Minute with a Muslim #195 – Our Natural Disposition
Channel: Tom Facchine
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You know, a lot created human beings with a certain fitrah, right with a natural inclination towards faith. And I'm not a scientist, but they say that there's some sort of scientific proof out there not that we need it. But for, you know, the gods spot in the brain. And these sorts of things are how we come into this world sort of hardwired to believe, right, that this isn't just social construct. And it's not just people making up fairy tales, this is something that's hardwired into us. At any rate, whether there's scientific proof or not. This is something that's borne out by, by human history, right? The fact that the vast, vast, vast majority of people not just on the face of
the earth today, but throughout human history, believing a divine power of some sort, right indicates something that goes much beyond just social construct, I don't think you'd have those kinds of numbers or that amount of conformity to the basic idea. If it was just people making up fables and following their culture and things like that. There's something that is intuitive, maybe we don't understand intuition very well, in our day and age, but there is something intuitive to the vast majority of people about faith. And Allah says in the Quran, and sort of the sense he says, it's quite an Alpha Man, he's talking about the neffs, or the Alpha Hamza, Kehoe, Wakata Haldeman,
the sir, he said that this thing, it can go one of two ways, either you nourish it and cultivate it, and it will develop and continue to be refined, or you can neglect it, and then it can, it will get buried. Alright, so this is how to account for the seeming discrepancy. When you come to people later who say, Well, you know, I don't find that I have a sort of natural disposition to have faith, like I see all this evidence. And to me, I interpret that is a sign of evolution, or a sign of this other sort of thing, right? We look at the same world, and I see pattern and order and you see chaos, right? Well, that's because, you know, faith is not just an epistemological method. It's not
just an instrument to be used upon other things. It's also a virtue, and it's also a disposition. And so somebody who has a faithful disposition or the virtue of faith, they're going to leave themselves open, right? They're going to not have buried that part of themselves that as receptive to acting on the intuition to recognize right, the handiwork of the Creator in this life, or is the person Yeah, anybody if you if you bury it, if you bury what God gave you, then you're gonna get to a point where you look at the world and you just see chaos, you know, you look at things and you just see brute inert matter, you know, cold McCann, mechanistic rules, mechanical universe, these
sorts of things, right. But that doesn't indicate anything about the seeming inevitability of your view, or the self evident nature of that particular view over another view. We have another way to account for that in our tradition, and that's that, you know, you didn't you didn't use what God gave you and so now doesn't work anymore.