"Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds." (Quran 1:1)
This is the first verse of the opening chapter of the Holy Quran. 1400 years ago, the human mind was incapable of any sound thinking about the earth, the solar system or the galaxies. Yet the Quran is testifying to the presence of 'worlds' beyond the earth. The words 'Lord of the worlds' appear 73 times in the Quran. Today, mankind knows for a fact there are other planets besides earth. This is known through invention of telescopes and other scientific developments. But the Almighty revealed this knowledge to Muhammad (pbuh) long before man invented the telescope and other similar inventions.
"Have they not who disbelieve seen that the heavens and earth were joined together (as one piece), and then We parted them." (Quran 21:30)
This Quranic verse has explained a mystery that was unknown to the greatest physicists and astronauts for centuries. The verse reveals that the heavens and earth at the beginning were joined together, and then they were separated. Recent advancements in astronomy especially the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe support this Quranic statement. The Big Bang theory says that about 20,000,000,000 years ago (...that's quite a bit...) the universe began with an explosive expansion of a single extremely condensed state of matter. The Nobel Prize for science in 1977 was awarded for this discovery, whereas the Holy Quran solved this mystery centuries ago.
"Does man think We (Allah) cannot assemble his bones? No, We are able to put together in perfect order (even) the very tips of his fingers." (Quran 75:3-4)
It is now an established fact that each human being has his own unique fingerprint. The difference between fingerprints of individuals is so specific and subtle that only experts with sophisticated instruments can identify them. 'Fingerprints provide one of the oldest and most accepted forms of personal verification; no two fingerprints ever have been found to be the same. The use of fingerprints is accurate, reliable, convenient, and unobtrusive'. (Bio centric Solutions, Inc.) It is another miracle of the Holy Quran that it stated this fact long before the human mind could even conceive it.
"Verily in cattle, there is lesson for you. We give you to drink of what is inside their bellies coming from a conjunction between the contents of the intestine and blood, a milk, pure and pleasant for those who drink it." (Quran 16:66)
The Quran here describes the biological process in the mammals, which brings together the contents of the intestine and the blood at the level of the intestine wall (digestion and absorption) which produces milk. This is in perfect harmony with recent discoveries made in the physiology of the digestive system of mammals. Such minute and specific knowledge was totally unknown to mankind at the time when the Quran was revealed to Muhammad (pbuh).
"And your Lord inspired the bee... There comes from their bellies, a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for men, in this is indeed a sign for the people who think." (Quran 16:68-69)
In recent years, scientific evidence is beginning to emerge which confirms the beneficial effects of honey in certain medical and surgical conditions. Dr. John Heinerman, in his book 'Nature's Super 7', discusses a study done at the Nes Ziona Biological Institute, in Tel Aviv, where they proved conclusively that treatment of open wounds with honey helped prevent infection and speed healing. Dr. Avshalom Mizrahi, the microbiologist who led the research team, noted, honey contains, aside from sugars, ingredients with properties similar to those of antibiotics. Dr. Heinerman, an internationally renowned medical anthropologist, goes on to say that honey is one of the strongest antibacterial agents found in nature.
As more research studies are conducted, we will likely see more amazing uses of honey. So far researchers are examining the benefits of honey for yeast infections, wounds, sore throats, peptic ulcers, and diarrhea. How amazing it is that the Quran clearly stated the cure in honey 1400 years ago when science has only discovered it now!
"It is We Who send the fertilizing winds, then We send down water from the sky, and then We give it to you to drink, you are not the one who would store of this wealth." (Quran 15:22)
Wind is one of the most effective means of spreading pollens, thereby causing fertilization in plants. This again is one of the recent discoveries in botany. Allah (swt), however, revealed this information in His book long before the modern-day botanists could discover it.
"He created the heavens without any pillars that you can seeâ€¦We sent down rain from the sky, and produced on the earth every kind of noble species in pairs." (Quran 31:10)
"Glory to Allah, Who created in pairs all things that the earth produces." (Quran 36:36)
These verses (amongst others) clearly declare the presence of gender in the plants. Botanists discovered this fact only 100 years ago. Muhammad (pbuh) is not an expert botanist. It is obvious that this information was revealed by Almighty God to Muhammad (pbuh).
"(The unbelievers' state) is like a vast deep ocean, overwhelmed with waves, one over the other, and above it is a cloud of darkness upon darkness, one above another; if a man stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it." (Quran 24:40)
One should note that the verse describes the state of Deep Ocean as consisting of great waves topped by other great waves one above the other. Mankind saw this phenomenon after the invention of the submarine. The first nuclear submarine became a reality in 1954 and the mystery of the deep seawaves were observed for the first time. Who besides Allah has given this deep-sea information to Muhammad (pbuh)?
"It is He (Allah) Who has let loose the two bodies of flowing waters, one palatable and sweet, and the other saltish and bitter; yet He has made a barrier between them, and this is an insurmountable barrier." (Quran 25:53)
The verse is describing the phenomenon of the mixing of river water with seawater. The two kinds of water look alike, but the river water is sweet and palatable, whereas, the seawater is saltish and bitter. Additionally, no human being can draw the fine line of partition between these waters. This verse is another reminder that the Holy Quran is divine in its nature.
"We created man from an extract of clay. Then We placed him as a drop in a place of rest. Then we made the drop into a leech-like structure. Then of that leech-like structure we made a chewed lump. Then we made out of the chewed lump, bones, and clothed the bones in flesh." (Quran 23:12-14)
The above is the detailed and accurate description of the stages of the creation of man in the womb of the mother. This is proven and supported by the latest modern scientific evidence and corroborated by the highest authorities in the field of embryology. This is one of the greatest proofs that the Quran is the word of God. Dr. Keith Moore, one of the world's most prominent scientists in the fields of anatomy and embryology and professor of anatomy at Toronto University in Canada states:
"It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Quran about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God." He was then asked: "...Does this mean that you believe that the Quran is the word of God?" He replied "...I find no difficulty in accepting this."
The most pleasing to Allah of all actions is that which is done continuously though it may be small. (al-Bukhari)
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