Simple Guide on Islamic Exorcism

Destroy And Banish the effects of Black Magic, Demonic Possessions and Evil Eye the Easy Islamic way

ISLAM – In a Nut Shell

Islam is an Arabic word. It comes from the word ‘Salm’ which means peace and from the word ‘Silm’ which means submitting your will to Allah – Almighty God. Thus Islam means submitting your will to Allah (swt). A Muslim is person who submits his/her will to Allah – the Almighty God.

Many people have a misconception that Islam is a new religion that was formulated about 1400 years ago, and that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the founder of Islam. However, Islam is not the name of some unique religion presented for the first time by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not the founder of Islam but he was the last and final messenger of Allah (swt) sent to earth. Almighty God revived through him the same genuine faith, which had been conveyed by all His previous Prophets.

The Quran states that Islam– the complete submission of man before his only creator – is the only faith and way of life consistently revealed by God from the very beginning. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Moses and Jesus – prophet who appeared at different times and places – all propagated the same faith and conveyed the same message of Tawheed (Oneness of God), Risaalat (prophethood) and Aakhirah (the Hereafter). These prophets of God were not founders of different religions to be named after them. They were each reiterating the message and faith of the predecessors.

Islam thus makes it an article of faith to believe in all the earlier prophets, starting with Adam, and continuing with Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and Jesus amongst many others (May peace be upon them all).

However, Muhammad (pbuh) was the last prophet of God conveying the same message as all the earlier Prophets. This original message had been corrupted and it split into various religions by people of different ages, who indulged in interpolations and admixture. God eliminated these alien elements and Islam – in its pure and original form – was transmitted to humankind through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Hence Islam is the culmination of the same Divine religion of God to humankind since the advent of humanity, purged and purified, from all human adulterations and restored to its original purity.

Since there was to be no messenger after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the book revealed to him (i.e. the Glorious Quran) was preserved word for word so that it should be the same source of guidance for all times.

Thus the religion of all the prophets was ‘total submission to God’s will’ and one word for that in the Arabic language is ‘Islam’. Abraham and Jesus (peace be upon them) too were Muslims as Allah testifies in the Quran 3:67 and 3:52 respectively.

It is mentioned in the Quran, “Surely, We have sent you with the truth, as a bearer of happy news, and as a Warner: and there were never any people, without a warner who did not live among them(in the past)”[35:24]

At the same time the Quran says, “And the messengers We have already told you before, and others We have not (told you).”[4:164]

It means that some of the Prophets have been mentioned by name in the Quran while of the others there is no mention. Twenty five messengers are specifically mentioned in the Quran. It has been narrated by Umama that Abu Dhar said: “I asked, ‘ O Messenger of Allah, altogether how many messengers were sent?’ the Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘ One hundred and twenty four thousand’.” [Mishkat-Ul-Masabih]

However, all the messengers that came before the last and final messenger Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) came with a message that was meant only for a particular period of time.

For example, the Quran says, “And (We appointed Jesus) a messenger to the children of Israel:” [3.49]

Jesus (pbuh) came as a messenger only to the children of Israel. A similar message is given in the Bible where Jesus (pbuh) says, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” [Gospel of Mathew 15:24]

Jesus (pbuh) further says in the Bible. “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” [Gospel of Mathew 10:5-6]. So Jesus (pbuh) was sent only for the Jews and not for the whole of humanity.

However, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not sent only for the Muslims or only for the Arabs, but for the entire humankind. The Quran says, “And We did not send you (O Prophet), except as a mercy to all worlds.” [21.107]

“And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as one to give them good news, and to warn them (of the punishment; As a messenger and a guide to mankind), but most men do not understand.” [34.28]. The religion of all the Prophets was ‘total submission to God’s Will’ and the one word for that in Arabic language is ‘Islam’; and the person who does that is a ‘Muslim’.

Allah (swt) says in the Quran that Abraham (pbuh) was a Muslim. “Ibrahim (Abraham) was neither a Jew nor even a Christian; But he was true in Faith, and surrendered his will to Allah’s, (like a Muslim) and He did not join gods with Allah.” [3.67]

It is mentioned in the Quran that Jesus (pbuh) was a Muslim[3.52]. Jesus (pbuh) also says in the Bible. “I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” [Gospel of John 5:30]. And anybody who seeks the Will of God is referred to as a Muslim.

Islam is the first religion and the only religion, which is accepted in the sight of God. Therefore Allah (swt) says: “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), it will never be accepted from him; In the Hereafter, he will be with those who have lost (all spiritual reward).” [3.85]

Allah (swt) has sent a revelation in every age. Allah (swt) says in the Quran, “Allah permitted (or ordered, for) each period is a Book (revealed).” [13.38]

There are several revelations sent by Allah (swt) in different ages for the guidance of human beings of the respective ages. Only four revelations are mentioned by name in the Quran. These are the Torah, Zabur, Injeel and the Quran.

