Dr. Mahmoud Ayed Rashdan
Dept of Education, The International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
- Introduction and Assumptions:
This paper rests on certain assumptions and statements asserting that the Quran is the primary source of basic beliefs as well as it is the primary source of law and jurisprudence. Equally important is the assertion that the Quran is a main source of knowledge, guidance and inspiration.
For the Muslim the revelation and the universe are the two sources of culture, knowledge and investigation. Just as Almighty Allah has revealed His signs (verses) in the perfect Quran, He also placed others of His signs in His perfect creation.
"And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations of your languages and of your colors, verily, in that are signs for those who know" (Al-Rum:24). The Quran and the religion it has brought, came to be guidance and mercy for mankind. For the Quran to indeed become guidance and mercy to mankind, its verses must be studied by able, thinking people. A prerequisite for deliberation and better understanding is that the Quranic verses must be studied and looked into, in the light of the signs of the universe, and simultaneously, the studies of the creation and the universe must be conducted in the light of Quranic studies.
In fact, it is a methodology of two halves neither of which will be complete and fully meaningful without the other. If one is separated from the other, as is the case in most of our present programs and our educational systems, we will then produce knowledge without guidance and people with faith without knowledge. This may be what the Quran implies in the following verses.