What’s New at Al Islam?
Friday Sermon May 16, 2003
By Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The Holy Quran mentions numerous prophecies and describes several scientific developments that were to be discovered centuries later. For example, it was predicted that the Jewish Diaspora will be brought together to Israel. The Holy Quran says:
And after him We said to the children of Israel, ‘Dwell ye in the land; and when the time of the promise of the latter days comes, We shall bring you together out of various peoples.’ (Al Surah Al-Isra' 17:105)
In Sura Anbiyya the Holy Quran says that the whole universe was in the form of a singularity and then we broke it asunder. To read additional details
click here to go the Friday Sermon archive page.
Messiah of this age and the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, in the year 1895, wrote a book named Minanur Rehman, wherein he claimed that Arabic is the first language given by God to man and that all other languages are derived from it. He based this claim on the teachings of the Holy Quran and elucidated this proposition in the light of several verses of the Holy Quran. He even foretold that in course of time Arabic will be found to be the mother of all the world languages. He wrote, in his book Minanur Rehman:
“All praise is due to Allah, the Sustainer, the Beneficent. To Him belong all Excellence, Grace and Goodness. He created man and taught him a plain language. And out of one language He created various languages in different countries just as He created various colors (of mankind); out of one color. And He made Arabic the mother of all languages. He made it the like of the sun in brightness and luster.”
The claims made were bold and specific. At a time when these claims were made the only established facts in the field of linguistics were that the Indo-European languages are related and possibly coming from a prototype language. The reality of other languages could have turned out to be remarkably different from what was suggested by Promised Messiah. The aborigines of Australia had migrated there 40,000 years ago; the Native Americans were separated from the main body of humanity for 12000-25000 years. The continent of Africa was divided into small hostile tribes; if the language had blindly evolved it would have been very possible that totally different languages had evolved in different tribes and groups of languages could have different mother language. But this was not to be! English translation can be
read online by clicking here.
The Beginning of Language: The incremental revelation theory
by Syed Sajid Ahmad and Zia Shah MD
There are several existing theories about the beginning of language. These hardly explain any of the existing data and are merely speculative. Here the authors have proposed that the language developed by a process of incremental revelation of needed root words. An analogy is created between SETI and the complexity and organization of the root system of Semitic languages, making a case for pre-cognition in the development of languages. To read rest of the story click here.
The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odessy
by Spencer Wells
The Holy Quran links the study of languages with the study of races. It says, “And among His Signs are the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors. In that surely are Signs for those who possess knowledge.” (Al Surah Ar-Rum 30:23)
Geneticist Spencer Wells spends his life traveling the globe taking blood samples from men and women in order to unravel the secrets of the human story: Where did humans come from? How did they spread over the globe? How did different races evolve? In this documentary, Wells answers those questions, demonstrating the shared human heritage, the universal brotherhood, for the first time using the latest discoveries of human genetics. The migration also sheds light on history of different languages, as to how they may have metamorphosed from a mother tongue. The documentary is available on
Islam and Science — Concordance or Conflict
by Professor Abdus Salam
Einstein once remarked, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Human wisdom cannot flourish without proper understanding of both and their interaction, as so succinctly highlighted by Einstein. Dr. Abdus Salam quoted in his ‘Nobel speech’ from the verses of the Holy Quran at a time when it was a taboo to mention religion in scientific circles. He said, “The creation of Physics is the shared heritage of all mankind. East and West, North and South have equally participated in it. In the Holy Book of Islam, Allah says, ‘Thou seest not, in the creation of the All-merciful any imperfection, Return thy gaze, seest thou any fissure. Then Return thy gaze, again and again. Thy gaze, Comes back to thee dazzled, aweary.’” (Al Surah At-Tahrim 66:4-5)
Here we reproduce an article from Review of Religions for March of 1995.
The Muslim Sunrise
“In the latter days, the sun shall rise from the West.” (Hadith)
The MUSLIM SUNRISE endeavors to share true Islamic teachings. Its publication began in 1921 by Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq (ra) in the USA. Now it is available online along with the old issues (archived). Click here to read Muslim Sunrise online.
Walk for Humanity
Humanity First USA – 2009 Walkathon Dates
Washington/Baltimore Walk on Sept 26, 2009. Chicago Walk on October 3rd, 2009. San Francisco Bay Area Walk on October 17th, 2009. For more details and sponsoring a walker visit https://walk.humanityfirst.org.
