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In Islam, there is no conflict between faith in God and modern scientific knowledge.  Indeed, for many centuries during the Middle Ages, Muslims led the world in scientific inquiry and exploration.  The Qur'an itself, revealed 14 centuries ago, is filled with scientific facts and imagery that are supported by modern findings.
The Qur'an instructs Muslims to "contemplate the wonders of creation" (Qur'an 3:191).  The entire universe, which was created by Allah, follows and obeys His laws.  Muslims are encouraged to seek knowledge, explore the universe, and find the "Signs of Allah" in His creation.  Allah says:  
"Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth;
in the alternation of the night and the day;
in the sailing of ships through the ocean, for the profit of mankind;
in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies,
and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead;
in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth;
in the change of the winds,
and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth;
here indeed are Signs for a people that are wise"

(Qur'an 2:164)
For a book revealed in the 7th century A.D., the Qur'an contains many scientifically-accurate statements.  Among them:
"Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We split them apart? And We made from water every living thing…" (21:30).
"And Allah has created every animal from water.  Of them there are some that creep on their bellies, some that walk on two legs, and some that walk on four..." (24:45)
"See they not how Allah originates creation, then repeats it?  Truly that is easy for Allah" (29:19).
"It is He Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon.  All (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course" (21:33).
"It is not permitted for the sun to catch up to the moon, nor can the night outstrip the day.  Each just swims along in its own orbit" (36:40).
"He created the heavens and the earth in true proportions.  He makes the night overlap the day, and the day overlap the night.  He has subjected the sun and the moon to His law; each one follows a course for a time appointed..." (39:5).
"The sun and the moon follow courses exactly computed" (55:5).
"You see the mountains and think they are firmly fixed.  But they pass away just as the clouds pass away.  Such is the artistry of Allah, Who disposes of all things in perfect order" (27:88).
Fetal Development
"Man We did create from a quintessence of clay.  Then we placed him as a drop of sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed.  Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood.  Then out of that clot We made a fetus lump.  Then We made out of that lump bones, and clothed the bones with flesh.  Then We developed out of it another creature.  So blessed be Allah, the Best to create!" (23:12-14).
"But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him of His spirit.  And He gave you hearing, and sight, and understanding" (32:9).
"That He did create the pairs, male and female, from a sperm-drop when lodged in its place" (53:45-46).
"Was he not a drop of sperm emitted, then did he become a leach-like clot.  Then did Allah make and fashion him in due proportion.  And of him He made two sexes, male and female" (75:37-39).
"He makes you in the wombs of your mothers in stages, one after another, in three veils of darkness" (39:6).

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January 1, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

I did not vote for you in the Presidential Election because I am Malaysian.
But I consider myself one of your constituents because what you do or say will affect me and my country as well.
I welcome your promise for change. Certainly your country, the United States of America needs a lot of changes.
That is because America and Americans have become the most hated people in the world. Even Europeans dislike your arrogance. Yet you were once admired and liked because you freed a lot of countries from conquest and subjugation.
It is the custom on New Year's day for people to make resolutions. You must have listed your good resolutions already. But may I politely suggest that you also resolve to do the following in pursuit of Change.
1) Stop killing people. The United States is too fond of killing people in order to achieve its objectives. You call it war, but today's wars are not about professional soldiers fighting and killing each other. It is about killing people, ordinary innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. Whole countries will be devastated.
War is primitive, the cavemen's way of dealing with a problem. Stop your arms build up and your planning for future wars.
2) Stop indiscriminate support of Israeli killers with your money and your weapons. The planes and the bombs killing the people of Gaza are from you.

3) Stop applying sanctions against countries which cannot do the same against you.
In Iraq your sanctions killed 500,000 children through depriving them of medicine and food. Others were born deformed.What have you achieved with this cruelty? Nothing except the hatred of the victims and right-thinking people.

4) Stop your scientists and researchers from inventing new and more diabolical weapons to kill more people more efficiently.

5) Stop your arms manufacturers from producing them. Stop your sales of arms to the world. It is blood money that you earn. It is un-Christian.

6) Stop trying to democratize all the countries of the world. Democracy may work for the United States but it does not always work for other countries.
Don't kill people because they are not democratic. Your crusade to democratize countries has killed more people than the authoritarian Governments which you overthrew. And you have not succeeded anyway.

7) Stop the casinos which you call financial institutions. Stop hedge funds, derivatives and currency trading. Stop banks from lending non-existent money by the billions.
Regulate and supervise your banks. Jail the miscreants who made profits from abusing the system.

8) Sign the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements.

9) Show respect for the United Nations.

I have many other resolutions for change which I think you should consider and undertake.
But I think you have enough on your plate for this 2009th year of the Christian Era.
If you can do only a few of what I suggest, you will be remembered by the world as a great leader. Then the United States will again be the most admired nation. Your embassies will be able to take down the high fences and razor-wire coils that surround them.
May I wish you a Happy New Year and a great Presidency.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)

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