Professor Naim’s rant is typical of a
Muslim with an inferiority complex about his religion and especially the Quran.
His comment contains several strawman arguments.
“God told all of Physics in the Quran
1400 years ago.”
Strawman argument. The author has not
“ The Muslim ignored it; the
non-Muslim struggled on their own and discovered it; so now is the time for the
Muslims to take credit in the name of God and go on living the way they do.”
This is beside the point. Irrespective
of who discovered it, the Muslims are discovering new insights into their Book
helped by secular knowledge and are discussing the same.
“ Who are we fooling? Ourselves. Who
are we discouraging? Our own children.”
No we are not. We are not telling our
children that they should not pursue science or that all of knowledge can be
found in the Quran.
“Ayub and his kind can make greater
contribution to Islam by using the science they see in the Quran and make some
new and essential contribution to human life on earth.”
This is again beside the point. The
author is also making a contribution by discussing verses that were not
understood well because what these say went against what people knew and
“Of course, in such people's thinking, nothing
scientific happened before Islam or among the people across the world who had
not even heard of Abraham.”
Another straw man argument because the
author does not say that nor do Muslims believe in such nonsense.
“Surely We created man from an extract of clay
(tin, inorganic matter) (23:12). We then placed him as a drop (of semen) in a
secured resting place (13). We then transformed the drop into a clot and We
transformed the clot into a chewed (lump of) flesh, and We transformed this
chewed (lump of) flesh into bones, and We clothed the bones with flesh, and
then We produced another creature from it. So blessed be God, the Best of