One of the most important things that stand out to me about Islam, as opposed to other religions, is that it actively encourages you to go about and discover things about your world. Many religions seem to have an “either-or” relationship with science.
This is a big deal. It teaches me that you don’t have to subvert that natural curiosity that many of us are born with. I can continue to learn — and get a better understanding of now just how but why things work.
Disclaimer: This is a description of my understanding of the verses in the Quran, and not the real true meaning of the verse. My understanding changes over time – I see many things differently than I did 3 years ago, and my understanding can (nay, it should) evolve with time. Think about how your understanding of the role of parents changes as you grow – first as a kid, then a teenager and later as a parent yourself. Your understanding evolves with time. The true meaning of the verses however, does not. I make absolutely no claims that this is in any way a resemblance of the true meaning of the verses. Instead, this is really just meant to be a record for me – a notebook of sorts, where I think over the meaning verses and try to glean valuable lessons with which I hope to apply to better myself.