Medieval hospitals in the Islamic world were backed by endowments (Waqf), and the impoverished were supported through charity (Sadaqah and Zakat-ul-fitr). Though the endowment system in the Islamic world was mercilessly abolished due to imperialism and the imposition of secular law, faith-inspired care occurs in modern countries such as the United States. In 1995, there were 585 faith-based hospitals in the country, a number that grew to 726 in 2016.  One in six hospital beds in America is managed by a Catholic healthcare institution.  Muslims have similarly contributed to American healthcare through smaller organizations and individual efforts, particularly in developing free clinics and sponsoring relief trips for underserved populations in the United States and abroad. The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) operates free clinics for uninsured patients in seven cities across the United States and has mobile clinics after Friday prayers. One study found that free Muslim-led clinics across the nation serve over 50,000 patients a year, half of whom are not believers.  Continue reading Islamic Investment in US Healthcare
Bill Gates, in an interview with MIT Technology Review this past February, declared that “all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.” People in rich countries consume more meat, and there is growing concern about how this affects their health and the environment. Continue reading Mass Consumption: Islam and Lab-Grown Meat
In the past, our respected ‘ulamā’ have developed ‘ilm al-kalām to rationally explain the various arguments of ʿaqīdah (Islamic creed). This discipline was further classified into jalīl al-kalām and daqīq al-kalām. The former deals with basic questions of Islamic creed and the latter deals with natural philosophy. Daqīq al-kalām can be said to be our scholars’ best achievement in explaining the natural world under the tenets of Islamic worldview. Continue reading Daqīq Al-Kalām Revisited in the Age of Modern Science
“Keajaiban Saintifik Al-Quran”; tajuk yang lazim kita dengar dan tersebar di serata tempat, risalah di Masjid dan Surau, kempen Dakwah kepada Non-Muslim, dan paling memimbangkan artikel dari laman sesawang ‘Islamik’ dikongsi ribuan pengguna media sosial. Bahan atau kandungan tulisan sebegini sering digunakan oleh pendakwah untuk membuktikan kebenaran Islam. Peliknya kandungan tulisan seperti ini tetap disebarkan setelah terbukti percanggahan yang berlaku dengan kaedah pendekatan yang digunakan. … Continue reading Merombak Perbahasan ‘Mukjizat Al-Quran’
…the Islamic scientific tradition began to decline once we began to borrow from the West in order to compete with the West (ironically, considering they were then rejecting their own past tradition), and it replaced our former tradition of ingenuity, forcing us into a position where now all we can do is borrow. This, combined with numerous external factors and contemporary issues, is why the Muslim world is where it is today, and it won’t see another Golden Age until it stops relying on traditions outside its own. Continue reading Science, History, and Atheism: Q&A with Asadullah Ali
This centuries-old question may have crossed every Muslim’s mind from the late 19th century until recently. However, the answers offered by scholars and activists are varied and at times at odds with one another. This reflects a general lack of understanding of the issue by many parties, all adding to the confusion of an already contentious issue. Continue reading What is Missing at the Heart of the Islam and Science Nexus?
Giant Turtles, Big Bang Cosmology, and the End of Materialism. Continue reading Has Religion Made a Comeback?
A Book Review of Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Medicine: A Comparative Study of Western Secular and Islamic Bioethics by Dr. Sharmin Islam. What is Islamic bioethics, and how does it differ in its approach to modern reproductive technology? Continue reading Ethics and Reproductive Technology
A Book Review of Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Science and feats of engineering are parts of the solution, but will not solve the problem on their own. Continue reading The Spiritual Crisis of Man and Nature
Looking at Cyborg Selves by Jeanine Thweatt-Bates and her approach to the posthuman from a Christian perspective. Continue reading Religion and the Posthuman Discourse