...seated side by side, two gentlemen from two different
And there they were, on a flight from Cape Town to Durban, seated side by
side, two gentlemen from two different worlds.......After the formalities
were covered, the conversation continued........
Bob: I don't believe in God, but rather in science and technology, something
tangible you see, but if you can prove to me scientifically that God does
exist then I would consider such a thought.
Yunus: Okay, you being interested in technology, please answer this question......with
regard to an advanced machine or electronic device, who would be the one to
know the most about its mechanism or functioning?
Bob: Well, perhaps the person who has invented or manufactured such a machine.
Yunus: Can we agree that it is the maker or creator of the product who would
know every-thing there is to know about the product.
Bob: I don't see why not, it sounds reasonable.
Yunus: Being knowledgeable in these matters, the next question I'd like to
ask you is, Just how did the world or the universe come into existence?
Bob: According to recent scientific research, the whole universe was one gigantic
mass, which scientists call the primary Nebula, they tell us that it was a
cosmic explosion or a secondary explosion that gave rise to the sun, the stars,
the planets and even the Earth we live on.
Yunus: Is this what you believe?
Bob: Yes of course, these are established facts based on scientific proofs.
In fact, this idea was realised in 1973 and termed the 'BIG BANG' theory.
Yunus: I see, well I have a surprise for you....In the Holy Quraan, chapter
21, verse 30 says. "Do the disbelievers not see that the heavens and
the earth were joined together, then I split them apart". Here we can
see that the Holy Quraan is speaking about this 'BIG BANG' theory and let
me tell you that the Holy Quraan was revealed over 1400 years ago.
Bob: I have heard about the Quraan, but can you refresh my memory.
Yunus: Sure, the Muslim believes the Quraan to be the word of God, pure and
unadulterated which was revealed verbally to the Prophet _____ of Islam, Mohammed,
Peace be upon him, through the agency of the Angel Gabriel. The Holy Quraan
was completed over a period of 23 years, that is over the prophetic life of
the Prophet _____________ of Islam.
Bob: Are you sure that the Quraan is over 14 centuries old and secondly, that
the Quraan has not been changed.
Yunus: Absolutely, it is a historical fact that the Holy Quraan was completed
in the seventh century and has remained unchanged ever since. Historians,
whether friends or foes to Islam, testify to this.
Bob: Well then, perhaps it's a guess.
Yunus:.....What does science say about the shape of the Earth?
Bob: Previously, Man thought that the Earth was flat, until Sir Frances Drake
in 1607 finally proved it to be spherical. Today, the term Geoid is used to
describe this spherical shape.
Yunus: Amazingly the Holy Quraan in chapter 31, verse 29 says, "Have
you not seen how God merges the night into the day and merges the day into
the night." The use of the word merges emphasizes a slow gradual change,
and this is not possible if the earth is flat.
Bob: Go on.
Yunus: Further in chapter 39, verse 5, it says, "He coils the night upon
the day and he coils the day upon the night." The word used in the original
arabic text is "Kaw'wara" which means coils or winds, the significance
of this verb is that you usually coil something around a rather spherical
object. You say that this fact was discovered recently, well relatively recently,
who could have mentioned this in the Holy Quraan over 1400 years ago ?
Bob: I'm not convinced.
Yunus: Fine, tell me where the light of the Moon comes from?
Bob: Centuries ago people thought that the Moon was a miniature version of
the Sun and that both emitted their own light, but recently studies confirmed
that the Moon reflected the Sun's light.
Yunus: The Holy Quraan in chapter 25, verse 61 mentions, "Blessed is
the one who placed the constellations in the Heaven and placed therein a lamp
and a Moon reflecting light." Here the Sun is referred to as a lamp for
it has its own illumination, while the Moon is said to have reflected light
or borrowed light, meaning not its own.
Bob: Its probably conjecture...guesswork.
Yunus: For the sake of a discussion I won't argue. Anyway, let us proceed.......
