Thursday, August 27, 2009

Surah Ale Imran (3:27) – Life from death and vice versa, Geo-spherical Shape of the Earth




تُولِجُ اللَّيْلَ فِي الْنَّهَارِ وَتُولِجُ النَّهَارَ فِي اللَّيْلِ وَتُخْرِجُ الْحَيَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَتُخْرِجُ الَمَيَّتَ مِنَ الْحَيِّ وَتَرْزُقُ مَن تَشَاء بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

Thou makest the night to pass into the day and Thou makest the day to pass into the night, and Thou bringest forth the living from the dead and Thou bringest forth the dead from the living, and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest without measure

M shakir's Quran translation

"Thou causest the night to gain on the day, and thou causest the day to gain on the night; Thou bringest the Living out of the dead, and Thou bringest the dead out of the Living; and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest, without measure."

Yusuf Ali's Quran Translation

Thou causest the night to pass into the day, and Thou causest the day to pass into the night. And Thou bringest forth the living from the dead, and Thou bringest forth the dead from the living. And Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou choosest, without stint.

Pickthall's Quran Translation

Passing of Day into Night and vice verse

Many orientalists claim that the Quran presents a flat earth. This verse of Quran explicitly refutes the claim. Quran says," He makes the night pass in the day and the day pass into the night", that clearly means that earth is not flat. Had the earth been flat the days and night would have occurred in fraction of seconds but the day passes slowly into the night and the night passing slowly into the night indicating that earth is spherical in shape. It becomes further clear when we read (39:5):

خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ بِالْحَقِّ يُكَوِّرُ اللَّيْل عَلَى النَّهَارِ وَيُكَوِّرُ النَّهَارَ عَلَى اللَّيْلِ

He has created the heavens and the earth with the truth; He makes the night cover the day and makes the day overtake the night.

More discussion on this topic under Surah Az Zumar(39:5), Surah An Naazi'aat(79:30)

From the ancient times, people had been thinking that the earth is flat. Although as long as ago as 340 B.C. the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his book On the Heavens was able to put forward two good arguments that the earth was a round sphere rather than a flat one, still the common belief in the people was that the earth is flat. Later discoveries proved that the earth is round. Many religious scriptures of the word say that earth is flat but Quran gives the exact shape of the earth. It is mentioned in the Bible, "The devil took him (i.e. Jesus Christ, peace be upon him) to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth and its glory"(Mathew 4:8)

'The devil took him to a high mountain and showed him the glory of all the kingdoms of the world'
(Luke 4:5)

Even if we go to the tallest mountain of the world that is Mount Everest which is 8850 m high we cannot see the whole world. The other side of the world will still be invisible to us no matter what the height of the mountain unless if the earth is flat. Hence, the biblical earth is flat in nature.
If we deem it a miracle, then what was the need of taking Jesus Peace be Upon him on the highest mountain. Angel could have showed Jesus the whole world from the surface of earth even. There are many such scientific, logical and mathematical errors in the bible. The Jehovah's Witnesses, in their "AWAKE!" Magazine dated 8 September, 1957, carried this astonishing headline — "50000 ERRORS IN THE BIBLE?" but by the grace of ALLAH Almighty Quran is free from all errors.

Raising the dead from the living and vice versa

This had already been discussed under Surah Al Baqarah (2:164). Allah is the ultimate creator of this universe. Life on earth is only a preparation for the hereafter. The Real Life is actually the upcoming life. Allah gave us life when we were nothing. He formed us out from nothing. Allah will make us die again and will make us rise again on the Day of Judgment. Allah shows his signs to us in this universe. Allah can make non-living thing come out of living things and living things come out of nonliving things. Hen is a living thing, it gives out a non-living thing an 'egg', and from this non-living thing a living thing, a chick comes up. This one example fulfils this verse but the thing does not end here. There are many such examples in the universe. First man on the earth was Hazrat Adam. He was created from dust.

Surely, the likeness of Isa is with Allah as the likeness of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, Be, and he was. (Surah Ale Imran 3:59)

Dust is a non-living thing. Man came out from a non-living thing and one day every one has to die. We all will be only flesh and bones in the cemetery one day. Flesh and bones are dead. Once again from these dead things a lively human will come. He will be taken to Allah for the 'Result Day'.

Trees are living things, which come from nonliving seeds. Trees give fruits, which contain non-living seeds, and these non-living seeds one again give rise to living trees. Every seed knows which tree it has to give rise too. A Mango seed will never give rise to an apple tree. There are at least 235,500 types of trees. (Encarta) It is strange that every from the exact seed out of the 235,000 the same tree comes out. Some species of tree only grow to 4 m (13 ft) in height, but the tallest species may reach heights of more than 112 m (more than 367 ft). Each seed knows how high it has to go. This is what is termed as "intelligent design" in scientific terms.

For scientific and logical explanation see Surah Baqarah 2:164

Raising the Dead from the living and vice versa is also evident in the food cycle. For that see Surah Anaam 6:73



See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah Ale Imran here


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Anonymous said...

Day passes slowly into night because of the atmosphere. When the sun is not visible to an observer, the atmosphrere above that observer is still illuminated by sunlight. This would have been possible even if earth had been flat. Actaully many madrassas still teach their students that earth is flat.

Egg and seeds are living things. I think here Quran refers to the atoms and molecules that turn into living things. Like humans are made up of water, minerals, hydrocarbons etc

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