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How Can A Science Lover Believe in God?

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Raeiqal Shariff

Reply Date

Jan 07, 2018

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First of all, thank you for taking your time to read this. I've actually wanted to ask this for a week now. I am a science lover. As you can see where I'm going with this, it is hard to believe in God. However, I do believe in him. I've had my faith restored when I was at a library reading a book on the Theory of Evolution just being a theory and that God did create us. That's about all I can believe, unfortunately. Just that Allah created us. That's it. His power to change future events, decide who goes to heaven or hell (let alone if heaven or hell even exists), send angels, etc. are difficult for me to accept. I've been a Muslim ever since I was born, I prayed ever since I learnt how to. However, it's been a week since I prayed. I just don't have faith anymore. The Qu'ran is something I can't fully believe in either. On the other hand, facts within the world proving the existence of Allah is something I can believe, like the book I mentioned earlier. I really need something to convince myself to be religious again.

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Science Lover

Short Answer: Beyond all this, there is another world, one which is not accessible to us now, nor is it perceptible in any way to our five senses. God alone know the unseen and The Quran is His Final and Perfect Guidance to man. You need to study it because it is a matter of life and death.

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Salam Dear Brother,

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

People have been trying to understand and explain the mysteries of the universe and the intricacies of life, chiefly through the exercise of rational thinking. 

Philosophy is a branch of human knowledge whereby people try to find answers to these questions.

Along these lines, science helps usby way of observation, analysis and inference—to know how we can come to our own conclusions about the nature of the phenomena around us, as well as how things work.

But I appeal to you to pause a little while and consider the validity of the claims made by some scientists that science on its own can answer the questions about the origin of the universe as well as of the human predicament in the world.

Is Science Alone Enough?

Man is the only animal that asks questions.

In fact, he asks eternal questions, to which the answers are difficult to find, such as: “Who am I?” “Where did I come from?” and “Where am I going?”

Consequently, man, as he becomes enlightened, has found certain answers to these questions without reference to God, but they were really terrifying answers:

“You are accidentally thrown into this world as the result of a fortuitous concourse of atoms. You are as inconsequential as any other part of nature and all you face is annihilation.”

Those who tried to formulate an ethics without God have failed miserably; reason does not need a moral point of view, and even practical reason supported by a knowledge of facts does not always lead us to an ethical way of life.

No True Morality Without God

Certainly, the idea of morality loses all meaning in a universe without God. William Lane Craig writes:

“In a world without God, there can be no objective right and wrong, only our culturally and personally relative, subjective judgments.

This means that it is impossible to condemn war, oppression, or crime as evil. Nor can one praise brotherhood, equality, and love as good. For in a universe without God, good and evil do not exist; there is only the bare valueless fact of existence, and there is no one to say you are right and I am wrong.”

However, you want to know if God has really sent down such Guidance or whether humans even need such Guidance. This means that you have a very wrong concept of God.

If God created the whole universe, this means He created the laws of the universe and the laws of nature or what we call the laws of science.

When we say that Allah Almighty is the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and earth and what is in between, we mean that He is in full charge.

God Is In Complete Control of the Universe

None has any power or authority except for what He Himself has given them. No one can do anything except what Allah has permitted them to do.

He is the Master and Sovereign Ruler of the whole of creation, and everything else depends on Him for their existence:

Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah. (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him. (Quran 59:22-23)

You have taken a very positive step in recognizing Allah as the Creator. However, you need to understand that such a step must necessarily take you further, as to how you are going to reckon with the Creator.

You need to consider how your acceptance of God as Creator is going to impact your life. In fact, how does God deal with us?

Is He completely indifferent to what we do with the world He created or what we do with the blessings He has bestowed on us?

Now consider: If God created us and gave us all our faculties and talents, He must have the same faculties and talents in their perfection. Hence He must know the strengths and weaknesses of man, as well as his needs.

Man Is In Need of God’s Guidance

That is to say, all the great creative qualities of man—as well as the freedom he enjoys in this life—which make him superior to other creatures, certainly entail the responsibility that he will use them only in keeping with the Law of God as given in His Guidance.

However, man is arrogant: He challenges God, denies even His existence, ignores His Guidance, breaks His commandments and brazenly violates the trust placed in him. He turns away from God’s Guidance given to mankind through revelation to His chosen prophets.

The Quran is the Final and Perfect Guidance of God to man. It is not enough that you say you don’t know what the Quran says. You need to study it because it is a matter of life and death. Science deals only with matter, with the body, or this world.

God Alone Knows the Unseen

Beyond all this, there is another world, one which is not accessible to us now, nor is it perceptible in any way to our five senses, even if we use the most ingenious instruments of technology man can invent.

It is part of the Ghayb, the Unseen World, of which the Quran informs us. 

Our spiritual life is fulfilled in the world of the Ghayb, where science is helpless.

To make this point, Allah admonishes us in the Quran to see how this world will come to an end:

When the Sky is cleft asunder; And when the Stars are scattered; And when the Oceans are suffered to burst forth; And when the Graves are turned upside down; (Then) shall each soul know what it hath sent forward and (what it hath) kept back. (Quran 82:1-5)

May Allah guide you to the truth of His Guidance.

I hope this helps answer your question.

Salam and please keep in touch.


(This response is from About Islam’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date)

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How Do You Know The Quran is from Allah? Part 2

 

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About Professor Shahul Hameed

Professor Shahul Hameed is an Islamic consultant. He also held the position of the President of the Kerala Islamic Mission, Calicut, India. He is the author of three books on Islam published in the Malayalam language. His books are on comparative religion, the status of women, and science and human values.


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