THE QUR'AN IS THE WORD OF ALLAH
that we have seen in this work shows us one clear fact: The Qur'an,
this extraordinary book which was revealed to the Seal of the Prophets,
Muhammad (saas), is a source of inspiration and true knowledge.
The book of Islam-no matter what subject it refers to-is being proved
as Allah's Word as each new piece of historical, scientific or archaeological
information comes to light. Facts about scientific subjects and
the news delivered to us about the past and future, facts that no
one could have known at the time of the Qur'an's revelation, are
announced in its verses. It is impossible for this information,
examples of which we have discussed in detail in this book, to have
been known with the level of knowledge and technology available
in 7th century Arabia. With this in mind, let us ask:
Could anyone in 7th century Arabia have known that our atmosphere
is made up of seven layers?
Could anyone in 7th century Arabia have known in detail the various
stages of development from which an embryo grows into a baby and
then enters the world from inside his mother?
Could anyone in 7th century Arabia have known that the universe
is "steadily expanding," as the Qur'an puts it, when modern scientists
have only in recent decades put forward the idea of the "Big Bang"?
Could anyone in 7th century Arabia have known about the fact that
each individual's fingertips are absolutely unique, when we have
only discovered this fact recently, using modern technology and
modern scientific equipment?
Could anyone in 7th century Arabia have known about the role of
one of Pharaoh's most prominent aids, Haman, when the details of
hieroglyphic translation were only discovered two centuries ago?
Could anyone in 7th century Arabia have known that the word "Pharaoh"
was only used from the 14th century B.C. and not before, as the
Old Testament erroneously claims?
Could anyone in 7th century Arabia have known about Ubar and Iram's
Pillars, which were only discovered in recent decades via the use
of NASA satellite photographs?
The only answer to these questions is as follows: the Qur'an is
the Word of the Almighty Allah, the Originator of everything and
the One Who encompasses everything with His knowledge. In one verse,
Allah says, "If it had been from other than Allah, they
would have found many inconsistencies in it." (Qur'an,
4:82) Every piece of information the Qur'an contains reveals the
secret miracles of this divine book.
The human being is meant to hold fast to this Divine Book revealed
by Allah and to receive it with an open heart as his one and only
guide in life. In the Qur'an, Allah tells us the following:
This Qur'an could never have been devised by
any besides Allah. Rather it is confirmation of what came before
it and an elucidation of the Book which contains no doubt from
the Lord of all the worlds. Do they say, "He has invented it"?
Say: "Then produce a sura like it and call on anyone you can besides
Allah if you are telling the truth." (Qur'an, 10:37-38)
And this is a Book We have sent down and blessed,
so follow it and have fear of Allah so that hopefully you will
gain mercy. (Qur'an, 6:155)