Sunday, April 16, 2006

Really, its embarrassing!!

Do you like the forwarded chain letters that you often receive on your email!? The jokes, the Images, the rumors, lies and gossip that you don’t know the actual source of?

Well I don’t, usually I just delete them without giving them a second thought, but for a while now, I’ve been receiving some “religious” kind of mails. Being a religious person (somehow, kind of, not really!!) I’m interested in reading them just out of curiosity, and for my disappointment they turn out to be “excuse my French”, crappy emails that just make me regret the few minutes I’ve spent reading them.

Putting aside the messages that push people to hate each other or those that curse everything and everyone and calls (kuffar) all people who eat French fries, I’m really annoyed with those “Scientific Miracles of the Holy Quran” forwards!

Let’s establish one fact, the Holy Quran is not a scientific book, not all scientific facts are mentioned in the Quran, and not everything that modern science will uncover is mentioned miraculously in Quran 1400 years ago! The Quran is a guiding book that is suitable for every time and place, and it is the word of Allah (God), who created the universe.

So trying to forcefully fit every finding that scholars unveil to the verses of the Quran is not a good practice, what if this theory or finding is overthrown in the future, does that mean that the Quran was wrong!!?

If you find you’re self in a great urge to write an email, and put a bunch of theories and findings that are discovered by scientists and are mentioned in the Quran, please abide by the following rules:

  1. Don’t say “recently discovered by scientists” or “the modern Science has discovered” for something that was established 100 years ago, really it’s embarrassing to you.

  2. Don’t say “discovered by scientists/modern science”, rather, state the name of the Scientist/team of scientists, It gives you a lot of credibility, if you don’t state the names, you have none.

  3. A good thing is to state the year this discovery was made, along with the edition of the journal that published the research.

  4. When describing the theory, Quote the original published text, or an exact translation, don’t write what you understood from it, or what you heard about it, it’s also embarrassing to you.

  5. when connecting this finding with a verse in the Holy Quran, ask an Islamic Scholar or a Sheikh, and make sure that the verse means that what the theory states.

Because if someone sends and email, not following these rules, he/she will offend Islam and draw people away from studying this Holy book and this religion.

Don’t be so careless with you’re religion and its reputation, already too many people are!


    Anonymous Mariam Ayyash said...

    well said, i agree with u except on one thing, that Quran is supposed to cover everything, ya3ni scientific discoveries are all God's creation, and it is mentioned one way or another... our connection to it is mere trials, sometimes we get it right sometimes we get it wrong, either way that shouldnt stop us from trying to connect it, lenno believe it or not, when they said the earth is round the quran was there to prove it, noone paid more attention to the fact that the quran does not state that the earth is round it states that the earth is egg-shaped, bass when science came in with that discovery, we took notice... it is how it is supposed to work u know! the quran is always right, our interpretations are sometimes wrong...

    وَمَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ طَائِرٍ يَطِيرُ بِجَنَاحَيْهِ إِلاَّ أُمَمٌ أَمْثَالُكُم مَّا فَرَّطْنَا فِي الكِتَابِ مِن شَيْءٍ ثُمَّ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ يُحْشَرُونَ

    11:31 AM GMT  

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