Do You Know This Book?

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When we want to talk about Islam as a way of life, it is a very difficult task especially in the West because of several misconceptions and stereotypes that are prevalent about Islam and Muslims.

One of the surprising facts for most non-Muslims is that Islam has over a billion followers all over the world. Islam has a revelation, a holy book, called the Quran which was revealed to the prophet Mohammed , about fourteen hundred years ago. The Quran is the last and final revelation until the end of human existence on earth.

When we talk about Islam or Christianity, we should not consider some Muslims' and Christians' wrongdoings as a way to judge Islam or Christianity.

As far as scripture goes, let us see what Dr. Maurice Bucaille said in his book "The Bible, the Quran and Science", which was published by the American Trust Publications 1979:

"Thanks to its undisputed authenticity, the text of the Quran holds a unique place among the books of Revelation, shared neither by the Old nor the New Testament. In the first two sections of this work, a review was made of the alterations undergone by the Old Testament and the Gospels before they were handed down to us in the form we know today. The same is not true for the Quran for the simple reason that it was written down at the time of the prophet".

Somebody with a counter argument might ask, "How would I know that the Quran is a revelation from Allah?" Do you have any evidence?"

I have evidence that the Quran is a revelation from Allah and this evidence is presented in the next few pages. When the revelation of the Quran commenced in 622 A.D., it was a linguistic miracle. The Quran has a challenge in it. The challenge is for anybody to produce some thing like or similar to the Quran.

This challenge was present in the Quran in Sura no. 17, verse no. 88 which is translated as follows:

" Say: If the whole of mankind and Jinn were together to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they back up each other with help and support."

Years passed and nobody was able to meet the challenge. Later (after several years) the challenge in the Quran was eased asking for anyone to produce even ten Suras like those in it. This was in the Quran in Sura no. 11, verse no. 13 which is translated as follows:

" or they may say, "He forged it" Say, "Bring ye then ten Suras forged, like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever ye can, other than Allah! If ye speak the truth"

Again years passed and nobody was able to successfully meet the challenge. Later the challenge was eased for the second time to produce one Sura like or similar to the Suras in the Quran. The challenge (to anyone) to produce one Sura was presented in the Quran in more than a Sura, one of them was in Sura no. 2, Verse no. 23 which is translated as follows:

"And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers besides Allah, if what you say is true."

Since then, more than fourteen hundred years have passed, and nobody has been able to meet the challenge, and nobody will, because the Quran is the only existing book containing the word of Allah which no man can match or imitate. The most eloquent people in the Arabic language spent years going over and searching the Quran, trying to find any weak or inadequate word or sentence, but they could not. They even went further, trying to find a way to substitute a word or a sentence in the Quran, hoping to convey a similar meaning as the original one, but they failed to do so.

As a result of this, many people, especially linguists, throughout the last fourteen hundred years believed in the Quran as a revelation beyond any human capacity.

In the beginning of the modern ages, some non-Muslims argued that the appreciation of the Arabic language has declined even among the native speakers themselves, and that most of the non-Muslims cannot speak Arabic. They conclude that the Quran will not stay till the end of the human existence on earth as a miracle.

This is not a valid argument because there are still millions of people all over the world who have a very good command of the Arabic language and who can appreciate the linguistic miracle of the Quran. But the Quran has something else for the modern ages. Some people have noticed that there are many facts about the science of astronomy, human reproduction and other scientific fields in the Quran.

Modern scientists have been amazed by the accuracy of scientific information presented in the Quran. Some people wrote books about this phenomenon which attracted the attention of many people in the west - both Muslims and Non- Muslims.

One of these books is a specialized book in embryology entitled The Developing Human by Dr. Keith L. Moore, published by W.B. Saunders, 1982. In the third edition of this book, Dr. Moore said:

"It is cited in the Koran, the holy book of the Muslims, that human beings are produced from a mixture of secretions from the male and the female. Several references are made to the creation of a human being from a sperm drop and it is also suggested that the resulting organism settles in the woman like a seed, six days after its beginning. (The human blastocyst begins to implant about six days after fertilization.) The Koran, (and prophet saying), also states that the sperm drop develops 'into a clot of congealed blood' (an implanted blastocyst or a spontaneously aborted conceptus would resemble a blood clot.) Reference is also made to the leech-like appearance of the embryo... "

This was part of what Dr. Moore wrote in his book. Later, after more research and study of the Quranic terms used to describe the development of the embryo in the mother's womb and other related descriptions, Dr. Moore found that the Quranic terms and statements are amazing in their scientific accuracy.

Therefore, Dr. Moore decided to add a chapter to the next edition of his book to discuss the scientific accuracy of the Quranic version, which was revealed fourteen hundred years ago. In the seventh Saudi Medical Meeting, Dr. Moore wrote a paper about human embryology in the Quran and the Hadith. He said in the paper: "I was amazed at the scientific accuracy of these statements (in the Quran), which were made in the 7th century A.D."

Now the question is: if the Quran describes these scientific facts with great accuracy, how could it be a human work? Let us see what Dr. Maurice Bucaille said after he had read the Quran:

"My first goal was to read the Quran and to make a sentence by sentence analysis of it... my approach was to pay special attention to the description of numerous natural phenomena given in the Quran; the highly accurate nature of certain details referring to them in the Book, which was only apparent in the original, struck me by the fact that they were in keeping with present-day ideas although a man living at the time of Mohammed couldn't have suspected this at all...what initially strikes the reader confronted for the first time with a text of this kind is the sheer abundance of subjects discussed... whereas monumental errors are to be found in the Bible I could not find a single error in the Quran. I had to stop and ask myself: if a man was the author of the Quran how could he have written facts in the seventh century A.D. that today are shown to be in keeping with modern scientific knowledge?... What human explanation can there be to this observation? In my opinion there is no explanation; there is no special reason why an inhabitant of the Arabian Peninsula should have had scientific knowledge on certain subjects that was ten centuries ahead... It is an established fact that at the time of the Quranic Revelation, i.e. within a period of roughly twenty three years straddling Hegira (622 A.D.), scientific knowledge had not progressed for centuries and the period of activity in Islamic civilization, with its accompanying scientific upsurge, came after the close of the Quranic revelation."

