Sunday, 15 June 2014
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Where does the ability to tell right from wrong actually come from? It seems to me that those promptings come from the heart and not the intellect or the personality.

But if they aren't a result of previous education or learning then where do they come from? Do we have an innate moral principle that isn't in the slightest based on intellectual learning?

Thank you
8 years ago
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#6935
Accepted Answer
Discernment comes from God.
From Al-Miraj, the Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad

Then Al-Bait-ul-Ma'mur (i.e. the Sacred House) was shown to me (Prophet Muhammad) and a container full of wine (intoxication and desire) and another full of milk (occult wisdom) and a third full of honey (virtues and sweetness of the soul) were brought to me. I took the milk (some traditions also state that he took milk with honey). Gabriel remarked, 'This is the Islamic religion which you and your followers are following.'
Intuition is pure perception, direct knowledge without intellectual deliberation. God knows because He is omniscient, and does not think.

Do not mistake the lightning from the cloud. The cloud is the mind. Lightning is intuition, insight, virtue, and understanding, which shocks the sky and illuminates the darkness of the storm, even if but for an instant.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

8 years ago
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#6935
Accepted Answer
Discernment comes from God.
From Al-Miraj, the Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad

Then Al-Bait-ul-Ma'mur (i.e. the Sacred House) was shown to me (Prophet Muhammad) and a container full of wine (intoxication and desire) and another full of milk (occult wisdom) and a third full of honey (virtues and sweetness of the soul) were brought to me. I took the milk (some traditions also state that he took milk with honey). Gabriel remarked, 'This is the Islamic religion which you and your followers are following.'
Intuition is pure perception, direct knowledge without intellectual deliberation. God knows because He is omniscient, and does not think.

Do not mistake the lightning from the cloud. The cloud is the mind. Lightning is intuition, insight, virtue, and understanding, which shocks the sky and illuminates the darkness of the storm, even if but for an instant.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

8 years ago
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#6962
Wow - thank you Almustafa for your post and also the beautiful quote - this is clearer now

Thank you!
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