Religious Knowledgeâ€“ round table discussion. in General Posted January 26, 2005 Viking wrote: how would you explain the kind of knowledge held by a man like Khidr? He is/was a saint/Prophet (Allah SWT knows best) who demonstrated that losses might be gain, cruelty may be mercy etc etc. Well, Khidr was a special servant of Allah who was granted unique and exclusive knowledge of deciphering Allahâ€™s wisdom. With all the things that said about him, the fact that he was acting with accord in Allahâ€™s orders is something that is agreed upon. Further more, the story of Khidr is a Qurâ€™anic narration and in that it should only be seen through the lenses of the Sunnah. Therefore it canâ€™t ---and frankly it shouldnâ€™tâ€”be bases for philosopherâ€™s unwanted spinning and twisting in the divine-scripture. I for one have no problem using the â€˜faculty of reasonâ€™ as long it does not supersede or contradict the revealed truth. In fact believers and non-believers are encouraged to use their intellect in understanding the art of Allahâ€™s Creativity. And Qurâ€™an has no praise for those who failed to employ their mental power. What I object to, however, is when pure reason is utilized to decode the secrets of Allah. Or when one claims he/she is able to reach the depth of â€˜inward knowledgeâ€™ Ø¹Ù„Ù… Ø§Ù„Ø¨Ø§Ø·Ù† through mystical experience. That is when philosophers start swimming in unsafe and muddy waters of fitnah.