In addition to what Dr. Bucaille said, there are more examples from different scientific fields other than embryology.

When I searched the Quran for verses which refer to scientific facts, I found a large number of such verses. I will try to give as many examples as the space permits.

The Quran states several facts about astronomy which were discovered in the late twentieth century. One of these facts is about the expansion of the universe. Let us see what Dr. Bucaille said about that:

"The expansion of the universe is the most imposing discovery of modern science today. It is a firmly established concept and the only debate centres around the way this is taking place. It was first suggested by the general theory of relativity and is backed up by physics in the examination of the galactic spectrum; the regular movement towards the red section of their spectrum may be explained by the distancing of one galaxy from another. Thus the size of the Universe is probably constantly increasing and this increase will become bigger the further away the galaxies are from us. The speeds at which these celestial bodies are moving may, in the course of this perpetual expansion, go from fractions of the speed of light to speeds faster than this."

The following Verse of the Quran Sura 51, verse 47 where God is speaking, may perhaps be compared with modern ideas;

"The heaven, we have built it with power. Verily we are expanding it."

"Heaven" is the translation of the word "sama" and this is exactly the extraterrestrial world that is meant. "We are expanding it" is the translation of the plural present participle "musi'una" of the verb "aus'a" meaning "to make wider, more spacious, to extend, to expand".

Another example from a different scientific field is about the living things in general which we can find in more than one verse in the Quran. For example Sura 21, Verse 30 was chosen by Dr. Bucaille to present how the Quran talked about these scientific facts. The Verse is translated as follows:

"Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then we clove them asunder and we got every living thing out of the water. Will they then not believe?"

The notion of "getting something out of something" does not give rise to any doubts. The phrase can equally mean that every living thing was made of water (as its essential component) or that every living thing originated in water. The two possible meanings are strictly in accordance with scientific data. Life is in fact of aquatic origin and water is the major component of all living cells. Without water, life is not possible. When the possibility of life on another planet is discussed, the first question is always: does it contain a sufficient quantity of water to support life?

From the Animal Kingdom there are so many facts stated in the Quran. One of these facts is about the source of the constituents of animal milk which has been described in the Quran fourteen hundred years before. It has been understood only in recent times. Let us see how Dr. Bucaille explained that when he made comments on Sura 16, Verse 66 which is translated as follows:

"Verily, in cattle there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of what is inside their bodies, coming from a conjunction between the contents of the intestine and the blood, a milk pure and pleasant for those who drink it."

"From a scientific point of view, physiological notions must be called upon to grasp the meaning of this verse. The substances that ensure the general nutrition of the body come from chemical transformations which occur along the length of the digestive tract. These substances come from the contents of the intestine. On arrival in the intestine at the appropriate stage of chemical transformation, they pass through its wall and towards the systematic circulation. This passage is effected in two ways: either directly, by what are called the Lymphatic vessels', or indirectly, by the portal circulation. This conducts them first to the liver, where they undergo alterations, and from here they then emerge to join the systematic circulation. In this way every thing passes through the blood-stream.. The constituents of milk are secreted by the mammary glands. These are nourished, as it were, by the product of food digestion brought to them via the bloodstream. Blood therefore plays the role of collector and conductor of what has been extracted from food, and it brings nutrition to the mammary glands, the producers of milk, as it does to any other organ. Here the initial process which sets everything else in motion is the bringing together of the contents of the intestine and blood at the level of the intestinal wall itself. This very precise concept is the result of the discoveries made in the chemistry and physiology of the digestive system. It was totally unknown at the time of the Prophet Mohammed and has been understood only in recent times. The discovery of the circulation of the blood, was made by Harvey roughly ten centuries after the Quranic Revelation. I consider that the existence in the Quran of the verse referring to these concepts can have no human explanation on account of the period in which they were formulated."

The last example I would cite from Dr. Bucaille's book is what I consider a very interesting one, because this example illustrates where the Quran showed the people facts that have not even been discovered without the help of the information given in the Quran. This example is about the story of the Pharaoh and Moses which was presented in the Quran in more than one Sura.

The Verses which inspire Dr. Bucaille to do the research around this incident are in Sura 10: Verse 90, 91 & 92, which mean as follows:

"We (Allah) took the children of Israel across the sea. Pharaoh with his hosts pursued them in rebellion and hostility till, when the fact of his drowning overtook him he said: I believe there is no True God except the God in whom the Children of Israel believe. I am of those who submit themselves to Him. (It was said to him) 'Now! Thou has rebelled and caused depravity: This day we save thee in the body so that thou mayest be a sign for those who come after thee' But verily, many among mankind are heedless of Our signs."

This is what the Holy Quran said about the story of Moses and the Pharaoh and the sign Allah left for the people who come after the Pharaoh to see who has a revelation from Allah and who does not have. Let us hear from Dr. Bucaille how he conducted research to verify this Quranic story:

"In June 1975, the Egyptian high authorities very kindly allowed me to examine the parts of the Pharaoh's body that had been covered until then. They also allowed me to take photographs... What may already be derived from this examination is the discovery of multiple lesions of the bones with broad lacunae, some of which may have been mortal although it is not yet possible to ascertain whether some of them occurred before or after the Pharaoh's death. He most probably died either from drowning, according to the scriptural narrations, or from very violent shocks preceding the moment when he was drowned or both at once. The connection of these lesions with the deterioration whose sources have been mentioned above renders the correct preservation of the mummy of the Pharaoh somewhat problematical, unless precautionary and restorative measures are not taken very soon. These measures should ensure that the only concrete evidence which we still possess today concerning the death of the Pharaoh of the Exodus and the rescue of his body, willed by God; does not disappear with the passage of time. It is always desirable for man to apply himself to the preservation of relics of his history, but here we have something which goes beyond that: it is the material presence of the mummified body of the man who knew Moses, resisted his pleas, pursued him as he took flight and lost his life in the process. His earthly remains were saved by the Will of God from destruction to become a sign to man, as it is written in the Quran.

