Allah calls to the Abode of
Peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path. Those who do
good will have the best and more! Neither dust nor debasement will darken
They are the Companions of Paradise, remaining in it timelessly, forever. (Surah Yunus: 25-26)
Advances in Science
Thinking is essential to recognize the wonders and
beauties surrounding us. The Qur'an invites people to ponder so
as to see the signs of Allah encompassing them. This is the only
way to appreciate Allah's superior wisdom and power, which He
manifests in living beings. Subtleties concealed in the creation
of the heavens, Earth, animals, plants, and human beings deserve
our deep thought. In the following verses, Allah invites people
to think on these subtleties:
He Who created the seven heavens in layers.
You will not find any flaw in the creation of the All-Merciful.
Look again-do you see any gaps? (Surat al-Mulk: 3)
Man has only to look at what he was created
from. (Surat at-Tariq: 5)
Have they not looked at the camel-how it
was created? And at the sky-how it was raised up? And at the mountains-how
they were embedded? And at the earth-how it was smoothed out?
(Surat al-Ghashiyya: 17-20)
Complying with Allah's commands, which encourage
people to think, analyze, and research, will open new scientific
horizons. These very developments, which flourish wherever people
live according to the real spirit of the Qur'an's moral teachings,
will be evident in the Golden Age, a time of unprecedented scientific
In the Golden Age, the major factor that will enable
such scientific development will be science's purification from
some dogmas and erroneous goals. In recent centuries, such bigoted
beliefs as materialist philosophy and Darwinism have impeded scientific
progress. Many scientists concentrated their efforts on proving
entirely mistaken assumptions, and great amounts of effort and time
have been wasted. In the Golden Age, the scientific world will embrace
the fact that Allah created the universe and everything that it
contains. This will allow science to be practiced on sound foundations.
Available resources that were used to support Darwin's fantasies
or to produce chemical weapons and nuclear bombs will be channeled
to humanity's service in compliance with Allah's consent. Aware
that serving humanity will earn Allah's good pleasure, scientists
will engage in more fruitful research.
Developments in Genetics
Each development in the Golden Age will lead to great
advances in medicine. The discovery of the structure of DNA in
the mid-twentieth century opened new horizons in medicine and
biology. Similarly, all scientific and technological developments
in the Golden Age will add momentum to medical studies, minimize
errors, shorten the time required for an accurate diagnosis, and
enable patients to receive the optimum treatment.
Genetics, which will be the science of this new century,
will be the impetus behind medical advances. Studies on the human
DNA code seek to disclose the genetic causes of many diseases.
One goal of the Human Genome Project, originally planned to last
for 15 years and being worked upon by thousands of scientists
from more than eight countries, is to identify the genes in human
DNA and thereby uncover its mysteries. Determining the sequences
of human DNA's 3 billion chemical base pairs, entering this information
in databases, and using the related technologies to serve science
will open a new era. The project's primary goals are to protect
people against disease by altering the DNA code, predetermining
how the body responds to medicines, and ensuring protection by
predetermining every human beings' weaknesses. Devising medicines
solely for an individual's needs, as well as forming a database
of genetic features and a genetic card for a person, are also
on the scientists' agenda. As science can progress only as far
as Allah wills, we should not be worried about such undertakings,
as many people are today. Such research either will succeed and
benefit humanity, or fail due to Allah's will.
Thanks to these developments, doctors will be able
to detect minute differences of the same diseases and then use individualized
treatment procedures or techniques. As a result, people living in
the Golden Age will not suffer from maltreatment and feel desperate.
Everyone will immediately receive the appropriate medical assistance,
for ideal morality and good conduct complies with the duty to help
patients and save their lives. In the Golden Age, enhancing an individual's
health and quality of life will be of primary importance.
Advances in Medicine
People guided by the Qur'an's values consider human
life to be very precious. In a society of believers, therefore,
people pay great attention to issues related to human health.
Regardless of their status or qualities, anyone, whether rich
or poor, young or old, will receive the treatment he or she deserves.
