Few days back in an FM Radio Talk Show, the guest speaker appeared to be influenced by “SANKHYA PHILOSOPHY”, the philosophy by a 6th century BC Indian philosopher ‘Kapil’. The guest speaker focused on the ‘Individual Self’ and emphasized ‘Inner Self Actualization’ [also found in derivative philosophy of Yoga]. Though apparently the talk was interesting, with an effort to make it acceptable to the listeners with a tint of Islam, it may not be as such. It is trendy to label the various philosophies and products with Islam and Islamic symbols, to tone down the resistance and to make them acceptable for the simple innocent Muslims, i.e. Islamic Socialism, Makkah Cola, Medina Cloth House, Iqra School etc. These things may have nothing to do with Islam, but merely a market promotion tactics. It must be remembered that Islam is a complete Din
available to humanity in the form of guidelines provided in Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]. Muslims do not require support form human philosophies in the matters of faith [Eyman]. Any such effort may lead the simple people astray as Allah says: “…This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor unto you, and have chosen for you as religion AL-ISLAM….(Self surrender unto Allah)” (Qur’an;5:3);”Surely, the true religion in Allah’s sight is Islam” (Qur’an;3:19) and “Whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from Him, and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers” (Qur’an;3:85).
An extract on “The Sankhya Philosophy” from the Urdu translation of book ‘The Great Transformation’ by renowned British scholar Kern Armstrong is available at link: https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0AUQfx8dX9TCvZGRyM3c0c21fMTAxaGo2NzluY3g&hl=en
. The reader has to make use of his/ her intellect to distinguish the false from truth: “And say: “Truth has (now) arrived, and falsehood perished: for falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.”(Qur’an;17:81).
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