Those who seek among modern data for proof of the veracity of the Holy Scriptures will find a magnificent illustration of the verses of the Quran dealing with the Pharaoh's body by visiting the Royal Mummies Room of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo! "

These are a few examples just to illustrate what I am talking about in this booklet. There are over a hundred of these examples in several scientific fields in the Quran which all have been proven to be scientifically true, in this Book which was revealed fourteen hundred years ago. Anybody who would like to examine more of these concepts could read the Quran and find out for himself or, an interested person could get Dr. Bucaille's book "The Bible, The Quran and Science" which is available in bookstores, and check the accuracy of what he referred to. Not only Dr. Bucaille and Dr. Moore, but many scholars have researched these concepts and a lot of this research was presented on September 23rd, 1985 in the conference which was held in Cairo under the title of "The Scientific Concepts in the Quran."

Several papers were presented at the conference. One of the most interesting papers was from Dr. T.V. Persuade, a professor at the University of Manitoba, Canada, about human reproduction. Another interesting paper was presented by Dr. Marshal Johnson Ph.D., the Director of Daniel Baugh Institute, Philadelphia, USA, also about embryology in the Quran. Dr. Johnson said at the conference that he started to use the Quranic terms in teaching embryology to his students because they were more accurate and easier to learn than the terms in textbooks.

Dr. Arthur Elson from the City University in London, UK, stated that he was amazed by the scientific accuracy of the statements which had been made in the Quran. He had no doubt in his mind that these were not human words because these facts had just been discovered recently.

I would like to quote a Verse from the Quran which may sum up the purpose of having these scientific facts in the Quran as signs for the people.

The verse is from Sura 41, Verse 53 which is translated as follows:

"We (Allah ) will show them (the unbelievers) Our signs in the farthest regions, and within their own selves until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth."

What is the Quran all about?

The Quran is written in beautiful prose that continues to be marveled at by the experts of the Arabic language. But it is not merely a literary masterpiece.

The Quran contains scientific facts and explanations that fascinate scientists of all fields. But it is not an encyclopedia of science.

The Quran mentions stories of people and places in the past with vivid detail. But it is not merely a book of history.

So what is the Quran?

The Quran is a revelation from the Creator of this universe to all human beings. Its most important message is the Unity of God - that there is only One Supreme Being who has no partners and is not dependent on anyone or anything. He is the Creator of everything and the whole universe is in His control. He is the only One worthy of being worshipped.

It is impossible for the created to fully comprehend the Creator - so the Quran makes us aware of Him by mentioning His Attributes. He is the most Merciful, the Loving, the Majestic, the Oft-Forgiving. The name that He has chosen for Himself is Allah.

In His infinite mercy, Allah has not left mankind to wander searching for the correct path. He has revealed the Quran which includes a code for all people to follow. Islam is not just a set of beliefs. It is a complete way of life which covers all spheres of human activity - the social, economic, political, educational as well as the spiritual. Islam enjoins good manners for every occasion and stresses treating people, particularly relatives and neighbors, with kindness. The family enjoys a high status in Islam - it is viewed as the nucleus of society.

Allah has also sent messengers to guide mankind to the truth and to be an example for others to emulate. Stories of these messengers starting from Adam and including those of Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, and ending with Mohammed (may peace be upon them all) are found in the Quran.

This final revelation from Allah to mankind has been safeguarded from any alteration. Since the Quran has been preserved in its original Arabic it has not lost any meaning in translation to another language. Millions of people from all parts of the world have memorized the complete Quran. So even if all printed copies of the Quran were destroyed it would continue to live in the hearts of these people.

What do Muslims believe?

There is only one God, Allah, who alone is worthy of being worshipped. Mankind has been guided at various times by the messengers of Allah of whom the most prominent were Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed. The final message was sent to the last prophet, Mohammed, which replaces all previous messages. None of the prophets claimed to be god or part-god - they were human and were obedient to Allah.

Finally, I want to inform you that Islam is the universal message of God to all mankind and prophet Mohammed is the last and final messenger of God. He said in the Gracious Quran which is translated as follows:

"And any one who chooses a way of life other than Islam (Submission to the One Lord of the worlds), it will not be accepted from him and in the hereafter he will be one of the losers." (3:85)


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Older Comments:
ROWFIYA FROM INDIA said:
Assalamu alikum brother. very informative&knowlegeble article. i hope others are able to realize this by reading ur article.

allah may reward you hereafter and bless you always inshaAllah.
2007-03-27

TISHA SACCARELLI FROM UNITED STATES said:
Your piece was very refreshing and illuminating. I intend to share it with my sister as a tool of da'wa. You have shown that the Qur'an is not a book to be taken for granted but truly studied and digested. A superficial reading of the Qur'an is an injustice. I hope others are able to realize this by reading your article. Thank you for sharing your understanding of the Qur'an and its purity.
2005-05-08

AMATUL FROM USA said:
Assalamalaikum brother: Very informative and knowlegeable article. Allah may reward you hereafter. Jszakumullahkhair. May Allah help us in reading,understanding and following Quran and Hadith and doing good deeds for hereafter. Again jazakamullahkhair brother for this best article ever.
2005-05-05

MOHD ABDUL LATEEF FROM IND said:
i know all peoples telling therethoughtsabout islaam and iwilltell somethingt hat islaamisonly reliogion talks abouthow tolive and how to work dont take any interest is haraam and dont do any wrongthigs tha non other religion talks.now islaam is only the way to gett released from the fir of jahanumits like a ship of nooh alahslaam.who will follow the islaam will gett into jannat ok so please mydear brothers and sisters be a good muslim and help the poors and be faithfull to others ok thanks you"khuda haafiz"ALLAH TAALA WILLHELP U IN THE LIFE AND IN A LIFE WHICH IS COMING AFTER THE DEATH"
2005-05-04