Torah is the Wahi, the revelation that was revealed to Prophet Moses (pbuh).
Zabur is the Wahi, the revelation that was revealed to Prophet David (pbuh).
Injeel is the Wahi, the revelation that was revealed to Prophet Jesus (pbuh)) and the Quran id the last and final Wahi, the final revelation, that was revealed to the last and final Messenger Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The Arabic word ‘Quran’ comes from the root word ‘qara’a’ or ‘qa-ra-a’ which means to read, to recite and to proclaim. The Quran is a collection to be read or to be recited.

Since there was to be no messenger after Muhammad (pbuh), the book revealed to him(i.e., the Quran) was preserved word for word so that it should be a source of Divine guidance for all times. Each of the revelations, prior to the revelation of the Quran, was meant only for a particular period and for a particular group of people.

As the Quran was the last and final revelation of Almighty Allah, it was revealed not just for Muslims or Arabs but it was revealed for the whole of humankind. Further, the Quran was not revealed only for the era of the Prophet but it was revealed for all of humankind until the last day.

Allah (swt) says in the Quran, “Alif Lam Ra: A book (the Quran) which We have reveled to you, (O Prophet!) so that you may lead mankind from the depths of darkness into Light – By the permission of their Lord – To the path (towards Him), the Exalted in Power, the One Worthy of all Praise” [14.1]

“The month of Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran as a guidance to mankind also clear (signs for) guidance and judgment (between right and wrong)” [2.185]

Islam and Universal Brotherhood

There are various types of brotherhoods – brotherhood based on blood relations, brotherhood based on regional affiliations, or brotherhood on the basis of caste, race, creed, ideology etc. But all these types of brotherhood are limited in their scope, coverage and benefits.

Islam, on the other hand, prescribes universal brotherhood. It rejects the thought that human beings have created in castes or in different levels. In Surah Al-Hujurat [49:13], Allah (swt) describes the Islamic concept of Universal Brotherhood.

“O mankind! We have created you from a single pair of male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another (not that you may hate each other). Surely, the most honorable of you, in the sight of Allah is (he, who is) the most righteous of you. Verily, Allah is All Knowing (Aleem) and is Well-Aware (Khabir of all things).”

This verse of the Quran indicates that the entire human race originated from a single pair of male and female. All humans have common great-grandparents and ancestors.

Further, Allah (swt) says that He has made nations and tribes, so that humans can recognize each other, and not so that they may despise each other and fight amongst them selves.

This verse also clarifies that the criteria for judgment in the sight of Allah (swt) does not depend on caste, color, creed, gender or wealth but on Taqwa i.e. God’s consciousness, pity and righteousness. Anyone who is righteous, pious and God-conscious is honored in the sight of Allah (swt).

Further it is stated in Surah Ar-Rum[30.22], that, “And among His signs is the creation of heaven and the earth, and the difference in your languages, and your colors. Surely, there are signs in this for those who know.”

These variations in color and language are not for the purpose of creating animosity or differences between groups of humans. Every language on earth has its own beauty and significance. A foreign language may sound strange and funny to you, but it sounds sweet to those who speak it.

Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Isra[17.70], “ We have honored the children of Adam.” Allah has not honored just Arabs or Americans or any particular race uniquely. He stated that He has honored all the children of Adam, irrespective of race, caste, color, creed or gender.

While there are some religions that believe that humankind originated from a single pair – Adam and Eve (peace be upon them), there are some faiths that say, that it is because of the sin of the woman (Eve – may Allah be pleased with her) that the humans are born in sin. They blame only the woman, who is Eve, for the downfall of human beings. The Quran speaks about the story of Adam and Eve in several Surahs, but in all the places, the blame is placed equally on both – Adam and Eve (peace be upon them). According to Surah Al-A’raf[7.19-27], both of them disobeyed Allah(swt), both of them repented, and both were forgiven.

Both are equally blamed for the mistake. There is not a single verse in the Quran, which puts the blame only on Eve (may Allah be pleased with her). In Surah Taha[20.121], it is stated that Adam (pbuh) disobeyed Allah (swt). Certain faiths(many other religions), on the other hand state that because Eve disobeyed God, she is responsible for the ‘sin of humankind’. Hence, God cursed the woman, and said that she will bear labor pains. This implies that pregnancy is a curse.

Islam of course does not support this unjust perspective. In Surah Al-Nisa[4.1] Allah states, “And revere (and respect) the wombs (that bore you)”. In islam pregnancy does not degrade a woman, on the contrary, it elevates the status of a woman. In Surah Luqman[31.14], it is stated that, “And We have commanded man (to be good) to his parents: in weakness and hardship his mother bore him, and in two ears (after) was his weaning:”

The Quran says in Surah Al-Ahqaf[46.15], “And We have commanded that it is essential for man to be kind to his parents: In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth.”

ISLAM SPEAKS ABOUT EQUALITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN

Islam states that men and women are created equal. The foundation of an Islamic society is justice and equality. Allah has created men and women as equal, but with different capabilities and different responsibilities. Men and women are different, physiologically and psychologically. Their roles and responsibilities are different. Men and women are equal in Islam, but not identical.

According to a Hadith mentioned in Sahih Bukharo, Vol. No. 8, in the Book of Adab, Chapter 2, Hadith 2.

