Reason, Hyperskepticism & Rationality UNCHAINED

Tom Facchine


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The speaker discusses the confusion surrounding the use of the Hadith in modern spirituality and how it can be solved through shay patterns and tools. They argue that the question is a false one and that anyone who is skeptical should ask it. The speaker uses various tools and methods to explain the logic behind the prophesy center's use of the tools and methods to achieve their goal of finding the right conclusion. The importance of using the tools and methods to achieve the right conclusion is emphasized.

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah. Join us at Utica murshid for a new series 99 Hadith to revive the heart we'll be releasing it every week in sha Allah Tada. It's based off of the work of Eman, the Saudi that's just a global abroad in our next Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said yet to shaitana I had to come for a call at Mankato for Kether min Holika cover had to call Mahakala for either a Bella who fell yeah started biller Wally aunty, the prophesy Salam, he said that the Shaytaan, The devil is going to come to any of you or one of you. And he's going to have you say, Who created this and who created that until he says Who created Allah. And if you get to that point,

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then you should seek refuge in Allah subhanho data and stop there, the very important Hadith because it shows us something about skepticism. And it shows us something about rationale. And reason as that reason is not some sort of neutral thing. It's not even one thing, a lot of people that talk about logic and reason and rationality and things like that, as if it's just purely objective. And there's an insufficient evaluation of what the human being is when we have that sort of understanding of what rationality is, we completely divorce and separate, the emotional and the moral component of the human being, which is really inseparable from what it means to be human,

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there is something called motivated reasoning, right. And it's not so much that motivated reasoning, which is, you know, can be susceptible to by us and to being misled and things like that. It's not that this is a failure to reason, right, as some people would understand it. This is actually what it just means to be a human being. That when you sit down and you think about things, you can't separate your brain from your heart, you can't separate your heart from your soul. And so reasoning or thinking about things is it's a syncretic act. And what I mean by that is that it involves multiple faculties and you don't even really know all of what's going on. At the same time. You have

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biases, you have experiences, you have your heart involved, you have your mind involved, and you have your soul involved, whether you know it or not, and the prophesy sediminis Hadith he's demonstrating to us that the shaytaan is there to even when you sit down to reason about something, even when you sit down to think about something that rationality isn't an inherent good, it's not something that is good in and of itself, no matter what you do with it, that it has boundaries, and it has limits and there's guardrails, and it can quickly get carried away and run off the tracks, so to speak. And he shows us Allahu alayhi wa salam in this hadith. One such way in which that can

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happen is that if we are sort of baited into thinking that we can figure out everything with our rational minds or with reason, or with logic, that this in itself is a delusion, this in itself is not correct. It's a false idea to imagine that we can figure out everything for ourselves. So we look around, we say, Who created this and who created this and who created this? And it's interesting that in the Hadith, the prophet sly Saddam focuses on this particular question, Who created this, because who created this is really something that is quite self evident. If you take it as axiomatic that Allah subhanho data created everything, then you wouldn't need to ask that

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question in the first place, right? And maybe you have to go, maybe you're somebody who has genuine doubts. And you have to go through a process of reasoning to sort of get to the point where you recognize that Allah subhanaw taala is the one that created everything. But once you've shut that door, the door stays shut, right? You understand that everything is created by a loss of panel data? You don't have to ask that question. Again. It's a redundant question. And so for a person who then is coming at it from this, this particular question, it's almost as if the prophesy centum is talking about somebody who's hyper skeptical, almost like every single time they have to reinvent

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the wheel. If I see this microphone, and I say, Oh, who created this microphone? And then I reasoned it out. And I say, oh, Allah must have created this microphone. And then I look over this book, Why would I have to bring up the same question and say, Well, wait a second, well, who created this? It shows something wrong with the person that they would have to continue to ask those questions, that they have maybe a moral deficiency, or they have some sort of other deficiency, where they are giving too much credence to skepticism or they are have a hyper skeptical attitude. And they're asking questions that are not good questions that are bringing them closer, closer to faith. But

