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Monday, October 29, 2007

Compatibility Between The Quran & Modern Science - In Astronomy

This post is not intended to explain or teach science in the Quran because The Quran is not a book of science but it is a book of SIGNS. It is the sign of the Ultimate Creator, God who revealed The Quran to all mankind and it shows the truth of Islam. However, there are so many scientific facts in the Quran that shows that The Quran is not the work of man, but its God's word.


  • Creation Of The Universe: 'The Big Bang' - The creation of the universe is explained by astrophysicists in a widely accepted phenomenon,popularly known as the 'Big Bang', the whole universe was initially one bis mass(primary Nebula). Then there was a Big bang (secondary Separation) which resulted in the formation of Galaxies. The origin of the universe was unique and the probability of it occuring by 'chance' is zero. The Quran contains the following verse, regarding the origin of the universe:








"Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder?" (Al-Quran 21:30)


  • Initial gaseous mass before the galaxies - Scientists say that before the galaxies in the universe were formed, celestial matter was initially in the form of gaseous matter. Huge gaseous matter or clouds were present before the formation of the galaxies. To describe initial celestial matter, the word 'smoke' is more appropriate than the gas. The Quran states:



    "Moreover, He comprehended in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke (dukhan): He said to it and to the earth: 'Come ye together Willingly or unwillingly.' They said: 'We do come (together) in willing obedience." ( Al-Quran 41:11)


  • The spherical shape of the Earth - In early times, people believed that the earth is flat. For centuries, men were afraid o 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 in 1597. Consider the following Quranic verse regarding the alternation of the day and night: "Seest thou not that Allah merges Night into Day and He merges Day into Night?" (Al-Quran 31:29). Merging here means that the night slowly and gradually changes to day and vise versa. This phenomenon can only take place if the earth is spherical. The following verse also alludes to this: " He created the Heavens and the Earth in He makes the Night overlap the Day and the Day Overlap the Night." (Al-Quran The Arabic word used here is Kawwara meaning 'to overlap' to 'to coil'-the way a turban is wound around the head. The earth is not exactly round like a ball, but geo-spherical i.e it is flattened at the poles. The following verse contains a description of the earth's shape: "And the Earth, Moreover, Hath He made Ostrich-egg shaped." ( Al-Quran 79:30). The Arabic word for egg here is 'Dahaha' which means an Ostrich-egg. The shape of an ostrich egg resembles exactly the geo-spherical shape of the Earth. Just see the photo above, between chicken egg (on the right hand) and ostrich egg (on the left hand), which one resembles the shape of the Earth? See how perfect is the word of God.



    • The Light Of The Moon Is reflected Light - It was believed earlier civilisations that the Moon emanates its own light. Science now tells us that the light of the Moon is reflected light from the Sun. However, this fact was mentioned in the Quran 1400 years ago in the following verses: "Blessed is He Who made Constellations in the skies, And the placed therein a Lamp and a Moon giving light." (Al-Quran 25:61). The Arabic word for the sun in the Quran is siraaj which means a 'torch'. The word for the Moon is qamar and it is described in the Quran as muneer which means a body that gives nur i.e light. Consider the following verses: "It is He who made the sun to be a shining glory and the moon to be a light (of beauty)." (Al-Quran 10:5). and "See ye not How Allah has created the seven Heavens one above another. And the Moon, a light in their midst, and made the sun as a (glorious) Lamp?" (Al-Quran 71:15-16)



    • The Sun Rotates - For a long time European philosophers and scientists believed that the Earth stood still in the centre of the Universe and every other body moved around it. In the west, this geocentric concept of the universe was prevalent right from the time of Ptolemy (1512), Nicholas Copernicus put forward his Heliocentric Theory of planetary motion, which asserted that the sun is motionless at the centre of the solar system with the planets revolving around it. In 1609, the German scientist Yohannus Keppler says that not only do the planets move in elliptical orbits around the Sun, they also rotate upon their axes at irregular speeds. After this discoveries, it was thought that the Sun was stationary and did not rotate about its axis like the earth. i remember having studied this fallacy from Geography books during my school days some 17 years ago. Consider the following Quranic verse: "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." (Al-Quran 21;33). The Arabic word used in the above verse is yashabun which derived from the word sabaha. It carries with the idea of motion that comes from any moving body. If you use the for a man on the ground, it 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 but would mean that is is also rotating as it goes through space. In fact, the Sun travels through space at roughly 150miles per second, and takes about 200 million years to complete one revolution around the center of our Milky Way galaxy. "It is not permitted to the sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day, each (just) swim along in (its own) orbit (according to Law)." (Al-Quran 36:40). The 'fixed place' towards which the Sun travels, carrying with it the solar system, has been located exactly by modern astronomy. It has even been given a name, the Solar Apex. The solar system is indeed moving in space towards a point situated in the constellation of Hercules (aloha Lyrea) whose exact location is firmly established.


