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IS THE

QUR’AN
GOD’S
WORD?
PART-I

A transcription of a video by Dr. Zakir


(Dr. Zakir) Auzubillahi minash shaitan nir rajim. Bismillah hir rahman nir
rahim. ...Arabic... Respected guest of honour Mr. Rafique Dada, the
distinguished guests of honour, the learned scholars, the respected elders
and my dear brother’s and sisters. I welcome all of you with the Islamic
greeting Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu. May peace, blessings
and mercy of Almighty Allah be on all of you. The topic of this mornings
talk is “IS THE QUR’AN GOD’S WORD?” Many people have a misconception that
Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) was the founder of the religion of
Islam. In fact, Islam is in existence since man first set foot on the earth.
God Almighty has sent several revelations and messengers to this earth. All
the previous Prophets sent by Allah (SWT) were meant only for their people
and their nation and the complete message was meant for a particular time
period. That is the reason that the miracle they performed like the parting
of the sea, like raising the dead to life convinced the people of that time
but cannot be examined and verified by us today. Prophet Muhammad (May peace
be upon him) was the last and final messenger of God Almighty sent to the
whole of humanity and his message is meant till eternity. The Qur’an
mentions in Surah Al-Ambiya, Ch. No. 21, Verse No. 107...Arabic... ‘That we
have sent not thee but as a mercy to the whole of humankind, as a mercy to
all the world. Since Prophet Muhammad may peace be upon him, was the last
and final messenger and his message was everlasting, that is the reason, the
miracle given to him by Allah (SWT) should also be everlasting and
examinable by us at all the time. Though Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon
him), performed several miracles which are mentioned in the Hadith, that is
the traditions, he never emphasized them. Those Muslims believe in all these
miracles. We only boast of the ultimate miracle given to him by Allah (SWT)
that is the Holy Qur’an. Al-Qur’an is the miracle of all times. It proved
itself to be a miracle 1400 years ago. It can be reconfirmed today and
forever. In short, it is the miracle of miracles. Probably the only point
common amongst the people, whether they be Muslims or non Muslims is that
the Qur’an was recited the first time by the man born in the city of Makkah
in Arabia in the 6th Century by the name Muhammad (May peace be upon him)
regarding the source of the Holy Qur’an, there can be basically 3 different
assumptions. The first is that the Holy Qur’an, its author is Prophet
Muhammad (May Peace be upon him) himself consciously, sub-consciously or
unconsciously. The second assumption that can be is that Prophet Muhammad
(May peace be upon him) he obtained it from other human sources or from
other religious scripture. And the 3rd is that the Holy Qur’an does not have
human author but it is verbatim the word or the revelation of God Almighty.
Let us examine today all the three basic assumptions. The first being that
Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) was the author himself consciously,
sub-consciously or unconsciously. It is highly abnormal to challenge the
testimony of a person who disclaims the responsibility of any great work.
Whether it is literally, whether it be scientific or otherwise. But this is
exactly what the orientalists do who doubt the origin of the Qur’an, when
they say that Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) was the author. The
Prophet never ever claimed that he was the author of the Qur’an. In fact, he
always said that it was a revelation from Allah (SWT). To think otherwise is
illogical and would mean that he was telling a lie, God forbid. History
tells us that never has the prophet been ever reported of telling a lie till
the prophethood that is till the age of 40. And all the people acclaimed him
as a person who was honest, who was noble, who was chaste. No wonder they
gave him the title Al-Ameen - the trustworthy. Friends and foes alike. Even
those people who said that he was a liar, God forbid, after he claimed
prophethood, even then, they kept their valuables with him for safe keeping.
Then why should an honest person lie and say that the Qur’an is a word of
God and that he was a prophet. Let us examine the claims made by the
orientalists. Some say that prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) he
attributed the Qur’an and said he was a prophet for material gains, for
worldly benefits, I do agree there are several people who falsely claim to
be prophets, saints and preachers for wealth. And they acquire riches and
lead a luxurious life. We have several throughout the world. Especially in
our country India. Prophet Muhammad was financially better off before than
after prophethood. He had married a rich business woman by the name of
Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her) at the age of 25. 15 years before
prophethood and his life after he claimed he was a prophet was unenviable.
