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February 2010 eGazette – Islam and Science

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Islam and Science
By Khalifatul Masih II, Hadhrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad Hadrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II

Here is a lecture by Hadhrat ‘Musleh Maoud’ on the subject of Religion and Science, given at Islamia College Science Union meeting in Lahore on 3rd March 1927. This lecture’s usefulness cannot be over-stated. Original article in Urdu can be found in Anwarul Uloom online.

A small portion of the lecture is translated for the benefit of those who are not well versed with Urdu:

The Holy Quran directs attention towards science, time and again, rather than evoking prejudice against it. The Quran has never advised against studying science, lest the reader should become a non-believer; because it has no such fear or concern. The Holy Quran is not worried that if people will learn the laws of nature its spell will break. The Quran has not prevented people from science, rather it states, “Say, ‘Reflect on what is happening in the heavens and the earth.'” (Al Quran 10:102) By heavens is meant the study of astronomy and by earth is meant the study of geology, biology and archeology. If God considered that the result of such study will create prejudice and hatred against religion, the Holy Quran would have advised not to ever study these branches of knowledge. But in contrast to that it advises believers emphatically to study these sciences and investigate, as it knows that as the knowledge progresses in these fields, its truth will be testified. (This is exactly what is predicted in the second verse of Sura Saba, this is editor’s inclusion) The following verses of the Holy Quran also draw attention towards science:

“In the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the alternation of the night and the day there are indeed Signs for men of understanding; Those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and ponder over the creation of the heavens and the earth: ‘Our Lord, Thou hast not created this in vain; nay, Holy art Thou; save us, then, from the punishment of the Fire.'” (Al Quran 3:191-192)

A Challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from
by Zia H Shah

“All praise is due to Allah, to Whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And His is all praise in the Latter Days; and He is the Wise, the All-Aware.” (Al Quran 34:2) Every new discovery in science has strengthened the Quranic claim that it is the Word of God and has been revealed by the All Knowing God. In this article, you can review some of the recent developments in physics and astronomy that demand a Creator for our universe: Read more online.

Evolution and angels
by Dr. Naseer Tahir

The idea of evolution is perceived differently by all: The Holy Quran not only proposes it but confirms it, the Bible negates it, the Priest (and mullah) is fuelled by it, the atheist believes in it, the scientist builds upon it, and the uninformed misinterprets it. The theory of evolution has hit mankind like no other scientific theory, proving to be the greatest breakthrough in science for some and blasphemy for others, earning for Darwin both respect and ridicule at the same time. Read more online.

Faith in science
by Waseem A. Sayed, PhD

I hold scientists and the scientific method in great esteem. Underlying their whole endeavor is the fundamental belief that there is understanding and insight and gain to be had pursuing their struggle. The universe is not pointless. Every scientific theory starts with an irreducible, finite set of assumptions that were assumed to be true, on pure faith. What is this belief in the unseen? Read more online.

February 2010


Persecution News

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A New Encyclopedia called Knol

“He (Allah) it is Who has sent His Messenger with the guidance and the Religion of truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religions, even if those who associate partners with God hate it.” (Al Quran 61:10)

By the Grace of God, Al Islam team has been constantly monitoring the developments on the Internet. A recent development will make our work of calling humanity to Islam and Universal Brotherhood much easier and better organized. It is hoped and expected that Google – Knol may be the upcoming Encyclopedia as it combines the features of Encyclopedia and a Forum or Blog. Browse some of the links:

Islam and Human Rights:

http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/islam-and-human-rights/1qhnnhcumbuyp/39#

For how to debate different dogmas of Christianity, namely Trinity and Original Sin, go to:

http://knol.google.com/k/faith-and-reason-an-invitation-to-christians#

http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/evaluating-original-sin-against/1qhnnhcumbuyp/15#

To see a collection of materials about the fact that Jesus did not die on the cross go to:

http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/jesus-did-not-die-on-the-cross/1qhnnhcumbuyp/111#

Anyone can add comments to ‘knols’ and as such contribute to the materials there.


The Privileged Planet: A Documentary

It is a documentary made by Intelligent Design movement but with a few qualifiers, is in line with the Islamic concept of the Creator. Refuting the theory of blind evolution, this intriguing video posits that Earth was created not by a series of random events but by a ‘creative designer’ who knew exactly what He was doing. Several proponents of Intelligent Design, including philosophers and scientists, share their views about this theory and provide evidence that supports their premise. It can be watched on YouTube.


The Muslim Sunrise

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.

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