Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surah Al Baqarah (2:164) – Ayat ul Ayaat (The Ayat of Signs), Signs of Allah Everywhere !


 

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَالْفُلْكِ الَّتِي تَجْرِي فِي الْبَحْرِ بِمَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ مِنَ السَّمَاء مِن مَّاء فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الأرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَبَثَّ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ دَآبَّةٍ وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ وَالسَّحَابِ الْمُسَخِّرِ بَيْنَ السَّمَاء وَالأَرْضِ لآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ

Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand.

M Shakir's Quran Translation


 

This particular ayat is known as the ayat of signs آية الآيات. This ayat invites us to think on the following things.

1-Creation of the heavens and the earth

2-Alternation of days and nights

3-Ships in the seas (mentioned in at least 16 different places)

4-Water coming down from the sky as rain (mentioned in at least 10 different places)

5-Life of earth after its death

6-Dispersing all kinds of animals on earth

7-Change of clouds and winds


 

There is a something special in the things which ALLAH mentions here. Generally ALLAH invited us to ponder over the things around us in many verses in the Qur'an.

Consider what is it that is in the heavens and the earth; and signs and warnings do not avail a people who would not believe
(Surah Younus 10:101)

There are no less then 74 places in the holy Qur'an where ALLAH invited to discover his signs using the word 'signs'. The list of those 74 verses is as follows:

(2:73),(2:158),(2:164),(3:190),(6:99),(6:109),(10:5),(10:6),(10:67),(10:101),(12:105),(13:2),(13:3),(13:4),(14:5),(15:75),(15:77),(16:11),(16:12),(16:13),(16:65),(16:67),(16:69),(16:79),(17:12),(18:17),(20:54),(20:128),(22:32),(22:36),(23:30),(26:8),(26:67),(26:203),(26:121),(26:174),(26:190),(27:52),(27:93),(29:15),(29:35),(29:44),(34:9),(34:15),(36:33),(36:37),(36:41),(30:21),(30:22),(30:23),(30:24),(30:25),(30:37),(30:46),(30:50),(31:31),(31:32),(32:26),(39:42),(39:52),(40:13),(40:81),(41:37),(41:39),(41:53),(42:29),(42:32),(42:33),(45:3),(45:4),(45:5),(45:13),(51:20),(51:37)

And only in one Surah i.e. Surah Rahman this verse had been repeated 31 times

Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
(Surah Rahman 55:13)


 

This is the one of the three places in the Qur'an, where ALLAH mentions so many signs in particular, for us, to ponder over. The other places are Surah Ar-Rum (30:21-25) but the signs mentioned there have a close relation with the particular with psychology of people and Surah Anaam where signs particularly related with agriculture are mentioned. Here ALLAH mentions seven things in particular and then says that in these there are signs for ' people who understand', ' people who have sense'.

Just a little thinking, a little use of the brain can make us realize what is special in seven things that ALLAH mentioned which any logical person can understand. In addition, in fact there are great scientific points to think in these seven things that any person having a little knowledge of science can understand.


 

1-Creation of the heavens and the earth

In many verses over the Holy Qur'an stress is laid on the signs in the Heaven and the earth. In no less then 64 places in the Holy Qur'an ALLAH diverts our thinking towards the Heaven and the Earth. Moreover, the thing, which is mentioned in the Qur'an many times, is that much important. Repetition is directly proportional to importance.

Imagine a pencil or even a piece of paper come to existence by itself. Its something we would not be able imagine even. Then how can the immense universe come to existence by itself. Doesn't this remind you of the creator? Doesn't this force you to think that some one really powerful, really intelligent, having all sorts of knowledge would have created these heavens and the earth?

The accurate description of the universe in the Holy Quran (at a time when we had no telescopes) is itself a proof that the author of this book is all-knowing.

