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My Logic Overcomes My Faith: How to Control that?

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Abdullah

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Apr 19, 2019

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Assalamualaikum. I am born into a Muslim family but I haven't been practicing until recently because I feel the comfort and peace doing it. In my heart I know there is Allah and Prophet Muhammad is His Messenger but my mind is unable to wrap around it. There are many questions with regards to the faith (i.e believing whole heartily) & the logic upon those beliefs. At times, I am unable to comprehend certain passages in the Hadith or Quran cause my mind tells me how is that possible? And I am left stranded on trying to achieve full faith whilst fighting my logic. Is there a way that I may block my logic and really focus on the faith (i.e belief) ? PS: I haven't been able to find someone that can answer my questions in the local community.

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My Logic Overcomes My Faith

Short Answer: Of course, there are things we don’t understand, but isn’t that the case in life? We don’t understand everything. So it is with Islam. I used to ask myself the same questions you ask until, after much reading, I came to see that Islam is perfect and that it has the answer to all of life’s questions. I came to understand, too, that if there is something I don’t quite understand in Islam, it is not because Islam is wrong, but it is because I haven’t yet understood! I like to think of Islam as a diamond, with so many facets, appealing to people in many different ways. Those who are attracted to science fall at once for the scientific miracles of the Quran and marvel at what sense they make. I am not a scientist, and I still don’t quite understand them. Show me, however, verses in the Quran that speak of Allah’s Greatness and I am filled with awe and wonder. In other words, we need to step back and realise that the world doesn’t revolve around us, but that it revolves around Allah. Little by little, Allah opens our eyes more and more to see more deeply the riches of Islam. This can only happen, though, if we first of all are prepared to trust in Him. Without the faith that comes from prayer, how could we possibly understand the mysteries of the Quran.

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Wa Alaykum Assalam Dear Brother,

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

Islam is eminently sensible. It makes sense. One of the most important things as Muslims is to trust that common sense.

Of course, there are things we don’t understand, but isn’t that the case in life? We don’t understand everything. Scientists, for example, cannot give us a scientific explanation for a how a bee can fly. Yet the evidence is there before our eyes. We see it flying. How deep is the deepest ocean? We don’t know the answer to that question, yet it doesn’t keep us awake at night worrying until we find the answer.

No, there are some things we don’t understand. So it is with Islam. I used to ask myself the same questions you ask until, after much reading, I came to see that Islam is perfect and that it has the answer to all of life’s questions. I came to understand, too, that if there is something I don’t quite understand in Islam, it is not because Islam is wrong, but it is because I haven’t yet understood!

I like to think of Islam as a diamond, with so many facets, appealing to people in many different ways. Those who are attracted to science fall at once for the scientific miracles of the Quran and marvel at what sense they make. I am not a scientist, and I still don’t quite understand them. Show me, however, verses in the Quran that speak of Allah’s Greatness and I am filled with awe and wonder.

In other words, we need to step back and realise that the world doesn’t revolve around us, but that it revolves around Allah. Little by little, Allah opens our eyes more and more to see more deeply the riches of Islam.

This can only happen, though, if we first of all are prepared to trust in Him. Without the faith that comes from prayer, how could we possibly understand the mysteries of the Quran.

It can be difficult to remain faithful to our daily prayers, and many Muslims feel periods of trial or at least of their prayers seeming very lukewarm. The only answer, though, is to stay with the prayers. Feed your faith with other things, too. When was the last time you took a walk and marvelled at the beauty of creation? When was the last time, if you are married, you marvelled at the bond existing between you and your wife?

The answer to all our questions will come when Allah chooses it to. Islam may seem complex at times, but at such times it only shows just how little we understand. Ask Allah to open the eyes of your faith through prayer – and then see the difference it makes in your life.

And Allah knows best.

I hope this helps.

Salam and please keep in touch.

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Idris Tawfiq was a British writer, public speaker and consultant.He became a Muslim around 15 years ago.For many years, he was head of religious education in different schools in the United Kingdom.Before embracing Islam, he was a Roman Catholic priest.He passed away in peace in the UK in February 2016 after a period of illness.May Allah (SWT) have mercy on him, and accept his good deeds. Ameen.

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