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20 February 2008 @ 11:57 pm
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The root of the word Iman is a-m-n which means: to be calm and quiet (in one’s heart); to be protected from fear; trustworthiness and truthfulness. Iman means to accept truthfully, to be convinced, to verify something, to rely upon or have confidence in something. Iman is usually translated in English as faith or belief, and faith in turn signifies acceptance without proof or argument, without reference to reason or thought, knowledge or insight. According to the Qur’an, Iman is conviction which is based upon reason and knowledge; a conviction that results from full mental acceptance and intellectual satisfaction; the kind of conviction that gives one a feeling of inner contentment and peace. And a Mu’min is one who accepts truth in such a way that it ensures his own peace. - Dr. Mansoor Alam

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clearherthroat on February 21st, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
I had never before known that reason, knowledge, and faith did not have to be mutually exclusive. They were a contradiction before Islam. For me, intellectual satisfaction is key.

Who knew it was possible?

To have true iman is the best feeling I have ever known. I wish it to be a part of you one day soon, too.