When I was in school in the 80's, my teacher told me that the Sun remains
stationary whilst the planets although rotating around their axes do revolve
around the Sun as well.
Bob: Is that what your Quraan says, that the Sun is stationary....Ha!
Yunus: No, the Holy Quraan does not say this. This is what I learned in school.
Bob: Today, science has advanced. We have come to know that the Sun does in
fact revolve around its own axis. You see, the Sun if observed with the apppropriate
scientific apparatus reveals to possess the "Black spots". Continuous
observation shows that these black spots take 25 days to complete a revolution.
Therefore we conclude that the Sun rotates and that it takes approximately
25 days to complete one full rotation around its axis.
Yunus: Well, this is nothing new to the muslim for it is revealed in the Holy
Quraan in chapter 21, verse 33, "(God is) the One who created the night,
the day, the Sun and the Moon, each one spinning around its own axis (travelling
in an orbit)". Here it is evident that the Sun and the Moon both rotate
and further the celestial law of orbital movement is made mention of. You
tell me who could have mentioned these scientific facts in the Holy Quraan
which you say was discovered recently by your scientists ? Before you answer
that question, tell me......is there a difference between a star and a planet?
Bob: Yes, today we know that stars are heavenly bodies like the Sun in that
they produce their own light, while planets on the other hand, do not produce
their own light....like the earth on which we live.
Yunus: The Holy Quraan mentions scientific facts not only in the field of
Bob: I'm listening.
Yunus: In several verses of the Holy Quraan the details of the water cycle
is mentioned. It explains that the water from the earth and ground rises up
and forms clouds .............. these clouds condense, there is lightning
and rain falls from the clouds. This is evident from the following quotations
...........chapter 39, verse 21, "Have you not seen that Allah sent rain
down from the sky and caused it to penetrate the ground, and come forth as
springs.......", In chapter 23, verse 18, "We sent down water from
the sky measure and lodged it in the ground and we certainly are able to withdraw
it", and also in chapter 24, verse 43, "Have you not seen that God
makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them a
heap. And you see rain drops falling from the midst of it ........"
Bob: According to my knowledge, the first coherent account of the water cycle
was presented by Bernard Palissy in 1580.
Yunus: This is the exact distinction that the Holy Quraan makes between stars
and planets. In chapter 86, verse 1-3, "By the sky and the night visitor,
who will tell you what the night visitor is, the star of piercing brightness",
which obviously refer to the stars. The planets are described as ornaments
in chapter 37, verse 6, as it reads, "We have indeed adorned the lowest
heaven with ornaments, the planets".
Bob: ............................... Hmmmmmm.........................It is
no secret that the Arabs were advanced in the field of astronomy, and perhaps
it was these learned astronomers that passed their findings to the Prophet
Yunus: I do agree that the Arabs were advanced in astronomy, but I'm afraid
that you have the order or sequence of events incorrect.
Bob: What do you mean?!
Yunus: Let me remind you that the Holy Quraan was revealed centuries before
the Arabs became advanced in this field of astronomy, so it was the Arabs
who learnt about astronomy from the Quraan and most definitely not vice versa.
The Holy Quraan in chapter 30, verse 48 mentions that, "God is the one
who sends forth the winds which raised up the clouds. He spreads them in the
sky as he wills and breaks them into fragments. Then you see rain drops issuing
from within them.....". While on the topic of Geography, I am sure you
understand what is meant by the term "Folding".
Bob: Yes, you see.... the crust of the earth is relatively thin and mountain
ranges due to the phenomenon of folding provides stability for the earth.
