The Amazing Quran

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One thing which surprises non-Muslims who are examining the book very closely is that the Quran does not appear to them to be what they expected. What they assume is that they have an old book which came fourteen centuries ago from the Arabian desert; and they expect that the book should look something like that - an old book from the desert. And then they find out that it does not resemble what they expected at all. Additionally, one of the first things that some people assume is that because it is an old book which comes from the desert, it should talk about the desert. Well the Quran does talk about the desert - some of its imagery describes the desert; but it also talks about the sea - what it's like to be in a storm on the sea.

Merchant Marine

Some years ago, the story came to us in Toronto about a man who was in the merchant marine and made his living on the sea. A Muslim gave him a translation of the Quran to read. The merchant marine knew nothing about the history of Islam but was interested in reading the Quran. When he finished reading it, he brought it back to the Muslim and asked, "This Muhammad, was he a sailor?" He was impressed at how accurately the Quran describes a storm on a sea. When he was told, "No as a matter of fact, Muhammad lived in the desert," that was enough for him. He embraced Islam on the spot.

He was so impressed with the Quran's description because he had been in a storm on the sea, and he knew that whoever had written that description had also been in a storm on the sea. The description of "...a wave, over it a wave, over it clouds" (Surah Nur, 24:40) ...was not what someone imagining a storm on a sea to be like would have written; rather, it was written by someone who knew what a storm on the sea was like. This is one example of how the Quran is not tied to certain place and time. Certainly, the scientific ideas expressed in it also do not seem to originate from the desert fourteen centuries ago.

The Smallest Thing

Many centuries before the onset of Muhammad's prophethood, there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word dharrah commonly referred to the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last century; yet; interestingly enough, this information had already been documented in the Quran (Surah Saba', 34:3) which states:


وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَا تَأْتِينَا السَّاعَةُ قُلْ بَلَى وَرَبِّي لَتَأْتِيَنَّكُمْ عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ لَا يَعْزُبُ عَنْهُ مِثْقَالُ ذَرَّةٍ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَلَا فِيالْأَرْضِ وَلَا أَصْغَرُ مِن ذَلِكَ وَلَا أَكْبَرُ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ

The Unbelievers say, "Never to us will come the Hour": Say, "Nay! but most surely, by my Lord, it will come upon you;- by Him Who knows the unseen,- from Whom is not hidden the least little atom in the heavens or on earth: Nor is there anything less than that, or greater, but is in the Record Perspicuous.


 Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Indeed, this is proof, that the Quran is not outdated.

Honey

Another example of what one might expect to find in an "old book" that touches upon the subject of health or medicine is outdated remedies or cures. Various historical sources state that the Prophet (sas) gave some advice about health and hygiene, yet most of these pieces of advice are not contained in the Quran. At first glance, to the non-Muslims this appears to be a negligent omission. They cannot understand why Allah would not "include" such helpful information in the Quran. Some Muslims attempt to explain this absence with the following argument: "Although the Prophet's advice was sound and applicable to the time in which he lived, Allah, in His infinite wisdom, knew that there would come later medical and scientific advances which would make the Prophet's advice appear outdated. When later discoveries occurred, people might say that such information contradicted that which the Prophet (sas) had given. Thus, since Allah would never allow any opportunity for the non-Muslims to claim that the Quran contradicts itself or the teachings of the Prophet (sas), He only included in the Quran information and examples which could stand the test of time." However, when one examines the true realities of the Quran in terms of its existence as a divine revelation, the entire matter is quickly brought into its proper perspective, and the error in such argumentation becomes clear and understandable.

It must be understood that the Quran is a divine revelation, and as such, all information in it is of divine origin. Allah revealed the Quran from Himself. It is the words of Allah, which existed before creation, and thus nothing can be added, subtracted or altered. In essence, the Quran existed and was complete before the creation of Prophet Muhammad (sas), so it could not possibly contain any of the Prophet's own words or advice. An inclusion of such information would clearly contradict the purpose for which the Quran exists, compromise its authority and render it inauthentic as a divine revelation.

Consequently, there was no "home remedies" in the Quran which one could claim to be outdated; nor does it contain any man's view about what is beneficial to health, what food is best to eat, or what will cure this or that disease. In fact, the Quran only mentions one item dealing with medical treatment, and it is not in dispute by anyone. It states that in honey there is healing. And certainly, I do not think that there is anyone who will argue with that!

Prophet Muhammad (sas) and the Quran

If one assumes that the Quran is the product of a man's mind, then one would expect it to reflect some of what was going on in the mind of the man who "composed" it. In fact, certain encyclopedias and various books claim that the Quran was the product of hallucinations that Muhammad underwent. If these claims are true - if it indeed originated from some psychological problems in Muhammad's mind - then evidence of this would be apparent in the Quran. Is there such evidence? In order to determine whether or not there is, one must first identify what things would have been going on in his mind at that time and then search for these thoughts and reflections in the Quran.

It is common knowledge that Muhammad (sas) had a very difficult life. All of his daughters died before him except one, and he had a wife of several years who was very dear and important to him, who not only proceeded him in death but died at a very critical period of his life. As a matter of fact, she must have been quite a woman because when the first revelation came to him, he ran home to her, afraid. Certainly, even today one would have a hard time trying to find an Arab who would tell you, "I was so afraid that I ran home to my wife." They just aren't that way. Yet Muhammad (sas) felt comfortable enough with his wife to be able to do that. That's how influential and strong woman she was. Although these examples are only a few of the subjects that would have been on Muhammad's mind, they are sufficient in intensity to prove my point.

The Quran does not mention any of these things - not the death of his children, not the death of his beloved companion and wife, not his fear of the initial revelations, which he so beautifully shared with his wife - nothing; yet these topics must have hurt him, bothered him, and caused him pain and grief during periods of his life. Indeed, if the Quran was a product of his psychological reflections, then these subjects, as well as others, would be prevalent or at least mentioned throughout.

Scientific Approach to the Quran

A truly scientific approach to the Quran is possible because the Quran offers something that is not offered by other religious scriptures, in particular, and other religions, in general. It is what scientists demand. Today there are many people who have ideas and theories about how the universe works. These people are all over the place, but the scientific community does not even bother to listen to them. This is because within the last century the scientific community has demanded a test of falsification. They say, "If you have theory, do not bother us with it unless you bring with that theory a way for us to prove whether you are wrong or not."

Such a test was exactly why the scientific community listened to Einstein towards the beginning of the century. He came with a new theory and said, "I believe the universe works like this; and here are three ways to prove whether I am wrong!" So the scientific community subjected his theory to the tests, and within six years it passed all three. Of course, this does not prove that he was great, but it proves that he deserved to be listened to because he said, "This is my idea; and if you want to try to prove me wrong, do this or try that."

This is exactly what the Quran has - falsification tests. Some are old (in that they have already been proven true), and some still exist today. Basically it states, "If this book is not what it claims to be, then all you have to do is this or this or this to prove that it is false." Of course, in 1400 years no one has been able to do "This or this or this," and thus it is still considered true and authentic.

Falsification Test

I suggest to you that the next time you get into dispute with someone about Islam and he claims that he has the truth and that you are in darkness, you leave all other arguments at first and make this suggestion. Ask him, "Is there any falsification test in your religion? Is there anything in your religion that would prove you are wrong if I could prove to you that it exists - anything?" Well, I can promise right now that people will not have anything - no test, no proof, nothing! This is because they do not carry around the idea that they should not only present what they believe but should also offer others a chance to prove they're wrong. However, Islam does that.

A perfect example of how Islam provides man with a chance to verify it authenticity and "prove it wrong" occurs in the 4th chapter. And quiet honestly, I was very surprised when I first discovered this challenge. It states (Surah An-Nisa, 4:82):


أَفَلاَ يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ اللّهِ لَوَجَدُواْ فِيهِ اخْتِلاَفًا كَثِيرًا

Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein Much discrepancy.


This is a clear challenge to the non-Muslim. Basically, it invites him to find a mistake. As a matter of fact, the seriousness and difficulty of the challenge aside, the actual presentation of such a challenge in the first place is not even in human nature and is inconsistent with man's personality. One doesn't take an exam in school and after finishing the exam, write a note to the instructor at the end saying, "This exam is perfect. There are no mistakes in it. Find one if you can!" One just doesn't do that. The teacher would not sleep until he found a mistake! And yet this is the way the Quran approaches people.

Ask Those Who Have Knowledge

Another interesting attitude that exists in the Quran repeatedly deals with its advice to the reader. The Quran informs the reader about different facts and then gives the advice: "If you want to know more about this or that, or if you doubt what is said, then you should ask those who have knowledge." This too is a surprising attitude. It is not usual to have a book that comes from someone without training in geography, botany, biology, etc., who discusses these subjects and then advises the reader to ask men of knowledge if he doubts anything. Yet in every age there have been Muslims who have followed the advice of the Quran and made surprising discoveries. If one looks to the works of Muslim scientists of many centuries ago, one will find them full of quotations from the Quran. These works state that they did research in such a place, looking for something. And they affirm that the reason they looked in such and such a place was that the Quran pointed them in that direction.

For example, the Quran mentions man's origin and then tells the reader, "Research it!" It gives the reader a hint where to look and then states that one should find out more about it. This is the kind of thing that Muslims today largely seem to overlook - but not always, as illustrated in the following example.

Embryology

A few years ago, a group of men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia collected all of the verses in the Quran which discuss embryology - the growth of the human being in the womb. They said, "Here is what the Quran says. Is it the truth?"In essence, they took the advice of the Quran: "Ask the men who know." They chose, as it happened, a non-Muslim who is a professor of embryology at the University of Toronto. His name is Keith Moore, and he is the author of textbooks on embryology - a world expert on the subject. They invited him to Riyadh and said, "This is what the Quran says about your subject. Is it true? What can you tell us?"

