A Word about the Methodology
The Wilderness and the Intellectual Rubbish
The Characteristics of the Islamic Concept
The Divine Origin of the Islamic Concept
The Permanent Realities
The oneness of Allah
A WORD ABOUT THE METHODOLOGY
For a number of reasons there is a pressing need to define and elaborate the Islamic paradigm of
thought, that is, to explain for a modern audience the Islamic concept.
The Muslim needs this definition because it provides him with a comprehensive explanation of all that
exists, on the basis of which he relates to the world. This explanation brings him closer to an under standing
of the great realities that confront him, and of the nature of the relationships and connections that exist
among these realities, namely, the reality of the Creator and the reality of the created (the latter including
the universe, life, and man), and their mutual relation ships and interconnections.
The definition of the Islamic concept is also necessary for the Muslim so that he may understand the
central position that man occupies in this universe and the ultimate purpose for which he is created. This
knowledge in turn defines the role of man in the universe, the parameters and perimeters of the field of his
activities, and the limits of his relationship with his Creator.