“The Earth is firmly fixed; it shall not be moved.” -Psalms 104:5
It was this verse that was used as evidence against Galileo, who argued for the theory of Copernicus, that the earth is not immovable, but rotates around the sun. It was for teaching this that he was called to Rome in 1633, and tried for the crime of heresy. Also in our history as human beings, we thought the earth was flat and anyone who dared to challenge this was considered a lunatic.
In his usual detailed and convincing reasoning way, Imam Faheem Shuaibe presents the creditable argument that “A New School of Thought is Needed for America and Imam Mohammed Should Lead It”, that no doubt is met with disapproval by many Muslim scholars and laymen, in America and abroad.
Imam Shuaibe begins his presentation with the recorded history of a 20th century scientist whose earth shaking works changed the scientific world and the way the periodic table of elements is ordered. This new way of seeing the periodic table was not easily accepted at first. Even when presented with inarguable truths, some minds just don’t change to a better way of thinking very easily:
“The idea that one would be brash enough to change the periodic table, after all these years, in this fashion when everybody felt that thorium, protactinium, and uranium should be in those sacrosanct positions up in the body of the periodic tables, under hafnium, tantalum, and tungsten.”
“I showed this periodic table to some of my friends, the most eminent inorganic chemists in the world and told them that I plan to publish it and they said “don’t do it Glenn. Its wrong. It would ruin your scientific reputation.
Well, I’m fond of saying that I had an advantage. I didn’t have any scientific reputation at that time. So I went ahead and published it.” ……Glenn T. Seaborg
Seaborg’s new arrangement enabled him to predict the properties of still more elements. His ideas were later verified when the elements were produced artificially.
Glenn T. Seaborg was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1951.
Using this and other examples, Imam Faheem attempts to open the closed mind of the Muslim world.
Please give a listen.
A New School of Thought For America and Imam Mohammed Should Lead It
Faheem Shuaibe is a national leader in the African American Muslim community, resident Imam of Masjidul Waritheen in Oakland, California and director of the Mohammed Schools of Oakland, and is considered an advanced student of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
More about Imam Shuaibe at his website: A Clear Understanding