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they're actually asking questions that are bringing them further away from faith, and actually exacerbating the doubt that is already latent within their questioning in the first place until the shaytaan brings that person to even question ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada gets the person to make a false analogy. And this is a very, very important point to register a false analogy between what's in the creation and what's outside of the creation or put in another way that to make sort of analogical reasoning with Allah subhanaw taala, the creator of everything, as if he is something that is just among the creation. So if we're going to go around and say, Who created this and who created that

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and who created that

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That's a question that's appropriate for the material world. It's a question that's appropriate for the created universe. It's a nonsensical question. When you apply it to the Creator, we can't make analogies between the creation and the creator. That's a false methodology in the first place. So another subtlety this is sort of a sort of a nod to another subtlety within this hadith is that the questioner here that the prophesy center was discussing is almost having a materialistic mindset, or a philosophical naturalism that assumes that everything is within creation, or everything is in the material universe, and then starts to treat Allah subhanaw taala himself, as if he's part of that

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created universe and thus affected or liable to these laws of creation and causation, etc, etc. So this is an entirely false paradigm, okay? It's, it's hyper skepticism, it's using reason and logic, unbound rationality, unchained. And it's using a tool that allows bound to Allah gave you out of its proper context, just as if ALLAH SubhanA, Allah gave me a hammer, then what's the appropriate use of that tool, the appropriate use of that tool is to bang it against some nails, right, even if I do something so much as bang it against a screw, then I'm using the tool wrong, and I'm just going to, you know, hurt the wall, or I'm going to damage the wall, or even damage the screw. Well, imagine if

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I tried to take that same hammer. And now I'm trying to do really interesting work, I'm trying to, you know, build a house or I'm trying to cut something to shape or I'm trying to do lots of different tasks beyond just banging against things, that tool is not going to take me very far, I'm not going to be able to do everything I need. Just with that one tool, I've got different tools that I have to use. Well, the reason and the intellect and the rationality that allow us to balance out a gave us is just one such tool among many tools, and it has a certain application. But that doesn't mean that everything is an application of that tool, or it doesn't mean that that tool should be put

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towards every single application of small data set and sorted some milk that one of the regrets of the people of the Hellfire is that they did not use their reason according to lacuna. nesma Oh, not do. And so we're not rejecting the idea of using your intellect or using reason or logic or rationality, but whose reason whose logic whose rationality and within what bounce this thing is a tool that's meant to bring us to the door of faith, and then we submit, that's a moral act, not an intellectual one. And then it's also once we have submitted it at once we believe, in order to help us understand and discover what Allah wants from us in his sacred texts, in His revealed words in

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the shut er, right, this is also a function of reason. But it's not to put it or use it out of its proper context, until the point where we're manipulating or we're cherry picking or we're mutilating actually allows guidance in favor of our own neffs or anything like that. So the prophesy said, um, he gave us a very, very interesting tactic to use if this happens, what happens if the shaytaan does delude you, and you start to get carried away with your assumption, that reason can solve everything or that your rationality is, is a tool that can do a lot more than it really can't, until the point where you start to question things that should have already been settled. Right? The prophesy centum

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says, Seek refuge in Allah subhanaw taala and then stop, right that this tool has an end, it's not good for everything. And so if you try to use it for absolutely everything, you're going to lead to your own ruin and your own destruction, and you seek refuge in Allah Subhana Allah, because Allah subhanaw taala is the one who's going to give you success or give you failure and the application of this tool, right? If you're wanting to reason correctly, if you want to come to the correct conclusion, if you want to, you know, use these things within their proper scope, then you depend upon a loss of panel data. And so seeking refuge in Allah subhanaw taala is actually a reassertion

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of your morality or of that moral dimension. It's a reassertion of your sincerity and your submission to Him. And if you do that, then Allah subhanaw taala is going to assist you and aid you in bringing that sort of reasoning back into its proper scope and not using it beyond its proper scope. And then you have to take the means, which is to stop asking or to stop asking fruitless, unnecessary questions.