While he was in Riyadh, they gave him all the help that he needed in translation and all of the cooperation for which he asked. And he was so surprised at what he found that he changed his textbooks. In fact, in the second edition of one of his books, called Before We Are Born... in the section about the history of embryology, he included some material that was not in the first edition because of what he found in the Quran was ahead of its time and that those who believe in the Quran know what other people do not know.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keith Moore for a television presentation, and we talked a great deal about this - it was illustrated by slides and so on. He mentioned that some of the things that the Quran states about the growth of the human being were not known until thirty years ago. In fact, he said that one item in particular - the Quran's description of the human being as a "leech-like clot"('alaqah) [Ghafir 40:67] - was new to him; but when he checked on it, he found that it was true, and so he added it to his book. He said, "I never thought of that before," and he went to the zoology department and asked for a picture of a leech. When he found that it looked just like the human embryo, he decided to include both pictures in one of his textbooks.

Although the aforementioned example of man researching information contained in the Quran deals with a non-Muslim, it is still valid because he is one of those who is knowledgeable in the subject being researched. Had some layman claimed that what the Quran says about embryology is true, then one would not necessarily have to accept his word. However, because of the high position, respect, and esteem man gives scholars, one naturally assumes that if they research a subject and arrive at a conclusion based on that research, then the conclusion is valid.

Skeptic's Reaction

Dr. Moore also wrote a book on clinical embryology, and when he presented this information in Toronto, it caused quite a stir throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of the newspapers across Canada, and some of the headlines were quite funny. For instance, one headline read: "SURPRISING THING FOUND IN ANCIENT PRAYER BOOK!" It seems obvious from this example that people do not clearly understand what it is all about. As a matter of fact, one newspaper reporter asked Professor Moore, "Don't you think that maybe the Arabs might have known about these things - the description of the embryo, its appearance and how it changes and grows? Maybe they were not scientists, maybe they did some crude dissections on their own - carved up people and examined these things." The professor immediately pointed out to him that he [i.e., the reporter] had missed a very important point - all of the slides of the embryo that had been shown and that had been projected in the film had come from pictures taken through a microscope. He said, "It does not matter if someone had tried to discover embryology fourteen centuries ago. They could not have seen it!"

All of the descriptions in the Quran of the appearance of the embryo are of the item when it is still too small to see with the eye; therefore, one needs a microscope to see it. Since such a device had only been around for little more than two hundred years, Dr. Moore taunted, "Maybe fourteen centuries ago someone secretly had a microscope and did this research, making no mistakes anywhere. Then he somehow taught Muhammad and convinced him to put this information in his book. Then he destroyed his equipment and kept it a secret forever. Do you believe that? You really should not unless you bring some proof because it is such a ridiculous theory." In fact, when he was asked, "How do you explain this information in the Quran?" Dr. Moore's reply was, "It could only have been divinely revealed!"

Geology

One of Professor Moore's colleagues, Marshall Johnson, deals extensively with geology at the University of Toronto. He became very interested in the fact that the Quran's statements about embryology are accurate, and so he asked Muslims to collect everything contained in the Quran which deals with his specialty. Again people were very surprised at the findings. Since there are a vast number subjects discussed in the Quran, it would certainly require a large amount of time to exhaust each subject. It suffices for the purpose of this discussion to state that the Quran makes very clear and concise statements about various subjects while simultaneously advising the reader to verify the authenticity of these statements with research by scholars in those subjects. And as illustrated by the previous examples of embryology and geology, the Quran has clearly emerged authentic.

You Did Not Know This Before!

Undoubtedly, there is an attitude in the Quran which is not found anywhere else. It is interesting how when the Quran provides information, it often tells the reader, "You did not know this before." Indeed, there is no scripture that exists which makes that claim. All of the other ancient writings and scriptures that people have do give a lot of information, but they always state where the information came from.

For example, when the Bible discusses ancient history, it states that this king lived here, this one fought in a certain battle, another one had so may sons, etc. Yet it always stipulates that if you want more information, then you should read the book of so and so because that is where the information came from. In contrast to this concept, the Quran provides the reader with information and states that this information is something new. Of course, there always exists the advice to research the information provided and verify its authenticity. It is interesting that such a concept was never challenged by non-Muslims fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, the Makkans who hated the Muslims, and time and time again they heard such revelations claiming to bring new information; yet, they never spoke up and said, "This is not new. We know where Muhammad got this information. We learned this at school." They could never challenge its authenticity because it really was new!

Proof of Authenticity: An Approach

It must be stressed here that the Quran is accurate about many, many things, but accuracy does not necessarily mean that a book is a divine revelation. In fact, accuracy is only one of the criteria for divine revelations. For instance, the telephone book is accurate, but that does not mean that it is divinely revealed. The real problem lies in that one must establish some proof of the source the Quran's information. The emphasis is in the other direction, in that the burden of proof is on the reader. One cannot simply deny the Quran's authenticity without sufficient proof. If, indeed, one finds a mistake, then he has the right to disqualify it. This is exactly what the Quran encourages.

Once a man came up to me after a lecture I delivered in South Africa. He was very angry about what I had said, and so he claimed, "I am going to go home tonight and find a mistake in the Quran." Of course, I said, "Congratulations. That is the most intelligent thing that you have said." Certainly, this is the approach Muslims need to take with those who doubt the Quran's authenticity, because the Quran itself offers the same challenge. And inevitably, after accepting it's challenge and discovering that it is true, these people will come to believe it because they could not disqualify it. In essence, the Quran earns their respect because they themselves have had to verify its authenticity.

An essential fact that cannot be reiterated enough concerning the authenticity of the Quran is that one's inability to explain a phenomenon himself does not require his acceptance of the phenomenon's existence or another person's explanation of it. Specifically, just because one cannot explain something does not mean that one has to accept someone else's explanation. However, the person's refusal of other explanations reverts the burden of proof back on himself to find a feasible answer. This general theory applies to numerous concepts in life, but fits most wonderfully with the Quranic challenge, for it creates a difficulty for one who says, "I do not believe it." At the onset of refusal one immediately has an obligation to find an explanation himself if he feels others' answers are inadequate.

In fact, in one particular Quranic verse which I have always seen mistranslated into English, Allah mentions a man who heard the truth explained to him. It states that he was derelict in his duty because after he heard the information, he left without checking the verity of what he had heard. In other words, one is guilty if he hears something and does not research it and check to see whether it is true. One is supposed to process all information and decide what is garbage to be thrown out and what is worthwhile information to be kept and benefited from immediately or even at a later date.

One cannot just let it rattle around in his head. It must be put in the proper categories and approached from that point of view. For example, if the information is still speculatory, then one must discern whether it's closer to being true or false. But if all the facts have been presented, then one must decide absolutely between these two options. And even if one is not positive about the authenticity of the information, he is still required to process all the information and make the admission that he just does not know for sure. Although this last point appears to be futile, in actuality, it is beneficial to the arrival at a positive conclusion at a later time in that it forces the person to at least recognize research and review the facts.

This familiarity with the information will give the person "the edge" when future discoveries are made and additional information is presented. The important thing is that one deals with the facts and does not simply discard them out of empathy and disinterest.

Exhausting the Alternatives

The real certainty about the truthfulness of the Quran is evident in the confidence which is prevalent throughout it; and this confidence comes from a different approach - "Exhausting the alternatives." In essence, the Quran states, "This book is a divine revelation; if you do not believe that, then what is it?" In other words, the reader is challenged to come up with some other explanation. Here is a book made of paper and ink. Where did it come from? It says it is a divine revelation; if it is not, then what is its source? The interesting fact is that no one has yet come up with an explanation that works. In fact, all alternatives have bee exhausted. As has been well established by non-Muslims, these alternatives basically are reduced to two mutually exclusive schools of thought, insisting on one or the other.

On one hand, there exists a large group of people who have researched the Quran for hundreds of years and who claim, "One thing we know for sure - that man, Muhammad (sas), thought he was a prophet. He was crazy!" They are convinced that Muhammad was fooled somehow. Then on the other hand, there is a group which alleges, "Because of this evidence, one thing we know for sure is that that man, Muhammad (sas) was a liar!" Ironically, these two groups never seem to get together without contradicting.

In fact, many references to Islam usually claim both theories. They start out by stating that Muhammad was crazy and then end by saying he was a liar. They never seem to realize that he could not have been both! For example, if one is deluded and really thinks that he is a prophet, then he does not sit up late at night planning, "How will I fool the people tomorrow so that they think I am a prophet?" He truly believes that he is a prophet, and he trusts that the answer will be given to him by revelation.

The Critic's Trail

As a matter of fact, a great deal of the Quran came in answer to questions. Someone would ask Muhammad a question, and the revelation would come with the answer to it. Certainly, if one is crazy and believes that an angel put words in his ear, then when someone asks him a question, he thinks that the angel will give him the answer. Because he is crazy, he really thinks that. He does not tell someone to wait a short while and then run to his friends and ask them, "Does anyone know the answer?" This type of behavior is characteristic of one who does not believe that he is a prophet. What the non-Muslims refuse to accept is that you cannot have it both ways. One can be deluded, or he can be a liar. He can be either one or neither one, but he certainly cannot be both! The emphasis is on the fact that they are unquestionably mutually exclusive personality traits.

The following scenario is a good example of the kind of circle that non-Muslims go around in constantly. If you ask one of them, "What is the origin of the Quran?" He tells you that it originated from the mind of a man who was crazy. Then you ask him, "If it came from his head, then where did he get the information contained in it? Certainly the Quran mentions many things with which the Arabs were not familiar." So in order to explain the fact which you bring him, he changes his position and says, "Well, maybe he was not crazy. Maybe some foreigner brought him the information. So he lied and told people that he was a prophet. "At this point then you have to ask him, "If Muhammad was a liar, then where did he get his confidence? Why did he behave as though he really thought he was a prophet?" Finally backed into a corner, like a cat he quickly lashes out with the first response that comes to his mind. Forgetting that he has already exhausted that possibility, he claims, "Well, maybe he wasn't a liar. He was probably crazy and really thought that he was a prophet." And thus he begins the futile cycle again.

