Imam Dr Achmat Salie: Science a nuanced Islamic balance between 2 extremes #MuslimishDetroit2019

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Bio: Dr Imam Salie has a BA in Higher Education with majors in Biology and Physics. Salie’s academic preparation also include a degree in Islamic jurisprudence, and two PhDs. He is passionate about eco-spirituality, inter and interfaith, peace and social justice, humilities- failures-, suicide prevention, and displacement studies. Salie speaks and understands several languages including classical Arabic, Afrikaans, Dutch and Flemish He has lived in Michigan for more than 20 years and spoken about Islam on five continents.

Abstract: There is a unique balance between modern fascists that selectively deny facts (calling them fake news) and science and those who worship science replacing it with religion. The Islamic wisdom tradition uses science as a complement to revelatory sciences. Science as a two-edged sword could destroy or bring comfort and convenience or devastation and disruption. There is definite place for science in Islam if it is anchored in compassion, conscience, integrity, inclusivity, and ethical principles and values. Muslims and Arabs have contributed greatly to all sciences (the hard- and difficult sciences) and civilization without editing out the sacred. The use of the latest technologies and sciences alone are not a gaurantee for peace, humanity, empathy, and dignity to all; too often, the most scientifically advanced nations orchestrated the worst human disasters; some writers have, therefore, written about the myth of progress. The views and opinions expressedin this video are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Muslimish. Any content provided by our bloggers or authors or speakers are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

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