According to the collection of Hadith by An-Nawawi in Riyadh as Saleheen,
Hadith No. 492, it says, that Ayesha (May Allah be pleased with her) who was
the wife of our beloved prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) said that
there were times when one or two months would pass without having fire been
lit in the house because they did not have any cooked food. They survived on
water and dates and sometimes supplemented by the goat milk given by the
people of Madinah. This was not just a temporary phase. It was a way of life
for the prophet. According to Riyadh as Saleheen, Hadith No. 465 and 466,
Hazrat Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) he said that whenever the
prophet received gifts and provision for the future he gave it to the poor
and the needy and never kept it back for himself. Then why should you doubt
that the prophet told a lie, Nauzubillah for material gains. And there is a
verse in the Qur’an which negates this thing. It is from Surah Al-Baqarah,
Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 79, which says ...Arabic... ‘Then vow to those who
write the book with their own hands’...Arabic... ‘And then say, this is from
Allah’...Arabic... ‘To traffic with it for a miserable price’...Arabic...
‘Then vow to those for what their hands do write’...Arabic... ‘Then vow to
those for what they earn’. This Verse is talking about the people who wrote
the book with their own hands and said it is from God Almighty or they
changed the words of Allah (SWT). There were every possibility that if
Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) himself would have written the
Qur’an and attributed it to Allah (SWT) in some point of his life, he would
have been exposed. Then he would be called as the biggest hypocrite and
would called as the biggest hypocrite and would be cursing himself in his
own book some people say that prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him)
attributed the Qur’an to Allah (SWT) and called himself a prophet for
status, for power, for glory, for leadership. What are the qualities of a
person who wants power, status, leadership and glory. He wears fancy
clothes. He eats very good food. He lives in mansions and in monumental
buildings. He has guards etc., our beloved prophet Muhammad (May peace be
upon him) he milked his own goat. He mend his own clothes, he repaired his
own shoes, he even many a times did the household work. He was an amazing
model of simplicity and humbleness. He sat on the floor, he went to shop in
the market without any guards. Even when the poor people used to invite him,
he used to dine with them and eat graciously whatever was given to him. So
much so that, that it is mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Tauba, Ch. No. 9,
Verse No. 61, said… ‘Oh! He listens to everybody what kind of a person is
this who listens to every Tom, Dick and Harry’. Once when the representative
of the pagan Arab by the name of Udba. He came to the prophet and said… ‘If
you give up this claim of prophethood, we will give you all the wealth in
Arabia. We will make you the leader of Arabia and crown you the king. Only
thing that we want is that you should give up this message that there is
only one God’ and the prophet refused. By the revelation of the Qur’an from
Surah Fussilat, Ch. No. 41. There were several attempts made once through
his Uncle Abu Talib that you give up your message and we will make you the
wealthiest man in Arabia. The prophet said… ‘Oh! My Uncle, even if they put
the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left, I will not give up this
mission until I die. Why should a person lead a life of such suffering and
sacrifices when he was triumphant even with his advisories. And he was so
humble and noble that, at all the times of victory, he always said, it is
due to the help of Allah (SWT) and not my own genius. Some of the
orientalists, they come up with a new theory, that the prophet, he was
suffering from Mythomania. God forbid, Mythomania is a mental disorder in
which a person tells a lie and he believes in it. So they said that our
prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) told a lie Nauzubillah and he
believes in it. If a psychiatrist has to treat a mythomaniac, he will pose
him with facts because these people can not face facts. Suppose a person
says I am the king of England. The psychiatrist will not tell him that he is
crazy, he is mad. He will say okay if you are the king of England, where is
your queen. He will say she is gone to my mother in laws place. Where is
your minister, he has died. Where are the guards, the moment you keep on
posing facts, finally the mythomaniac will say I think I am not the king of
England. The Qur’an does the same. Qur’an poses the people with facts and
questions. In fact it is not prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) who
was Mythomaniac, it is these people who are actually Mythomaniac because
they say that the prophet lied and they believe in it and Qur’an treats such
people by posing facts by posing questions. If you doubt, if you think that
the Qur’an has been forged, do so and so, so and so things. If you think
