Abusing the middle position

The frequency that canned oversimplifications like

  • “Islam always takes the middle position”
  • “Truth always lies in the middle position”

are now given as foundations or integral supports for arguments related to beliefs as well as practice is downright dangerous. Giving them this role in arguments in answering questions leads to absurdities like the following:

Q. Does Allah exist or not?
A. According to shaykh, Islam & truth are in the middle.

Q. Is Allah’s existence rationally necessarily or not?
A. According to shaykh, Islam & truth are in the middle.

Q. Are the five daily prayers among the pillars of Islam?
A. According to shaykh, Islam & truth are in the middle.

Q. Are murder, assault, zina, theft, intoxicants halal or haram?
A. According to shaykh, Islam & truth are in the middle.

Oops.

This isn’t to say that these phrases are never appropriate. And some people definitely do use them appropriately. It’s just that when they are used, it should be after an argument has been made. It’s sort of like treating oneself to a cold soda after doing heavy work: you don’t deserve that soda before doing the work, and drinking it doesn’t replace doing the work or get you any closer to getting it done.


Canned answers like “there is disagreement” often leads to similar absurdities.

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