An Islamic scholar and Vice Chancellor, Fountain university, Osogbo, Nigeria, Professor Amidu Sanni, has lamented the nonchalant attitude of today’s Muslim towards knowledge. Sanni who said this while delivering a paper, ‘Islam, Science and Today’s World’ at the 15th annual Ramadan lecture by the University of Lagos Muslim Community, also challenged Muslims all over the world to research more into the history of Qur’an with a view to re-ascertaining that the glorious book is the source of all the sciences being wrongly claimed as personal intellectual property. The nonchalant attitude of today’s Muslim towards knowledge is noticed especially in the sciences. They should be reminded that the knowledge is the foundation on which Islam is built, he declared.
The first verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), was about ‘reading,’ connoting seeking for knowledge. According to him, Prophet Muhammed (SAW), in his life time gingered Muslims severally to seek for knowledge even if it was as far as China because of the Chinese efficiency in the sciences, adding that the vital ingredient for societal growth is education and knowledge. Speaking further, the erudite author of several books quoted several verses from the glorious book, where the almighty Allah tasked the Muslims to think deeply and research extensively into it to discover that it is a divine book that is the compendium of all aspects of sciences people can think of under the sun.
The lecturer asserted that, Islam is more than just the faith but comprises of good deeds and knowledge of how humanity would be on top of any situation that might arise either in medicine, technology, law among others. Amidu proved to the distinguished audience that, “Islamic scholars documented and protected sources of sciences that the world now collate and call the sciences,” stating that, “what they now do is just to change the names.”
The concerned lecturer lamented that, it is now the non- Muslims that are exhibiting Islamic Idealism abandoned by the Muslims who are the original originator, pointing out emphatically that there is no doubt that Muslims contributed largely to all forms of Sciences. While suggesting a way forward for Muslims to recapture the lost glory in the field of knowledge, particularly the sciences, the lecturer called for a pragmatic plans to evolve expansion of some institutions on ground as a launching pad. According to him, building of Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo Leg-acy, as well as complementing the bold step of Prince Abdul- Jabar Bola Ajibola that led to the establishment of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State as well as expanhis sion of frontiers of the likes of the associations like the Nasrul Lahil Fath (NASFAT) would go a long way in moving forward toward realising the goal.
He also suggested a Taskforce on implementation of outcomes of all the Ramadan lectures by all the Islamic groups like the Muslim Student Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and others.
In his remarks, the Chairman on the occasion, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), said having listened to the lecturer, what remains is a pragmatic steps towards making the import of the message to have impact on the Muslims. Banire, who is the current Chairman, Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AFCOM), also admitted that, “scientific inventions witnessing today are already captured in the glorious Qur’an,” asserting that, “the rapport and symbiotic relationship between the sciences and the Qur’an are not antagonistic, but rather complimentary.
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