But what most people seem to be clueless about is a simple fact of empirical, verifiable data...
I don't get it. I just don't.
I don't get the fact that Muslims don't seem to get it.
And I don't get the fact that the Non-Muslims and the world don't seem to get it.
They all seem to have some vague notion that That Book-- The Qur'an Karim: Dhaalikal Kitaab -- is from God Almighty.
Some believe it; some allege it; some dispute it; some quietly dismiss it; and, for some, it is just another cliche -- along with a million cliches that fill their lives, and that sometimes influence and guide their actions.
So, Qur'an and God, all kinds of people make all kinds of association between the two -- positively or negatively, warmly and passionately or only lukewarmly and even somewhat skeptically, their mental fingers crossed, as it were.
But these are all matter of belief -- or disbelief.
If you think this assertion is true, it is belief.
If you do so -- believe that Qur'an is from God -- with the bottom of your heart as it were, it is faith or Iman.
And if you say "OK, let us talk about it!" it may be no more than an assumption -- a working proposition that may take you in either direction: belief or lack thereof.
But what most people seem to be clueless about is a simple fact of empirical, verifiable data. It is an objective reality that anyone anywhere can see with their own eyes.
And that fact has to do with how many times the Qur'an makes a reference to God Almighty -- right in the body of the Qur'an -- and does so in the most direct and unequivocal manner.
“If you ask me why people accept Islam, I can give you two answers: one a very simple human one; the other a most complex unfathomable divine one.
From a human point of view, the process and outcome of conversion from religion to Islam, and, more specifically, from non-Islam to Islam, is the composite function of a billion variables, some known, most unknown or exogenous, each with its own specific value and error component, acting in concert, and the entire result being predictable or explainable within a certain margin of error, provided we have at our disposal all the theoretical models and methodological tools and instrumentations required for the purpose of figuring out these things.
I am calling this human equation simple because there is a way and there is a hope that somehow and sometime we can solve the puzzle.
The divine answer may appear simple when stated in our daily language but is unknowable in both theory and practice as it transcends the limits of human knowledge and powers of human understanding.
For it means knowing God in all his attributes and understanding the calculus of his mercy and dispensation and his grace with regard to his creation.
Simply stated, it does not lie in human power to know or understand God and the internal dynamics of the way he does things.
Our very humanity is defined in terms of our general inability to comprehend God or the ways in which he dispenses his grace and mercy to his creation.
Wa laa yuheetoona bishai im min 'ilmihi.” (Dr. Pasha)