SCIENCE AND RELIGION

SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Posted by sayeedbinjamal on April 3, 2013 at 8:30 PM

SCIENCE AND RELIGION:
1. Scientific endeavor is an approximate effort of human beings to approach the absolute truth. We will get closer and closer to the absolute truth, but we will never reach the point of perfection.

2. Since scientific results are approximate in nature, you must never believe them without questioning even if the proposer is a Nobel Prize winner. Think by yourself and use our thinking ability wisely.

3. Again, since scientific results are approximate, it actually does not make sense to do direct comparison with the Allah-given religious divine information, because the latter should be accepted as absolute information (although of course I am not saying that there can’t be any dispute related to religious texts’ interpretation, but then, these argumentations should not be approached by comparison to scientific arguments).

4. Therefore, the attempt to verify and validate religious information with scientific results is actually impetuous. How can we compare divine information from Allah with scientific information that is based on assumptions?

5. Of course I am not saying that one must not at least be a little skeptical with his/her religion. It is a natural tendency to be skeptical. However we have to know our limits and boundaries. Remember, human beings will never know about everything; so never act as if we (will) know everything.

6. There is actually no scientific basis that can tell you that Allah does not exist. While to think that Allah exists also will not harm our effort in following a scientific endeavor. So why bother with religious belief? If you want to do science, just do it! If you want to study evolution, then do it. It really does not matter if the theory of evolution says that the first human came from evolution of a crocodile, or a bunch of monkeys, or a group of ants. Since they’re simply scientific deductions, and thus should not be seen as an ultimate conclusion or absolute truth.

7. We have to realize that cause and effect is a must and so an evolving process is obvious. How the process works, is the scientific question, and not whether a time-parameterized evolving system (time-evolution) exists or not. Evolution exists for all systems, not just biological systems, but also physical systems, which means all systems in the universe are evolving to a different state with time as the parameter. I have to highlight that in essence, there are no differences between a biological system and a physical system. Biological system is simply a more complicated version of a simpler physical system. There should be no difference between them. And indeed the language of physics is applicable to describe a biological system. For example, thermodynamics of a biological metabolism should not violate the laws in phase transitions. Currently, Biophysics is a growing field. Many research topics have arisen, and it is actually important for Muslims to take part in this field, especially with a strong foundation in theoretical Physics.

8. It is totally unreasonable for one to think- in a scientific framework- to put Allah as an extra element. Within scientific framework, it is true that an extra element is not needed, since we already made the assumption that everything is contained and confined within the universe and nothing can be lost. But this does not mean that science denies the existence of Allah. There is no reason to think that way. There is no reason to consider Allah’s actions in a scientific framework and in the same time, there is no reason to consider that Allah does not exist based on scientific deduction.

9. Therefore, in the end, Allah will be the only one that is distinct from the rest. And I really love how the Four Imams describe Allah, that Allah is different from His creation. Allah is not part of creation. Allah is distinct and the rest are Allah’s creation.

10. Of course by studying natural phenomena, a Muslim should appreciate more about their religious belief, and this is what is explained in Surah Al-Imran, (Verse) 190 where Allah ordered all people who have Iman (belief) in their heart to think about the nature, environment, and everything surrounding them. In that way, we can have a better appreciation of how great and how graceful Allah is as the One who creates the universe from the state of non-existence.

Therefore, to be honest, I really do not understand why a scientist and let alone a non-scientist would have to throw away their religious identity over a scientific theory, which cannot be proven in a universal way. Of course if someone wants to become atheist it is their choice, but don’t ever think religious people are inferior. Religious people could be smarter than an atheist person, and religious people could cleverly manage their life so they can achieve many things without losing their religious identity.

That’s why, if you are a non-scientist, before you ever accept or even think about a scientific result, try to think like a scientist for a while, in the correct way, not in the way that the atheistic propaganda wants you to think. Then make your decision based on your own thought, not theirs. They are also human, so they can be wrong and so can I…

Thus, if you really put some thought on what I wrote, you should see that the way I use the word ‘correct’ never advocates that absolute correctness can be gained by relying only to our mind. Why am I doing this? Because the only thing that is certain for human beings in their mind is the uncertainty itself. Even I cannot be sure whether what I wrote is correct or not. But still we have to believe in ourselves, otherwise, who else? Our weakness is the only thing that assures our humanity. But from this weakness, we are evolving, we are advancing, we start to know and understand about things that are happening around us little by little, so let us be grateful for that. Our tiny little brain is doing something good to us. Absolute information can only be gained from Allah (which is why the coming of a Messenger (Rasul) in this world is a must).

Studying nature within the scientific framework should not hinder our Iman in Allah; instead it should strengthen our Iman, even though some results differ from Al-Qur’an’s divine message. But even if they are incidentally the same, we also must not use these scientific results as proof for the correctness of Al-Qur’an.[Shared from reliable sources]
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Syed Ahmed Shah (Manju) 09:17 PM on April 03, 2013
“Therefore, the attempt to verify and validate religious information with scientific results is actually impetuous.”… Cannot agree more. I had always been critical of the tendency to justify religion with the help of science. I personally desist from doing so.
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assamesesyeds 01:58 AM on April 07, 2013
Thanks. I am not a scientist, I read about scientific progress on various fields, as much as I can. But I look around me, and this natural world never fails to amaze me or remind me of His power and beauty. The otherday saw grains of sands photographed 250 times bigger, what a beautiful world that is! Subhanallah! And to think that He created this beautiful world for us to enjoy. Thank you, Lord!
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