“A person came to Prophet Mohammad (saw), and asked him, ‘Who is the person who deserves the maximum love and companionship in this world?’
The prophet replied, ‘your mother.’
The man asked, ’Who next?’
The prophet said, ‘your mother.’
The man asked, ‘after that who?’
The prophet repeated for the third time, ‘your mother.’
The man asked, ‘after that who?’
Then The prophet said, ‘Your father.’”

So, 75% or ¾ of the love and companionship of the children are due to the mother and only 25% or ¼ of the love and companionship goes to the father. In other words, the mother gets the gold medal, she gets the silver medal, as well as the bronze medal. The father has to be satisfied with a mere consolation prize.

Amongst the teachings of Islam, it is stated that men and women are equal – but being equal does not mean that both are identical. There are many misconceptions about the status of women in Islam. Such misconceptions can be removed if one studies the authentic sources of knowledge of Islam and their teachings – the Quran and the Sahih Hadith. Lets take an example. In a class two students A (male student) and B (female student) get the highest mark in a subject, say 80 out of 100. the question paper consisted of 10 questions each of 10 marks. In the first answer student A gets 9 on 10, student B gets 7 on 10. So in question 1 student A has a degree of advantage, than student B. In question 2 student B gets 9 on 10, student A gets 7 on 10. So in question 2 student B has a degree of advantage, than student A. In the remaining 8 questions both A and B get equal marks. So if you analyze both students A and B have got over all equal marks. But in answers to some questions, student A has a degree of advantage and in some questions student B has a degree of advantage – but in terms of overall marks, both are equal. Similarly in Islam men and women are equal.

As another example, if a robber enters my house, I will not say, ‘I believe in women’s rights, and I believe in women’s liberation and therefore my sister, my wife or my mother, should go and fight the robber.’

Allah says in Surah Nisa [4.34], “Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other.”
Normally, men have more strength than women. So where strength is concerned, men have a degree of advantage. Since they have been given more strength, it is their duty to protect women.

Where love and companionship from children is concerned, the mother gets three times more love and companionship than the father. Here woman have a degree of advantage.

Brotherhood in Islam does not only mean that the same sexes are equal. ‘Universal Brotherhood’ in Islam means, that besides race, caste and creed even the the sexes are over all equal. Men and women are equal in Islam, but in some aspects, men have a degree of advantage while in some aspects, women have a degree of advantage – but overall both are equal.

The miracle of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), i.e. the Quran is for all times

The miracle performed by the previous prophets such as parting of the sea by Prophet Moses (pbuh), giving life to the dead by Prophet Jesus (pbuh), etc. convinced the people of that time but these miracles cannot be analyzed and verified by us today.

Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is the last and final messenger of God, sent for the whole humankind and the message he delivered is for eternity.

Therefore, the miracle of the last and final Messenger should also be everlasting, examinable and verifiable by people of all ages. While Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) performed several miracles as are mentioned in the Hadith (recorded traditions, sayings and actions of the Prophet), he never emphasized them. Though we muslims believe in these miracles we only boast of the ultimate miracle given to him by Almighty God, which is the Quran.

The Quran is the miracle of all times which proved itself to be a miracle 1400 years ago and which can be reconfirmed today and forever. In short, it is the miracle of miracles.

FALSIFICATION TEST OF THE QURAN

The scientific community adopts the following approach – they say, “if you have a theory, do not bother us with it unless you bring with that theory a way to prove that you and the theory are wrong”. This is called a falsification test.

This is the same reason why they paid attention to the theory of Albert Einstein who said “ I think the universe works like this and these are three ways to prove me wrong”. Scientists subjected his theory to tests and within 6 months it passed the tests, which he offered. This does not prove that he is great but it proves that he deserves to be paid attention to, because of the falsification tests, which accompanied his theory.

The Quran too offers its readers several falsification tests. Some of these were only meant for the past, yet others for all times. The Quran says that if it is not what it claims then all you have to do is this or that, to prove that it is false. The unique falsification test is not to be found in any other religious scripture. The Quran gives several such opportunities to prove it wrong. Some such falsification tests offered by the Quran are,

a) The story of Abu Lahab:

the Prophet had an uncle who was known by the nickname ‘Abu Lahab’ which meas ‘Father of the flame’ because of his fiery temper. This uncle was one of the staunchest enemies of the Prophet and of Islam. There is a Surah in the Quran called Surah Al-Lahab[111] named after Abu Lahab, this Surah prophesied that Abu Lahab and his wife will perish in the hell fire – implying he will never become a Muslim and therefore he will enter the hell fire.

This Surah was revealed 10 years before Abu Lahab died as an unbeliever in the Battle of Badr. Abu Lahab was always eager to prove that the Quran was false and a human invention. All that Abu Lahab had to do to prove the Quran and Surah Abu Lahab wrong was state “ I am a Muslim” – the Quran would have been proved wrong. He did not have to behave like a muslim. Even if he falsely, for namesake had said that he was a Muslim, the Quran would have been proved wrong in the eyes of men. Imagine Abu Lahab had 10 years to think over it but yet he never uttered this statement. No logical person will ever put such a claim in his book. The Quran is a revelation and not the handiwork of the Prophet.

b) Produce a Surah like it.

