The Scientific Muslim
Understanding Islam in a New Light
Author(s): Muhammad Aslam Parvaiz
Muhammad Aslam Parvaiz’s ground-breaking work delivers effectively what its subtitle promises. The author is the former Vice Chancellor of Mawlana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. More importantly, as the founder-editor of the first Urdu periodical on the subject, Urdu Science, and as a trained scientist and researcher, he has been engaged for decades in cultivating critical enquiry and exhorting Muslims to reflect on Allah’s creative wonders which lie right in front of us all the time. For him, scientific method is premised on the Qur’anic exhortations for ‘observation, hearing, thinking ability, reasoning and intellect. It [the Qur’an] also talks about accountability on the Day of Judgement upon the use of these abilities’ (p. 10). Parvaiz’s life-long mission has been to instil the scientific spirit into Muslims to grasp the meaning and message of the Qur’an better and to explore natural phenomena. He is not after the gimmickry of proving various laws of science by overstretching the import of Qur’anic verses. The Qur’an lays no claim of delving into the scientific domain. It is basically a book of guidance in which several natural phenomena are cited as divine signs which should be decoded for the welfare of mankind.