I was once talking to a science professor of mine who very passionately and strongly argued against the existence of a higher power (ie: God) of any sort. In a single statement, he laughed and told me to stop talking about religion and that if I can’t support it with science then a thing such as religion hasn’t reached any validity. It was rude and disrespectful to me at the time, and had I wanted to, I could have explained the various advances science has made centuries and decades after Islam explained the basis of those theories, but his ignorance was so disgusting to me that I couldn’t respond. And alhamdulillah I didn’t.
Today, if I could have said something, it wouldn’t be about scientific evidence in the qur’an or about the greatest scientists that often began believing in a higher power as their understanding of the universe increased.
I would want to teach this professor something about science - the fundamental principle of science. The principle is that science actually cannot prove anything. No theory, no hypothesis can be proven through any number of evidence or experiments or observations. The only thing science can do is disprove something. Because you can always find evidence to support something, but as soon as you find evidence disproving it, you have established truth and validity by falsifying a prior belief.
And that is the limit of science. It can’t directly prove anything.
It’s disappointing that my professor requested proof from me and stated that “if you can’t use science to prove it, then it doesn’t meet the standard requirements for a debate,” when science can’t prove anything at all.
Note: I am a scientist and love science.
In Islam, we do believe in evolution.
We do believe that environmental forces test the limits of individuals, and the individuals that are able to combat and conquer those environmental forces are more likely to reach maturity and procreate.
We do believe that the individuals unable to do so, are unable to pass off their genetic traits to offsprings and thus their genetic traits become less and less available in that population’s genetic pool.
We do believe that any individual that procreates passes on their heritable genes to their offspring, increasing those traits in availability in that population’s genetic pool.
We do believe that these heritable traits can often replicate inaccurately in the offspring by means of forming a mutation.
We do believe that mutations that result in favourable traits and enhance the individual’s ability to combat environmental forces will allow the individual to grow to maturity and procreate, thus enhancing the availability of those traits in that population’s gene pool.
We do believe these mutations have the ability to mutate further and further from generation to generation and often result in speciation - new species diverging from old ones.
We do believe that these mutations occur at random.
We believe that the random mutations are planned by Allaah.
We believe that speciation is planned by Allaah.
We believe that Allaah has the might to plan exactly what mutation will cause what kind of speciation centuries down the road, and we believe He does plan this.
We also believe that many species have common ancestors, but not all. And we believe this because He has mentioned it to us in His book.
We believe He is able to produce spontaneous generation and that is how He created the first jin, the first human, the second human, and the angels.
We believe that all that seems random to us is planned by Allaah and He has a course of action that only makes sense to our finite minds as it unfolds.
We believe He has given us signs all around us of His existence, His perfect planning, their perfect execution, the perfect balance that He has created.
Because the most intelligent and enlightened minds are those that can’t fathom there not being a higher power to create the perfect balance and action that exists today, existed before us, and will exist after us.
Anonymous asked: WHY U WANT TO STUDY ISLAM?
BECAUSE IT’S BOSS
Why not study the only reality that makes sense out of the illusion we live in? SubhanAllaah
Anonymous asked: As salamu alaykum. I want to study islam, but I can't afford to leave the U.S. what can I do to increase my knowledge? Do you know of schools in the U.S. that have islamic studies programs? Jaskallah ghair. You blog is really inspiring
Wa’alaikumsalaam. Studying Islam in the area you live in is very rewarding. If you ever have the opportunity to study Islam elsewhere, you will notice that practicing Islam differs in different regions based on the regions culture, societal norms etc - and these differences will exist and can coexist with Islam. But if you study in your area, you’ll be able to benefit the people in your area because you’ll understand them and their problems better.
If you’re very serious about studying Islam in depth, you could try Nouman Ali Khan’s Bayyinah institute. They have a variety of programs of different lengths (1year up to 5 year programs). There is also Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s Zaytuna college which also provides a variety of programs.
But one of the best ways to increase knowledge is by spending time with scholarly people. Befriend people in the mosque, befriend your local imam. Learning comes most naturally when we learn from example. Reading is also great.
JazakaAllaahu khair =] BarakaAllahu feekum.
Anonymous asked: SalamuAlaykum. Need some advise. Basically a sister put up a status about how women are a "bag of emotions who fall for any guy who gives them a bit of attention"... So naturally.. I got a tad bit defensive and said stuff like "maybe I'm a man then, cause I have higher standards than that"... and now she's angry because she thinks I'm being rude and speaking with hate... and now she's telling me "speak good or remain silent".. is there a hadith about standing up for your opinion :/ sorry random
In Islam, standing up for your opinion doesn’t always equate standing up for the truth. And it is for the sake of the truth that we should speak, and none other. So if it is simply an opinion, and you know it’s going to lead to a back-and-forth argument with no benefit to either parties, then it is not beneficial for your tongue or your aakhira to take part. In Islam, we speak little and carefully and only for the truth and for the sake of benefit.
As for standing up for your opinion, even the companions radiAllaahu anhum remained silent as often as possible out of fear of saying something wrong or in the wrong manner because they understood that the tongue is a most dangerous weapon and will lead countless people to the fire. But when they did state their opinion (ie: in order to correct someone for the sake of said person’s aakhira/hereafter), they maintained certain etiquettes:
p.s. I realize I didn’t provide you with any hadith. The reason being that there are a multitude of hadith regarding speech and truth which guides us when speaking (even of our opinions), but none I know of that mention specifically “standing up for your opinion.” You can stand up for the truth, and stand up for you rights, but standing up for an opinion which may differ from another person always has the possibility that neither one opinion is better or more true than the other - because that is all they are, opinions.
Scholars debate their opinions based on their understanding of Islam and in order to better understand Islam. But their opinions may equate truth, whereas ours (the common, average person - aka me) are usually baseless, unnecessary, and not beneficial. The scholars must maintain etiquettes and their intention must be to better their own or another’s understanding.
I apologize if that wasn’t much help. But inshaa`Allaah it was at least food for thought. BarakaAllaahu feekum
On the issue of understanding one’s society:
“This is a major foundation that every mufti (legist) or ruler needs; he must be both well-versed (in people’s traditions) as well as matters of command and prohibition and then apply them both simultaneously. Otherwise he will do more harm than good. If he is not intimately aware of an issue in which people have particular understanding, a transgressor will appear to him as the transgressed and the truth will appear to him as falsehood and vice versa…
…because of his ignorance of the people, their traditions, their conditions and their habits, he (a scholar) will not be able to distinguish (between truth and falsehood), Thus, it is imperative that he understands the machinations of the people, their deceptions, their cultural traditions and their habits because fatawa (religious rulings) change with the changing of time, place culture and condition, and all of this is part of the religion of God.”
- Imam Ibn Qayyim [Ii’laan al-Muqaqqi’een an Rabbil Aalameen, Volume 4.]