Islamic Voice
logo

News from
Islamic World

.................................
Community
Roundup

.................................
editorial Editorial
.................................
Reader's Comments
.................................
Features
.................................
Baba Budhan
Darga Controversy

............................
Book Review
.................................
Profile
.................................
Children's Corner
............................
Understanding
Qur'an

.................................
Hadith
.................................
Prophet's Medicine
............................
Qur'an & Science
............................
Women in Islam
.................................
Our Dialogue
.................................
Haj
.................................
Why I Embraced
Islam

.................................
Matrimonial
.................................
Subscription
.................................
Guest Book
.................................
Previous Issues
.................................
Home
.................................
Islamic Links
.................................
Al-Nasr Exports
.................................
islamic voice logo

MARCH 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-03 No:159    *   MARCH 2000 / ZIL-HIJJA 1420H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

QUR'AN AND SCIENCE


Scientists Confirm the Signs of Allah
Only a Return to Islam can prevent AIDS

Scientists Confirm the Signs of Allah

By Harun Yahya

cat's eye nebula

This picture is taken by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope of the
"Cat's Eye Nebula." It is an exploding star 3,000 light years away.
They should have called it the "Oily Red Rose Nebula."
As the Qur'an states in Sura-e-Rehman "When the sky is torn apart,
so it was (like) a red rose, like ointment." Qur'an (55:37)

Science leads us to the conclusion that the universe has a Creator and this Creator is perfect in might, wisdom and knowledge. It is religion that shows us the way in knowing Allah. It is therefore possible to say that science is a method we use to better see and investigate the realities addressed by religion. Nevertheless, today, some of the scientists that step forth in the name of science take an entirely different stand. In their view, scientific discoveries do not imply the creation of Allah. They have, on the contrary, developed an atheist understanding of science by saying that it is not possible to reach Allah through scientific data. Therefore, they calaim that science and religion are two clashing notions.

As a matter of fact, this atheist understanding of science is quite recent. Until a few centuries ago, science and religion were never thought to be clashing with each other, and science was accepted to be a method proving the existence of Allah. The so-called atheist understanding of science flourished only after the materialist and positivist philosophies swept through the world of science in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Particularly after Charles Darwin postulated the theory of evolution in 1859, circles holding a materialistic world view started to ideologically defend this theory which they looked upon as an alternative against religion. The theory of evolution argued that the universe was not created by a creator but came into being by coincidence. As a result, it was asserted that religion was conflicting with science. English researchers Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln comment on this issue and say that one and a half centuries before Darwin, science was not divorced from religion and was actually a part of it, its ultimate purpose being to serve it. At Darwin's time, however, science was detached from its above-mentioned essence and defined itself as an absolute rival and an alternative concept against religion. These three researchers finally concluded that humanity was then on forced to make a choice between these two.(17)

The so-called split between science and religion was totally ideological. Some scientists who devotedly believed in materialism conditioned themselves to prove that the universe had no creator and they devised various theories in this context. The theory of evolution was the most famous and the most important of them. In the field of astronomy as well were developed some theories such as the "steady-state theory" or "chaos theory". However, all of these theories that denied creation were demolished by science itself as we have shown clearly in the previous chapters.

Today, scientists who still keep to these theories and insist on their denial are dogmatic and bigoted people who have conditioned themselves not to believe in Allah. The famous English zoologist and evolutionist D.M.S. Watson confesses this dogmatism as he explains why he and his colleagues accept the theory of evolution. He states that the reason why the theory of evolution is widely accepted is not because there is sufficient evidence to prove it but because the other theory, that is, supernatural creation, is totally unacceptable.(1)

What Watson means by "supernatural creation" is Allah's creation. As acknowledged, this scientist finds this "unacceptable". But why? Is it because science says so? Actually not. On the contrary, science proves the truth of creation. The only reason why Watson looks upon this fact as unacceptable is because he has conditioned himself to deny the existence of Allah. All other evolutionists take the same stand.

Evolutionists rely not on science but on materialist philosophy and they distort science to make it agree with this philosophy. A geneticist and an outspoken evolutionist from Harvard University Richard Lewontin confesses this truth as follows:

"It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, so we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."(2)

On the other hand, today, just as in history, there are, against this dogmatic materialist group, scientists who confirm Allah's existence, and regard science as a way of knowing Him. Some trends developing in the USA such as "Creationism" or "Intelligent Design" prove by scientific evidence that all living things were created by Allah.

This shows us that science and religion are not conflicting sources of information, but on the contrary, science is a method that verifies the absolute truths provided by religion. The clash between religion and science can only hold true for some religions that incorporate some superstitious elements as well as divine sources. However, this is certainly out of the question for Islam which relies only on the pure revelation of Allah. Moreover, Islam particularly urges science, and announces that probing the universe is a method to explore the creation of Allah. The following verse of the Qur'an addresses this issue;

Do they not look at the sky above them? How We have built it and adorned it, and there are no rifts therein? And the earth -- We have spread it out, and set there on mountains standing firm, and caused it to bring forth plants of beauteous kinds (in pairs). And We send down from the sky blessed water whereby We give growth unto gardens and the grain of crops. And tall palm-trees, with shoots of fruit-stalks, piled one over another. (Surah Qaf, 6-7, 9-10).

