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In this address, Dr. Ingrid Mattson explores the concept of faith (iman) and some of its fruits it presents in the believer’s heart, mind, and actions. Faith, she explains, offers hope in spite of the harm in the world and shows us which actions are good for us. She points out that suffering is not contrary to faith, which is certainty in God. Another fruit of faith, she adds, is happiness—both in this life and in the Hereafter.
Dr. Mattson explains how faith offers both material and spiritual purpose, offering identity, direction, and certainty in action. It offers perspective, because justice and mercy are guaranteed by Allah. She closes by shedding light on what Allah seeks from us in our relationships with Him and with creation.
This talk was delivered on the 27th night of Ramadan 2018 at SeekersHub Toronto.
In introducing the Surah (Chapter) of Joseph, the Qur’an says, “We will relate to you the most beautiful story.” What follows is a tale with suspense, drama and complex characters. The motifs of dreams, shirts and hidden objects woven throughout the narrative point to the theme of the illusory nature of the world. This is a story that requires the engagement of the imagination to understand deeper meanings, which is appropriate, as it is only by employing the faithful imagination that a believer can see himself as he truly is.
The Pursuit of Happiness through the One and Only God Signs of a True Message: Purity, Simplicity & Balance by Dr. Ingrid Mattson at ICNA 2011 Convention – Quran: Guidance towards Just and Balanced Way