Muslims and non-Muslims alike acclaim that the best Arabic literature available in the face of the earth is the Glorious Quran. Its language is rich, noble and eloquent. When the pagans alleged that Prophet Muhammad (had committed) forgery and thus produced the Quran, the Quran immediately challenged them and offered them a falsification test
1. In Surah Al-Isra [17.88]. “Say: ‘If the entire mankind and jinn’s’ were to get together to produce (something) like this Quran, they could not produce (anything) like it. Even if they tried altogether with help and support.’”
2. Later the falsification test was made easier in Surah Hud[11.13], “Or they say, ‘ He has forged it (made it up himself).’ Say: ‘Then you bring TEN Surahs made up, similar to it, and call anyone you can :to help), other than Allah! If you speak the truth!’”
3. The Quran repeats the challenge and further simplifies the falsification test in Surah Yunus[10.38], “Or do they (the disbelievers) say, ‘He made it up?’ Say: ‘Bring then a (ONE) Surah of its like, and call (for your help) anyone you can besides Allah, if it that you speak the truth!’”
5. Lastly, the Quran puts forward a falsification test, which is the easiest of all, In Surah Al-Baqara [2.23 and 2.24], “And if you are in doubt about what We have revealed (from time to time) to Our servant (the Prophet), then produce a Surah like the one here (in he Quran); And call your witness (or helpers if there are any) besides Allah, if you are truthful (2.24) But if you cannot –And surely you cannot – Then fear the Fire whose fuel is Men and Stones – which is prepared for those who reject Faith.” The Quran says ‘mim mislihi’ i.e. somewhat similar, it does not say ‘mislihi’ i.e. exactly similar, like in the previous challenge.

Certain Surahs of the Quran hardly contain three verses that consist of only a few words. Not that people did not take up the challenge – the best poets of Arabia at that time tried their level best but they miserably failed. Some of what they produced has been preserved in historical books to show that they were the laughing stock. This is yet a standing challenge and a falsification test that is unanswered for the past 1400 years and will not be answered till eternity.

c) The Quran does not contain a single contradiction.

The Quran also gives a falsification test in Surah Al-Nisa[4.82] that any one in the world can try. “Do they not consider the Quran (with care)? If it was from (any) other than Allah, they would surely have found in there lot of discrepancy (and contradictions).”

Today if anyone wants to prove that the Quran is not the word of God, he just has to point out a single contradiction in the Quran. There are many disbelievers who tried to point out several alleged contradictions in the Quran, but all of their attempts were either out of context, mistranslations or misquotations.

EXHAUSTING THE ALTERNATIVES

There is an approach that is known as ‘Exhausting the Alternatives’. The Quran says that it is a revelation from the Creator of all that exits. If for some reason you do not believe that it is from the Creator, then what is it?

You have to give some explanation. It says that it is a revelation. If not what is its source of origin? Where did it come from? Whatever answers people have given since the time the Quran was revealed have all been disproved. The Alternatives have been exhausted.

The Quran earns your respect because you cannot disqualify it. The Quran gives the answer that it is a revelation from God Almighty. In Surah Al-Jathiya[45.2], “The revelation of the book is from Allah, the Almighty and All Wise.”

The Quran reconfirms that the revelation is from Almighty God in several other verses: In Surah Al-An’aam [6.19], in Surah Al-An’aam [6.72], inSurah Yusuf [12.1-2], in Surah Taha [20.113], in Surah Yasin [36.1-3] and in many other verses.

EVERY THEIST SHOULD AGREE THAT THE QURAN IS THE WORD OF GOD

No logical person who believes in the existence of God can deny the Quran is God’s word after being presented with all these proofs. To the atheist who does not believe in the existence of God, the question, “is the Quran God’s word?” is baseless. He does not believe in God, therefore such a question does not arise in his mind.

LOGICAL CONCEPT OF GOD

the first question to an atheist is: “What is the definition of God?” For a person to say there is no God, he should know what the meaning of God is. Suppose I hold a book and say ‘this is a pen’. The opposite person should know the definition of a pen for him to refute and say that it is not a pen. In a similar manner, for an atheist to say ‘there is no god’, he should at least know the concept of God. His concept of God is derived from the surroundings in which he lives or has been brought up. The deity that people worship has human qualities and hence he does not believe in such a god. Similarly, a Muslim too does not believe in such false gods.

CONCEPT OF GOD ACCORDING TO SURAH AL-IKHLAAS

The best definition of Almighty God, that you can find in the Quran is in the four verse of Surah Al-Ikhlaas, [112]

112.1 “Say: He is Allah, The One (Ahad, and Only One).”
112.2 “Allah the Eternal (Samad, the Ever Enduring),
The absolute (and Alone);”
112.3 “”He begets not (has no descendents, no children, none),
Nor has He (ever) begotten;”
112.4 “And there is none like (or comparable) unto Him.”

