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  • Quran's Scientific Signs Debate: Ghazali/Shatibi

    By Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
     
    Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
    Scientific Interpretation of The Holy Qur'an
    Scientific sign in Qur'an was debated a long time ago via Imam Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali who died in 1111AD.

    Part 1

    Al-Ghazali’s Stance on the Scientific Interpretation of the Quran:

    This issue was debated a long time ago, and apparently the first one who sparked interest in it is Imam Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali (died 1111), may Allah have mercy on him.

    In his book Al-Ihyaa (The Revival of the Religious Sciences), Al-Ghazali quotes the following from Ibn Mas’oud, the Prophet’s noble companion:

    “Whoever among you is seeking the knowledge of the early and latter generations let him ponder on the Quran.”

    He also said:

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  • The Solar Eclipse and Its Fine Balance

    The Solar Eclipse and Its Fine Balance

     

    Solar Eclipse
    If the Moon had a circular orbit, a little closer to the Earth, & in the same orbital plane, there would have been a Total Solar Eclipse every month.
    Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:00

    By Gokay Goktolga:

    A heavenly spectacle happening every 6585.32 days, lasting up to 7.5 seconds, can be seen along a track 300 km wide but cannot be observed with the naked eye.

    A solar eclipse is a celestial event that takes place when the moon gets in between the earth and the sun. This event has always caught the attention of mankind since the beginning of time and has always been a matter to ponder upon.

    For example, why can a lunar eclipse be observed everywhere on earth under the night sky yet seeing a solar eclipse is only limited to a corridor 300 km in diameter?

    A solar eclipse is dependent upon two conditions:

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  • History of Medicine in the Islamic Civilization

    History of Medicine in the Islamic Civilization

    By Amira Ayad, PhD
     
    Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00
    Medieval Islamic doctors
    Prophet Muhammad’s words, “Your body has rights over you” paved their way to amazing advancement in the medical, pharmaceutical, and health fields.

    For early Muslims, knowledge was a treasure they would eagerly seek. Medical science and pharmacy were no exceptions.

    Muslim physicians’ early practice emphasized the importance of preserving health through natural gentle interventions. The Hippocratic philosophy of ‘Premium non nocera’(first don't harm) was a well kept notion in their minds as it reflected the teaching of their religion. Prophet Muhammad’s words, “Your body has rights over you” (agreed upon - Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī) paved their way to amazing advancement in the medical, pharmaceutical, and health fields.

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  • The Marriage of Faith & Science

    The Marriage of Faith & Science

    By Mohammed Qanit Takmeel
    Freelancer
    Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00
    Islamic origins of modern technologies
    Medieval European city-states fought against science, while the Islamic Caliphate established several Bait ul Hikma institutes to spread knowledge.

    “You’re so blind. How can you believe in religion in today’s era of science?”

    We hear this said way too often.

    Critics of organized religion such as agnostics and atheists attack anyone with some affiliation to God with this argument. Their attacks, unfortunately, more often than not, are not unfounded. Most of Western History, which is predominantly taught in schools today, portrays a tumultuous relationship between Science and Christianity.

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  • Health Benefits of Saying "Alhamdulillah"

    Health Benefits of Saying "Alhamdulillah"

    By Karima Burns
     
    Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00
    Alhamdulillah - Thank ALLAH
    It produces calm and health to practice saying, "Alhamdulillah" for what we have and for what we are faced with.
     
    There are many examples in the Qur'an and Hadith of the virtues of a positive mental attitude, perseverance and optimism in the face of adversity. However, did you know that patience and a positive outlook on life are two of the greatest healing tools that you can use?

    The Qur'an (2:155) says, "Give glad tidings to those who exercise patience when struck with adversity and say, 'Indeed, we belong to God and to Him is our return.' Such ones receive [the] blessings and mercy of their Lord, and such are the guided ones." According to the findings of modern science, it appears that this mercy may often come in the form of improved health.

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