ADVANCES IN SCIENCE
Thinking is essential to recognize the wonders
and beauties surrounding us. The Qur'an invites people to
ponder so as to see the signs of Allah encompassing them.
This is the only way to appreciate Allah's superior wisdom
and power, which He manifests in living beings. Subtleties
concealed in the creation of the heavens, Earth, animals,
plants, and human beings deserve our deep thought. In the
following verses, Allah invites people to think on these
He Who created the seven heavens in layers.
You will not find any flaw in the creation of the All-Merciful.
Look again-do you see any gaps? (Surat al-Mulk: 3)
Man has only to look at what he was created from. (Surat
Have they not looked at the camel-how it was created?
And at the sky-how it was raised up? And at the mountains-how
they were embedded? And at the earth-how it was smoothed
out? (Surat al-Ghashiyya: 17-20)
Complying with Allah's commands, which encourage
people to think, analyze, and research, will open new scientific
horizons. These very developments, which flourish wherever
people live according to the real spirit of the Qur'an's
moral teachings, will be evident in the Golden Age, a time
of unprecedented scientific development.
In the Golden Age, the major factor that will
enable such scientific development will be science's purification
from some dogmas and erroneous goals. In recent centuries,
such bigoted beliefs as materialist philosophy and Darwinism
have impeded scientific progress. Many scientists concentrated
their efforts on proving entirely mistaken assumptions,
and great amounts of effort and time have been wasted. In
the Golden Age, the scientific world will embrace the fact
that Allah created the universe and everything that it contains.
This will allow science to be practiced on sound foundations.
Available resources that were used to support Darwin's fantasies
or to produce chemical weapons and nuclear bombs will be
channeled to humanity's service in compliance with Allah's
consent. Aware that serving humanity will earn Allah's good
pleasure, scientists will engage in more fruitful research.
Developments in Genetics
Each development in the Golden Age will lead
to great advances in medicine. The discovery of the structure
of DNA in the mid-twentieth century opened new horizons
in medicine and biology. Similarly, all scientific and technological
developments in the Golden Age will add momentum to medical
studies, minimize errors, shorten the time required for
an accurate diagnosis, and enable patients to receive the
Genetics, which will be the science of this
new century, will be the impetus behind medical advances.
Studies on the human DNA code seek to disclose the genetic
causes of many diseases. One goal of the Human Genome Project,
originally planned to last for 15 years and being worked
upon by thousands of scientists from more than eight countries,
is to identify the genes in human DNA and thereby uncover
its mysteries. Determining the sequences of human DNA's
3 billion chemical base pairs, entering this information
in databases, and using the related technologies to serve
science will open a new era. The project's primary goals
are to protect people against disease by altering the DNA
code, predetermining how the body responds to medicines,
and ensuring protection by predetermining every human beings'
weaknesses. Devising medicines solely for an individual's
needs, as well as forming a database of genetic features
and a genetic card for a person, are also on the scientists'
agenda. As science can progress only as far as Allah wills,
we should not be worried about such undertakings, as many
people are today. Such research either will succeed and
benefit humanity, or fail due to Allah's will.
Thanks to these developments, doctors will
be able to detect minute differences of the same diseases
and then use individualized treatment procedures or techniques.
As a result, people living in the Golden Age will not suffer
from maltreatment and feel desperate. Everyone will immediately
receive the appropriate medical assistance, for ideal morality
and good conduct complies with the duty to help patients
and save their lives. In the Golden Age, enhancing an individual's
health and quality of life will be of primary importance.
Advances in Medicine
People guided by the Qur'an's values consider
human life to be very precious. In a society of believers,
therefore, people pay great attention to issues related
to human health. Regardless of their status or qualities,
anyone, whether rich or poor, young or old, will receive
the treatment he or she deserves. All solutions will be
exhausted, and great sacrifices will be made to save a person's
life, for according to the Qur'an's values, people receive
great rewards for trying to treat and cure those who are
sick so that they might have healthier and fuller lives.
