Islam in Europe 3 – The Death & Rebirth of the Divine in the European Tradition

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Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley, Rector of MFAS
“Then along came Bacon – and I don’t mean the kind you eat, although the one I am referring to was quite as dangerous to the spiritual health of the human being as the other. Francis Bacon did not single-handedly change the way that people viewed existence but every intellectual movement has those who epitomise and express it clearly, and Bacon definitely does this in respect of that peculiar and significant change in human perspective which took place at the time of what is known in historical terms as the Renaissance. Up until then the measure of the truth of any proposition lay in whether or not it accorded with datum supplied by Divine authority. From this time on, however, the measure of truth was whether a proposition accorded with human reason.”

Shaykh Abdalhaqq accepted Islam in 1968 and spent some years in Morocco studying Islam. Since that time he has worked with Shaykh Dr Abdalqadir as-Sufi on the establishment of Islam and Muslim communities, which has led to periods living and teaching in Nigeria, the US, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Spain, the Caribbean and the UK.

He is the author of Islam, its basic practices and beliefs, Zakat: raising a fallen pillar and a number of other works. In collaboration with his wife, the renowned translator Aisha Bewley, he has been responsible for The Noble Qur’an: a new rendering of its meanings in English, Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik and Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (ash-Shifa) of Qadi Iyad.

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