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Wednesday, April 21, 2004  

Scientific Proof of Qur’anic Revelations There are in the world today some nine hundred million Muslims who unhesitatingly accept that the Holy Qur’an is the ‘Word of God’ and that it is a ‘Miracle.’ Why should they not, when even avowed enemies are paying unsolicited tributes regarding the Miraculous nature of this Book of God. Rev. R. Bosworth-Smith in his book ‘Muhammad and Muhammadanism’ opines about the Qur’an as “A Miracle of Purity of style, of Wisdom and of Truth.” Another Englishman – A. J. Arberry in his preface to his translation of the Holy Qur’an says “Whenever I hear the Qur’an chanted, it is as though I am listening to music, underneath the flowing melody there is sounding all the time the insistent beat of a drum, it is like the beating of my heart.” From these words as well as from the rest of his preface, he sounds like a Muslim, but died a Christian. And yet another Briton, Marmaduke Pickthall in the Foreword to his translation of the Holy Qur’an describes it as “That inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy.” This man embraced Islam before translating the Qur’an, and we are not in a position to verify whether he felt the above effect before or after his conversion to Islam. Be that as it may, friends and foe alike pay ungrudging tributes to the Last and Final Revelation of God, the Holy Qur’an. The contemporaries of Muhammad saw in its Beauty and Majesty, the Nobility of its Call and the Magnanimity of its Message the Sign and Miracle of God’s Handiwork, and accepted Islam. To all the tributes and testimonies; the unbeliever and the sceptic will say that these are all subjective feelings, and further he will seek refuge in the fact that he does not know Arabic. “I do not see what you see, nor do I feel as you feel. How am I to know that God exists and that it is He Who inspired His Messenger Muhammad with that beautiful Message; the Qur’an?” He continues, “I am not averse to the beauty of its philosophy, its practical ethics and high morality. I am prepared to concede that Muhammad was a sincere man and he gave many beautiful precepts for human welfare. What I cannot subscribe to is what you Muslims claim, ‘a supernatural authority for his dictums’.” To this kind of sympathetic yet sceptical mentality the Author of the Book (Al-Qur’an) uses various types of arguments to resolve his doubts. To the atheists and agnostics, to the cynics and the sceptics, who have a super-abundance of scientific knowledge and who consider themselves to be ‘intellectual giants,’ the point is driven home that in reality they are like stunted ‘dwarfs.’ Like the dwarf who may have acquired abnormal development in any one particular direction at the expense of other parts of his faculty, like an oversized head on a puny body. The Supreme Creator questions him… But before we pose God’s question to him, let me satisfy my own curiosity. “You men of science who have studied astronomy and who study our Universe through your mighty telescopes as if scrutinizing an object in the palm of your hand; tell me how did this Universe come into being?” This man of science through lacking in spiritual insight is nevertheless most generous in sharing his knowledge. He readily responds. “Well,” he begins, “billion years ago our Universe was a single piece of matter, and there happened a ‘big bang’ in the centre of that huge lump of matter and mighty chunks of matter began flying in all directions. Out of that ‘big bang’ our solar system came into being as well as the galaxies, and since there is no resistance in space to that primordial momentum generated by the initial explosion, the stars and the planets swim along in their orbits. Ours is an ‘expanding’ universe. The galaxies are receding away from us at a faster and faster rate, and once they reach the speed of light, we will not be able to see them anymore. We must construct bigger and better telescopes as quickly as possible to study the sights, if not we will miss the bus’.” “When did you discover this fairy tale?” We ask. “No, these are not fairy tales but scientific facts!” Our friend replies. “All right, I accept your facts for what you say, but when did you really stumble upon these facts?” “Only yesterday!” He replies. Fifty years is only ‘yesterday’ in the history of man. "An illiterate Arab in the desert over 1400 years ago could never have had your knowledge of the ‘big bang’ and your ‘expanding universe,’ could he?” we ask. “No never!” He retorts in boast. “Well, then listen to what he uttered under inspiration from God": Do not the unbelievers (the atheists and the agnostics) see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder?... (21:30) & And it is he (God Almighty) who created the night and the day. And the sun and the moon: all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course. (21:33) "Can’t you see that these words are specifically addressed to you the men of science, the geographers, the astronomers, who after having made amazing discoveries and conveying these discoveries to mankind, still remain so ‘blind’ as not to ‘see’ its Author?” “With our Sciences and Cyclopedias, we are apt to forget the Divineness, in those laboratories of ours.” says Thomas Carlyle. “Where on earth, could a camel driver in the desert have gleaned ‘your facts’ Fourteen hundred years ago, except from the Maker of the ‘big bang’ Himself?” “And you biologists who seem to have your fingers on all organic life, and yet you have the temerity to deny the existence of the Source of that Life, i.e. God: tell me, according to your vaunted research, where did Life originate?” Like his ‘unbelieving’ astronomer companion in science, he too begins – “Well, over billions of years ago primaeval matter in the sea began to generate protoplasm out of which came the amoeba; and out of that mire in the sea came all living things. In a word, all Life came from the sea, i.e. water!” “And when did you stumble across this fact that all living things came from water?” The answer is as same as his astronomer friend, “Yesterday.” “No man of learning, no philosopher or poet could ever have guessed your discovery fourteen centuries back, could he?” Our biologist is as emphatic as the astronomer. “No, never!” says he. “Well, you just listen to this unlettered son of the desert”: And we made from water every living thing. Will they (the unbelievers, the atheists and the agnostics) then not believe? (21:30) It will not be difficult for you to note that these words of the Omnipotent, Omniscient Creator of the Universe were addressed to you men of knowledge in answer to your scepticism today, their real import was beyond the dwellers of the desert fourteen centuries ago. The Author is reasoning with you, you men of science; how can you not believe in God? You should be the last to deny His existence and yet you are the first! What sickness has overtaken you? And to the botanist, and the zoologists and the physicists who, despite their amazing insight into the nature of things, refuse to acknowledge a Master Creator. Let them then account for these utterances of Muhammad the mouthpiece of God. Glory be to Him (God Almighty) who created in pairs all things. Of that which the earth produces, (the plant kingdom) as well as their own (Human) kind (the animal kingdom) and (other) things of which they have no knowledge (like physics). (36:36) The verses from this Book of God are self explanatory. Students of the Qur’an saw the unmistakable Finger of God in every new discovery that man made. These were the ‘Signs,’ the ‘Miracles’ from his Beneficent Lord and Cherisher to remove his doubts and strengthen his faith. … in these are signs for a people of learning. (30:22) What an irony! It is the ‘people of learning’ who are actually rebellious! Their vast material knowledge has puffed them up with pride. They lack the genuine humility which goes together with all true knowledge. - Ahmed Deedat, Al-Qur’an the Ultimate Miracle

posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/21/2004 05:24:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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