By our honourable teacher, Dr Shabbir Ahmed:
Our Beacon Forum
Who are 'Ulama?
By:*Dr. Shabbir, Florida
Date: Sunday, 25 March 2012, 5:57 pm
In Response To: Re: Who are 'Ulama? (Uzair M Ghole)
'Ulama & 'Aalimeen = Scientists, not Mullahs
Please note who 'Ulama are; not the ignorant, good-for-nothing Mullahs with pot-bellies and foot-long beards. ‘Ulama = 'Aalimeen = Scientists.
Also note which major branch of Science is left out in these verses!
30:17 Therefore, glorify God when you retire at night, and when you rise in the morning. [Seek eminence in the twilight and dawn of your lives. 21:10, 23:71, 29:45, 29:51]
30:18 All praise belongs to Him in the heavens and on earth whether it is darkness of the night or brightness of the day. [The Universe bears testimony that all praise is due to Him]
30:19 He is the One Who brings forth the living from the dead and brings forth the dead from the living. And He gives life to earth after it has been lifeless. And thus shall you be brought forth. [Likewise, His guidance revives communities]
30:20 Among His signs it is that He even created you out of dust (beginning of life from water and inorganic matter – life-cell). And then, (after evolution) you became human beings scattered far and wide. [6:2, 6:99, 7:11, 15:26, 21:30, 23:12, 31:28]
30:21 And among His signs is this: He created for you mates from yourselves, so that you might find comfort in them. And He ordained between you love and kindness. In that are signs for those who reflect. [Azwaaj = Husband + Wife, that are mates to, and complement, each other’s personality]
30:22 And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors. Herein are signs for men and women of knowledge. [‘Aalimeen = ‘Ulema = Scientists]
30:23 And among His signs is your sleeping during the night or the day, and your quest of His bounty. Herein are signs for people who hear and listen.
30:24 And among His signs is this: He displays before you the lightning, for a fear and for hope, and sends down water from the height, giving life to the earth after it had been lifeless. Herein are signs for people who use their intellect.
35:27 Have you not seen that God causes water to fall from the height. Then, with it We produce fruit of different colors and kinds. And in the mountains are tracts white and red, of diverse colors, and raven-black.
35:28 And of human beings, the crawling creatures and related animals, and the cattle have diverse colors and properties. This is why of all His servants only those with knowledge of sciences can get some idea of the glory of God (by examining the wonders in nature). Surely, God is Almighty, Absolver of imperfections.
[Dawwab = Crawling creatures and insects. ‘Ulama & ‘Aalimeen = Scientists = Men and women of scientific knowledge. The above verses clearly define ‘Ulama’. Please reflect how many sciences are mentioned here: Meteorology, Astronomy, Water Cycle, Botany, Geology, Topography, Anthropology, Human soma and psyche, Biology, Zoology, Nematology, Parasitology, Livestock, Nutrition, Creation of the universe etc! The term ‘Ulama does not apply to the ignorant clergy (Mullahs) who can only relate false, fabricated traditions and tell us about vain, petty rituals; things such as which side to sleep on and not to sleep on, what prayers to recite when you go to sleep, wake up and walk in or out of the toilet, or step in and out of home. They can tell you how to rinse your nose and mouth, do wudhu or wash the private parts, and so on. 2:164]
35:29 Those who read the scripture of God (in Nature) and follow God's commands, and spend on others the provision We have given them, secretly and openly, are conducting business that will never perish. [9:111, 61:10, 62:11]
2:164 (God never ordains blind faith.) Indeed, there are ample signs in the creation of the heavens and earth, the alternation of the night and the day, the ships that roam the ocean for the benefit of mankind, the water that God sends down from the heights, thereby giving life to the land after it had been lifeless, in dispersing a great variety of creatures therein, in the currents of winds and the clouds made subservient between the high atmosphere and the earth. All these are clear signs for those who use their intellect.
[Einstein correctly pointed out, “The Universe is too organized to be the result of an accident.” See 6:73. Sama = Sky = Heaven = Atmosphere = Canopy = Height. 35:27-28]