Yunus: The Holy Quraan in chapter 78, verse 6-7 gives us an indication of
the very same phenomenon as it says, "Have we not made the earth an expanse
and the mountains stakes". Here the word "stakes" is synonymous
with the word pegs as in holding the earth in place. Further the first part
of this verse shows us that the earth is not flat for it is an expanse .....
meaning that you can walk and walk without falling off. The former idea is
clarified in chapter 21, verse 31....."We placed the ground (mountains)
standing firm so that it does not shake with them". Here we are told
that mountains allow for the maintenance of the earths stability by preventing
the earth's shape to change in such a way so as to cause it to move out of
its orbit. Permit me to go on ........scientists pointed out recently that
salt water and fresh water do not mix.......is that correct ?
Bob: That is correct.....this phenomenon is observed at various locations......for
example the region where the Nile river meets with the Mediterranean sea and
more especially in the Gulf stream where these two bodies of water flow together
for thousands of kilometres.
Yunus: In chapter 25, verse 53 it reads, ....... "God is the one that
has let free two seas, one is sweet and palatable and the other is salty and
bitter. He placed an unseen barrier between them, a partition that is forbidden
to pass". A similar message is given in chapter 55, verses 19 and 20,
"He has loosed the two seas. They meet together. Between them there is
an unseen barrier which they do not transgress........"
Bob: Maybe some Arabs whist diving or swimming made such an observation.
Yunus: Unlikely, what you fail to realize is that the Holy Quraan too testifies
that it is an unseen barrier and therefore it could not and still cannot be
Bob: I see..... according to Darwinism and the theory of evolution, it is
claimed that all life began in the sea or oceans.........can you tell me what
does your Quraan say about this.....if anything at all.
Yunus: Yes, but first tell me just why does this theory have such a conclusion.....that
life began in the Oceans....
Bob: Well, one of the reasons is that the chemical make-up or composition
of human and animal life shows that water is the chief constituent. In fact
50 and 90 %.
Yunus: In chapter 21, verse 30, it also says.............."And We made
every living thing from water. Will they still not believe". Can you
imagine that in the deserts of Arabia, where there is obviously a scarcity
of water, who would have guessed that not only man but every living thing
is made from water.
Bob: I am aware that Cytoplasm, the main constituent of the cell is composed
of approximately eighty percent water and that every living creature is of
fifty or ninety percent water.
Yunus: Who could have mentioned these facts in the Quraan over 1400 years
ago ?...there are over hundreds of facts in the Holy Quraan that modern science
cannot find fault with today. On the topic of theories .......Can you explain
to me just what is meant by the theory of drifting continents.
Bob: Sure, all our continents were at one time parts of one consolidated land
mass, then following an explosion, they were scattered or rather pushed away
all over the surface of the earth. Therefore if you look carefully at the
world map, you would see for example that the East coast of South America
would fit neatly against the West coast of Africa.
Yunus: A similar idea is reflected in the Holy Quraan in the chapter 79, verse
30, "and the earth He extended after that and then drew from it water
and pastures". It says that the Earth passed through a stage when God
had caused the land masses to drift apart.
Bob: Are you using scientific knowledge to prove the Quraan ?
Yunus: No, the Quraan is not a book of science but rather a book of signs.
In fact, it has over 6000 signs (verses) out of which 1000 of these deal with
scientific knowledge. I am not using science to prove something correct, you
need a yardstick or knowledge that is absolute, something ultimate.....
Yunus: To the educated men like yourself, those that do not believe in God,
science is generally your yardstick.....but to the Muslim, the Holy Quraan
is our ultimate yardstick....the Quraan is also referred to as the "Furqaan"
which is the arabic word meaning, the criterion between that which is right
and that which is wrong. Therefore I am using your yardstick 'science' to
prove to you what is said in the Holy Quraan. What your yardstick has said
in relatively recent times ...... mine has said 14 centuries ago. Can we agree,
therefore, that the Quraan is superior to science and that the Quraan is the
Bob: Tell me more.
Yunus: The Quraan says in chapter 20, verse 53, "(God is the one) who
sent down rain from the sky and with it brought forth a variety of plants
in pairs". Here
the Holy Quraan mentions a scientific fact which was discovered much later
in history ..... that is .......the plant kingdom too has male and female
types. This is also echoed in chapter 13, verse 3, "...........and of
all fruits (God) placed on the earth two pairs ......."
