Channel: Yasir Qadhi
Series: Yasir Qadhi - Ask Shaykh YQ
Shaykh Yasir takes on the question of Einstein’s theory of relativity being Shirk. The Shaykh simply advises caution on what we think and what we accept. Einstein is not talking theology and hence, there is nothing wrong with it. Allah SWT can change whatever He wants as and when He wills.
The question goes as follows. I have heard someone say that Einstein's theory of relativity is shift.
Because it says that matter cannot be created or destroyed. How does this affect how Islam views science and question?
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A very deep question, right? How does it affect how we view science, the response to this Be careful what you hear, be careful what you accept, okay, just to make this blanket statement that Einstein's theory and I'm assuming he means the special theory of relativity, which deals with basically, if objects are moving in the same dimension in the same speed, then physical laws of physics apply equally to them equals mc squared. As for the general theory, which deals with of course, the laws of gravity, that's a separate topic altogether. But I'm assuming that the question is the special theory and in particular, equals mc squared. And the notion being that metric cannot be created or
destroyed, rather, it transfers from one form to another. And so somebody said to this young man or young woman that this is schofer. And the response is, calm down.
Don't read in Einstein is not talking theology, Einstein is talking science. And some say Einstein himself was a believer whether he was irrelevant to us, in and of itself, the laws of physics or the laws of physics, the laws of chemistry, laws, chemistry, we may apply them with the simple caveat that if Allah wills he can change. And I don't think any believing scientists would have any problem with this caveat that Allah azza wa jal has the power to change. But generally speaking, Allah allows the course of nature to go That's why a miracle is a miracle. Because the miracle goes against the course of nature, a miracle conflicts with the course of nature. Therefore, a miracle is
a very rare event. Because in general, Allah allows the laws of physics to have the laws of physics. So inherently there's nothing wrong with Einstein's theory as long as we acknowledge that it is Allah subhana wa tada who has instituted it, and if Allah wants to then unlock and make a change, if and when Allah subhanaw taala wills as Also, before we move on to the third question, please, my dear, intelligent Muslims, please do not make a mockery of our religion, learn from history, learn what Christianity did to science, and don't do the same. Learn as well how foolish some modern segments of religious folk sound, the creationists who say that, oh, the world has only been for
6000 years. And there's no such thing as dinosaurs. And these are, of course, not Muslims. And they say that this is God has placed dinosaur bones on earth to test us whether we believe in the Bible, or they believe in dinosaur bones. So dinosaur bones are a fitna from a lot. We should not sound like them. We are more intelligent than that. You know, my PhD was about reconciling reason and revelation and the writings of even a mere 10 volumes have been Tamia wrote, how do we reconcile Apple with NACA, and his main point is so beautiful. He says, Allah created the creation and aleste center or on both are from Allah, how can there be a conflict? Both are from Allah? How can there be
a conflict? So his basic premise of the 10 volumes is, there can never be a conflict with actual science, with actual rationality. And with the Quran, it's impossible. If there's a conflict, the conflict is in your understanding of one of the two. Either you understood the Quran wrong, or you understood science wrong, there cannot be an actual conflict between the two. And that's something that I firmly believe the one who created the creation and the one who sent the Quran that is the same entity that is Allah Subhana, WA Tada, there can never be an actual conflict. So be careful and be precise in your wording and learn. And that's why I have a very long lecture about evolution.
Maybe one day we'll talk about it. And even in that series, I said, I'm speaking as a Muslim theologian, not as an evolutionary biologist, let every person know his or her realm. Let the scholar of Islam speak and the role of scholar of Islam and don't speak as a chemist or a physicist or a biologist, and let the chemistry or physics or biologists who is a practicing Muslim, know what the Quran and Sunnah allows and then speaks within that paradigm. Bottom line. There's nothing wrong with Einstein's theory of relativity in and of itself. And so too, with the vast majority of laws of physics and chemistry and biology, perhaps one or two issues are potentially problematic and for
those, it is a time for other discussion and Allah knows best
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