The Scientific Miracles of the Quran
Fourteen centuries ago, God sent down the Qur'an to
mankind as a book of guidance. He called upon people to be guided
to the truth by adhering to this book. From the day of its revelation
to the day of judgement, this last divine book will remain the sole
guide for humanity.
The matchless style of the Qur'an and the superior
wisdom in it are definite evidence that it is the word of God. In
addition, the Qur'an has many miraculous attributes proving that
it is a revelation from God. One of these attributes is the fact
that a number of scientific truths that we have only been able to
uncover by the technology of the 20th century were stated in the
Qur'an 1,400 years ago.
Of course the Qur'an is not a book of science. However,
many scientific facts that are expressed in an extremely concise
and profound manner in its verses have only been discovered with
the technology of the 20th century. These facts could not have been
known at the time of the Qur'an's revelation, and this is still
more proof that the Qur'an is the word of God.
In order to understand the scientific miracle of the
Qur'an, we must first take a look at the level of science at the
time when this holy book was revealed.
In the 7th century, when the Qur'an was revealed, Arab
society had many superstitious and groundless beliefs where scientific
issues were concerned. Lacking the technology to examine the universe
and nature, these early Arabs believed in legends inherited from
past generations. They supposed, for example, that mountains supported
the sky above. They believed that the earth was flat and that there
were high mountains at its both ends. It was thought that these
mountains were pillars that kept the vault of heaven high above.
However all these superstitious beliefs of Arab society
were eliminated with the Qur'an. In Sura Sad, verse 2, it was said:
"God is He who raised up the heavens without any support..."(The
Qur'an, 13:2). This verse invalidated the belief that the sky
remains above because of the mountains. In many other subjects,
important facts were revealed at a time when no one could 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 such as the creation of the universe, the
creation of the human being, the structure of the atmosphere, and
the delicate balances that make life on earth possible.
Now, let us look at some of these scientific miracles
revealed in the Qur'an together.