Studying Mathematical Sciences or Logic
Fatwa No: 440524

Question

Ahsanallahu ilaikum. Dear Mashaikh, may I ask a question. Is discrete mathematics or boolean logic is manthiq that has been prohibited by the scholars; is it allowed to study discrete mathematics?Thank you. Jazaakumullahu khoiro.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There is no harm Islamically in studying this type or other mathematical sciences, and it is not part of the science of logic that previous scholars spoke about.

Moreover, a large number of scholars have permitted the study of the science of logic – that is devoid of false philosophy – and some of them have even considered it a communal obligation.

Ibn ‘Aabideen said in his commentary on Ad-Durr al-Mukhtar: “As for the logic of the Islamists whose introductions are Islamic rules, then there is no reason to say that it is prohibited. Rather, Al-Ghazaali  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him called it the standard of sciences, and the scholars of Islam wrote about it.

For more benefit on the study or teaching of mathematics, please refer to Fataawa 384322 and 137082.

Allah knows best.

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