The modern age has assumed a split between what is

religious and what is worldly, and the Revelation has

been detached from the Universe and the sciences

that study it, the spiritual from the material, the afterlife from

this life, the heart from the mind and soul. Islam, however, is

based upon the foundation of Unity, which assumes these

pairs do not exist, or at least are not two dimensions of one

whole. The human mind has been under assault from the

storms of denial for the past few centuries, fanned by scientific

thought and the study of natural phenomena, isolated from

meaning. Hearts are wallowing in the mire of the carnal self,

as sinning has become a way of life. These hearts have to be

enrolled in the school of the Revealed Word, purified while

processed through the filter of worship and servanthood and

reshaped by way of constant positive activism. The Universe

and the “perfect human” are a “created Book.” The Book is the

“revealed universe and the perfect human.” They represent different expressions of the same meaning with a different corpus.

This school does not split the heart from the mind; the

reason faculties of the mind and the heart are thus named is

due for the need of a description. In fact, the faculties that are

concerned with the mind are nothing but the functions and

actions of the heart, to the extent that even the carnal self

becomes a mount for the heart, until the heart is purified and

becomes a perfect self. Modern humans have positioned their

hearts on one side and their minds on the other. Nevertheless,

all individuals are essentially addressees of the divine call and

they represent God Almighty on Earth, although most are not

aware of their value. This ignorance does not legitimize a disregard of their essential quality to be “the best of all creation.”

The lead article in this issue, Respect for Humankind, reminds

us of the fact that we are all heading toward the same destination and we have to learn to respect the different modes of travel each has chosen.

Professor Sheremet examines the blind alley that science

has found itself in, inviting people to a reacceptance of

Almighty God as the main agent of every phenomenon we see

around us. Professor Hasgul joins us in this issue with an

interesting article on the Virgin Birth and how we can learn

from this miracle. Ahmet Cokol discusses some interesting theories

on why civilizations collapse, while Mustafa Armagan

presents a sample from the history of eastern-western interaction

as a valid model of perspectives of contemporary objectivity

in Montaigne and the Ottomans. Yusuf al-Qaradawi makes a

very significant argument for the necessity of positive interaction

between the People of the Book, while Professor Yildirim

goes back in time to wipe the dust off the invaluable Madina

Charter-and we look forward to more comprehensive

research on this historical document.

Alcohol does not stay “as it looks in the bottle.” Kathleen

St. Onge describes how a simple liquid can be such a danger

to the individual and to society, and reminds responsible

believers to make it known that they do not drink it, because it

is forbidden by their faith.

Enjoy reading while thinking!

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