By Yahya Figueroa
Many of our Muslim answers have become dogmatic, repeating of a few themes someone has kind of understood from some book or the other.
Iman (faith) is of course the cornerstone of our Muslim lives.
I won’t recant basics of faith, theology and points we believe in. These cardinal points are laid out in Quran, Hadith and books dedicated to these very deep matters.
I want to speak of the role of faith as an element in our lives. Iman is an additional component of our understanding of our world. It is finally by faith that we choose to believe somethings rather than others. Currently, for example, the debate continues over the equality of the human race.
There are arguments with facts and numbers, charts and theories in all sides. Some can’ prove’ that one race is superior to the other. The opposite side may equally respond with their proofs and “facts.”
It is faith for us, Qur’anic faith, that argues that all human beings are from one common origin. That superiority is only by piety and noble character. Now other than by faith, there is no logical demonstration that determines that human equality is scientifically true.
It is the same with the meaning of our lives and direction of the universe.
We see trillions of interacting parts of the universe. From the furthest galaxies to our own internal world. The rotating spinning planets in orbit, the process of oxygen and constant precision of hearts and brains lungs and hundreds of body parts repeated in billions of people indeed living beings defies comprehension. Now the atheist take has it that this is just incredibly good luck.
I think logic and reason shout that insane–yet even if we are at a standstill it is by faith that we affirm the truth of our Creator, our guiding powerful Lord.
Practical faith gives meaning and hope to our lives.