The Information Given About the Future in the Qur'an
Another miraculous aspect
of the Qur'an is that it revealed beforehand a number important
events that would occur in the future. Verse 27 of Sura Fath,
for example, gave the believers the glad tidings that they would
conquer Mecca, which was then under pagan occupation:
"God has confirmed His Messenger's vision
with truth: 'You will enter the Masjid al-Haram in safety, God
willing, shaving your heads and cutting your hair without any
fear.' He knew what you did not know and ordained, in place of
this, an imminent victory."
(The Qur'an, 48:27)
On close consideration, the verse can be seen to announce
yet another victory that will take place before the victory of
Mecca. Indeed, as stated in the verse, the believers first conquered
the Khyber Fortress, which was under the control of the Jews,
and then entered Mecca.
The announcement of the events that will take place
in the future is only one of the pieces of wisdom in the Qur'an.
This is also evidence to the fact that the Qur'an is the word
of God, Who has infinite knowledge. The defeat of Byzantium is
one of the pieces of news given about the future, accompanied
by other information that could not have been known by the people
of that time. The most interesting point about this historical
event, which will be examined in detail in the following pages,
is that the Romans were defeated in the lowest region in the world.
This is interesting because "the lowest point" is particularly
stressed in the relevant verse. With the technology of that time,
it was obviously impossible to make such a measurement and to
determine the lowest point in the world. This is a revelation
to people from God, the All-Knowing.