centuries ago, Allah sent down the Qur'an. This book of guidance and wisdom
calls man to the truth and instructs all human beings to adhere to the
values which this mighty revelation contains. From the day of its revelation
to the Day of Judgement, this last divine book will remain as the sole
guide for humanity. The book of Allah states, “But it is
nothing less than a Reminder to all the worlds.” (Qurâ€™an,
Ever since the Qurâ€™an was revealed, it has possessed an easily
understandable language and tone, accessible to all people and in all
times. Allah tells us of this style in the Qurâ€™an: “We have
made the Qurâ€™an easy to remember...” (Qurâ€™an, 54:22)
The perfection of the literary language of the Qurâ€™an, the incomparable
features of its style and the superior wisdom contained within it are
some of the definitive proofs that it represents the Word of our Lord.
In addition, the Qur'an contains within its words many miracles which
prove it to be Allahâ€™s Word. One of these attributes is the remarkable
number of scientific truths which are contained in the holy book of Islam.
In this book which was revealed over fourteen centuries ago to the Prophet
Muhammad (saas), there are innumerable examples of information humanity
have only been able to uncover by the technology of the 20th and 21st
Of course, we should not view the Qur'an as a book of science for it
is primarily a book of moral and spiritual guidance. However, many scientific
facts that are expressed in an extremely concise and profound manner,
within the verses of the Qurâ€™an, have only been discovered by scientists
with the aid of the technological advancement of the 20th and 21st century.
Quite simply, these facts which we now point out to the reader could not
have been known at the time of the Qur'an's revelation, and this is still
more proof that the Qurâ€™an is the Word of Allah.
In order to understand the scientific miracles contained in the Qur'an,
we must first look at the level of scientific knowledge which existed
at the time when this holy book was revealed. When one understands the
context in which the Qurâ€™an was revealed, one can understand more
clearly how extraordinary the book of Islam actually is.
In the 7th century, when these sacred verses were sent down, Arab society
was awash with many superstitious and groundless notions. Lacking the
technology to examine the universe and nature, these early Arabs believed
in uncorroborated tales inherited from past generations and did not question
them. For example, they supposed that mountains supported the sky above.
They believed that the earth was flat and that mountains acted as pillars
that kept the vault of heaven high above us.
Into this atmosphere of legend and myth, the Qurâ€™an came down.
It replaced ignorance with knowledge and illogical conjecture with guidance
and certainty. One verse of the Qurâ€™an states, "Allah
is He Who raised up the heavens without any support..."
This verse invalidated the belief that the sky remains above because
of support from the mountains. The Qurâ€™an is filled with important
facts which were revealed at a point in human history when no man could
possibly have known them. The Qur'an—which was revealed at a time
when people knew very little about astronomy, physics, or biology—contains
key facts on a variety of subjects all of which point to the fact that
it is revealed by Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Some of the subjects
explained and dealt with in the Qurâ€™an are: the creation of the
universe, the creation and miraculous development of the human being from
miniscule embryo to grown adult, the structure of the atmosphere in which
we live and the delicate balances that make life on earth possible. In
order to understand some of these points more fully, let us look at some
of these scientific miracles revealed in the Qur'an together.