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Innovations and Inventions

by | Oct 25, 2020

In practically all advanced societies throughout history, innovations and inventions are key. It is these improvements and changes that keep you ahead of the herd. Innovations and inventions are two cornerstones of progress.

But what if progress is impossible? What do you mean that progress is impossible? You can always improve, right!?! A person can always improve, but there is a system that is complete, Islam. This religion has been tried and tested and withstood the test of time: individually, socially, economically, scientifically and all other ally’s you can think of.

However, we do find innovations and inventions within Muslim society (and I put the emphasis on Muslim and not Islamic). These so-called innovations and inventions within the religion are called Bid’a in Arabic. these add-ons have no place within Islam, and this for two reasons. One, Islam is complete; and two, affirming otherwise is nothing but arrogance.

In the Quran, Allah cites:

…This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.

Surat Al-Ma’ida (5 – 3)

I mean, you can’t get any more perfect than that. As for arrogance, imagine adding something to what Allah has categorized as complete or insinuating that you can do something within this faith that the Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ) wasn’t sent with…

Now, what qualifies as Bid’a? basically, anything that has not been encouraged in Islam or there is a clear prohibition of doing something (in the Quran or Hadith). let’s take on, for example, celebrating the birth of the Prophet Mohammed; this is a clear Bid’a!

– But how could this be, it’s like a national holiday in some countries?!

– Was it a national holiday at the time of the Prophet… did the companions of the Prophet (Sahaba) celebrate it or the generations following them (Tabi’een)?

– See, you don’t celebrate it because you don’t love him as much as I do!

-All right, let’s look into that. One of the greatest signs of love and respect is obedience. so let’s look at what the Prophet had to say on the matter.

“The people of the Jahiliyyah had two days each year when they would play. When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to Al-Madinah he said: ‘You had two days when you would play, but Allah (SWT) has given Muslims something instead that is better than them: the day of Al-Fitr and the day of Al-Adha.'”

Sunan An-Nasaï (English Translation) Vol. 2, Book 19, Hadith 1557

Now, if you really want to celebrate his birthday, do it by fasting.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked about fasting on Mondays. He said, “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.”

Sahih Muslim (English Reference) Book 6, Hadith 2606

Unfortunately, these kinds of misplaced well-intended actions lead people astray. Whether it is intercession through deceased mortals, using lucky charms, or celebrating the birthday of the Prophet… they all deviate from the one straight path, Islam.

Good Logistics do not guarantee Victory, but Bad Logistics will guarantee Defeat

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)


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