Western Science in the 1900's faced the biggest dilemma since its inception. Quantum Mechanics and the counter intuitive implications it suggests. A proven theory on which 1/3rd of our economy runs, states that the reality of the Universe is completely opposite to what we know and experience. In simple terms one of the many unbelievable conclusions of this theory is that "A physically real world does not exist until there is a conscious observer observing it". This is the first time in the history of reductionist Western Science that something as immaterial as "consciousness" has entered the realm of physics. Einstein, being one of the founders of this theory, still couldn't come to terms with it. He would say, "I would like to believe that the moon exists even when i'm not observing it."
These developments have led many physicists to suggest a complete reformation of the foundational methodology of Modern Science. Islamic Science, on the other hand, possess the capability to deal with such contradictions, owing to its unifying principle of Tawheed. Quantum theory says that there is no physically real world- Islamic Science says, "That's true". Quantum Theory adds,"until there is conscious observation", Islamic science agrees. But Quantum theory gets us in the dilemma of what happens to the universe if no one is observing it? What about distant galaxies, underground elements, interiors of black holes. Islamic science posits the existence of an Absolute Observer- (Al Shaheed) or the Absolute Consciousness who creates and sustains the material universe by the act of observation.
Safiyyah Sabreen studied Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing her Master's in Philosophy. She is the Content Director for KNOW. Being interested in the field of Islam and Science and Islamic Eschatology, she produced a documentary on the Golden Age of Islam and directs the Second Golden Age series.