that the Qur’an is not from Allah (SWT) what about this. It poses several
questions, which we will be dealing with InshaAllah, during the course of
the talk. Some have come up with a theory called the religious illusion
theory or the sub conscious theory in which the prophet they say Nauzubillah
used to form his subconscious mind, he derived the Qur’an unknowingly. And
some of them said he was crazy. God forbid. Let us analyze their claim. A
person if he is suffering from the disease or if he is crazy, they fail to
realize that the Qur’an was revealed during a course of time which was 23
years. The Qur’an was not revealed at one time. It was revealed over a
period of 23 years in stages part by part. If this Qur’an as they claim is
from a mind which is sub conscious or a crazy mind, it could not have been
so consistent. And neither can a person be under the false impression that
he is a prophet when everything is coming from his sub conscious mind for a
period of 23 years. There are several facts in the Qur’an which can disprove
this. For example Qur’an mentions about several historical events which no
one at the time of the prophet knew. There are several prophecies, which
are, mentioned which have been fulfilled. There are several scientific facts
which were known that time and had been confirmed today. It is impossible
for these sort of facts to come out from a subconscious mind or a crazy
mind. And the Qur’an testifies in Surah Araf, Ch. No. 7, Verse No. 184, ‘Do
they not deflect that their companion is not one possessed with evil but he
is a perpetious warner’. The Qur’an repeats in Al-Qalam, Ch. No. 68, Verse
No. 2, ‘Thou is not by the grace of thy lord crazy or possessed’. It is said
in Surah Tawkir, Ch. No. 81, Verse No. 22, ‘Your companion is not possessed
and mad’. So why should a person lie, it is not possible to discuss all the
various theories put forward by them. If any one had any new theory they are
most welcome to put it during question answer time and InshaAllah, I will
try my level best to clarify it. The second assumption is that the prophet
copied it from other religious scriptures or he got it from some human
source. One historical fact is sufficient to prove this theory wrong. That
is out beloved prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) he was an illiterate
and Qur’an testified in Surah Ankabut, Ch. No. 29, Verse No. 48, that those
was not able to recite any book before this book was revealed, nor was thou
able to transcribe it before this. In that case indeed the talkers of
vanities would have doubted. Allah (SWT) knew that people would doubt the
source of the Qur’an. That is the reason that in his divine wisdom, he chose
his last and final messenger Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) to be
an Ummi, an illiterate and unlettered prophet. Otherwise, surely, the
talkers of vanities, the babblers in the market place would have something
to say and if the prophet was literate, the critics, the cynics would have
had some weight to say that the prophet copied it from somewhere else and
rehatched it in a new form, Nauzubillah! But even this claim is denied. A
point hardly big enough to hang a fly and our Qari, brother Ashraf
Mohammedy, he recited the verses of the Qur’an from Surah Sajdah, Ch. No.
32, Verse No. 1 to 3…Arabic… ‘Alif lam meem’. ‘This is the revelation of
book without doubt from the lord of the worlds. Do they say he has forged
it? Nay! It is a truth from thy lord, so that thou may admonish a people to
whom no warner was sent before. So that they may receive some guidance’. The
Qur’an is unlike any other religious scriptures which has a typical human
type of narration like a storybook. How does the storybook begin? It begins
with once upon a time, foxes and grapes, wolf and the lamb. Similarly, if
you read other scriptures, it says, in the beginning was God, he made the
heavens and the earth. In the beginning was the word. It may say now it came
to pass as though so it happened. The Qur’an does not have such human
narration in the beginning was so and so and if you read the other religious
scriptures, they have a typical sequence of the human narration’s. It talks
about a particular person, talks about his family, about the children and
the sequence runs in order - Chapter 1, Chapter 2, it is in order. Qur’an
too speaks about people and their family lives but it speaks not in a
particular sequence like the human story book. The Qur’an has its own unique
style. It is a unique book. The people who cannot prove that Qur’an is a
work of a human being then they finally come up and say that the Qur’an is
the deception? They will not be able to point out a single deception in the
whole Qur’an. People they believe in things for which they have got no proof
or reason. And they fool themselves but stick into it. For example if I
believe that this particular man, he is my enemy for which I have got no
proof for which I have got no reason. But the moment that man comes in front
of me, because of my false belief, I start behaving like an enemy. He reacts
and too behaves like my enemy and then I satisfy myself see! I was right.
