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- Quran and Modern Science -

Some scientific truths are used for a wider understanding of the Holy Qur'an.

After a study which lasted ten years, the famous French physician Maurice Bucaille addressed the French Academy of Medicine in 1976 and expressed the complete agreement of the Qur’an and established findings of modern science. He presented his study on the fact that the Holy Qur’an includes certain statements concerning physiology and reproduction. The reason behind this choice was that "how can a text produced at the time of the Qur’an could have contained ideas that have only been discovered in modern times".

Decades later a noted embryologist Keith L. Moore and expert in his field, upon being presented with the statements made in the Qur’an regarding the stages of the formation of the embryo from the mixing of the male and female gametes up to the embryo’s full development remarked "It has been a pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur’an about Human Development. Professor Moore presented his findings to scientists at several conferences. Several Canadian periodicals published many of Moore’s statements. He moreover presented three television programmes in which he highlighted the compatibility of modern science with what has been revealed in the Qur’an 1400 years ago. Consequently, he was asked: "Does this mean that you believe that the Qur’an is the word of Allah?" to which he replied "I find no difficulty in accepting this."

Actually Professor Moore was mesmerized at the preciseness of the descriptions and the terminology used for various stages of the development of the embryo. He included all the relevant Qur’anic verses and authentic statements of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) into his book, The Developing Human: Clinically oriented embryology with Islamic additions, which was published by WB Saunders in 1987 and was used afterwards as a university textbook in the United States.

The book now contains verses from the Qur'an and the Hadith (verified statements of Prophet Mohammad 'PBUH') for every stage of development and Professor Moore has also adopted the classification used in the above two sources.

Consider also the statement of Tejatet Tejasen (Professor at the Dept. of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mei University, Thailand) after his study on the Qur’an Surrahs and verses dealing with embryology: "From my studies and what I have learnt at this conference I believe that everything that has been stated in the Qur’an 1400 years ago is true. That can be proved the scientific way". Also the statement of E. Marshal Johnson (Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Anatomy, Daniel Bough Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA) when he became aware of such statements in the Qur’an and studied them: "The Qur’an describes not only the development of external form but emphasizes also the internal stages - the stages inside the embryo of its creation and development, emphasizing major events recognized by contemporary science... "

Actually Islam can be used as a guide to science and scientisits by adding revelation to some of the traditional scientific approaches... There exist statements in the Qur’an shown centuries later to be valid which support knowledge in the Qur’an.

Consider also the statement of T.V.N. Persaud (Professor and Head, Dept. of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Manitoba, Canada): "Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was illiterate... we are talking about 1400 years ago, you have some illiterate person making profound statements that are amazingly accurate, of a scientific nature... I personally can’t see how this could be mere chance, there are too many accuracies and like Dr. Moore I have no difficulty in my mind reconciling that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which lead Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to these statements".

These are some quotes from the "Scientific Community" concerning the divine nature and the origins of the Holy Qur’an. In fact the Qur’an and Hadith do not just talk about embryology but many more phenomenon including the earth and sun being round, spinning around their own axis and following their own orbits, the origin and formation of the universe, the two types of seas between which is a barrier, the role of mountains in stabilising the earths crust, the formation of milk in cows, the location of pain receptors within the body, the expansion of the universe, the precise nature of the water cycle, the change in atmospheric pressure at high altitudes, the gender of the bee which is responsible for producing honey (female), the stars consuming themselves via the combustion of their gases and this being the source of their light and many more.

So peoples academic capabilities might differ yet they can go and ask those who have knowledge, those who are in a position to make such a judgement, like those quoted above.

Allah says in the Qur'an:

"And those who have been given Knowledge see that what has been revealed to you from your Lord is the Truth, and it guides to the Path of the Almighty, the Worthy of All Praise"Qur'an( 34:6)

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