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    CRITERIA FOR THE TRUTH REGARDING QURAN, SCIENCE AND BELIEF.for muslims and non-muslim

    CRITERIA FOR THE TRUTH REGARDING QURAN, SCIENCE AND BELIEF.for muslims and non-muslims alike

    The Qur'aan, the last revealed word of God (Allah), is the primary source of every Muslim's faith and practice. It deals with all the subjects which concern human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, transactions, law, etc., but its basic theme is the relationship between Allah and His creatures. At the same time it provides guidelines and detailed teachings for a just society, proper human conduct, and an equitable economic system.

    A viewpoint is much different than a fact or a theory, and one must not confuse them. It has occurred in the past where scientists have presented a hypothesis, view, or theory, only to revise later what they had earlier asserted due to advancements in technology or new discoveries. The development of human embryology is a case in point. When European scientists had no absolute proof of exactly how human reproduction occurred, they nevertheless insisted on their theories of the time. Muslim scholars however, finding that the statements of the European scientists contradicted the authentic statement of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam), rejected the 'scientific' assertions of the Europeans who were later forced to retract their previous assertions. It also became evident that the Islamic view had indeed been correct all along!

    It must be clarified , that the faith of Muslims is not conditioned upon whether or not scientific fact coincides with what is found in the Qur’aan or in authentic statements (hadeeth) of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam . If scientific discoveries coincide with what has already been uncovered or mentioned in the Qur’aan, it is then viewed as a confirmation of what was already held as true and it may also be a clarification of those matters which may have been beyond the scope of human knowledge at any given time.
    The case may arise however, where the views held by scientific circles may conflict with assertions made in the Qur’aan and the authentic hadeeth. In such a case, Muslims are duty bound to accept what is evident in the religious texts and should scrutinize what is held to be the scientific view. This is the general rule with regards to understanding religious texts from the Qur’aan and the hadeeth.
    If it is proven that a particular matter is absolutely scientifically true and incontrovertible then Islam does not revise itself, nor do Muslims revise authenticated source texts (as has occurred in other religious traditions), particularly the Qur’aan and hadeeth. Rather it is the Muslim who may revise his understanding of the texts.

    The fundamental interpretation of Qur'aanic verses is not predicated on whether it is verified by scientific means. Rather, it is based upon what the' Qur'aan itself relates on the verse in question, what is authentically reported that the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) stated about it, what the understanding of his companions was regarding it, Arabic language, and in the case where there is no direct statement from these sources may scholars then apply other means to deduce the correct meaning. 'Physical science may merely be utilized to help clarify or explain the meaning.

    If the Qur’aan is so accurate about matters of science that we can now measure, and this before man's ability to do so, does it not stand to reason that it must be from a source possessing knowledge far beyond that of our own?
    Does it not stand to reason that such a source could then accurately relate matters of the unseen, the human soul, and an Afterlife that no human being could possibly scientifically confirm or deny?
    No one is compelled to accept the truth, but it is certainly a shame upon the human intellect when a man is not even interested in finding out what the truth is!
    Islam teaches that our Creator has given human beings the faculty of reason. Therefore, it is incumbent upon them to reason things out objectively and systematically for themselves to ponder, to question and to reflect.
    Nobody should press you to make a hasty decision to accept any of the teachings of Islam, for Islam teaches that human beings should be given the freedom to choose. Even when a person is faced with the truth, there is no compulsion upon him to embrace it.

    But before you(NON MUSLIMS) begin to form an opinion about Islam, ask yourself whether your existing knowledge about it is thorough enough. Ask yourself whether that knowledge has been obtained through third party sources who themselves have probably been exposed to only random glimpses of Islamic writings and have yet to reason out on Islam objectively and systematically themselves or just pondered on it with negetie intentions.

    Is it fair enough that one should form an opinion about the taste of a particular dish just by a mere hearsay from others who may themselves have not necessarily tasted the dish yet?
    Similarly you should find out for yourself about Islam from reliable sources and not only taste it, but rather digest it very well before you form an opinion of it. That would be an intellectual approach to the truth.

    The Qur'aan was revealed to Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) in Arabic language, so any Qur'aanic translation, either in English or any other language, is neither a Qur'aan, nor a version of the Qur'aan. It is rather only a translation of the meaning of the Qur'aan. The Qur'aan exists only in the Arabic in which it was revealed.
    : Those whom Allah wills to guide, He opens their breast to Islam; Those whom He wills to leave straying, - he makes their breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies: thus does Allah lay abomination on those who refuse to believe. (Qur'aan 6:125).
    CRITERIA FOR TRUTH: The following criteria can best serve as a gauge to find out the authenticity of the last revelation (the Qur'aan) as the Word of God:
    1. Rational Teachings: Since our Creator bestowed reason and intellect upon us, it is our duty to use it to distinguish the truth from falsehood. True, undistorted revelation from God must be rational and can be reasoned out by all unbiased minds.