      • The Presence Of Interstellar Matter - Space outside organised astronomical systems was earlier assumed to be a vacuum. Astrophysicists later discovered the presence of bridges of matter in this interstellar space which is called plasma, and consist of completely ionized gas containing equal number of free electrons and positive ions. Plasma is sometimes called the fourth state of matter (besides solid, liquid and gas). The Quran mentions the presence of this interstellar material in the following verse: "He who created Heavens and the Earth and all that is between." (Al-Quran 25:59). Another verse says "We did not create heaven and earth and everything in between them as a game." (Qur'an, 21:16)


    • The Expanding Universe - In 1925, an American astronomer by the name of Edwin Hubble, provided observational evidence that all galaxies are receding from one another, which implies that the universe is expanding. The expansion of the universe is now an established scientific facts. This what the Quran says regarding the nature of the universe: "With the power and skill did We construct the firmment, for it is We Who are steadily expanding it" (Al-Quran 51:47) . Stephen hawking, in his book, 'A Brief History of Time', says "The discovery that the universe is expanding was one of the great intellectual revolutions of the 20th century." The Quran mentioned the expansion of the universe, before man even learnt to build a telescope.


    • The Perfect Equilibrium In The Universe - The billions of stars and galaxies in the universe move in perfect equilibrium in the paths set out for them. Stars, planets and satellites rotate not only around their own axes but also together with the systems of which they are an integral part. Sometimes, galaxies containing 200-300 billion stars move across each others' paths. Yet amazingly, no collisions take place that might damage the great order in the universe. This miracle is something over which all of us should reflect.
      In the universe, the concept of speed assumes giant dimensions when compared to earthly measurements. Stars, planets, galaxies and conglomerations of galaxies-whose numerical properties can only be conceived by mathematicians-weigh billions or trillions of tons, and move through space at extraordinary speeds.
      For example, the Earth rotates at 1,670 kmph. If we consider that the fastest-moving bullet today possesses an average speed of 1,800 kmph, we can see how fast the Earth is moving, despite its enormous size and mass. There is no doubt that there is a very high risk of collisions in such a complicated and fast-moving system. Yet nothing of the sort actually happens and we continue with our lives in complete safety. That is because everything in the universe functions according to the flawless equilibrium set out by Allah. It is for this reason that, as stated in the following verse, there is no "discrepancy" in the system:

"He Who created the seven heavens in layers. You will not find any discrepancy in the creation of the All-Merciful. Look again-do you see any gaps? Then look again and again. Your sight will return to you dazzled and exhausted!" (Qur'an, 67:3-4)



    • The End Of the Universe and The Big Crunch - As we have stated above, the creation of the universe began with a huge explosion. From this point, the universe has been expanding ever since. Scientists say that when the mass of the universe has reached a sufficient level, this expansion will come to an end because of gravity, causing the universe to collapse in on itself.
      It is also believed that the contracting universe will end in a fierce heat and contraction known as the "Big Crunch." This would lead to the end of all forms of life as we know them. Renata Kallosh and Andrei Linde, professors of physics from Stanford University, made the following statements on the subject:
      The universe may be doomed to collapse and disappear. Everything we see now, and at a much larger distance that we cannot see, will collapse into a point smaller than a proton.
    • "That Day We will fold up heaven like folding up the pages of a book. As We originated the first creation so We will regenerate it. It is a promise binding on Us. That is what We will do." (Qur'an, 21:104)

      In another verse, this state of the heavens is described thus:
      "They do not measure Allah with His true measure. The whole earth will be a mere handful for Him on the Day of Rising the heavens folded up in His right hand. Glory be to Him! He is exalted above the partners they ascribe!" (Qur'an, 39:67)

  • ORBITS AND THE ROTATING UNIVERSE - In addition, the paths in the universe are not restricted to a few celestial bodies. The Solar System and even other galaxies also exhibit considerable motion around other centres. Every year, Earth, and the Solar System with it, move some 500 million km from where they were the previous year. It has been calculated that even the slightest deviation from celestial bodies' paths could have drastic consequences which might spell the end of the entire system. For example, the consequences of the earth's deviating from its course by a mere 3 mm have been described in one source as follows:
    While rotating around the sun, the earth follows such an orbit that, every 18 miles, it only deviates 2.8 millimetres from a direct course. The orbit followed by the earth never changes, because even a deviation of 3 millimetres would cause catastrophic disasters: If the deviation were 2.5 mm instead of 2.8 mm, then the orbit would be very large, and all of us would freeze. If the deviation were 3.1 mm, we would be scorched to death. 17
    Another characteristic of heavenly bodies is that they also rotate around their own axes. The verse which reads "[I swear] by Heaven with its cyclical systems," (Qur'an, 86:11) indicates this truth. Naturally, at the time when the Qur'an was revealed, people had no telescopes with which to study bodies millions of kilometres away in space, advanced observation technology or our modern knowledge of physics and astronomy. It was therefore impossible to establish that space had "its oscillating orbits," (Qur'an, 51:7) as described in the verse. The Qur'an however, revealed at that time, provided clear information concerning that fact. This is proof that this book is indeed Allah's Word.
    Like many other comets in the universe, Halley's comet, seen above, also moves in a planned orbit. It has a specific orbit and it moves in this orbit in a perfect harmony with other celestial bodies.
    All celestial bodies—including planets, satellites of these planets, stars and even galaxies—have their own orbits that have been determined with very delicate computations. The One Who established this perfect order and maintains it is Allah, Who created the entire universe.
  • THE MOON'S ORBIT - "And We have decreed set phases for the moon, until it ends up looking like an old date branch. It is not for the sun to overtake the moon nor for the night to outstrip the day; each one is swimming in a sphere." (Qur'an, 36:39-4 0)


The Moon does not follow a regular orbit like the satellites of other planets. As it orbits the Earth, it sometimes moves behind it and sometimes in front. As it also moves with the Earth around the Sun, it actually follows a constant pattern resembling the letter "S" in space. This route, traced by the Moon in space, is described in the Qur'an as resembling an old date branch and does indeed resemble the twisted form of the date tree branch. Indeed, the word "urjoon" employed in the Qur'an refers to a thin and twisted date branch and is used to describe that part left after the fruit has been picked. The way that this branch is described as "old" is also most appropriate since old date branches are thinner and more twisted.

Since the Moon revolves around the Sun together with the Earth, it follows a path through space which resembles the letter “S.” The appearance of this orbit resembles the twisted shape of a dry date branch, as is revealed in the Qur’an.
There is no doubt that it was impossible for anyone to have any knowledge about the orbit of the Moon 1,400 years ago. The way that this pattern, identified by modern technology and accumulated knowledge, was revealed in the Holy Book is yet another scientific miracle of the Qur'an.
  • THE FORCE OF GRAVITY AND ORBITAL MOVEMENTS -

    "No! I swear by the planets-that recede, that ride their course [and] hide themselves." (Qur'an, 81: 15-16)

    The word "khunnas" in Surat at-Takwir 15 bears such meanings as shrinking and cowering, retracting and turning back. The Arabic expression translated as "hide themselves" in the 16th verse is "kunnas." The word "kunnas" is the plural form of "kanis" and refers to a specific path: entering a nest, the home of a body in motion or things entering their homes and hiding there. Again in verse 16, the word "aljawari," the plural form of the word "jariya" which means one that moves and flows, is translated as "that ride their course." Bearing in mind the meaning of these words, it is very possible that these verses refer to the gravitational forces of the planets and their movements around their orbits.

    These words in the above verses fully describe orbital movements stemming from the force of gravity. Of these, the word "khunnas" refers to the planets' attraction towards their own centres and also their attraction towards the Sun, which is the centre of our Solar System. (Allah knows best.) The force of gravity already existed in the universe-although it was only possible to reveal this attractive force with mathematical formulae with Sir Isaac Newton, who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. The word "aljawari" in the following verse emphasises the orbital movements that arise as a result of the centrifugal force that opposes this attractive one. There is no doubt that the use of the word "aljawari" together with "khunnas" (attraction towards the centre, shrinkage) and "kunnas" (path, entering the nest, the home of a body in motion) indicates an important scientific truth that nobody could have known about 1,400 years ago. (Allah knows best.) Moreover, these verses, one of the subjects sworn on in the Qur'an, are another indication of the importance of the subject.

  • THE LAYERS OF THE ATMOSPHERE:
One fact about the universe revealed in the verses of the Qur'an is that the sky is made up of seven layers:

"It is He Who created everything on the earth for you and then directed His attention up to heaven and arranged it into seven regular heavens. He has knowledge of all things." (Qur'an, 2:29)

"Then He turned to heaven when it was smoke. In two days He determined them as seven heavens and revealed, in every heaven, its own mandate." (Qur'an, 41:11-12)

The word "heavens," which appears in many verses in the Qur'an, is used to refer to the sky above the Earth, as well as the entire universe. Given this meaning of the word, it is seen that the Earth's sky, or the atmosphere, is made up of seven layers.
Today, it is known that the world's atmosphere consists of different layers that lie on top of each other.19 Based on the criteria of chemical contents or air temperature, the definitions made have determined the atmosphere of the earth as seven layers. According to the "Limited Fine Mesh Model (LFMMII)," a model of atmosphere used to estimate weather conditions for 48 hours, the atmosphere is also 7 layers. According to the modern geological definitions the seven layers of atmosphere are as follows:
1. Troposphere
2. Stratosphere
3. Mesosphere
4. Thermosphere
5. Exosphere
6. Ionosphere
7. Magnetosphere
The Qur'an says, "[He] revealed, in every heaven, its own mandate," in Surah Fussilat 12. In other words, Allah is stating that He assigned each heaven its own duty. Truly, as will be seen in following chapters, each one of these layers has vital duties for the benefit of human kind and all other living things on the Earth. Each layer has a particular function, ranging from forming rain to preventing harmful rays, from reflecting radio waves to averting the harmful effects of meteors.
The verses below inform us about the appearance of the seven layers of the atmosphere:

"Do you not see how He created seven heavens in layers?" (Qur'an, 71:15)

"He Who created the seven heavens in layers… (Qur'an, 67:3)


The atmosphere only lets rays required for life reach the Earth. For example, ultraviolet rays make it to the world only partially. This is the most appropriate range to allow plants to make photosynthesis and eventually for all living things to survive.
The Arabic word "tibaqan" in these verses, translated into English as "layer" means "layer, the appropriate cover or covering for something," and thus stresses how the top layer is well suited to the lower. The word is also used in the plural here: "layers." The sky, described in the verse as being in layers, is without doubt the most perfect expression of the atmosphere. It is a great miracle that these facts, which could not possibly be discovered without the technology of the 20th century, were explicitly stated by the Qur'an 1,400 years ago.
  • THE SKY MADE A DOME:

"It is He Who made the earth a couch for you, and the sky a dome. He sends down water from the sky and by it brings forth fruits for your provision. Do not, then, knowingly make others equal to Allah." (Qur'an, 2:22)


The Geminid meteor shower is observed at its highest intensity in the second week of December each year. The short lines in the photograph to the side are traces belonging to stars; the long ones belong to meteors. The meteors in the shower seen in the picture fall at a density of up to 58 per hour.

Here, the Arabic word for the sky is "assamaa binaan." As well as the meaning of "dome" or "ceiling," this also describes a kind of tent-like covering used by the Bedouin.22 What is being emphasised here, through mention of a tent-like structure, is a form of protection against external elements.

Even if we are generally unaware of it, a large number of meteors fall to the Earth, as they do the other planets. The reason why these make enormous craters on other planets but do no harm on Earth is that the atmosphere puts up considerable resistance to a falling meteor. The meteor is unable to withstand this for long and loses much of its mass from combustion due to friction. This danger, which might otherwise cause terrible disasters, is thus prevented thanks to the atmosphere. As well as the verses regarding the protective properties of the atmosphere cited above, attention is also drawn to the special creation in the following verse:

"Do you not see that Allah has made everything on the earth subservient to you and the ships running upon the sea by His command? He holds back the heaven, preventing it from falling to the earth-except by His permission. Allah is All-Compassionate to mankind, Most Merciful." (Qur'an, 22:65)

The protective property of the atmosphere we discussed in the preceding section protects the Earth from space-in other words, from external elements. With the word "dome," referring to the sky in the above verse, attention is drawn to this aspect of the sky, which could not possibly have been known at the time of our Prophet (saas). The fact that this information was imparted 1,400 years ago in the Qur'an, when there were no spacecraft or giant telescopes, shows that the Qur'an is the revelation of our Lord, the Omniscient.

  • THE RETURNING SKY:

The verse 11 of Surat at-Tariq in the Qur'an, refers to the "returning" function of the sky.

"[I swear] by Heaven which returns." (Qur'an, 86:11)

The word "rajaai" interpreted as "return" in Qur'an translations has meanings of "sending back" or "returning." As is known, the atmosphere surrounding the Earth consists of many layers. Each layer serves an important purpose for the benefit of life on Earth. Research has revealed that these layers have the function of turning the materials or rays they are exposed to back into space or back down to the Earth. Now let us examine, employing a few fitting examples, this "returning" function of the layers encircling the Earth.

The presence of water is essential for life on Earth. One of the factors acting in the formation of water is the Troposphere, one of the layers of the atmosphere. The troposphere layer enables water vapour rising from the surface of the Earth to be condensed from whence it returns to the Earth in the form of rain.
The atmosphere layer that blocks the rays that might be fatal to life on Earth is the Ozonosphere. The Ozonosphere turns harmful cosmic rays like ultraviolet back to space, hence preventing them from reaching the Earth and harming life.
Each layer of the atmosphere has beneficial attributes for human beings. For example, the Ionosphere layer, one of the upper layers of the atmosphere, reflects radio waves broadcast from a certain centre back down to the Earth, thus enabling broadcasts to be received from long distances.

The troposphere, 13 to 15 kilometres above the Earth, enables water vapour rising from the surface of the Earth to be condensed and turned back as rain. The ozone layer, the lower layer of stratosphere at an altitude of 25 kilometres, reflects harmful radiation and ultraviolet light coming from space and turns both back into space.

The ionosphere reflects radio waves broadcast from the Earth back down to different parts of the world just like a passive communications satellite. Thus, it makes wireless communication, radio, and television broadcasting possible over long distances. The magnetosphere layer turns the harmful radioactive particles emitted by the Sun and other stars back into space before they reach the Earth.


  • THE LAYERS OF THE EARTH

One item of information about the Earth given in the Qur'an is its similarity to the seven-layered sky:

"It is Allah Who created the seven heavens and of the earth the same number, the Command descending down through all of them, so that you might know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah encompasses all things in His knowledge." (Qur'an, 65:12)

The information in the above verse is confirmed in scientific sources, wherein it is explained that the Earth consists of seven strata. These, as scientists have identified, are:

1st layer: Lithosphere (water)

2nd layer: Lithosphere (land)

3rd layer: Asthenosphere

4th layer: Upper Mantle

5th layer: Inner Mantle

6th layer: Outer Core

7th layer: Inner Core


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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Was Islam Spread By The Sword?

This are common question among some of non-Muslims that Islam would not have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread by the use of force. There are also some polite questions which lead to the same meaning, like these question ask by my superior in my workplace. He asks me, "Is it true that Prophet Muhammad also being called a Warrior?"

The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by the sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was responsible for the rapid spread of Islam. And conversion to Islam worldwide now is the fastest, double than Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism combined. It's the world's fastest growing faith.

1) Islam is Peace - Islam comes from the root word 'salam' which means peace. It also means submitting one's will to Allah. Thus Islam is a religion of peace, which is acquired by submitting one's will to the will of the Supreme Creator, Allah.

2) Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace. Not each and every human being in this world is in favour of maintaining peace and harmony. There are many, who would disrupt it for their own vested interests. It is precisely for this reason that we have the police who use force against criminals and anti-social elements to maintain peace. Islam promotes peace. At the same time, Islam exhorts its followers to fight where there is oppression. The fight against oppression may, at times, require the use of force. In Islam, force can only be used to promote peace & justice.

3) Opinion of historian De Lacy O'Leary - The best reply to the misconception that Islam was spread by the sword is given by this noted historian in his book "Islam at the cross road" (page8) "Historian makes it clear however' that the legend of the fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated."

4) Muslims ruled Spain for 800 years - The Muslims in Spain never used the sword to force the people to convert. Later the Christian Crusaders came to Spain and wiped out the Muslims. There was not a single Muslim in Spain who could openly give the 'azan' that is the call for prayers.

5) 14 million Arabs are Coptic Christians - Muslims were the lords of Arabia for 1400 years. For a few years the British ruled, and for a few years the French ruled. Overall, the Muslims ruled Arabia for 1400 years. Yet today, there are 14 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians i.e. Christians since generations. If the Muslims had used the sword, there would not have been a single Arabs who would have remained Christians (as what have being done by the Christian Crusaders on Spain)

6) More than 80% non-Muslims in India - The Muslims ruled India for about a thousand years. If they wanted, they had the power each of them to Islam. All these non-Muslims Indians bearing witness today that Islam was not spread by the sword.

7) Indonesia & Malaysia - Indonesia is a country that has the biggest number of Muslims in the world. The majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. Which Muslim army went to Indonesia & Malaysia? The same is the case for China, which have more than 25 million Muslims and now growing very rapidly. Similarly, Islam has spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa.

8) No Compulsion in religion - With which sword was Islam spread? Even if Muslims had it they could not use it to spread Islam because the Quran says in the following verses:
" Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from error." (Quran 2:256)

9) Sword of the Intellect/Truth - It is the sword of intelect that conquers the hearts and minds of people. The Quran says in Surah Nahl, chapter 16, verse 125:
"Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching;and dispute with them in ways that are best and most gracious."

10) Increase in the world religion - An article in Reader's Digest 'Almanac' year book 1984, gave the statistics of the increase of percentage of the major religions of the world in half century from 1934 to 1984. This article also appeared in 'The Plain Truth' magazine. At the top was Islam, which increased by 235%, and Christianity 47%, followed by other faiths. Please refer to the post, The Rise Of Islam-The Fastest Growing Religion, Al Quran - The Best Seller & The Islam - Europe Second Largest Religion. One may ask, which war took place in this century which converted millions of people to Islam

11) Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and Europe - Today the fastest growing religion in America and Europe is Islam. Which sword is forcing people in the West to accept Islam in such large numbers.

12) Many Western Scientists and Scholars converting to Islam - There are supprisingly many learned people and Scientists converting to Islamic faith nowadays. This is the results of their findings of so many scientific facts which is just known yesterday, already stated in the Quran more than 1400 years ago which proves that it is from God who created everything. So, they accept Islam by the Light Of Truth in the Quran and Islam, not by sword.

the famous historian, Thomas Carlyle, in his book "Heroes and Hero worship" refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam : "the sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one. In one man's head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must get your sword! One the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can."

Islam Denounces Terrorism


A few days ago, one of my non-Muslim friend whom also my Trainer, asked me, "Is it true there's a word 'kill' in the Quran?".
The answer is yes, there is. Such verses are

"...if someone kills another person - unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth - it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind..."
(Qur'an, 5:32)

"Why there are Muslims who became Terorists?", "Are killing innocent Non-Muslims is allowed in Islam?", "Does Islam allows terror act against non-Muslims?". This question is often hurled at Muslims, either directly or indirectly, during any discussion on religion or world affairs. Muslim stereotype are prepetuated in every form of the media accompanied by gross misinformation and false propaganda often leads to discrimination and acts of violence against Muslims.

God has commanded people to avoid committing evil: oppression, cruelty, murder and bloodshed are all forbidden. He describes those who fail to obey this command as "following in Satan's footsteps" and adopting a posture that is openly revealed to be sinful in the Qur'an. A few of the many verses on this matter in the Qur'an read:

"But as for those who break God's contract after it has been agreed and sever what God has commanded to be joined, and cause corruption in the earth, the curse will be upon them. They will have the Evil Abode." (Qur'an, 13:25)

"Eat and drink of God's provision and do not go about the earth corrupting it." (Qur'an, 2:60)

"Do not corrupt the earth after it has been put right. Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. God's mercy is close to the good-doers." (Qur'an, 7:56)

Those who think that they will be successful by causing wickedness, upheaval and oppression, and by killing innocent people are committing a great error. God has forbidden all acts of wickedness involving terrorism and violence, condemned those who engage in such acts and said "God does not uphold the works of those who cause mischief." in one of His verses. (Qur'an, 10:81)

In the present age, however, acts of terrorism, genocide and massacres occur all over the world. Innocent people are being savagely killed, and countries where communities are being brought to hate each other for artificial reasons are drowning in blood. These horrors in countries with different histories, cultures and social structures may have causes and sources peculiar to each. However, it is evident that the fundamental cause is a moving away from morality based on love, respect and tolerance that religion brings with it. As a result of lack of religion, communities emerge that have no fear of God and believe that they will not be called to account in the hereafter. Since they believe that, "I will not have to account for my actions to anyone," they can easily act with no compassion, morality or conscience.

The existence of hypocrites who emerge in the name of God and religion, but actually organise themselves to commit wickedness condemned by God, is indicated in the Qur'an. One verse talks about a gang of nine men who planned to murder the Prophet by swearing in the name of God:

There was a gang of nine men in the city causing corruption in the land and not putting things right. They said, "Let us make an oath to one another by God that we will fall on him and his family in the night and then say to his protector, We did not witness the destruction of his family and we are telling the truth." They hatched a plot and We hatched a plot while they were not aware. (Qur'an, 27:48-50)

As this incident described in the Qur'an reveals, the fact that people do things "in the name of God" or even swear in His name, in other words that they use the kind of language designed to show themselves as very religious, does not mean that what they do is in conformity with religion. On the contrary, what they do can be quite against the will of God and the morality of religion. The truth of the matter lies in their actions. If their actions are "causing corruption and not putting things right", as the verse reveals, then you can be sure that these people cannot be truly religious, and that their aim is not to serve religion.

It is quite impossible for someone who fears God and has grasped the true morality of Islam to support violence or wickedness, or to take part in such actions. That is why Islam is the true solution to terrorism. When the sublime morality of the Qur'an is explained, it will be impossible for people to connect true Islam with those who support or join groups that aim at hatred, war and chaos. That is because God has forbidden wickedness:

"Whenever he holds the upperhand, he goes about the earth corrupting it, destroying (people's) crops and breeding stock. God does not love corruption. When he is told to have fear of God, he is seized by pride which drives him to wrongdoing. Hell will be enough for him! What an evil resting-place."
(Qur'an, 2:205-206)

As can be seen from the above verses, it is out of the question for someone who fears God to turn a blind eye to even the smallest action that might harm mankind. Someone who does not believe in God and the hereafter, however, can easily do all kinds of evil, since he thinks he will not have to account to anyone.

The first thing that needs to be done to rid the world of the present-day scourge of terrorism is to use education to do away with deviant irreligious beliefs that are put forward in the name of religion, and to teach people true Qur'anic morality and to fear God.


"O You who believe! Show integrity for the sake of God, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to faith. Heed God (alone). God is aware of what you do." (Qur'an, 5:8)

"If your Lord had willed, all the people on the earth would have believed. Do you think you can force people to be believers?" (Qur'an, 10:99)

The non-Muslim might as well asked, "yeah right, how you explain then, why there are so many war occur at the beginning of Islam?". The answer is Yes, there were indeed many wars involved but it was all for the sake of protecting the Muslims from outside forces especially the Pagans. Several times they march with big number of fighters towards Medina. So, Muslims must defend their family and their faith. History can't lie. Just examined what Quran says about this:

"Permission to fight is given to those who are fought against because they have been wronged - truly God has the power to come to their support - those who were expelled from their homes without any right, merely for saying, "Our Lord is God"…" (Qur'an, 22:39-40)

In brief, Muslims were allowed to wage war only because they were oppressed and subjected to violence. To put it in another way, God granted permission for war only for defensive purposes (see also the post - The Concept Of Jihad in Islam). In other verses, Muslims are warned against the use of unnecessary provocation or violence:

"Fight in the Way of God against those who fight you, but do not go beyond the limits. God does not love those who go beyond the limits." (Qur'an, 2:190)

The Islamic principles God proclaims in the Qur'an account for this peaceful and temperate policy of the Prophet Muhammad. In the Qur'an, God commands believers to treat the non-Muslims kindly and justly:

"God does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you over religion or driven you from your homes, or from being just towards them. God loves those who are just. God merely forbids you from taking as friends those who have fought you over religion and driven you from your homes and who supported your expulsion..." (Qur'an, 60:8-9)

The verses above clarify how Muslims should behave towards non-Muslims: A Muslim should treat all non-Muslims kindly and only avoid making friends with those who show enmity towards Islam. In a case where this enmity causes violent attacks against Muslims, that is, where they wage a war against them, then Muslims should respond to them justly by considering the humane dimensions of the situation. All forms of barbarism, unnecessary acts of violence and unjust aggression are forbidden by Islam. In another verse, God warns Muslims against this and explains that rage felt towards enemies should not cause them to fall into injustice:

"O You who believe! Show integrity for the sake of God, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to heedfulness. Heed God (alone). God is aware of what you do." (Qur'an, 5:8)



Monday, October 22, 2007

Allah's name appears on the Oceans - picture from Apollo 11 Shuttle

Many people have complained that this picture was fake. We have received a video footage that proves the authenticity of this picture. New: Watch the video on www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxC2-sLsWvY&eurl=http%3A%2F%2....

A tree in the posture of Islamic prayer

The first compilation of Al-Quran (Mushaff Utsman from the 1stChaliphate)

The teachings of Islam have been preserved in their original form and Allah's guidance is available without adulteration of any kind. The Quran is the Revealed Book of God which has been in existence for the last fourteen years and the Word of God is thus still available in its original form. Detailed accounts of the life of the Prophet of Islam and his teachings are available in their pristine purity. There has not been an iota of change in this unigue historic record. The sayings and the entire record of the life of the Holy Prophet have been handed down to us with unprecedented precision and authenticity in works of the Hadith and the Sirah. Even a number of non-Muslim critics admit this eloquent fact. Professor Renold A. Nicholson and his A Literary History of the Arabs says:
"The Quran is an exceedingly human document, reflecting every phase of Muhammad's personality and standing in close relation to the outward events of his life; so that there we have materials of unique and inconstestable authority for tracing the origin and early development of Islam, such materials as do not exist in the case of Buddhism or Christianity or any other ancient religion",

Allah Almighty Said:
"We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly Guard it (from corruption). (The Noble Quran, 15:9)"

These are images of the original Noble Quran's entire compilation and entire original Manuscripts!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Allah's Name Clearly Visible Over Africa

Amazing discovery by Keyhan Mohmand from Almere Stad, Holland. We have verified this image with several other images of Africa from NASA website and all of them (without cloud covers) show the name of Allah clearly. SubhanAllah!

Prophethood

The second part of the Kalimah (Article Of Faith), on the other hand, signifies that God has not left man without any guidance for the conduct of his life. He has revealed His Guidance through His Prophets, and Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the last Prophet. And to believe in a Prophet means to believe in His Message, to accept the Law which he gave and follow the Code of Conduct which he taught. God manifest His love fir us by giving us guidance to truth through His revealations to His Prophets.
Thus the second basic postulate of Islam is to believe in the prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon Him). to accept the religion which he presented and to follow his commands and his example.
Every Prophet of God, according to the Quran, strove to build man's reletionship with God on the principle of God's sovereignty and acknowledgement of the authority of the Prophet as a source of Divine Guidance. Every one of them said: "I am to you God's Apostle, worthy of all trust. So be committed to God, heed Him, and obey me."
The guidance is revealed through the Prophets. It is a part of their mission to translate it into practice, in their own lives and in the society they try to reform. All the Prophets are representatives of God, but they are human beings and their lives are models for mankind. Belief in the Prophets involves acceptance of the Shari'ah (the Path) and to implement it in all matters of daily life. This is how the Will of God is fulfilled on earth. The Quran says:
"We have not sent any Messenger but that he was to obeyed with God's permission." (The Quran 4:64)

And about the last Prophet, it is explicitly stated that;

"Yet by your Lord, they will never believe until they name you judge concerning what they are disputing among themselves; then they will finf no inconvenience for themselves concerning whatever you have decided and will submit completely". (The Quran 4:65)


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Sacred Masjids of Islam Shining Like Stars

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

MOON SPLIT A Miracle of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

This picture shows the location of the “Rocky Belt” which shows the moon was once split.

The unbelievers of Makkah said to the prophet that if you are truly a prophet split the moon and if you do we shall believe. It was a full moon that night…

And so the prophet prayed to Allah to grant him this miracle, and the moon was split. Half was seen over Mount. Saffa, and the other half was seen over Mount. Kaikaan.

The people said that the prophet has placed a spell on us, however if he played a trick on us, then he cant play a trick on all the people in the world! Abu Jahl then said: “let us wait until the people of Albadiah ( A Tribe )come, and if they saw the moon split, then it is true, if not then we all know it was a trick of magic.

When the people of Albadiah came they said that they too saw the moon split, and the disbelievers said “oh, how powerful Mohammad’s magic is!”

Then Allah revealed Verse in Quran in Sura al Qamar:

“The hour has come near and the moon has split, and when they see a sign, they turn and say ‘this is a continuous magic’ and they disbelieved and followed their desires…”

This took place in the days of the prophet Muhammad in Makkah.

Geologists conclude that this couldn’t be unless the moon was once split and resealed. The rocks on the belt are a result of the impact during the time that the two halves of the moon recombined

Monday, October 8, 2007

Lets Not Associate Allah with false man assumed 'god'


The Prophet Ibrahim once lived in a community that did not believe in Allah and worshipped totem poles instead. Although he had never received any teaching about the existence of Allah, he had grasped with his reason and conscience that he had been created–moreover, that he had been created by Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth. In the Qur'an it is related like this:

When the night covered him over, he saw a star. He said: "This is my Lord." But when it set, he said: "I love not those that set." When he saw the moon rising in splendour, he said:

"This is my Lord." But when the moon set, he said: "Unless my Lord guides me, I shall surely be among those who go astray." When he saw the sun rising in splendour, he said: "This is my Lord; this is the greatest (of all)." But when the sun set, he said: "O my people! I am indeed free from your (guilt) of giving partners to Allah. For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I ascribe partners to Allah." (Surat al-Anaam, 76-79)

As we see in the example of the Prophet Ibrahim, everyone who has reason and conscience and, more importantly, who "does not reject in iniquity and arrogance" is capable of understanding that the universe was created and, moreover, that it was created with a great order and plan.

No doubt the state of those who reject the existence of Allah, despite all the manifest signs displayed for all to see, is quite astonishing to those who have reason and conscience. In the Qur'an, the following is stated about those who do not believe in Allah's power of creation:

If you marvel (at their want of faith), strange is their saying: "When we are (actually) dust, shall we indeed then be in a creation renewed?" They are those who deny their Lord! They are those round whose necks will be yokes (of servitude): they will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (for aye)!" (Surat al-Rad, 5)

The pearls of Prophet Mohammad 2



Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Richness is not in plenty of provisions; the (real) richness is the richness of the soul.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Narrated Ibn Mas’ud: Allah’s Messenger said, “The position of only two persons is enviable; a person upon whom Allah bestows His Bounties and gives him the power to spend in a righteous cause; and a person upon whom Allah bestows wisdom by means of which he decides the cases and with which he instructs.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As: A man asked Allah’s Messenger, “Which act in Islam is the best?” He replied, “To feed (the poor and the needy) and to salute everyone, whether you are acquainted with them or not.” ( Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Name of Prophet Muhammad on Planet Mars



Place: Mars. The name of Muhammad is clearly visible.

The pearls of Prophet Mohammad

Narrated Harithah bin Wahb: I heard Allah’s Messenger saying, “Shall I not inform you about those who are entitled to Paradise? It is every person who is, modest and humble (before Allah), a person who is accounted weak and is looked down upon but if he swears (hoping for Allah’s Bounty), Allah will certainly give him what he desires. Now shall I not inform you about the inmates of Hell? It is every violent, impertinent and proud man.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah the Exalted will say: ‘Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there is no shade but Mine.”’ (Muslim)

Prophet Mohammad slept upon a mat and got up with marks on his body made by the mat. Someone said, " O Messenger of Allah! If you had ordered me, I would have spread a soft bed for you." Prophet Mohammad said, "What business have I with the world? My state in respect of this world is that of a man on horseback who stops under the shade of a tree for a while and then leaves it."

"Can anyone walk over water without wetting his feet? Prophet Mohammad asked his companions, They said, "No." The Prophet said, "Such is the condition of those in the world; they are not safe from sins."

The Prophet's Sandal

Footprint of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Prophet Mohammad once said to his disciples, " Shall I not inform you of better acts than fasting, giving alms and prayers? Make peace between one another; Enmity and malice tear up rewards by the roots."

He also said - "Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from contented mind."

Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet said; " Whenever of you looks at him who has been graced with wealth and health to a greater extent than himself, let him also have a look at one who is below him in that respect."

Narrated Abu Barzah: Allah’s Messenger said, “A slave of Allah will remain standing on the Day of Judgement till he is questioned about (four things) his life on earth and how he spent it, and about his knowledge and how he utilized it, and his wealth and how he acquired it and in what way did he spend it, and about his body and how he wore it out.” (At-Tirmidhi)


"It was We Who Created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein. (The Noble Quran, 50:16)"

Behold! The Sign from Allah

My Tribute to Prophet Mohammad, Rasoo-Lullah

The Word ALLAH In NASA Video

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