Thursday, April 24, 2014

Muslim Inventors inspired by Qur’an’s Exhortations: a Story of the Past and Present Achievements

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
23 April 2014
The Qur’an’s Exhortation for Invention:
The very first Qur’anic verse revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a universal command to read, augment knowledge and bring out a scientific revolution for the common good of humankind:  “Read in the name of your Lord who created man from a clinging substance.” (96:1-2)
The holy Qur’an, in this very first verse, set great value upon the pursuit of knowledge, intellectual temperament and human endeavour to invent advanced technologies:  “And He has subjected to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth - all from Him. Indeed, in that are signs for those who reflect” (45:13). By giving paramount importance to all creations and inventions of the universe and exhorting people to reflect on their shapes and structures, this Qur’anic injunction clearly aims at imbibing a creative intellect and inventive scientific temperament in the human minds:   “Observe what is in the heavens and in the earth. Do you not see? Do you not think? Do you not contemplate? Will they not regard the camels, how they are created? And the heavens, how it is raised? And the hills, how they are set up? And the earth, how it is spread?” (88:17-20) 


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