Around 2000 people holding colorful and creative signs filled the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia on Saturday, April 22, 2017, as part of a national 'March for Science' rally. Washington, D.C. That attracted 100,000 participants, was among 600 cities world wide that marked the day to emphasize the significance of Science and related research for the good of humanity.
The SC rally was organized by Greater Columbia Action Together Network and addressed by reputed scientists and researchers besides a couple of distinguished poets. The highly motivated audience who comprised of supporters of science and activists, came in all age groups and from all backgrounds thus creating a colorful and exciting environment.
Chaudhry Sadiq, President of PICNA, who spoke to the audience on 'Qur'an and Science' covered the vast subject in a short but comprehensive talk. He talked about fascinating facts contained in the Quran, stunning evidence of nature's phenomena, spectacular secrets of science unveiled in the Qur'an over 1400 years ago.
"Among the most fascinating subjects in the Qur'an, is the creation of the universe and creation of Man", said Chaudhry Sadiq. While the Qur'an covers almost every conceivable subject, one of the most amazing phenomena unveiled in the Qur'an, is the various stages of the development of the human embryo.
Just one verse of the Qur'an covers so many subjects:
"Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what God has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and dispersing therein every [kind of] moving creature, and [His] directing of the winds and the clouds controlled between the heaven and the earth are signs for a people who use reason." - Qur'an 2:164
Chaudhry emphasized that Islam and Science are not only mutually compatible but that Islam lays great emphasis on reflecting and research. He concluded his talk with a brief reference to great contributions to the world civilization by the early Muslim era scientists and discoverers.
PICNA also set up a beautiful display on Islam. The booth that was managed by Dr. Ashraf Chattha's family who are active PICNA volunteers, proved to be very popular with participants of the rally who took keen interest in the exhibits and asked many intelligent questions on Islam.