Yunus: A branch of the field of Zoology has recently pointed out that there
exists various social dynamics in the animal world. The Holy Quraan tells
us the same, that the animals and birds live in communities in chapter 6,
verse 38, "There is no animal on earth, no bird which flies on wings,
that (does not belong to) communities like you .....".
Yunus: If I tell you that the Holy Quraan tells us of ants talking to one
another, you will probably laugh, but the branch of Zoology that I am telling
you about, has found the animal or insect which closely resembles the dynamics
of the human, is the ant ....... for apart from an extremely 'advanced' system
of communication (as is mentioned in the Holy Quraan, chapter 27, verse 18),
They ..... the ants bury the dead and can have what can be said to be an equivalent
of a market place.
Bob: Perhaps your Prophet _____________ was a very observant man who made
notes of them.
Yunus: First I would like to inform you that history years witness that the
Prophet _____________ of Islam was an illiterate man in that he had no formal
schooling and therefore could not read nor write. In fact at that time a great
majority of Arabs were illiterate with only a negligible number who were literate.
Nonetheless, it is also mentioned that it is the female bee that collects
honey ........ Do you think that anybody could be so observant as to pick
this up? You have just reminded me about something even more significant;
in chapter 16, verse 69, it reads, "...... from their (bees) bodies comes
a liquor of different colours wherein is a remedy for men." Today the
medical scientist tell us that there are antiseptic qualities and applications
of honey. Furthermore, I believe that it is used in the treatment of various
Bob: No wonder the Russian soldiers used to apply honey on their wounds. Yes,
and as a result, the wounds left very little scar tissue.
Yunus: In chapter 16, verse 66, the Holy Quraan described blood circulation
with regard to the production of milk in the cow ....... a thousand years
before William Harvey made it famous to the western world. Let us examine
the above mentioned reference, "Verily, in cattle too is a lesson for
you, we give to you to drink of what is in their bodies, coming from a conjugation
between the contents of the intestine and the blood, a milk, pure and pleasant
for those who drink it."
Bob: Tell me ...... what does the Quraan say about human beings?
Yunus: This question calls for a dissertation, for the Quraan
deals with humans from before the time of conception until after death. .....But
will you accept a brief exposition on some of the human embryo logical data
or proofs presented in the Quraan?
Bob: Please go on. This is interesting.
Yunus: We know that after fertilization, the egg or ovum descends from the
fallopian tube to lodge itself inside the uterus for gestation. This is described
in chapter 22, verse 5, ".... We cause whom we will to rest in the womb
for an appointed term......". As you know, there are structures or elongations
from the egg which develops to draw nourishment from the uterus which is necessary
for growth. These structural formations make the egg or rather the zygote
seem to be literally clinging to the uterus ....... this, doubtedly, is a
scientific discovery of modern times for the western world.
Did you know this appearance of clinging is described five times in the Holy
Quraan. For example, in chapter 96, verses 1 & 2, "Read, in the name
of your Lord who fashioned man from something which clings". Similar
ideas are found in chapter 22, verse 5 - chapter 23, verse 14 and chapters
40 & 75. Furthermore, foetal growth is described in great detail in chapter
23, verse 14, with regard to the development of the skeleton. "Then We
made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; Then made that clot into a
lump (foetus); then We made out of that lump Bones and clothed the bones with
flesh ............" ........ the verse goes on further in this manner
Also with regard to the order or sequence of the senses, the Holy Quraan in
chapter 32, verse 9 says, "......... He gave you (the faculties of) hearing
and of sight........". Today, medical cience cannot argue with this sequence
development of the senses in the foetus for it confirms that the development
of hearing is completed by five months of pregnancy and that the eye is split
open by the seventh month of pregnancy.