As has already been mentioned, there is much information contained in the Quran whose source cannot be attributed to anyone other than Allah. For example, who told Muhammad about the wall of Dhul-Qarnayn - a place hundreds of miles to the north? Who told him about embryology? When people assemble facts such as these, if they are not willing to attribute their existence to a divine source, they automatically resort to the assumption someone brought Muhammad the information and that he used it to fool the people.
However, this theory can easily be disproved with one simple question: "If Muhammad (sas) was a liar, where did he get his confidence? Why did he tell some people out right to their face what others could never say?" Such confidence depends completely upon being convinced that one has a true divine revelation.

A Revelation - Abu Lahab

Prophet Muhammad had an uncle by the name of Abu Lahab. This man hated Islam to such an extent that he used to follow the Prophet around in order to discredit him. If Abu Lahab saw the Prophet (sas) speaking to a stranger, he would wait until they parted and the would go to the stranger and ask him, "What did he tell you? Did he say, 'Black'? Well, it's white. Did he say 'morning'? Well, it's night." He faithfully said the exact opposite of whatever he heard Muhammad (sas) and the Muslims say. However, about ten years before Abu Lahab died, a little chapter in the Quran (Surah al-Lahab, 111) was revealed about him. It distinctly stated that he would go to the fire (i.e., Hell). In other words, it affirmed that he would never become a Muslim and would therefore be condemned forever. For ten years all Abu Lahab had to do was say, "I heard that it has been revealed to Muhammad that I will never change - that I will never become a Muslim and will enter the Hellfire. Well, I want to become Muslim now. How do you like that? What do you think of your divine revelation now?"But he never did that. And yet, that is exactly the kind of behavior one would have expected from him since he always sought to contradict Islam.

In essence, Muhammad (sas) said, "You hate me and you want to finish me? Here, say these words, and I am finished. Come on, say them!" But Abu Lahab never said them. Ten years! And in all that time he never accepted Islam or even became sympathetic to the Islamic cause.

How could Muhammad (sas) possibly have known for sure that Abu Lahab would fulfil the Quranic revelation if he (i.e., Muhammad) was not truly the messenger of Allah? How could he possibly have been so confident as to give someone 10 years to discredit his claim of prophethood? The only answer is that he was Allah's messenger; for in order to put forth such a risky challenge, one has to be entirely convinced that he has a divine revelation.

The Flight

Another example of the confidence which Muhammad (sas) had in his own prophethood and consequently in the divine protection of himself and his message is when he left Makkah and hid in a cave with Abu Bakr during their emigration to Madinah. The two clearly saw people coming to kill them, and Abu Bakr was afraid. Certainly, if Muhammad (sas) was a liar, a forger and one who was trying to fool the people into believing that he was a prophet, one would have expected him to say in such a circumstance to his friend, "Hey, Abu Bakr, see if you can find a back way out of this cave."Or "Squat down in that corner over there and keep quiet." Yet, in fact, what he said to Abu Bakr clearly illustrated his confidence. He told him, "Relax! Allah is with us, and Allah will save us!" Now, if one knows that he is fooling the people, where does one get this kind of attitude? In fact, such a frame of mind is not characteristic of a liar or a forger at all.

So, as has been previously mentioned, the non-Muslims go around and around in a circle, searching for a way out - some way to explain the findings in the Quran without attributing them to their proper source. On one hand, they tell you on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, "The man was a liar," and on the other hand, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday they tell you, "He was crazy." What they refuse to accept is that one cannot have it both ways; yet they need both theories, both excuses to explain the information in the Quran.

An Encounter with a Minister

About seven years ago, I had a minister over to my home. In the particular room which we were sitting there was a Quran on the table, face down, and so the minister was not aware of which book it was. In the midst of a discussion, I pointed to the Quran and said, "I have confidence in that book." Looking at the Quran but not knowing which book it was, he replied, "Well, I tell you, if that book is not the Bible, it was written by a man!" In response to his statement, I said, "Let me tell you something about what is in that book." And in just three to four minutes, I related to him a few things contained in the Quran. After just those three or four minutes, he completely changed his position and declared, "You are right. A man did not write that book. The Devil wrote it!" Indeed, possessing such an attitude is very unfortunate - for many reasons. For one thing, it is a very quick and cheap excuse. It is an instant exit out of an uncomfortable situation.

As a matter of fact, there is a famous story in the Bible that mentions how one day some of the Jews were witnesses when Jesus (AS) raised a man from the dead. The man had been dead for four days, and when Jesus arrived, he simply said, "Get up!" and the man arose and walked away. At such a sight, some of the Jews who were watching said disbelievingly, "This is the Devil. The Devil helped him!" Now this story is rehearsed very often in churches all over the world, and people cry big tears over it, saying, "Oh, if I had been there, I would not have been as stupid as the Jews!" Yet, ironically, these people do exactly what the Jews did when in just three minutes you show them only a small part of the Quran and all they can say is, "Oh, the Devil did it. The devil wrote that book!" Because they are truly backed into a corner and have no other viable answer, they resort to the quickest and cheapest excuse available.

The Source of the Quran

Another example of people's use of this weak stance can be found in the Makkans' explanation of the source of Muhammad's message. They used to say, "The devils bring Muhammad that Quran!" But just as with every suggestion made, the Quran gives the answer. One verse (Surah Al-Qalam 68: 51-52) in particular states:


وَإِن يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ

وَمَا هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

And the Unbelievers would almost trip thee up with their eyes when they hear the Message; and they say: "Surely he is possessed!"

But it is nothing less than a Message to all the worlds.

وَمَا تَنَزَّلَتْ بِهِ الشَّيَاطِينُ

وَمَا يَنبَغِي لَهُمْ وَمَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ

إِنَّهُمْ عَنِ السَّمْعِ لَمَعْزُولُونَ

No evil ones have brought down this (Revelation):

It would neither suit them nor would they be able (to produce it).

Indeed they have been removed far from even (a chance of) hearing it.


 

And in another place (Surah an-Nahl 16:98) in the Quran, Allah instructs us:

فَإِذَا قَرَأْتَ الْقُرْآنَ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

"So when you recite the Quran seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan, the rejected."


Now is this how Satan writes a book? He tells one, "Before you read my book, ask God to save you from me?" This is very, very tricky. Indeed, a man could write something like this, but would Satan do this? Many people clearly illustrate that they cannot come to one conclusion on this subject. On one hand, they claim that Satan would not do such a thing and that even if he could, God would not allow him to; yet, on the other hand, they also believe that Satan is only that much less than God. In essence they allege that the Devil can probably do whatever God can do. And as a result, when they look at the Quran, even as surprised as they are as to how amazing it is, they still insist, "The Devil did this!" Praise be to Allah, Muslims do not have that attitude. Although Satan may have some abilities, they are a long way separated from the abilities of Allah. And no Muslim is a Muslim unless he believes that. It is common knowledge even among non-Muslims that the Devil can easily make mistakes, and it would be expected that he would contradict himself if and when he wrote a book. For indeed, the Quran states (Surah an-Nisa 4:82):


أَفَلاَ يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ اللّهِ لَوَجَدُواْ فِيهِ اخْتِلاَفًا كَثِيرً

 Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein Much discrepancy.

Mythomania

In conjunction with the excuses that non-Muslims advance in futile attempts to justify unexplainable verses in the Quran, there is another attack often rendered which seems to be a combination of the theories that Muhammad (sas) was crazy and a liar. Basically, these people propose that Muhammad was insane, and as a result of his delusion, he lied to and misled people. There is a name for this in psychology. It is referred to as mythomania. It means simply that one tells lies and then believes them. This is what the non-Muslims say Muhammad (sas) suffered from. But the only problem with this proposal is that one suffering from mythomania absolutely cannot deal with any facts, and yet the whole Quran is based entirely upon facts. Everything contained in it can be researched and established as true. Since facts are such a problem for a mythomaniac, when a psychologist tries to treat one suffering from that condition, he continually confronts him with facts.

For example, if one is mentally ill and claims, "I am the king of England," a psychologist does not say to him "No you aren't. You are crazy!" He just does not do that. Rather, he confronts him with facts and says, "O.K., you say you are the king of England. So tell me where the queen is today. And where is your prime minister? And where are your guards?" Now, when the man has trouble trying to deal with these questions, he tries to make excuses, saying "Uh... the queen... she has gone to her mother's. Uh... the prime minister... well he died." And eventually he is cured because he cannot deal with the facts. If the psychologist continues confronting him with enough facts, finally he faces the reality and says, "I guess I am not the king of England."

The Quran approaches everyone who reads it in very much the same way a psychologist treats his mythomania patient. There is a verse in the Quran (Surah Yunus 10:57) which states:


يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاء لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

O mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts,- and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy.


 At first glance, this statement appears vague, but the meaning of this verse is clear when one views it in light of the aforementioned example. Basically, one is healed of his delusions by reading the Quran. In essence, it is therapy. It literally cures deluded people by confronting them with facts. A prevalent attitude throughout the Quran is one which says, "O mankind, you say such and such about this; but what about such and such? How can you say this when you know that?" And so forth. It forces one to consider what is relevant and what matters while simultaneously healing one of the delusions that facts presented to mankind by Allah can easily be explained away with flimsy theories and excuses.

New Catholic Encyclopedia

It is this very sort of thing - confronting people with facts - that had captured the attention of many non-Muslims. In fact, there exists a very interesting reference concerning this subject in the New Catholic Encyclopedia. In an article under the subject of the Quran, the Catholic Church states:

Over the centuries, many theories have been offered as to the origin of the Quran...
Today no sensible man accepts any of these theories!!

Now here is the age-old Catholic Church, which has been around for so many centuries, denying these futile attempts to explain away the Quran.

