Book 4 – Lesson 1
3. Seeking the Truth
In any attempt to analyse or contemplate, we must train ourselves to seek outthe truth. Nothing should be of more importance that this.Accepting ideas and opinions without searching for flaws or solid foundationsleads to hasty actions. Such decisions may provide immediate satisfaction of our desires but in the long wrong, they will only harm us. If we do not formthe habit of seeking out the truth in every circumstance then we will lower ourlevel of thinking and never learn how to differentiate truth from falsehood.
Islamic Point of View
In Islam, the necessity of intellect has been given great emphasis. The HolyQur’an cautions people against following things blindly.
“ (O Man) Do not follow that which you have no knowledge of …”
Sura Bani Isra’il, Verse 36In this verse, we can see that Islam encourage man to think and research oninformation before accepting it as the truth. This emphasis is so immense, thatthe accepting of the tenets of faith i.e. Tawheed, Nubuwwat, Imamat andQiyamat, blindly is not allowed. An individual must ponder upon and beconvinced of the truth before his belief is accepted. From the viewpoint of Islam,a person who has attained maturity is one who is intellectually advanced.According to Allah (S.W.T.), if a person guides his thoughts towards seeking outthe truth then he will easily be able to identify it from falsehood. This is whythere is no force in religion – anyone who truly seeks God will find Him. TheQur’an says:
“There is no compulsion in religion. Guidance is distinguishable from error” Sura Baqara, Verse 256
From this verse, we understand that the cause of man’s deviation from the RightPath is his lack of thinking and contemplation and his tendency towards hastydecisions.
If Muslims would be satisfied with judgments based on weak arguments thenthey would find themselves confusing religious teachings with superstition andinnovation – a problem that faces many other faiths. Islam requires that everyargument and action be founded on solid reasoning and sound judgment. TheQur’an acknowledges men of knowledge as those who respect the Laws of God.
“Only the realistic and visionary men are obedient to Allah.” Sura Fatir, Verse 28
To better understand the-long term effects of making hasty decisions, we canoutline two different examples