Questions that Newton missed – How to Think better?

Both Sir Isaac Newton (from Cambridge University) and  Ibrahim ‘alayhi as-salam were great thinkers and great observers. They both observed natural phenomena and came up with amazing but different discoveries. Newton observed an apple falling from a tree and discovered gravity and forces of attraction. Ibrahim observed the sun, the moon and the stars falling (or disappearing) and discovered their Creator and Sustainer and their purpose. This is the difference between Newton and Ibrahim. They were both great thinkers but Ibrahim’s thinking was far greater and deeper. This is precisely how Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala wants us to think – think like Ibrahim.

How do we train ourselves to think like Ibrahim? Welcome to Surah Al-Baqarah. Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi writes about Surah Al-Baqarah:

“This surah connects believers to Ibrahim and his family, whose iman was based on hanifiyyah, which means turning away from everything to God. The hanifiyyah of Ibrahim was gained through the most profound, determined enquiry, through reasoning and understanding, realisation and acceptance. When hanifiyyah is attained, true islam (submission) is attained. Without that effort, our islam cannot rise much above the level of a belonging and an identity. The islam of Ibrahim was not an islam of identity. God did not promise salvation to his creatures on the basis of a belonging or identity. We learn this through the accounts of those who reject the guidance or who accept it half-heartedly: the unbelievers, the hypocrites, and some of the People of the Book. This surah enables us to aspire to salvation whole-heartedly, and it teaches us how to connect iman and din, conviction and the religious life, so that we are worthy of its guidance and fully responsive to it. ” – Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Starting on Saturday 15th August 2015 in Cambridge and online worldwide is the much-awaited historic two-year course, Surah Baqarah – Diploma in Advanced Quranic Tafsir Studies, taught by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. Students will have the opportunity to follow this course at either:

  • Diploma Level, with monthly lectures and assessment, or
  • Certificate Level, with lectures only.

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For a detailed video introduction to the course by the teacher, Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, please click on the image below:

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