  • The Big Bang (21:30)
  • Atmosphere as a roof (2:22)
  • Heavens without pillars (13:2),(31:10)
  • Mountains stabilize the earth and serve as pegs (78:7)

Peaceful Bang…Big Bang

Does a bomb blast ever take place in harmony? Because of a bomb blast, we always find some sort of destruction. We see the loss of lives, loss of money etc. Had anything constructive ever happened out of a blast? Answer certainly is a big No! Did not the Universe and the heavens and earth came into result a result of a bang a blast; The Big Bang. How the perfect harmony?
Everything, every detail from the atom, the smallest unit of matter, to the galaxies harboring billions of stars, from the moon, an inseparable adjunct of the world, to the solar system, all work in a perfect harmony. The big bang must have been a controlled blast. But who controlled it? Surely the Lord, ALLAH.


 

Photo Researchers, Inc./Morton-Milon/Science Source

Milky Way Galaxy

Our own solar system exists within one of the spiral arms of the disk-shaped galaxy called the Milky Way. This false-color image looks toward the center of the Milky Way, located 30,000 light-years away. Bright star clusters are visible along with darker areas of dust and gas.

The Accurate Creation

Hydrogen comprises 75% of the universe, playing a most vital role in its chemistry. Without it there would be no organic materials, no water and, obviously, no earth or oceans. It is, of course, possible that stars could have formed from helium alone if hydrogen did not exist, but they would have burned at a much higher rate. They would have exhausted their fuel in a very short time and exploded long before life could have developed anywhere.

Let us now look at the early history of the universe to see if a haphazard process could have resulted in the production of hydrogen and the ratio of hydrogen to helium of 75 to 25 which now exists. During the first one and a half minutes of the Big Bang, there was total equilibrium. Free neutrons and protons were being continually created and annihilated at fantastic rates. As the universe expanded and the temperature dropped, the reaction rates also slowed down until, at the "freeze out" temperature of 10 (raised to the power of 9) K, the equilibrium was destroyed and the abundance ratios of neutrons and protons remained fixed --- one neutron for every six protons. From then on, neutrons combined with protons to form deuterium, which in turn formed helium, and the unmatched protons formed hydrogen.

Recent detailed analysis by physicists indicates that the preceding factors: (1) the specific abundance ratios of protons and neutrons, (2) the existence of hydrogen, and (3) the specific hydrogen to helium ratios must be considered at least "very remarkable," since they could not have been the result of some haphazard set of circumstances. They imply, as one physicist put "a fortuitous" arrangement of a number of factors from different fields:

1.    A large role is played by the difference between the mass of a proton and that of a neutron. It is calculated that if the neutron's mass was only slightly different, just one thousandth of a percent of change, the neutron would not be able to decay into protons and electrons (thus producing the one proton and one electron needed to produce hydrogen). If this process did not take place, there would be no hydrogen, and in all likelihood, no atoms at all. We would not be here to write this, nor would you, or anyone else, be here to read it!

2.    Free neutrons are unstable particles. They disintegrate spontaneously in about fifteen minutes. If the neutron's lifetime were any different from what it is, the universe would either be all helium, or no helium at all. If the disintegration were faster, the free neutrons could not catch the free protons and helium would not be produced; and if it were slower, then all the free neutrons would catch all the free protons and only helium would be formed. In either case, the result would be the same as for item one, above.

3.    It has been established that there are four forces in nature holding the universe together at the most fundamental level and determining the size and structure of all that we see: gravity, the electromagnetic force, the strong force and the weak force. The strength of gravity (designated as 10 (raised to the minus 39th power)) is infinitesimal compared to the strength of the weak force (10 (raised to the minus 5th power)), yet this is exactly how it has to be. If the two forces were any different, the proton/neutron ratios would be almost zero or almost 100%, and again, life could not exist.

Now let us look very briefly at carbon and oxygen. These are elements which are vital to life on earth. Detailed studies indicate that they have been produced in exactly balanced amounts. Any excess in carbon would have prevented the formation of many materials essential for life. An excess in oxygen would have burned up many carbon bearing biochemicals also essential for life. Once again, studies show that for carbon and oxygen to have been synthesized and produced in the abundance ratios we observe, it required precise matching. This is critical when we remember that those ratios are necessary for life.

