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Impact of Eastern Philosophy and Idolatry Doctrines on Contemporary Training and Recovery Programs

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 Impact Of Eastern Philosophy And Idolatry Doctrines On Contemporary Training And Recovery Programs
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Fawz bint Abdul-Latif Kurdi
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A keen observer of the contemporary ideological landscape finds it replete with Eastern spiritual and philosophical beliefs and principles. Relentless endeavor was dedicated to them in a modern fashion compatible with today’s culture, the new lifestyles, and the global advocacy of cultural openness and not only human fraternity but also cosmic fraternity.

Perhaps the most prominent means that propagate such philosophical principles and religious beliefs are related to training and recovery methods because they meet people’s daily needs and are in harmony with their expectations of achieving success, distinction, health, and happiness, especially when people’s daily lives have been affected by the materially-dominated Western life style which is void of spirituality.

Furthermore, the revolution of modern communications contributed to the dissemination of such philosophies through its novel practical frames and promoting them as pragmatic means to success and happy life. In addition, circulating endless rumors about wars, catastrophes, and pandemics among others has heightened feelings of fear and worry for most people, which drove them to accept what they believe would secure their needs before ensuring its authenticity.

It is precisely this point that demonstrates the importance of this study that tracks down the Eastern philosophy and idolatry doctrines common among ordinary people in today’s world. A lot of Muslims practice them though enticed by the allure of their training or remedial appearance. They are influenced by the propaganda of their marketers, who promise a better life full of health, happiness, and success.

Research plan:

This research studies the impact of the Eastern philosophy and its idolatry doctrines, propagated around the world including the Muslim one, under the guise of modern training and recovery programs. It also unveils the reality of the most prominent of those programs and their respective marketing names. The nature of this subject demands three chapters, an introduction, and a conclusion as follows:

The introduction includes the plan and importance of the research.

  • the permeation of Eastern philosophy in daily life.
  • the most prominent principles and beliefs of Eastern philosophy.
  • philosophically-based training and recovery programs.

Given the nature and goals of the subject, this research follows the inductive research methodology as well as the conventions of citations and references.

Because such a study requires proper concentration on the topic of study, I have limited myself to the restrictions of the title while avoiding my burning desire to present the truth and guidance on the issue. However, my only consolation is that the truth is plain and it has been the focus of many scholarly works. Still, there is a persistent need to expose this falsehood which is falsely shown as the truth.

I strove to simplify the Eastern philosophical concepts and expose their reality in light of the Islamic context, while matching them with their equivalent contemporary names and terms found in modern training and recovery programs. The goal is to make this study a reference point guiding those who are interested in such programs.

It should also help researchers, scholars, and preachers to enable them to assess them properly and carry out the obligation of enjoining good and forbidding evil regarding them so that people’s religion would remain intact and they could lead a better life in accordance with the methodology pleasing to Allah. I invoke Allah by His beautiful names and sublime attributes to substantiate the truth and eradicate falsehood for He is the One to be is sought for help and to rely upon.

The permeation of Eastern philosophy in daily life

Like all philosophies, Eastern philosophy is considered a replacement for religion by its adopters, who draw from it their concept of existence, cosmos, and life. They rely on its concepts to decode the secrets of the unseen,and it offers them answers to the major existential questions:

Who am I? How did I come to existence? What is the purpose of my existence? What is my relationship with this cosmos? Where is the ultimate destination?Undoubtedly, certainty and truth cannot be reached via such perception, concepts, or the answers inspired by the human reason attempts to overstep its boundaries, while dispensing with the guidance of the divine revelation. Reason can only reach the borders of the truth concerning the unseen.

On the other hand, only through revelation does sound reason become acquainted with monotheism, prophethood, the beginning of creation, judgment, and the ultimate destination. Had reason been solely capable of knowing them, Allah would not have sent the messengers, nor revealed the scriptures, but would have committed people to the argument of reason. Allah Almighty said: {[We sent] messengers as bringers of good tidings and warners so that mankind will have no argument against Allah after the messengers. And Allah is All-Mighty, All- Wise.}

The danger of Eastern philosophy transcends its disordered intellectual production and distorted conceptions about the truths of the unseenwhoseinfluenceisalmostconcentrated on philosophers and scholars such as the Greek philosophy. It preoccupied the attention of scholars and philosophers; deliberating and debating its concepts and theories though it was not the only source of their beliefs, concepts, nor the measure for their daily lives. Eastern philosophy, on the other hand, is blended with the Easterners’ daily lives. Therefore, we find the majority of Taoists, Hindus, and Buddhists apply the principles of their philosophies in all aspects of their lives in the form of rituals, applications, and practices without caring for the rationale behind it.

The recent intellectual openness on the East has left a visible impact on the circulation of Eastern philosophies and principles with their package of idolatry doctrines that manifest themselves in the daily rituals and practices.

Westerners were the first to be influenced by Eastern philosophy. They were dazzled by the spirituality of the East and the integration between its philosophy and life. This coincided with the Westerners’ struggle between the remnants of their distorted religion and the ancient philosophy.

They were carrying the wastes of the infamous struggle between religion and science, which they suffered from for ages.

countless numbers of Westerners eager to embrace it, the thing that contributed to accepting and welcoming spiritual guides from India and Tibet who engaged in a missionary endeavor calling people to their Eastern religions through their various spiritual applications.

This culminated in creating many groups in Western society who share a positive attitude towards Eastern spiritual practices. During the sixties of the past century, some organized spiritual movements emerged, the most prominent of which was the Human Potential Movement

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