Lesson From Hizb Al-Tahrir

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Lessons from Hizb Al-Tahrir Week 1 Before the Circle Proof of God Man has various types of thought that allow him to come to certain conclusions. For example we have logical thought (of which empirical thought is one type) so we can deduce laws and axioms by observing things. For example by heating a 100 objects we can deduce that when you heat objects they expand, this is the basis of the scientific process, but here lies the catch because your laws can only work until something comes to defeat it for example when one heats ice it expands and so this makes the law void. For example the square root of 4 is 2 but what is the square root of minus 4? 2i this is an imaginary number and we cannot relate this to reality even though this is found my mathematical reasoning, also the concept of infinity is apt to be discussed here.

What is infinity? It could be described, as be unlimited/limitless. The final type of thought that we can discuss s rational thought, a type of thought that has bearing upon reality. This type of thought is excellent in trying to prove anything as it has the advantage of the other types of thought of being able to be experienced by others also it has the benefit over emotions as it is not confined to being experienced by the individual but can be experienced by others. For example a Christian (or any other religion) can say that they had an 'experience' by which they 'found' god by having the holy spirit talk with them, but if we rely upon this then other people can say well I had an experience with Rama or I reached Nirvana etc, so this is discarded and disregarded. So using rational thought we shall attempt to prove that god exists. So using the reality around us we see that there are objects of defined characteristics e.g. an ant, it has a certain size and shape it has antennae, it can lifts things etc. The ant however is limited i.e. it is of a set size and set weight and set colour(s) it cannot exceed these constraints, i.e. you do not find ants which are in excess of 1 metres in diameter. Now expanding this concept to encompass the entire universe we see that the entire universe and everything that is contains is limited and dependent, so we have the earth and the solar system which is limited by the mass it has because of the finite amount of matter it contains, secondly it is dependent upon the sun to hold the planets in orbit, the sun itself is finite and has to rely upon the hydrogen and helium atoms within it to sustain its nuclear fusion to produce energy for the earth. Now the entire universe itself is a slave to the laws of physics, but who put those laws there? If that entity is limited and dependent who put that entity there also and ad infinatumÃ¢ÂÂ¦so there must come a point where the chain stops and we arrive at a point where there is an entity which is not limited and not dependent and we call this entity Allah. Why must the chain stop? Because as we have said that this would mean that the universe has a infinite character to it and infinity has the curious aspect to it that all its attributes are infinite so by virtue of there being limited objects that make it up it cannot be infinite (also Prof. Steven Hawking has said in his seminal work "A Brief History of Time" that if the universe were to be infinite then at every point in the sky there would at some distance be a star and so the night sky should be bright as day, again this does not agree with reality) therefore to break the chain of infinity the creator is invoked. Also this creator cannot be part of the universe but must be outside of it otherwise it would again violate the laws of infinity but the source of all dependence is traced back to Allah.

From the Circle Man does not posses the right or the tools to legislate for himself Man cannot legislate by using his own intellectual powers (Al-Aql). For example if we got a room full of people and asked them to decide the fate of a given situation for example, if a problems arises in childbirth leading to a decision where either the child is saved or the women, varying opinions will be put forward in order so that the women is saved or the child for example it could be said that the women is more better to be saved because she can have other children but the husband may want to save the child because he can marry again. So the only manner we can legislate for mankind is by what Allah has given us in the form of Islam (Quran and Sunnah). No matter how much we try we cannot legislate for ourselves Allah has given us Aql but this can only be used to derive and deduce laws from what Allah and Rasoolullah (pbuh&hf&hc) has given to us. This neatly leads us to the axiom that for every action/inaction in Islam we need evidence.

Week 2 Before the Circle Proof of Quran What makes us believe the Quran is Al-Kalamallah (The word of God)? Is it not possible that Muhammad (pbuh&hf&hc) wrote it? Or that another Arab wrote it? Using this we find there are five distinct possibilities.

2. Another Arab wrote it.

3. A non-Arab wrote it.

4. Aliens wrote it.

5. Allah It should be stated that the Quran itself is a masterpiece of Arabic literature; its style, grammar and meaning are unique. When one tries to imitate the style one can't get the grammar or the meaning right and if one tries to imitate the grammar the meaning and style remain elusive and if ones tries to get the meaning correct one loses the grammar and the style. As is stated in the Quran, its challenge to the disbelievers produced one chapter (Surah) like it if it is indeed possible. This challenge has not been met for over fourteen hundred years.