Conference Topics and Speakers’ Profiles
Revelation and Human Brain : Ansar Raza
Speaker’s ProfileMr. Ansar Raza has served as a teacher in Ahmadiyya Missionaries Training School (Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada) and as an editor of English Section of Ahmadiyya Gazette Canada. Presently he is working as a research scholar and Missionary in Vaughan.
Allah says in the Holy Qur`an that He communicates to humans in three ways:
And it is not for a man that Allah should speak to him except by revelation or from behind a veil or by sending a messenger to reveal by His command what He pleases. Surely, He is High, Wise.[42:52]
The Promised Messiahas writes that human brain is wired in such a way that it can communicate with the Divine:
“The Wise Creator has so fashioned the human brain and has so invested it with the spiritual faculties that it can see some true dreams and can receive some true revelations. But these dreams and revelations are not an indication of any spiritual rank or greatness, but are only a sample of the way through which progress could be made.” (Haqiqatul Wahi RK Vol-22 P-10)
Hazrat Kalifatul Masih-IVrh writes:
“If we widen the scope of our study, we observe that many authentic cases of revelation are also reported outside the domain of religion. For instance, there are many interesting cases of highly complex information conveyed through revelation to some scientists” [RRKT- P:239]
Three scientists have come to the same conclusion that human brain is wired to receive Divine communications:
• The God Gene – How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes – by Dean H. Hamer;
• (2) Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief – by Andrew Newberg; and
• (3) The “God” part of the Brain: A Scientific Interpretation of Human Spirituality and God – by Matthew Alper
The Holy Qur’an – The Miracle of Life : Dr. Aslam Daud
Dr. Aslam Daud, is a physician turned a humanitarian relief champion.
With more than 20 years of experience in this field, he has led a number of humanitarian relief teams to respond to natural disasters and assist victims. He has also led and organized many medical missions in third world countries. He is currently serving as chairman of Humanity First Canada.
Currently, Dr. Daud is working as a Health Solutions Consultant for government and private health care information technology companies.
The fact that the Holy Qur`an contains knowledge that remains valid and true for all periods of time is a miracle by itself. Specially, the knowledge of human body and creation of life as mentioned in the Holy Qur`an is one of the greatest proof that it is a word of God.
It was impossible for any human being to know and explain this very complicated topic in the simplest possible way that made sense at that time and remains accurate after 15 hundred years of continuous research.
Human embryology – an study of how human body develops in the womb of a mother is a fascinating topic that has intrigued the scientists for centuries. While new research is bringing out new information in embryology and anatomy, at the same time, pondering over verses of Holy Qur`an also brings new meaning to these verses.
The astonishing fact is that the verses of Holy Qur`an continue to remain current and newly derived interpretations are perfectly in line with the new research bewildering the minds with hidden treasures of Holy Qur`an.
This presentation demonstrates, how the Holy Qur`an beautifully starts with the mention of the creation of life from amino acids, originating from the elements of the earth – that are called building blocks of life, then from human sperm that joins with the human egg to form a clot. The clot then transforms into a lump of flesh which continues to evolve in the form of human body. During this process, various scientific phenomenon takes place that are mentioned in the Holy Qur`an in most simplified narration which is understandable to people of all times.
Research Aspects based on the Holy Qur’an: Dr. Hameed A. Mirza
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.
Holy Qur’an is a revelation from God that contains facts and universal truth encompassing all domains. The Holy Qur’an invites believers again and again to ponder on its message and find treasures hidden within. Since the Prophet’s time, Muslims have been finding guidance to discover new horizons in the fields of arts, science, engineering and medicine. This talk will present an overview of how one can initiate a research based on the Holy Qur’an. Three different research methods will be discussed to illustrate areas of scientific discoveries that can be traced to the Holy Qur’an and thus to predict the future research directions and discoveries that can be made by pondering on the Holy Qur’an.
Epigenetic Reprogramming Permits Regeneration of Pancreas After Injury: Dr. Sohail Zakiuddin Hussain
Dr. Husain is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh.
He received an MD degree from Tufts University in 1998. In 2001, he completed his residency in Pediatrics at New York University, after which he joined Yale as a fellow and then faculty in Pediatric Gastroenterology.
To date, Dr. Husain has published over 40 scientific papers. Currently, Dr. Husain is also serving as the President of the Association of Ahmadiyya Muslim Scientists, USA.
Pancreatitis is a life-threatening disorder for which currently there is no targeted therapy. Most studies of this disease examine the inflammatory pathways following injury.
A novel, alternate strategy would be to examine the recovery mechanisms of the pancreas in response to injury.
