Sunan At-Tirmidhī Ḥadīth [2323]

Alhamdulillah! May Allah grant us paradise, and make the trials of the dunya easy for us 🙂 Ameen.

Takhrīj Al Ḥadīth (تخريج الحديث)

Book [36]: Chapters on Zuhd [Asceticism]
Chapter [15]: The Ḥadīth: “The world compared to the hereafter is but like what one of you gets when placing his finger into the sea”

Ḥadīth [2323]: Qa’is bin Abī Ḥāzim said: I heard Mustawrid, a member of Banū Fihr, saying: The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “The world compared to the Hereafter is but like what one of you gets when placing his finger into the sea, so look at what you draw from it.”

Commentary: The Ḥadīth is in fact intended to convey the idea that the world, when compared to the Hereafter, is as insignificant as is the drop of water sticking to a man’s finger in comparison with the sea. The parable has just been coined to deliver a message. Otherwise in reality, the world does not weigh even as much as we…

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Evolutionary Reliabilism (ER) & True Perception is Doubted

Alhamdulillah, a great short article that really summarises the issues with belief that evolution favours truth over utility. Worth a read!

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Evolutionary reliabilism (ER) is the view that natural selection likely favored reliable cognitive faculties in humans. In his 2004 paper, James Sage (PhD, University of Utah) argues that there is no reason to accept that natural selection favored truth-reliable.

Donald D. Hoffman (University of California, Irvine) argues that true perception should not be assumed to have been favored by natural selection.

He was interviewed in Closer to the Truth to speak about his work. In this video, he gives piratical examples of evolution preferring reproductive fitness over truth.

Here is a complete list of Huffman’s research.

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The Problem With Secular Morality…

A short extract from Nietzsche on the problem with secular morality…

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“They are rid of the Christian God and now believe all the more firmly that they must cling to Christian morality. That is an English consistency; we do not wish to hold it against little moralistic females á la Eliot. In England one must rehabilitate oneself after every little emancipation from theology by showing in a veritably awe-inspiring manner what a moral fanatic one is. That is the penance they pay there.

We others hold otherwise. When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality from under one’s feet. This morality is by no means self-evident: this point has to be exhibited again and again, despite these English flatheads. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole: nothing necessary remains in one’s hands. Christianity presupposes…

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A Muslim’s Analysis of Kant: On the Limits of Reason

Here is a guest post I wrote for BloggingTheology.com. The essay is on Kant’s exploration of the limits of reason, and on my response to his notion that transcendental knowledge is impossible. Please check it out and let me know what you think 🙂 any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Introduction

In this essay I intend to do a number of things. First of all, I will explain what epistemology is in order to make what follows easier to understand. Once this has been done, I will move on to explain a problem highlighted by the french philosopher René Descartes, with regards to how one is to justify the use of reason. This will then follow on to Kant’s theory on the limits of reason itself. He uses this theory to conclude that knowledge of the transcendent is not possible; that is, we cannot have knowledge of things such as God or of an immaterial soul. Upon elaborating his theory, I will then move on to my critique of this philosophy, wherein I will argue that reason does indeed have its limits. Furthermore, I will argue that these limits are not static, but rather that they fluctuate. And finally, I…

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