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  • Are We To Accept Religious Opinions Based On "Feelings"?

    Posted by Saad Aamir on August 26, 2021 at 3:10 am

    If one hear something, should they follow it if they feel it is right and reject something that they feel is not right?

    Take the following example:

    A scholar declares: “The one who smokes and the one who sits with him, both will burn in hell forever.” without any reasoning nor argument behind it. He simply makes a claim.

    A person hears this, sees there is no argument behind it and that it is an extreme view but he feels that the scholar might be right?

    Therefore should that person accept the scholar based on the feeling alone or should he question it based on intellect regardless? If he finds the scholar’s view to be baseless intellectually then should he discard the view and his feelings (of it being maybe correct) about it as well?

    Saad Aamir replied 2 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Are We To Accept Religious Opinions Based On "Feelings"?

  • Umer

    Moderator August 26, 2021 at 4:03 am

    As a Common Muslim, one has to rely on opinions of Islamic Scholars however, in case one finds something illogical or a more potent argument to the contrary, then one should seek for a better answer. Following thread contains very useful videos in this regard:

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    • Saad Aamir

      Member August 26, 2021 at 4:23 am

      But how do “feeling” factor into the equation?

      I know a person who seen evidence against Christianity and has seen evidence for Islam, accepted the logic but she still has strong feelings towards converting to Christianity.

      When should “feelings” have any weightage in our search for truth? Or do they even have any weightage at all?

    • Umer

      Moderator August 26, 2021 at 4:28 am

      In matters of search for the truth, the feelings don’t and shouldn’t hold that much weight. One has to do justice with oneself and for that one’s own nafs is quite a good gauge in deciding this. We have all been given ‘Aqal’ to keep all feelings and emotions in check. Use of feelings in search of truth is not the right application of this faculty.

    • Saad Aamir

      Member August 26, 2021 at 4:32 am

      Thank you for the responses.

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