Foreword from the annual report on persecution
62 YEARS AGO the Founder of Pakistan declared that Pakistan would not be a theocracy and that there would be no discrimination between one creed or another. Twenty seven years later, Mr. Bhutto, who professed to be secular liberal, regrettably violated le contrat social and amended the Constitution to declare Ahmadis “not-Muslims” for the purpose of law and constitution. Ten years later, General Zia, in order to improve his falling popularity, decided to placate the mulla and promulgated the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX. This Ordinance seriously infringes on the religious freedom of Ahmadis and imposes prison terms for religious violations. Today, Ahmadis have not only suffered from these constitutional and legal constraints but also their ugly consequences for 34 years. They have been side-lined in some important fields from the main stream of Pakistani society.
Since 1984, when Ordinance XX was promulgated there have been numerous changes of government. Leaders like Ms. Benazir Bhutto, Mian Nawaz Sharif and General Musharraf have ruled in Islamabad but none of them had the moral and political courage to undo these deplorable laws. Slogans like ‘Pakistan first’ were without meaning. Beneath the surface these came to nothing more than corruption. As Ahmadis suffered, these potentates of Islamabad remained close to the mulla and allowed free hand to those who persecuted the community both from state and non-state sectors. This political approach and attitude harmed Ahmadis, but more than that, it harmed the state. Yet, Islamabad is still to utter even a word in public that it intends to undo the wrongs committed in the name of Islam.
The new democratic government took over last year. The leaders have declared “Pakistan believes in religious freedom – Gilani”. In a high level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by the Chief of the Army Staff among others, “the participants were unanimous in concluding that terrorism and extremism are the greatest challenge to Pakistan’s national security.” (The daily Dawn, Lahore; June 28, 2008) Despite this awareness, their actions have failed to match the words.
TWENTY years ago, the entire population of Rabwah was booked by the police; last year in 2008 the administration committed this incredible act again in June. The administration of Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad rusticated all its Ahmadi students, most of whom were women. The deputy commissioner and the police of Kotli, Azad Kashmir ordered and undertook the destruction of an Ahmadi mosque which was under construction. Two Amirs of district communities were assassinated in Sindh during September 2008. The police have failed to find the murderers. The president of a local Ahmadiyya community in Rawalpindi and a religious teacher were booked and arrested for offering congregational prayers in a house in Rawalpindi. The location is less than 20 kilometers from the National Assembly building where all the law-makers unanimously passed the well-known Resolution in October 2008 that declared, inter alia:
“The nation stands united to combat this growing menace with a strong public message condemning all forms and manifestations of terrorism, including the spread of sectarian hatred and violence with a firm resolve to combat it and address the root causes”.
The serious and often tragic the consequences of the anti-Ahmadiyya policies continue to this date. Only a fool would suggest that Pakistan can become a modern, progressive, prosperous state in the future while these laws remain in the statute book and continue to nourish dubious and deeply flawed policies.
For latest updates of the persecution of the peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community please visit www.ThePersecution.org or at the The Persecution Blog
Plain water will tell you the story
(by Thomas David Parks)
Lawrence Henderson was professor of Biochemistry in Harvard in early twentieth century. He is well known to all biochemistry and medicine students for Henderson-Hasselbach equation. He argues, “It turns out that not one or two, not most, but all the thermal properties of water are mutually adaptive not only for the maintenance of thermal stability on a planetary scale but also for the buffering of individual macroscopic life forms against sudden temperature changes”. He adds, “Amazement mounts at the wonderful elegance and parsimony in the way the various thermal adaptations of water conspire to achieve so many life sustaining ends.” Allah says in the Holy Quran, “And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?” (Al Surah Al-Anbiya 21:31)
Water has numerous physical properties that make it very suitable for life. One of these is called anomalous expansion below 4 degree centigrade. Matter contracts as its temperature falls and expands as it heats up. For water we have a strange exception which turns out to be a very suitable manipulation, which allows life to survive freezing temperatures.
This article by Thomas David Parks nicely describes the attribute Al Rahman as it pertains to water. It is reproduced from a book the Evidence of God in an Expanding Universe edited by John Clover Monsma, published in 1958. This book is a collection of short articles by different scientists about their views on God. The article can be read online by clicking here.