Saturday, June 27, 2009
a year ago, a friend gave me something to read entitled "Miracle of the
Qur'an" by Gary Miller, a Muslim convert. It was absolutely amazing and so
I thought I'd post parts of it on here.
ago, the story came to us in Toronto
about a man who was in the merchant marine and made his living on the sea. A
Muslim gave him a translation of the Qur'an to read. The merchant marine knew
nothing about the history of Islam but was interested in reading the Qur'an.
When he finished reading it, he brought it back to the Muslim and asked,
"This Muhammed, was he a sailor?" He was impressed at how accurately
the Qur'an describes a storm on a sea. When he was told, "No as a matter
of fact, Muhammed lived in the desert," that was enough for him. He
embraced Islam on the spot. He was so impressed with the Qur'an's description
because he had been in a storm on the sea, and he knew that whoever had written
that description had also been in a storm on the sea. The description of
"a wave, over it a wave, over it clouds" was not what someone
imagining a storm on a sea to be like would have written; rather, it was
written by someone who knew what a storm on the sea was like. This is one
example of how the Qur'an is not tied to a certain place and time. Certainly,
the scientific ideas expressed in it also do not seem to originate from the
desert fourteen centuries ago."
"Many centuries before the onset of Muhammed's Prophethood, there was a
well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He
and the people who came after him assumed that matter consists of tiny,
indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal
in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word dharrah commonly referred to the
smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this
smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties
as its element) can be split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a
development of the last century; yet, interestingly enough, this information
had already been documented in the Qur'an which states:
" He [i.e., Allah] is aware of an atom's weight in the heavens and on the
earth and even anything smaller than that..."
Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual,
even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Indeed,
this is proof, that the Qur'an is not outdated."
assumes that the Qur'an is the product of a man's mind, then one would expect
it to reflect some of what was going on in the mind of the man who
"composed" it. In fact, certain encyclopedias and various books clam
that the Qur'an was the product of hallucinations that Muhammed underwent. If
these claims are true - if it indeed originated from some psychological
problems in Muhammed's mind - then evidence of this would be apparent in the
Qur'an. Is there such evidence? In order to determine whether or not there is,
one must first identify what things would have been going on in his mind at
that time and then search for these thoughts and reflections in the Qur'an.
It is common knowledge that Muhammad had a very difficult life. All of his
daughters died before him except one, and he had a wife of several years who
was dear and important to him, who not only proceeded him in death at a very
critical period of his life. As a matter of fact, she must have been quite a
woman because when the first revelation came to him, he ran home to her afraid.
Certainly, even today one would have a hard time trying to find an Arab who
would tell you, "I was so afraid that I ran home to my wife." They
just aren't that way. Yet Muhammed felt comfortable enough with his wife to be
able to do that. That's how influential and strong woman she was. Although
these examples are only a few of the subjects that would have been on
Muhammed's mind, they are sufficient in intensity to prove my point. The Qur'an
does not mention any of these things - not the death of his children, not the
death of his beloved companion and wife, not his fear of the initial
revelations, which he so beautifully shared with his wife - nothing; yet, these
topics must have hurt him, bothered him, and caused him pain and grief during
periods of his psychological reflections, then these subjects, as well as
others, would be prevalent or at least mentioned throughout."
I love how logical Miller is - the whole piece was written in order to
logically and categorically prove that the Qur'an is of divine origin and not
written by man. Instead of attacking anyone who claims this, he is using pure
logic (in a very POLITE manner) to show that it is impossible that the Qur'an
is man-made. More Muslims should use this approach, instead of going red in the
face and shouting about "infidels" and "going to hell".
This is not going to convince anyone to convert to, let alone respect, Islam.
I'll be posting more soon!
cairo, lusaka, amsterdamat 6:33 PM
miller, islam, qur'an