This is a four-line statement about Almighty Allah according to Quran. If any candidate claims to be God and satisfies this definition, Muslims have no objection in accepting such a candidate as god. This Surah Al-Ikhlaas is the acid test – it is the ‘Furqan’ or the criteria to judge between the One True God and the false claimants to divinity. Whichever deity that any human being on the face of the earth worships –if that deity fulfils these four criteria then such a deity is none else than the one true God.

a) It is the touchstone of Theology

Surah Al-Ikhlaas [112] is the touchstone of Theology. ‘Theo’ in Greek means God and ‘logy’ means study. Thus ‘Theology’ means ‘study of God’ and Surah Al-Ikhlaas is the touchstone of the study of God.

If you want to purchase or sell your gold jewelry, you would first evaluate it. A goldsmith with the help of a touchstone does such an evaluation of gold jewelry. He rubs the gold jewelry on the touchstone and compares its color with samples of gold. If it matches with 24 Karat gold, he will say that you jewelry is 24 Karat pure gold. If it is not high quality pure gold, he will tell you its value – whether it is 22 Karats, 18 Karats or it may not be gold at all. It may be fake because everything that glitters is not gold.

Similarly Surah Al-Ikhlaas [112] is the touchstone of theology, which can verify whether the deity that you worship is a true God or a false God. If any one claims to be, or is believed to be Almighty God, and satisfies this four line definition, then not only Muslims readily accept that deity as God but this deity is worthy of all worship and is the One True God.

For example, if someone says that Bhagwaan Rajneesh or ‘Osho’ is Almighty God, lets apply the test.

b) Is Rajneesh God?
Let us put this candidate Rajneesh to the test of Divinity as prescribed by Surah Al-Ikhlas, the touchstone of divinity.

(i) The first Criterion is “Say: ‘He is Allah, One and Only’”. Is Rajneesh One and Only? We know several suck fake god-men and claimants of divinity amongst humans. Rajneesh is surely not the one and only. However some disciples of Rajneesh may still state that Rajneesh is unique and that he is the one and only.

(ii) Let us analyze the second criterion “Allah the Absolute and Eternal”. Is Rajneesh absolute and eternal? We know from his biography that he suffered from diabetes and asthama and chronic backache. He alleged that the U.S.A government gave him slow poison while he was in their jail. Imagine! Almighty God being poisoned! Moreover, all are aware that Rajneesh died and was cremated/buried. So Rajneesh was neither eternal, nor absolute.

(iii) The third criterion is “He begets not, nor is begotten”. However Rajneesh was
Begotten. He was born in Jabalpur in India. Like all humans, he too had a mother and a father. Later on they chose to become his disciples.

Rajneesh was a very intelligent person. In May 1981 he went to U.S.A. He established a town in Oregon and named in ‘Rajneeshpuram’. It seems he took America for a ride since the U.S government arrested him and later deported him out of America in 1985. so Rajneesh returned to India and started a ‘Rajneesh Neosanyas’ commune in Pune in India which was later renamed the ‘Osho commune’.

If you visit the ‘Osho commune’ in Pune you will find it written on his tombstone “Osho –never born, never died, only visited the planet earth between 11 Dec 1931 to19 Jan 1990”. They conveniently forgot to mention on his tombstone that Rajneesh was not given a visa for 21 different countries of the world. Imagine Almighty God visiting the earth and requiring a visa! The Arch Bishop of Greece had said that if Rajneesh was not deported they would burn his house and those of his disciples.

(iv) the fourth test is so stringent that none besides the One True God Allah (swt) can pass it. “There is none like Him.” The moment you can imagine or compare the candidate or claimant to godhood to anything, this candidate is not god. Neither can you have a mental picture of God. We know that Rajneesh was a human being. He had one head, two hands, two feet and a white flowing beard. The moment you can think or imagine what the claimant to godhood is, he or she is not god.

THE NAME ALLAH PREFERRED TO THE WORD ‘GOD’

The Muslims prefer calling Allah(swt) with His name Allah, instead of the English word
‘God’. The Arabic word Allah is pure and unique, unlike the English word God that can be manipulated. If you add ‘s’ to God, it becomes ‘gods’ that is plural of God. Allah is one and singular, there is no plural of Allah. If you add ‘dess’ to God, it becomes ‘goddess’ that is a female god. There is nothing like male Allah or female Allah. Allah has no gender. If you add father to God, it becomes ‘godfather’. “He is my godfather” means, “he is my guardian”. There is nothing like ‘Allah father’ or ‘Allah abba’ in Islam. If you add mother to God it becomes ‘godmother’, there is nothing like ‘Allah ammi’ or ‘Allah Mother’ in Islam. If you put ‘tin’ before God it becomes tin-god i.e fake god, there is nothing like ‘tin Allah’ or ‘fake Allah’ in Islam. Allah is a unique word, which does not conjure up any mental picture nor can it be played around with. Hence, the Muslims prefer the name Allah when referring to the almighty creator. However, sometimes while speaking to non-Muslims we may use the inappropriate word God for Allah as has been used in this article.

QURAN AND MODERN SCIENCE

These methods of proving the existence of God to an atheist may satisfy some but not all. Many atheists demand a scientific proof for the existence of God. We agree that today is the age of science and technology. Let us use scientific knowledge to prove the existence of God and simultaneously also prove that the Quran is a revelation of God.

