We present to you Professor Shroeder, a marine scientist from West Germany. We met him at the Seminar of Marine Scientists held at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah. I was asked to deliver a talk on Marine Phenomenon between scientific discoveries and the Qur’anic verses. The next day, Professor Shroeder stood up and commented on what I had said. He started saying:
“I would like to comment on the lecture which Shaykh Az-Zindani gave us yesterday, and would like to say how much I appreciate this lecture in the framework of such a scientific meeting. One doesn’t need to be a Muslim, but even for me as a Christian, it is important to not only see science as it is, but also see it in a broader sense and picture and when compared with religion, see it in the framework of religion.”
After that, Professor Shroeder proceeded to discuss the relationship between science and religion. He referred to the wide gap between the various religions and science, for there is a mutual repulsion between the leaders of religious thoughts and the masters of natural sciences. Professor Shroeder, however, was astonished when he was informed of the truth contained in various Qur’anic verses revealed 1400 years ago. He commented:
“In many religions, we find that the leaders think science can take something from the religion. If science is making progress, the religion has to move back, it is being encroached on. Here, we see a completely different approach. Shaykh Az-Zindani showed us that the scientist is actually confirming what the Qur’an is saying, what has been said already many, many years ago in the Qur’an. Actually, that scientists are now discovering what has been said before, I think this is important. It is important for a symposium or a workshop to be participated, discussed, and agreed upon by scientists from all nations, and I am sure that all of us are going home and are now thinking more about the relationship between religion and marine science.”
It becomes clear that what scientists are discovering only today, the Qur’an revealed 1400 years ago. It remains for us to ask: Who informed Prophet Muhammad about this? Who revealed this knowledge to him? Because these are the truths that contemporary scientists know, whether they be astronomers, marine scientists, geologists, or specialists in any of the other fields of science and knowledge, but which the Qur’an and Sunnah have mentioned. After having listened to us, Professor Shroeder, with utmost confidence stated the following answer.
“There is not science on the one side, religion on the other side. People are not talking to each other, but they are all going into one direction. They are saying the same thing in a different language, the scientific language (the abstract language) and the language of the scriptures, as expressed by the Shaykh.”
He is demanding clearly that these facts be presented to everyone in the entire world, but specially to scientists in their centers of learning, in all languages, so that they may understand them clearly and so that the true relationship between religion and science may be clarified. We are talking about the religion that has been free from any distortion or falsification. True knowledge must be in conformity with true religion. As in the case of Islam, the Qur’an says:
Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? (Qur’an 39:9)
Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah. (Qur’an 47:19)
Say: Behold all that is in the heavens and on earth. (Qur’an 10:101)
Verily in the heavens and the earth, are signs for those who believe. And in the creation of yourselves and the fact that animals are scattered (through the earth), are signs for those of assured faith. And in the alteration of night and day, and the fact that Allah sends down sustenance from the sky, and revives therewith the earth after its death, and in the change of the winds, – are signs for those that are wise. Such are the signs of Allah, which we rehearse to thee in truth: then in what exposition will they believe after Allah and his signs? (Qur’an 45:3-6).
Religion urges us to acquire knowledge and commands us to contemplate the universe in a language that contemporaries understand.