I have often wondered what good there is in discovering science inside of the Quran, but only after it had already been discovered outside of the Quran.
Ideally believers would make a real world discovery after reading a verse. Or we would add to the science that comes from the discovery that the verse mentions. But gaining scientific literacy is also a good outcome from reading these scientific verses. As is increased faith in the Quran as being divinely inspired to Muhammad the Prophet.
But once we are thoroughly convinced that the Quran is from God and Muhammad is His messenger. And after we know which fields of science we should take an interest in, then what?
Well, again, contributing to that area of science would be great for those with the aptitude. But I also think relating the verse and the science to the meaning of life, or to everyday life, is something every believer can do. I have found, however, that this is easier to say than it is to do. Take Quran 84:1 for example. Steps 1 and 2 are pretty straight forward:
1st) The heavy lifting concerning the science behind the literal part of this verse is worked out by our scientists.
“The Big Rip is a cosmological hypothesis first published in 2003, about the ultimate fate of the universe, in which the matter of the universe, from stars and galaxies to atoms and subatomic particles, is progressively torn apart by the expansion of the universe at a certain time in the future.”
2nd) We read about the science, and write a better translation (as far as I know, the Quran 2015 translation, happened to be the first translation with the word rip in it, read other translations):
“When the universe is ripped apart.” 84:1
3rd) In this last step, we try to relate the verse to the meaning of life, or even everyday life. I sometimes wonder how the difficulty of the step compares to step 1 and the job of the scientist? In the A. Yusef Ali Commentary we can see that he was trying to get us started down this road. Concerning 84:1 he wrote:
“The passing away of this world of sense to make way for a new World of Reality is here indicated by two Facts, which are themselves Symbols for a complete revolution in our whole knowledge and experience. At the beginning of S. 82 and S. 81, other Symbols were used, to lead up to the arguments there advanced. Here the Symbols are: (1) the Sky being rent asunder and giving up its secrets, and (2) the Earth being flattened out from the globe it is, and giving up its secrets.”
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