SCIENTIFIC FACTS MENTIONED IN THE QURAN

1. Creation of the universe. ‘The Big Bang’

Astrophysicists in a widely accepted phenomenon, popularly known as the ‘big bang’ explain the creation of the universe. It is supported by observational and experimental data gathered by astronomers and astrophysicists for decades. According to the ‘Big Bang’ the whole universe was initially one big mass (primary Nebula). Then there was a ‘Big Bang’ (Secondary Separation), which resulted in the formation of galaxies. These then divided to form stars, planets, the sun, the moon etc. The origin of the universe was unique and the probability of it occurring by ‘chance’ is zero.

The Quran contains the following verse, regarding the origin of the universe. “Do the disbelievers not see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one), before We tore them apart?” [21.30]

The striking congruence between the quranic verse and the ‘Big Bang’ is inescapable! How could a book, which first appeared in the deserts of Arabia 1400 years ago, contain this profound scientific truth?

2. Shape of the earth

In early times, people believed that the earth is flat. For centuries, men were afraid to venture out too far, lest they should fall off the edge. Sir Francis Drake was the first person who proved that the earth is spherical when he sailed around it in 1577.

Consider the following verse regarding the alternation of the day and night. “Do you not see that Allah blends the night into day and He blends the day into night?” [31.29]

Merging here means that the night slowly and gradually changes to day and vice-versa. This phenomenon can only take place if the earth is spherical. If the earth were flat, there would have been a sudden change from night to day and from day to night. The earth is not round like a ball, but geo spherical i.e it is flattened at the poles. The following verse contains the description of the earth’s shape.

“And more, He has extended the earth (far and wide or also in the shape of an egg)” [79.30].

The Arabic word for egg here is ‘dahaba’ which means an ostrich-egg. The shape of an ostrich egg resembles the geo spherical shape of the earth. Thus, the Quran correctly describes the shape of the earth, through the prevalent notion when the Quran was revealed was that the earth is flat.

3. The light of the moon is reflected light

It was believed by earlier civilizations that the moon emanates its own light. Science now tells us that the light of the moon is reflected light. However this fact was mentioned in the Quran, 1400 years ago in the following verse:

“He is the blessed (One) Who made groups of stars in the skies, and placed a Lamp in there and a Moon giving light,” [25.61]

The Arabic word for the sun in the Quran is ‘Shams’. It is referred to as Siraaj, which mean a ‘torch’, or as wahhaaj, which means a ‘blazing lamp’, or as diya, which means a ‘shining glory’. All three descriptions are appropriate too the sun, since it generates intense heat and light by its internal combustion. The Arabic word for the moon is ‘qamar’ and it is described in the Quran as ‘muneer’, which is a body that gives ‘nur’ i.e. light. Again, the Quranic description matches perfectly with the true nature of the moon, which does not give off light itself and is an inert body that reflects the light of the sun. or the sun as ‘nur’ or ‘muneer’. This implies that the Quran recognizes the difference between the nature of sunlight and moonlight.

4. The sun rotates

In 1609, the German scientist Yohannus Keppler published the ‘Astronomia Nova’. In this he concluded that not only do the planets move elliptical orbits around the sun, they also rotate upon their axes at irregular speeds. With this knowledge, it became possible for European scientists to explain correctly many of the mechanisms of the solar system including the sequence of night and day. After these discoveries, it was thought that the sun was stationary and did not rotate about its axis like the earth.

Consider the following Quranic verse: “And it is He who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon: All (the heavenly bodies ) go along, each in its rounded path.”[21.33]

The Arabic word used in the above verse is yasbahun. The word yasbahun is derived from the word sabaha. It carries with it the idea of motion that comes from any moving body. If you use the word for a man on the ground, it would not mean that he is rolling but would mean he is walking or running. If you use the word for a man in water, it would not mean that he is floating but would mean that he is swimming. Similarly, if you use the word yasbah for a celestial body such as the sun it would not mean that it is only flying through space. Most of the school text books have incorporated the fact that the sun rotates about its axis. The rotation of the sun about its own axis can be proved with the help of equipment that projects the image of the sun on the table top so that one can examine the image of the sun being blinded. It is noticed that the sun has spots, which complete a circular motion once every 25 days to rotate around its axis.

In fact, the sun travels through space at roughly 150 miles per second, and takes about 200 million years to complete one revolution around the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy. One cannot help but be amazed at the scientific accuracy of the Quranic verses. Should we not ponder over the question. “what was the source of knowledge contained in the Quran?”

5. Every living thing is made of water

Consider the following Quranic verse. “We made every living thing from water. Then, will they not believe?” [21.30]

Only after the advancement of science, do we now know that cytoplasm, the basic substance of the cell is made up of 80% of water. Modern research has also revealed that most organisms consists of 50% to 90% of water and that every living entity requires water for its existence.

Was it possible 14 centuries ago for any human being to guess that every living being was made of water? Moreover, would such a guess be conceivable by a human being in the deserts of Arabia where there has always been a scarcity of water?

