Aspiring Muslim scientists need strong Islamic foundation
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MUSLIMS who want to become scientists should have a strong foundation in the Islamic faith so that they will not stray from the righteous path, said an invited speaker at the Knowledge Convention symposium yesterday.
In delivering his lecture, Professor Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah said that the foundation includes having a strong understanding of Islam as a way of life so that Muslim scientists would be able to “Islamise” the knowledge in science.
“Such foundation does not mean one should be an ustazah, as long as that person has the basic knowledge of Islam as a reference to their scientific researches, they would not stray from the righteous path,” he said.
“Currently, a lot of the knowledge in science is being dominated by the Westerners; if there is no reference to Islam, a Muslim scientist might end up being secular, and their findings would then not be directed to the greatness of Allah SWT,” he added.
Science, said Professor Mohd Ridhuan Tee, is not everything as it can be changed by prayers to Allah SWT alone.
“Relating science to Islam, the religion itself is also not a religion of science alone; it is more than that, that it is a way of life that includes everything including those that are related to the knowledge in science,” he said.
However, not everything in Islam can be proven by science, the qualitative and quantitative approaches benchmarked by the Western scientist would not be adequate to conduct studies on certain things in Islam.”
Professor Mohd Ridhuan Tee also said that it is wrong to put Islam below the fields of science as the teachings of the religion itself included the whole knowledge in science.
“And we (Muslims) fell victim to the Western benchmark where these qualitative and quantitative approaches are treated as a performance index,” he said.
“In the end, some Muslim scientists become too obsessed to a point that they stray from the path of using science to prove the greatness of Allah SWT,” he added.
In having a co-relation of science and Islam, Professor Mohd Ridhuan Tee said that it will be difficult for Muslims to get the most out of science without having the Islamic basic knowledge as their foundation.
“InsyaAllah, whatever approaches and findings we have in science, we will able to find them and use them well,” he added.
The Brunei Times