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Science Vs Revelation

Allah says: “We shall show them Our signs on the horizons and within themselves until it will become clear to them that it (i.e. the Qur’an) is the Truth. Does it not suffice that your Lord is Witness over all things?” [The Qur’an (41:53)]

Many Qur’anic verses that discuss “Embryology,” “Water and Life,” “Creation of the universe and its expansion,” “Deep sea currents,” etc., were all presented to several world renown scholars and well known professors, each in his field of expertise, among them are the following notable ones:

Professor Keith L. Moore: He is one of the greatest scientist in anatomy and genetics in the world if not the greatest of them all. In 1984, he received the most distinguished prize in the field of anatomy in Canada. He was honored by the Canadian Association of Anatomists with the prestigious J.C.B. Grant Award, Jerant Prize from the Canadian Association of Anatomy Specialists. He led several international associations such as Canadian and American Association of Anatomy Specialists and united assembly of virtual science. He was a former President of the Canadian Association of Anatomists, and of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. He wrote a book that was used for teaching in most medical colleges in the world. This book was translated to more than 10 languages. He is the publisher of the famous book “The Developing Human”. He has published more than 150 research articles, chapters and books in this field. In 1994 he received the Honored Member Award of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists “for outstanding contributions to the field of clinical anatomy.” In 2007, the American Association of Anatomists awarded him with the first Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award. Now let’s see what Professor Moore as one of the most knowledgeable persons on earth in the field of Anatomy had to say about the Qur’an.
At a conference in Saudi Arabia, he said: “For the past three years, I have worked with the Embryology Committee of King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, helping them to interpret the many statements in the Qur’an and Sunnah referring to human reproduction and prenatal development. At first I was astonished by the accuracy of the statements that were recorded in the 7th century AD, before the science of embryology was established. Although I was aware of the glorious history of Muslim scientists in the 10th century AD, and some of their contributions to Medicine, I knew nothing about the religious facts and beliefs contained in the Qur’an and Sunnah (i.e. Prophet Muhammad’s sayings).”
At a conference in Moscow, after one of the attending Russian scientists declared embracing Islam in the conference after the scientific facts he found through his studies in the Qur’an, Prof. Moore said: “The Qur’anic terms for the development of baby creation in human body reached a level of accuracy and publicity that the modern science has not reached yet. Which means that this Qur’an is impossible to be except the words of God and that Muhammad is his messenger.”
At a conference in Cairo, he presented a research paper and stated: “It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur’an about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God, or Allah, because most of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God, or Allah”. He also stated that: “…Because the staging of human embryos is complex, owing to the continuous process of change during development, it is proposed that a new system of classification could be developed using the terms mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah. The proposed system is simple, comprehensive, and conforms with present embryological knowledge.”

Professor E. Marshall Johnson: Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, and the Director of the Daniel Baugh Institute. He is the author of over 200 publications and the former President of the Teratology Society among other accomplishments. Professor Marshall said:
“…in summary, the Qur’an describes not only the development of external form, but emphasizes also the internal stages, the stages inside the embryo, of its creation and development, emphasizing major events recognized by contemporary science…”
“As a scientist, I can only deal with things which I can specifically see. I can understand embryology and developmental biology. I can understand the words that are translated to me from the Qur’an. As I gave the example before, if I were to transpose myself into that era, knowing what I do today and describing things, I could not describe the things that were described…”
“I see no evidence to refute the concept that this individual Muhammad had to be developing this information from some place… so I see nothing here in conflict with the concept that divine intervention was involved in what he was able to write…”

Dr. T.V.N. Persaud: Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author and editor of 25 books, has contributed 31 chapters to publications, and has published over 180 scientific papers. In 1991 he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada, the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists. Professor Persaud said:
“It seems to me that Muhammad was a very ordinary man, he couldn’t read, didn’t know how to write, in fact he was an illiterate… We’re talking about 1400 years ago, you have some illiterate person making profound statements that are amazingly accurate, of a scientific nature… I personally can’t see how this could be mere chance, there are too many accuracies and like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind reconciling that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which lead him to these statements.”

Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson: Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He is the President of the American Fertility Society, and has served in many other professional, national, and international organizations. He has received numerous awards including Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology Public Recognition Award in 1992. He has published more than 400 chapters and articles in journals and books. Professor Simpson said:
“….these Hadiths (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) could not have been obtained on the basis of the scientific knowledge that was available at the time of the ‘writer’… It follows that not only is there no conflict between genetics and religion (Islam) but in fact religion (Islam) may guide science by adding revelation to some of the traditional scientific approaches… There exist statements in the Qur’an shown centuries later to be valid which support knowledge in the Qur’an having been derived from God.”

Dr. Tajatat Tajason: Head of the Department of Anatomy, University of Chiang Mai, Thailand, said: “In the last three years, I became interested in the Qur’an… From my studies and what I have learned throughout this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Qur’an fourteen hundred years ago must be the truth that can be proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the one who is eligible creator. This creator must be God, or Allah. I think this is the time to say La Alaha illa Allah, there is no god to worship except Allah (God), Muhammad rasulo Allah, Muhammad is the Prophet…The most precious thing I have gained from coming to this conference is La Alaha illa Allah, and to have become Muslim.”