    2. Perfection: Since our Creator is all perfect, His revelation must be perfect and accurate, free from mistakes, omissions, interpolations and multiplicity of versions. It should be free from contradictions in its narration.

    3. No Myths or Superstitions: True revelation is free from myths or superstitions that degrade the dignity of our Creator or man himself.

    4. Scientific: Since our Creator is the Creator of all knowledge, true revelation is scientific and can withstand the challenge of science at all times.

    5. Factual Prophecy: Our Creator is the Knower of the past, present and future. Thus His prophecies in His revelation will be fulfilled as prophesied.

    6. Inimitable By Man: True revelation is infallible and cannot be imitated by man. God's true revelation is a Living miracle, an open book challenging all mankind to see and prove for themselves its authenticity or veracity.


    The unawareness depicted by some of our[ u know who] brothers is the outcome of the little wisdom Allah has given the disbelievers. As Allah says in the Qur'an, the unbelievers "have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle - nay more misguided, for they are heedless (of warning)." (Surat al-A'raf, 17
    Allah has created everything with a purpose. This fact is stated in the Qur'an as follows:
    We did not create the heavens and the earth and everything between them as a game. We did not create them except with truth but most of them do not know it. (Surat ad-Dukhan: 38-39)
    Did you suppose that We created you for amusement and that you would not return to Us? (Surat al-Muminun: 115)
    Therefore, each person needs to ponder the purpose of creation, first as it concerns him himself, and then as it pertains to everything he sees in the universe and every event he experiences throughout his life.HOW CAN WE BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN ANYTHING TO ANYONE IF WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT TO ITS FULLEST EXTENT?
    Maybe its our own lacking of spiritual strength that has been identified by the indians with whom we are always at war (in the intellectual sense ofcourse) and that is why we seem to be making no progress with them[apparently].

    Each verse Allah relates in the Qur'an is extremely comprehensible and explicit. Therefore when anyone says "I read the Qur'an yet I could not understand it", one should also be aware that this is just a pretext to avoid his responsibility to Allah and a misdeed for which he will be judged on the Day of Judgement. For those who sincerely turn to Allah and seek guidance, the verses of the Qur'an are comprehensible. That the commands of Allah are comprehensible means that we have the responsibility for practising them. Pretending not to grasp this OBVIOUS fact and claiming not to understand the verses is definitely an unjust stance. Allah relates in the verses that the Qur'an can be readily understood:
    Am I to desire someone other than Allah as a judge when it is He who has sent down the Book to you clarifying everything? Those We have given the book know it has been sent down from your Lord with truth, so on no account be among the doubters. (Surat al-An'am: 114)
    In this way We have sent it down as clear signs. Allah guides anyone He wills. (Surat al-Hajj: 16)
    So, never pretend you don't grasp that all verses of the Qur'an are explicit and easy to practise. Do not follow a path you will later regret.
    Allah protects the Qur'an, and it has been maintained unaltered for 1,400 years. Allah relates this fact in the following verses:
    It is We Who have sent down the Reminder and We Who will preserve it. (Surat al-Hijr: 9)
    The Words of your Lord are perfect in truthfulness and justice. No one can change His Words. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (Surat al-An'am: 115)
    These promises of Allah are certainly sufficient for believers. However, Allah also equipped the Qur'an with some scientific and numeric miracles, revealing once again that it is a Book from Him. Apart from the miraculous characteristic of the Qur'an, it also has a "mathematical miracle". An example of this is the numbers of repetitions of some words in the Qur'an. Some words are surprisingly repeated in numbers which relate to the meanings of the words. Below are such words and the numbers of their repetitions in the Qur'an.
    • The statement of "seven heavens" is repeated seven times.
    • The number of times the words, "world " and "hereafter" are repeated is also the same: 115
    • "Day (yawm)" is repeated 365 times in singular form while "month" (shehr) is repeated 12 times.
    • The word "faith" (iman) (without genitive) is repeated 25 times throughout the Qur'an, as is also the word "infidelity or covering over the truth" (kufr).
    • When we count the word "Say", we come up with the result of 332. We see the same figure when we count the word "they said".
    • The word "devil" (shaytan) is used 88 times. The word "angel" is also repeated 88 times.
    These attributes of the Qur'an reveal definitely that it is a Book from Allah. So, do not pretend that you do not grasp this OBVIOUS fact.

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