| Zee Yusri |
‘SCIENCE’ offers a method by which the universe and all the beings therein, may be examined to discover the artistry in Allah the Almighty’s creation, thereby communicating it to mankind.
Religion, therefore, encourages science, adopting it as a tool to study the subtleties of Allah the Almighty’s creation.
This were stated by Dr Danial Zainal Abidin, the Managing Director of Danial Zainal Consultancy Malaysia Sdn Bhd, in his talk titled ‘Sains Umat Islam Mendahului Zaman’ (Muslims’ Science Ahead of its Time) at the Knowledge Convention 2014 Premier Talk event which was attended by Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.
The talk touched on Islamic civilisation which developed during the 800–1600 period highlighting the fact that this civilisation became the catalyst to the development of modern science and technology.
He highlighted that Islam not only encourages scientific study, but also permits it, supported by the truths revealed through Islam.
The reason being, that Islam provides accurate and definitive answers as to how life and the universe came into being.
“As such, if initiated upon a proper foundation, research will reveal the truths regarding the origin of the universe and the organisation of life, in the shortest time, and with minimum effort and energy,” he said.
Dr Danial mentioned that Muslims should be the best as they should be upholding three vital ‘agenda’ among them – practising decency and leading people towards decency; veto all ill will and immorality and believe and have faith in Allah the Almighty.
He mentioned that it must be known to Muslims that the headway towards the development of science and technology have been explained in Al-Quran ages ago and certain scientific findings have long been worked out by Muslim scientists even before the Europeans celebrated their Renaissance.
“Science in Islamic perspective, if unguided by Islam, cannot proceed correctly, but rather, wastes much time in achieving certain results, and worse, is often inconclusive.
“Scientific studies pursued by materialist scientists unable to see the truth has, particularly in the last two hundred years, certainly caused a considerable amount of time to be squandered, a great deal of research to be pursued in vain and millions of dollars to have been poured down the drain to no effect,” Dr Danial stated.
He revealed that in Islam, Muslims are encouraged to be thinkers – active thinking is an important key to the development of science and technology and a sense of positive curiosity is indeed a very beneficial trait as it makes an individual wonder about things that are hard to explain with science alone.
Islam is the religion of reason and conscience – a person recognises the truth proclaimed by Allah the Almighty through the use of his wisdom, but derives conclusions from the truth he has seen by following his conscience.
Dr Danial added, “A person using the faculty of his reason and conscience, upon examining the features of any given object in the universe, even though he be not an expert in such matters, would understand that it was created by a ‘possessor of great wisdom, knowledge and might’.”
He encouraged parents to educate children on the history of science in Islam and advised teachers to shape students into great thinkers and be very responsive with questions on the ‘scientific’ world around them, he noted.
In the Al-Quran, Allah the Almighty calls on people to reflect upon and examine the signs of creation around them, he quoted.
The speaker also said that the Al-Quran is a ‘manuscript’ where all news related in it has proven to be true and facts about scientific subjects were announced in its verses.
“It is impossible for this information to have been known with the level of knowledge and technology of the day. It is clear that this provides clear evidence that the Al-Quran is not the word of man but only Allah the Almighty, who knows.”
The impressiveness of Muslim scientists was also shared during the talk.
Where their knowledge and understanding did not only exist ahead of their time but had even become the foundation that contributed to the evolution of the world today, it was explained.
The Muslim scientists who were mentioned were Ibn Sina, who was the first to describe meningitis; Al-Biruni, who described the rotation of the Earth on its axis 600 years before Galileo; Ibn Nafis, who was the first to describe the pulmonary circulation and Al-Zahrawi, the first to introduce catgut suture and described haemophilia.