The list goes on and on including many scientists, some of them embraced Islam, and others who didn’t for personal reasons but acknowledged the scientific statements in the Qur’an and agreed that Prophet Muhammad couldn’t have known those facts centuries before discovering them unless they were divine revelations.

Dr. Gary Miller: Now known as “Abdul-Ahad ‘Omar” after embracing Islam. He is a Canadian Mathematician and former Christian Missionary who through his study in the Bible discovered many inconsistencies. In 1978, he happened to read the Qur’an expecting that it too would contain a mixture of truth and false statements. He discovered to his amazement that the message of the Qur’an was precisely the same as the essence of truth that he had distilled from the Bible. Dr. Miller became a Muslim and since then has been active in giving public presentations on Islam including radio and television appearances. He is also the author of several articles and publications about Islam. He gave his wonderful lectures about the Qur’an titled “The amazing Qur’an.”

Dr. Maurice Bucaille: He is the author of a best-seller, “The Bible, The Qur’an and Science” (1976). His classical studies of the scriptural languages, including Arabic, in association with his knowledge of hieroglyphics, have allowed him to hold a multidisciplinary inquiry, in which his personal contribution as a medical doctor has produced conclusive arguments. His work, “Mummies of the Pharaohs – Modern Medical Investigations” (St. Martins Press, 1990), won a History Prize from the Académie Française and another prize from the French National Academy of Medicine. His other works include: “What is the Origin of Man” (Seghers, 1988), “Moses and Pharaoh, the Hebrews in Egypt”, (NTT Mediascope Inc, 1994), and “Réflexions sur le Coran” (Mohamed Talbi & Maurice Bucaille, Seghers, 1989). After a study which lasted ten years, Dr. Maurice Bucaille addressed the French Academy of Medicine in 1976 concerning the existence in the Qur’an of certain statements concerning physiology and reproduction. His reason for doing that was as he stated:
“…our knowledge of these disciplines is such that it is impossible to explain how a text produced at the time of the Qur’an could have contained ideas that have only been discovered in modern times.”
“The above observation makes the hypothesis advanced by those who see Muhammad as the author of the Qur’an untenable. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature?”
“How could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature that no other human-being could possibly have developed at that time, and all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?”

Dr. Jeffrey Lang: He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas. He embraced Islam when he was about to be 30 years old at the early 80s. Since then, he has been an active and influential voice in Islamic Circles throughout America.

There are many more scientists than could be listed here. I just wanted to give you a quick brief of what some of them said. Their words shall always stand as incontestable evidence proving that what some people say about the Qur’an, and that it’s full of false scientific statements is all untrue. The opinions of Islam attackers are always built upon falsified statements which they misinterpret or mistranslate intentionally. Many non-Muslims are easily misguided by those ignorant figures because they disdain to ask Muslim scholars about the intended meanings of what they don’t understand.

The findings of scientists did not contradict what Allah has revealed to Prophet Muhammad 14 centuries ago, on the contrary, the discoveries of science prove that the Qur’an is a true message from our Creator. It is really overwhelming that a man speaks about the start of all creation and tells us that this was revealed to him by the Creator himself, then 1400 years later, scientists reach through modern-science discoveries that would build theories resembling what this man had said. Amazingly, most of those scientists were not Muslims. The question here is what could have made an unlettered Arab from the desert all of a sudden indulge in such Physical and Biological matters after a lifetime of living a completely plain simple life?! The answer is that he didn’t as he couldn’t, it was something beyond his knowledge and beyond the knowledge of all people at that time. Some people like to say that he copied those statements from the Bible, those are the ones who truly make me laugh, to them I say, “Kindly read Dr. Maurice Bucaille’s book mentioned above, he said what’s enough regarding this stupid claim.”

Prophet Muhammad was unlettered, he never read or wrote a word during his life. Reason says that he couldn’t have produced such an amazing 600 pages book. It was The Creator who revealed it to him so that when his message reaches us centuries later, we would believe it and follow its guidance. In reference to this, Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Neither did you (O Muhammad) read any book before it, nor did you write any book with your hand. In that case, indeed, the followers of falsehood might have doubted, nay, it is but clear signs in the chests of those endowed with knowledge: and none but the unjust reject Our signs.” [The Qur’an (29:48-49)]
“Allah did not create (all) that except in truth. He details the signs (in the Qur’an) for people of knowledge.”  [The Qur’an (10:5)]
“And those who were given knowledge see that which was sent down upon you (Muhammad) by your Lord is the truth and guides to the path of the Exalted (in Might) the worthy of all praise.” [The Qur’an (34:6)]


For a made easy example on some of the Qur’anic verses having scientific implications kindly read my relevant posts The Massive Universe & The Qur’an & Evolution. Also for a quick overview on how the revelations affected the early Muslim generations, and their attitude towards knowledge and science, kindly read Islamic Golden Age.

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Written by: Ehab Shawky


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