MOHAMMAD YAKIN FROM INDONESIA said:
for map regarding his claim that we are born with sin,you can read in your own bible, jesus said "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven"(matthew 19:14)further more in the old and new testament you can read "proverb 24:12,Ezekiel 12:40,romans 14:12,1 corinthians 3:8,it all said that God will judge all of us according to our own deeds.as human being all we can do is try our best to follow the guideance from God.and if we make mistake,we ask God to forgive our sins,just like the way when adam and eve disobey God,they ask God to forgive them,and God accept their repend,human unlike angles who never commit sins,who always obey God order.that's why God offer us forgiveness becouse He created human in unique,He give us ability to reject His order,but He promise to forgive us if we repend and turn to Him,
2005-05-01

BILAL ABDUR-RAHMAN FROM USA said:
As-salaamu alaikum,
This is a well written article that addresses a very important fact. Sadly, many non-Muslims having be taught that the Old Testament and New Testament were the literal word of God, find out that this is not the case and then find it very difficult to accept that any book could be the undadulterated word of God. This is a very big hurdle to overcome in da'wah work. Time and time again the response by non-Muslims to the Islamic view of the Qur'an is disbelief because of their own experience with their books. I appreciate the efforts of the author of this article--it is easily ready and brief. Insha'Allah it will prove helpful in my efforts in da'wah.
2004-11-21

AHMED ASGHER FROM BAHRAIN said:
brother abdul-razzaq wrote: The Quran has forbidden taking the kuffaar as awliya, or close friends.

awliya in arabic does not mean friend. it is plural for wali which means the one who sits in judgement over others and looks after them i.e. appointed by them. something akin to 'the governor' or 'the mayor'. thus Islam forbids us having a non-muslim as a leader but it does not forbid us befriending them. this rule applies only in the muslim land. that is we are not supposed to have a non-muslim ruling upon muslims in their own lands. this makes sense to me, otherwise we would have fitnah as is happening in Iraq and other Islamic US-supported countries. this rule does not apply to muslims in other non-muslim countries yet within their own community muslims are still obliged to take one of their own as their community leader. this also makes sense as you would not see a non-jew leading the jewish religious community!
2004-11-20

ISAA , HUSAIN FROM CANADA said:
Salam aleikum , brother Tahlawi , may Allah (swt)grant you and your familly mercy and love , Keep up the good work , many more inshallah
2004-11-18

NABEEL FROM US said:
An excellent piece of work and a great reading.
2004-11-17

AMINA FROM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. said:
Dear Map,
The reason why God refers himself as "we" in the Koran has nothing to do with the trinity. In several languages, there are two types of plural. One plural refers to more than one thing, and another is a plural of respect. Some people throughout history have used the plural "we" to refer to themselves. In the English language, the Queen of England refers to herself as "we" instead of "I." This is known as the 'royal plural'. Rajiv Gandhi, the ex-Prime Minister of India use to say in Hindi "Hum dekhna chahte hain". This phrase meaning, "we want to see," where "hum" is a royal plural. So when Allah uses the Arabic word 'Nahnu' throughout the Koran, it does not indicate a plural number but plural of respect.

Here is a good essay about the alterations of the Bible, since you mentioned that also. I've read it, and it's been very helpful.

http://english.islamway.com/bindex.php?section=article&id=232

Sincerely,
Amina







2004-01-24

MOHAMMED FROM US said:
is it correct to say that the quran replaces other messages?
2003-02-10

MAP FROM USA. said:
my dander?,map, it seems to be you want all muslims to believe in your bible, its clear, we refere to our Holy Qur'an,it being the latest book and the clarifier,.I read your bible quotes in matthew %:17-18,2tim3:16and 2 peter 1:20-21 and surah 10:94,whic all leads me to say, that it isnt jesus that puts himself equal with God ,but the people who changed the bible for you and the ones that insist on believing his equality with God, and map,i will face God alone,as our fathers arent going to answer for our sins,we will individualy answer, believe it or not and this aint Ripleys,and i have no paranoia,another fine word coming from your unjudgemental mouth,but what makes you tremble in your boots map?
better confess it, dont you think? bye for now
2003-02-08

AMIN FROM USA said:
Abdur Razzaq,
12 years of Catholic school is where I learned how to argue. I am thankful for them.
also again could you please site the prophesies you mentioned so I can reference them for myself?
I ussually defend catholics because they are the most tolerant of Muslims in this current age (lets not discuss history please?)
As for the bible
Entire books have been written on this subject... I agree with every detail you say on this I think we simply don't have room here for all the details.
There is no question the bible has been messed up
I'll just expound on the sects the church wiped out. They didn't "spring up" anymore than the church leaders' ideas had, rather they had all coexisted for a long time many of the gnostic, and Arian leaning texts appear to be as old as the "contemporary" versions. it was the triple god romanistic version that appealed most to the upper crust of society and thus was adopted by the emperor these bishops were the ones to then gain power (the emperor converted they probably already had it)
It seemed more like Roman religion than the others. Gnostics were too philosophical, Arians too Jewish and the Emperorer wanted something truely Roman.
No one can proove the Quran was written from anywhere but one source, and since the prophet was illiterate and the Quran is in a style that was high, and classic even in his own time that leaves only a few possibilities.
1. He wrote it despite all odds (still a miracle)
2. It really was directly from Allah
3. Someone else wrote it (not a Christian they would have simply tried to convert with their own books, not a Jew they didn't accept what the revelation said. A zorastrian? Why include Judeo Christian stories?)
Abdu-Razzaq, while we may disagree on some things I find comfort that we see eye to eye on most everything else. And humorously enough have some interesting background in common. I look forward to working with you to battle the ignorance of others and ourselve
2003-02-07

MAP FROM USA said:
Shirley- I didn't intend to get your dander up but only wanted to gain an intellectual understanding of exactly why one believes in Islam. I didn't say nor think that you were equaling yourself to God.

Honestly, I'm not arguing, twisting or mocking you or anyone. Please don't be so paranoid. I was just expressing the concept of human beings born without sin. Incidentally, I came across a Hadith regarding this very topic. It says in Vol 4, book 54, #506 The Prophet said, "When any human being is born. Satan touches him at both sides of the body with his two fingers, except Jesus, the son of Mary, whom Satan tried to touch but failed, for he touched the placenta-cover instead." To me this says that we are born with sin (Satan's touch) except for Jesus (The Faultless One).

