Introducing a New Book About Dr. Abdus Salam Through His Quotes

Book Edited by our own Zakaria Virk

“Scientist of the East”is a collections of 59 essays published soon after the discovery of Higgs particle in 2012 and Dr Salam contribution in the breakthrough discovery.

Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy writes, “Each of the 59 essays collected in this little book, Scientist of the East, sheds a tiny bit of light upon the life of a complex, extraordinarily gifted man. That they come in from various different angles is necessitated by the sheer diversity of his accomplishments; not only was he a celebrity in world of physics but also the world’s most renowned champion for international scientific cooperation.”

Here is a collection of quotes of Dr. Abdus Salam:

“There are over 325 Nobel laureates in the world, but only one Heer.”

“I get my pleasure from thinking about the problems of physics; it gives me the biggest relaxation.”

“Alfred Nobel stipulated that no distinction of race or colour will determine who received of his generosity.”

“I firmly believed that with the breadth of knowledge now makes it impossible for someone to be a polymath in the 20th century-until I met Dr. Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad.”

“Scientific thought and its creation is the common and shared heritage of mankind.”

“From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.”

“I have spent my life working on two problems. First to discover the basic building blocks of matter. Of the two passions of my life the second has been to stress the importance of science transfer for developing countries.”

“I believe that the rise of a great poet or a great writer or a great humanist in any Civilization is not an isolated incident – that it is always accompanied by an equally significant emergence of men as great in science and philosophy.”

“God said, let there be light; to make light and to perceive it, He made protons and Electrons – the two fundamental particles of physics.”

“I would have liked to show you that with all his pragmatism, the modern physicist possesses at once the attributes of a mystic as well as the sensitivity of an artist.”

“There is no conflict between the study of nature, and the study of Islam. A study of these natural laws, and seeing how they operate is a form of prayer and gratitude To Allah.”

“Whenever faced with two rival theories for the same set of phenomena, one has Always found that a theory more aesthetically satisfying is also the correct one.”

“It is good to recall that three centuries ago, around the year 1660, two of the greatest monuments of modern history were erected, one in the West and one in the East; St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Between them, the two symbolize, perhaps better than words can describe, the comparative level of architectural technology, the comparative level of craftsmanship and the comparative level of affluence and sophistication the two cultures had attained at that epoch of history. But about the same time there was also created—and this time only in the West—a third monument, a monument still greater in its eventual import for humanity. This was Newton’s Principia, published in 1687. Newton’s work had no counterpart in the India of the Mughals.”

“Soon I knew the craft of experimental physics was beyond me – it was the sublime quality of patience – patience in accumulating data, patience with recalcitrant equipment – which I sadly lacked.”

“The excellence in sciences is dependent on the freedom and openness within the scientific community in any society (assuming that such a community is large enough) and not necessarily on the openness or democracy within the society at large.”

“It is easy to understand that we have two kinds of scientists, the unifiers looking inward and backward into the past, the diversifiers looking outward and forward into the future. Unifiers are people whose driving passion is to find general principles which will explain everything. Diversifiers are people whose passion is to explore detail.”

Professor Jim al-Khalili, sums up life of Dr Salam in the following words:

“Salam stands as the greatest physicist of the Islamic world for a thousand years…He also spent much of his life lobbying world leaders and the United Nations for funding to help science in developing countries. Not since Einstein has any one scientist been so influential on the world stage.”

A science writer had this to say about Dr Salam:

“To a Muslim mystic, God is to be sought in eternal beauty. And for Salam, beauty comes through finding new, subtle, yet simplifying patterns in the natural world.”

For references read the book

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    Honorable Abdus Salam’s parents were also beloved and humble servants of Islam through the ardent devotee of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.), Promised Messiah (a.s.) and his Khilafat.

    His pious father writes in his diary [Gist]: When I was a student in college and living in dormitory with other students [some time before March 1914], a person came at preaching tour and asked us to join his and his friends; new organization against the one who had claimed to be The Promised Messiah. I said what if the claimant was correct? He insisted that the claimant was wrong. I said: No, we should seek guidance from Bestower God in this matter. I gave the argument that if we ask way to railway station from a common person he guides us, then how it is possible that if we seek guidance from The Most Gracious and The Most Bestower God, He will not guide. So I started to pray for forty days: ;Guide us in the right path; [Holy Quran, ch 1 : v 6] standing, sitting and lying. One day I saw in dream that an exalted pious man is sitting in our house. A known man named Allah Dad [which means Given by Allah] tells me that this is the Holy man you are looking for. I joined him in eating food. It was indicated that he is from Qadian —– Latter, I went there. I was told that Hazrat Khalifah tul Messiah – The First [may Allah be pleased with him] was coming in his clinic. I went there. About thirty people were waiting for him. I found a place at the end. Soon, Hazrat Khalifah I arrived, he was being supported by two people. Graciously, he came straight to me and greeted me as if he already knows me. I recognized him too [from dream]. He asked me if I wanted to do Bai’at. I was speechless. Then he took my hand and said the words of Bai’at [He had said, if there was any un-agreeable word, I should withdraw my hand, I thought what could be better than that.] .. All present people and I repeated the words of Bai’at after him;Then on, I was opposed but my faith grew strong. Fanatics passed 82 fatwas against me. We two brother were only Ahmadiyya Muslims in the whole town. We faced severe opposition but we showed patience.

    He further writes:

    “…I was offering sunnah of evening prayer [Salaat ul Maghrib] near the place of standing of Mo’azin [who call the aazan] in Masjid Ahmadiyya Jhang city and said the prayer :

    “……… Our Lord, grant us of our spouses and children the delight of our eyes, and make us a model for the righteous.” [Holy Quran ch25: from v75]

    At this, a boy was granted to me on behalf of Allah the Exalted, I saw him [boy] with my eyes and received him. I enquired about his name. I was told his name is Abdus Salam. I thanked Allah the Exalted…..On the day of 29 January 1926, blessed Friday, at the time of Jumua Salaat [Friday Prayer], dear Abdus Salam was born. ”

    He wrote all matter to Hazrat Khalifah tul Messiah, The Second [may Allah be pleased with him] and requested him to grant the name for baby boy. He replied that Allah has already granted the name.. Onward, throughout the life, the boy continued to grow under the guidance and prayers of Holy Khulafa; He continued to create new records in educational career. Sometimes, scholarships were announced right at times as Divine help to his father and him.

    At a place in the diary, the father writes a dream:
    One night I saw that there is lot of light behind a wall as if thousands of suns and moons are shinning. Light would have made me dazzled if wall was not there. I was told that it is light of Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). I praised Allah many times and invoked salutation upon Holy Prophet (s.a.w.)

    O Our Allah, bless Muhammad and people of Muhammad, as You did bless Ibrahim and the people of Ibrahim. You are indeed the Praiseworthy, the Glorious.
    O Our Allah, prosper Muhammad and the people of Muhammad, as You did prosper Ibrahim and the people of Ibrahim. You are indeed the Praiseworthy, the Glorious.

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