Sheikh Muhammad Baazmool, may Allaah preserve him, said,
‘What is our position towards civilization and development? There is not any matter in the Sharee’ah that stands between a Muslim and between civilization and development, nor anything that prevents a Muslim from taking those steps which advance material progress. Certainly our religion does not prevent us from those matters which contain goodness and overall benefit. Additionally, wisdom is the objective of the believer that wherever he finds it he takes it.
However this has a condition, that these matters do not have within them that which opposes the religion or the guidelines of the Sharee’ah. We wish for civilization and we wish for development! One can work to bring this about, but he must be warned against opposing the guidelines and guidance of the Sharee’ah in any matters.
We, as Muslims, do not oppose what is called civilization. The one who attempts to describe us with this false description is someone unjust and is a deceiver. How could this be the case when the scholars of the Muslims were those who were the leaders of new discoveries in every field of practical knowledge. As such, those who attempt to describe the Muslim or Islaam as reactionary or backwards, then they simply do not understand Islaam, and they’re discussing something that they don’t properly comprehend. Or it may be the case that they themselves only desire civilization and advancement and development which has been stripped free of the religion of Islaam.’
(From From the Facebook page of Sheikh Muhammad Baazmool, Ramadhaan 21, 1437) 1
|From ’30 Days of Guidance: Learning Fundamental Principles of Islaam’|