Written by Theresa Corbin
I thought it would be interesting to write about how we can know that Quran is truly from God and that in fact God exists.
God does not expect us to take any old charlatan who calls himself a prophet at his word. So, Allah has sent each prophet with miracles. Examples abound.
For Moses (peace be upon him-PBUH), one miracle was the parting of the seas. For Jesus (PBUH), bringing the dead back to life and many more. And for Muhammad (PBUH), among other miracle, the biggest was the Quran itself. And we can see the miraculous nature in the way scientific facts, discovered only recently, were explained 1400 + years ago.
Some people claim all kinds of weird and extrapolated scientific and mathematical miracles in the Quran. These folks are kinda zealous and get excited about looking for things that may or may not be there. As the saying goes, if all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail.
Some claim that scientific topics in the Quran are prediction of later discoveries. Not really predictions of discoveries. This is a human-centric explanation. It is really Allah telling us how He created the world and all its intricate and amazing patterns. It is only that man came to know the processes of creation.
And then some say they don’t believe in God because they believe in Science. This is perhaps an attitude of a lot of ex-Christians who refuse to believe in the Church sponsored view of science that is closer to science fiction.
I don’t blame them.
The evidence to disprove Christian “science” is mounting.
And many Christian theologians are adapting to meet these discoveries. But what amazes me is that many people think there is nothing else, that there is no other belief system out there, or perhaps that all other theologies are founded on the same unscientific theories.
It makes me sad that these folks never know that Islam does not discourage scientific knowledge and exploration. In fact many Islamic scholars believe that learning the apparatus by which the creation works (Science) was a religious duty. And quite a few scientific discoveries have come from Islamic theologians who held this belief. Check out 1001 Inventions for more on this.
Allah (SWT) explains in the Quran explains that:
THE SEAS DO NOT MINGLE WITH ONE ANOTHER
The Halocline phenomenon wasn’t discovered until the late 19th century (13 centuries after the revelation in the Quran). Until then it was believed that the seas where just one homogeneous, free flowing body.
But Allah (SWT) says in the Quran 55:19-20
Between them is a barrier [so] neither of them transgresses.
This property of the seas, that is, that they meet and yet do not intermix, has only very recently been discovered by oceanographers.
Because of the physical force called ‘surface tension,’ the waters of neighboring seas do not mix. Caused by the difference in the density of their waters, surface tension prevents them from mingling with one another, just as if a thin wall were between them.
It is interesting that, during a period when there was little knowledge of physics, and of surface tension, or oceanography, this truth was revealed in the Quran. (Source)
In the Quran, which was revealed at a time when the science of astronomy was still primitive, to say the least, the expansion of the universe was described in the Quran in the following terms:
And the heaven We constructed with strength, and indeed, We are [its] expander. (Quran 51:47)
At the beginning of the 20th century, the only view in the scientific community was that the universe was fixed in size and infinite in existence. However, modern research has revealed that the universe in fact had a beginning and that it constantly “expands.”
THE FUNCTION OF MOUNTAINS
Allah (SWT) explains a very important function of mountains:
And We placed within the earth firmly set mountains, lest it should sway with them, and We made therein [mountain] passes [as] roads that they might be guided. (Quran 21:31)
The verse states that mountains perform the function of preventing the Earth from swaying (“lest it should sway”). This fact was not known by anyone at the time the Quran was revealed. It was brought to light only recently as a result of the findings of modern geological research. “The mountains, like pegs, have deep roots embedded in the ground.” (Anatomy of the Earth, Cailleux, p. 220.)
Formerly, it was thought that mountains were merely rising above the surface of the Earth. However, scientists realized that this was not actually the case, and that those parts known as the mountain root extended down as far as 10-15 times their own height. With these features, mountains play a similar role to a nail or peg firmly holding down a tent. (Source)
In short, mountains can be compared to nails holding strips of wood together, a fact mentioned in the Quran in the 7th century.
These are just a few examples to show that science and religion (at least in Islam) are not diametrically opposed as some may assume.
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