Based on 2 key observations from the Holy Quran:
1) That regeneration of organs, including the pancreas, can occur,
2) That specific scaffolds mediate this regeneration and 1 key observation in clinical medicine
(1) that valproic acid (VPA), a drug which is definitely associated with pancreatitis, is an inhibitor of an important class of epigenetic proteins the histone deacetylases (HDACs), we hypothesized that HDACs are crucial for activating the programs necessary for pancreatic recovery. Using sophisticated experimental models of pancreatic recovery, we determined that (1) HDACs modulate pancreatic recovery after injury and (2) that there are critical developmental pathways during recovery that are affected by the HDACs.
It is anticipated that these studies will, God-willing, not only provide an understanding of a mechanism of drug-induced pancreatitis, namely due to VPA, but more importantly, the work will open up a new therapeutic paradigm that exploits Epigenetics to control recovery and regeneration of the pancreas.
The Importance of Qur’anic Revelations to Grow Plants and Implications For Our Food Chain: Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza
Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza is a graduate of the University of Alberta in plant sciences.
He worked as a research and extension specialist in greenhouse crops with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development for 31 years and now is director of education and research with the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association. His main achievement is the development of soil-less cultivation for greenhouse vegetables. He is the editor of Alberta Greenhouse Newsletter and also writes a column “Growing Points” in a national magazine Greenhouse Canada.
The Holy Quran presents an amazing description of life on this earth, indicating integration and interdependence of various growth factors, that, Allah, under His attribute of “Al-Rahman” created these resources and appropriate capacities and capabilities for sustenance of life on this earth. There are several verses which relate to the sustenance of life and Allah expresses in a comprehensive manner the fact that in Qur’an, there are signs for the people who understand (Chapter 2:165), signs for people who believe, (Chapter 6:100), that you may remember (Chapter 7:58) and for people who reflect (10:25).
Alternation of day and night as mentioned in (Chapter 2:165) plays a key role in photosynthesis, the key process whereby light energy is fixed by plants during day time and converted to energy at night time to supply growth needs. There are several hidden processes which take place during the day and during the night and this results in a supply of our food.
In this presentation, the aspects of alternation of day and night will be explained in detail to understand the description revealed in The Holy Quran. The author will try to synthesize all the factors which are needed for plant growth and how Allah created the mechanisms to achieve an integration of water, temperature, wind, green color and other factors.
Noble Qur’an and Archaeology: Zakaria Virk
Mr. Zakaria Virk is a researcher and a freelance writer. He has compiled 14 books. His area of interest is Muslim contributions to sciences during the Medieval times. Mr. Virk is Canadian editor of The Muslim Times.
“At the beginning of 1990’s, several press-releases appeared in renowned newspapers of the world, declaring “Fabled Lost Arabian city found”, “Arabian city of Legend found”, “The Atlantis of the Sands, Ubar”.
More intriguing is the fact that this city was also referred to in the Qur’an. Many people who thought that ‘Ad recounted in the Qur’an were a legend or that their location could never be found were astonished at this discovery.
It was understood that this ruined city belonged to ‘Ad and of Iram’s pillars mentioned in the Qur’an, because among the structures unearthed were the towers, particularly referred to in the Qur’an. A member of the research team leading the excavation, Dr. Zarins, said that, since the towers were alleged to be the distinctive feature of Ubar, and since Iram was mentioned as having towers or pillars, this then was the strongest proof so far that the site they had unearthed was Iram, the city of ‘Ad described in the Qur’an.
The Qur’an mentions Iram as follows:
“Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the ‘Ad (people),- Of the (city of) Iram, with lofty pillars, The like of which were not produced in (all) the land?” (The Holy Qur’an: Surat al-Fajr, 6-8)
Creation of the Universe and the Origin of Life: Zeeshan Zakaria
Mr. Zeeshan Zakaria has Masters in Engineering-Physics. He is currently working as a Software Engineer and IT Consultant in private and public sector.
An Arabic root word analysis of The Holy Quran reveals startling support for a modern scientific theory on the creation of the universe and we explore the consequences of these Quranic predictions on the resulting geometric shape of the universe near its inception and at a later time.
Proceeding further we analyze the transition of the universe from its initial stages to the creation of stellar and planetary systems and their dynamics in allowing life to evolve. The role of intergalactic water is studied to draw a conclusion about life on other planet’s as predicted by the Holy Quran.
Proceeding in a chronological manner, we analyze the chemical properties of certain clay type materials to show how their unique chemical properties were used to construct more complicated bio-chemical components such as DNA, ultimately allowing for the creation of life as we know it.
Finally, we are very excited to announce the confirmation of a truthful prediction of the Holy Quran about the end-state of the Universe. This confirmation comes in the form of a ground breaking scientific paper which better explains some of the mysteries of astrophysics and exactly corresponds to the Quranic predictions, which up to this month were in contradiction with the current state of knowledge.
Discoveries of Physics in the Holy Qur’an, From Relativity to Modern Nanoscience, Established Facts and What is Yet to Come: Dr. Ijaz A Rauf
Dr. Rauf obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University England.
Dr. Ijaz Rauf is an expert in the areas of nano-technology, thin films and nano-materials especially for their applications in solar cells and nano-biotechnologies based sensors and detectors.
