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Integration of Human Reason and Revelation in Islam (Quranic Approach)

Ashimi, Tijani Ahmad (2017) Integration of Human Reason and Revelation in Islam (Quranic Approach). In: 4th World Conference on Integration of Knowledge 2017 (WCIK 2017)., 31-Jul-1 Aug 2017, Penang.

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Revelation (Qur’an) and human reason are indeed intertwined in Islamic worldview. Revelation, at least in its Islamic form, seeks its justification in empirical reality; it sees empirical reality as manifestation of a transcendental reality. Therefore, human is linked to the truth of God either through revelation or reason. It is undeniable fact that, human reason can guide people to some extent to the broadest universal truths (such as existence of God), it has also contributed immensely to the scientific development and technological advancement in this twenty first century. However, human reason may not be able to provide insight into the details of metaphysical world, such as hell, heaven, creation and eschatology etc... Hence, the role of revelation is emerged to remedy such deficiency that can not be solved by human intellect alone. Thus, it is inadequate to reject revelation and contrast scientific with revealed knowledge. i.e the reality should not be confined exclusively to the realm of visible world and empirical phenomena, under the raison d’etre that reason can not ascertain transcendental reality. As a matter of fact, in Islam, both revelation and reason can work together in order to understand this universe comprehensively. Based on this fact, this humble paper will apply Quranic approach to explore vis-a-vis compatibility or integration of revelation and reason in Islam that is by exploring the meaning of revelation (Quran) and etymology of reason according to various scholars. Then, integration and compatibility of revelation and human reason will be disclosed, and some Quranic verses that urge man to use his intellect to comprehend the revelation will be followed. Finally, a brief conclusion will be provided.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Additional Information: 6733/59651
Uncontrolled Keywords: Revelation, Reason, Science, Integration, compatibility, Qur’an, Islam
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP134.S3 Quran and Science
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Mr Tijani Ahmad Ashimi
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2017 10:35
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/59651

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