The Nirgun-Sargun conundrum Part 1 - 3

By Abu Adeeba & Abu 'Abdur-Rahman


"Say: Truth has arrived and falsehood has been vanquished, indeed falsehood by its very nature is bound to be vanquished." (Qur'an 17:81)


This Nirgun-Sargun duality can be recognised as nothing except a contradiction in terms.

We recommend those unfamiliar with the Law of non-Contradiction to read the following article refuting those who ignorantly claim this law not to be self-evident or a priori, or those who assert this law to be man-invented, thus, deducing that God cannot be limited or restricted to these alleged man-invented laws:

The Universal Law of non-Contradiction

In the Qur'an Allaah establishes that something and its opposite cannot both be accepted as true at the same time:

"And such is your Lord in truth. Then what is there after Truth except falsehood. How have they then turned away?" (Qur'an 10:32)

If something is accepted as true, anything in opposition to that is rendered false. 

Hence, from the universal Law of non-Contradiction: (P and not-P) is false, if:

Nirgun (unattributed) is taken to be proposition P, then Sargun (attributed), its opposite and negation, is not-P.

Since the Sikhi concept of God affirms Him to be both Nirgun and Sargun at the same time and in the same respect, we must conclude that (P and not-P) is false, a contradiction and must be rejected by the rational mind.


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