Create Robot: would all that be haraam if such is by creation of human mind, which itself is a creation of God ?

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I thankyou for your reply to my question 1384 whether it is also haraam to predict the weather just as it is haraam to predict events.

 

If a hundred years back a learned person, for example, predicted an eclipse at a certain hour on a certain day, the not so learned would call him a heretic and may kill him as a witch. Similarly our knowledge of "science"  ( which is given to humans by God ) in the future will increase so much so that man shall be able to 'predict' scientifically many events unseen many years in advance.( like by creating the means to communicate at a speed faster than a light year..)

 

A gradual creation of a 'robot' into a almost humanoid structure with  billions of sensor and motor functions to create programmes and commands ( what we call intelligence ) using the same 'clay' material found on earth, and then, through genetic organ developement place him, say, on Mars to propagate by itself... would all that be haraam if such is by creation of human mind, which itself is a creation of God ?

 

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Create robot or comet appearance

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Statement:  If a hundred years back a learned person, for example, predicted an eclipse at a certain hour on a certain day, the not so learned would call him a heretic and may kill him as a witch. Similarly our knowledge of "science"  ( which is given to humans by God ) in the future will increase so much so that man shall be able to 'predict' scientifically many events unseen many years in advance.( like by creating the means to communicate at a speed faster than a light year..)

Dear Brother,  if one uses some scientific tools of knowledge,  and through that knowledge tries to predict the happening or movement of some heavenly body and gives it a date according to its speed and direction;  there is absolutely no harm in such prediction.    The person is only using the knowledge that Allah has bestowed upon him,  and with the tools of his trade available to him the scientist calculates the speed and time of the heavenly body which Allah Subhanah has Decreed,  and he comes up with a prediction that the eclipse,  or comet will appear at such and such a time in the future.   There is absolutely no harm in such knowledge.

 

The harm is when a person,  without any knowledge,  simply looks at some heavenly body,  and starts claiming some events in the future!   Such a person is a confirmed liar,  as he has absolutely no knowledge and is saying something from his own whims,  fancy,  conjecture and guess-work;  to give a false impression to the people that events of life are dictated by the movement of the stars!   To declare such lies,  and to believe in the false predictions of such liars is a manifestation of the heinous crime of ‘shirk’! 

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 133      Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said:  “Don't you know what your Lord said?    Your Lord observed:  ‘I (Allah)  have never endowed My bondsmen with a favor,  but a section amongst them disbelieved it,  and said: stars, it was due to the stars.’”

 

Your Statement:  A gradual creation of a 'robot' into a almost humanoid structure with  billions of sensor and motor functions to create programmes and commands ( what we call intelligence ) using the same 'clay' material found on earth, and then, through genetic organ development place him, say, on Mars to propagate by itself... would all that be haraam if such is by creation of human mind, which itself is a creation of God ? 

Beloved brother,  this is obviously a hypothetical scenario;  thus all we can give is our humble opinion on it.   There is absolutely no harm if the scientists of tomorrow create a robot of a human structure,  use billions of sensor and motor or any functions available to them,   create programmes and commands and all the software and hardware available to them,  use any material they wish,  and place him anywhere they wish to place him…in the furthest galaxy available to them,  or in the deepest part of the ocean!   That would only be using part of the intelligence the Perfect Creator bestowed upon man!   

 

The Perfect Creator created man,  man invents machines,  and machine creates things which man uses for various purposes…. Absolutely no harm in inventing these machines!

 

The harm is when man,  in his arrogance,  tries to outgrow his status and play God!   The truth is that every thing,  absolutely everything,  is in the control of the Lord and Creator of the Universe….and no human being,  or no combination of human beings,  can outsmart the Creator!   Leave alone invent a robot the like of a human being,  with his intelligence and power of reasoning,  with his emotions of love,  and mercy,  and compassion,  with his faculties of seeing,  and feeling,  and understanding,  etc.;  man is not even capable of creating the like of a house-fly,  even if all of them  got together to create one!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse73:

O mankind!  A parable is related to you,  so listen to it!  Those on whom you call besides Allah,  cannot create a fly,  even though they may all combine together for this purpose!  Nay! If a fly snatches away anything from them,  they would have no power to release it from the fly!  How weak are the those who petition,  and how weak are those to whom they supplicate!

 

The true dignity of man is identified only when he recognizes the Omnipotence and Might of his All Knowing,  All Wise,  All Powerful Creator!    The true dignity of man is identified only when he truly and sincerely submits his will to the Will of his Perfect Creator!   And man loses his dignity as a human being,  when,  in his arrogance and ignorance and pride,  he tries to transgress the bounds of his Lord and Creator,  denies Him,  His Signs,  and even His Existence!    

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verses 6-7:

6        But there are among men those who purchase idle tales without knowledge (or meaning) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah,  and throw ridicule (on the Path):  for such there will be a humiliating Penalty.

7        When Our Signs are rehearsed to such a one,  he turns away in arrogance,  as if he heard them not;  as if there were deafness in both his ears:  announce to him a grievous Penalty.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

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