Friday, September 19, 2008

Miracles of the Qur'an

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


 

Qur'an on Meteorology

Meteorologists will tell you that rain clouds form in the following manner:

  1. The wind pushes the clouds so that they can begin to converge.
  2. The clouds then join and form larger clouds.
  3. Updrafts cause these larger clouds to grow vertically, such that they appear stacked up.
  4. Drops of water start to accumulate in the newly formed upper parts of the clouds, and when they get heavy enough they fall to the earth as rain.

The Qur’an already summarized this process more than 14 centuries ago, with stunning accuracy, and that too in an age of scientific ignorance:

Do you not realize that God drives the clouds, then gathers them together, then piles them on each other, then you see the rain coming out of them?
[Al-Qur'an, 24:43]


Qur'an's Viewpoint On The Big Bang

Advanced methods have recently enabled astronomers to determine that the universe probably started as a very small ball of mass. A violent explosion triggered the gradual and still ongoing expansion of this ball. So what was once together has now been separated. Not too long ago, the microscope enabled us to discover that life cells are composed mainly of water. Allah already told us these facts long before anyone else had a clue.

Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe?
[Al-Qur'an, 21:30]


"Atom and Everything Smaller"

Many centuries before the onset of Muhammad's prophethood, there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word "dharrah" commonly referred to the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be further split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last century; yet, interestingly enough, this information had already been documented in the Qur'an (Surah Saba', 34:3) which states:

"He [i.e., Allah] is aware of an atom's weight in the heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that..."

Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Yet, Qur'an clearly states atom (dharrah)... and everything smaller than the atom itself! (protons, electrons, neutrons etc)


Qur'an's Verdict on Honey Bees
In the 16th chapter (Surah an-Nahl 16:68-69) the Qur'an mentions that the female bee leaves its home to gather food.. Now, a person might guess on that, saying, "The bee that you see flying around - it could be male, or it could be female. I think I will guess female." Certainly, he has a one in two chance of being right. So it happens that the Qur'an is right. But it also happens that that was not what most people believed at the time when the Qur'an was revealed. Can you tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well, it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food. However, in Shakespeare's play, Henry the Fourth, some of the characters discuss bees and mention that the bees are soldiers and have a king. That is what people thought in Shakespeare's time - that the bees that one sees flying around are male bees and that they go home and answer to a king. However, that is not true at all. The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the last 300 years to discover that this is the case.

The Qur'an had a 50/50 chance of being right, and the odds were one in two. Yet, it makes another Bull's Eye. Right on the dot yet again!!


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