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Dr Zakir Naik: "One thousand signs in the Qur’an
deal with scientific matters"
By Dr Rahat Abrar, AMU
Dr Zakir Naik, president of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an Islamic scholar of international repute, delivered a series of lectures on the concept of God in major religions, Qur’an and modern sciences and the status of woman in Islam at the Aligarh Muslim University.
Dr Zakir Naik stressed the need for dialogue with other communities and highlighted similarities among major religions including Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism.
He mentioned that Islam was the system of life prescribed by Allah to all nations and Allah has sent messengers with good tidings and warnings to all communities. But all previous prophets and religious scriptures before the Prophethood of Muhammad were confined to a limited people of a particular time.
All major religions emphasize belief in God. However, the difference becomes apparent when the followers of other religions, besides Islam, associate so many gods, goddesses or partners with the Creator, Dr. Zakir Naik said speaking on the concept of God in major religions.
AMU Vice Chancellor M. Hamid Ansari presided over the first lecture organized by the Department of Sunni Theology.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Women’s Rights in Islam’ at the AMU Women’s College, Dr Naik said that man and woman have equal rights in Islam but not identical rights like what the west claims to have given to women. He says that by nature, man and woman are of different temperaments. They perform two different but equally important roles in life.
None of them is inferior and they are complementary to each other. Islam gives supreme importance to the modesty of woman. Dr Naik maintained that Islam is the only religion which clearly defines the rights of woman and exhorted the menfolk to be kind with them.
He observed that the status of woman in Islam should be judged according to the authentic sources of Islam and not by what individual Muslims do or the Muslim society does. Only authentic sources, the holy Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad should be relied upon while understanding various issues related to Islam.
Delivering a third lecture on ‘Islam and Modern Sciences’ at JN Medical College, Dr Naik said that the Qur’an is an excellent guide to science and medical information and the Qur’an should be used as a source of scientific and medical knowledge. It is not in itself a book of science but rather a book of signs. There are around six thousands signs in the Qur’an, of which about one thousand deal with scientific or medical matters, he said. Many of these verses record scientific and medical truths which have been discovered 1,400 years later.