Before I answer this question, let’s note that if the Qur’an had been revealed all at once, people would ask: “Why was it sent down all at once and not in stages?” The ultimate answer to such questions lies with God, the All-Wise and All-Knowing. Our decisions are based on a very limited viewpoint, as … Continue reading Why was the Qur’an revealed over a period of 23 years?
The Divine command to proclaim Islam opens with the sublime imperative: iqra’. Usually translated as “recite,” it also means to “rehearse aloud” or to “read.” It is addressed to humanity, as the Prophet represents humanity in its relationship to God. Iqra’ is thus a universal injunction, an opening for each individual to move away from … Continue reading Why does the Qur’an open with Iqra’ (recite, read) ?
The Qur’an was revealed for specific purposes: to make us aware of the Creator, to affirm that He is known through His creation, to direct us to belief and worship, and to order individual and collective life so that we attain real happiness here and in the Hereafter. The Qur’an deals with each subject according … Continue reading Why does the Qur’an not discuss scientific issues that concern us today?
We refer to many branches of science and scientific facts today and use them to analyze various things and events—even religious matters. We refer to them, either one at a time or in groups, to provide evidence of God’s Existence and Oneness to those who need such evidence. Similarly, when looking at science in the … Continue reading When Modern Science Agrees with the Qur’an
Science considers any fact established through empirical methods to be scientific. Therefore, assertions not established through observation and experiment are only theories or hypotheses. As science cannot be sure about the future, it does not make definite predictions. Doubt is the basis of scientific investigation. However Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, who … Continue reading Science and Religion
Despite the disasters caused by science and technology, their mistaken approach to the truth, and their failure to bring human happiness, we cannot condemn them outright and become pure idealists. Science and technology do not bear the full responsibility for humanity being devalued, human feelings being diminished, and certain human virtues, along with health and … Continue reading The Concept of Science and Technology
Before answering this question, we should point out one important fact: Considering science as opposed to religion and scientific study as separate from and independent of the Qur’an is just as mistaken as trying to reduce the Qur’an to a science textbook by showing that every new scientific theory or fact can be found in … Continue reading Does the Qur’an allude to scientific developments?
Genuine knowledge (‘ilm) is a source of infinite light covered with truth, which leads enlightened people toward the righteous path. Modern science is built and developed upon existing information gained through experimentation and correcting previous errors. In general, science represents theories and hypotheses that we devise and pursue in order to acquire knowledge. From this … Continue reading What are the differences between the Islamic and the modern scientific points of view on knowledge? How does the Qur’an regard ”knowledge”?