Presentations (2015)

The Qur’an on the Molecular Switches that Turn on Pancreatic Regeneration: Dr. Sohail Zakiuddin Husain

  • Speaker’s Profile

    Dr. Husain is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses treating pancreatitis, which is a painful, inflammatory pancreatic disease. Dr. Husain has published over 55 scientific papers and holds two large independent research grants from the NIH. He also serves as a standing NIH study section member, Chair of a major GI abstract committee, Vice-Chair of the Pancreas Committee of the North American Pediatric GI Society, and Co-Director of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Pancreatic Program. On a Jamaat level, Dr. Husain serves as President of the USA Ahmadiyya Muslim Scientists.

  • Abstract

    The Quran provides a distinct sequence by which an embryo forms, and it also suggests the possibility of whole organism or specific organ renewal along the lines of the initial formation. In particular, the Quran mentions an “izama,” or substrate, that is necessary to allow for the completion of the process of embryogenesis.

    Based on the principle that regeneration of organs is possible, but along an identifiable pathway that requires key “izamas,” we hypothesized that, in the context of pancreatic regeneration after injury, there were key molecular switches that turned on, or reprogrammed, the organ towards completion of regeneration.

    We examined the role of the epigenetic proteins the histone deacetylases (HDACs) as a key switch and found that they indeed were necessary for turning on the processes that allowed the final maturation of the regenerating pancreas. We hope that this insight from the Holy Quran will be beneficial in providing principles for a pathway through epigenetic reprogramming to enhance organ regeneration after injury and will thus treat organ-based disorders.

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Chirality and the Holy Qur’an: Dr. Hameed A. Mirza

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    Dr. Hameed A. Mirza has a Ph.D. in Metal-Organic Chemistry from University of Western Ontario, London. He then moved to McGill University and did post-doctoral fellowship in Protein Engineering Center of Excellence at Pulp and Paper Research institute.

    Since 2004, he is teaching at the Department of Chemistry at York University. Dr. Mirza is also involved in the applied research in area of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the A.S. Chemical Laboratories Inc. as Chief Scientific Officer. He has published over 45 research papers in the peer reviewed international Journals. Currently, Dr. Mirza is also serving as the National Secretary Ta’lim (Education) at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, and the President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Scientist Association Canada.

  • Abstract

    In 1848 Louis Pasteur discovered first time evidence of chirality in the salt of tartaric acid. He was able to isolate two set of crystals each mirror image.of the other. Since then thousands of chiral molecules have been discovered or synthesized in the laboratories around the globe. The extra ordinary properties of these optical isomers that have identical chemical composition, deeply impact on our life.  Many medicines heal or exhibit adverse effect due to the presence of chiral molecules. This presentation will discuss the basic nature of chiral molecules, its impact on our life in the light of Quranic references regarding the concept of Chirality.

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Honey, A Cure for Mankind—Directions from the Holy Qur’an: Dr. Tauseef Ahmad Khan

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    Dr Tauseef Ahmad Khan is an Epidemiologist and currently is working as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre, St Michael’s hospital and the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto. His research is on the investigation of the sources of sugar including honey and their affect on human cardiometabolic diseases using prospective cohort and clinical trial data.

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    Honey has been mentioned in the Holy Quran as a cure for mankind which means that within honey are cures for human diseases. However, except for wound healing, cough relief in children, and post-chemotherapy to treat ulcers, honey is not used to treat any major human disease. In this talk I will discuss the current state of research on honey, and the future directions which the Holy Quran has opened for us in the two verses of Surah Al-Nahl. I will also show that by pondering over these verses and following the guidance and direction given by the Holy Quran in our research, we can find the secrets of honey and its curative potential.

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Qur’an and Cracked/Fractured Earth: Mahmood Akbar

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    Mahmood Akbar has BS and MS degrees in Applied Geology. He has worked for Schlumberger (a leading international Oil & Gas services company) for 30 years. He has held the following positions while working with Schlumberger: chief petroleum geologist for the Middle Eastern and South Asian countries; Scientific Advisor; and program manager for multiphysics research for oil and gas applications. Currently, he is working as a petroleum geology consultant to Schlumberger International. Mahmood has published over 40 international papers and Patents. He is an active member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society of Petroleum Engineers (International and Canadian chapters).

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    This presentation is about one of earth related feature that Quran has addressed in chapter 86 verses 12-13 (Arabic text is given at the bottom of the page). Allah says in these verses “(I swear) by Heaven / clouds which give rain and the earth which splits”. The word “Sad-ay” in these versus means “cracking, fracturing, or splitting apart”. So Allah’s swearing by the splitting / cracking or fracturing of the earth points to an important phenomenon that the crust of the earth underwent and is still undergoing.

    The extensive studies of the earth crust, both continental and oceanic, by various scientists / geologists indicated that the external surface of the earth was split by large number of cracks or fissures. However, there was a general understanding that the majority of such fissures were concentrated near the surface of the earth and they did not extend so deep because of the changing characteristics of rocks with depth. No reliable technique was available to verify that notion. Moreover, even if they had existed in the subsurface, the real challenge would have been to determine their location, intensity and dimensions.

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