Islamic Cleric: Physics Should be Reformed to Conform to Sharia

circa 1925: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) with the astronomer Dr J A Miller at Spoul de Swartmore Observatory. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
JAFFA, Israel – An internationally renowned Egyptian Islamic cleric has sparked an outcry by saying that “Islamic governments” must be entirely subordinate to Islamic law. Abu Alfath Alfargaly wrote in an article, published on Wednesday: “Will the [Egyptian] finance minister run the economy and the banks according to Sharia law, that bans interest? Will he allow the export of agricultural goods knowing that they might be used to produce alcohol? Will the foreign minister put the interests of Islam before the interests of his nation-state?” According to Alfargaly, the ministers should have a methodical Islamic education. Most controversial were his comments on education. “Will the education minister enact Islamic or secular education? Will the laws of physics that are studied in the secular system, like the law of conservation of energy, be taught from a secular perspective, like today, or changed to include an Islamic perspective, because there’s an accurate Islamic definition of this law.” The high-profile Islamic activist Muhammad Amin commented on Twitter: “And if the law of the conservation of energy is taught in its ‘secular’ form, does it mean the government is secular infidels?” وفي حال بقي قانون الطاقة بصيغته "العلمانية" تصبح الحكومة علمانية مرتدة؟ 😊@abazeid89 — محمد