Ibn Al-Qayyim on Reason: Islam conforms to sound reason and nature

October 25, 2017

Ibn Al-Qayyim reported: It was said to one of the Bedouins who embraced Islam, when he recognized the call of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, “What made you become a Muslim? What did you see in him that told you he is the Messenger of Allah?” The Bedouin said, “The Prophet did not command anything that my reason said should be prohibited. He did not prohibit anything that my reason said should be commanded. He did not allow anything that my reason said should be forbidden. And he did not forbid anything that my reason said should be allowed.”

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “Look at this Bedouin, his sound mind and his instincts, the strength of his faith, and his conclusion that the authenticity of the Prophet’s call is due to its correspondence with everything the mind knows is good.”

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عن ابن القيم قِيلَ لِبَعْضِ الْأَعْرَابِ وَقَدْ أَسْلَمَ لَمَّا عَرَفَ دَعْوَتَهُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ أَيِّ شَيْءٍ أَسْلَمْتَ وَمَا رَأَيْتَ مِنْهُ مِمَّا دَلَّكَ عَلَى أَنَّهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ قَالَ مَا أَمَرَ بِشَيْءٍ فَقَالَ الْعَقْلُ لَيْتَهُ نَهَى عَنْهُ وَلَا نَهَى عَنْ شَيْءٍ فَقَالَ الْعَقْلُ لَيْتَهُ أَمَرَ بِهِ وَلَا أَحَلَّ شَيْئًا فَقَالَ الْعَقْلُ لَيْتَهُ حَرَّمَهُ وَلَا حَرَّمَ شَيْئًا فَقَالَ الْعَقْلُ لَيْتَهُ أَبَاحَهُ

قال ابن القيم فَانْظُرْ إِلَى هَذَا الْأَعْرَابِيِّ وَصِحَّةِ عَقْلِهِ وَفِطْرَتِهِ وَقُوَّةِ إِيمَانِهِ وَاسْتِدْلَالِهِ عَلَى صِحَّةِ دَعْوَتِهِ بِمُطَابَقَةِ أَمْرِهِ لِكُلِّ مَا حَسُنَ فِي الْعَقْلِ

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