Scriptural knowledge as a guidance in scientific research

For the majority of scientists, the credibility of revealed knowledge is often suspect and is based solely on one’s faith. These venerable intellectuals do not believe that religious scriptures, either eastern or western, can possibly have such potential. Categorizing the scriptural contents as ‘supernatural stories’, they simply ignore this window of information and do not consider it worthwhile to investigate, assess or evaluate the benefit of their potential. This problem is further aggravated by the presence of a chaos-and-order design in the development of world, where chaos is at present ruling the realms under the sway of the Quran, which incidentally happens to be the latest scripture among the monotheistic religions. Western society, which is the primary torchbearer of science in the modern world, naturally accepts only the books of the Bible as the sole source of revealed knowledge, and refuses even to look at other scriptures as being of any value. On the other hand, generally those who have paramount belief in the non-human origin of the revealed knowledge in the Quran do not have the enormous information base required to comprehend the complexities inherent in such a source of revealed knowledge. After the voluntary freeze in its dynamic interpretation brought about by the Islamic community around a thousand years ago, most of the knowledgeable ones - the Ulema of today - restrict the information content of the Quran to bare ritualistic practices and basic guiding principles or instructions for everyday social and economic activities. Any interpretation of the Quran that goes beyond the traditional one thus gets rejected by both the eastern and western worlds alike, amidst allegations of pseudo-science or statements like, ‘ Scriptures from the heavens do not need certificates from science’, etc.

One very positive aspect arising out of the current worldwide confrontation among various faith communities is that apathy towards religion is vanishing. Most of us are baffled and confounded by the global clash among people following different religions. We want to find explanations and reasons, and to know more about the diversity and relevance of ‘religion’. Almost everyone is interested in confirming whether God exists or not. The great religions that have primarily given us the concept of God form the core of civilizations, and this newly-awakened curiosity due to the clash of civilizations is driving humanity to study this core afresh.

Providentially, the present time is undisputedly crucial for giving serious thought to the study of a fresh and alternative source of information. Each decade is witnessing a further quickening of the already dizzying speed of our progress. Men have started tinkering with processes in which the interactions are still not fully known or anticipated. One wrong step, however small, in researches on nascent subjects like genetics, artificial intelligence or manipulation of weather machines, would leave very little margin of error for any rectification in the future. The development in knowledge has also reached a threshold where the boundaries between physics and metaphysics are dissolving. No query is now considered off-limits for scientific investigation. In such a scenario, if we discover an alternative source of information, which can open the cosmos for us and guide us in our endeavours to make this world a better place, it would definitely be a big HELP to humanity, apart from generating peace and amity in the diverse global communities.

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