Indeed, the Quran is a problem for the Catholic Church. It states that it is revelation, so they study it. Certainly, they would love to find proof that it is not, but they cannot. They cannot find a viable explanation. But at least they are honest in their research and do not accept the first unsubstantiated interpretation which comes along. The Church states that in fourteen centuries it has not yet been presented a sensible explanation. At least it admits that the Quran is not an easy subject to dismiss. Certainly, other people are much less honest. They quickly say, "Oh, the Quran came from here. The Quran came from there." And they do not even examine the credibility of what they are stating most of the time.

Of course, such a statement by the Catholic Church leaves the everyday Christian in some difficulty. It just may be that he has his own ideas as to the origin of the Quran, but as a single member of the Church, he cannot really act upon his own theory. Such an action would be contrary to the obedience, allegiance and loyalty which the Church demands. By virtue of his membership, he must accept what the Catholic Church declares without question and establish its teachings as part of his everyday routine. So, in essence, if the Catholic Church as a whole is saying, "Do not listen to these unconfirmed reports about the Quran," then what can be said about the Islamic point of view? If even non-Muslims are admitting that there is something to the Quran - something that has to be acknowledged - then why are people so stubborn and defensive and hostile when Muslims advance the very same theory? This is certainly something for those with a mind to contemplate - something to ponder for those of understanding!

Testimony of an Intellectual

Recently, the leading intellectual in the Catholic Church - a man by the name of Hans - studied the Quran and gave his opinion of what he had read. This man has been around for some time, and he is highly respected in the Catholic Church, and after careful scrutiny, he reported his findings, concluding, "God has spoken to man through the man, Muhammad."  Again this is a conclusion arrived at by a non-Muslim source - the very leading intellectual of the Catholic Church himself!

I do not think that the Pope agrees with him, but nonetheless, the opinion of such a noted, reputed public figure must carry some weight in defense of the Muslim position. He must be applauded for facing the reality that the Quran is not something which can be easily pushed aside and that, in fact God is the source of these words.

As is evident from the aforementioned information, all of the possibilities have been exhausted, so the chance of finding another possibility of dismissing the Quran is nonexistent.

Burden of Proof on the Critic

If the book is not a revelation, then it is a deception; and if it is a deception, one must ask, "What is its origin? And where does it deceive us?" Indeed, the true answers to these questions shed light on the Quran's authenticity and silence the bitter unsubstantiated claims of the unbelievers.

Certainly, if people are going to insist that the Quran is a deception, then they must bring forth evidence to support such a claim. The burden of proof is on them, not us! One is never supposed to advance a theory without sufficient corroborating facts; so I say to them, "Show me one deception! Show me where the Quran deceives me! Show me; otherwise don't say that it is a deception!"

Origin of the Universe and Life

An interesting characteristic of the Quran is how it deals with surprising phenomena which relate not only to the past but to modern times as well. In essence, the Quran is not and old problem. It is still a problem even today - a problem to the non-Muslims that is. For everyday, every week, every year brings more and more evidence that the Quran is a force to be contended with - that its authenticity is no longer to be challenged! For example, one verse in the Quran (Surah al-Anbiya 21:30) reads:


أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاء كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ

Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?


Ironically, this very information is exactly what they awarded the 1973 Noble Prize for - to a couple of unbelievers.

The Quran reveals the origin of the universe - how it began from one piece - and mankind continues to verify this revelation, even up to now. Additionally, the fact that all life originated from water would not have been an easy thing to convince people of fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, if 1400 years ago you had stood in the desert and told someone, "All of this, you see (pointing to yourself), is made up of mostly water," no one would have believed you. Proof of that was not available until the invention of the microscope. They had to wait to find out that cytoplasm, the basic substance of the cell, is made-up of 80% water. Nonetheless, the evidence did come, and once again the Quran stood the test of time.

More on Falsification Test

In reference to the falsification tests mentioned earlier, it is interesting to note that they, too, relate to both the past and the present. Some of them were used as illustrations of Allah's omnipotence and knowledge, while others continue to stand as challenges to the present day. An example of the former is the statement made in the Quran about Abu Lahab. It clearly illustrates that Allah, the Knower of the Unseen, knew that Abu Lahab would never change his ways and accept Islam. Thus Allah dictated that he would be condemned to the Hellfire forever. Such a chapter was both an illustration of Allah's divine wisdom and a warning to those who were like Abu Lahab.

People of the Book

An interesting example of the latter type of falsification tests contained in the Quran is the verse which mentions the relationship between the Muslims and the Jews. The verse is careful not to narrow its scope to the relationship between individual members of each religion, but rather, it summarizes the relationship between the two groups of people as a whole. In essence, the Quran states that the Christians will always treat the Muslims better than the Jews will treat the Muslims. Indeed, the full impact of such a statement can only be felt after careful consideration of the real meaning of such a verse. It is true that many Christians and many Jews have become Muslims, but as a whole, the Jewish community is to be viewed as an avid enemy of Islam. Additionally, very few people realize what such an open declaration in the Quran invites. In essence, it is an easy chance for the Jews to prove that the Quran is false - that it is not a divine revelation. All they have to do is organize themselves, treat the Muslims nicely for a few years and then say, "Now what does your holy book say about who are your best friends in the world - the Jews or the Christians? Look what we Jews have done for you!"

That is all they have to do to disprove the Quran's authenticity, yet they have not done it in 1400 years. But, as always, the offer still stands open!

A Mathematical Approach

All of the examples so far given concerning the various angles from which one can approach the Quran have undoubtedly been subjective in nature; however, there does exist another angle, among others, which is objective and whose basis is mathematical.

It is surprising how authentic the Quran becomes when one assembles what might be referred to as a list of good guesses. Mathematically, it can be explained using guessing and prediction examples. For instance, if a person has two choices (i.e., one is right, and one is wrong), and he closes his eyes and makes a choice, then half of the time (i.e., one time out of two) he will be right. Basically, he has a one in two chance, for he could pick the wrong choice, or he could pick the right choice.

Now if the same person has two situations like that (i.e., he could be right or wrong about situation number one, and he could be right or wrong about situation number two), and he closes his eyes and guesses, then he will only be right one-fourth of the time (i.e., one time out of four). He now has a one in four chance because now there are three ways for him to be wrong and only one way for him to be right. In simple terms, he could make the wrong choice in situation number one and then make the wrong choice in situation number two; or he could make the wrong choice in situation number one and then make the right choice in situation number two; or he could make the right choice in situation number one and then make the wrong choice in situation number two; or he could make the right choice in situation number one and then make the right choice in situation number two.

Of course, the (only instance in which he could be totally right is the last scenario where he could guess correctly in both situations. The odds of his guessing completely correctly have become greater because the number of situations for him to guess in have increased; and the mathematical equation representing such a scenario is x (i.e., one time out of two for the first situation multiplied by one time out of two for the second situation).

Continuing on with the example, if the same person now has three situations in which to make blind guesses, then he will only be right one-eighth of the time (i.e., one time out of eight or x x ). Again, the odds of choosing the correct choice in all three situations have decreased his chances of being completely correct to only one time in eight. It must be understood that as the number of situations increase, the chances of being right decrease, for the two phenomena are inversely proportional.

Now applying this example to the situations in the Quran, if one draws up a list of all of the subjects about which the Quran has made correct statements, it becomes very clear that it is highly unlikely that they were all just correct blind guesses. Indeed, the subjects discussed in the Quran are numerous, and thus the odds of someone just making lucky guesses about all of them become practically nil. If there are a million ways for the Quran to be wrong, yet each time it is right, then it is unlikely that someone was guessing.

The following three examples of subjects about which the Quran has made correct statements collectively illustrate how the Quran continues to beat the odds.

The Female Bee

In the 16th chapter (Surah an-Nahl 16:68-69) the Quran mentions that the female bee leaves its home to gather food. Now, a person might guess on that, saying:


وَأَوْحَى رَبُّكَ إِلَى النَّحْلِ أَنِ اتَّخِذِي مِنَ الْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًا وَمِنَ الشَّجَرِ وَمِمَّا يَعْرِشُونَ

ثُمَّ كُلِي مِن كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ فَاسْلُكِي سُبُلَ رَبِّكِ ذُلُلاً يَخْرُجُ مِن بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاء لِلنَّاسِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men's) habitations;

Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.


"The bee that you see flying around - it could be male, or it could be female. I think I will guess female."
Certainly, he has a one in two chance of being right. So it happens that the Quran is right. But it also happens that that was not what most people believed at the time when the Quran was revealed. Can you tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well, it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food. However, in Shakespeare's play, Henry the Fourth, some of the characters discuss bees and mention that the bees are soldiers and have a king. That is what people thought in Shakespeare's time - that the bees that one sees flying around are male bees and that they go home and answer to a king. However, that is not true at all. The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the last 300 years to discover that this is the case.

So, back to the list of good guesses, concerning the topic of bees, the Quran had a 50/50 chance of being right, and the odds were one in two.

The Sun

In addition to the subject of bees, the Quran also discusses the sun and the manner in which it travels through space. Again, a person can guess on that subject. When the sun moves through space, there are two options: it can travel just as a stone would travel if one threw it, or it can move of its own accord. The Quran states the latter - that it moves as a result of its own motion (Surah al-Anbiya 21:33). To do such, the Quran uses a form of the word sabaha to describe the sun's movement through space. In order to properly provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the implications of this Arabic verb, the following example is given.

If a man is in water and the verb sabaha is applied in reference to his movement, it can be understood that he is swimming, moving of his own accord and not as a result of a direct force applied to him. Thus when this verb is used in reference to the sun's movement through space, it in no way implies that the sun is flying uncontrollably through space as a result of being hurled or the like. It simply means that the sun is turning and rotating as it travels. Now, this is what the Quran affirms, but was it an easy thing to discover? Can any common man tell that the sun is turning? Only in modern times was the equipment made available to project the image of the sun onto a tabletop so that one could look at it without being blinded. And through this process it was discovered that not only are there spots on the sun but that these spots move once every 25 days. This movement is referred to as the rotation of the sun around its axis and conclusively proves that, as the Quran stated 1400 years ago, the sun does, indeed, turn as it travels through space.

