Monday, November 21, 2011

Teaching of Islam and Science

The basic principles of science are observations and reasoning. Islam stresses both. The very first verse of Holy Quran revealed to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) sates:  " Read in the name of your Lord who is the Creator. He has created man from clot. Read: and your Lord is the most Generous who teaches be the pen. Teaches man that he did not know."
The Importance given by God Almighty to reading, writing and scientific knowledge is clear from this verse. The Holy Quran in so many verses has again and again insisted the believers to observe and think. Two are Quoted here:
" Surely, in the creation of the Heavens and the Earth and in the interchange of night and day and in the ships which sail through the sea and in the rain which God sends down from Heaven giving life to the earth after its death and scattering over it all kinds of cattle and in the change of winds and in the clouds that are made to serve between the Heavens and the Earth - are signs for those who understand."
" Will they not observe the camels how they are created. And the Heaven how it is raised? And the hill, how they are set up?"
The two verses quoted above are orders from God to observe, think and these now are recognized as basic principles of modern science. Islam, thus laid down the foundation of modern scientific thought 1400 years before.
Numerous other verses can be quoted in which the Holy Quran invites the readers to observe and think.
("Don't you see? Don't you think? Don't you plan?")
The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) told his followers that learning of knowledge is the duty of every muslim man or woman.
It was the result of the Quranci injunctions and the Holy Prophet's (S.A.W) pronouncement that the spirit of enquiry spread rapidly through out the Muslim world. And the science with experimentation become well established in the Islamic Era.


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