Science and Islam's close relationship with it played a tremendous role in strengthening my faith and that of scientists throughout history - even today! This is a fascinating section - do take time to explore it!
"There is indeed no human work prior to modern times that contains statements which were equally in advance of the state of knowledge at the time they appeared and which might be compared to the Quran. It comes as no surprise to learn that Religion and Science have always been considered to be twin sisters by Islam and that today, at a time when science has taken such great strides, they still continue to be associated, and furthermore certain scientific data are used for the better understanding of the Quranic text.
"What is more, in a century where, for many, scientific truth has dealt a deathblow to religious belief, it is precisely the discoveries of science that, in an objective examination of the Islamic Revelation, have highlighted the supernatural character of certain aspects of the Revelation.
"The Quran contains infinitely more precise details [than many scientific discoveries today] which are directly related to facts discovered by modern science: these are what exercise a magnetic attraction for today's scientists.
"It is not faith in Islam that first guided my steps, but simple research for the truth. [What led me to this conviction was the fact that it would be unthinkable] for a man of Muhammad's time to have been the author of such statements on account of the state of knowledge in his days." ~ Dr. Maurice Bucaille, an eminent medical scientist and a member of the French Academy of Medicine. He is the author of the book entitled "The Bible, The Quran and Science."
RAMDAN Muslim nonprofit groups aid the needy, participate in interfaith events
19 September 2007
Muslim girls break the fast with dates before saying prayers at an iftar at the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson, New Jersey. Iftars are often communal affairs at mosques across the United States and are also hosted by most Muslim organizations in America. (© AP Images)
Washington -- The sacred month of Ramadan, observed by Muslims worldwide, is a time of spiritual renewal, with a strong focus on performing good deeds and deepening ties with neighbors and local communities.
The evening meal, known as iftar and held after sundown to break the Ramadan fast each day, often is a communal affair at mosques across the United States. Iftars also are hosted by most Muslim organizations in America, including those in the nation’s capital.
At the Muslim Community Center (MCC) in Silver Spring, Maryland, iftars “are open to the public,” says MCC President Nehal Shah. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, which has seven branches throughout northern Virginia, shares this approach.
The debaSCIENCE EFFECT
Our way of life, our health, our communications, our eating, drinking and travelling are all (partly) facilitated by scientific research. And whether we like it or not, every day we are confronted with the effects of scientific and technological development, the we including those not involved in, sceptical of or even totally disbelieving science. In the debate Facing Science we give the floor to people from this outsider perspective who will give their views on scientific developments and the interaction between science and society. This outsider perspective is often coloured or unnoticed when it finally reaches the scientific community. Scientists are often, and frequently justifiably, concerned and irritated about the way in which science is portrayed. On the other hand many scientists do not show significant interest in how the many groupings in society perceive and respond to science.
During Facing Science not all the debaters will be strangers to the subject. To the contrary, some will be very familiar with it. But their contribution to the debate will in the first place be based on their social beliefs. What does science actually mean for the religion, philosophy, art and culture or are the two worlds really worlds apart? And from the outside in, do people from outside the scientific world try to influence developments within science. To what extent is such intervention defensible? Do different views on science exist within the different social domains? Is a distinction made between different scientific disciplines?
Each participant will have the possibility to present a short statement to give his/her vision on the issues to be discussed. The debate is obviously not limited to the speakers. Scientists and people from outside the field are also invited to offer their contribution.