Miraculous Quran :Reaching out to you (Part-1)

Let the tell you the story of this note at first . I was discussing with a person about the existance of GOD over facebook and invited to ask the questions that are in his/her mind . Being bold and honest , he/she honoured me by truly replying with some questions .I promised him/her to reply in a note  insha Allah as I thought it might be helpful for everyone to know about Islam. And now Alhamdulillah I will try my level best to satisfy the person and also you, if Allah wills.

First I want to share the letter that I got :

If you're under the mistaken impression that I'm an atheist, then let me tell you first that I'm actually an agnostic. I had been a devout follower of the teachings of Muhammad but as I looked into the depths of my belief over a long course of time, the logics clicked together and I found out that all religions (including Islam) are men made. The first thing that bothers me about every religion is that they had threatened us into taking those religions- “follow this religion or burn in eternal hellfire”. This is indeed very a low strategy to boost the size of religions.

Islamic scholars talk about the scientific facts that Quran has provided. But those scientific facts are not that miraculous or groundbreaking. You might argue for embryology, but the embryonic phases discussed in Quran are too vague and unclear. Islamic scholars relate modern embryology to those ambiguous verses of Quran, leaving space for controversy. Quran also give us the wrong idea that bones are formed before flesh "Look further at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh ..." (Al-Baqara 2:259)

Like all men-made stuff, Quran also have some errors (Few of which Islamic Scholars attribute to some nonsense metaphors and allusions). Take a look-

1. "Establish regular prayers - at the sun's decline till the darkness of the night, and the morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the morning carry their testimony." [17:78]

Muhammad was apparently unfamiliar with Polar Regions in which there are six months without sunlight and six months perpetual night during winter and summer. This injunction is arguably not observable by Eskimos. Could it be that God is ignorant about the night and day inequality phenomenon in the poles? The Qur'an claims that one should fast from sunrise till sunset. Same circumstances with the five daily prayers.

2. And it is He who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy, and We send down from the sky pure water" [25:48]

The Qur'an says rainwater is pure, even though it has an average PH of 5.6. In some industrial areas rainwater can also be toxic.

3. "And We certainly sent Noah to his people, and he remained among them a thousand years minus fifty years, and the flood seized them while they were wrongdoers" [29:14]

There has never been recorded in actual history about human with such massive age. Moreover, science has never attested to this based on the fossil records. Nevertheless, the Qur'an is replete with this unsubstantiated myth.

4. There are some Mathematical error in hereditary laws

Refer to Verses No 4:11-12, 4:176 and try to solve the following problems:

Supposed I was already a widower and have only one daughter. When I die my one daughter gets half according to verse 11. What happens to the rest?

Similar is the situation in which I have one daughter and one or more wives: My daughter gets 1/2 (S. 4:11), my wives share 1/8 (S. 4:12), i.e. 5/8 are distributed. What happens to the other 3/8 of the estate? This example does does not raise a new question, but it is very important because that is the situation at Muhammad's own death, leaving one daughter (Fatimah) and several wives. Amazingly, Muhammad's wealth is not distributed according to the Qur'an!

one additional question, why is it halal in Islam to have sex with war prisoners? Refer to Qur'an 33:50

A simple letter  says ample things about the person.First of all,I am really sorry hear that a muslim who followed Muhammad (pbuh) became agnostic .Anyways this also proves that he /she is serious and honest about religion., Its not just the Blind- faith that he/she wants to have  though this is a prevalent situation nowadays .So I the first thing wanna do is  to appreciate this person for his/her sincerity and being honest with him/herself and also to me.Thank you very much my friend. ( He/she is very friendly and has become a good friend of mine in the meantime )

Okay . Now , before I deal with the questions , I want to say something else. By looking at the letter we can see that the person found some ‘logic’ that clicked . And after progressing a little further it becomes a lot clearer. Of course , the religion must reconcile with human logic because doing something illogical is not what is desirable from the religion. Aiding and abetting criminals or doing something that common human decency wouldn’t allow is not expected at all from a human guideline.

Having said that, its also has to be remembered that if indeed a GOD exists and he give us certain instructions ,then we have to first admit our limitations in finding the ‘logic’ behind it. Then what about the proof? Hey wait! Isn’t  this becoming blind faith? No its not. Why? Because the process is  slightly different. Yes , I did say that sometimes we may not know why GOD told us to do certain things like pray five times a day (which may seem very unrealistic for a man of science) or drinking alcohol (which ,however, may seem very logical )but this doesn’t rule out the process of finding proof about GOD .