The electrons of an atom reside in various states depending on their energy level, giving rise to different chemical properties. Analogous properties exist for the protons and neutrons. These analogous properties are called the nuclear resonance level.

The successful synthesis of carbon and oxygen, as well as their appropriate ratios, is the direct result of their having exactly the correct nuclear resonance levels. If this were not so, the synthesis would place too easily and all carbon would be fused into oxygen! This is too complex a process to try to discuss in this short space, but as physicist Fred Hoyle, in his book Galaxies, Nucleai & Quasars: "carbon and oxygen are like two radio receivers, each tuned to a particular wavelength. Unless the tunings are right, far more oxygen is produced than carbon."

In coming to any conclusions from all this, two points must be remembered. First, as we said in the beginning, these are not isolated coincidences and may be dismissed with the wave of a hand. We have given here two examples as illustrations. Within any field one studies in any detail -- chemistry, physics, biology, etc. -- one will find the same phenomenal fine tuning: specific selections of factors toward a specific goal. Second, each of these "coincidences" requires a coordination of factors from various fields, making the case for "coincidence" even less likely. On the carbon/ oxygen ratios and the delicate positioning of nuclear resonances on which they depend, Fred Hoyle has this conclusion: "if you want to produce carbon and oxygen in roughly equal amounts by stellar nucleosynthesis, these are the two levels you would have to fix and your fixing would have to be where these are actually found to be. A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics as well as chemistry and biology and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature."

How long will most scientists and others who choose not to believe in the magnificent design of God continue to say "fortuitous arrangement of factors" and "remarkable coincidences," in spite of the overwhelming and increasing evidence to the contrary? Apparently, human arrogance has no limit when it comes to admitting the existence of God. As an example, I cite John Barrow (author of the Anthropic Cosmological
Princole). He apparently believes that our existence is actually responsible for the very special structure of the Universe! "Many observations of the natural world, although remarkable, a priori, are seen in this light as inevitable consequences of our own existence."

The preceding quotation, taken at face value, implies that you and I are somehow the cause of the fact that the neutron has a life of fifteen minutes, or that it has a certain weight and not another!

[He is] the one to whom belongs the kingship of the heavens and the Earth. He never had a son, nor does He have any partnership in kingship. He created everything in exact measure; He precisely designed everything.
(Surah Furqan 25:2)

(The above-mentioned facts have been excerpted from Hussein Kowserri's article HYDROGEN, CARBON AND OXYGEN: VITAL ELEMENTS BY ACCIDENT OR DESIGN?)

The above-mentioned example is just a single of the thousand examples available, which force us to think there is an element of creation in the universe. It's impossible for all of it to have come by itself. Look at the structure of water. It is full of miracles. Even if we look into our own body, the complex structures and the great accuracy force us to believe the reality the reality of creation and the reality of the great creator. A small change in the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere, the distance of earth from the sun, the anomalous properties of water will cause all of us to die.

Ayaats in which Quran diverts our attention towards the heavens and the earth (Total 64)

Surah Baqarah 2:33,116,164, Surah Ale Imran 3:190, Surah Nisa 4:170, Surah Maida 5:17,18,120, Surah Anaam 6:1,73,75, Surah Aa'raf 7:54:158,185, Surah Younus 10:3, Surah Hood 11:7,107,108 Surah Yusuf 12:105, Surah Raad 13:15, Surah Ibrahim 14:19,32, Surah Hijr 15:85, Surah Nahl 16:3,52, Surah Israa 17:102, Surah Maryam 19:65,93, Surah Anbiya 21:19,30, Surah Mominun 23,71, Surah Furqan 25:59, Surah Shua'ra 26:24, Surah Naml 27:25,65, Surah Anqaboot 29:44, Surah Room 30:8,22, Surah Luqman 31:26, Surah Sajdah 32:4, Surah Ahzaab 33:72, Surah Faatir 35:41, Surah Yaaseen 36:81, Surah Saafat 37:5, Surah Saad 38:10,66, Surah Zumar 39:5, Surah Ghafir 40:57, Surah Shura 41:29, Surah Zukhruf 43:85, Surah Dukhan 44:7,38, Surah Jasiya 45:3,22, Surah Ahqaaf 46:3,33, Surah Qaaf 50:38, Surah Rahman 55:29, Surah Hadeed 57:1,4, Surah Hashr 59:24, Surah Taghabun 64:3, Surah Naba 78:37.