6. Everything made in pairs

Allah (swt) says in the Quran, “Glory to Allah, who created all the things in pairs that the earth produces, and also their own kind (also created in pairs) and (other) things about whom they do not know.” [36.36]

The Quran here says that everything is created in pairs, including things that humans do not know at present and may discover later.

7. Man is created from Alaq – A leech-like substance

A few years ago a group of Arabs collected all information concerning embryology from the Quran and presented to Prof. (Dr.) Keith Moore, who was the Professor of Embryology and chairman of the department of Anatomy at the University of Toronto, in Canada. At present, he is one of the highest authorities in the field of Embryology.

Dr. Moore said that most of the information concerning Embryology mentioned in the Quran is in perfect conformity with modern discoveries n the field of Embryology and does not conflict with them in any way. He added that there were however a few verses, on whose scientific accuracy he could not comment. He could not say whether the statements were true or false, since he himself was not aware of the information contained there in. there was also no mention of this information in modern writings and studies on Embryology.

One such verse is: “Proclaim! (and read aloud!) in the Name of the Lord and Cherisher, Who created. Created man, out of a (mere) clot of thickened blood” [96.1-2]

The word alaq besides menaing a congealed clot of blood it alse means something that clings, a leech-like substance. Dr. Keith Moore had no knowledge that whether an Embryo in the earl stages appears like a Leech. To check this out he studied the initial stage of the embryo under a very powerful microscope in his laboratory and compared what he observed with a diagram of a leech and he was astonished at the striking resemblance between the two!

Dr, Keith Moore had earlier authored the book, ‘The Developing Human’. After acquiring new knowledge from the Quran, he wrote, in 1982, the 3rd edition of the same book, ‘The Developing Human’. The book was the recipient of an award for the best medical book written by a single author. This book has been translated into several other languages of the world and is used as textbook for Embryology in the first year of medical studies.

In 1981, during the seventh medical conference in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Moore said “It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Quran about Human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God or Allah, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God or Allah.”

8. Finger prints

“Does man think that We cannot assemble his bones together? Yes! We are able to put together the very tips of his fingers perfectly.” [75.3-4]

The disbelievers argue regarding resurrection taking place after bones of dead people have disintegrated in the earth and how each individual would be identified on the Day of Judgment. Almighty Allah answers that He can not only assemble our bones but can also reconstruct perfectly our very finger tips.

Why does the Quran, while speaking about determination of the identity of the individual, speak specifically about fingertips? In 1880, fingerprinting became the scientific method of identification, after research done by Sir Francis Golt. No two persons in the world can ever have exactly the same finger print pattern. That is why police forces worldwide use fingerprints to identify criminals.

1400 years ago, who could have known the uniqueness of each human’s fingerprint? Surely it could have been none other than the creator Himself!

9. Pain receptors present in the skin

It was thought that the sense of feeling and pain was only dependent on the brain. Recent discoveries prove that there are pain receptors present in the skin without which a person would not be able to feel pain. When a doctor examines a patient suffering from burn injuries, he verifies the degree of burns by a pinprick. If the patient feels pain, the doctor is happy, because it indicates that the burns are superficial and the pain receptors are intact. On the other hand if the patient does not feel any pain, it indicates that it is a deep burn and the pain receptors have been destroyed.

The Quran gives an indication of the existence of pain receptors in the following verse: “Surely, those who reject Our signs, We shall soon throw (them) into the Fire: As often as their skins are roasted through, we shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the Penalty: Truly, Allah is Almighty (Aziz), All Wise (Hakeem.)” [4.56]

Prof. Tagatat Tejasen, Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, has spent a great amount of time on research of pain receptors. Initially he could not believe that the Quran mentioned this scientific fact 1400 years ago. He later verified the translation of this particular Quranic verse. Prof. Tejasen was so impressed by the scientific accuracy of the Quranic verse that at the 8th Saudi Medical Conference held in Riyadh on the Scientific Signs of Quran and Sunnah he proclaimed in public. “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) is His Messenger.”

10. The Bee

“And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: Take your habitations in hills, on trees, and in (man’s) habitations. Then eat of all fruits and follow the way of your Lord made easy (for you); There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for men.” [16.69-69]

These verses of the Quran in Arabic, uses the female gender for the bee, stating that it is the female bee that is entrusted in the task of collecting nectar and making honey. Recent advancements in Entomology has shown that the female bee collects the nectar and reports to the queen bee, this fact was mentioned in the holy Quran 1400 years ago. “Healing for men” indicates that honey has healing properties. Today we now that honey has healing properties, which made the Russians use honey to cover their wounds in world war 2.