Dr. Rauf has co-founded three high-tech companies and is currently President and CEO at SolarGrid Energy Inc.
DR. Rauf is also an Adjunct Professor at the department of Physics and Astronomy, at York University.
Holy Quran, being the revealed word of God contains guidance for mankind on all aspects of life. Science is the human understanding of the Act of God and laws and principles created by God to govern the universe.
Physics among all the sciences stems from the big bang and continues to discover and define laws that govern almost all aspects of life. Numerous Qur’anic verses elucidate the structural design of everything from the heavenly bodies of the physical cosmos, such as the galaxies, stars, sun, the moon, the earth, down to atoms and subatomic space and the natural rules governing all these. Though a large portion of the Qur’an reveals the rules of the natural sciences, however, it emphasizes on the worth of signals beyond the natural sciences.
In Qur’anic view, the natural physics and the diversity of its subject matter are not without aim. Besides, the functional consistency of the natural physics to serve humanity, according to the Qur’an, the rules of nature, are signs, which indicate to ultimate destinations. Therefore, philosophy of natural physics is a field which the Qur’an requires man to reflect upon. This paper will attempt to drive the scientific insights from the Holy Qur’an in the field of physics relating to the aspects of Newtonian physics, Einstein’s theory of relativity, Quantum mechanics, and modern nano physics. Some of the inferences that will be presented may still be in need of experimental and/or theoretical evidence.
Exploring Insights from the Holy Qur’an for Research in the Field of Cognitive Science and Social Neuroscience: Dr. Altaf Qadeer
Dr. Altaf Qadeer is a Member of ESERA (European Science Education Research Association). He has served as Adjunct Professor at York University.
Dr. Altaf Qadeer is currently working as a researcher at Department of Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences at Granada University, Spain.
Holy Quran eloquently provides in interrelated ways a range of insights, ideas for future research and the guidance of Allah about human cognitive factors.
A growing pathway is to enrich research insights based on Holy Quran and apply them to the emerging fields of social neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience. The point of view Holy Quran provides is proven by many empirical studies in this field. As a result, this progress in research provides innovative ideas to conduct more studies with interesting research questions for our current needs. This short presentation explains what it means for our future studies and the further progress of theory, research, and practice in the interdisciplinary fields.
The Holy Qur’an and the History of Science: Hira Islam
Mrs. Hira Islam, is a Medical Radiation Therapist by profession.
Hira’s academic achievements include Research Abstract publication for Radiation Therapy Conference, University of Toronto, and department of Radiation Oncology PMH, which was published in Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in 2010.
While most scholars acknowledge the fact that there are a thousand years missing from the History of Science, but only, some relate the missing link to the Islamic world founded on the principles and guidelines of the Holy Quran.
Therefore there is a need to methodically study the effects of the Holy Quran on the history of Science.
This research article tries to suggest reasons for the scholarly neglect shown towards the contributions of the Holy Quran. Lastly, it will explore how the Holy Quran paved the way to the world of modern Science.
Cosmology and the Holy Qur’an: Daud Nasir
Cosmology is a subject that has been a topic of high interest from the beginning of history. Almost all religions, philosophies and mythologies have discussed cosmology in some way. Holy Quran has the unique distinction of opening up this topic and providing very concrete facts about the origin and make of the universe, galaxies, stars and planets, as well as how the whole system is working and where is it leading.
This paper introduces the topic from some discussion done by Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (aba), in his book ‘Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth’, and takes it further, exploring some latest discoveries and what does the Holy Quran says about these discoveries. One such discovery is the concept of nothingness. i.e. the universe was created from nothing.
Computer Science Tools to Better Understand the Holy Qur’an: Dr. Muhammad Afzal Upal
Dr. Afzal Upal is a Senior Defence Scientist and Leader of the Effects & Influence Group at Defence R&D Canada’s Toronto Research Centre.
Dr. Upal has a Bachelors in Double Math/Physics from Talim-ul-Islam College Rabwah, Masters in Computer Science from University of Saskatchewan, and PhD (Computer Science) from the University of Alberta in 1999.
He has worked as a professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University and the University of Toledo and as a professor of Cognitive Science at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals including Journal of Cultural & Religious Studies and Journal of Neurology & Psychology.
Given that Quran repeatedly asks its readers to ponder over its message, it is understandable that developing a fuller understanding of Quran has been important to Muslims since the time of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Starting with Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas’s “Tanwir_al-Miqbas,” Islamic scholars have produced hundreds of exegesis to help their fellow Muslims gain a better understanding of the word of Allah.
Recent scientific breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence and information retrieval have resulted in the development of automated text analytics tools that aim to automatically discover and visualize patterns in various types of texts. Increasing number of scholars are turning to these tools to better understand patterns in various texts. This talk will review text analytics tools and using examples, illustrate how they can help us better understand the final word of God designed to guide humanity till the end of times.