Speaking of the Faultless One...I have referred to my history book in regards to biblical authenticity and came across what Jesus says in Matthew 5:17-18 and to others in 2 Tim 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21. Also, in the Quran it proves that the Bible is true. See Surah 10:94. This is Muhammad's own words. Also, in this verse and others I have seen in the Quran mentions "We" several times. Can someone explain this for me? If it's not the Trinity then who is it?

I'll give you credit Shirley for willing to face God alone because without the intercession of Chirst I'd be trembling in my boots. Good luck.
2003-02-07

ABDUR RAZZAQ FROM USA said:
As a 12 year prisoner in Catholic school, I know much about the history of the Church and Bible. I mentions that many verses were inserted into the Bible to fits needs because during the 1st 4 centuries there there were many Councils (Trent, Nicaea, etc.) that established the "official" Church doctrine. Because written copies of the various Gospels were only in the hands of the religious rulers, when different heresies arose (such as Origen, Marcion, and Arias) they needed to bolster their position with Biblical references. When the evidence was not present they inserted them. Examples include I John 5:7, and Matthew 28:19. Like you mention they are not expunged from the RSV, but placed in parenthesis and footnoted. And, as Amin also mentioned, further alteration occurred during translation, where words would be purposely translated incorrectly to make people believe "official" church dogma. For example, the Greek term for "begotten" is "GENNAO" as found in Matthew 1:2, but in John 3:16, the word used was "MONOGENES", which means unique (NOT only begotten). And it is true that early church leaders discarded many other Gospels and labeled them "Apocrypha" (including the Gospel of Barnabus), and chose the 4 Gospels that BEST fit their teachings. How can this book, which has remained for nearly 2 millenia, still be considered the word of God?
2003-02-07

AMIN FROM USA said:
Abdur Razzaq,
Good explanation of original sin. Very well stated.
Also thank you for the list of prophesies, however could you please list your source so I can read them?
As for your answers to inaccuracies in the bible, they are relatively alright but lacking some basics. First the bible was not necessarily altered to fit the needs of the church, some the translations have been but mostly it has been intact for eighteen hundred years. Most of the changes happened by unchecked transcription, circulation and additions before the church had decided what books to use. The inaccuracies come long before an organized church exists, and there were five times the writings that exist today. The alteration by the church involved which books were chosen and which books/believers were subsequently burned to soldify this new compilation which they named "the bible".
As for the new revised version it takes an averege of the oldest texts and doesn't leave out the other verses but rather foot notes them.
The point is however that the bible is altered without question. The method is complicated, and somewhat dubious but not completely.

Now your comments on Kufr. Maybe Christians are Kufr but your suggestion that all are is not true. You said for christians to go to heaven they must accept the 5 pillars, but then they are no longer Christian they are Muslim, so we ask again what does the passage that I always quote mean? You aren't taking it into account. I don't believe in replacement. Why does Allah say Muslims Christians Jews and Sabeans need have no fear if they do god and believe in the last day? It is clear. Islam isn't the only criteria for heaven it just increase your chance mutiples. People at the foudation of their religions were real Muslims, they became Christians and Jews later. this passage refers to these
I agree with you on many things. I dislike things from each Islamic philosophy and choose what makes sense to me. The salafi are no
2003-02-07

GHANDI FROM GHADI said:
..There is only one God, Allah, who alone is worthy of being worshipped. Mankind has been guided at various times by the messengers of Allah of whom the most prominent were Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed. The final message was sent to the last prophet, Mohammed, which replaces all previous messages. None of the prophets claimed to be god or part-god - they were human and were obedient to Allah.

Finally, I want to inform you that Islam is the universal message of God to all mankind and prophet Mohammed is the last and final messenger of God. He said in the Gracious Quran which is translated as follows:

"And any one who chooses a way of life other than Islam (Submission to the One Lord of the worlds), it will not be accepted from him and in the hereafter he will be one of the losers." (3:85)

Quran in Sura no. 11, verse no. 13 which is translated as follows:

" or they may say, "He forged it" Say, "Bring ye then ten Suras forged, like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever ye can, other than Allah! If ye speak the truth"

Again years passed and nobody was able to successfully meet the challenge. Later the challenge was eased for the second time to produce one Sura like or similar to the Suras in the Quran. The challenge (to anyone) to produce one Sura was presented in the Quran in more than a Sura, one of them was in Sura no. 2, Verse no. 23 which is translated as follows:

"And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers besides Allah, if what you say is true."

Since then, more than fourteen hundred years have passed, and nobody has been able to meet the challenge, and nobody will, because the Quran is the only existing book containing the word of Allah which no man can match or imitate. The most eloquent people in the Arabic langu
2003-02-07

ABDUR RAZZAQ FROM USA said:
Amin: As Salaamu Alaik. The Quran has forbidden taking the kuffaar as awliya, or close friends. It does not mean that they cannot be worked with for purposes of business, war, or jobs. The Prophet made treaties with the Jews of Madinah (before they broke them), allowed for business to be conducted with non-Muslim traders, and, aside from the ghazwatul Badr, allowed mercenaries and non-Muslim allies to assist the Muslims in their war efforts.
Now, Ahlil Kitaab are NOT Muslims and unless they accept the pillars of Islam and Eemaan they cannot go to Jannah (and Allah knows best)! Besides the Aayat I mentioned, there are numerous ahadith which highlight the fact that Jews and Christians are bound to go to Hell. If you want I can enumerate them for you. This point, however, does not mean that we should not be kind, gentle, and just toward those who are not oppressive toward Muslims. However, the Jews disbelieve in many prophets and even tried to kill some of them when Allah commands us to believe in them and make no distinction between them. The vast majority of Christians commit SHIRK, about which Allah says if man were to come to Him with the sins the size of the Mount Uhud, He would forgive him as long as he has no SHIRK.
In closing, you seem to have a problem with the manhaj as Salafi. Please do not hate the manhaj because of the actions of some of the leaders. We must follow the Quran and Sunnah on the understanding of the Salaf (rightly guided predecessor-1st 3 generations).
Yaa akhee uhibbu fillahi rabbil Aalameen.
2003-02-07

ABDUR RAZZAQ said:
Map: Original sin is refuted in the Bible (see Ezekiel 18:19-20, Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:29-30, Ezekiel 18:1-9) and the belief that we are born without sin does not imply that we are perfect like Allah. Human beings have deficiencies and weaknesses from conception until death whereas Allah has none.
There is much proof that the Bible was corrupted, which caused the revision of the Bible into the New Standard Revised Version according to the oldest known Greek text. This caused the expulsion of many New Testament verses (including Matthew 28:19, I John 5:7, Mark 16:9-20). The authors of the Old Testament books cannot be accurately identified-nor those writers of the Gospels except for Luke and he admits he had third hand info about Jesus (Luke 1:1-4). So while the origin of the Bible is from God, which means it has some truth in it, it has been altered over time to fit the needs of the Church.

