A Novel Approach to the Quranic Concept of Consciousness Nadeem Haque (Institute of Higher Reasoning, Oakville, Ontario Canada) P1
The Quran contains within it two terms that refer to consciousness: ruh and nafs; Muslims in general over the centuries have been referring to these as 'soul' or 'self'. However, with the advent of interdisciplinary consciousness studies based on both physics and cognitive sciences, a greater understanding is currently being achieved by a few Muslim researchers concerning several verses in the Quran that deal with ruh/nafs and the nonanthropomorphic concept of God itself in relation to space and time. In this paper, this realization will be discussed, based on the Transfocation Model of Consciousness (TMC). The TMC does not fit any known models of consciousness, though it strangely possesses aspects of all the leading models. A comparison between the TMC and the currently existing models is discussed, as well as the reaction of the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds to these new ideas that have always existed in its primary and core text but have hitherto not been understood fully. Indeed, in the Quran itself, there is a conditional statement, that you cannot truly understand consciousness unless you have a vast body of knowledge concerning the structure of nature/universe, but if you do have that knowledge then you will know exactly what it is. This paper is, therefore, an attempt at an exposition of the TMC and its wider implications.