2-Alternation of Days and Nights

Qur'an encourages us to think over the night and the day no less than 42 times.

And We have made the night and the day two signs, then We have made the sign of the night to pass away and We have made the sign of the day manifest, so that you may seek grace from your Lord, and that you might know the numbering of years and the reckoning; and We have explained everything with distinctness.

(Surah Israa 17:12)

In the alternation of days and nights, there is a sign for logical, wise people. The sun never catches up the moon nor does the moon catch up the sun. What this teaches us? When the sun reaches its peak, it starts coming down. The day does not remain forever nor does the night; showing us that this life is a temporary one. Everything here is bound to perish at its time. We will leave the world soon and others will take our place but what about the unsettled problems. Someone robbed your one-year savings. Someone kidnapped your innocent child and never returned him back. Who is going to give you the return and when? Learn what the nature teaches you. Everyday the alternation of day and night reminds you that soon you are going to leave this world. Soon you are going to die. Have you prepared anything for the world you are heading to?

Qur'an , which was revealed 1400, contains scientific facts regarding the Sun, the Moon that have been newly discovered by modern science.

  • The movement of the Sun
  • Does Moon have light of its own?

The importance of daytime for the continuous of life on earth:

Daytime, sunlight and its heat and radiations are the most important factors which Allah subjected so life can continue on our planet. Thu, when green plants are exposed to sunlight it transfers the energy of light into a chemical energy formed as bonds in the sugar substances this process is called "photosynthesis" also water and carbon dioxide are important components in this process. Photosynthesis is the basic source of almost all energies on earth and food substances, and if it hadn't been for light this process wouldn't exist and all means of life would vanish.

The importance of night for the continuous of life:

Even thought most of the important biological processes take place in daytime, millions of them are at night. Scholars divided photosynthesis reactions into: light reactions which happen only in the existence of light, dark reactions which take place at night and doesn't need light.

The alternation and its effect on life:

The differentiation between daytime and night in length, brightness and darkness, warmth and coldness are important factors for life. For instance, in flowering plants neither fruits nor seeds will grow if flowers haven't, and these flowers don't grow on any plant unless it has a chemical biological substance called" flowering hormone" which leads to the flowering process. This substance is formed only by the alternation of light and dark and their intensity and length; in fact God has created in the kingdom of plant those which need daily darkness until they flower, thus they are called" long night plants" on the contrary, there are others which need light" long daytime plants"

So according to these facts long night plants cant be moved to an environment where daytime is longer than night, therefore the plant will not have flowers, fruits nor seeds this happens if night plants are exposed to artificial light by using big mirrors to change dark into light in some parts of the earth, as a result the biological process of the plant will be disturbed.

There are some creatures; other than plants; that are affected by light and dark like some germs and sea plants.

It has been found that the ozone layer protects earth creatures from getting exposed to intense light so they won't get killed, in fact the increase of light resulted in the decrease of protein 20% from the rate in some plants, and this indicates that night is essential for their living.

From the above we realize that night is very important for life to continue. When I searched in the Quran for verses mentioning day and night, I have found that the word " night" comes before day in most of them which means that night is important as daytime, and the difference between them in length of time in important from a scientific view.

