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Ideas about modern issues from an Islamic perspective.

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Perception - Semantic Field Analysis

Summary In this post, I report a conversation with GPT4 where we undertook a semantic field analysis of various roots from the Qur'an that are related to the notion of perception.   My questions are in red and GPT4 answers are in black text. This conversation was informed by a previous discussion on this subject that I had with @Chaotic Muslem on this forum some years ago. Subsequent analysis in this post focuses on ayats where the Qur'an refers to the ways by which perception can

Information that is easy to understand vs. what is useful

Summary This post is about the reasons why there is so much imperative in the Qur'an on sellers not taking advantage of their customers. The point being elaborated here is that it can be easy for sellers to take advantage of their buyers. The Qur'an uses a specific context (weights and measures) but this notion can be extended to other areas of the transaction. We can lump together all sorts of decisions that we make every day. Amongst other things, these can be decisions about:

Haji 2003

Haji 2003 in Rationality

Give me the evidence and I'll believe

The imperative for proof An often heard comment about Muslim scholars in the past few decades has been that they need to express their thoughts in terms of science and proof. Because the yoofs of today are more 'educated' than their forebears and they have a higher standard of proof against which to measure what they hear from the pulpit. People need proof about the importance of hijab and they want proof about the benefits of circumcision (I thought I should put in the latter for gender eq

Haji 2003

Haji 2003 in Rationality

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