Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi
Samer Akkach (ed.)
The reason behind the unbelief of the philosophers, the materialists, and the rest of the misguided and deviant groups, is the application of rational understanding to what cannot be understood by reason. It is like someone holding a small scale used for measuring gold and being adamant that he will not believe the weight of anything unless he measures it using his scale. When he is presented with a rock or a mountain and is told its weight, he tries to measure it with his scale but he cannot because of the large size of the object and the minute size of his scale.
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Published by Brill with the original Arabic text as Letters of a Sufi Scholar, 2010. Excerpt published with thanks.