(Above information about the importance of days and nights from the scientific perspective has been excerpted with slight modifications from Miracles from Quran and the world of plant By Dr.Nazmy kaleel abu al Ata
, Specialist in philosophy of biology (plants) in the University of Een Shames)

3-Ships in the seas


As the globe of earth is made two thirds of water (seas and oceans), it was necessary for man to explore ways of moving over and dive under the surface if seas and oceans, if he was to be the master of his own globe. ALLAH draws our attention to the ships in the seas no less than 16 times in the holy Qur'an. See how the ships sail in the seas. In this, there are signs for the believers. How ALLAH taught people the means of transport. People sailing in the ships when caught in some sorts of thunderstorms always call upon the GOD to save him. ALLAH draws our attention to these different means of transport, different types of motion. ALLAH draws our attention towards the flight of the birds in other places as well.

Allah mentions strange facts regarding the seas that were unknown to man the time the Qur'an was revealed.

  • Two seas with an unseen barrier (55:19)
  • The mummy of Pharaoh a sign (10:12)

4-Water coming down from sky as rain

At least 10 times in the holy Qur'an ALLAH draws our attention towards rainfall. The Water cycle, measure of rain, the process of formation of clouds has been discussed in the Qur'an various times and in perfect conciliation with the established science. The four remaining signs mentioned in this verse are closely related.

See the method nature formed for our survival. The heat of the sun, the formation of clouds, and the rainfall isn't this natural irrigation system. Had there been no such system had we been able to make such a large scale irrigation system. Surely, there is a great plan behind it. This great system, the natural system couldn't possibly have to come to existence on its own.

The facts regarding the rain and the complete water cycle mentioned in the Holy Quran are a 'food for thought' for all those in search in of truth.

  • Stage-wise formation of rain (30:48)
  • The Complete Water Cycle

The minimum altitude of rain clouds is 1,200 meters. When dropped from this height, an object having the same weight and size as a rain drop would continuously accelerate and fall on the ground with a speed of 552 km/h.

Initial velocity: 0 m/s Acceleration due to gravity: 9.8 m/s Height: 1200 meters Final velocity: (2aS) ½ = 552 km/h

This gives us the final speed of about 552 km/h. Certainly, any object that hits the ground with that speed would cause great damage. If rain happened to fall in the same way, all harvested lands would be destroyed, residential areas, houses, and cars would be damaged, and people would not be able to walk around without taking extra precautions. What is more, these calculations are made just for clouds at a height of 1,200 meters; there are also rain clouds at altitudes of 10,000 meters. A raindrop falling from such a height could normally reach a very destructive speed about 1593 km/h.

But this is not how it works; no matter from what height they fall, the average speed of rain drops is only 8-10 km/h when they reach the ground. The reason for this is the special form they take. This special form increases the friction effect of the atmosphere and prevents acceleration when the rain drops reach a certain speed "limit". (Today parachutes are designed by using this technique.)

He sends down (from time to time) water from the sky in due measure, and We raise to life therewith a land that is dead. Even so will you be raised (from the dead)
(Surat Zukhruf 43:11)


 

5-Life of earth after its death

This has also been discussed many times in the holy Qur'an.

Logical signs:


ALLAH makes the dead earth alive from water. We see this every day. How the 'living' plants come out from 'dead' seeds. Similarly after the end of this world, ALLAH will send a rain once more. And man will come out of the earth just like plants for the real life.

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amar that ALLAH's apostle Muhammad (S.A.W) said: Then the trumpet will be blown and he who hears it will bend his neck to one side and raise it from the other side. The first one to hear that trumpet will be the person who is busy in setting right the cistern meant for supplying water to the camels. He will faint and the other people will also faint. Then Allah will send or He will cause to be sent rain which will be like dew and there will grow out of it the bodies of people. Then the second trumpet will be blown and they will stand up and begin to look (around). Then it will be said: O people go to your Lord. They will be made to stand there and they will be questioned. Then it will be said: Bring out a group (of them) for the Hell-Fire. It will be asked: How much? It will be said: Nine hundred and ninety-nine out of one thousand for the Hell-Fire. That will be the day that will make the children old because of its terror and that will be the day about which it has been said: "On the day when the shank will be uncovered"

(Sahih Muslim Hadith no 1371)

