May 22, 2008

Scripture and Science Paralleled: Kamran Riaz IAW at BU

Posted in Aqidah, Islam, Islamic Lectures, Knowledge, Quran at 2:21 pm by faith786

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

BU was kind enough to offer an Islamic Awareness Week that was packed with lectures, and I had the privilege of attending one called Scripture and Science Paralleled, by Kamran Riaz. Don’t get me wrong, the speech was amazing, but I will still hold a grudge against BU. For more info why, email me personally. =)

Kamran Riaz is a very knowledgeable speaker  He said a lot of important stuff in a short amount of time, so it was hard to catch all of it. But here is what I have. BU plans on putting up the recordings, but they still haven’t put up the Surah Kahf lecture series yet. So it might be a while… =)

So I am going to type this while hearing a commercial downstairs with the song Move Along playing. Wait-who is watching TV at this hour?

Knowledge in Islam and Background on Islamic view of knowledge:

  • The Quran was revealed and compiled during Prophet Muhammad (saw)’s time. (Unlike the Bible, which was compiled after the prophet’s time)
  • The first revelation (first 5 ayahs of surah ‘Alaq) was about seeking knowledge.
  • —so from the beginning, Islam is a religion where God is worshipped through knowledge.)
  • Seeking knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim (i.e. Hadith like: Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave, or seek knowledge even as far as China, support the search for knowledge.) [I know the authenticity of those hadiths are argued, but point is essential.]
  • As Muslims, we believe that the Quran is CORRECT and the world should match it. (Not the other way around.)
  • Another thing to note is that the Arabs didn’t really record anything. They used their memory.
  • With the revelation of the Quran, it inspired Arabs to use science and become knowledgeable to prove God’s existence.
  • All the proofs and sciences were to reinforce that one God created everything and when we die, we are responsible for what we have done.
  • Science and the Quran are NOT incompatible.
  • The Quran came to a people who didn’t value science, but then did.
  • 1400 years ago, that scripture was revealed (to an illiterate man) and still remains untampered. If you study for flaws, you won’t find any.
  • [I wrote: “Quran to study more”, but I don’t know why….]

Astronomy/Cosmology:

  • The Quran mentions the heaven and earth coming together and then “violently” ripping apart into this homogeneous mixture and spread it—this is reference to the Big Bang (Quran refers to it like smoke)
  • God created the earth in 6 time periods (you cannot assume days) and science is proving that the earth did undergo 6 major stages and/or changes.
  • The Quran mentions the heavens and earth were created and rapidly expanding it. And science has proved that the universe is expanding at an alarmingly fast rate.
  • Quran: Earth and sun have orbits and day COILS around night and night COILS around day. (The term that is used that translates into English as coils implies that the earth is ROUND.)
  • Allah created “many earths like it”—so there can be life on other planets that we are unaware of.
  • The Quran mentions the sun like siraj and the moon like munir. Siraj–lamp, munir–reflect. The sun is like a lamp, which radiates light and the moon is like a munir, or that which reflects (light). And that is how we see the moon.

Geology:

  • Quran makes mention of the water cycle [too lazy to type it all out]
  • Surah Rahman-saltwater and regular water don’t mix. And it is true.
  • Quran mentions that mountains are like pegs-mountains keep continental plates together

Biology (HERE WE GO ALL YOU MEDICAL STUDENTS):

  • Quran mentions that all life comes from water-true with science
  • Water helps vegetables grow (both Quran and in science)
  • Bees and ants have communities working together. (Quran mentions them and how bees work together to create honey for men)
  • Human body-embryology
  • —baby in the mother’s womb (Quran describes it accurately)
  • —Quran: Humans hear, then see (in the womb, we hear then see)
  • NEW: the Jugular vein. (He explained it for so long and so elaborately, and all the med kids got it, but I’ll do the short version)
  • —In the Quran, it is described like the stem of a rose. The stem of a rose has two pipes that meet together at one point and then branch off to many other places. In the human being, there are two arteries that meet at the jugular vein and then creates many branches. And it is a critical area of the body that controls involuntary movements. And the Quran mentions that Allah is closer to you then even your jugular vein, which helps you live!

***KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL OF THIS WAS REVEALED TO AN ILLITERATE MAN 1400 YEARS AGO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT AND NEVER CHANGED.***

  • All of these things are meant to prove God.
  • So people should seek knowledge to prove God’s existence and greatness.
  • And if He is accurate about this world, then He must be for the hereafter.
  • And that there is no difference between secular and religious knowledge.

FOR MUSLIMS: We already believe in the Quran, we know it is true, but this is just further confirmation of our belief in God and to help our iman. Don’t let this be primary, it should be secondary.

I am trying to get access to the actual ayahs the speaker was making reference to, but I am certain, more than certain, he is credible. And for more info, “if all else fails, google it.” -Kamran Riaz

1 Comment »

  1. afghan girl said,

    very good scrpits thanks alot. will be waiting for more and more.


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