This man is my enemy because he is behaving like my enemy. If it had not
been for my initial false belief, that man would have never behaved like my
enemy. So people believe in things without proof and reason and fool
themselves by sticking to it. Qur’an says that the revelation goes in
parallel with reason. Some people says that holy scriptures, they are beyond
reasoning if they are beyond reasoning, then how can we decipher, which of
the Holy Scriptures are true and which are false. The Qur’an infact
encourages reasoning, it encourages a discussion. Many Muslims feel that you
should avoid religious discussions. You should avoid getting into a dialogue
where religion is concerned. And they are sadly mistaken. The Qur’an says in
Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16, Verse No. 125…Arabic… that is, ‘Invite all to the
way of thy lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them and
reason with them in the ways that are best and most gracious’. Qur’an
encourages discussion, encourages reasoning. No wonder the Arabic words
‘Qalu’ which means they say is mentioned 332 times and the Arabic word ‘Qul’
which means say is also mentioned 332 times. This proves that the Qur’an
encourages discussion. There is a theory known as exhausting the
alternatives. The Qur’an says that this book, this book the Qur’an it is a
revelation from God Almighty. If it is not, then what is it? You give the
other alternative. Some may say it is a handiwork of Prophet Muhammad (May
peace be upon him). It has been disproved. Some may say he lied for material
gain Nauzubillah! That has been disproved whatever claims they have got, put
forth and see whether they stand the test. This is the Qur’an it is a book.
It is paper and ink where is it confirmed it requires an explanation. The
Qur’an says it is from Allah. It is from God Almighty. If it is not where
did it come from? In Surah Jathiyah, Ch. No. 45, Verse No. 1 & 2…Arabic… ‘Ha
meem… This is a revelation of the book from Allah, the exalted in power full
of wisdom’. And Qur’an mentions in several places, that this is a revelation
from God Almighty. It is mentioned in Surah Anam, Ch. No. 6, Verse No. 19,
in Surah Anam, Ch. No. 6, Verse No. 92, in Surah Yusuf, Ch. No. 12, Verse
No. 1 & 2, in Surah Taha, Ch. No. 20, Verse No. 113, in Surah Nahl, Ch. No.
27, Verse No. 6, it is mentioned in Surah Sajdah, Ch. No. 32, Verse No. 1 to
3, it is mentioned in Surah Yasin, Ch. No. 36, Verse No. 1 to 3, in Surah
Al-Zumar, Ch. No. 39, Verse No. 1, in Surah Jathiyah, Ch. No. 45, Verse No.
