|IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST BENEFICENT, THE MOST MERCIFUL|
Abdul Baha claims that this principle is new:
As usual he contradicts himself elsewhere:
Abdul Baha confesses that this principle had previously come in Islam - nearly 1400 years ago - in the words of the first Shia Imam, Ali the son-in-law of Mu?ammad. Thus, the claim that this principle is new and novel is unwarranted and baseless.
Regardless of Abdul Baha’s confession about this principle not being new, we will refer to a few Shia narrations about the relation between religion, science, and reason. Imam Ali states:
The Prophets have come to reveal what has been concealed [by God] in the intellects/reasons of the people.
There are three things that if present in a person, will make their faith complete: reason, patience, and knowledge.
According to Imam `Ali, the prophets were given the duty to plow the people’s reasons and awaken their intellects. Is the meaning of these narrations, anything other than the close relationship between religion, science, and reason? The seventh Shia Imam, Musa ibn Ja`far, states:
This narration also refers to the relationship between religion and reason. Additionally, the accordance of religion and reason was so important in Shia Islam that from the early years of Islam until now, this famous phrase has - and is still - preached by Shia Muslim scholars:
The articles have been based on the book "Avaze Dohol" - the Beating of the Drum by Masoud Basiti, Zahra Moradi.
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