Faith, Reason, and Love

Farouq said that he agrees with the Pontiff’s reflections on fundamentalist religion and violence: “Nihilism and fundamentalism agree in their scorn for God and man: the former because it denies the truth, the latter because it wants to impose the truth.”

“This is where violence is born,” Farouq explained. “Violence that can be overcome by the commandment to love.”

“Reason,” he claimed, “is a relation based on love: Without love, faith itself does not reach its goal.”

Farouq then pointed out that Mohammed wrote: “You will not be brothers until you love each other.”


-Clip from Wa’il Farouq, a professor of Islamic Sciences at the Coptic-Catholic Faculty of Sakini in Cairo

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