Episode 29: Islamic Principles #4: The Patterns of Creation
How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that we need to keep in mind as we seek to answer this question. Some will seem basic (but need repeating) and others might be new. In both cases these meta-principles are essential tools to make sense of it all.
“You will not find in the patterns of God change” 35:43
“We will show them our sings in the heavens and in themselves until they see it is Truth”41:53
“These days we alternate power between people” (3:140)
“He causes the night to pass into the day and causes the day to pass into the night” (35:13)
“He created you into tribes and nations to know one another” (49:13)
“Where it not that God checks one group of people against another, there would be tribulation on earth” 2:251
“scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets” (al-Tirmidhi)
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
About two years ago, an opportunity to travel to Japan emerged from some of the consultancy work I do. Since my approach to preventing violence and extremism is unique and effective (I hope to share something about this soon), and since my background in comparative religions is well known amongst the people I work for and with, there was interest for me to travel and meet with Japanese religious leaders, especially Muslims, and share information and lessons learned. It was supposed to be a simple, straightforward trip, and from a business point of view it was. However, even though I travel frequently, at that point I had never been to Japan, and since this seemed like a onetime opportunity, I decided to make the most of it. What follows is how I took this simple opportunity and developed it into a long-term, fruitful relationship that will forever be a part of me.MORE