45, Verse No. 2, it is mentioned in Surah Rahman, Ch. No. 55, Verse No. 1 to
2, it is mentioned in Surah Waqiah, Ch. No. 56, Verse No. 77 and 80, it is
mentioned in several places. It is mentioned in Surah Insan, Ch. No. 76,
Verse No. 23, in several places the Qur’an says… ‘This is a revelation from
God Almighty, if it is not, what is it?’ The scientific community, they have
a different approach. If any one has a new theory, they say we do not have
time to listen. And they have a reason for that. They say, that if you have
a new theory do not bring it to me unless you have a way unless you have a
test to prove your theory wrong. Unless you do not have a way or a test to
prove your theory wrong, I do not have time to waste with you. It is called
as the falsification test. That is the reason that Albert Einstein in the
beginning of the century, when he gave a new theory that I feel the universe
works like that along with the theory he gave 3 falsification test saying
that if you think my theory is wrong do these three things and my theory
will be proved wrong. The scientists, they examined it for 6 years and then
said yes the theory of Albert Einstein is correct. That does not mean that
he is great person. It means he deserves a listening. Qur’an has several
such falsification tests. When you get into discussion in future, with
anyone regarding religion, you have to ask him, that do you have a way to
prove your religion? Believe me I have not come across any person who has
told me that I have a way to prove my religion wrong. The Qur’an has, the
Qur’an has several falsification tests. Some of them were only meant for the
past. Some of them are applicable for all times. Let me give you a few
examples. The Prophet had an uncle by the name of Abu Lahab. He was the
staunchest opponent of the Prophet. Whenever the Prophet spoke to any
stranger, he used to follow the Prophet, the moment the Prophet departed he
used to go to the stranger and ask what did the Prophet tell you. Did he say
it is day, it is night. Did he say it is black, it is white. He spoke
exactly the opposite of what the Prophet said. And there is a full chapter
Surah Lahab, Ch. No. 111, of the Qur’an which was revealed and it says that
Abu Lahab and his wife, they will perish in hell. And it says indirectly
that people will never except Islam. They will never become Muslims. This
Surah was revealed 10 years before the death of Abu Lahab. In that span of
time, many of his friends who were also opponents of Islam embraced Islam.
But Abu Lahab did not embrace Islam. Since he used to lie always against the
prophet the only thing he had to do to prove the Qur’an wrong was to say I
am a Muslim. He did not have to behave like a Muslim. He did not have to act
like a Muslim. He only had to say I am a Muslim and the Qur’an would have
been proved wrong. It was so easy for him to prove the Qur’an wrong. Since
he had lied before, he just had to say an additional lie. It is as though
the prophet is telling him. You think I am your enemy, come on say this say
I am a Muslim and I will be proved wrong. It was so easy. But he did not say
it. It is proved that no human being can make such a statement in his book.
It has to be a divine revelation. Another such example is in Surah
Al-Baqarah, Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 94 and 95, which says that they say that
the last home of Allah is with them alone. It is meant for them alone and no
one else and the Qur’an continues. Tell them that if the last home for Allah
is for them alone tell them to seek for death. They will never seek for
death because of the sins they have committed. This was revealed during a
discussion during a confrontation between the Jews and the Muslims and the
Jews said that the last home of Allah that is the paradise is for the Jews
alone and not for anyone else. So a verse was revealed saying that if you
think that paradise is specially meant only for the Jews you call for death,
seek for death. The only thing the Jews had to do at that time anyone of
them any one of those Jews a single person would have come out and said I
seek for death. I want to die not that he had to die not that he had to act
only thing he had to do was seek for death. Say I want to die and the Qur’an
would have been proved wrong. It has so easy to prove the Qur’an wrong but
none of the Jews came forward and said that I seek for death. It is a
falsification test. But now you may tell me, that all these tests are of the
past how can we prove the Qur’an wrong today if you want to prove it wrong
Qur’an has tests, falsification tests which are also meant for all times.
