November 19th 2013
Message for the First Qur’an and Science Symposium: ‘Using Guidance from the Holy Qur’an to Advance Science and Technology,’ organised by the USA Ahmadiyya Muslim Scientists Association being held on November 23rd 2013
Dear President USA Ahmadiyya Muslim Scientists Association
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
We are very fortunate that we have believed in Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah, عليه السلام, who adored his holy master the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, and who taught the Muslims that they should pursue knowledge even if they have to go to the furthest recesses of civilisation. The Holy Qur’an teaches: Verily, in the alternation of night and day, and in all that Allah has created in the heavens and the earth there are signs for a God-fearing people (Ch.3:V.7). Muslims in the renaissance period of Islam led in all fields but sadly the Word of God began to be forgotten and this led to the decline witnessed by us today.
The Promised Messiah, عليه السلام came to revive Islam and has admonished his followers to supplement the guidance from the Holy Qur’an with personal research in various fields of knowledge so that they can render the best service to mankind. A true Muslim comes to appreciate that all humans and all living things form a part of God’s Creation. This is why it becomes incumbent upon every Muslim to take care and be kind to all people and to always consider how he can benefit them. Those people who truly believe in the Gracious God and who understand the scope of His kindness and benevolence are engulfed in gratitude to Him. Such people walk upon the earth with immense humility and live in a good and kindly way. They do not cause harm or suffering to anyone, and if other people approach them in anger or in a harsh manner, they reply in a dignified way, with peace and affection. They respond to abuse and curses with prayers alone and so they develop those qualities within themselves that are reflective of the Gracious and Loving God.
If you do this conscious of Allah and always turn to Him for guidance, He will surely bless your humble efforts and cause many to benefit from your input. You belong to a Community that does not come to a halt at any point but is always pressed into marching forward in serving mankind and earning the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. You have to excel your peers; therefore, both your work and the plans prepared by you should be affordable, practical, simple, aesthetic and bear all the hallmarks of a true Ahmadi.
When we claim that Allah is ‘Perfect’ it is based on reality, because the very definition of perfection is based on two fundamental characteristics. First of all, for something to be deemed perfect its beauty and appearance must be utterly immaculate and without any flaw. Secondly, if something or someone claims to be perfect then they must be beyond compare in their favours, kindness and grace towards others. And so we find that the magnificence and beauty of everything within the Heavens and the Earth is actually a display of God’s beauty and His favours towards His creation and thus absolute proof of His perfection. When we observe the rewards and blessings that God has given to mankind it naturally leads us to be grateful for His kindness and favours upon us. The Qur’an has further told us that the majesty, kindness and beauty of Allah have no parallel. God even provides to those who do not believe in Him and who believe that whatever they possess is either a result of their own efforts or due to scientific advancements. However, a true Muslim believes that advancements in science are also a direct result of the grace and blessings of that God, Who has within His laws of nature, enabled for the fruits of hard work and research to be reaped. And so because of God’s laws of nature, whosoever strives will be rewarded for his efforts. This is the God Who has instilled within mankind various faculties and capabilities so that he can partake and benefit from God’s blessings and bounties. The God of Islam has said that in the same way that He has provided food and drink for the nourishment of man, He has also provided remedies and cures to protect them. He has placed the cures for some illnesses and diseases within certain things for our benefit and there are occasions where God Himself brings to light such remedies. On such occasions God’s system of ‘effort and research’ does not operate, in fact God Himself directly guides in such cases and I spoke about this in my address to some guests during the Jalsa Salana Germany.
May Allah enhance your knowledge, bless your efforts and may you benefit many persons. Allah make these relations with Khilafat stronger and may the bond with Allah and the true knowledge about Allah increase. May Allah bless all participants at this Annual Convention and make it a resounding success. Amin.
MIRZA MASROOR AHMAD
Khalifatul Masih V