Of Holy Qur’an, Science and Innovation

By Shah Nayeem
English historian and biographer Thomas Carlyle in his series of lectures “On Heroes Hero-worship and the Heroic in History” says that the Holy Qur’an is full of signs and miracles. He quotes the translation, “God made you shaped you out of a little clay. You were small once. A few years ago you were not at all. You have compassion on one another. He might have made you having no compassion. How had it been then?”Carlyle though being a Christian unhesitatingly accepts that Qur’an is the “Word of God” and a miracle. Right in the modern days if we are overawed by the ingenuity of America in science and technology, we should also realise that they benefitted from the Holy Qur’an the most.
The modern sciences affirming that life originated from water quite forget that the it was actually an unlettered man-Prophet(PBUH) 1400 years ago has said of the origin in the verses, “And Allah has created every animal form water. Of them there are some that creep on their bellies. Some walk on two legs and some that walk on four. Allah creates what he wills.”-Holy Quran24:45. Science never solves a problem without creating ten more. Science is an organised body of knowledge. Science is what, when, where ,how and why of things around us. It is the series of experimentation and observations. It is a quest of truth, fact and a way of life. Science has always been an important part of our daily lives. Ever since the day mankind began to eat food, wear clothes or light a fire. Science is not only proved in laboratories it is an indispensable part of our survival.

We can’t conceive of a society without science. The life would be no better than inferno. Scientists have invented the machines – big and small – through observation of very simple events. Water boiling in a kettle has been instrumental in the idea of Railway engine. Falling of apple from a tree has helped Newton to discover the law of gravity. These days the communication barrier has remained a thing of past. Mobile phone, T.V., internet, e-mail have scaled down this world to a very small area. Mobile phone has now reached to the every nook and corner of the world and the same cannot be done away with at any cost. Students can be made aware that the prolonged use of mobile can cause brain tumour because of its radiations. So what is more important is the prudent use of the device. At the same time we must take lessons from what happened to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or Bhopal gas tragedy in India for that matter. Science not only creates but it devastates at a larger scale also.

Now the question is what students can do at the individual level to contribute to the scientific arena? As all the students have hidden capacities and at the same time there are individual differences. They can make anything of their choice which could reduce the human effort and time consumption or which could chip in any other way. They can make scientific equipments related to agriculture or tradition or which can serve some domestic purpose.Albert Einstein gave the theory of relativity. Recently in J&k the innovators have made water purifying bottle, electric paint brush, pole climber and paddy cutter. Those who have made these innovations were patented by NIF and awarded by the president of India.
It is an accepted fact that the Western countries are perhaps a century ahead of Eastern people in the arena of technology. The reason is crystal clear that western people studied our scriptures (i.e, the Holy Qur’an) and explored its various dimensions. They have derived all the scientific principles from the Holy Qur’an. That is the reason that we lag behind so far as the scientific advancement is concerned. To cut the long story short science is the subject which never solves a problem without creating ten more. The more we dig out of it the deeper it goes.