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Introduction By Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

In the Name of the Almighty
May He bless Prophet Muhammad (S) and his purified progeny (‘a)

Belief in God is the foundation of religion. In Shi’a Islam, every person who attains the age of maturity is required to study and reflect on the fundamental beliefs of the faith. Taqlid - blind faith - in matters of belief is not permitted; it should be based on tahqiq - understanding and knowledge. However, this does not mean that everyone has to become a theologian, a philosopher or a scientist; but it does mean that you, on your own level, should reflect on the basics and attain a degree of certainty.

Almighty God says:

سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ

Soon We shall show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that He is the Truth. Is it not sufficient that your Lord is a witness to all things? (Quran, Surah Fussilat 41: 53).

The world within us and around us is a sign (ayah) of God’s power and glory.

Unlike the tension that we see in the West between science and Christianity, there is no real tension between science and Islam since the latter considers former to be a window of appreciating the handiwork of God.

Centres of learning like Fez, Cairo, Baghdad, Isfahan or Andalusia, at the peak of Muslim civilization, did not separate the religious sciences from secular sciences; a theologian could be a scientist and a scientist could be a philosopher.

The decline of Muslim civilization and influence of the Western mode of education created a gulf between the centres of religious and secular sciences. Gradually, religious scholars and Muslim scientists are rekindling the link between the two dimensions of knowledge, and are using their expertise in their relevant fields to study the universe as a way of enhancing their understanding of their own faith.

Syed Hasan Raza Jafri’s book, God and god of science, is an example of a Muslim who has attempted to understand the fundamentals of his faith and also to explain them to others.

I have read the initial part of the book and have glanced through the remaining chapters. I commend Hasan Raza Jafri for his efforts in presenting the arguments from the Islamic perspective. He has worked hard and referred to quite a few sources to support his arguments. My recommendation for the future edition is to rearrange the chapters in a more seamless manner.

Hopefully this book will motivate other Muslims in the field of science to present and defend their faith with pride and conviction.

Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
April 30th, 2018 ce
Shaʿban 13th, 1439 ah