In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful
In today’s society, many hold the belief that science has proven ALL religions to be false and incorrect. However, Islam has shown that religion and science in actual fact go hand in hand. The Quran mentions in detail various aspects of science ranging from the fields of Astronomy to Zoology. Furthermore, the Quran mentions explicitly proven scientific facts that no individual could have known at the time the Quran was revealed 1400 years ago. As Allah mentions in the Quran: “In the heavens and the earth there are signs for the believers. And in your creation and all the creatures He has scattered about there are signs for people with certainty” (45:3-4). Mentioned below are some of these astronomical signs.
THE MIRACLE OF HONEY
Allah states in the Quran; “Your Lord inspired the bees… From their bellies comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a sign in that for people who reflect.” (16:68-69).
In the above verse, Allah clearly states that in honey there is “healing for mankind”. Have you ever stopped and wondered how important the food source of honey is?
Honey contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and C. Furthermore, honey is composed of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. During the recent World Apiculture Conference, scientists from around the world reached a general consensus that honey, royal jelly, pollen and bee resin aid in the cure of many diseases such as cataract, hemorrhoids, skin infections, gynecological diseases and many other disorders.
Moreover, honey also has many other benefits for the human body such as allowing the kidneys and intestines to function better by permitting foods to be more easily digested. Another quality of honey is that, when it is compared with the same amount of sugar, it gives 40% less calories to the body. Thus, giving great energy to the body while not adding weight. In addition to this, honey helps support blood formation and aids in the cleansing of the blood.
In has only been in the past couple of decades that man has begun to understand some of the many benefits that honey possess and yet the Quran (which was revealed 1400 years ago) mentions that in honey there is “healing for mankind” and could be used to treat all of the above disorders. Who then could have informed us of this fact? As Allah concludes the verse by stating; “There is certainly a sign in that for people who reflect”.
THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE.
The discovery by scientists in the 21st century that the universe was continually expanding with new galaxies constantly forming was a great astronomical finding. However, Allah has informed us of this scientific fact 1400 years prior where He states in the Quran “It is We who have built the universe with (Our creative) power, and verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it” (51:47).
It has only been through the use of modern instruments that scientists have been able to prove that the universe is constantly expanding. One then should ask, how could the above verse be stated 14 centuries ago without divine intervention?
“There are certainly signs in that for people who reflect” (45:13).
THE SEVEN LAYERS OF HEAVEN
Throughout the Quran, Allah makes reference to the earth’s atmosphere and the seven different heavens or skies that He created by stating; “It is Allah who has created the seven heavens and of the earth the same number” (65:12).
When we examine the composition of the earth’s atmosphere, we find that it is made up of seven layers that include;
1st layer: Troposphere 2nd layer: Stratosphere 3rd layer: Mesosphere 4th layer :Thermosphere 5th layer: Ionosphere 6th layer: Exosphere 7th layer: Magnetosphere
If this scientific fact was only discovered late last century, then who could have informed us that the earth’s atmosphere comprised of seven different layers 1400 years ago?
“How many signs there are in the heavens and earth! Yet they (mankind) pass them by; turning away from them” (12:105).
Furthermore, Allah explains in the Quran another fact concerning the earth’s atmosphere by stating; “We have made the sky a persevered and protected roof yet they (mankind) still turn away from our signs” (21:32).
Could this ‘preserved and protected roof’ which is stated in the above verse be referring to the O-Zone layer? Allah has created this “protective roof” to absorb most of the X-ray and ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. Without this absorption, life on earth would not be possible.
WATER IS THE KEY TO LIFE
Today, the general consensus reached amongst scientists is that all life came from the sea; ie; aquatic. It has only in the past 50 years that scientists have discovered that every living organism was created from water. The human body itself is made up of over 70% water. However, this scientific fact was mentioned in the Quran 14 centuries ago where Allah states; “And We have made from water every living thing. Will they (mankind) not then believe? (21:30).
The above statement that water is an essential element for life is further elaborated on in another verse. “And Allah has created every animal from water; of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills; For verily Allah has power over all things.” (24:45).
Who could have informed us of this scientific fact; that EVERY living organism was created from water if not from a divine source?
“There are signs for people who use their intellect” (45:5).
THE MIRACLE OF THE OCEANS AND SEAS
Modern Science has discovered that in the places where two different seas meet, there is a barrier between them that separates the two seas from every meeting. This barrier divides the two seas so that each sea has its own temperature, salinity and density. For example, Mediterranean seawater is warm, saline and less dense, compared to Atlantic ocean water. When Mediterranean seawater enters the Atlantic ocean over the Gibraltar sill, it moves several hundred kilometers into the Atlantic at a depth of 1000 metres
with its own warm, saline and less dense characteristics.The Mediterranean water stabilizes at this depth.
Although there are large waves, strong currents, and tides in the sea, they do not mix or transgress this barrier. The Holy Quran mentions this scientific phenomenon of seas that possess different characteristics not contravening on one another’s boundaries by stating:
“He has set free the two seas meeting together. There is a barrier between them that they do not transgress” (55:19-20).
This has only been a recent scientific discovery. The human eye cannot see the difference between two seas that meet, rather the two seas appear to us as being one homogenous
One must then ask, how could a man 14 centuries prior accurately state this scientific fact without the use of advanced scientific equipment to measure water temperature, salinity, density and oxygen dissolubility without it coming from a divine source? As Allah mentions in the Holy Quran, “Verily in the heavens and earth are signs for the believers” (45:3).
THE MIRACLE OF POLLINATION
The Quran states “Glory be to Him (Allah) who created in pairs all things, that which the earth produces (the vegetable kingdom), as well as their own (human) kind, and of that
which they know not” (36:36). The mystery of sex runs through all creation; in man, in animal life and in the vegetable kingdom. The above verse is especially significant as it refers to Allah creating ‘pairs’ in all things including the vegetable kingdom and thus mentioning the process of pollination. Pollination or plant reproduction occurs when the male germ cell of a plant reaches the stigma, the female reproductive part of the same species of plant.
The process of pollination and the belief that plants are created in pairs of a male and female is further re-iterated in another verse in the Quran that states “(Allah is the One who) sent water down from the sky and thereby We brought forth pairs of plants each separate from the other” (20:53).
Who could have informed us 14 centuries ago that different ‘pairs’ of male and female existed within plants allowing pollination and plant reproduction to occur if not through
divine intervention? “In these are signs for people of learning” (30:22).
These are just some of the many miracles that are contained in the Quran. We should thus ask ourselves, if the human race is the most intelligent form of life on this earth and we could not have been able to understand any of these verses that were stated in the Quran 1400 years ago because of the fact we did not have the knowledge nor the technology we possess today to prove such statements true. Then one can come to the conclusion that something more intelligent, more knowledgeable and more superior than that of a human
being must have sent these verses down to us, as the Quran could not have been written without divine intervention. As Allah states “We will show them our signs in the universe and within themselves until it is clear to them that it (the Quran) is the truth” (41:53).
Islam, through its clear proofs and signs makes it one of the world’s fastest growing religions. As Allah says “And you see that the people enter Allah’s religion (Islam) in crowds” (100:2). These verses mentioned amongst others are the primary reason why many today are choosing to embrace the religion of Islam and testifying that there is no other God worthy of worship except Allah: an invitation that is extended to all of mankind.