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3c: The Golden Age of Islam
Lesson 2: Student Resource Sheet 3
What does the Qur’an suggest about knowledge and science?
As we might expect, the Muslim Holy Book does not contain references to
what we today think of as ‘scientific’ ideas. It would be strange if it did. The
Qur’an is believed by Muslims to be a unique Book, the guidance within it
showing the way to peace and security. This guidance, according to Muslim
belief, comes from the highest source, God or Allah (an Arabic word meaning
‘The God’). Although we should not expect to find direct references to science
and whether or not it is a good thing to be doing, we will see that there are
many clues within the Qur’an itself about what attitude its readers should
adopt towards knowing and understanding the world around them.
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The Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) over a period of
time. He felt very strongly that the words did not come from himself, but
from outside himself. The language of the revelations was unusual and
powerful. Although Muhammad was not able to write these words down
himself, there were others who did and these words have remained
unchanged since they were recorded. Because they believe that Allah has
revealed Himself through this Holy Book, Muslims take a lot of care over its
meaning. They may not always agree over its meaning, but the action of
reading and reflecting on the Qur’an is a serious one.
Science and Religion in Schools – 3c: The Golden Age of Islam