And returning once again to the subject of good guesses, the odds of guessing correctly about both subjects - the sex of bees and the movement of the sun - are one in four!

Time Zones

Seeing as back fourteen centuries ago people probably did not understand much about time zones, the Quran's statements about this subject are considerably surprising. The concept that one family is having breakfast as the sun comes up while another family is enjoying the brisk night air is truly something to be marveled at, even in modern time. Indeed, fourteen centuries ago, a man could not travel more than thirty miles in one day, and thus it took him literally months to travel from India to Morocco, for example. And probably, when he was having supper in Morocco, he thought to himself, "Back home in India they are having supper right now." This is because he did not realize that, in the process of traveling, he moved across a time zone. Yet, because it is the words of Allah, the All-Knowing, the Quran recognizes and acknowledges such a phenomenon.

In an interesting verse it states that when history comes to an end and the Day of Judgment arrives, it will all occur in an instant; and this very instant will catch some people in the daytime and some people at night. This clearly illustrates Allah's divine wisdom and His previous knowledge of the existence of time zones, even though such a discovery was non-existent back fourteen centuries ago. Certainly, this phenomenon is not something which is obvious to one's eyes or a result of one's experience, and this fact, in itself, suffices as proof of the Quran's authenticity.

Conclusion

Returning one final time to the subject of good guesses for the purpose of the present example, the odds that someone guessed correctly about all three of the aforementioned subjects - the sex of bees, the movement of the sun and the existence of time zones - are one in eight!

Certainly, one could continue on and on with this example, drawing up longer and longer list of good guesses; and of course, the odds would become higher and higher with each increase of subjects about which one could guess. But what no one can deny is the following: the odds that Muhammad , an illiterate, guessed correctly about thousands and thousands of subjects, never once making a mistake, are so high that any theory of his authorship of the Quran must be completely dismissed - even by the most hostile enemies of Islam!

Indeed, the Quran expects this kind of challenge. Undoubtedly, if one said to someone upon entering a foreign land, "I know your father. I have met him," probably the man from that land would doubt the newcomer's word, saying, "You have just come here. How could you know my father?" As a result, he would question him, "Tell me, is my father tall, short, dark, fair? What is he like?" Of course, if the visitor continued answering all of the questions correctly, the skeptic would have no choice but to say, "I guess you do know my father. I don't know how you know him, but I guess you do!"

The situation is the same with the Quran. It states that it originates from the One who created everything. So everyone has the right to say, "Convince me! If the author of this book really originated life and everything in the heavens and on the earth, then He should know about this, about that, and so on." And inevitably, after researching the Quran, everyone will discover the same truths. Additionally, we all know something for sure: we do not all have to be experts to verify what the Quran affirms. One's Iman (faith) grows as one continues to check and confirm the truths contained in the Quran. And one is supposed to do so all of his life.

May God (Allah) guide everyone close to the truth.

Source: IslamHouse.com - Gary Miller


Addendum 1
An engineer at the University of Toronto who was interested in psychology and who had read something on it, conducted research and wrote a thesis on Efficiency of Group Discussions. The purpose of his research was to find out how much people accomplish when they get together to talk in groups of two, three, ten, etc. The graph of his findings goes up and down at places, but it reaches the highest point at the variable of two. The findings: people accomplish most when they talk in groups of two. Of course, this discovery was entirely beyond his expectations, but it is very old advice given in the Quran (Surah Saba 34:46):
"Say, 'I exhort you to one thing - that you stand for Allah, [assessing the truth] by twos and singly, and then reflect...'"

Addendum 2: 'Iram 

Additionally, the 89th chapter of the Quran (Surah al-Fajr 89:7) mentions a certain city by the name of 'Iram (a city of pillars), which was not known in ancient history and which was non- existent as far as historians were concerned. However, the December 1978 edition of National Geographic introduced interesting information which mentioned that in 1973, the city of Elba was excavated in Syria. The city was discovered to be 43 centuries old, but that is not the most amazing part. Researchers found in the library of Elba a record of all of the cities with which Elba had done business. Believe it or not, there on the list was the name of the city of 'Iram. The people of Elba had done business with the people of 'Iram!

In conclusion I ask you to consider with care the following (Surah 29:50-51):  "And they say, 'Why are not signs sent down to him from his Lord?' Say, 'Indeed, the signs are with Allah, and I am but a clear warner.' But it is sufficient for them that We have sent down to you the Book [i.e., Quran] which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in that is mercy and a reminder to people who believe."


Gary Miller (Abdul-Ahad Omar).
 

G.R. Miller is a mathematician and a theologian. He was active in Christian missionary work at a particular point of his life but he soon began to discover many inconsistencies in the Bible. In 1978, he happened to read the Qur'an expecting that it, too, would contain a mixture of truth and falsehood.

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. He 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.


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  1. Babandi A. Gumel from U.K

    When a pig goes to a flowery garden instead of looking for the beautiful flowers and enjoy the scent and the smell of the garden like every one it searches for the rubbish dumped near the garden.Similarly all the beautiful things which the Quran has given for the benefit of mankind some due to unnecessary and unfortunate sheer prejiduce they don't find or see anything good with those things.The problem with such people they follow their desires which they made as their GOD unless Allah gives them guidance they will never understand till death approaches the time when they wish to repent but it will be too late.We shall continue to do our duty coveying the message and we are confident Allah gives hidayah to whomsoever He wills.

  2. Yohan from Bhutan

    Yahya Bergum writes to Toby refuting his claim that God never called for Jihad or Holy war:

    The Quotes:

    1. In the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them--the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--as the LORD your God has commanded you. Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshipping their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God. (Deut.20:16-18)

    2. When the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally (according to the law of anathema). Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. (Deut.7:2-5,2:34, Num.25:1-5,31:14-17, Ex.23:33, Jos.6:17,8:26)

    3. They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it--men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys... (Jos.6:21).

    The answer to your confusion lies here that holy war or jihad is allowed to clean the holy land of the unholy or offensive things to establish the worship of true God in the land God gives as possession. Jihad is not against cities the Lord has not given, away from the holy land. Why are Muslims a nuisance in every part of the world? Is the entire world holy and given to their possession so that they destroy them in acts of terrorism? Is there no difference between satanic terrorism and Holy, Just War with declared intentions under Divine Authority that cares for all creatures and wants to restore them from their corrupt ways through the ministry of His servants? Please meditate more. Shalom.

  3. harun from UK

    Israel's propaganda is too strong, one thousand muslims massacred in palestine has no value compared to one Israeli. The western media are being controlled by the Jews. They are the ones who instigate the negative sentiments towards Islam. When the whole world believed that Islam equals to terrorism then they would move on to occupy the whole of Palestine, in fact they would advance towards the whole of the Arabian peninsula. This is in accord with the talmud and its ominous prophecy. Most Jews believe that the birth of modern Israel and the return of the Jews to the Holy Land herald the imminent advent of the Messiah (Anti-Christ) who would rule the world from Jerusalem.

    However their evil scheme would not be able to outdo the plan that Allah has prepared for them! Allah will make Jesus (AS) return to the Earth again to help the oppressed and save humanity. We believe that Jesus would come back to the earth miraculously in the last days and bring peace, justice and happiness by uniting Christians (who are closer to muslims in faith) and Muslims in a common religion and morality. We are eagerly waiting for this great and blessed event to happen.

    "If we are extremists, then we are not ashamed of it, for the conditions that our people suffer are extreme, and extreme illness can not be cured with moderate medicine." - An Oppressed Palestinian.

  4. Uncle Logic from UK

    Go on Youtube and type in:

    Science in the Quran - Redux

    and

    There was nothing before Islam!

    The site mentiond the Koran speaks of embryos as leech-like clots and says they are microscopic, which is not strictly true, they still have this shape by the time they are pea sized.

    As for Dr. Keith Moore finding things in the Koran which seemed scientific, he did this for a reason. He was paid! And he wasn't a non Muslim by chance either, Muslims had been saying this for centuries, for example, they used to point out that the Koran mentions there are 7 layers in the universe and claimed this was in some way proven by the fact there are 7 planets in the solar system, of course when more planets were discovered they had to and scrap this. Then they claimed the idea of 7 layers in the UNIVERSE was proven by the fact that there are 7 layers of gas floating in the EARTHS ATMOSPHERE. Of course the man insisted the Koran really did have miracles but only because if he had replied he didn't believe in it people would have asked him why and if he responded: "Because all science in the Koran was known of at the time, just not in Arabia, but is was in countries like Byzantium and the Prophet Muhammad (being a merchant) would have undoubtedly have gone. There are bits in the Koran that sound scientific but only if you totally manipulate what it is saying. I only claimed the Koran was scientific because the Saudis paid me to." That wouldn't have gone down very well!

    Now look at the fact the Koran says all life is linked with water, I think it would have been very easy to realise the link between life and water when you live in a desert.

    Okay, the Koran says a correct statement or two about the Sun but it also say it sets into a pool of murky water. The Koran also says sperm is produced in the ribs and back bone and that sky is solid and that gravity pressure is actually higher on top of high mountains (It fails that 50/50 question eh?)

  5. Uncle Logic from UK

    Go on Youtube and type in:

    Science in the Quran - Redux

    and

    There was nothing before Islam!

    The site mentiond the Koran speaks of embryos as leech-like clots and says they are microscopic, which is not strictly true, they still have this shape by the time they are pea sized.

