By Charles Le Gai Eaton
A wide-ranging learn of the Muslim faith which goals to discover what it capability to be a Muslim, a member of the group which embraces 1 / 4 of the world's inhabitants and to explain the forces that have formed the hearts and minds of Islamic humans.
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143). Islam is a 'middle nation' even in the purely geographical sense, spanning as it does the centre-line of the planet; a 'nation' which is the heir to ancient and universal truths, and to principles of social and human stability (often betrayed but never forgotten) of which our chaotic world has desperate need; a nation which witnesses to a hope that transcends the dead ends against which the contemporary world is battering itself to death. In the midst of a humanity polarized between East and West, North and South, Islam represents both a connecting link and a centre of gravity.
In fact, as soon as these questions are posed and their implications fully perceived, exclusive faith is under threat, if other men and women of good sense and good intent have been so easily misled then — sooner or later — this believer asks himself whether he too might not be the victim of a grand deception. If so many others were and still are mistaken, then it is a statistical probability that he too is living an illusion;lat the end of the day the doctrine in whose name all others were condemned is itself fatally undermined]'What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander', as the British say.
Continuity and Contrast 39 Scripture itself bears eloquent witness is denied. It is more in accordance with the spirit of Islam to say that when the Quran calls to mind certain ancient truths found in earlier traditions or in mythologies dating from before the dawn of history or, perhaps, in metaphysical doctrines such as Neoplatonism, then it has performed one of its essential functions as a 'rope of salvation' for men and women of every kind and of every persuasion. It has reminded us of a universal truth or of an aspect of the primordial truth as such - the din ul-fitjah — Adam's truth.
Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton