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Islam is a Revelation and not a Fabrication.

This is a continuation of our previous article titled “What do you know about Islam? 2”.

Islam is a revelation for the entire world, sent by Allah to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It was not invented or fabricated by the prophet. There many are issues mentioned in the Qur’an whose realities were not known at that time. How could he has known them all by himself?!

The Quran stated clearly about how human beings come to existence. Allah said in the Qur’an:

{وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن سُلَالَةٍ مِّن طِينٍ * ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاهُ نُطْفَةً فِي قَرَارٍ مَّكِينٍ * ثُمَّ خَلَقْنَا النُّطْفَةَ عَلَقَةً فَخَلَقْنَا الْعَلَقَةَ مُضْغَةً فَخَلَقْنَا الْمُضْغَةَ عِظَامًا فَكَسَوْنَا الْعِظَامَ لَحْمًا ثُمَّ أَنشَأْنَاهُ خَلْقًا آخَرَ ۚ فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ}.

{And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay. ( 12 ) Then We placed him as a sperm-drop in a firm lodging. ( 13 ) Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah, the best of creators.} (Qur’an 23:12-14).

{خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ}.

{He created man from a clinging substance.} (Qur’an 96:2).

How did the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) know that the embryo started out as a clot hanging and clinging to the wall of the uterus of the mother? Did he have a telescope? Did he have a cystoscope? Did he have some kind of x-ray vision? How did he received this knowledge, when it was just discovered forty seven years ago?

Likewise, how did he knows that the oceans have a barrier between them to separate the salt and the fresh water?

Allah mentioned in the Qur’an that:

{وَهُوَ الَّذِي مَرَجَ الْبَحْرَيْنِ هَٰذَا عَذْبٌ فُرَاتٌ وَهَٰذَا مِلْحٌ أُجَاجٌ وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَهُمَا بَرْزَخًا وَحِجْرًا مَّحْجُورًا}.

{And it is He who has released [simultaneously] the two seas, one fresh and sweet and one salty and bitter, and He placed between them a barrier and prohibiting partition.} (Qur’an 25:53). How did he know this?

{وَهُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ ۖ كُلٌّ فِي فَلَكٍ يَسْبَحُونَ}.

{It is He Who created the Night and the Day, and the sun and the moon: all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course.} (Qur’an 21:33).

How did he know that the Sun, and the Moon, and the planets are all swimming in an orbit that had been ordered for them? How did he know this? How did he know these things? These things have just been discovered lately. Technology and science, the sophistication of which you and I well know were not known at that time. How did Muhammad (peace be upon him), who lived more than 1500 years ago-- an uneducated shepherd who was raised in the desert, not knowing how to read or write-- how could he know something like this? How could he produce something like this? And how could anyone else living with him, before, or after, produce something that has just been discovered recently. That’s impossible!! How could a man who never left the Arabian Peninsula, a man who never sailed on a ship, who lived more than 1500 years ago --make such clear and astounding descriptions that were just recently discovered in this half of the twentieth century?

Also, if this is not enough, let me mention that the Qur’an has a hundred and fourteen chapters, over six thousand verses. And there were hundreds of people in the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who memorized this book entirely. How did that happened? Was he some kind of genius? Did anyone memorized the Gospel - any of them? Did anybody memorized the Torah, the Psalms, the Old Testament, the New Testament? Nobody has done that. Not even the Pope.

But there are millions of Muslims today who have memorized this entire book. This is the ambition of every Muslim. Not some – but every! How many Christians have you ever met in your life, that has memorized the Bible? None. You’ve never met any Christian that memorized the whole Bible, because you’ve never met a Christian who even knew what was the whole Bible. Why is that? Because, Christians themselves have over seven hundred different denominations, and there are approximately thirty nine different versions of the Bible--with different books and different versions. Different number of verses and different number of chapters. And they don’t agree to that. So how could they even memorize what they don’t agree about.

It’s just some facts about the Qur’an. The Qur’an has been universally preserved without the slightest alteration of any kind in fifteen centuries.

Just think about if all of these were true. Would you agree that this book is quite profound? And unique, to say the least? Would you be honest enough to say that? Of course you would, if you were honest. And you are. Within yourselves, you have to come to that conclusion. Many other non-Muslims came to the same conclusion. People such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Winston Churchill, to name but a few. They came to the same conclusion. Whether they accepted Islam openly, or not. They came to that conclusion-- that there is no other literature in the world as profound as the Qur’an, a source of wisdom and healing and direction.

Now that we have settled the issue of authenticity of the Qur’an, let us turn to another subject matter: the basic themes of the Qur’an. The supreme oneness of Almighty God, which includes His names, His attributes, the relationship between God Almighty and His creation, and how human beings should maintain that relationship. The continuity of prophets and messengers, their lives, their messages, and their overall mission. The insistence upon following the final and universal example of Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Seal of the Prophets and Messengers. Reminding human beings of the shortness of this life and calling them towards the eternity of the life after death. Life after death, meaning after this life, you’re going somewhere; I don’t mean today. But after you die and you leave this Earth, you are going somewhere, whether you accept it, or don’t know about it; You’re going there, and you are responsible, because you have been told-- even if you have rejected it. Because the objective of this life is not for you to sit here, and do nothing and have no effect. Every cause has an effect! And you came into this life for a cause and a purpose, and it must have an effect! It must warrant some sort of effect! You don’t go to school to just stay there! You don’t go to work not to get paid! You don’t build a house for nothing and nobody moves into it! You don’t get a suit made and don’t wear it! You don’t grow up as a child and don’t become an adult! You don’t work without expecting a reward! You cannot live without expecting to die! You cannot die without the expectancy of the grave! And you cannot expect that the grave is the end. Because that would mean that God has created you for a foolish purpose. And you have not gone to school, worked, or done anything, or have chosen a wife, or chosen the name of your children for a foolish purpose. How could you assign to God something less than yourselves?

Allah said in the Qur’an:

{أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثًا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا تُرْجَعُونَ}.

{Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?} (Qur’an 23:115).

In an attempt to capture and convince the imagination and faculties of reasoning, the Qur’an goes through great length and beauty to expound upon the oceans and rivers, the trees and plants, the birds and insects, the wild and domestic animals, the mountains, the valleys, the expansion of the heavens, the celestial bodies and the universe, the fish and the aquatic life, the human anatomy and biology, human civilization and history, the description of paradise and hell, the evolution of the human embryo, the missions of all the prophets and messengers, and the purpose of life on Earth. And how could a shepherd boy, born in the desert, who grew up illiterate and could not read-- how could he expound upon things that he was never exposed to?

The most unique aspect of the Qur’an, however, is that it serves to confirm all the previous revealed scriptures. And, after examining the religion of Islam, you should decide to become a Muslim, you do not have to consider yourself changing your religion! You are not changing your religion…You see, if you lost some weight, you wouldn’t throw that $500 suit away--of course you wouldn’t! You would take it to a tailor and say, ‘Listen, take this in a little bit for me, please. Make some alterations to this because I like this suit.’ Likewise, with your belief, your honor, your virtue, your love of Jesus Christ, your attachment to Allah, your worship, your truthfulness, and your dedication to the Almighty Allah - you don’t change that and throw it away! You hold on to that! But, you make alterations where you know that the truth has been revealed to you! That’s all!


To be continued, insha Allah…

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