Hamza Yusuf: On Sam Harris; Science, Religion; Human Nature

January 24, 2007 § 9 Comments

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§ 9 Responses to Hamza Yusuf: On Sam Harris; Science, Religion; Human Nature

  • Dr X says:

    Really interesting video. A different take from the more direct arguments with Dawkins and Harris.

  • Hakim says:

    “Really interesting video.”

    Indeed, I wouldn’t mind listening to Shaykh Hamza’s thoughts on Intelligent Design and Creation discussions in the classroom as well. Although I know that he like myself and many Muslims believe in homeschooling children it would still be interesting to hear his position with respect to public schooling.

  • Wellwisher says:

    An interesting answer by Hamza Yusuf. However, it is hilarious to see him miss the point when talking about humans compared to animals!

    For instance, when someone says: You’re eating like a pig…What is NOT meant is that you are like a pig that follows its true nature…What IS meant is that you are guzzling down your food and making a right mess of yourself.

    The comparison to animals is not made to show that badly-behaved humans are like animals which are innocent and true to their nature; it is made to show that humans are committing SIMILAR actions to those committed by animals.

    This is what is meant in the Holy Qur’an when it says of people who remain deaf and unresponsive to the message of God, that THEY ARE LIKE CATTLE, OR EVEN WORSE.

    That does not mean that God is degrading cattle. He is only saying that just like cattle who look at you when you talk to them but who do not grasp a single word you speak, there are some people who remain unresponsive to God’s message as it’s beyond them to understand it.

  • Hakim says:

    “it is hilarious to see him miss the point when talking about humans compared to animals!”

    Perhaps the shaykh has been looking into the Prophet’s (s.a.w.s.) hadith about being kind to animals and it somehow oddly made its way into this discourse. I guess it was pretty funny… good call.

  • gess says:

    As’Salamu Aleikum,

    Could some one elaborate, what he meant by; “Religion has also its downfall”? It’s very interesting remark, but he fails to explain why.

    Thank You.

  • Hakim says:

    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam

    Sis, you said:

    “Could some one elaborate, what he meant by; “Religion has also its downfall”?”

    I cannot assume that I know what the Shaykh meant, but perhaps he means more along the lines of what I feel, in that the misunderstanding of religious message which becomes a static ‘ism’ and overall detrimental to the safety and security of humanity.

    But what I did find interesting was the mention of gm foods and the elimination of natural agricultural systems like crop-rotation that are easy on the ecology. This is a very important issue. Because the method of crop rotation allows for a natural defense against disease.

    What ends up happening is the artificial reproduction of these protective conditions not only erodes the topsoil of the earth as Shaykh Hamza stated but it causes additional use of pesticides to control microorganisms and other pests that would ordinarily be exterminated inbetween the crop rotation.

  • Ryan says:

    Reza Aslan also made some great points that are similar to Sheikh Hamza Yusef in his dialouge with Sam Harris on Cspan. YOu can find it at http://www.CSpan.org. Wars are always fought over Socio/political/economic reasons. I agree with the points made about topsoil loss and pesticides. CONGRESS is in the process of hearing comments about whether or not to ALLOW CHICKEN and Animal CLONING FOR CONSUMPTION!!!! WRITE YOUR SENATOR/Rep.!!! to Say NO to CLONING!!!!

  • mespo727272 says:

    It is disingenuous to claim that Dawkins merely takes the “best” of science and compares it to the “worst” of religion. Dawkins, as does Harris, takes on religion at its core disputing its intellectual foundations and its utility. Yusuf launches no such attack on rational thought, he simply points out that each can be perverted. No argument with anyone there. What Yusf, as a proponent of religiosity, does not do as all advocates must do, is to provide a persuasive argument that religion has a basis in truth or that it is probable. That is a logical hole one can drive a camel through.

  • Hakim says:

    mespo,

    Thank you for commenting, you wrote:

    “What Yusf, as a proponent of religiosity, does not do as all advocates must do, is to provide a persuasive argument that religion has a basis in truth or that it is probable.”

    There are several proofs that Muslims make to support our belief, number one is the Qur’an but often athiests and skeptics say in is not valid to find proof from the very source of that which is to be proven. OK, thats fine, Imam Hamza has this (00:22) to say of those claims.

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