Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Religion and Freedom

In this paper, Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali studies one of the important issues in contemporary thought. This paper studies different types of freedom and their relation with the religion of Islam. The Islamic position with respect to philosophical freedom, freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of behaviour, social freedom, and spiritual freedom is presented. This paper argues that Islam reveres those who think and reflect and that true freedom can be attained once a person defeats the inner and outer forces that confine his or her autonomy.  It is only then that one can become closer to God. Thus, the paper ends with a brief discussion about piety (taqwā). 


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