Seeker of Truth,
one is compelled to accept the truth, but it is certainly a shame upon the human
intellect when a man is not even interested in finding out what the truth is!
Islam teaches that our Creator has given
human beings the faculty of reason. Therefore, it is incumbent upon them to reason things
out objectively and systematically for themselves to ponder, to question and to reflect.
Nobody should press you to make a hasty
decision to accept any of the teachings of Islam, for Islam teaches that human beings
should be given the freedom to choose. Even when a person is faced with the truth,
there is no compulsion upon him to embrace it.
But before you begin to form an opinion
about Islam, ask yourself whether your existing knowledge about it is
thorough enough. Ask yourself whether that knowledge has been obtained through third party
sources who themselves have probably been exposed to only random glimpses of Islamic
writings and have yet to reason out on Islam objectively and systematically themselves.
Is it fair enough that one should form an opinion
about the taste of a particular dish just by a mere hearsay from others who may themselves
have not necessarily tasted the dish yet?
Similarly you should find out for yourself
about Islam from reliable sources and not only taste it, but rather digest it very
well before you form an opinion of it. That would be an intellectual approach to
In making your next move to the truth, Islam
continually reassures you that your rights to freedom of choice and freedom to use that God-given
faculty of thought and reason will be respected, for everyone has that individual
will. No one else can take away that will and force you to submit to the true way of
your Creator, you have to find out and make that decision yourself!
May your intellectual journey towards the
truth be a pleasant and fruitful one... Amen