In the Arabic original, the author gives his book the title Sabighat, borrowing the Quranic description of the coats of mail Prophet David used to make for his soldiers. In its linguistic sense, the word means ‘of good length, full covering, etc.’ The implied sense is that those coats gave proper protection. Hence, the reference in this forwards to the coats of mail as giving protection against misconception.
To deal properly with the onslaught of misconceptions we need to address three areas: the provision of protection for those who have not, as yet, been influenced by them; the administration of a cure for those who have fallen victim to them; and a proper debate with those who raise such misconceptions.learn more
The first rule: the consolidation of belief in the fundamentals of Islam
Having closely followed the questions raised by young people, I am convinced that it is necessary to give particular attention to present the fundamentals of Islam in a logical way that strengthens faith, consolidates certainty and protects hearts from the evil of doubt.
I will discuss the main misconceptions in the same order of their mention in the General Map, pointing out that the discussion here is brief. Readers who want to go deeper should consult other reference works.
The first type branches out into several classes that we have already mentioned. The first class includes misconceptions about belief in God and His perfect actions.
Before answering the problems in this area, I will mention two main principles that form the basis of response to any objections. The first principle includes the evidence confirming God’s existence and the second focuses on the purpose of God’s actions.
Human nature points to the presence of the Creator in three ways. The first is that all humans have essential prior knowledge which they neither studied in a book nor learnt at school.
This evidence looks to what happens. When something occurs, the mind naturally looks for the one who caused its occurrence.
So far, the human mind has confirmed the existence of the Creator on the basis of the evidence that creation occurs and all created beings have come into existence.
the provision of protection for those who have not, as yet, been influenced by them; the administration of a cure for those who have fallen victim to them; and a proper debate with those who raise such misconceptions.
The production of a vaccine to ensure immunity against a particular disease requires some preliminary measures that help to determine the nature of the disease, its causes and how it spreads. The same applies to intellectual and social phenomena. It is not right to deal with any such problem unless one understands its nature and causes.