Second, Muhammad did not reference the Bible. Allah revealed to him the truth, some of which exists in the Bible. And his prophesies include much more than the scientific ones revealed from Allah. For example, before Madinah was beseiged in the Battle of Al-Khandaq, when the Muslims were digging the trench, he prophesised the conquests of Persia and Rome, although (at the time)they could not defeat the few Arab tribes allied against them. He also spoke about the emergence of different sects of Muslims which have sprouted up exactly the way he described (Khawaarij, Qadariyyah), and several of the minor signs of the coming of Day of Judgement are pertinent among us. Therefore hastened to seek the truth and study the history of Christianity and Islam. The purity of Islam is undaunted despite several attempts to destroy, defame, and denounce it. And since it remained unscaithed to this point, it is not too late for you to revert to your fitrah (natural state of affairs). May Allah give us all the best of Guidance and Health.
2003-02-07

MUSA SALISU SAMBAJO FROM NIGERIA said:
Assalamu alaikum,
Alhamdulillahi rambil alamin. First of all i realy appreciate all the topics on this site. But i am here to ask some questions about "Satan". Iam rely confuse because somebody told me that he is from the family of "Jinn" and he has a mother. While on the other hand i heard that he is from the family of "Angels". I would be greatful if you elaborate this case for me.
And may ALLAH reward you of what you are doing for Islam.
thank you.
2003-02-06

SHIRLEY THOMAS FROM USA said:
tc, im no monitor, ha ha ,just interested in some articles from time to time and likeing to continue to learn my islam, thanks
2003-02-06

SHIRLEY THOMAS FROM USA said:
map, i didnt imply anywhere in my comments that i thought i was equal with God and me making my comment doesnt say this, i know of all your bible quotes, iwas a christian, i dont use your bible as my standard of pure truth to go to know , i use my Holy Qur'an , and i dont think i can be perfect and all sin until the day i die, and we arent born sin ,we choose it as time goes on, but im not looking for your jesus to pay my sins, i know i will face God the one God and only God with my sins on judgement day, if you dont choose to believe our islam, go your way with your own opinion,but dont try to twist what i say, as to the comments on having no proof of your bible having been changed, you need to check your history books and find that its been translated and changed many different times, and had no standard in which to choose what would be put in and later taken out, ,that was one convincing thing that made me believe, i thank God_Allah calls the ones that are going to believe and convinces us and we know that there are many(like you that dont believe and will try to argue and twist and mock,)no muslim i know thinks that they are perfect but give us credit for one thing map,we are willing to face God and not count on your Jesus to do it for us, your trinity makes jesus equal with God not like you claim my comments make me equal with God, i would never say im equal with God, did i create the universe and all in it for signs to people like you ,? no i do remember also your bible rendition on satan cast out, .be aware there is a deceiver in the world to make some question the truth,the Qur'an ,i think you should go to your bible and remember from jeremiah,that God sees inner and outer man and his thoughts but men,like you judge what they think people feel, you surely got my thoughts wrong on this matter, you need a history lesson on just when the bible began to be translated,
2003-02-06

AMIN FROM USA said:
Very well said Abdur Razzaq,
except I would like to add that sometimes Allah gives a little nudge in the right direction by making our path come to a point where we must see the truth and directly deny it or follow down his path.
2003-02-06

IBRAHIM FROM UK said:
Asalamu Alaikum
In the article 'Do you know this book' on your website,you have given an information which is very misleading to non-muslims. At the end of the article, you have mentioned that God chose his name as Allah.Instead of this,You could have said that in arabic God is called as Allah. A non-muslim would tend to think that there is another God named Allah, where in fact, God in arabic is Allah. I think you should make this clear to non-muslims that even arabic christians and jews call God as Allah, which would help them having a clearer picture.
Regards
Ibrahim
2003-02-06

FAITH FROM EARTH said:
Map-A reference that may contradict what you are saying is the fact when Christians are Baptised they call themselves "Born Again" meaning purified and free of sin.Therefore, it is pure contradiction to what you stated. When Moslems go to Haj they become as pure as the day their mother gave birth to them. We are born pure until we start thinking and become tempted.
2003-02-06

ABDUR RAZZAQ FROM USA said:
Yaa Syed Sadip Hussain.
Do you know what will happen tomorrow? Or when and what state you will die? Of course not! This is why we have freewill to choose and map out our own lives. What the idea of Qadr states is that Allah knows what is in our hearts even before we do. His infinite knowledge grasps which of us will be worthy of His Rahmah and Hudaa and which will not. To be succinct, Allah does not wish evil for His ibaaduhu, but rather allows them to drift along the paths that they chose.
2003-02-06

ABDUR RAZZAQ FROM USA said:
David:
The term "Allah", as my sahaba Amin has mentioned, is Arabic for "Al Elah", or "The God". It did not come from the Sabians, as, I beleive, they came from modern Iran, or Persia, and did not speak Arabic. Therefore, there is no special significance of the moon in relationship to Allah ecept that it is one of His creations which He caused to be a record of months in the lunar calendar. The scholars of this religion has stated that there is no special evidence from th Quran or Sunnah of the Prophet that indicates the crescent moon should be a symbol of Islam. I hope this answers your question.
2003-02-06

