Saturday, March 26, 2005

BANGLADESH : Aroj Ali Matubbor, the rustic rebel

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He shows how orthodox thinking falls short of a good answer to the questions he raises; it is also ridden with contradictions. To pick a few examples: in Islam, as in other religions, God has no shape or form. The non-corporal nature God makes it impossible for Him to sit or stand in the sense in which we use those words. Yet, in the holy books He is sometimes depicted as one sitting on his throne. How is one to reconcile the two irreconcilables? I am not sure whether Aroj Ali was aware of the following riposte to that question by Malik Ibn Anas, founder of the Maliki school of Islamic thought: "The sitting [God's] is well-known, its modality is unknown, belief in it is obligatory and questioning it is a heresy". But he was well aware of the broad argument, which has been repeated many times, and which of course has nothing to do with reason. Similarly, he asks, if God is omnipresent, why was it necessary for the Prophet to ascend the high heavens to meet with Him?.......More