They try to shake them. But those principles cannot be interfered with, or tampered with; fall silent now, irreligion! That scoundrel is bankrupt. Enough now, the experiment of disbelief and lies!
The Islamic world’s advance-post against the world of unbelief was the Darülfunun.1 But due to indifference and heedlessness, the reptilian foe of Nature
Opened up a breach behind the front; irreligion assaulted, the nation was well shaken. The advance-post should be a paradise illuminated with the spirit of Islam.
It should be the firmest, and truly awakened, or it should not be that institution. It must not deceive Islam. The heart is the seat of belief; the mind is where the light of belief is reflected.2
Sometimes it is a mujahid, sometimes it is a sweep; if the doubts of the mind do not enter the heart, the likelihood is belief and the conscience will not be shaken.
For if as some people suppose belief is in the mind, numerous possibilities, all pitiless enemies, oppose ‘absolute certainty,’ which is the spirit of belief.
The heart and conscience are the seat of belief. Intuition and inspiration are the evidence for belief. A sixth sense, the way of belief. Thought and intellect, the watchmen of belief.
Reminding About Incontestable Matters Is Needed,
Rather Than Instruction In Theoretical Ones
The essentials of religion, the incontestable matters of the Shari’a, are present in people’s hearts; they are made conscious of them by being reminded.
The desired result is obtained. Arabic3 performs this reminder in more lofty fashion.
The Arabic Khutba in the Friday prayers is sufficient for recalling the essentials and incontestable matters.
There, instruction in theoretical matters is not required. Moreover, those Arabic words stamp an imprint of unity on the face of Islam’s conscience; to multiply [their language] is unacceptable.
Darü’l-Fünun: the university opened finally in 1869 after 24 years of preparations and unsuccessful attempts. Based on the Western model, it was designed to teach the modern sciences. [Tr.]
See the piece, The Light of Reason Comes From the Heart, above p. 739. [Tr.]
The author perceived an event that was to occur ten years later, and attempted to reply to it.