DEAN FROM USA said:
THANKS FOR THE GREAT ARTICLE....
2003-02-05

MAP FROM USA said:
Shirley-I whole heartly agree that babies are a gift from God. No doubt! But, I disagree that we are born without sin. The Bible makes this evidently clear see Romans 5:12 as one example. If we are conceived without sin then we are claiming to be equal with God or you are saying that God can eventually sin like the rest of us. God is always Holy and Perfect but we aren't no matter how hard we try. Remember too that God kicked Lucifer and a third of the angels from Heaven into Hell because they wanted to be gods. God created these fallen angels also. God did claim that after he created earth and everything in it that was good. In His infinite wisdom He gave us freewill to choose Him or to "do our own thing". He didn't want robots to love Him but wanted us to love Him in return with our whole heart, soul and mind. We are to reflect His love to others as well.
I know that the Quran claims the Bible was tampered with but where's the proof? If the Bible is riddled with falsehoods then why would Mohammed make any references to it at all? If I knew a person to be a liar I would never believe them even if they were telling the truth.
I understand the Muslims believe that Mohammed was a prophet but what did he prophesy besides the scietific stuff? I'm asking only out of curiosity and not trying to be smart.
2003-02-05

AMIR KADRI FROM U.S.A said:
Excellent artical and beautifully written book. Explains in great depth the science that has been hidden in the Quran for centuries.
2003-02-05

HALIM AZIZ FROM MALAYSIA said:
To Map and David,...in modern time we must take scientific knowledges as a ruler to measure the truth, that Al-Quran is the word of Allah the supreme creator:

Accurate scientific theory on human development in Quran
also
Theory of Relativity that give rise to mass energy equivalence, E = mc2
Jet fighter pilot's heart constriction when ascending
Hubble theory on Expending galaxies...
Mountain running as the cloud run when earth rotates ... 800 years before Copernicus
Quantum physics: Nuclear bonding of iron is the higest. .Al-Hadid
Herald wind....radios, TV, wireless
Pharoah drowned as in Quran not in Bible ..Cairo Meuseum preserved the drowned King
Breast feeding for two years
Everything created by measurements: Formulas , constant numbers, atomic weight
Every living things from water
Einstein Time Dilation theory.....clock slowed down at speed of light
Star map...look in al-Buruj
Big-bang, when Allah cloved them asunder, the condensed cosmic matter
Gas/oil under sea bed...in Quran
Curvature of space
Wind pollination
Honeybee
Light reflection
Lightening
Exploding Galaxies and nebulas. 55:37 Ar-Rahman
rose colored like paint
A matter of balance
and .....................many more
Billions of dollars were spend by western world to prove scientifically that Quran is from the creator..that is why Islam is expending very fast..
the lattest one is the Hubble telescope to prove
Exploding Galaxies and nebulas. 55:37 Ar-Rahman
rose colored like paint also known as cats eye or red rose nebula.

David or anybody else if you cannot accept Allah as the creator please do not curse Allah or mimic Him with others that you do not know. Do not guess something unseen from far places.....
Do not worry ..if you are blind now...if you are sincere Allah is most forgiven
Allah will open the way for you......bye
2003-02-05

SHIRLEY THOMAS FROM USA. said:
mike, there is evidence gallore in the quran, it wasnt only one thing, For me it was so many ,take for example a newborn, according to bible is gift of god and god gives only good gifts it says, well then why according to bible is it sin from moment its born, no gods gifts are not sin, I believe muslim way, our father wont stand in front of God for us on judgement day, we will ourselves be responsible, we choose to become sin in our lives as sin is anything you do say or think that displeases God ,does that apply to a newborn, sin didnt pass from adam down in my opinion, Allah repeatedly sent warners to the idolators and destroyed when they didnt bow down and worship nor obey and Mohhamad(pbuh)was the last, im convinced by Allahs calling, i was lead to read Qur'an by a dream to do so and therein i got my answers and i accepted islam, we have perfect record unchanged,whereas the bible ,has been not correctly recorderd or kept down, now i know having been christian, this wont sit well, but its true non the less, you have right to disagree if you wish, Just look around you man.
2003-02-04

SHAHZEB SHAHNAWAZ FROM USA said:
Salam,

I really need help from any one, who is willing to give me explanation regarding these 2 issues that a close friend of mine always asks when attacking Islam, which happen to be one of the main reasons why she left Islam to being a Born Again Christian.

a) Why are women not allowed to pray at the time of menstruation? As to Allah all mighty being unfair to women, is her point!
b) Why are women not allowed to visit a graveyard and men are?
I am helpless and some of my friends gave me some explanations that she is not willing to accept and I dearly love my friend and am willing to use any resources needed to explain Islam,for the TRUTH it holds!
ALLAHHAFEZ.
2003-02-04

DAVID FROM UNITED STATES said:
Is it true that Allah came from the Sabeans, and to them he was the "moon god"?

&

Does this explain why the cresent moon is so prevalent in Islam?
2003-02-04

TC FROM USA said:
to shirley; thank you. i opened the Quran at random, which seemed somehow a good way begin
objectively. remember i was caught up by the idea
of such accurate scientific information having
been recorded so long ago. i found myself beginning with Surah XI / HUD and read through to
the end of Surah XIII / THE THUNDER. two sections really
caught my attention, which is not to say that the
remainder of the surahs were not captivating as
well. i must confess that everything i read had
a strangely familiar quality, beyond the obvious
parallels with the Old Testament. anyway, back to
my discoveries. the first was in Surah XII, v. 4
wherein Yusuf describes his dream of eleven planets. now since it presented as a mortals dream i'm not
sure if it is meant to be considered as fact, but hey, "modern" scientists are up to 10 planets now
so who knows, maybe theres one more out there.
after all, it would seem to me that the concept of
planets, versus stars to simple nomads of that time would seem unlikely.
the second section that really caught my attention
was in Surah XIII v. 8 which speaks of Allahs
knowledge of what every woman bears, and what
every womb grows or absorbs, and that everything
is measured. 1400 year old words speaking to a
very contemporary argument. revelation time:
the Quran is relevent today because truth has no
expiration date. pretty cool , huh?
take care, thanks for lending an ear, or a monitor
as the case may be.
2003-02-04

