Alhamdulillah, was salaat wa salaam 'alaa Muhammad wa 'alaa aalihi wa ahlihi wa sahbihi wa sallam. All praise and thanks are to Allah and may His salaat and salaam be upon Muhammad , his followers, family and companions.
We thank you for visiting our hopefully improved Web Site that should be easier to navigate through, copy, email and print, in shaa Allah. We pray that you will find its contents as fascinating as we did when introduced to the book prepared by Abdullah M. Al-Rehaili. Brother Al-Rehaili compiled this book by transcribing a televised series by Dr. Abdul-Majeed Al-Zindani which is now on videotape. We merely put the information in an attractive package. edited and arranged its chapters, added some useful chapters especially aimed at non-Muslims and have since re-published it as a paperback as well as the website you are now visiting. We thank those who have visited this site and sent us many very helpful and encouraging comments. We also appreciate the many questions sent by visitors and have added a Frequently Asked Questions link highlighting some that have been answered and that we intend to update periodically, in shaa Allah. By Allah's Will and Grace this site has become an award winner as well as one of the most popular Islamic sites on the Web, alhamdulillah.
Since the original publication in print form, the relatively new publishing medium of the World Wide Web on the Internet has brought an entirely new dimension to the realm of information dissemination in the most interesting and dramatic fashion. Our aim in republishing this book is the same as that of the original publishers. Namely, to expose the world of to the amazing book called the Quraan and in turn, to Islam.
Much misinformation has been published regarding the position of Muslims and Islam toward science so we find this work another step toward further investigation by those who are objective and open minded, into the miracles of the Quraan. We also hope to inspire the Muslim scientific community to rejuvenate the spirit of reflecting on the wonders of creation in service to the Creator and then spreading that knowledge to Muslim youth aspiring to enter scientific fields. It has long been taken for granted that to approach science from a religious point of view is not possible in the Western secular view and many (if not the majority) who enter into scientific or science related fields are automatically conditioned to expect conflicts between scientific fact and religious doctrine.
It must be clarified however, that the faith of Muslims is not conditioned upon whether or not scientific fact coincides with what is found in the Quraan or in authentic statements (hadeeth) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him 1). If scientific discoveries coincide with what has already been uncovered or mentioned in the Quraan, it is then viewed as a confirmation of what was already held as true and it may also be a clarification of those matters which may have been beyond the scope of human knowledge at any given time. The case may arise however, where the views held by scientific circles may conflict with assertions made in the Quraan and the authentic hadeeth. In such a case, Muslims are duty bound to accept what is evident in the religious texts and should scrutinize what is held to be the scientific view. This is the general rule with regards to understanding religious texts from the Quraan and the hadeeth.
If it is proven that a particular matter is absolutely scientifically true and incontrovertible then Islam does not revise itself, nor do Muslims revise authenticated source texts (as has occurred in other religious traditions), particularly the Quraan and hadeeth. Rather it is the Muslim who may revise his understanding of the texts. It is a standing miracle that up to now, no contradictions of such irrefutable facts have been found in the Quraan. Assertions to the contrary have all been refuted as inaccurate, and in many cases stemmed from prejudice or faulty scholarship. Indeed, what has proven true is that science has only recently discovered what was long ago revealed in the Quraan!
The fundamental interpretation of Qur'aanic verses is not predicated on whether it is verified by scientific means. Rather, it is based upon what the Qur'aan itself relates on the verse in question, what is authentically reported that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) stated about it, what the understanding of his companions was regarding it, Arabic language, and in the case where there is no direct statement from these sources may scholars then apply other means to deduce the correct meaning. Physical science may merely be utilized to help clarify or explain the meaning.
A viewpoint is much different than a fact or a theory, and one must not confuse them. It has occurred in the past where scientists have presented a hypothesis, view, or theory, only to revise later what they had earlier asserted due to advancements in technology or new discoveries. The development of human embryology is a case in point. When European scientists had no absolute proof of exactly how human reproduction occurred, they nevertheless insisted on their theories of the time. Muslim scholars however, finding that the statements of the European scientists contradicted the authentic statement of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), rejected the 'scientific' assertions of the Europeans who were later forced to retract their previous assertions. It also became evident that the Islamic view had indeed been correct all along!
It should also be pointed out that the realm of the unseen, that is, the 'supra' or 'super' natural is something outside the scope of science and therefore cannot be measured or captured by any instrument. Islam, as do other major religions, insists upon belief in the Divine Creator, angels, revelation, the Hereafter and other matters which are decidedly beyond scientific reach. This work is therefore not directly related to these matters however the following questions are posed:
If the Quraan is so accurate about matters of science that we can now measure, and this before man's ability to do so, does it not stand to reason that it must be from a source possessing knowledge far beyond that of our own?
Does it not stand to reason that such a source could then accurately relate matters of the unseen, the human soul, and an Afterlife that no human being could possibly scientifically confirm or deny?
We must then seriously consider the greater message brought forth in the Quraan and by Muhammad (peace be upon him) regarding the human condition and what awaits mankind. We pray that this effort at least offers 'food-for-thought' to those who take the time to read it.
This site has again been updated and we pray that all previous errors have been corrected. We also pray that you find the new interface easy to use and aesthetically pleasing and more accommodating to those who wish to print or download its pages for personal reference. References to the actual speaker in the book have been made where necessary. Also, several references were made to figures, graphs or photographs that we may have omitted due to the unavailability of a quality electronic image at this time, though we have made some amendments and additions. Also, this Web Edition has been supplemented with related comments and excerpts from the book "A Brief Guide To Understanding Islam" by I.A. Ibrahim,