So We decreed for the tribe of Israel
that if someone kills another person-unless it is in retaliation
for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth-it
is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives
life to another person, it is as if he had given life
to all mankind. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 32)
In compliance with this verse, Muslims in the
Golden Age will make serious efforts to develop and implement
workable strategies to promote quality health care for all
and to ensure that patients receive optimal care.
Advances in City Planning
In the twenty-first century, scientists will
strive to spread the use of more efficient technology further
One of today's primary goals is to use computer
technology to assist people with basic day-to-day tasks,
tasks that are otherwise unrelated to technology and thus
minimize the labor force. Many technological devices, thought
to be limited to science fiction movies only, have already
been incorporated into our lives and started to offer comfort.
Maintaining cities by making use of computer technology,
which will change the faces of cities today immensely, will
be instrumental in monitoring infrastructure systems; handling
urgent help needs, traffic, and city planning; and improving
security and health services. People will not waste time
by waiting in lines to receive public services, for all
sorts of administrative information related to a person
will be available in computers.
Thanks to earthquake-resistant technologies,
buildings will be able to survive severe earthquakes. Now,
a single intense jolt can reduce an entire city to heaps
of rubble. In the Golden Age, however, both the construction
systems and materials will, by Allah's Will, help buildings
withstand intense shakes. In this way, technology will ensure
people's security and make it easier for them to cope with
Due to changes in energy resources, every city
will become an energy-generating unit. In this context,
they will rely heavily on wind and solar power, and especially
upon solar reactors for purifying drinking water, and generating
electricity and heat. These renewable energy sources will
meet all of humanity's needs and reduce energy transportation
between different cities and countries. Coastal cities will
obtain their energy from water or wind, thereby ending their
problems related to environmental pollution. In cities,
people will grow all kinds of food through hydroponics (growing
plants without soil) and aquaponics (growing plants in water).
Furthermore, there will be great improvements
in the way cities look. Their cleaning and ordering will
be maintained via computers, and their appearance will change,
for greening the cities will become a policy. The congestion,
pollution, and chaos dominating our contemporary urban areas
results from our distance from the Qur'an's concept of morality.
When people adhere to the Qur'an, they seek to establish
an environment similar to that of Paradise. They always
think about how to improve and better their surroundings,
and thank Allah for the great comfort, relief, and beauty
He has granted. In return, they receive more of the beauties
that Allah promises to His servants who give thanks:
And when your Lord announced: "If you
are grateful, I will certainly give you increase, but
if you are ungrateful, My punishment is severe." (Surah
In another verse, Allah warns the people of
`Imran, who lived in a very beautiful city:
"Eat of your Lord's provision and give thanks to Him:
a bountiful land and a forgiving Lord." (Surah Saba: 15)
Scientists are currently working on chips that can
conduct DNA tests for identification. A piece of
hair or skin taken from the crime scene is tested
on this little chip, and the result is matched with
data bank. The process delivers quick and reliable
In genetics, the Human Genome Project is one of the
most important projects of recent years. The results
of this project, which consist of thousands of dedicated
scientists working on teams from more than eight countries,
will be a breakthrough. The project's primary goals
are to protect against diseases by making changes to
the DNA code, to predetermine how the body responds
to various medicines, and to take precautions against
bodily weaknesses. This project will make it possible
to determine every human beings' weaknesses. As all
progress comes about through Allah's will, the resulting
knowledge and data will only benefit humanity, for the
prevailing Qur'anic values and morality will make its
In an environment where people are guided by the Qur'an's
values, human life is considered very precious. For
this reason, in a society of believers, people pay
the utmost attention to issues of human health. The
latest technology is used in treatments and operations.
All solutions are exhausted and great sacrifices are
made to save a person's life.
One of the technological breakthroughs in medicine
is picturing the area on which an operation is carried
out by sending a powerful source of light into an
organism through fiber optic cables.