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Scientific Accuracy of Holy Qur'an Amazes University Professor

Scientific Accuracy of Holy Qur'an Amazes University Professor

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Scientific Accuracy of Holy Qur'an Amazes University Professor
Written by AdministratorThursday, 07 May 2009 06:32
Scientific Accuracy of Holy Qur'an Amazes University Professor
History is a witness to persecutions of scientists by the medieval Church and the consequentbranding of all religions to be anti-science. This is however not the case with Islam. For Islam isthat religion, which emphasizes on the need to acquire knowledge form the 'Cradle to thegrave'. The Prophet of Islam considered the ink of a scholar more precious than the blood of amartyr. He did not discriminate between men and women in this regard and said, "Acquisition ofknowledge is compulsory for every believing man and every believing woman. Although thenumber of literate people in the whole of Arabia at the dawn of Islam could be counted on thefingers of one's hands, the succeeding decades witnessed an enormous upsurge in scientificdevelopment and learning. So much so that the Muslim intellectuals and scientists surpassedeven the ancient Romans and Greeks. Modern science owes everything to the knowledge thatthey obtained from the Muslims. Moreover, Jabir bin Hayyan the father of Chemistry as he isknown, was from among one of the students of Imam Sadiq (a.s.), the 5th generation of HolyProphet (s.a.w.). But how is it possible for a person brought up in a nomad environment of the7th century Arabia, to mention things unheard of at that time. Some understood by the worldonly when science entered its infancy. It was not for nothing that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "I amthe city of Knowledge."His message was supposed to last till the day of the judgement. His teachings had to stand thetest of time and hence in addition to the above words: "I am the city of Knowledge."He said, "And Ali is its gate."So, this discussion is followed by an extract from the saying of lmam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) thegreat-grandson of Ali ibne Abi Talib (a.s.). The saying is famous as Hadith-e-Mufazzal and thepart that we have quoted is regarding the development of the human embryo. When we readthe words of Imam, we find them in absolute consonance with the Qur'an. Moreover they are inthe language of a common man easily understood by all.Dr. Keith Moore of the University of Toronto was amazed to find that many modern discoveriesin the field of embryology must have been known to the author of the Qur'an, for these facts areeither hinted at or stated explicitly in the Qur'an. This is particularly significant because theQur'an claims to be the verbatim word of God. How could these facts have been known to anyhuman being living in the 7th century? The presence of these in the Qur'an is proof enough thatthe Qur'an did not come from the mind of any human but must have been revealed from Godwhose knowledge is perfect and who therefore, knew what scientists will discover in the 20thcentury.Dr. Moore is not the only scientist to have discussed the Qur'anic verses we will look at in thisarticle. But the fact that he is not a Muslim puts what he has to say in a different light. No onecan accuse him of inventing things to defend Islam. His findings will have to be taken seriouslyby any seeker of truth. In what follows we shall draw from his article entitled "Highlights ofHuman Embryology in the Koran and the Hadith" which was presented at the Seventh SaudiMedical Meeting at King Faisal University on May 3-6, 1982. At the time, Dr. Moore wasProfessor of Anatomy and Chairman of the Department, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of
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Scientific Accuracy of Holy Qur'an Amazes University Professor
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Toronto.In tracing the history of ideas in the field of embryology, Dr. Moore observed that the absenceof knowledge in this field and the "dominating influence of superstition resulted in anon-scientific approach to human development." He noted, for instance, that while Aristotlemade some contributions to the study of embryology, he also promoted "the incorrect idea thatthe human embryo developed from a formless mass that resulted from the union of semen withmenstrual blood."Knowledge in this field could not progress significantly until the microscope was discovered inthe 17th century. "After it was possible to examine cells under the microscope, it was reasonedin the 18th century that development resulted from growth and differentiation of embryoniccells."In view of the above, after Dr. Moore had the opportunity to study certain statements in theQur'an and statements of the Prophet (on whom be peace) in the Hadith literature, heremarked, "I was amazed at the scientific accuracy of these statements which were made in the7th century A.D."He created you (all) from a single person: then created, of like nature, his mate; and he sentdown for you eight head of cattle in pairs: He makes you, in the wombs of your mothers, instages, one after another, in three veils of darkness. Holy Qur'an (39:6)Referring to above verse in the Quran, Dr. Moore says: "This verse from the Koran states thatGod makes you in the wombs of your mothers in stages, one after another, within three veils ofdarkness." Then he explains his amazement: "The realization that the embryo develops instages in the uterus was not discussed or illustrated until the 15th century A.D. "The staging ofhuman embryos was not proposed until the 1940's, and the stages used nowadays were notadopted worldwide until a few years ago."It is reasonable to interpret the three veils of darkness mentioned in the Koran as:the mother's abdominal wall;the wall of the uterus; andthe amniochorionic membrane composed of the fused amnion and chorion.These three anatomical layers protect the embryo from external injury."And certainly We created man of an extract of clay, Then We made him a small seed in a firmresting-place, Then We made the seed a clot, then We made the clot a lump of flesh, then Wemade (in) the lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh, then We caused it togrow into another creation, so blessed be Allah, the best of the creators. Then after that you willmost surely die. Then surely on the day of resurrection you shall be raised. Holy Qur'an(23:12-16)Referring to the above verses in the Qur'an, Dr. Keith Moore says:"This verse from the Koran states that God made you from a drop and then changed the drop
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into a leech-like structure which soon changed into a chewed like substance that then took theshape of bone and was clothed with flesh."To illustrate his point about the accuracy of the Qur'an, Dr. Moore lined up a picture of a leechand a picture of a human embryo at 24 days old to show the striking similarity between the two.Similarly, he compared the human embryo at 28 days with a plasticine model of the embryo withteeth marks deliberately impressed on it and found the two to be quite Similar.Then did he become a leech-like clot; then did (Allah) make and fashion (him) in dueproportion. Holy Qur'an (75:38)And made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised: Holy Qur'an(32:8)Dr. Moore then turns his attention to the mention in the Qur'an (75:38) that humans are createdfrom a nutfa, a tiny drop of fluid, which gushed forth, and that God made the progeny of menfrom "an extraction of despised fluid (32:8)." He also refers to a hadith, which says: "Not from allsecretions is the child made." Then he comments:"It is well established that only a few hundred of the several million sperms in the semen areable to pass through the uterus and surround the ovum in the uterine tube."Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (thegifts), of Hearing and Sight. Holy Qur'an (76:2)Surah (76:2) says that a human being is created from a mixed drop. Dr. Moore comments:"The mixed drop mentioned in the Koran could refer to the mixture of small quantity of spermswith the oocyte and its associated follicular fluid. There are the other references in the Koran tothe origin of man from a small quantity of 'mingled fluids', undoubtedly the male and femalesexual secretions. As we know a secondary oocyte is expelled from the ovary during a processknown as ovulation. The oocyte and the follicular fluid pass into the uterine tube, where, if coitushas occurred, they are mixed with several hundred sperms. The resulting mixture (drop)composed of the ovum and the penetrating sperm, becomes the zygote or primordium of theembryo."Whereas the Qur'an had already mentioned this truth in the 7th century, Dr. Moore noted thatone thousand years later, as late as the 17th century, scientists held on to two misconceptions.Some believed that a tiny human being is contained in the sperm; others believed that it wascontained in the ovum, and in either case that the tiny human just simply grew larger. Thescientist proved both of these ideas wrong. Spallanzani in the 18th century when he "showedexperimentally that both male and female sex products were necessary for the initiation ofdevelopment."From a sperm-drop: He hath created him, and then mouldeth him in due proportions; HolyQur'an (80:19)
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