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The aql is not Reason – it’s Consciousness*

The aql is not Reason – it’s Consciousness*

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Especially Compassionate

One of the greatest tragedies befalling the mimbar today is an egregious mistranslation of the Arabic term العقل (al-aql). It is usually translated as “reason,” the devastating ramifications of which cannot be overstated. This (mis)translation is literally undercutting the foundation of all Islamic spirituality.

What is the Aql?

St. Thomas Aquinas, the foremost Christian scholastic

 

Aql literally means that which binds. However, the best and most direct translation for this term is the Latin term intellectus, which in English is “the intellect.” Unfortunately the modern English rendition of this term no longer carries the historical meaning which can still be found in scholastic Latin.

In Latin, the term intellectus was descriptive of the entirety of conscious experience; that which could be understood by the subject (in this case, you). One way in which you understand things is through rationality, which can range from mathematical truths like 2 + 2 = 4, to the conclusion of a reasoned argument as to the best foreign policy. You also have the ability to make empirical observations or inferences about the world, for example that there are two trees in your front yard or that the earth is round. But does that describe the entirety of your conscious experience? Of course not. Yet in the modern world, being rational and scientifically informed is what it means to be an “intellectual.”

Your conscious experience includes a whole range of important states of being that are not included in the above. For example, you may feel love, hate, jealousy, admiration, humility, arrogance, etc. There are also transcendent values that we hold including justice, goodness, selflessness, mercy, and more. Furthermore, there are many truths that you intuit, that you simply know to be true before the application of any rational or empirical argument; for example, a contradiction cannot be true. In fact, the most important aspects of our conscious experience tend to not be rational or empirical in nature.

In modern times, this side of our consciousness has been clumped together and pejoratively termed “emotional.” It is looked at with disdain. What is held to be supreme is to be “rational” and to believe in Science. This “emotional” side of our consciousness is viewed as entirely obstructive to the attainment of knowledge (which is thought to be purely rational or empirical in nature). Emotions are something to be overcome in order to attain knowledge, not a source of knowledge in and of themselves. I think the irony is lost on most atheists that the foundation of their so-called “rational” worldview is based on metaphysical knowledge that cannot be proven rationally (for example the law of non-contradiction).

The modern view of the intellect is in stark contrast to the traditional Christian view (which all other religious traditions hold in common.) All of the world’s religious traditions, while they acknowledged and made use of rational and empirical truths, did not view them as the end goal. Rather, religions viewed consciousness as having vertical levels such that one could become conscious of more of reality (which exists on higher planes) through spiritual and ethical practice. The rational and empirical levels were viewed as among the lowest levels of consciousness for human beings, such that it was common between almost everyone.

The entire religious project was to climb the rungs of consciousness such that one acquires greater and greater knowledge of Reality, whom we call God. What are called “emotions” today were divided and classified in different ways. I will explore this in detail in later posts.

The Heart as a Modality of Consciousness

Have you ever felt broken hearted? Has your heart ever yearned for someone or something? Has your heart ever burned when you failed to get what you desired? Has it ever recoiled in disappointment, hatred, or vindictiveness? Have you ever felt awe and wonder in the depths of your heart? Have you ever felt The Transcendent in your heart? Have you ever met someone who was good-hearted? What about a person so cruel you could only describe them as hard-hearted? The origin of these terms are not coincidental.

What I mean when I say that the heart is a modality of consciousness is that it is a mode, or a way, in which we can be conscious of reality. Other examples of modalities of consciousness are sight and hearing. Through your ability to see, you literally have a way of being conscious of reality in a way that a blind person does not. It is a faculty or ability that is inherent within you. You can never explain to a blind person what it is like to see, because it is entirely subjective. Likewise, hearing is a mode or a way in which you are conscious, to which the deaf are not privy. What Islam came to tell us is one of the most important facts of human existence: your heart is like your eyes and your ears, you can use it to gain awareness of reality. But not just any reality. You can use your heart to gain consciousness of the highest levels of reality that will fill your entire being with everlasting joy, knowledge, and Being.

