Search for Truth

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Search for Truth | Al-Risala, June 1987

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Search for Truth | Al-Risala, May 1987, p. 5

In education, there is a recently developed method of imparting skills and knowledge, based on research carried out by Jean Piaget and Jerom Brune, which does not give the student all of the data he needs, but attempts to create situations in which he feels the desire to learn things by exercising his own mind. This is called the ‘dis­covery method’. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica:

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Search for Truth | Al-Risala, March 1987, p. 21.

The Fabian society was founded in 1883-84 in London, having as its goal the establishment of a democratic socialist state in Great Britain. The Fabians put their faith in evolutionary Socialism rather than in revolution. They were true pioneers in British social and economic reform and were concerned mainly with the eradication of poverty and ignorance through education.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Search for Truth

A person who was employed as an ordinary worker in a tobacco factory soon learnt the entire art of the business and set up his own factory. He initially invested only Rs. 5000/- in his business but then by dint of fifteen years’ hard work, his business progressively increased until it expanded into a big factory. One day, narrating his life story to his friends, he said: “Just as a young child grows into boyhood after fifteen years, so does a business. I have not reached this stage in one day. It has been a fifteen-year struggle.”

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Search for Truth

A young player, who had participated in a big football match for the first time, wrote to his father after his team had been defeated: “Our opponents had discovered a great gap in our defense line, and that was me.”

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Search for Truth

An express train tears at full speed towards its destination. A continuous spectacle of lush crops and brimming streams and brooklets flashes by on either side. However much the scene attracts attention towards itself, the express train shows no interest in it. It ploughs through plain and mountain, over land and river, without reducing its speed. Small stations are dotted along the line, but even they do not interrupt the train’s motion. It carries on, as if it will stop nowhere.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Search for Truth

All the prophets who have come from God have met a similar fate: they were ignored by the great figures of their society. People who were themselves the focus of popular attention did not pay any regard to the prophets who had been sent by God.

Man’s search for truth can come to a successful end when he finds answers to his questions at an intellectual level. To achieve such a purposeful existence is the greatest quest of man’s life. Everyone is motivated, consciously or unconsciously, by this demand of human nature, everyone at one time or another suffers from a sense of frustration, with or without sad experiences. To make one’s life meaningful, therefore one has to discover its purpose. One should be extremely sincere and honest in this respect.

It is through reason that man justifies his belief. Rational justification strengthens his convictions. Rational argument is thus an intellectual need of every seeker. Without this he would not be able to stand firmly on his conviction. It is reason which transforms a belief system into a matter of intellectual choice. History shows that man has employed four kinds of arguments to find rational grounds for his conviction. Each of these reflects different stages in his intellectual development. Let us see how Islam stands based on these arguments.

1. Natural Argument