Well, things are getting a little bit hazy ,aren’t they? Okay let me clarify: our first job should be to check that whether the instructions are really from a transcended being or not. And while we search for anything , anything indeed ,if we and to find an answer we should not keep our minds shut from the beginning by some presumptions .That way we are already in a wrong direction.

Suppose a physicist wants to find the laws of science .Now, lets assume he knows only the 3 laws of Newton. Then the theory of relativity of Einstien might sound a bit insane to him. But no matter what is sounds, we should give it a go . We can’t think like this : “I KNOW time is eternal. But this mad-man (Einstien) says time is nothing but a relative thing? He says length of a stick can get bigger while moving? Mass can get increased?Naaaah. Its all foolish babbling . ” So we can see that assuming something while searching for an answer is misleading because sometimes truth can be bizarre enough to dazzle us hard. Here , our assumption of time and mass actually makes us quite ignorant and becomes an obstacle in our quest of finding truth of nature.

In fact this thing is called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bounded_rationality">Bounded rationality </a>: the idea that in decision-making, rationality of individuals is limited by the information they have, the cognitive limitations of their minds, and the finite amount of time they have to make a decision.

Now …. Why I am saying this ? Because actually the person we are discussing about has some serious assumptions despite the fact that he/she wants to know the truth. The first thing I noticed is: every religion is that they had threatened us into taking those religions- “follow this religion or burn in eternal hellfire”. This is indeed very a low strategy to boost the size of religions.

Here the person already assumed an ideal religion . From his/her view , a religion might be free and the eternal hellfire for the dishonoring or defying is not logical. He/she wants a religion what must fulfill his/her expectation. This type of assumption is harmful. Coz truth is not what we expect , its what we get. So the real motive should be to find why we should follow this ? Does it provide any proof on its behalf ?

Okay now lets move on . The person made a claim that the so-called Islamic scholars always brags about the scientific facts/proofs in the Quran but those are just flimsy and feeble logics , just mere coincidences what people amplify propagate a lot. They are not miraculous or Groundbreaking by any means. I don’t know if there also are some subtle assumptions here made by the person that is keeping him/her in the impression that - in reality these knowledge is impossible to exist in that time so the only reality is all things are must be just coincidence. If he/she already rules out the possibility of the existence of knowledge then by definition we can’t do anything . All is mumbo-jambo and mere coincidences no matter what you tell him/her. 

After pointing out the assumption and hoping that the reader don’t have this assumption, I will first try to elaborate the fact before I make an attempt to answer the questions he/she provided.

Lets first look at the embryology as this is picked by the person first. I should point out that , Quran is consistent with the scientific facts of embryology is not recognized by Islamic scholars, rather by famous leading researchers who are not even muslim.

Scientists’ Comments on Scientific Miracles in the Quran:

The following are some comments of scientists1 on the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran. All of these comments have been taken from the videotape entitled This is the Truth.

1) Dr. T. V. N. Persaud is Professor of Anatomy, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There, he was the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy for 16 years. He is well-known in his field. He is the author or editor of 22 textbooks and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada, the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists. When he was asked about the scientific miracles in the Quran which he has researched, he stated the following:  

“The way it was explained to me is that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read, didn’t know [how] to write. In fact, he was an illiterate. And we’re talking about twelve [actually about fourteen] hundred years ago. You have someone illiterate making profound pronouncements and statements and that are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. And I personally can’t see how this could be a mere chance. There are too many accuracies and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements.”

Professor Persaud has included some Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad in some of his books. He has also presented these verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad at several conferences. 

2) Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Formerly, he was Professor of Ob-Gyn and the Chairman of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was also the President of the American Fertility Society. He has received many awards, including the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology Public Recognition Award in 1992. Professor Simpson studied the following two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad : 

{In every one of you, all components of your creation are collected together in your mother’s womb by forty days...}

{If forty-two nights have passed over the embryo, God sends an angel to it, who shapes it and creates its hearing, vision, skin, flesh, and bones....}

Also there is a Hadith that after 42 days , Allah determines the sex of the baby as the angel is sent to it.

He studied these two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad extensively, noting that the first forty days constitute a clearly distinguishable stage of embryo-genesis. He was particularly impressed by the absolute precision and accuracy of those sayings of the Prophet Muhammad . As we all know by now that after 42 days , the embryo starts to develop so that we can identify sex of it. Then, during one conference, he gave the following opinion: 

“So that the two hadeeths (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ) that have been noted provide us with a specific time table for the main embryological development before forty days.Again, the point has been made, I think, repeatedly by other speakers this morning: these hadeeths could not have been obtained on the basis of the scientific knowledge that was available [at] the time of their writing . . . . It follows,

I think, that not only there is no conflict between genetics and religion but, in fact, religion can guide science by adding revelation to some of the traditional scientific approaches, that there exist statements in the Quran shown centuries later to be valid, which support knowledge in the Quran having been derived from God.”