As the above verses imply, the Qur'an always urges people to think, to reason and to explore everything in the world in which they live. This is because science supports religion, saves the person from ignorance, and causes him to think more consciously; it wide opens one's world of thought and helps him grasp the signs of Allah self-evident in the universe. Prominent German physicist Max Planck said that everyone who, regardless of his field, studies science seriously is to read the following phrase on the door of the temple of science: "Have faith". According to him, faith is an essential attribute of a scientist.(3)

All the issues we have treated so far simply put it that the existence of the universe and the living things cannot be explained by coincidences. Many scientists that set a course to the world of science have confirmed this great reality and they still do. The more people learn about the universe, the higher their admiration to its flawless order gets. Every newly-discovered detail supports creation in an unquestionable way.

A great majority among modern physicists accept the fact of creation as we set foot to the 21st century. David Darling comments by saying that neither time, nor space, nor matter and energy, nor a tiny spot or a cavity existed at the beginning. A slight quick movement and a modest quiver and fluctuation occurred. Darling ends by saying that this cosmic box was finally opened and the shoots of the creation miracle appeared there under.(4)

Besides, it is already known that almost all the founders of diverse scientific branches believed in Allah and His divine books. The greatest physicists in history, Newton, Faraday, Kelvin and Maxwell are a few examples of such scientists.

In the time of Isaac Newton, the great physicist, scientists believed that the movements of the heavenly bodies and planets could be explained by different laws. Nevertheless, Newton believed that the creator of earth and space was the same, and therefore they had to be explained with the same laws. He elucidated his view in his book by stating that the perfect system of the sun, planets and comets can only move on under the control and dominance of a mighty and wise being.(5)

As seen, thousands of scientists who have been doing research in the fields of physics, mathematics, and astronomy since the Middle Ages all agree on the idea that the universe is created by a single Creator and always focused on the same point. The founder of physical astronomy, Johannes Kepler stated his strong belief in Allah in one of his books where he stated that we, as poor, unable servants of God, have to see the greatness of God's wisdom and His Mightiness and submit ourselves to Him.(6)

The great physicist William Thompson (Lord Kelvin), who founded thermodynamics, was also a Christian who believed in Allah. He had strongly opposed Darwin's theory of evolution and totally dismissed it. He explained short before his death that when we look at the origins of life, science certainly confirms the existence of that Great Power.(7)

One of the professors of physics at Oxford University, Robert Mattheus states the same fact in his book published in 1992 where he explains that DNA molecules were created by Allah. Mattheus says that all these stages proceed in a perfect harmony from a single cell to a living baby, then to a little child, and finally to an adolescent. All these events can only be explained by a miracle just like in all the other stages of biology. Mattheus asks the questions of how such a perfect and complex organism can emerge from such a simple and tiny cell and how a glorious HUMAN is created from a cell even smaller than the point on the letter i? He finally concludes that this is nothing but a miracle.(8)

Some other scientists who admit that the universe is created by a Creator and who are known by their cited attributes are:

  • Robert Boyle (the father of modern chemistry)
  • Iona William Petty (known for his studies on statistics and modern economy)
  • Michael Faraday (one of the greatest physicists of all times)
  • Gregory Mendel (the father of genetics; he invalidated Darwinism with his discoveries in the science of genetics)
  • Louis Pasteur (the greatest name of bacteriology; he declared war against Darwinism)
  • John Dalton (the father of atomic theory)
  • Blaise Pascal (one of the most important mathematicians)
  • John Ray (the most important name in the British natural history)
  • Nicolaus Steno (a famous stratiographer who investigated earth layers)
  • Carolus Linnaeus (the father of biological classification)
  • Georges Cuvier (the founder of comparative anatomy)
  • Matthew Maury (the founder of oceanography)
  • Thomas Anderson (one the first people who studied in the field of organic chemistry)
References:
  1. Grzimeks Tierleben V÷gel 3, Deutscher Taschen Buch Verlag, Oktober 1993, p. 92
  2. Ibid, p. 89
  3. Ibid, p. 87-88
  4. David Attenborough, The Private Life of Plants, Princeton University Press, 1995, p. 291
  5. Nature, 12 November 1981
  6. Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln, The Messianic Legacy, Gorgi Books, London: 1991, p. 177-178.
  7. D.M.S. Watson,
  8. "Adaptation", Nature, no. 124, p. 233
  9. Richard Levontin, "The Demon-Haunted World", The New York Review of Books, January 9, 1997, p. 28.

Top


Only a Return to Islam can prevent AIDS

Anti-Aids Campaign : South African Cricketers (from left to right) Shaun Pollock,
Allan Donald and Nicky Boje pose with an ani-Aids banner in
front of Gateway of India in Mumbai.

The one and the only way that can provide a definite guarantee against AIDS is: the full implementation of the Islamic teachings on sexual behaviour.

Islam is categorically opposed to homosexuality, bisexuality and for that matter all extra-marital sexual relations.Whether a man is homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual, the possibility of infection remains. A person may transmit the virus to his sexual partner through anus, vagina or mouth. The Islamic style of sexual life is the best guarantee against infection. The most effective method to protect a person against AIDS is to abstain from having any form of sexual relationship outside the marriage.

Any person in this world may carry the human immunodeficiency virus. His business card will certainly not mention that fact. When a person indulges in sex with a man or woman, he can never be 100% sure that he or she has not been affected by this virus. Even if his partner is affected, there is little chance that he would let him know.

Top


News from Islamic World | Community Roundup | Editorial | Reader's Comments | Features | Baba Budhan Darga Controversy | Book Review | Profile | Children's Corner | Understanding Qur'an | Hadith | Prophet's Medicine | Qur'an & Science | Women in Islam | Our Dialogue | Haj | Why I Embraced Islam | Matrimonial | Subscription | Guest Room | Previous Issue | HOME | Islamic Links | Al-Nasr Exports

Top