He specializes in Ifta - Islamic opinion on issues arising in the life of Muslims.I don't know your field of expertise.
We know awfully lot. Even Newtonian gravity tells us enormous amount of information. The rest, actually most of it, is taken care of by Einstein's general theory of relativity. The only unknown part is whether it is quantized or not and that is a fact that we might never know the answer to. To verify any quantum theory of gravity we need those energies that might never be available to mankind. This is the main criticism of string theory - the most viable candidate for a quantum theory of gravity.If I write "here on Earth" there is a reason why I do so. The Theory of Gravity consists of 2 parts, one is fact here on Earth and the other is not proven at all.
http://www.numericana.com/answer/physics.htm is if you are REALLY interested.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...7220925AAwEBXl is a non-scientific-jargon-loaded example of what I mean.
We do NOT fully understand gravity yet.
Evolution is a theory and there are many scientists who do not believe in that. Unfortunately we Muslims were caught on wrong foot on that matter in the sense that we did not debunk it in its infancy but Christians scientists never accepted it. Because of its historical blunders the Church the Christian society was not in a position to take on the bulldozer of Darwinism but it does not mean that they accepted evolution. And science might be value neutral but all science is not atheist science. Evolution becomes scientific only if atheistic view is taken as the dominant view. And on that front also the view is changing - the creationists are giving a good fight to the atheists in the context of evolution. May they win hands down.We do, however, understand evolution. Just like we know that gravity on this planet can be accurately measured and don't question this, we know that evolution is a fact here. Whether it will be shown to work the same way on another planet is a different story. For some reasons, religious people seem to instinctively reject the concept of evolution.
He is entitled to his opinion but he better be very careful in his actions - he might easily walk out of Islam without knowing it. That is the danger one always faces when going out on a limb.We had a Dr. Syed on our show last Saturday who says that evolution was developed based on Muslim research and is totally compatible with Islam. So how do I decide which Muslim scholar is right? The one telling me it is compatible or the one telling me it is incompatible - when I have proof that in reality it is true?
The main contention with the evolution theory is that it is used by its proponents to prove that there is no God. Now this premise is wrong to begin with. God is all about faith and science is all about observational reality.
Least implication of the admission is that you have to declare that you have made a personal decision to believe in theory of evolution. You are trying to pedal ToE as a fact. Even a scientist can not do that for the hall mark of scientific theories, a la Karl Popper, is their falsifiability. A hypothesis might be elevated to the level of a theory but a theory can never be elevated to a fact. Every theory is always open to falsification. Albert Einstein too asserted that it will only take a single experiment to prove his theory wrong.I am NOT an evolutionary biologist, ....
What we know about evolution is that there are a large number of biologists who do believe in evolution but they do remain challenged by others and the position of evolutionists does not look as secure any more as they historically have been.
No complain about your memory - but you are merely iterating evolution and we do not agree with that in these quarters. And you too will do yourself good by not siding with the tyrannical evolutionist camp. The most glorious manifestation of atheism, in some ways even bigger than Darwinism, called Marxism lies dead in the history of USSR. We buried it in Afghanistan - with little bit of American help. Why cling to the appendix called evolution?so for me it means that it is a change in how tall humans are today compared to humans 500 years ago and how whales evolved from wolf-like creatures. Is this based on evidence? Yes. We have sufficient indicators to know that humans grew and are still growing and we have the step-by-step development of a canine developing an ear for underwater hearing and all steps from Pakicetus all the way to whales. This is from memory, so I don't remember all the in-between names and differences.
This does not square up. You say that you are not a scientist and then you make a claim that you use precise scientific terms.You are pointing out the essence of a huge problem - a problem that I am trying to address: names, terms and definitions. Yes, you WILL find seemingly contradictory terms when reading publications. Because if I try and use scientifically correct words, others complain it is too complicated. If I make it more easily understood I lose precision. Absolutely correct observation. Do I have the solution? No.
We do have an agenda here. It is called Islam. That is the only currency in this land.But then look at examples here on the forum: people have their own agenda when it comes to using pejorative wording and some try to obfuscate matters by deliberately using vague terms.
That's why I object to the usage of Darwinism, as it does not explain succinctly what is meant by the ToE.
And if any leverage is provided to talk about any thing else then it is merely because of the courtesy which part of Islamic creed. Of course if some one is using vague terms you can always ask for clarification.
Now the other agenda that you have, atheism, is indeed miserable - to say the least. If it gets deleted here then there is not going to be any one amongst Muslims who will regret that. This might be very unpleasant to you but if you have come to a Muslim forum then you must understand that you have come to those people who are completely and whole heartedly against atheism. There is absolutely no likelihood to provide any space to atheism in our life. I suppose I am not vague.
If this is tough then there are soft things also available here. Islam for example. You claim to be interested in understanding Muslims and their attitudes. This one is a simple thing and in deed very interesting and fascinating. We believe in one God, in Prophethood and in hereafter. We detest obscenity, forbidden things and rebellion. We love bravery, charity and modesty. We have hope for future in this world as well as in the hereafter. (No atheism does not provide either of them - it is there in Selfish Gene by Dawkins, just for example.)
Once you know these overall things about Islam and Muslims there still remains the fascinating world of details - you can fruitfully engage in its exploration.
And you might set your own agenda too - as long as it is compatible with Islam. But the best thing, as I have said earlier too, is Islam - the religion to which I happily invited you. I reiterate that once gain. You do have enough intellectual challenges with in the frame work of Islam - including whole of science. Lord willing you shall not be intellectually starved in Islam. I suppose you yourself are not looking for more than that. But your word gets preference in this context.