One of the most important recurring themes in the Quran is that of awakening the heart. It talks in depth about “intellecting” with the heart (yes, that used to be a verb in Latin, to intellect. Certain traditionalists are trying to revive its use.) To intellect basically means to direct one’s consciousness through a particular modality such that you discover or realize truth. We are familiar with this process when it comes to rational thought (another modality of consciousness), but it seems alien when it comes to the heart. Just think of it like “thinking” with your heart such that you become conscious of new realities through your heart. Another way to understand it, is that it is like squinting with your eyes to see something, or like physically moving closer to an object in order to see it properly. Here are some ayaat to back up the claims I have made:

The Heart Is Like Your Eyes and Ears

أَفَلَمْ يَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَتَكُونَ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ يَعْقِلُونَ بِهَا أَوْ آذَانٌ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا ۖ فَإِنَّهَا لَا تَعْمَى الْأَبْصَارُ وَلَٰكِن تَعْمَى الْقُلُوبُ الَّتِي فِي الصُّدُورِ

So have they not travelled through the earth and have hearts by which to intellect (ta’aqul) and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the chests. (22:46)

وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ ۖ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لَّا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَانٌ لَّا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ

And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not gain deep understanding (tafaquh) they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless. (7:179)

The Heart Is the Means Through Which Faith Is Experienced

قَالَتِ الْأَعْرَابُ آمَنَّا ۖ قُل لَّمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَٰكِن قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنَا وَلَمَّا يَدْخُلِ الْإِيمَانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ ۖ وَإِن تُطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ لَا يَلِتْكُم مِّنْ أَعْمَالِكُمْ شَيْئًا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

The bedouins say, “We have believed.” Say, “You have not [yet] believed; but say [instead], ‘We have submitted,’ for faith has not yet entered your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (49:14)

إِلَٰهُكُمْ إِلَٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ ۚ فَالَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْآخِرَةِ قُلُوبُهُم مُّنكِرَةٌ وَهُم مُّسْتَكْبِرُونَ

Your god is one God. But those who do not believe in the Hereafter – their hearts are obstinate, and they are arrogant. (16:22)

The Heart Is a Means of Divine Guidance

مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۗ وَمَن يُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ يَهْدِ قَلْبَهُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

No affliction comes about but by Allah’s permission; and whoever believes in Allah, He guides aright his heart; and Allah is Knowing of all things. (64:11)

Conclusion

I could literally go on and on here, the Qur’an has dozens of verses talking about the heart. It is in fact the most important subject of the Qur’an, one which I will, inshaAllah, explore in future articles. The take away from this article is to simply connect with heart with consciousness. Right now, you can do a very simple exercise: focus the centre of your consciousness on your heart. If you have not made serious and informed attempts to heal your heart from the degenerate filth of sin, you will no doubt feel a kind of pain that is centred in your heart. This is normal.

Pray that I have the tawfiq to detail, in future articles, how to soften the heart to the remembrance of Allah. I will also go into further detail into the aql in general, not just in terms of the modality of consciousness we experience through the heart, inshaAllah. Remember, the aql is not the same thing as the heart, the heart is just one way in which we can intellect (do ta’aqul, or use our aql.) God Willing, I will also speak about the relation between the aql and knowledge or truth. I will contrast this with theories of knowledge that have emerged from Western philosophy, which you have likely adopted, and which currently are lowering your happiness level significantly.

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By Nick Bernabe

Previously peaceful protests at the construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline have officially been militarized. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has called on the state’s National Guard to reinforce law enforcement at the construction site where Native American protesters are currently blocking further development.

Over the weekend, peaceful protests turned violent after security guards from G4S, a British mercenary group, unleashed dogs on the demonstrators, provoking a confrontation the media spun as violently aggressive on the part of those protesting. The scuffle ensued after construction workers allegedly destroyed sacred Native American burial sites. However, video from the scene tells a different story — one of provocation from proponents of pipeline security.

The activation of the National Guard is likely a backup measure as the pipeline company and protesters await a court decision that could give pipeline construction a green light, possibly causing further confrontation between law enforcement, mercenaries, and protesters. The National Guard has a long history of violently crushing civil unrest in the United States.

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Jewish Mobster-Music Manager, the Mind behind Gangster-Rap, Dies at 75*

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Jerry Heller

 

More than a few superficial observers of America’s rotten sub-culture must no doubt be surprised to learn that a recently deceased “White guy” was actually the driving force behind the promotion of decidedly anti-White “gangsta rap” music. Over the course of his miserable existence, Jerry Heller, the son of a low-level Jewish mobster, raked in many millions of dollars while corrupting and inciting Black youth.

From the Slimes’ article which honours the bastard:

“Jerry Heller, a veteran music manager who helped introduce N.W.A to the masses and promoted gangsta rap to a mainstream audience, died on Friday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 75.”

