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    Does Religion Contradict Science? Part 1

    THE SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS & THE QUR’AN

    Taken from "THE SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH - FOR MEN OF UNDERSTANDING”
    by Harun Yahya

    A distinctive feature of the Qur’an is stated in the following verse:

    Say: "If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support." Isra 88

    The verse plainly announces that a text similar to the Qur’an can, by no means, written by human beings. No doubt, if one ever tries, he can write a book of about 600 pages about the existence of Allah, the Hereafter and the commandments of Allah. Yet, the efforts to write a book “similar” to the Qur’an will be vain. One can never accomplish such a goal.

    There are various reasons for that. For instance, it has a literary influence incontestably enourmous. What is more important is that, what is told in the Qur’an can also be observed in the outer world. This fact is revealed in the following verse:

    And say: "Praise be to Allah, Who will soon show you His Signs, so that ye shall know them"; and thy Lord is not unmindful of all that ye do. Surah Al- Naml 93

    All the information given in the Qur’an has an existence in our daily lives. This is solely due to the fact that both the world and the Qur’an is a creation of Allah. Therefore, all the information revealed and all the analysis pertaining to the psychological nature of man, told in the Qur’an, can be clearly observed.

    “Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.” Surah Al- Nisa 82

    The Qur’an & Science ...
    In the following lines, we will mention some scientific facts about the universe, which were heralded in the Qur’an 1600 years ago. But before preceding with these explanations, we want to point out a confusion which needs to be clarified. It is regarding the relation between the science and the Qur’an.

    He Who created the seven heavens one above another: No want of proportion wilt thou see in the Creation of (Allah) Most Gracious. So turn thy vision again: seest thou any flaw? Again turn thy vision a second time: (thy) vision will come back to thee dull and discomfited, in a state worn out. Surah Al- Mulk 3-4

    This confusion is a consequence of the prejudiced approach of some atheist "scientists" to the Qur’an. These people who have no faith in Allah claims that the Qur’an is a work of the Prophet Muhammed. They believe that there should absolutely be a contradiction between the science and the religion. They have a perverse mentality: They claim that a book written in the 6th century will eventually contradict with the modern science. Therefore, they try to provide support for their claims by distorting the Qur’anic verses.

    On the contrary, in an effort to refute these baseless claims, some believers make a mistake and try to introduce the Qur’an as a "science book". While trying to prove that the Qur’an does not contradict science, they almost assert that everything related to science can be found in the Qur’an. Furthermore, they put forward that it would be much better to make an in-depth analysis of the Qur’an rather than making experiements or devising formulas to promote science.

    Yet, the Qur’an, proclaims that it is not a science book. Allah revealed the Qur’an neither for the development of science, nor to teach quantum physics or to devise new chemistry formulas. The main reason why the Qur’an is revealed to man is explained in the following verses:

    A Book which We have revealed unto thee, in order that thou mightest lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into light - by the leave of their Lord - to the Way of (Him) the Exalted in power, worthy of all praise!-Ibrahim 1 A Guide and a Message to men of Understanding. Surah Al- Mumyn 54

    In brief, the Qur’an is a guide to humankind. It explains how to be a servant to Allah and the ways to seek the consent of Allah. The attribute of being a "guide", also includes giving essence information about the happenings that believers encounter all through their lives. Thus the Qur’an provides information about how a believer should worship to Allah. There are two types of worshipping for believers. Prayers or fasting are the regular types of worshipping. "Enjoining justice and forbidding evil", on the other hand, is a type of worshipping providing clues about how a believer should conduct himself in the society.

    Therefore, the Qur’an explains how the message of Islam should be conveyed and what kind of methods should be used to refute the enemies of Islam. Also, the Qur’an describes the type of men and societies a believer will face througout his life. In many verses, the statements starting with "Say:...", describes what kind of a dialog a believer should have with other people. However, we should not conclude that the Qur’an is a book on sociology or psychology. It should be conceived that the Qur’an is a book, which provides psychological and sociological information to believers that wil be beneficial in their struggle towards unbelievers. All through their lives, believers experience truthfullness of the information given in the Qur’an. The information is so conceise and true that no book on psychology or sociology can ever provide such facts.

    The Qur’an also gives information about politics to believers who have an important mission in this world. It explains the chracteristics of people and nations, who are influential over rest of the world. It informs believers about its enemies and tells who are responsible for the moral and political corruption in the world. However, from these facts, we also can not conclude that the Qur’an is a book on politics. The Qur’an provides the information to "guide" believers. The same thing is also valid for the historical information given in the Qur’an. We can not learn history of mankind from the Qur’an. Yet, the Qur’an highlights the milestones in the history of the struggle between believers and their enemies.

    The scientific matters mentioned in the Qur’an are also provided for the very same reason. The scientific findings are the results of research and experiments. Allah commands man to examine the world to see His signs on earth and in the universe. However, trying to devise formulas from the Qur’an would, no doubt, be a mistake. Devising formulas pertaining to chemistry has no direct significance in terms of man's duties as a servant to Allah. It is no doubt an important task, yet it should be confined to be the task of chemists which should be conducted in laboroties and research-centers.

    Apart from that, the Qur’anic verses tell some scientific facts. That is because, although the main intention of a believer is not to be a political scientist, his mission requires him to be informed about politics. Similarly, although a believer should not necessarily become a "scientist", he should be familiar with science in order to understand the magnificence of the creation of Allah. That is why the Qur’an gives basic information about some scientific facts like the creation of universe, the birth of man or the structure of the atmosphere. The fact that the information revealed in the Qur’an is in compliance with modern scientific findings of today, is a mere manifestation that the Qur’an is not a work of human kind.

    Whatever is in the heavens and on earth,- let it declare the Praises and Glory of Allah: for He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. Surah Al- Hadid 1

    To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: It is He Who gives Life and Death; and He has Power over all things. Surah Al- Hadid 2

    To be Continued.

    #2
    Salaam brother Xtreme,

    Jazaak'Allaah khair for sharing these facts with us.

    kindest regards,
    W'salaam

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      #3
      Just a little reminder.

      Sentinel

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        #4
        Hmmm...i never did continue it did i?

        typical.

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          #5
          oh but you did! I shall dig it up in a day or two.

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