    As for Dr. Keith Moore finding things in the Koran which seemed scientific, he did this for a reason. He was paid! And he wasn't a non Muslim by chance either, Muslims had been saying this for centuries, for example, they used to point out that the Koran mentions there are 7 layers in the universe and claimed this was in some way proven by the fact there are 7 planets in the solar system, of course when more planets were discovered they had to and scrap this. Then they claimed the idea of 7 layers in the UNIVERSE was proven by the fact that there are 7 layers of gas floating in the EARTHS ATMOSPHERE. Of course the man insisted the Koran really did have miracles but only because if he had replied he didn't believe in it people would have asked him why and if he responded: "Because all science in the Koran was known of at the time, just not in Arabia, but is was in countries like Byzantium and the Prophet Muhammad (being a merchant) would have undoubtedly have gone. There are bits in the Koran that sound scientific but only if you totally manipulate what it is saying. I only claimed the Koran was scientifiic because the Saudis paid me to!" That wouldn't have gone down very well would it!?

  6. aaron from UK

    Uncle logic wrote "they may have killed Palestinian children via explosions and crossfire but not deliberately murdered..."

    I just want you to visit this link, view the graphic pics inside and... judge for yourself!

    http://a.domaindlx.com/karma/galerien/Isreals%20crime%20war.htm

    If If it was YOUR family brutalized in those ways, would YOU fight back? By fighting back, would YOU be called a "terrorist?"

    Psychologically, people who are violated and oppressed, (who have grown up seeing their mothers killed in front of their eyes, whose fathers were locked in prisons, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends... either killed or maimed beyond recognition, villages bombed, land stolen, etc) will strike back in any way they can, especially when they have nothing more to lose. The crime against humanity committed and continue to be committed by the occupying Israelis made their desperate acts morally justified. They believe that violence is justified in order to end violent oppression.

    Here's another link:

    http://resistance.jeeran.com/massacres/gallery.htm

    Note: those were only a few of the atrocities that got into coverage, they are many more that never promulgated to the masses.

  7. Abdulaateef muhammed from NIGERIA

    Asalaamualaaikum,please what iss ZAKAAT/nisab.whaat is the value of 1 dirham/dinaar.what is the vaalue of 1kg of GOLD/SILVER.What is the value of 1dollars to naira.please iwant you to be sending the value of zakat/nisaab to my e-mail frequentlly.what is thevalue of 1Ganirh.WHAT IS THEZAKAT VALUE OF GOLD/SILVER.

  8. Uncle Logic from UK

    Sure the more narrow minded will view Jews as more in tolerant of Islam, but only when it comes to Zionism, lets try to be open minded and look at the whole picture: It was the Christians kicked yo out of Spain, it was Christians who kicked you out of Eastern Europe, the Serbians, Americans, British and Danes re Christian much more often than Jews and look at the Christian crusaders. If you are one of the Muslim who believe that Israel is full of acts against humanity, go on Youtube and type in: "The TERRORIST Jewish Settlers" and you will see a number of human rights abuses that the Palestinians have done but the Israelis have not sunk to, they may have killed Palestinian children via explosions and crossfire but not deliberately murdered or executed children like the Palestinians have.

    As for the part saying that if the prophet was false he was either mad or lying but could not have been both, I'm afraid Psychology isn't that simple.

    As for saying the science was unknown at the time, well the Arabs in general, perhapse, but as I said the Prophet was a merchant and undoubtedly travelled to the Byzantine and Sasinid empire and they knew about it.

    Now look at Islamic history, There's no evidence that Abraham and Ismail ever set foot in Mecca besides Muhammads say so, historical or biblical. If they did, then why was there was no one in Arabia with those names, but lots around Israel. Also, (in Islam) it says Jesus came to confirm the Torah, so it must have still been correct by this point and got corrupted sometime after. But the Torah written around 100BC is almost exactly the same as the Torah of today and says nothing about praying 5 times in Arabic or facing Mecca etc.

    And theirs also Islam is contradicted by evolution just as much as other religions.

    The writer insists the Koran is right but he also says atoms are the smallest form of matter, which isn't true, electrons are so I don't trust him when it comes to science (he needs to go to scool

  9. aaron from UK

    Re my earlier post, the author did actually write well about it in the later part of the article... which i read after posting my comment.. my apology. when i had read that bit that talked about Abu Lahab, it just clicked to me that it was the same in the case of the Jews... peace out!

  10. aaron from UK

    Another miracle of the Quran is regarding its spot-on description and prediction about the JEWS. It appears that their actions are in agreement with what the Quran says about them. The Israelis are unwittingly proving the truth of the Quran. Isnt't it amazing that the Quran can confidently say and describe the true colours of the Zionist, considering that they can anytime dispute and prove to the world that the Quran is wrong by simply doing good or by doing the opposites of what the Quran says . They have all the chance in the world to say: "Look, your book the Quran is lying. What it tells about us is false!" But they are not able to do that, it's just not in their nature!

  11. Babandi A. Gumel from U.K

    And most certainly you will come to know about it after a time so says the Author of the Book Allah (S.W.T)at the end of Suratul Suad.Nay I swear by the Day of Resurrection Does man think that we shall not gather his bones?Yea! we are able to restore his very finger-tips. Allahu Akbar that is the promise of the Creator of human being and Author of the Quran Allah (S.W.T.)So not only the bones that would be restored but even Allah has the ability to reproduce his finger tips or the finger print as everyone has different finger print.No two persons have identical finger prints each one has different from the time of Adam to the last person.The Scientists had only advanced or made this discovery not more than 150 years ago but it has been there in the Quran more than 1400 years back.That is the prophecy of the Amazing Quran as we advance more in science and technology more are coming as prophecised. They want extinguish the Light but Allah has promised to go with His Light even if they all detest.If the whole human beings and Jinns get together to produce the like of Quran they could not produce the like of it.That is the Amazing Quran. And we have fastened every man's deeds to his neck and on the Day of Resurecction We shall bring out for him a book which he will find wide open. Read your Book You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.As we advance in the computer age we come to know the type of amazing information some USB or memory sticks store.This thing Allahu A'alam has already been foretold more than 1400 years back by the Amazing Quran.The Author could not be anyone other than the One with the Perfect Knowledge who created Insan and knows what his ownself whispers to him as the Creator is more closer to him than his jugular vein.He has clearly defined everything explicitly in this Quran which is so amazing a guide to all those who ward off evil and are just.So it is up to us to look for guidance from this Devine Book the Amazing Quran.

  12. Hilal Shah from USA

    Excelent peace of writing by Mr. Gary Miller that can be used for Dawah activities.

    Hilal

  13. ali from USA

    This is living miracle!! A man or woman just need two things The Qur'an and Teaching of the Prophet (pbuh) to lead a good life.

  14. Yohan from Bhutan

    No doubt, I dream and Quran interprets it to me. But unless I approach carefully, I have the chance of loosing my head. This book contributed to strengthening my faith in my Savior. People will benefit if they read it with two eyes on them and active conscience.

    O mankind, ye are judges and sovereigns in deciding for yourselves whom you will serve. Afterwards ye shall yield as servants of the kind and loving master, caring for all creation that came into being by the words of His Will; shunning all fanaticism. For in logic, there is no illogic action expressing itself by fanaticism of chopping off the head of reasoning. Only the Monster begets other monsters, from the same lower part that spews dirt. God begets by the Word of His Will.

  15. Ahmad Sirajudin from Malaysia

    Indeed the Koraan is a wonderful book. I read it over and over and I always discover near things with each reading

  16. nizam from India

    Brother Thornburgh: Being an indian muslim, i know what u r talking about. I am 35 now, and I came to know about my religion just a couple of years ago. Before that I was almost certain that what non-muslims say about my religion is true!!How ignorant was I! But I really do not know who to blame for that. My family is moderately religious, they almost do all the things that is to be done (which I now realize)as a muslim, but I am not sure if they know why they r doing that.Most unfortunate part is that the ulema consider themselves so knowledgeable that they almost hate to share their knowledge with any common man who is not an ulema.Even unfortunate that there are many powerful moulana who teachs things which is strongly prohibited in Quran. Now if some obvious things which does not require expertise to understand is practiced by those who are supposed to know about the book of Allah, then it is no surprise that most of the muslims consider western and even hindu culture is better than their religion and culture.To be honest,I used to hide my name and religion for the fear that somebody look down at me for following some stupid ancient culture!!I only regret and thank Allah for atleast making me able to read His book and grasp a little bit of the message.It is indeed very sad and I only pray to Allah to help us getting out of this situation.Seeing western countires splendour in technological advancement,muslims in the countries like u mentioned started to believe that western people are right and they should follow their example.I really cry now seeing the muslims in my country bcause that is the only thing I can do,I feel helpless and hope that these days will pass away and muslims would be able to recognise what they r,that they r truely following a path which is the best.I hope ?llah will make us strong to face the trial that we r going through now and open all muslims eyes so that they can see the light which Allah reveald to us.May Allah bless u and guide u.

  17. Siddeequah from UK

    The Author

    Like many other readers, I too, was wondering about the faith of Gary Miller. I could not comprehend that a man who could defend the authenticity of Quran and Islam in such a way could not possibly believe in it!

    So I googled him 🙂

    I believe he is a Muslim and his muslim name is Abdul-Ahad Omar.

    I found a site that provided many islamic articles and you could select articles by various authors. I selected Gary Miller:

    http://www.islamicinterlink.com/author/miller.html

    You'll notice if you use that link that this very article is also their. And if you click on the article: 'The basis of muslim belief', you will see his muslim name just under Gary Miller in brackets.

    Well then I googled both Gary Miller and Abdul-Ahad Omar, and here's a link to a very brief (3 paragraphs) history of a delghtful character : http://thetruereligion.org/modules/xfsection/article.php?articleid=250

    If you want to find out more about him or read more of his articles, just google ... its pretty effective.

    I hope that clears some things up. And if anyone disagrees with this information, please let me know! This is what I found, but I dont want to be putting up things that aren't true! But I felt i had to put up my findings because in many of the posted comments readers were saying things like 'great article ... by a non muslim ...' etc.

    Jazak'Allah

    Siddeequah Azmi

  18. Safina from UK

    To Murtaza Ali.