For the uncultured among you, N.W.A. was a popular 1990’s “hip hop” group known for violent lyrics and anti-cop songs. The acronym stands for: “Niggaz Wit Attitudes” that’s Niggers With Attitudes” for the ebonically challenged. The musical marauders “outta Compton” consisted of the star-studded cast of Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren. (rolling eyes) 

It may be hard for the 30 and under crowd to conceive, but there was a time when Black music was clean, full of positive energy and pleasing to the ear (if one was fond of that particular genre). That was when it was Black-owned and Black-promoted. In addition to “Blues” and “Jazz”, the most notable genre was “Motown” — a term which came to represent both a style of music and an American record company. The company was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. as Tamla Records in 1959, and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation in 1960, in Detroit, Michigan.

While Gordy was at the helm. Motown cultivated and promoted clean acts that often had wide “crossover” appeal to White audiences — familiar names like Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Jacksons, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder et al. The upbeat songs and the well-dressed performers were non-offensive — and singers spoke proper English. Imagine that!

So, what the bloody heck happened to Black music?

How did it devolve so quickly from innocent and catchy tunes to the violent, sex-crazed, pro-drug, anti-cop, anti-White noise pollution heard today? If they don’t already know, regular readers of The Anti-New York Times will no doubt hypothesize that the rapid descent of Black pop-music was engineered by the same usual suspects (cough cough) who took over and corrupted once-clean Disney, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET etc. Well, hypothesize no more, because any such suspicions are indeed correct! (surprise surprise)

Regarding Motown, which is just one example, in December 1998, after already having been sold to a company called Polygram, Motown was acquired by Seagram and absorbed into its Universal Music Group. Seagram, better known for its alcohol products, is owned by the Bronfman Family — a Canadian-American Jewish dynasty who, in terms of sheer power and influence, rank right up there with the Sulzbergers and the Rothschilds. Needless to say, Motown, (by now relatively insignificant) and Black music in general, have never been the same. At the same time that the usual suspects continue to poison Black youths with their demonic music, they also incite Blacks against Whites and against the police.

It’s the ultimate societal false-flag operation, and it’s a “twofer” to boot! First, they ruin millions of young Black lives with moral poison, family dissolution and economic disintegration; then, using their wholly-owned Black Judas-Goats (Obongo, Black Lives Matter, Jesse JackAss, Al Charlatan, skanky Beyonce, et al), they sic the frustrated, fatherless and envious “Frankenstein monsters” — which they themselves created — against the big bad White Man and the evil “pō-leece.” They’ve even got stupid suburban White kids hooked on this soul-crushing garbage now.

What a dirty damnable game! Rot in hell, Mr. Heller (pun intended), rot in hell.

1- Berry Gordy, the father of Motown, ran a clean operation.

2- Edgar Bronfman Sr., who later gained control of Motown, receives the “Medal of Freedom” from President Bill Clinton.

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You’ve had this dry cough for a couple of days but are otherwise feeling ready for your much awaited annual ski trip to Utah. On the security line, an officer signals for you to come with him. Not knowing why you’re being selected out of the crowd, you follow to learn that you meet criteria for quarantine. Sound like science fiction?

In what appears to be an unprecedented power grab, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just issued a proposed amendment to its domestic and foreign quarantine regulations giving itself the power to legally apprehend, detain (isolate or quarantine), and treat (including vaccinate) anyone simply for suspicion of being infected by a communicable agent.

The legal authority to isolate and quarantine, according to the CDC’s own words, are “police power” functions,

“derived from the right of the state to take action affecting individuals for the benefit of society.” Incidentally, the CDC/HHS police powers were not obtained democratically through the normal “bottom up” legislative process and final Congressional approval, but rather through the bypass of a Presidential Executive Order.

The new proposed CDC/HHS regulations are contained in the Federal Register dated August 15, 2016, under the heading, “Control of Communicable Diseases—Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.”

Whereas previous regulations concerning quarantinable infection focused on extraordinarily rare and presumably lethal forms of infection, e.g. novel forms of H1N1, Ebola virus, the new regulations carry a much broader and ominously more nebulous definition:

“By its terms, subsection (a) does not seek to limit the types of communicable diseases for which regulations may be enacted, but rather applies to all communicable diseases that may impact human health.”

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Moreover, simply being identified as having been at risk of recent exposure makes one classifiable as having a “pre-communicable disease,” which can thereby result in one’s apprehension and quarantine.

“HHS/CDC defines pre-communicable stage to mean the stage beginning upon an individual’s earliest opportunity for exposure to an infectious agent and ending upon the individual entering or re-entering the communicable stage of the disease or, if the individual does not enter the communicable stage, the latest date at which the individual could reasonably be expected to have the potential to enter or re-enter the communicable stage…”

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The CDC’s proposal is open for comments. Make your voice heard now. Submit your comment here.

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