21 – IARLG – FACTS/REALITY: TRUTH & FALSEHOOD /ILLUSIONS; Date: 4th July 2014; 6th or 7th Ramadan 1435

Date: 4th July 2014; 6th/7th Ramadan 1435;

ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/reminds that following reality is what is important:

FACTS/REALITY: TRUTH & FALSEHOOD /ILLUSIONS

Truth: That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Conformity with fact or reality.

Lie: That which is not true or is not in accordance with fact or reality.

Illusion: That which deceives by producing a false/misleading impression of reality. The state of being deceived.

Reality: The state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

Fact: Something that actually exists; reality; truth.

Looking at the above definitions we can come to the conclusion that there is such thing as ‘truth’ or ‘lies’; there are only facts {reality}. This may be hard to swallow but please consider the following examples:

  • The Chief of a certain village in Africa stood up and told his people, “I am telling you the truth, women should not eat chicken eggs. It is great taboo and will bring a lot of harm to our clan.”
  • A doctor said to her female patient, “I am telling you the truth, women should eat chicken eggs. They have a lot of proteins and furthermore Allah has allowed it.”
  • An atheist says, “Whoever says there is a god is definitely lying.”
  • A Muslim says, “Whoever says that Allah doesn’t exist is definitely lying.”

Looking at the four examples above it becomes very clear that people live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. In the end that is how they define ‘reality’. What we can also see is that what is “correct & true”, “incorrect & false” are actually mere vague concepts. One’s person’s reality may be another person’s illusion and one’s person’s illusion may be another person’s reality.

The All-Knower and the Most Wise is Allah. Only Allah can tell us what is true and false with perfect accuracy. This is because Allah knows all the facts and knows the reality. If we follow what Allah tells us is the truth we can be sure we are following the truth. Allah’s other name is Al-Haqq {The Truth} after all.

Allah gave humans the ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood. This can be shown in the following ayat:

O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar – evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done. (Qur’an 49:6)

All we need to do is to verify the information/news from the right sources. The best source of gaining beneficial knowledge is from Allah because as stated earlier, Allah knows all the facts.

Please find our advice on what to do before confirming any information:

  1. Believe in Allah and what He has revealed. This should be the utmost priority. {The reason will be explained below}.
  2. Seek as much beneficial religious knowledge as possible. This can be acquired from the Qur’an and Sunnah of our Messenger Muhammad {S.A.W}
  3. Seek as much beneficial knowledge as possible. Since the knowledge from the Qur’an and Sunnah is higher than worldly knowledge; such knowledge will guide you properly in the search of other kinds of knowledge.

Now please note that the advice above is based entirely on our opinions. Now we would like to explain why we first recommend believing in Allah and what He has revealed. The following are the two reasons:

  1. There many places in the Qur’an where Allah tells us, “believe and do righteous good deeds”.
  2. Allah created all human beings in such a way they are forced to find some being greater than themselves and to place their trust in that being and to follow that being blindly. The only Being that should be followed is Allah. Allah is the Truth and He knows all the facts. Yet some people follow false gods, their own desires or even their own selves. Following anything other than Allah is a very bad start and will lead you to shirk the worst of all sins. Furthermore following anything other than Allah will not lead you to the truth and when we say truth we mean reality. Please look at the following statement of following other than Allah:

Following false gods, idols, desires, your own selves {I am my own boss} or anything else will not make you a Muslim: A Muslim follows Islam {the only religion that Allah accepts}. A Muslim worships and is a slave of Allah. Seeking beneficial knowledge should be our top priority so that we may safeguard ourselves. Without knowledge it is very easy for Iblis to take us out of reality and put us under illusions.

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