Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surah Al Baqarah (2:26) – Quran foretells Parasites

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَسْتَحْيِي أَن يَضْرِبَ مَثَلاً مَّا بَعُوضَةً فَمَا فَوْقَهَا فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ فَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّهِمْ وَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فَيَقُولُونَ مَاذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِهَذَا مَثَلاً يُضِلُّ بِهِ كَثِيراً وَيَهْدِي بِهِ كَثِيراً وَمَا يُضِلُّ بِهِ إِلاَّ الْفَاسِقِينَ

Surely Allah is not ashamed to set forth any parable-- (that of) a gnat or any thing above that; then as for those who believe, they know that it is the truth from their Lord, and as for those who disbelieve, they say: What is it that Allah means by this parable: He causes many to err by it and many He leads aright by it! but He does not cause to err by it (any) except the transgressors,

M Shakir's Translation

Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things, lowest as well as highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; but those who reject Faith say: "What means Allah by this similitude?" By it He causes many to stray, and many He leads into the right path; but He causes not to stray, except those who forsake (the path),

Yusuf Ali's Quran Translation


Lo! Allah disdaineth not to coin the similitude even of a gnat. Those who believe know that it is the truth from their Lord; but those who disbelieve say: What doth Allah wish (to teach) by such a similitude? He misleadeth many thereby, and He guideth many thereby; and He misleadeth thereby only miscreants;

Pickthall's Quran Translation

Parasites

Word Analysis:

The Arabic word فوق can imply both top or smaller. بَعُوضَةً in the verse means a gnat or an insect and بَعُوضَةً فَمَا فَوْقَهَا means 'the insect and what is on the top of it' or 'the insect and what is smaller than it'.

Amazingly, who could have thought in Prophet Muhammad's time that there are things smaller than the insects even? Who could have thought that there are living organisms smaller than the mosquitoes even 1400 years ago when there was no microscope no scientific knowledge? This verse amazingly points to those parasites that live inside and on skin of other organisms. Parasites (scientifically) are organism that lives in or on a second organism, called a host. Parasites exist in most life forms, from bacteria infected by the viruses known as bacteriophages, to humans, who are subject to more than 100 parasites known to cause disease. In this, there are signs for those who think.


 


 

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2 comments:

Perf said...

Seven heavens mentioned in ascension is different from seven heavens that include ionosphere, stratosphere & the 5 other

Quran Institute said...

Thanks for sharing This Surah. I was finding Surah Baqarah for blog as well. This will make easy for me.

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