Thursday, December 4, 2008

427)Fall And Winter Reading For Those Who Are Interested: My Choice Of The Top 50 Posts On My 427-Post Blog.

1)Blogpost Four Hundred, Knowledge, Intellect, Creation, Science and Religion: Comprehensive Quotes of Aga Khan IV and Others; a never-ending post..

2)2 intellectual giants speak to each other accross a millenium on "time": can it be slowed, sped up, reversed, transcended?Ask Einstein and Khusraw

3)Allegories in Nature: "....a Cosmos full of signs and symbols that evoke the perfection of Allah's creation and mercy"; QuoteofAgaKhans.

4)No. 7: Ayats(Signs) in the Universe series. How are proteins made inside living cells and what does this have to do with religion?

5)The Death of Science in Islam/What have we forgotten in Islam?-COMBO DELIGHT

6)The Wonders of Blood: the Foundation of our Existence as Multi-Cellular Creatures; Quotes of Aga Khan IV, Aga Khan III and Abu Yakub Al-Sijistani.

7)The architect of universal good -Gulf News Interview with Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Aga Khan IV, April 2008, United Arab Emirates.

8)Intellect and Faith in Shia Ismaili Islam as described on the Preamble to the AKDN website:Intellect and Faith

9)The uninterrupted thread of the search for knowledge of all types.

10)Abu Yakub al-Sijistani: Cosmologist, Theologian, Philosopher par excellence.

11)WATER, Life's Little Essential: Quotes of Aga Khan IV, Aga Khan III and Fatimid Shia Ismaili Muslim cosmologist-philosopher Abu Yakub Al-Sijistani

12)The Particle Zoo: The Building Blocks of All Matter; Quotes of Aga Khans IV and III and others.

13)One mega-post, encompassing five regular posts, on the pioneering 9th century Muslim scientist Ibn al-Haytham or Alhazen(965CE to 1039CE).

14)So how old is the Universe anyway, 6000 years or 14 billion(14,000,000,000) years old?; Quotes of Aga Khan IV.

15)Basics on the vast distances and sizes in Astronomy.

16)Islam and Astronomy: Vestiges of a fine legacy; Quotes of Aga Khan IV and Ibn Sina

17)Al-Nitak, Al-Nilam, Mintaka, Betelgeuse, Al-Deberan: Arabic-named stars in nearby constellations in space.

18)The Peter McKnight 4-part series should be read alongside my Blogpost Four Hundred to make them more relevant and meaningful for Muslims

19)A collection of speeches by Aga Khans IV and III, source of some of my doctrinal material on science, religion, creation, knowledge and intellect

20)Albert Einstein and Faith; Quote of Aga Khan III.

21)The Large Hadron Collider and the God Particle: Can Islam be in the middle of this exciting melding of Science and Religion?; Quotes of Aga Khans

22)Existential Wonderment: Huge star exploded 7.5 billion yrs ago, Earth was created 5 billion yrs ago: light from the star arrived here Mar 19 '08!!

23)"Knowledge Society", by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Aga Khan IV

24)Pluralism and Ikhwan al-Safa: If society is to start from a premise that knowledge should be foundational, what form should that knowledge take?

25)Latest 2008 USA quotes and speech excerpts of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Aga Khan IV, on the subjects of knowledge, learning and education.

26)Humans were nearly wiped out 70,000 years ago says Spencer Wells of the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project

27)Two back-to-back pictures on NASA Astronomy website reflect the tiniest living organisms(viruses) versus the largest galaxies of stars in space

28)No. 3, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: The dynamic, roiling, rumbling surface of the earth.

29)No. 4, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series. Photosynthesis: Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth....

30)No. 2, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: The miniscule universe inside a living cell.

31)No. 1, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: A magnificent vista of nature as seen from a cottage deck

32)No. 5, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: Speeding angels; the relativity of time; everywhere and nowhere all at the same time.

33)Excerpt: Aga Khan IV's interview with Spiegel newspaper, October 9th 2006.

34)Symmetry in nature; Symmetry as a product of the human mind.

35)Tiniest matter: The strange world of the Quantum; harbinger of the world of spirit?

36)The bending and scattering of light in the recent total lunar eclipse; Quote of Aga Khan IV.

37)Harmonious mathematical reasoning and the Universe in which we live, move and have our being; Quotes of Aga Khan IV.

38)20 things you need to know about Albert Einstein, the smartest scientist of the 20th century; Quotes of Aga Khan III.

39)Nima Arkani-Hamed, theoretical physicist, Iranian, American, Canadian: a junior Albert Einstein?

40)Sir Isaac Newton: Man of Science and Religion.

41)Abdus Salam: 1979 Nobel laureate in Physics.

42)"The learning of mathematics was therefore linked to the Muslim religion and developing an understanding of the world...."; Quotes of Aga Khan IV

43)Muslim Philosophy and the Sciences(IIS Review Article); Quotes of Aga Khan IV.

44)Matter and Energy: two sides of the same coin; how interpreting the light(energy) from the sun gives precise information about the matter in it.

45)Transcendence and Distinction: Metaphoric Process in Isma‘ili Muslim Thought, by Dr Azim Nanji, Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

46)Our Sun is a WILD place-doing all kinds of ablutions, looking like a Picasso painting, having a bad hair day, or just scintillating radiantly....

47)The Top Ten Hubble Space Telescope photographs of the past 16 years.

48)The Quran itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation(Aga Khan IV)

49)Four giants of 10th to 13th century Science in early Islam:Ibn Sina, Ibn al-Haytham, Ibn Butlan, Nasir al-Din Tusi; more quotes of Aga Khan IV.

50)Einstein=Genius squared: the man who taught us key insights about the Universal "Soul that sustains, embraces and is the Universe".

Easy Nash

The Qur'an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah's Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)
The first and only thing created by God was the Intellect(Aql): Prophet Muhammad(circa 632CE)