    I can understand your anger at Toby, but to curse him is not the muslim way. In a way, you are just conforming to his misguided interpretation of a Muslim.

    If you wanted to disagree with him, the better way to do it would be for example the way Nisa did it.

    The article is great as in it teaches you to tackle problem logically ... thats the way you shoukd have replied to Toby, in a logical argument, but politely.

    Jazak'Allah.

  19. ali from USA

    Assalamalikum:Jazakumullahukhair brother for this amazing article on THE AMAZING QURAN which describes amazing and accurate facts,which gives chance to the people of the world to understand that 'QURAN' is 'THE WORD OF GOD'. Also jazakumullahukhair to Islamicity who always try to educate muslim and non-muslim brothers by posting knowledgeabe and amazing articles.

  20. Ajiboyeradiat from Nigeria

    Salam alaekum,an intresting article,may Allah continue to increase the writer's knowlegde,understanding and iman.

  21. abdullahi jibiya from nigeria

    i am a Muslim by choice and a da'wah worker, in what i believe in. i thank the author of this article for enriching me with his well written, well researched and beautifully presented expose. so engrossed was i when i began reading this article that i could not lift my eyes for one moment. what is important however is that the article has empowered me with new and fresh arguments as well as new insights for my work. thank you.

  22. yahaya musa from Nigeria

    that is what Islam is all about preach to those that besige the teaching and do not praticing the word of Allmigty

  23. Yahaya Musa from Nigeria

    The Holy Quran are the words of the All mighty, any body that besige the word of ALLAH Has miss the Amazing of the Holy Quran

  24. Shakir Ebrahim from India

    One must approach the Quran from the scientific (rationalist? Mutazila?) point of view. Since all the scientific discoveries are in the last 200 years, I wonder how people before that would get convinced?

  25. bello,y.muhammed from nigeria

    asslamun alaikum warahmatulllahi wabarakatu.

    I recently want to register as a student member but when i type in my e-mail address,iwas told i need domain certification.secondly the term of payment which is in cheque or credit card is not within my reach. please,how do i become a member since i can't met this condition. ma'asallam yours in islam bello, y.m.

  26. Dr Edriss from US

    the suds disappear in seconds and what benefits people remain on Earth

    May Allah bless the brother for this interesting article with the best of the paradise?

  27. Ishaq from Japan

    Well, a testation to the purity and nobility of the Quran. How i wish all humanities would understand the facts. Kudos to the write-up. These are enough evidences for ddounting thomasses.

  28. Kamil Adeneye from Nigeria

    Salam Alaekun,

    Islam is not a religion of compulsion. For those who accept the message of Allah as contained in his book, I wish them well. But, for others who think the import of our religion belongs to the stone age, I pray that Allah guide them right. Indeed, if falsehood susbist for centuries certainly truth will surely catch up with it one day. Islam is true and there is nothing in life that is as constant as the truth. As long as we are on the right path, I enjoined all my muslim brothers and sisters to hold fast to their faith and may Allah make paradise our abode.

    Maa Salam.

  29. Thornburgh from UK

    The Koran, truly an amazing book, which I found to my surprise and delight, was not just a book of religious and moral guidance but also a book of fascinating scientific facts which modern science is only now discovering. However it is a pity that so many Muslims only accord this wonderful book respect to the extent of keeping it high on a shelf perfumed and bound in beautiful cloth and bring it out to kiss it occasionally. Besides the fact that they never open their book, read nor understand it, they also no longer bother to obey God's instructions contained in it. As a new Muslim, I was most dismayed that though in the Koran it is detailed how an ideal God-fearing society ought to be living, what I witnessed in my travels to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, was a complete contradiction of the teachings of the good book and Prophet Mohammed (Peace on him). I was terribly saddened by what I observed in many Muslim families there; an almost absurd frenzied effort to emulate our ways here in the West. I should have been flattered but then again by what? my culture? My religion? It was all quite odd. Here I was trying to learn from them, whilst they were at pains to illustrate to me that their life style was fairly much the same as ours here. I was hoping to see men and women with dignity, modesty, propriety, character and proud of their religion, who would defend their faith tooth and nail. What I found was that after centuries of our meddling we have been horribly successful in converting these once envied cultures into ours. While we are anxious to learn from them, they sadly have become us. I wonder where does a new Muslim turn to find a true Islamic society?

  30. Sam Musa from Canada

    I only have one problem. The author is irresponsible in his/her attack on Arab men. The quoate "Certainly, even today one would have a hard time trying to find an Arab who would tell you, "I was so afraid that I ran home to my wife." They just aren't that way." - is just plain silly. Show me one man, Arab, non-Arab, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Russian, Italian, Greek, America, Canadian, British that would admit to being afraid and running home to thier wife? Please post an apology to all Arab men.

  31. ado alhaji ibrahim from kaduna, nigeria.

    since i have register with you i have never lose any islamicity news letter, i am happy with the work you do for islam may allah reward you people. Thanks.

  32. zainab from nigeria

    a mind blowing article with so much to learn from i have read it several times it is very educative.

  33. othman mohammed from usa

    Alhamdulillah. Even as a believer, this is very refreshing. May the All Mighty Allah continue to help us Remember Him, Obey Him and Thank Him.

    May He continue to Guide us. Amen

    JazakAllah Khair

  34. seema from usa

    Allhamdulillah, This is a great article and has been written in a

    very consize way the truth and the simplicity of Quran.

  35. Murtaza Ali from USA

    To Toby,

    You said 'Muslims will never be truly blessed by God'. Did you not read article, what it says about the Quran. Muslims are the most fortunate of all, because they have with them the Quarn.

    You dont need to tell us about Jesus and what he pleases, we know of him better then you all.

    I think what is bothering you is that, today if you see Christians and christianity it is nothing but a joke, worst of sinners and words fail to describe what christians have done to christianity. Whereas if you see Muslims, you see people, praying doing donations and so forth. What bothers you is that in comparision to Islam , Christianity looks like the religion of the disbelievers. Nor do you people have such great books and such a great culture well some might call pop and punk great cultures too. So why dont you become a muslim, I think this is the solution to end all your jeolosy and hatred for Islam. Do you know who your father is ? Sorry for that but I have heard that many of children in the western and european countries dont even know who there father is and you yalk about Prophet Mohammed (SAW) in such terms. May the curse of Allah be upon you and hands with which you wrote this email may be eaten up by the dogs you people give more importance than human beings. The rest Imam-uz-Zaman will take of, and when I think of Imam-uz-Zaman, I think you should be forgiven if you ask for forgiveness, because this is the Ahlul-bayt.

  36. NooN from usa

    May we AllAways be close to Wisdom. Thank AllAU2.

  37. nisa from malaysia

    i believe in Allah, Muhammad & Islam. the hasanah (peace), it's indescribably wonderful! I know what's life is meant to be, how to deal with it, how to achieve happinness -- it's the best way of life. I have put much thought to it, & yes, this IS the right way.

    to toby, you should thank Allah that muslims must speak in the best manner (17:53). To make it clear, to the west, "Jihad" is an evil word as they misuse it & make it bad, associate it with war. When in fact, performing hajj for muslim women is also Jihad. Jihad is not what you think, toby.

    In fact, muslims do not have a mission to kill non-muslims. In reality, outside the TV world -- in this real life, many muslims live nicely with non-muslims in many many countries. I myself work with non-muslims. It's just that we're not on TV.

    & in another fact, in Madinah -- Prophet Muhammad even guaranteed non-muslim rights under the constitution. they live side by side, nicely. & Prophet Muhammad is kind & helpful to even the non-muslims. As a stranger passing by, be even helped a woman move her stuffs, even when she kept spewing hatred to Muhammad (she doesn't recognize that's Muhammad). That's the level of tolerance muslims own. And that's not a once case scenario -- it's a lot of times.

    The truth is, Islam teaches muslims to be kind to humans, transcending their religious background. we only can go to war when we're under attack, in defense. even when they mock or sneeered, we must remain patient. That's is the tolerance Allah teaches Muslims. so to say we're not tolerant, are complete lies.

    honestly, i hope you will meet a true muslim in your life, toby. a true muslim, who lives the true islamic way. so you will know the real Islam. Amen.

  38. Atikah Barkah from Canada

    For me it is very interesting article, contains of proves and really entertaining. I find out that it is quite rare to find source article that mentioned facts in Koran that related with sience by non moslem expert. I do believe as human being an as a moslem our brain is very limmited, it will take more times than we could imagine to discover the vallue of the Koran.

  39. Ashfaq Ahmed from Canada

    May Allah reward writer of this article. Can it not be published in widely circulated media, like a western newspapers, magazines etc. It will be shocking and awakening for non belivers.

    I also want to know, what is the time fram when Toronto's embroyoligist Keith moore I believe discover this which is mentioned this in your article. I would be greatful if you can specify the time frame a I will research it and try to get a newspaper reference to this fact,to give this reference to somebody who argu as usaul on these matter.

    I have taken enough of your time. but only thing I can pray is Jazakum Allah Khairan

  40. debbie from usa

    I very good article although a great deal of information perhaps to much. But an excellent article no doubt.

  41. zahir from uk

    great article really makes u think and i agree with it all....although i think many people would have counter arguements....evan so i am convinced about the truth in the Quran.

  42. jamil akbar from Indonesia

    assalamu'alaikum to all brother and sister, Allah be with us, insya Allah

  43. Yahya Bergum from USA

    Toby, you said, "God never called for... Holy war." Speaking of admitting one's lack of knowledge of God consider the following.

    In the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them--the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--as the LORD your God has commanded you. Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshipping their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God. (Deut.20:16-18)

    When the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally (according to the law of anathema). Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. (Deut.7:2-5,2:34, Num.25:1-5,31:14-17, Ex.23:33, Jos.6:17,8:26)

    They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it--men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys... (Jos.6:21)

    Toby, here is a question for you. What would you suppose would the just end of those who strive in making false assertions about God for the purpose of disparaging others' belief in a single, all powerful, all knowing and eternal deity who they believe is alone worthy of worship? In as much as your intention was apparently to cause offense try not to be too offended. Of course that is just a suggestion.