3) Dr. E. Marshall Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. There, for 22 years he was Professor of Anatomy, the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy, and the Director of the Daniel Baugh Institute. He was also the President of the Teratology Society. He has authored more than 200 publications. In 1981, during the Seventh Medical Conference in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Professor Johnson said in the presentation of his research paper: 

“Summary: The Quran describes not only the development of external form, but emphasizes also the internal stages, the stages inside the embryo, of its creation and development, emphasizing major events recognized by contemporary science.”

Also he said: “As a scientist, I can only deal with things which I can specifically see. I can understand embryology and developmental biology. I can understand the words that are translated to me from the Quran. As I gave the example before, if I were to transpose myself into that era, knowing what I knew today and describing things, I could not describe the things which were described. I see no evidence for the fact to refute the concept that this individual, Muhammad, had to be developing this information from some place. So I see nothing here in conflict with the concept that divine intervention was involved in what he was able to write.”

4) Dr. William W. Hay is a well-known marine scientist. He is Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. He was formerly the Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. After a discussion with Professor Hay about the Quran’s mention of recently discovered facts on seas, he said: 

“I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scriptures of the Holy Quran, and I have no way of knowing where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages.” And when he was asked about the source of the Quran, he replied: “Well, I would think it must be the divine being.”

5) Dr. Gerald C. Goeringer is Course Director and Associate Professor of Medical Embryology at the Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. During the Eighth Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Professor Goeringer stated the following in the presentation of his research paper: 

“In a relatively few aayahs (Quranic verses) is contained a rather comprehensive description of human development from the time of commingling of the gametes through organogenesis. No such distinct and complete record of human development, such as classification, terminology, and description, existed previously. In most, if not all, instances, this description antedates by many centuries the recording of the various stages of human embryonic and fetal development recorded in the traditional scientific literature.”

6) Dr. Yoshihide Kozai is Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University, Hongo, Tokyo, Japan, and was the Director of the National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. He said: 

“I am very much impressed by finding true astronomical facts in [the] Quran, and for us the modern astronomers have been studying very small pieces of the universe. We’ve concentrated our efforts for understanding of [a] very small part. Because by using telescopes, we can see only very few parts [of] the sky without thinking [about the] whole universe. So, by reading [the] Quran and by answering to the questions, I think I can find my future way for investigation of the universe.”

7) Professor Tejatat Tejasen is the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the same university. During the Eighth Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Professor Tejasen stood up and said: 

“During the last three years, I became interested in the Quran . . . . From my study and what I have learned from this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Quran fourteen hundred years ago must be the truth, that can be proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth, which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the one who is eligible [as the] creator. This creator must be God. Therefore, I think this is the time to say La ilaha illa Allah, there is no god to worship except Allah (God), Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, Muhammad is Messenger (Prophet) of Allah (God). Lastly, I must congratulate for the excellent and highly successful arrangement for this conference . . . . I have gained not only from the scientific point of view and religious point of view but also the great chance of meeting many well-known scientists and making many new friends among the participants. The most precious thing of all that I have gained by coming to this place is La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, and to have become a Muslim.” 

After all these examples we have seen about the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran and all these scientists’ comments on this, let us ask ourselves these questions: Could it be a coincidence that all this recently discovered scientific information from different fields was mentioned in the Quran, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago?

Actually there has been a research on the embryological basis on quran:

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis from the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) has completed the long awaited research paper on Embryology in the Qur’an.

This paper is an analysis of chapter 23 verses 12 to 14 of the Qur’an in light of modern embryology. This study will provide a linguistic breakdown of the relevant verses and correlate these linguistic items to modern science.

I dont want to give the whole paper here but I am providing the link:<a href="http://www.hamzatzortzis.com/?page_id=61">Click Here</a>

About the the wrong idea that bones are formed before flesh , this is simply a misunderstanding of the person . Ibelieve he/she found it in some acticle or blog where it was misused . As the arabic is quite a precise language its easy to get confused .Let me clarify the fact with this video:

this debate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu8rdspMFJ8&amp;feature=related">  embyology and Quran  </a> could be helpful .

Now , I don't expect you to come to a conclusion this sooner but I sincerely hope my efforts are helpful enough to make you just a little tiny bit interested about Quran , just a little bit would be enough .

InshaAllah we will discuss some more about the scientific facts and we will test if things are truly just mere lucky guess or coincidences in the next part in a more vast and precise scale. 

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Nicely written. Waiting eagerly for the next part.

Thanks.

In Sha Allah ^_^

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