| Khal Baharulalam |
MODERN day medicine, given the right origin, is not opposed by Islam and Muslims should not be wary of preserving their health and well-being in line with their beliefs.
This point was stressed strongly by Dr Danial bin Zainal Abidin during the Knowledge Convention 2014 Symposium that took place at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday.
Following the talks presented by invited guests, a question and answer session ensued in which an attendee asked how far modern day medicines coincide with natural medicines, while taking into account what is stated in Al-Quran and several Hadiths.
One of the invited speakers on the panel, Dr Danial bin Zainal Abidin, responded that there has been a lot of “misconceptions on what constitutes Islamic medicine”.
“Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has never given his followers reason to believe that the evolution of medicine stops with those mentioned in Quranic verses.” He then clarified further that the Prophet has clearly given “freedom for the development of medicine through any means necessary as long as all elements that coincide with Islamic principles are followed,” such as whether the source of such medicines are Halal.
Giving an example, he said the most common occurrence of Muslims seeking assistance from religious leaders such as an Ustaz or Imam for producing or prescribing Islamic medicine through daily food and drink, as stated in Quranic verses or Hadiths. Another invited speaker on the panel, Dr Richard Tee bin Abdullah, supported his peer’s statement by adding that Muslims should be able to see a clear distinction between what is acceptable or not.
Dr Richard Tee urged Muslims not to solely rely on their belief, as this could potentially lead to them moving away from the teachings of what Islam truly is.
Another question was raised as to how science can be harmful to Islamic principles and to address the issue, Dr Danial explained that Muslims need to grasp and understand the distinction between Science and Scientism.
“Science that rejects Allah the Almighty is the danger,” he said. “Science that rejects beliefs due to the absence of solid proof, for example, the existence of angels, is scientism,” he said.
He further elaborated that due to the fast-growing expansion of science in the world and the contradictions that have trailed alongside both science and religion, some Muslims have rejected science altogether, which should not be the case.
“Science is in line with Islamic teachings because in Al-Quran, Muslims have been told to acquire knowledge from within the skies and the Earth,” Dr Danial reminded his audience. “That is the purpose of science, to learn about the creations of Allah and to put that knowledge to good use. That is science in Islam.”
The speaker added that scientism completely rejects the existence of anything that cannot be proven, and that is not the kind of science that Muslims should practice.
In closing the symposium, both speakers reassured their audience that science is not only accepted in Islam, but is also an important part of Islamic teachings.