All solutions will be exhausted, and great sacrifices will be
made to save a person's life, for according to the Qur'an's values,
people receive great rewards for trying to treat and cure those
who are sick so that they might have healthier and fuller lives.
So We decreed for the tribe of Israel that
if someone kills another person-unless it is in retaliation for someone
else or for causing corruption in the earth-it is as if he had murdered
all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as
if he had given life to all mankind. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 32)
In compliance with this verse, Muslims in the Golden
Age will make serious efforts to develop and implement workable
strategies to promote quality health care for all and to ensure
that patients receive optimal care.
Advances in City Planning
In the twenty-first century, scientists will strive
to spread the use of more efficient technology further afield.
One of today's primary goals is to use computer technology
to assist people with basic day-to-day tasks, tasks that are otherwise
unrelated to technology and thus minimize the labor force. Many
technological devices, thought to be limited to science fiction
movies only, have already been incorporated into our lives and
started to offer comfort. Maintaining cities by making use of
computer technology, which will change the faces of cities today
immensely, will be instrumental in monitoring infrastructure systems;
handling urgent help needs, traffic, and city planning; and improving
security and health services. People will not waste time by waiting
in lines to receive public services, for all sorts of administrative
information related to a person will be available in computers.
Thanks to earthquake-resistant technologies, buildings
will be able to survive severe earthquakes. Now, a single intense
jolt can reduce an entire city to heaps of rubble. In the Golden
Age, however, both the construction systems and materials will,
by Allah's Will, help buildings withstand intense shakes. In this
way, technology will ensure people's security and make it easier
for them to cope with urgent situations.
Due to changes in energy resources, every city will
become an energy-generating unit. In this context, they will rely
heavily on wind and solar power, and especially upon solar reactors
for purifying drinking water, and generating electricity and heat.
These renewable energy sources will meet all of humanity's needs
and reduce energy transportation between different cities and
countries. Coastal cities will obtain their energy from water
or wind, thereby ending their problems related to environmental
pollution. In cities, people will grow all kinds of food through
hydroponics (growing plants without soil) and aquaponics (growing
plants in water).
Furthermore, there will be great improvements in
the way cities look. Their cleaning and ordering will be maintained
via computers, and their appearance will change, for greening
the cities will become a policy. The congestion, pollution, and
chaos dominating our contemporary urban areas results from our
distance from the Qur'an's concept of morality. When people adhere
to the Qur'an, they seek to establish an environment similar to
that of Paradise. They always think about how to improve and better
their surroundings, and thank Allah for the great comfort, relief,
and beauty He has granted. In return, they receive more of the
beauties that Allah promises to His servants who give thanks:
And when your Lord announced: "If you are
grateful, I will certainly give you increase, but if you are ungrateful,
My punishment is severe." (Surah Ibrahim: 7)
In another verse, Allah warns the people of `Imran,
who lived in a very beautiful city:
"Eat of your Lord's provision and give
thanks to Him: a bountiful land and a forgiving Lord." (Surah
Scientists are currently working
on chips that can conduct DNA tests for identification.
A piece of hair or skin taken from the crime scene is
tested on this little chip, and the result is matched
with data bank. The process delivers quick and reliable
In genetics, the Human Genome Project
is one of the most important projects of recent years. The
results of this project, which consist of thousands of dedicated
scientists working on teams from more than eight countries,
will be a breakthrough. The project's primary goals are to
protect against diseases by making changes to the DNA code,
to predetermine how the body responds to various medicines,
and to take precautions against bodily weaknesses. This project
will make it possible to determine every human beings' weaknesses.
As all progress comes about through Allah's will, the resulting
knowledge and data will only benefit humanity, for the prevailing
Qur'anic values and morality will make its abuse impossible.
In an environment where people are guided by the Qur'an's
values, human life is considered very precious. For this
reason, in a society of believers, people pay the utmost
attention to issues of human health. The latest technology
is used in treatments and operations. All solutions are
exhausted and great sacrifices are made to save a person's
One of the technological breakthroughs in medicine is picturing
the area on which an operation is carried out by sending
a powerful source of light into an organism through fiber