Question: What is a Muslim Skeptic?
Answer: As English writer G.K. Chesterton observed: “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it.” A Muslim Skeptic questions and critiques the dogma of the modern world to show how empty it really is.
Question: What is the Intellectual Fulfillment Muslims should be seeking?
Answer: The feeling that one has knowing with full conviction that Islam is the highest Truth and the words of Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him, are the inimitable expressions of that Truth, above all else. This is not “blind faith.” This is deep faith through understanding, reflection, and thought.
So the question for you, dear reader, is: Have you tasted the sweetness of Intellectual Fulfillment? Have you joined the ranks of ulil albab, ulin nuha, ulil absar (i.e., those who possess understanding, intellect, insight)?
May Allah grant us this and more!
About the Author:
Daniel Haqiqatjou (pronounced: Ha-qee-qat-joo) was born in Houston, Texas and comes from a liberal secular Muslim background. He studied physics as an undergraduate at Harvard University and completed graduate studies in philosophy, studying with some of the top physicists and philosophers in the world, including multiple Nobel Prize winners. He also studies Islam traditionally with respected ulama. He is founder of Alasna Institute and writes and lectures on contemporary issues surrounding Muslims and Modernity over the past ten years, and has spoken at universities and mosques around the world. He has lectured at traditional madrasas and Muslim institutes, including AlMaghrib Institute. He was featured as a regular columnist for MuslimMatters.org between 2014 and 2017. He served as the first Director of Research for the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research in 2016. His work has been featured in outlets such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, Aljazeera, Public Discourse, Mashable, and First Things. He lives with his wife and four children in the US.