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Re: “FEATURE STORY ‌ The Bright Revolution

I know one religion that is the original innovator of human rights. That religion is Islam.

1400 hundred years ago, Kur'an (or Qoran), the Holy Book of Islam said all men are created equal. Okay, not exactly in those words, but said all men/women are equal before Allah. Islam also said: racism is forbidden, slavery must go, women have the right to own property, and have the right to divorce their husbands; no state can start a war, unless they have been attacked; in victory no prisoner is to be treated any differently than you would treat your friends. When your neighbor is going to bed hungry, you have no right to a sound sleep. In fact, 800 years before Magna Charta, Islam listed all, without exception, of the human rights in the UN's 1960 declaration of human rights. It was because of these reasons Islam grew the fastest among all religions, and still is. One thing, up to the appearance of Islam, these concepts never existed.

It promoted sciences and knowledge as no other religion did. For 800 years following its start, Islamic world reigned over the world in sciences. European reforms were based on these scientific achievements; in fact, many of the scientific innovations, which we think were from the Christian scientists, were actually originated from the Islamic studies years before. (You can Google this)

But later, Islamic World was defeated and crumbled, due not to its religion, but due to its followers being no longer the practitioners of the real Islam that was revealed by Kuran (Qoran). They became ignorant societies, or, I should say, temporarily fallen behind the West.

I am, though culturally raised in an Islamic society, never practiced it, and now, 55 years after I came to the United States, rediscovering Islam. And, finding that the holy book Qoran actually reveals so many scientific facts the human society discovered only most recently. Such as the Big Bang Theory and expansion of the universe, existence of species more intelligent than humans elsewhere in the universe (this has not yet been discovered by humans), tectonics (movement of continents), the role of mountains in stabilizing earth movement in tectonics, finality of Sun's life, and how we are protected from the harmfull effects of radiation from the Sun. Here is a sentence I remember from Qoran that blew my mind: "You look at the mountains, and think they are just sitting there; yet they too drift like clouds."

There are other miraculous scientific revelations. I have seen a list of them in a Website that their titles take two typewritten pages or maybe more.

I don't know why I am writing these here. Maybe, finally, after being a scientist in the USA for 50 years, just maybe, I am becoming more spiritual. (I stumbled by accident into this page in trying to link growth of Atheism to open acceptance of homosexuality.)

If interested these things that I mentioned could easily be researched on the Internet. That is what I did.

One last word: it need not be Islam you read. Just read any religious book that gives you comfort and brings you closer to the God. When you hear of haven and hell described, you could think of the String Theory and its extension of parallel universes (developed in the last 10 years). At that point, ask yourself aren't haven and hell maybe one of those parallel universes, which we cannot see, yet we maybe sharing the same space? Then, ask again, is science and religion merging?/ Gunes

Posted by Gunes on April 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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