TAIYEB MOHSIN SHIPCHANDLER FROM INDIAN ORIGIN said:
Excellent presentation. Besides Muslims people following any other faith, particularly " Ahlul Kitab" ie the Jews and the Christians will enjoy reading it and may even be inspired to see Islam in its true light.
2003-02-04

SHUJA SYED FROM TORONTO, CANADA said:
Snake of the treasure! We Muslims have become the "Snakes of the Treasure". Neither we wanted to read the Quran by its meaning, nor we wanted to share it with others. When somebody insult the Quran and the Prophet (saw), we shout like rabbits. There is absolutely no doubt of the greatness of the Quran, but by just recitation without its meaning, we will get nothing. It should be recitation/study, not just recitation. By just recitations, look where we are now. I have met with hundreds of huffaz, who has absolutely no clue what Quran is up to? This greatest book is the only book that is being recited without its meaning.

Shuja Syed
2003-02-04

MAP FROM USA said:
Question for Shirley: What was the evidence that convinced you that the Quran is the true work of Allah?
2003-02-03

SHIRLEY THOMAS FROM USA said:
hey tammy young article do you know this book, i hope if you havent already, you get a chance to read this good article, i say this because you are a new convert, i am also and this will be good to show as proof make you a copy if you can for your family and all that will question you, good luck, im from va, keep in touch if you want,
Allah Hafiz
2003-02-03

SHIRLEY THOMAS FROM USA said:
to tc on your comment of article, you mentioned you were going to your shelf to get the treasure chest that you didnt know you had, so true, i hope you discover it is all you will ever need, it is God pure and simple, good luck, good comment, i liked hahhahh bye now
2003-02-03

SHIRLEY THOMAS FROM USA, said:
this was a very good article, so true and of so much use in todays world, it was one of the things that convinced me recently in octovber of 2002 ,to become a muslim, i was christian, but it became evident to me that the holy Qur'an was the true word of god(Allah). may many more read and believe,thanks.
2003-02-03

NORMA TAHA FROM USA said:
i just became a muslim where do you recomend to start to increase my belives.
2003-02-02

PARVIZ FROM CANADA said:
offcourse i know this book,it's the last revelation from god and none other will be revealed. This book is the consitution for all mankind and for all nations. Those who fail to know this book will be loosers here and hereafter.
2003-02-01

TC FROM USA said:
i am not a muslim, but i believe the Creator's
house has many doors. i must say that i believe i
try to maintain an open mind, as evidenced by my
enjoyable visit to this website and more specifically through this article. i also enjoyed
the article on remembering M.A.
anyway, to get to the point, despite all i thought i knew, this article was the first information i can remember receiving on the
apparently vast storehouse of scientific knowledge
contained in the Quran. i recall learning in
school about the origins of algebra and the heights to which art, science and medicine were
taken in Muslim culture, but i never recall it being attributed to the Quran. i own an english
translation of the Quran among my collection of
religious and spiritual works, but i must confess
that at least for me it is slow progress. someone
told me that the Quran in english loses the beauty
of the poetry of the original arabic. oh well,
adversity builds character. so now i will leave
you, go to my shelf and find the treasure chest i didn't know i had. thank you.
2003-01-31

RADIA FROM ALGERIA said:
baaaraka ALLAH fikoum
2003-01-31

MOHAMMED KHADEER AHMED FROM FROM INDIA WORKING IN MALAYSIA said:
Assalam alikum,
please make the option as early as possible(Icant wait) to forward any of yr artile to friends & relatives directly though you provide the option to recommend the whole site.
Many many thanks & Allahafiz,
2003-01-31

SERHAD-JUMHUR FROM TRKE-TALIBAN- AL KAIDA ALLAHU AKBER said:
Assalamu alaykum warahmetullahi wa baraketuh
ya ikhwani muslimiyn
2003-01-30

HANAN FROM U S A said:
salamoalaykum , that was the great article that i ever read about Quaran , i'd like to thank u very much , and may Allah forgives us and guide us to the truth Ameen , Thank u so much and Allah Hafiz
2003-01-30

JAWED SYED FROM CANADA said:
It was such beutiful article I ever read keep it up your work.Allah will give you a reward .INSHALLAH
2003-01-30

ZAHEEDA FROM USA said:
I've read this book, and the author of this article provides a great overview of what is covered in the book. A great read, both for Muslims and non-Muslims.
2003-01-30

SITI ZUBAIDAH BINTE ATAN FROM SINGAPOE said:
Yes, the beauty of this miracle of all miracles. Even those who can read but do not understand Arabic can feel the greatness of this book. I am one of them (but I am studying Arabic now). Just by reading it one will feel at peace, because of the pronunciation of the letters itself gives a kind of de-stressing effect to oneself. Anywhere in the world Muslims read this in its original text whether it be in China, India, America, Europe or anyplace on this earth. Shows the Oneness of Allah's language. It unites the believers in one language that is blessed by the Creator. Yes, we breathe from the same air we drink from the same water and we stand on the same earth created by the same God, then wouldn't it be ridiculous if we submit ourselves to different kinds of God. Reading the translation further understands the content but it is not the same without reading the original text itself.
The further science progresses the more scientists can vouch the authenticity of this book. No doubt there are many scholars, scientists, geniuses in this world who acknowledge the greatness of this book, if not publicly but privately. What stops them from acknowledging or submitting to the truth revealed in this Great Book? None other than pride - pride which stops Satan from bowing to Adam when Adam was created resulting his dismissal from heaven. I have never stop thanking Allah that I am born a Muslim and hope to die in Iman and Islam. Assalamualaikum.
2003-01-30

HALIM AZIZ FROM MALAYSIA said:
this article at this very moment! when the world is at its uncertainty, a blessing to believers and non-believers and to those who seek the truth....keep the good work and may Allah SWT save us all..thank you
2003-01-30

MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN FROM USA said:
Very good indeed. May Allah rewrd you.
Would'nt it be nice if you add the ability to forward these to friends, muslims and non muslims?? Jazakullaho Khairun
2003-01-30