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How Anti-rationalism Adulterated theKnowledge of RevelationLeslie TerebessyAbstract................................................................................................................................................1Preface.................................................................................................................................................1Methodology......................................................................................................................................2Recommendations............................................................................................................................3AbstractA number of present-day writers expressed the necessity for a better methodology ofunderstanding revelation. For it appears that the “traditional approach failed to preventthe ummah from falling into backwardness.” The reason for the relapse into backwardnessis abandoning revelation and turning to non-revealed textsthe traditionsfor guidance.Hence, renewal requires a better methodology and a return to revelation at the expense oftradition. As the word of Allah, the Quran cannot be approached as just another text. Ithas to be approached on its own terms, not on terms brought in from the outside.PrefaceIt is well known that the Islamic civilization is a mere shadow of its former self. Why? Thereason appears to be the fact that Muslims veered from the right path and began to followdifferent paths. The sunna of the prophet is not mentioned in the Quran. The sunna ofAllah is mentioned.From the time the Muslim community abandoned theQur’anandwas overcome by confusion and error, its unity was lost.1Revelation was abandoned in favorof tradition.TheQur’anwas neglected almost entirely.2The Quran warns us againstfollowing tradition. Even traditions were replaced by jurisprudence.[P]eople contented themselves with the Sunnah while leaving theQur’anaside. Thereafter they contented themselves with Islamicjurisprudence while leaving both theQur’anand the Sunnah aside. As

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