<ul><li>The need to use intellect/logic (aql) in religious matters   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common perception vs Quranic ap...
<ul><li>Can we suspend judgment about God’s existence?   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No  ordinary theoretical argument  </li></u...
<ul><li>Even if there were no God, we would have had to create one </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is no divine philosophy,...
<ul><li>Can we suspend judgment about God’s existence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believing in God is a less risky strategy </l...
<ul><li>Two theories about creation of universe: By design or by accident </li></ul><ul><li>Modern day scientists mostly p...
<ul><li>Law of probabilities – we cannot be 100% sure if God exists but we can be 99.9% sure </li></ul><ul><li>Tossing of ...
<ul><li>Rubik’s Cube </li></ul><ul><li>The Cube has  43,252,003,274,489,856,000  different possible configurations </li></...
<ul><li>If you allow one second for each turn, it would take you 1400 trillion years to go through ALL the possible config...
<ul><li>These examples show how difficult it is to obtain a pre-determined or desired sequence of events in an uncontrolle...
<ul><li>The probability of all these conditions becoming available to cause life on earth ‘accidentally’ is much less than...
<ul><li>Law of conservation of mass – history </li></ul><ul><li>Second law of thermodynamics (also called the law of entro...
<ul><li>Is a second creation  possible ? Yes, because the first creation is in front of us </li></ul><ul><li>Is a second c...
<ul><li>Prophets of all times conveyed the same message – unity of God, accountability in the hereafter, haven and hell – ...
<ul><li>Contrast this with the non-believers  </li></ul><ul><li>None of them can prove the non-existence of God  </li></ul...
<ul><li>Don’t know, but certainly there is only one GUARANTEED right path; all others are risky </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ...
<ul><li>Two types of laws in this world/universe;  Physical  laws and  Moral  laws </li></ul><ul><li>Physical laws: Accumu...
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Basic Questions about life and existence of God

  1. 2. <ul><li>The need to use intellect/logic (aql) in religious matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common perception vs Quranic approach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why bother about religion? Can’t we do without it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reality vs knowledge of reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoidance of pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith in God impacts our daily lives </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Can we suspend judgment about God’s existence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No ordinary theoretical argument </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only three possible answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Believe in God </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t believe in God </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suspend judgment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 & 3 result in the same type of deeds, so they should be treated the same way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deeds determine our final destination – haven or hell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deeds-wise skeptic and non-believer are the same </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Even if there were no God, we would have had to create one </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is no divine philosophy, utilitarianism is the only other alternative for ethical beliefs, currently being practiced by the majority of people and nations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its basis is temporary by definition; it has no permanent ground and keeps changing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If a utilitarianist exhibits permanent ethical behavior its source is subconsciously in religion, because he cannot indicate the source in his utilitarian philosophy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To find a permanent anchor for self, societies or nations one needs to create a God or a God-like character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Samuel Huntington on the REAL America (founding fathers’ creed) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Can we suspend judgment about God’s existence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believing in God is a less risky strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is no God, no problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is, the nonbeliever is in trouble </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Two theories about creation of universe: By design or by accident </li></ul><ul><li>Modern day scientists mostly prefer the accident theory, but is it logical? </li></ul><ul><li>Law of probabilities can help us determine the likelihood of God’s non-existence </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Law of probabilities – we cannot be 100% sure if God exists but we can be 99.9% sure </li></ul><ul><li>Tossing of a coin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Probability of getting a head 10 times in a row is 0.097% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Probability of getting a head 100 times in a row is 0.000000000000000000000000000000079% or 7.9 X 10 -31 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Rubik’s Cube </li></ul><ul><li>The Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible configurations </li></ul><ul><li>One, and only one, of these possibilities presents the 'solved' Cube, having a single color on each of its 6 sides </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>If you allow one second for each turn, it would take you 1400 trillion years to go through ALL the possible configurations. In comparison, the whole universe is only 14 billion years old </li></ul><ul><li>The least number of moves required in unscrambling the Cube from the worst disorder, the shortest route, is often called God's Algorithm </li></ul><ul><li>That number is 50 </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>These examples show how difficult it is to obtain a pre-determined or desired sequence of events in an uncontrolled situation </li></ul><ul><li>Apply this example on the universe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To enable life on earth what were the desired conditioned required? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Air, Sunlight, Water, Gravity, Ozone layer, Earth’s orbital & axial movement, etc etc </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>The probability of all these conditions becoming available to cause life on earth ‘accidentally’ is much less than in the Rubik’s Cube example, or the coin tossing example </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Law of conservation of mass – history </li></ul><ul><li>Second law of thermodynamics (also called the law of entropy) has proved the universe must have a fixed life </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Is a second creation possible ? Yes, because the first creation is in front of us </li></ul><ul><li>Is a second creation needed ? Yes, because full and fair reward and punishment cannot take place in this world </li></ul><ul><li>If it is possible and needed, then it must be there, because the Creator, being Hakeem, is expected to create all things needed </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Prophets of all times conveyed the same message – unity of God, accountability in the hereafter, haven and hell – without seeking a reward for themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Their personal characters were the best among their contemporaries </li></ul><ul><li>Is it possible that so many truthful and pious people agreed on falsehood in advance? </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Contrast this with the non-believers </li></ul><ul><li>None of them can prove the non-existence of God </li></ul><ul><li>No unity of thought for this non-belief </li></ul><ul><li>No consistency of opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Not the best people morally and ethically </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Don’t know, but certainly there is only one GUARANTEED right path; all others are risky </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The shortest route from one point to another is only one; others are longer or never reach the destination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s message through prophet Muhammad PBUH is the shortest and sure-shot route to salvation; try other routes (other religions, mysticism) at your own risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it worth taking a risk on something as important as this? </li></ul></ul>Route 2 Route 3 Route 1 Salvation point
  16. 17. <ul><li>Two types of laws in this world/universe; Physical laws and Moral laws </li></ul><ul><li>Physical laws: Accumulation and transfer of knowledge from one generation to next has been the key to historical progress of man </li></ul><ul><li>Moral laws: We insist on each generation experiencing on its own and learning its own lessons – transferring parents’ morality on to children is considered a sign of backwardness </li></ul><ul><li>Why inconsistency of approach when the same God has created both types of laws? </li></ul>

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