Rain drops that reach the clouds after being evaporated from the seas, contain certain substances "that will give life" to a dead land. These "life-giving" drops are called "surface tension drops". Surface tension drops form on the top level of the sea surface which is called the "micro layer" by biologists. In this layer, which is thinner than one tenth of a millimeter, there are many organic leftovers caused by the pollution of microscopic algae and zooplankton. Some of these leftovers select and collect within themselves some elements, which are very rare in seawater, such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and some heavy metals like copper, zinc, cobalt and lead. These "fertilizer"-laden drops are lifted up into the sky by the winds and after a while they drop on the ground inside the rain drops. Seeds and plants on the earth find numerous metallic salts and elements essential for their growth here in these rain drops. This event is revealed in another verse of the Qur'an:

And We send down from the sky rain laden with blessing, and We produce therewith gardens and grain for harvests
(Surah Qaf 50:9)

Salts that fall with rain are small examples of certain elements (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc.) used for increasing fertility. The heavy metals found in these types of aerosols are other elements that increase fertility in the development and production of plants.

A barren land can be furnished with all the essential elements for plants in a 100-year period just with these fertilizers dropped with the rain. Forests also develop and are fed with the help of these sea-based aerosols. In this way, 150 million tons of fertilizer falls on the total land surface every year. If there were no natural fertilization like this, there would be very little vegetation on the earth, and the ecological balance would be impaired.

What is more interesting is that God revealed this truth, which was only be discovered by modern science now, and in the Qur'an centuries ago.


 

Does a Tree grow by itself

There is another sign in the life of plants from the 'dead' seed. The tree, as is well known, grows up from a seed out of the earth. From this tiny seed (a seed is not even 1 cubic centimeter in size), arises an enormous wooden mass of 4-5 meters long and hundreds of kilograms in weight. The only thing that the seed can use while constituting this great mass is the earth in which it is buried.

How can a seed know how to form a tree? How can it "reason" to decompose the necessary substances in the soil to create wood? How can it predict the required shape and structure? This last question is especially important, because it is not an ordinary wooden piece that emerges from the seed. It is a complex living organism with roots for assimilating substances from the earth, with veins and with branches that are perfectly organized. A human being has difficulty in drawing even a picture of a tree, while on the contrary a simple seed can produce such an extremely complex object by merely using the substances in the soil.

This observation concludes that a seed is extremely intelligent and wise, even more so than we are. Or to be more precise, there is an amazing intelligence in what a seed does. But what is the source of that intelligence? How can it be possible for a seed to have such intelligence and memory?

No doubt, this question has a single answer: the seed is created by being endowed with the ability to form a tree, that is, it is programmed so in advance. Every seed on earth is encompassed by God and grows within His knowledge. In one of the verses it is stated:

"With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knows but He. He knows whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear." (Surah Anaam, 6:59)

Ayaats of Quran which speak of raising dead from living or vice versa

Surah Baqarah 2:164, Surah Ale Imran 3:27, Surah Anaam 6:95, Surah Nahl 16:65, Surah Hajj 22:6, Surah Anqaboot 29:63, Surah Room 30:19,24,50, Surah Shura 42:9, Surah Jasiya 45:5, Surah Hadeed 57:17.

6-Dispersing all kinds of animals on earth

How many different types of creatures are there? Who created them all? The parasites in your body, the strange creatures in the depth of the seas, the numerous types of birds, the small insects: who created them all? Did they all come to existence by a mere chance? Who gives food to all of them, who gives them food in the depth of the seas and in the skies? Few creatures also live in the stones. Who takes the food there? Surely, the lord of all living things: ALLAH.

ALLAH mentions in the holy Qur'an facts about various organisms including the human beings, which are in perfect conciliation with the modern established science.

  • Hexagonal structure of the honey bee 'houses'
  • Embryology of humans
  • Remedy in the honey

In scientific terms, animals are multicellular organisms that obtain energy by eating food. There are almost 200 million known species and surely there are many more still awaiting to be identified. There are almost 25,000 recognized types of fishes and about 200-300 new are identified each year. The small insects we see every where; 1 million different species of insects have been identified so far. Did all those species come to existence on their own? Isn't there a divine design behind it?

