to it, that there is no purpose to it whatsoever? And Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى says in the Qur’an, that “We did not create anything without purpose”. Allah didn’t create anything without purpose. Everything was created for meaning and purpose. And so for the believer, the journey now becomes a journey of purpose and meaning.