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Making Islam a means of prosperity
By Harun Yahya
|One of the most significant
characteristics of the 20th century we left behind is the advancement of
technology. Whereas a concept like the computer did not exist 100 years
ago, computer technology is utilized today in service sectors just as
education and health. Correspondingly, while the telegraph was the most
advanced means of communication in the previous century, telephone
apparatuses manufactured with better technology every day are being used.
This is especially true for the last decade. Even telephones with visual
components, which were the subject of space-age films 10 to 15 years ago,
are a part of many houses today.
The past 50 years have seen an extremely fast progression in technology.
Advancements that lasted for centuries in the past can be achieved in 20
to 30 years today. For instance, micro-chips have taken the place of
computers as big as a room that would work only by emitting excessive
noise and heat.
The era we are in now is a very important period. Advancements are
occurring at a dizzying pace not yet seen in world history in the field of
technology, putting forth the primacy of this era very explicitly. It may
be a great loss if Muslims disregard this quick progress in every field of
our lives or do not ponder over the wisdom and benefaction of such an
improvement in technology.
But we must remember that everything that occurs in our surroundings and
our lives can only be realized with the ordinance of Allah. Everything is
under the control and within the knowledge of Allah. In that case, one who
believes in Allah and who always turns to Him should question all these
events and try to recognize the wisdom in every happening our Lord
A believer who contemplates on this fast progress in technology will
immediately face the fact that in such a period of extreme and violent
disbelief that is rampant all over the world, quick advancement in
technology is the support and help of Allah to the believers. Thus,
believers who are striving to abolish disbelievers' philosophy from the
world with great effort should consider technology as a means of maximum
benefit even more than anyone else. The most prosperous position where
technology will be used is in the work of the believers.
Before passing on to the subject of how technology should be used for
goodness, there is another important point to emphasize. Most people
regard technology, art, music and architecture as subjects unrelated to
religion. They even conceive that religion is distant and foreign to these
issues. Yet, this is a very big mistake that arises because of the
ignorance of the essence and facts of religion.
The truth is that Allah creates technology, art, architecture, music and
all other sciences. For instance, an artist paints pictures with the
drawing ability Allah bestows on him as a blessing. He paints his picture
with the colors that Allah wills and creates. It is Allah who creates the
creatures, mountains, rivers and fruits he paints. Consequently, every
picture is painted with the knowledge of Allah. The knowledge related to
computers is already known to Allah; however, the specific time when man
will invent and practice this knowledge is determined by Allah. Allah
bestows this knowledge upon man at the time He wills and lets them use it.
Just like all the other blessings, Allah has granted technology to the
service of man. But it is the morals and understanding of man that entails
in what way this blessing will be used. Therefore, the routing of
technology and scientific progress in correct means is very important. To
illustrate this point, there has been tremendous progress in the war
industry along with advancement in science in our day. However, these are
developments that bring detriment and destruction to humanity. Certainly a
country should establish the technology to defend herself against external
threats. However, setting up objectives other than this and developing
chemical weapons and poisonous gasses to devastate poor and innocent
people signifies the erroneous path of technology. In the same way, the
atomic bomb is another obvious indication of this. A discovery that could
be in the service of mankind was used in the previous century for
annihilating millions of innocent people and destroying future
However, employment of technology entirely for benefaction and
righteousness will enhance the achievements of man. For example, very
important steps have been taken towards improvement in the field of
genetics, which is considered to be the "21st century's
science." And today, one-third of the genetic structure of man is
decoded. These studies, called the Human Genome Project, will result in
the attainment of extremely beneficial findings and information for
For instance, the genetic information of a newborn will be examined to
determine the possible diseases that he or she may have in the future.
Moreover, setting out from the genes, it will be possible to manufacture
medication particular to each individual. If the faulty genes can be
removed, then future generations will have been protected against this
disease. As long as this project is aimed at vital subjects like the
prevention of diseases, it will constitute significant and beneficial
progress for humanity. But some groups of evil intention may hinder this
good turn if they abuse this technology in favor of themselves.
Globalization Of The World
Another outcome of technology that interests Muslims is the Internet.
The most outstanding feature of the Internet for the Muslims is its being
an assistant to the Muslims in their primary responsibility, which is
warning with the Qur'an. Allah commands the believers by saying, "O
You who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel
is men and stones, over which are appointed angels stern and severe, who
flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do
what they are commanded" (Surat at-Tahrim, 66:6).
Today, every Muslim is able to communicate his works in the cause of
explaining religion via the Internet to every part of the world. He is
able to be brothers with millions of believers whom he has not even seen
the face of or heard the voice of. In the same way, he witnesses the works
of his faithful brothers for the attainment of Allah's will and benefits
from their knowledge, eagerness and enthusiasm.
Since technology is widespread in every second of one's daily life, people
may have developed familiarity to many of its details. The expressions and
terminology related to this technology may seem a little bit
"mechanical." However, it is good to look behind the jargon and
peer into the essence of what can be done over the web. For instance, if a
believer spares a special place on his homepage to promote his brother's
work, or gets involved in an activity, or announces an activity to the
entire world via the Internet, he will have joined together with his
brother's efforts of notification and recompense.
This is obviously a very important blessing for the believer. Our Lord has
brought into existence such novelties as support and ease in the
believers' efforts to communicate the religion of Allah in such a time of
obstruction. Considering that Allah has given the opportunity of
notification to the entire world, it would not be right for the believer
to call only his own village, town or country to the righteous morality of
Allah. Everyone should strive up to the maximum of his efforts and
Besides the Internet, technology provides other advantages for the
religion. The believer who acts in conformity with his wisdom and
righteous soul always uses his time effectively. Obeying the commands of
Allah, he keeps working hard after being freed from task. After all, the
worldly life is a place to achieve utmost remuneration by realizing
maximum good deeds.
Technological progress provides bountiful facility in working for the
believer, who strives hard in the cause of Allah. Because his work is
finished in a much sooner time, he eventually accomplishes more righteous
deeds. For instance, the books that used to be reprinted in manuscript
historically are today printed by the thousand or even million with the
aid of computers and printing houses, so these operations do not take much
time from the believer.
There are many other means of communicating the religion of Allah.
Printing books, publishing magazines, making CD's that possess the message
for notification, and preparing tapes that explain and demonstrate the
facts of creation are only a few. Moreover, communicating some issues to
people through the organization of conferences and use of the most
advanced techniques of devices and equipment will enhance the efficiency
of the efforts. Addressing people in the finest manner in terms of
audio-visual capabilities may give rise to their positive inclination to
The examples of use of technology in the service of religion are
countless. The point is the priority should be directing technology the
right way and using it for good intentions. Since these opportunities may
serve humanity and bring about benefits only if they are used with wisdom
and the righteous soul. q