Thinking (at-tafkeer)

This excellent book is translated from the original Arabic book ‘Attafkeer’ by Sheikh Taqiuddin An Nabahani, an Islamic jurist, ‘alim, writer.

thinking at tafkeer by Nabahani

Thinking, the reality of thinking and the method to think have been subjects of great inquiry and debate among scholars and philosophers globally. However, various academicians have proposed different inconclusive theories, without anything concrete that clearly defines the Human mind, its reality and how it thinks.

However, most philosophers and thinkers studied the reality of thinking (waaqi’ ut-tafkeer) before studying the reality of the mind except for the Communist thinkers who however made clouded judgment due to their biased research in this regards.

This book is a must-read for all those people who wish to build a clear and decisive way of thinking. It is a must-read for those who want to understand how people think and how to influence people and convince them about their viewpoint.

It is a subject rarely written or spoken about and Nabahani has gone a far way in trying to explain the subject to the readers.

The Islamic Way of Thinking by Hasan Abdullah

Islam is a unique ideology based upon a unique Aqeedah which serves as the foundation for a
unique system of rules. The distinct nature of Islam would lead someone to ask whether or not
Islam came to also shape the thinking process, which is a process common to all human beings.

No doubt, thinking as a function of the human being is the same for all people. In this process, an
individual transmits his or her sensations of the reality to the brain through the senses and then
connects this sensation to previous information about the reality to produce a thought. Thus, a
reality must exist, which a person senses either directly or indirectly,1 and this reality is transmitted to the brain through one of the senses.

However, thoughts do not result from the sensation alone but result only by linking this sensation
with any previous information that the human being possesses which pertains to the reality at hand.

Thinking does not only consist of the reflection of the reality onto the brain as the Marxists claim.
The Marxists claimed such an idea for no other reason than to prove that matter precedes the Fikr, that the reality is the source of the culture, civilization, social order, and awareness, and that all evolved through the evolution of matter. Such a claim is false because the reality and the brain are not sufficient to produce thought.2 Although these two elements produce sensation, the sensation differs from thought because sensation exists among humans as well as animals.

However, the human being is distinct in the process of connecting the sensation with previous information to produce a new thought.

Thinking in this method is universal, like the processes of eating and walking. However, because
human beings adopt different Aqaid, and the adoption of any Aqeedah builds a person intellectually in a specific format, then the Aqeedah serves as the intellectual framework that defines the outlook towards life as well as the reference and foundation upon which the person builds all other thoughts.

Thus, the Aqeedah by its nature mandates a distinct way of thinking. And adopting the Islamic
Aqeedah in a correct intellectual manner (based upon sound intellectual thinking and not based on imitation of ancestors, blind faith, instinctive emotions, or benefit) will undoubtedly change the individual into an intellectual ideological person who thinks in a distinct method with a distinct style and inclination. And this distinct thinking will manifest in a distinct pattern of behavior.

 

This Is The Truth

This Is The Truth

The Role Of The Mosque

One of the many graces which Allah (swt) has bestowed upon the generous Muslim Ummah is the
making of the whole earth pure, a mosque and a grand mihrab for her where Allah (swt) is
worshipped in every single corner of it, whether in the mosques, in the markets, in the streets, or at
schools and universities, in the houses, at the frontiers and so on. Therefore, the whole earth is a
mosque, and this is indicated by the hadith reported by Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of
Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “I have been granted upon five things
which were not granted to any other prophet before me: I have gained victory with awe from the
distance of one month; the earth has been made sacred and pure and mosque for me, so whenever
the time of prayer comes for anyone of you, he should pray wherever he is; the spoils of war have
been made lawful for me, and these were never made lawful to anyone before; I have been granted
shafa‘a (intercession); and every prophet was sent particularly to his own people, whereas I have
been sent to all mankind.”

Our Philosophy by Muhammad Baqir as-Sadr

Our Philosophy is a collection of our basic notions concerning the world and our way of considering it. For this reason, the book, with the exception of the Introduction, is divided into two investigations: one concerned with the theory of knowledge, and the other, with the philosophical notion of the world.

Muslim Youth: Followers or Leaders?

Muslim youth growing up in the West face a variety of problems, issues and dilemma’s. Many deal with them by simply ‘going with the flow’ or by ‘following the crowd’. Often Muslims follow the youth in wider society despite the fact that they possess the true belief, Islam. The belief of Islam makes us different and worthy to be leaders of humanity rather than followers of people whose favourite pastime is getting drunk or high on a Friday night.

This book is a collection of articles relevant to Muslim youth in the West. It aims to provoke thinking to enable Muslim youth to realise their true identity as slaves of Allah ? and not slaves to pop stars,
sports personalities, movie celebrities or any human being.

 

Mankind's Greatest Question

‘Where did I come from, and where am I going? is the question on every child’s lips at some stage. What is the relationship between man, life and the universe? What is the link between life and what was before life, and what is after life? These are all the most natural of questions which man wants an answer to, and indeed needs an answer to, to form a basis for all actions. Without an answer, we are simply running with a limited view of life, i.e. what is here and now with no regard to the past and future. Such a view of life is comparable to applying for a job without asking the interviewer what the history of the company is, who they will be working for, why the previous person left, what the job is, how the job is likely to develop, what the prospects for promotion are and so on. To simply ask for the job without any reference to the past and the future and how they are related is superficial and naive.’

Saladin And The Fall Of The Kingdom Of Jerusalem by Stanley Lane-Poole

IN the year 1132 a broken army, flying before its pursuers, reached the left bank of the Tigris. On the other side, upon a steep cliff, stood the impregnable Fortress of Tekrit, defended landwards by a deep moat and accessible only by secret steps cut in the rock and leading from the heart of the citadel to the water’s edge. The one hope of the fugitives was to attain the refuge of the castle, and their fate turned upon the disposition of its warden. Happily he chose the friendly part, and provided a ferry by which they crossed to safety. The ferry boats of the Tigris made the fortunes of the house of Saladin. The flying leader who owed his life to their timely succour was Zengy, the powerful lord of Mosil; and in later days, when triumph returned to his standards, he did not forget the debt he owed Tekrit, but, ever mindful of past services, carried its warden onward and upward on the wave of his progress. This warden was Saladin ‘s father.

Spanish Islam A History Of Moslems In Spain by Dozy, Reinhart Pieter Anne

THIS volume presents, for the first time, an English version of a notable work which has remained for half a century the standard authority upon an important and fascinating branch of medieval history.

Notwithstanding an assertion to the contrary which has found its way into several leading works of reference, Reinhart Dozy’s Histoire des Musulmans d’Espagne — originally published in 1861 — has never been reprinted, and, having consequently become scarce and costly, is little known except to historical specialists. The reason why no second edition was issued of a book at once so brilliant and so profound will be made apparent in the Biographical Introduction ; it is here only necessary to record the fact.

In 1874, however, a German translation of the Histoire was made under the direction of Dr. Wolf Wilhelm, Graf von Baudissin, and this version, to which Dozy contributed some emendations of the original, has frequently been consulted during the preparation of the present volume : a Spanish version (by F. de Castro, late Professor of Spanish History in the University of Seville), pub- lished in 1877, has also occasionally been found useful for purposes of reference.

 

The Story Of Cairo by Stanley Lane-Poole

Stanley Lane Poole charts the history of Cairo, from its middle age inception , and the tale of the two cities, through the periods of Salah ud din, the mamluks, and the Ottomans. Describing its people and way of life at the turn of the 20th century under Ottoman rule. A must read about this great City.