How far spread these animals are. There are animals (fishes) whish live in the depth of the seas. Some live in the air; touching the heights e.g. eagles. Some live in the deserts e.g. deserts. Some live in the ice caps e.g. polar bear, penguin. Some live inside other organisms: like the parasites in our own body. Some are too small to be seen with naked eye e.g. the parasites and the spring tails that reach a density of 50,000 per square meter (more than 5,000 per square foot). Some are so big that they are cannibals e.g. the white rhinoceros reaching a weight of over three metric ton and there are whale sharks, which can be as much as 40 feet long. Some have very sharp eyesight. Some hardly see. Some have extraordinary sense of hearing. Some do not hear at all. These are widespread about which ALLAH is talking in this verse and all of them have special features of their own. When we see the animals living at the poles, there bodily structure is the ideal one for them to live in the extreme cold. The fishes swim easily. The birds fly easily. The camels have the perfect structure for the desert. Did this all happen by chance?

Sahih Bukhari Volume no 4 Hadith no 226

Jabir bin Abdullah said, "We set out, and we were three-hundred men carrying our journey-food on our shoulders. Then we began to eat a single date each per day." A man asked (Jabir), "O Abu Abdullah! How could a person be satisfied with a single date?" Jabir replied, "We realized the value of that one date when we could not even have that much till we reached the sea-shore, when all of a sudden we saw a huge fish cast by the sea. So, we ate of it as much as we wished for eighteen days."

Sahih Bukhari Volume no 5 Hadith no 646

Jabir bin Abdullah said, "Allah's Apostle sent troops to the sea coast and appointed Abu 'Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah as their commander, and they were 300 (men). We set out, and we had covered some distance on the way, when our journey food ran short. So Abu 'Ubaida ordered that all the food present with the troops be collected, and it was collected. Our journey food was dates, and Abu Ubaida kept on giving us our daily ration from it little by little (piecemeal) till it decreased to such an extent that we did not receive except a date each." I asked (Jabir), "How could one date benefit you?" He said, "We came to know its value when even that finished." Jabir added, "Then we reached the sea (coast) where we found a fish like a small mountain. The people (i.e. troops) ate of it for 18 nights (i.e. days). Then Abu 'Ubaida ordered that two of its ribs be fixed on the ground (in the form of an arch) and that a she-camel be ridden and passed under them. So it passed under them without touching them."

One of the professors of physics at Oxford University, Robert Mattheus states the same fact in his book published in 1992 where he explains that God created DNA molecules. Mattheus says that all these stages proceed in a perfect harmony from a single cell to a living baby, then to a little child, and finally to an adolescent. All these events can be explained only by a miracle, just as in all the other stages of biology. Mattheus asks how such a perfect and complex organism can emerge from such a simple and tiny cell and how a glorious HUMAN is created from a cell even smaller than the dot on the letter 'i'. He finally concludes that this is nothing short of a miracle. (Robert Matthews, Unraveling the Mind of God, London Bridge, July, 1995, p.8)


 


 

7-Change of Clouds and Winds


 


Look at the different seasons of the year. They teach you a special lesson. See how immediately after the spring, the autumn comes and the whole beauty disappears. Everything has an end in this world. This world is not eternal. This is what the days teach us: night after every day. What the months teach us: autumn after every spring. Similarly: Death after Life and then Life after death (another spring, an eternal one). Time never remains the same. If you think you'll live in this world forever then you are in great ignorance.


 

The facts regarding formation of clouds mentioned in detail in the Holy Quran are in 100 percent conciliation with the present day science.

  • Stage-wise formation of clouds
  • Mountain masses of clouds

In this verse ALLAH states that and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth. Understanding this statement at the time when the Quran was revealed must have been very difficult and now when we know the actual meaning of this verse we are bound to think; why there is a verse in the Quran, which mentions scientific facts to unknown to the people at that time. The answer is simple: People did not know the fact at that time but surely the creator of the heavens and the earth knew that, the GOD knew that and he revealed those facts to his messenger. Once again proving that Quran is the word of GOD.

Clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth. This statement seems strange at first. Now think of the water cycle. Cloud is the condensed form of atmospheric moisture consisting of small water droplets or tiny ice crystals. Clouds are the principal visible phenomena of the atmosphere. They represent a transitory but vital step in the water cycle, which includes evaporation of moisture from the surface of the earth, carrying of this moisture into higher levels of the atmosphere, condensation of water vapor into cloud masses, and final return of water to the surface as precipitation. Therefore, actually the water keeps on circulating. There's nothing new in the clouds, as people previously thought. It's the water of the same world: Sometimes it in the oceans, sometimes in the clouds and sometimes coming down as rain; subservient between the heaven and the earth.

Wind is the air in motion. The term is usually applied to the natural horizontal motion of the atmosphere; motion in a vertical, or nearly vertical, direction is called a current. Winds are produced by differences in atmospheric pressure, which are primarily attributable to differences in temperature. The wind is also the same 'air' that keeps on moving between the heaven and the earth. Or this verse might be referring to the currents motion of atmosphere in vertical or nearly vertical direction.

Conclusion:

Science is a method that verifies the absolute truths provided by religion.
The clash between religion and science can only hold true for certain religions that incorporate some superstitious elements as well as divine sources. However, this is certainly out of the question for Islam, which relies only on the pure revelation of God. Moreover, Islam particularly advocates scientific enquiry, and announces that probing the universe is a method to explore the creation of God. The Arabic verse used for the verses of the Quran is also آيه, which also means ' sign '. Every verse of Quran is a sign. The Holy Quran itself is the biggest sign of ALLAH.


 


 


 


 

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Big Bang (21:30)

Wait... And isn't there a different place in the Quran where God asked heaven and earth to join together, willingly or otherwise? If someone makes two guesses "they were together, and were cloved" and "they were apart, and were joined", doesn't he have a very good chance of being right on at least one? and really, if you call that a definition of big bang, then I am sure humpty dumpty predicts robotics.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

There are other places as well where Qur'an gives a hint to the big bang. Quran is not a book of Geography, Astronomy etc. It just touches these subjects, and the way it touches, the accurate information that it delivers confirms its divine origin.

The Ayat (21:30) would be explained in detail when I reach there and same goes for (41:9-11) to which you pointed.

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Just a little note regarding 41:9-11 which says
"Say: What! do you indeed disbelieve in Him Who created the earth in two periods, and do you set up equals with Him? That is the Lord of the Worlds. And He made in it mountains above its surface, and He blessed therein and made therein its foods, in four periods: alike for the seekers. Then He directed Himself to the heaven and it is a vapor, so He said to it and to the earth: Come both, willingly or unwillingly. They both said: We come willingly. So He ordained them seven heavens in two periods, and revealed in every heaven its affair; and We adorned the lower heaven with brilliant stars and (made it) to guard; that is the decree of the Mighty, the Knowing."

Point # 1 : You can easily take it as a metaphor, if the unwilling partnership b/w earth and its atmosphere doesn't fit into your mind.

Point # 2 : Dr. Haluk Nabraki (Onclogist) points to another striking fact regarding these verses in his book. Recent Explorations have revealed that possession of atmosphere is one of the most difficult things for a planet to achieve. In other words there is a baffling opposition between a planet and its atmosphere ( 'nearest heaven'). Atmosphere consists of Gaseous atoms in the near sky. In all large planets these atoms are assimilated to the surface of the planet, while in small planets the gravitational force is insufficient to bind the atoms. These gases then escape, leaving the planet barren. In short , the molecules and atoms try to escape into space, while the earth tries to attract and captivate them.
Quran has described this phenomenon in the most accurate way. It mentions both the attractive force(طوعاً ) and the repulsive force (كرهاً ) and it also tells us that the attractive force is the one that is effective.

Johan Marco said...

subahanallah nice explanation

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