BFnews: Speaking at a forum organized on the occasion of the anniversary of unity between seminary and university week in Mashhad on Dec 22, Hasan Rahimpoour Azghadi said: Science and faith are essentially two social parameters existing side by side in the Islamic culture.
Referring to the origins of the idea of separating religion from science, he explained: The idea is derived from Western philosophy and goes back to the 18th century when thinkers and philosophers started to severely criticize religion, judging it incompatible with scientific facts.
Addressing the audience at the Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, he argued: Perception is a triangulated paradigm consisting of belief, truthfulness and justifiability, and all sides must be taken into consideration. In western philosophy, Positivism on one hand and postmodernism on the other, have resulted in a total negation of the undeniable link between reasoning and religion, while according to the Islamic epistemology, these are believed to be inseparable from each other.
In order to extend the Islamic civilization, Muslim scholars and seminarians need to cooperate with one another and present their achievements to the people of the society, stressed the speaker. He added: For their part, ordinary people should rely on their own achievements and shoulder the responsibility along the way, which calls for courage and perseverance as well to face challenges.
Azghadi went on to criticize both academic and religious centers for not collaborating sufficiently with each other, arguing that existing problems resulting from inadequacy of morality and progress in the society, show that the two organs have not been fully committed to carry out their duties. He said: We feel an urgent need of doing a pathological analysis in order to find weaknesses preventing the scholars as well as ulema from being actively engaged to promote the Islamic values in the society.
Emphasizing that the current problems of the nation in regard with cultural and scientific issues cannot be solved through sheer administrative regulations and proposals, Azghadi urged both academicians and seminarians to educate future qualified graduates capable of settling the country’s challenges rather than having high degrees with no enough skill or competency.
He concluded: From Islamic point of view, not only there is neither contradiction nor discordance between science and religion, but they are regarded as two essential factors complementing each other.