Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)
I consider those Muslim clerics who oppose the acquisition of knowledge in the modern sciences to be in the wrong. For in doing so, they seek to veil their own error and weakness. Their minds are set on the fact that research in the field of modern science distances people from Islam and misguides them. They assert that reason and science are, as if, completely at odds with Islam. Since they do not possess the ability to demonstrate the flaws in philosophy themselves, in order to hide their own incapability, they have formed the notion that it is unlawful to study the modern sciences at all. Their souls tremble in the face of philosophy and submit helplessly before modern research.
True Philosophy Lies in the Qur’an
However, such people have not been granted knowledge of that true philosophy which comes forth from the word of Allah and with which the Holy
Qur’an is full to the brim. This is granted to those – and only those – who throw themselves at the threshold of Allah with extreme humility, effacing
themselves; those from whose minds the stench of pride has been eliminated; those who being cognisant of their own weaknesses, fervently profess complete devotion to God.
Make the Modern Sciences Subservient to Islam
Hence, in this day and age, it is imperative that you learn the modern sciences and study them with toil and effort for the purpose of service to the faith and the supremacy of God’s word.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), The Essence of Islam – Volume I (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications Ltd., 2008), 66-67.