These facts and more have been brought to light by the western world as late
as 1940. Furthermore, Professor Keith More, an embryologist at the university
of Toronto in Canada, was asked to make a comparative study of the Embryo
logical data in the Holy Quraan with that of modern scientific knowledge and
he responded as follows, "The 1300 year old Quraan contains messages
so accurate about embryonic development that muslims can reasonably believe
them to be from God."
Bob: If this is true then how come it has not been recorded in the media?
Yunus: But it was ....... check the archives ......for example ....... the
citizen, a Canadian Newspaper dated 22 November 1984, under the heading "Ancient
Holy Book 1300 years ahead of its time". Or the times of India, New Delhi
...... dated 10 December 1984 under the caption "Koran scores over modern
Bob: This is really fascinating......don't stop..........continue....
Yunus: At this point I am reminded of a very powerful verse of the Holy Quraan
which appears in chapter 41, verse 53, "Soon shall we show them our signs
in the (furthest) regions of the earth , and in their own souls, until it
becomes manifest to them that this is the truth......".
Yunus: The holy Quraan even speaks about diabetics.
Bob: What do you mean?
Yunus: You see, certain foodstuffs are declared unfit for human consumption
and are therefore prohibited.
Bob: While we are on the topic of food ....... tell me why is it that a muslim
is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam ...... What do they mean?
Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible
is termed Haraam and it is the Quraan which draws the distinction between
Bob: Can you give me an example ?
Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited blood of any type. You will agree that a
chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an abundance of uric acid,
a chemical substance which can be injurious to human health.
Bob: You're right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the human being
it is excreted as a waste product....... in fact we are told that 98% of the
bodies uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys and removed through
Yunus: Now I think that you'll appreciate the special prescribed method of
animal slaughter in Islam.
Bob: What do you mean ?
Yunus: You see.....the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of the
Almighty, makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all other veins
of the neck intact.
Bob: I see.....this causes the death of the animal by a total loss of blood
from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.
Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain crippled
or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would congeal in
its veins and would eventually permeate (spread throughout) the flesh. This
implies that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric
acid and therefore very poisonous ...... only today did our dietitians realise
such a thing.
Bob: Again, while on the topic of food........ Why do Muslims condemn the
eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.
Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quraan prohibiting the consumption of pig
flesh, ......in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11, verse 8, .....regarding
swine it says, "of their flesh (of the swine) shall you not eat, and
of their carcase you shall not touch; they are unclean to you." Further,
did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for it does not
have a neck ..........that is according to its natural anatomy. A Muslim reasons
that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the creator
would have provided it with a neck. Nonetheless, ........all that aside, I
am sure you are well informed about the harmful effects of the consumption
of pork, in any form, be it pork chops ...... ham ...... bacon.......
Bob: The medical sciences find that there is a risk for various diseases as
the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential diseases.
Yunus: Yes, even apart from that ....as we talked about uric acid content
in the blood.....it is important to note that the pig's biochemistry excretes
only 2% of its total uric acid content...... the remaining 98% remains as
an integral part of the body. This explains the high rate of Rheumatism found
in those who consume pork.
Bob: Let's fasten our seatbelts ......I think we are going to land shortly
.... I guess its true - time does fly when you're having fun. I've never heard
these arguments before and I'd like to hear more.......just what is the basic
theme of the Holy Quraan anyway ?
Yunus: The basic theme is of salvation, in this life and in the life hereafter.....
it does not fall into the category of any known arts or sciences of the world,
but since it addresses itself to mankind, it touches on almost all the disciplines
which concern Him. Thus the Quraan surprisingly encompassed truths which were
to be discovered and confirmed much later as our discussion has shown.
Yunus: This reminds me of the wise words of Sir Francis, who said, "It
is a little knowledge of science that makes you an Atheist, and it is an in-depth
study of science that makes you a believer in God Almighty". Thereafter
nobody said a word ........they each sat back and looked forward waiting for