What is the intellect - aql - and where did it come from? Is faith based on intellect and reason - is it rational? Every intelligent person tries to reason the answers to these important questions.

Allah Ta’ala addresses humans in the Quran as rational beings. He addresses them specifically as people of intelligence in so many instances in the Quran. Rasulullah SA said that the first thing God created was the intellect. The Almighty has not created anything more noble or better than that.

So, what exactly is the intellect?