A truly scientific approach to the Quran is possible
because the Quran offers something that is not offered by
other religious scriptures, in particular, and other
religions, in general. It is what scientists demand. Today
there are many people who have ideas and theories about
how the universe works. These people are all over the
place, but the scientific community does not even bother to
listen to them. This is because within the last century the
scientific community has demanded a test of falsification.
They say, “If you have theory, do not bother us with it
unless you bring with that theory a way for us to prove
whether you are wrong or not.”
Such a test was exactly why the scientific community
listened to Einstein towards the beginning of the century.
He came with a new theory and said, “I believe the
universe works like this; and here are three ways to prove
whether I am wrong!” So the scientific community
subjected his theory to the tests, and within six years it
passed all three. Of course, this does not prove that he was
great, but it proves that he deserved to be listened to
because he said, “This is my idea; and if you want to try to
prove me wrong, do this or try that.”
This is exactly what the Quran has ‐ falsification tests. Some
are old (in that they have already been proven true), and
some still exist today. Basically it states, “If this book is not
what it claims to be, then all you have to do is this or this or
this to prove that it is false.” Of course, in 1400 years no
one has been able to do “This or this or this,” and thus it is
still considered true and authentic.
I suggest to you that the next time you get into dispute
with someone about Islam and he claims that he has the
truth and that you are in darkness, you leave all other
arguments at first and make this suggestion. Ask him, “Is
there any falsification test in your religion? Is there
anything in your religion that would prove you are wrong
if I could prove to you that it exists ‐ anything?” Well, I can
promise right now that people will not have anything ‐ no
test, no proof, nothing! This is because they do not carry
around the idea that they should not only present what
they believe but should also offer others a chance to prove
they’re wrong. However, Islam does that.
A perfect example of how Islam provides man with a
chance to verify it authenticity and “prove it wrong”
occurs in the 4th chapter. And quiet honestly, I was very
surprised when I first discovered this challenge. It states
(Surah An‐Nisa, 4:82):
“Do they not consider the Quran? Had it been from
any other than Allah, they would surely have found
therein much discrepancy.”
This is a clear challenge to the non‐Muslim. Basically, it
invites him to find a mistake. As a matter of fact, the
seriousness and difficulty of the challenge aside, the actual
presentation of such a challenge in the first place is not
even in human nature and is inconsistent with man’s
personality. One doesn’t take an exam in school and after
finishing the exam, write a note to the instructor at the end
saying, “This exam is perfect. There are no mistakes in it.
Find one if you can!” One just doesn’t do that. The teacher
would not sleep until he found a mistake! And yet this is
the way the Quran approaches people.
No Satan and no Anti-Christs are greater enemy than one’s own ego (worldly desiring self). So the life style in Islam is based on training the ego and making it an obedient servant to Allah.
All the prescribed prayers, fasting and spiritual retreat in Islam is to eliminate the ego and bring it under control of the Spirit.
Spirit can be good, but ego can still be bad, like a good tea poured into a dirty cup , a dirty self corrupt the soul!
In Spiritual ways (the ways of the Rabbanis), there is intensive training and spiritual exercises to the ego in the form of zik prayer and other serving activities that remove false pride from ego.
In other misguided sects in Islam, there is no spiritual knower and a righteous Imam, who can help a person to find solutions for his problem, which is a sign that their way are not authentic and successful
Quran 25:43 Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his advocate?
Quran 45:23 Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, God sends him astray, despite his knowledge, sealshis hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by God? Would you not take heed?
Quran 13:11 …God does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change…
Quran 47:14 Are those enlightened by their Lord the same as those whose evil works are adorned in their eyes, and they follow their own opinions?
Quran 2:54 Recall that Moses said to his people, “O my people, you have wronged your souls by worshiping the calf. You must repent to your Creator. You shall kill your egos. This is better for you in the sight of your Creator.” He did redeem you. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.
What does Islam say about Patience?
Quran 2:153 O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.
“Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble.” (2:45)
“Oh you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy. Vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other, and be pious, that you may prosper.” (3:200)
“And be steadfast in patience, for verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish.” (11:115)
“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West.
But it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day,
And the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers;
To spend of your substance, out of love for Him,
For your kin, for orphans, for the needy,
for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves;
To be steadfast in prayer
And give in charity;
To fulfill the contracts which you have made;
And to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity
And throughout all periods of panic.
Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing.
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
“Be patient, for your patience is with the help of Allah.” (16:127)
“Patiently, then, persevere – for the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praises of your Lord in the evening and in the morning.” (40:55)
“No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune.” (41:35)
“Verily man is in loss, except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual enjoining of truth, and of patience and constancy.” (103:2-3)
Allah Almighty states in the holy Qur’an:
…And (as for) those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in Allah’s way, announce to them a painful chastisement on the day when it shall be heated in the fire of Hell, then their foreheads and their sides and their backs shall be branded with it. This is what you hoarded up for yourselves, therefore taste what you hoarded. (Tawbah, 9/34-35).
Inspired by this verse, Hadrat Mawlana (Alaihi Rahma) said:
• “No matter how rich you are, you cannot eat more than your stomach can hold. Even if you dip your water-pot into the sea, it will carry no more water than it can hold.”
• “There are so many fishes which, because of ambition, swallow the bait, though the sea could safely feed them.”
• “What is this world about? This world is about being ignorant of Allah!”
• “This world, a testing ground, is like a magnet for selfish desires: it attracts them as amber attracts straw. Only the substan- tial wheat, the wise believer whose inner world contains spiritual secrets and wisdom, can escape the attraction of this magnet.”
• “The trap of raw egos is worldly gain. It tricks and allures,and the inner eyes of some people go blind out of desire for it. They drink bitter and salty water out of wet clay. Since they never taste spiritual happiness, they regard what they taste of the worldly life as happiness.”
• “Greed and ambition for the pleasures of this world lead us to obtain what we do not deserve.”
Worldly ambition is the prime drive leading to great ignorance. Ambition makes the heart go blind. Such a heart ceases to draw a line between right and wrong, legitimate and illegitimate. Hadrat Mawlana (Alaihi Rahma) says of heart-blindness, “Even a dog will not eat a bone before sniffing it.” So whoever is heart-blind due to ambition for worldly attractions has less wisdom than a dog. Worldly ambition brings spiritual disaster!
Our master, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), warned of ambition as a human failing. He said, “The son of Adam may have two valleys full of gold: he will still want a third valley. The son of Adam will be satisfied with nothing but the soil of the grave.” (Bukhari, al-Riqaq, 10; Muslim, al-Zakat, 116).
Even if those afflicted with ambition attained all the wealth on earth, they would still wish to get more from the Moon or Mars. Today, the ambition and spiritual rottenness of the followers of materialism seems endless. Such is the sad condition of our world.
Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him), eloquently expressed how the faithful should view property. He said, “There are three shareholders in any worldly possession. The first is its owner, which is you. The second is fate. Fate does not consult you about whether your possession will bring you good or evil, disaster or death. The third shareholder in any possession is its heir, who wants you to die. Your heir will take your property when you die, but it is you who will be held accountable for it. If you can, try not to be weakest of the three (by giving charity before death). Allah Almighty says, “You cannot reach perfection in spending for the sake of Allah unless you give of what you love.” My most valuable possession my camel; there- fore I am giving it as a charity. I am sending it in advance so that it will welcome me in the Hereafter.” (Abu Nu`aym, al-Hilyah, I, 163).
Worldly possessions are only entrusted to us by Allah. We do not know when what He has deposited will be withdrawn. We may lose our possessions at any time. Life is open to surprises, and we cannot tell what fate will bring. The most inescapable surprise, death, is undoubtedly on the agenda of fate. We may be ready for it always by managing the trusts we administer in the most useful of ways.