Theory of Probability

In mathematics, there is a theory known as “Theory of Probability”. If you have two options, out of which one is right, and one is wrong, the chances that you will choose the right one is half i.e. one out of two will be correct. You have 50% chances of being correct, similarly if you toss a coin the chances that your guess will be correct is 50% (1 out of 2) i.e.1/2. if you toss a coin the second time, the chances that you will be correct in the second toss is again 50% i.e. ½. But the chances that you will be correct in both the tosses are half x half (½ x ½), which is equal to 1/4. i.e. 50% of 50% i.e. equal to 25%. If you toss a coin the third time, chances that you will be correct all three times is (1/2×1/2×1/2) that is 1/8 or 50% of 50% of 50% that is 12.5%

A dice has got six sides. If you throw a dice and guess any number between 1 and 6, the chances that your guess will be correct are 1/6. if you throw the dice the second time, the chances that you guess will be correct in both the throws is (1/6 x 1/6) which is equal to 1/36. if you throw the dice the third time, the chances that all your three guesses are correct is (1/6 x1/6 x 1/6) is equal to 1/216 that is less than ½ a percent.

Let us apply this theory of probability to the Quran, and assume that a person has guessed all the information that is mentioned in the Quran, which was unknown at that time. let us discuss the probability of all the guesses being correct.

(a) At the time when the Quran was revealed, people thought the world was flat. there are several other options for the shape of the earth. It could be triangular; it could be quadrangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal, octagonal, spherical, etc. Lets assume there are about 30 different options for the shape of the earth. The Quran rightly says that it is spherical, if it was a guess the chances of the guess being correct is 1/30.

(b) The light of the moon can be its own light or a reflected light. The Quran rightly says that it is reflected light. If it was a guess the chances that it will be correct is ½ and the probability that both guesses (a) and (b) is 1/30 x ½ = 1/60.

(c)Further, the Quran also mentions that every living thing is made of water. The options are say about 10,000. every living thing can be made up of either wood, stone, copper, aluminum, gold, silver, oxygen, nitrogen, oil cement, concrete, etc. the Quran rightly says that every living thing is made up of water. Therefore if it’s a guess, the chances that it will be correct is 1/10,000 and the probability of all the three guesses (a) (b) and (c) being correct is 1/30 x ½ x 1/10,000 = 1/600,000 which is equal to about .00017%

The Quran speaks about hundreds of things that were not known at that time. only in three options the result is .00017%. We leave up to you the intellectual readers to work out the probability if all the hundreds of the unknown facts were guesses, the chances of all the guesses being correct and not a single wrong. It is beyond human capacity to have all the guesses correct without a single mistake, which in itself is sufficient to prove to a logical person that the origin of the Quran is divine.

Quran is a Book of Signs and not Science

Let us be reminded that Quran is not a Book of Science, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E.’ but a book of ‘signs’ – ‘S.I.G.N.S.’ i.e. a book of ayaats. That Quran contains more than 6000 ayaats that is ‘signs’ out which more than a thousand speak about science. For Muslims, the Quran is the ‘Furqaan’ i.e. the criteria to judge right from wrong and it is the ultimate yard stick which is more superior to scientific knowledge. But for an educated man who is an atheist, scientific knowledge is the ultimate test, which he believes in. Using the ultimate yard stick of the atheist, we try to prove to him that the Quran is the word of God and while it was revealed 1400 years ago, it contains the scientific knowledge that was discovered recently. Therefore, at the end of the discussion, we both come to the same conclusion that God, though superior to science, does not conflict with it.

The Creator is the source of the Quran

The only logical answer to the question, who could have mentioned all these scientific facts 1400 years ago before they were discovered, is exactly the same answer that would be given by an atheist or any person, to the question “who is the first person who will be able to tell the mechanism of the unknown object?” it is the ‘CREATOR’, the Producer, the Manufacturer of that object. Another name in the English Language for this Creator, Producer, Manufacturer of the whole universe and its contents, is ‘God’ or more appropriately in the Arabic language is ‘Allah’.

Science is eliminating models of god but not God

Francis Bacon, the famous philosopher, has rightly said that a little knowledge about science makes you an atheist, but an in-depth study of science makes you a believer in God. Scientists today are eliminating models of God, but they are not eliminating God.

If you translate this act – of rejecting false models and wrong notions of God into Arabic, it is ‘La ilaaha illal lah’ which means “there is no god, but God”. “there is no god (god with small ‘g’ that is fake deities), but God (with a capital ‘G’).

Prop. Tejasen accepted Islam on the strength of just one scientific ‘sign’ mentioned in the Quran. Some people may require ten signs while some may require hundred signs to be convinced about the Divine Origin of the Quran. Some would be unwilling to accept the truth even after being shown a thousand signs. The Quran condemns such a closed mentality in the verse, “They are deaf, dumb and blind, so they will not return (to the right path).” [2.18]

The Quran contains a complete code of life for the individual and society. Alhumdulillah (Praise be to Allah), the Quranic way of life is far superior to the ‘isms’ that modern man has invented out of sheer ignorance. Who can give better guidance than the Creator Himself?

In Surah Al-Fussilat[41]: “Soon We shall show them Our Signs in the (very far) regions (of the earth, and also deep) in their own souls, till it becomes clear to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that your Lord Who witnesses (Shaheed) all things?”

And our final call is –All praises are for the One and Only God and Creator Allah, who alone is worthy of devotion, complete submission and worship. I declare that there is no other deity or god besides Allah. I also declare that Prophet Muhammad is the Last and Final Messenger of Allah.

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