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Emir Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri (d. 1883) on Critical Reasoning vs. Blind Emulation

“Those who are leaders from among the people can be divided into broad categories. The first are those who are knowledgeable and beneficial to themselves and others. These come to know the Truth through demonstrative proof and evidence, not by emulation (al-taqlid), and encourage the people to also seek the truth by demonstrative proof and evidence and not by simply following others. The second group are destructive to both themselves and others. These are those who blindly emulate their forefathers in what they believe and what they consider to be correct, abandoning rational investigation and calling the people to emulate them rather than think for themselves.”

Emir Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri, Dhikra al-’Aqil wa Tanbih al-Ghafil (Beirut, 1966), p. 34

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