“Science and religion are not at odds.
Science is simply too young to understand.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
The most epic aspect of the life of the President, also known as India’s Missile Man APJ Abdul Kala is broadly known for his religious beliefs. Probably because in public perception a scientist is a rational and open-minded person and probably he is not even religious; some think of them as atheists or unrighteous.
One of his inspiring incidents of Life :
It so happened to be the first fast of Ramazan and he was fasting. He didn't even touch the glass of water that was placed on the table in front of him as he was fasting during the holy month.
Kalam Ji also used to host Iftar at Rashtrapati Bhavan and pay for it with his money.
Being generously serious about developing an indigenous missile as he was about Islam and Hadith.
APJ Abdul Kalam has co-authored an impactful book with Arun Tiwari on the life of Narayanswarupdas Swamy- whose disciples have made Akshardham chain of temples in India – Transcendence.
In this particular book, he has mentioned many verses of the Quran to further his argument about Islam and briefly explained other religions too.
SM Khan had served as an Information officer in Rashtrapati Bhawan during Kalam’s tenure, in his book The People's President which was published through many pictures reflecting APJ Abdul Kalam’s visit to mosques for Friday prayers. The most striking and heart-touching picture of him was coming to Delhi's Fatehpuri Masjid for Friday prayers.
The new spirituality will also base itself on a third very large spiritual understanding, which is that life is eternal.
Most religious people claim to believe that,
but very few people actually live as if that were true.
-Neale Donald Walsch
The popularly known Acharya Mahapragya and APJ Abdul Kalam together wrote a book The Family and the Nation. In this book, there is a special mention of Namaz and its spirituality very briefly. Similarly, Kalam has mentioned many relics and ethics in his other book You Are Born to Blossom - The Wooing of Grain and Clay.
What do people say about APJ Abdul Kalam?
Kalam's secretary, PM Nair has written a book on him which was called The Kalam Effect, in which he has been described as a religious person and faithful person.
We know that Kalam had started his education from a madrasa in his native city Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.
His immense faith in God is found in his book Wings of Fire where he says, “I have always been a religious person with the sense that I maintain a working partnership with God.”
HIS HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS
- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Travancore Institute of Digestive Diseases, a new research institute in Kollam city, Kerala attached to the Travancore Medical College Hospital.
- A new academic complex at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala.
- Construction of Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam Science City started in Patna in February 2019.
- A new science centre and planetarium in Lawspet, Puducherry.
- Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Planetarium in Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha was named after him.