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Does Islam call for Backwardness, Part One
Islam is unfairly attacked and always presented as a religion of backwardness. In this short article , we will show the true face of Islam and how it ,Contrary to other religions, can be hailed the religion of science ; there are many verses that urge Moslems to search and read .
science in Islam is given the main priority , it should be the target of every Moslem since the very beginning and it should not be ceased for any reason . prophet Mohammed says :Seek science since the time you are in the cradle to the time when you die "
The first revealed verse in the Holy Quran is the verse which says " Read …." God says in the Holy Quran what means
This is the capstone of Islam , the first revealed verse means reading and learning is the first priority , Here God swears by one of the Arabic letters " Nun " and the pen ; the letter is the symbol the language and the pen is the symbol of knowledge . When God swears , though He needn't to swear , this means that the thing he swears by should be given much interest and attention .
This is not the only verse that call for reading but there are many others but for the sake of brevity we will mention some of the Holy verses and Hadiths that calls for science .
The status of science and scientists is superlatively sterling in Islam , God says
and among people , they are the only people who knows the secrets of the universe and creation , So God praise them saying
science is among the many blessings that He conferred on people and because of the greatness of this blessing God asked us always to increase our knowledge ,
so He says :
Then exalted be Allah, the True King! And hasten not (O Muhammad) with the Quran ere its revelation hath been perfected unto thee, and say:
so God says
the same fact is also stressed in the Holy prophet Hadiths. No doubt , seeking paradise is the ultimate goal in this life as there is no other choice in the afterlife , so according to the following Hadith seeking sconce means winning the paradise , the prophet says " Whoever makes his way in search for science , God will make for him an easy way to paradise ."
Nothing is greater than being rewarded while you are in grave but how can this be ? The following Hadith says that scientists are among those who will remain rewarded daily till the day of recompense , prophet Muhammad says " If a man dies, his righteous deeds will be ended and hence the reward and this righteous deeds can be incessant if he left behind incessant(Sadka) alms or useful science or a righteous son who would invokes God's mercy on him .( Narrated by Moslem ) , the following Hadith also puts the scientists far higher than other people "The preference of scientist over the worshipper is equal to my preference of mine over the least among you .
The Prophet's words
Seek science even if it is in china( china , to the early Moslem , was the furthest place )
Not only seeking science is a kind of worshipping but also is the highest rank of worshipping , the prophet says "Science is better than worshipping ( on condition you do the imposed duties)
Nothing can express the whole-heartedly submission to God as being willfully killed for the sake of Allah , so martyrdom in Islam means a lot and the reward of a martyr is matchless , scientists are in the same rank of martyr as the prophet says " Scientists ink ( used in writing ) and the blood of martyrs will be weighed on the day of recompense and the scientists ink will overweigh the blood of martyrs.
The number of verses and Hadith that show the status and science and its importance is numerous . Islam made the barbarian tribes in the hot desert a great nation that , being inspired by Islam , spewed great scientists in all branches of life .The same concept is also stressed in the following Hadith
Little science is better than much worshipping
Science helps in obeying and worshipping God and the goodness in this life and the Hereafter is with science and the evil in this life of the world and the Hereafter is with ignorance.
The Holy Quran and science are two siblings that wherever one goes the other goes , the human history has witnessed the emerging of great scientists who were inspired by the teachings of this great religion while the world was still sleeping besmeared in the mire of ignorance .