  44. toby from usa

    To call the Koran amazing is to admit ones lack of knowledge of God. The Koran was written at least six-hundred years after Christ and is filled with direct verses out the old original biblical text used by Christians and Jews today. It was intermingled with the thoughts of a man who called himself Gods messenger. All intelligent humans realize that Mohammed was a messenger of self and a false prophet. His writings deal with mans own ideologies and not those of God. God never called for Jihad or Holy war. For vengeance is for God alone. God said those who are quick to shed innocent blood will have their own blood shed by man as a form of punishment. Jihad terrorists shed the innocent blood of women and children in the name of religion. If muslims really believe in Jesus they would know that He said anyone who harms a child it would be better for him to have a stone tied around his neck and cast into the sea than to face God on judgement day. Jihad is only an excuse for those who wish to serve Satan and not God. He who knows to do good and does it not to him it is sin. Terrorists are sinners and bound to hell as their just end. All muslims should wake up and realize that there is only one God. The same one who blessed Issac and Ishmael to become great nations among themselves. But Satan has driven a wedge between them by creating an unjust religion that promotes the destruction of Gods people. The Muslims will never be truly blessed by God until they come to truly know Him. Grace and Honor be to the one true and living God who reigns forever in our hearts and the heavenly places. To God Jehovah be praise and glory forever.

  45. sabeen razi from pakistan

    well after reading this articles i must convey my messages to all my muslims brothers and sister that live with unity and love and follow all the rules and regulations of islam if u want a successful life and a life full of happiness and joy, all the best readers ...

  46. Mukire Idriss from Burundi

    Assalam aleykum 1 In fact mine is nota comment but a request.It's now more than 2year that I've been reading yourbulletin but it has always been hard forme to transmitt it to my bothers in islam whithin my country since we are in a French country.that is why I would like to get my bulletin in french so that I make it helpfull to all my brothers in Islam.Hoping to get a positive answer I wish u all the best for the job u've been doing,only The Almighty knows what to pay u back. Assalamaleykum.

  47. Andrea from USA

    I found this article very interesting, but as a Christian I have a question concerning the following statement by Miller,

    "It must be stressed here that the Qur'an is accurate about many, many things, but accuracy does not necessarily mean that a book is a divine revelation. In fact, accuracy is only one of the criteria for divine revelations."

    I find that so many religions contain truth. I love so many of the teachings in the world's various religions...At the moment, I am desperately trying to understand my own religion. So I'm curious, how do Muslims know that the Quran is actually from God? I find the scientific facts contained within the Quran amazing, but as Miller states, many books contain accurate statements, and as I pointed out, so many religions contain truths...so considering all of this, how does one know that the Quran is from God? How do you know with certainty that Islam is the correct religion when so many other religions contain truth? How does one really know...

  48. anuar from philippines

    i wonder how the Christians might feel if they know that there is no room for them to inveigh against the solidity of the QURAN... some actuall

  49. Arif from Bangladesh

    it is very informative and convincing. Alas, certain ppl there are cannot see the truth. As allah said their hearts are blocked, they are blind folded. It is so pathetic that they don't wanna believe that quran is the complete revelation of GOD. Probably they are envious to it too. No other prophet explicitely said to his followers to go after knowledge but Muhammad (saw) did. Becuase he knew that opening of heart (Gibrail, the angel did it to him - a man who was totally illetarate!) is needed to understand and believe GOD and Quran. No other book said to its beleivers to confront ppl of other religion and listen to what they say then argue with them with facts and confidence. Quran did. That means Quran is true facts and Allah is the revealer. He knows there is no fallibility in Quran and there won't be any (and no one would be able to mock his most favorite prophet)even all the latest informattion, latest knowledge is gathered. But to understand it, get clear picture of its arguments and essences muslims needs wide knowledge not limited to Quran itself or hadith. Allah knows clearly that in the age of exploring knowledge, muslims would need knowledge on various subjects and must remain up to date to relate quran, to see the truth in there and to argue with ppl who mocks around about islam, quran and the prophet. The prophet said education is a thing for both man and women. This is becuase women can be convincing to many other men and women (like Ayesha (RA)- she was well known for her speeces). If he were a mad crazy guy, he wouldn'thave understood all these. If he were the one who wrote what ever he wanted to write, he would not have said go and learn more about what is in Quran. Bcoz if he made it up, there would always be errors or no proof or his thesis (such as about the human birth, or creation of world, or many other little scientific things that quran has), or his description of history would have a chance of falling apart in the coming years.

  50. Manna from USA

    two things, is gary miller muslim or am i being mislead by his name? and as another reader mentioned, this article would have been better had there been actual verses (verse number along with chapter number) and perhaps even the perhaps. It brings a touch of authencity to an article and not only that, it helps very much for verification purposes.

  51. Manna from USA

    Alhumdulillah,

    a very nice and enlightening article indeed.

    May Allah swt reward the brother with what is better for writing this article and may Allah swt grant us more knowledge and imaan. Ameen.

  52. HANIFA AZIZ A.K.A. KIMBERLEY WAGNER from USA

    THIS WAS A VERY BEAUTIFUL, INFORMATIVE AND UPLIFTING ARTICLE THAT I WOULD LIKE FOR ALL NON-MUSLIMS TO READ. IT IS ESPECIALLY INFORMATIVE FOR ANY ONE THAT'S NEW TO ISLAM AND IS TRYING TO FORM AN OPINION ON IT BASED ONLY ON THE TRUTH. ALHAMDULILLAH!! ALLAH ALWAYS ALLOWS HIS TRUTH TO SURFACE, NO MATTER WHO TRIES TO THWART THE PRESENCE OF IT!

  53. Sam from USA

    Alhamdullillah! Such great are the powers of Allah. As a scientist I think why don't we all gather and research what the Quran says. There will be hudreds of unexplored and unexplained realms still. So true that He knows and we know not! I also felt the article was lacking in Surah and Verse numbers of the Quran. Jazzak Allah Khairun to the writer.

  54. Mahadhir from Malaysia

    Subhanallaah. The problem is a non-muslim sees islam only for the polygamy, not the truth in the religion. Allahuakbar and long live Patanians in the southern Thailand.

  55. abdul wali

    i am a muslim and i am always worry of my MUSLIMS BROTHERS then i thought of preaching the teaching islam . hopefully i will start my education of islam and preaching in the comming next days .i will join a madrasa to preach the religion of islam to the whole mankind .they are deprived of this religionnow after holy prophet saws it is our responsibity to preach the message of ALLAH

  56. F.Rahim from Pakistan

    We should thank Mr. Miller for producing such an excellent article which encompasses scientific evidence. May Allaha guide him in his efforts and on the straight/right path.

  57. Mukhtar Sharif from Australia

    Alhamdulilah the article is very good and interesting, but I cannot pass it to my co-workers as there is no reference (page number, surah, ayah) made to the Koran. I have not doubt that it is true to the last letter BUT it is so much easier when passing it to non-Muslims for reading. We have to give them the reason to believe that the phrases we quote exist in the Koran, are not made by humans. They can take any Koran for cross-referencing and will find a similar quote at at the exact location in another Koran. Make it simple for spreading Islam.

    Jazak Allah

  58. Mohyuddin from USA

    Subhaan Allah what an article... even as a Believer I am still amazed by the authenticity of the Quraan and its Divine Origin and your article expresses with convincing scholarship that awe that fills one's heart when studying the word of Allah. There are some great dawah ideas in there too!! jazaak Allahu khairan!!

  59. Khursheed Siddiqui from USA

    Allahmdulillah,

    Author has done wonderfull job of explaining what many of us could not.

  60. Ahmad Taufiq from United State

    I cannot explain my feeling right now with words. I'm a muslim and I know how great Qur'an is but I didn't know that it is so great. There still a lot of things and knowledges in it that we still uncovered. I'm so thankful that I'm a muslim.

  61. Bilal Yasin El-Amin from USA

    This is an excellent article. The Qur'an proves itself, again and again. And its purity and authenticity is protected by G-d Himself.

  62. SANI MAHMUD from NIGERIA

    Alhamdu lillah,The writer has done a wonderfull piece of excercise.Allah will reward him and all those that rmight have read it.This is to show us that surely it is (Quran) the ultimate miracle.may Allah guide us to the straight path,ameen

  63. Ayesha Hayat from USA

    Gary Miller has done a wonderful job of putting together an article that really does make one think about how the Quran does challenge a person to disprove it. Very enlightening!

  64. sam from USA

    Unlike most christians i do not think Mohammed was crazy.

    I am a Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints)

    My church put out an official statement that Mohammed was given a portion of God's light to enlighten many nations. He just wasnt given all the truth.

    There is no doubt he was an inspired man.

    He took a people from being idol worshippers. To a good, GOD fearing people.

    I only mention this because in the article you say how most people will say mohammed is crazy. He was not. He was a great man that i admire.

  65. Saeed khan from Usa

    Alhamdulillah, this author's explaination has made my belief in AL Quran absolutely bulletproof.

  66. H A from U.S.A

    I thought that my heart was already overflowing with love for the Quran...thank you for an AMAZING article. It was very eloquently written, and objectively sequenced. It touched the logical, as well as the heart.

  67. Sharif Gindy from USA

    Though I know of Mr. Miller, yet a formal biography would be helpful when parts of this inspiring article are quoted. May Allah reward Mr. miller for his effort. The scientific approach he followed is revealing.It would be helpful if the sute indicated the printing method of this article.

  68. Sumaira Naveed from USA

    Thanks,for writing such a thrilling Article

    Well I would like to know more about the Facts Of Quran,so that I can convince more & more Non-muslims to change their School of thoughts Inshallah.

    Send me more such Articles.

    I will appreciate your help.

    Sumaira.