>> Thursday, March 10, 2011
Alright, sis, I hope by now you’ve read the first post (and received our e-mail) and seen all of the sisters’ comments.
InshaAllah, you can now safely say that there must be a Creator.
Let’s work a little with that, now, ok?
Since He is the Creator, He must have been the ‘First’ and Only First. He must also be Eternal, correct? And following that, since He is Eternal and does not die, everything must rely on Him to live, right? Everything must be in need of Him.
Are you with me so far?
Well, seeing how He was and is the First, God must not have been born, correct? So, when we come to think of it, logically, God must be different from His creation.
In order to sustain everything on this earth, to have created such a perfect earth, to continue to take care of it, etc., He must not be like His Creation. He must be Unique in His Attributes….
Do we agree on this?
Now, if we are different from Him, wouldn’t He want us to know more about Him? Wouldn’t He want us to know the reason behind our creation?
I mean think about it. Since He designed us so perfectly as we have mentioned before and designed this universe with a very precise ‘aim’, isn’t it safe to assume that He would want us to know what ‘to do’ and ‘what not to do’? That He would let us know what He wants of us and doesn’t want of us? That He would teach us how to worship Him/ what is expected of us?
The question is ‘how would He teach us’?
Well, number one, as we mentioned earlier, He would program us with an internal compass that points to Him (like we know that lying is wrong). But that would still be a little ‘unclear’….not all of us would know what to do.
So, the most logical conclusion is that He would choose Prophets and reveal Scriptures.
The reality is that every major religion does mention prophets who were sent to guide mankind. People that God chose to lead to the way. There must be a reason why Moosa (or Moses) has been mentioned for thousands of years…and Ibrahim (Abraham), and Noah, etc.
Let’s listen to some of what they say:
Prophet Mohammed is told to say this in the Qur’an:
Say, "He is Allah, [who is] One, (1) Allah, the Eternal Refuge. (2) He neither begets nor is born, (3) Nor is there to Him any equivalent." (4) (Chapter 112)In fact, even in the other Scriptures we can see this:
Prophet Moses in the Bible:
4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one….
13: You shall fear Yahweh (He brew word) your God; and him shall you serve, and shall swear by his name.
(Deuteronomy Chapter 6)
Prophet Jesus in the Bible:-IF we accept these quotes, we see that as we mentioned, all of the Prophets came with the message that God is only One and that He we should worship Him.
10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' (Matthew 4)
And this is the very essence of Islam. The cornerstone of Islam is that “La illaha illa Allah”- ‘there is no god worthy of worship except Allah’.
Islam says that all of the Prophets came with this message: to submit to the Creator and to recognize that He is One in His Attributes and His right to be worshipped. In fact, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The example of me with respect to the prophets before me is like that of a man who built a house and made if complete save one brick. People were looking at how nice the building was but were wondering about that brick. I am that brick and I am the last of the prophets.
I know what you are thinking, then. “But how do we know that Islam is the correct religion? If all the Prophets came with the same Message, what makes it clear that Islam is the right religion?”
Well, you know, for every prophet that Allah chose, He gave them signs for people to believe in their prophethood. For example, Moses or Moosa (alyhee asalam) had his staff that would turn into a snake. For Prophet Muhammed, sallah Allahoo alyhee wa salam, the greatest sign of his prophethood is the Qur’an or the message that was revealed to him from God.
Before we go deeper, let’s really stop for a moment and reflect on the context of when the Qur’an was revealed. It was revealed more than 1,400 years ago. It was revealed to an illiterate man who lived literally in the desert- in an area where there was little that could be described at all as civilization (Arabia).
And yet, the Qur’an contains facts that we have only come to discover in the last century.
For example, the Qur’an clearly outlines the fetus’s stages in the mother’s womb.
(Click on this link to see the verses and see a detailed explanation.)
Professor 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, 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.”
Think about it. How could the Prophet sallah Allahoo alyhee wa salam possibly know such a thing?
Also related to that miracle, the Qur’an states:
((We) then formed the drop into a clot and formed the clot into a lump and formed the lump into bones and clothed the bones in flesh; and then brought him into being as another creature. Blessed be God, the Best of Creators!) (The Qur'an, 23:14)-This verse is also a very modern breakthrough. Before, embryologists thought that both the bones and muscles in an embryo were formed simultaneously. However, after more advanced microscopic research was performed, it was determined that the Quran was actually right and each step follows the way Allah recorded.
Well, for one thing, the Qur’an mentions the fact there is something smaller than an atom.
"He [i.e., Allah] is aware of an atom's weight in the heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that...”The idea that atoms actually consists of tinier particles (protons, neutrons and electrons), etc. was only recently discovered. Yet, the Qur’an mentioned this, more than 1,400 years ago!
An interesting historical ‘miracle’ is that of “Iram”.
This city “of pillars’ is mentioned by the name of 'Iram in the 89th Chapter of the Qur’an.
“This city was not known in ancient history and was non-existent as far as historians were concerned. However, the December 1978 edition of National Geographic introduced interesting information which mentioned that in 1973, the city of Elba was excavated in Syria. The city was discovered to be 43 centuries old, but that is not the most amazing part. Researchers found in the library of Elba a record of all of the cities with which Elba had done business. Believe or not, there on the list was the name of the city of 'Iram. The people of Elba had done business with the people of 'Iram!”
The Qur’an also describes how clouds form rain, lightening and hail accurately to an astonishing degree.
In fact, it contains many scientific miracles. You can watch these short videos :
You can also read Dr. Gary Miller’s article, titled “The Amazing Qur’an”:
Maurice Bucaille also wrote about the scientific miracles of the Quran in his objective study of the Bible, the Quran, and Science. Although he actually published an entire book on this subject, you can read his general conclusions here where he makes it clear the Quran must be divine.
Not only are there ‘scientific miracles’ in the Qur’an that cannot be explained without pointing to its Divine Source, the Qur’an is also a linguistic marvel. This is the real miracle behind the Qur’an. The words are so perfectly chosen they could not have been written by a man. The problem is that many of us are unfamiliar with ‘classical Arabic’ so we don’t appreciate its beauty and depth. I would recommend that you to listen to Nouman Khan’s ‘linguistic tafsir’ of Juzaa Amaa, to see just how perfectly chosen each word is in the Qur’an….
What else makes the book so unique? Well, the fact of the matter is that the Qur’an is the only Book in the world that continues to be memorized from cover to cover in the hearts of millions of people. The Qur’an is the single Divine book that has remained unaltered, in its original language, completely intact as the time it was delivered to Prophet Mohammed.
As we have mentioned, it contains so many miracles, it must simply be God's words... It must be the truth!
P.S. For those who would like more interesting articles on how Islam is the truth (and a comparison between Islam and Christianity), please visit: http://www.leveltruth.com/articles.html
P.S.S. We were thinking to divide this post into two parts. In the second part,we would discuss how we know that Prophet Mohammed was a genuine prophet, but this post is getting kind of long...Tell us if you do want that part ;)