For that time and for today and till eternity, the Qur’an mentions that many
people claimed and said that the Qur’an is false. The Qur’an tells them it
is mentioned in Surah Isra, Ch. No. 17, Verse No. 88, that say if all the
humankind and jinn’s were to gather together to produce the like of the
Qur’an they will bot be able to do it even if they helped each other. It is
a challenge that if all the humankind and jinn’s gathered to produce the
like of the Qur’an, they will not be able to do it even if they helped each
other. The Qur’an is acclaimed as the best Arabic literature on the face of
the earth by the Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The Arabic language of the
Qur’an it is so clear so meaningful, intelligible, unsurpassable,
miraculous. It does not deviate away from truth. Even though it rhymes
unlike other poetry and literature. It is the highest order of rhetoric
towards the revelation. The same verse of the Qur’an can convince even a
common man as well as an intelligent person. It is a miraculous book. The
same challenge that produce a recital like the Qur’an is given in Surah Tur,
Ch. No. 52, Verse No. 34, which… later on God Almighty, he made the test
easy for the people. In Surah Hud, Ch. No. 11, Verse No. 13, which says, ‘do
they say he has forged it, tell them produce 10 such Surahs forged and let
them call for help anyone besides Allah if they speak the truth. And no one
could produce 10 Surahs exactly like the Qur’an. Allah (SWT) further
simplifies the test and says in Surah Yunus, Ch. No. 10, Verse No. 38, that
do they say he has forged it, say produce one Surah exactly forged like the
Qur’an. One Surah forged exactly like the Qur’an and call to help anyone
besides Allah, if you speak the truth and they could not do it. Then Allah
(SWT) gives an easiest of easy of the test. The easiest falsification test
in Surah Baqarah, Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 23 and 24, which says… Arabic… ‘And
if you are in doubt as what we have revealed to our servant from time to
time’ …Arabic… ‘Then produce a Surah somewhat similar to it’ …Arabic… ‘And
call forth your helpless and witnesses if there are any besides Allah’
…Arabic… ‘If you speak the truth’…Arabic… ‘But you cannot’…Arabic… ‘And of a
surety you cannot’…Arabic… ‘Then fear the fire whose fuel shall be men and
stones’…Arabic… ‘Which is prepared for those who reject faith’. First the
Qur’an gave a challenge - produce a recital like the Qur’an. Allah (SWT)
simplified and said produce 10 Surah like the Qur’an. Then produce one
Surah. Here it says produce one Surah somewhat similar. ‘Mim mislihi’, the
other places the Qur’an says ‘Mislihi’. Here it says ‘Mim mislihi’ some what
similar to the Qur’an and the non-Muslim Arabs they failed miserably. Arabic
was at its peak when the Qur’an was revealed. Several, several pagan Arabs,
they tried but they failed miserably. Some of their works is yet present in
the historical books and it makes them a laughing stock. The challenge was
there 1400 years ago, it is even there today. Today, there are more than 14
million Coptic Christians, Christians who are Arab by birth. Arabic is their
mother tongue. This test is even for them. Even if they want to try and
prove the Qur’an wrong, only thing they to do is produce one Surah somewhat
similar. And if you analyze certain Surahs, certain chapters of the Qur’an,
hardly containing a few words, but so far no one has been able to do it and
no one will be able to do it in future InshaAllah. You may tell me that
Arabic is not my mother tongue. So where do I fit in this test. Qur’an has a
test even for the non Arabs. For people who do not know Arabic every one in
the world if they want if they want to try and prove the Qur’an wrong, they
can very well try their level best. I started my talk by quoting a verse
from the Holy Qur’an from Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 82, which
says…Arabic… ‘That do not they consider the Qur’an with care? Had it been
from anyone besides Allah, there would have been many contradictions. There
would have been many discrepancies. The Qur’an is saying that if you want to
prove the Qur’an wrong, just point out a single contradiction. A single
discrepancy, a single fault in the Qur’an and the Qur’an would be proved not
to be the word of the God. it is so easy. I do know that there are hundreds
of people who have pointed out mistakes and contradictions in the Qur’an.
Believe me all of them 100 percent are either out of context, they are
misquotations, mistranslation to deceive the people. So far no one has been
able to take out a single contradiction, or a single mistake in the Qur’an.
Suppose there is a maulana who is very well versed in the history of Islam
but is not very well versed with the scientific knowledge. I do know of
several maulanas who are well versed in Islam as well as science but suppose
there is a maulana who is only well versed with the historical facts of
Islam but is not well versed with science. And suppose you go to that
maulana and tell him that here there is a scientific mistake in the Qur’an,
just because he cannot clarify that scientific mistake the alleged
scientific mistake in the Qur’an that does not mean that Qur’an is not the
word of God because Qur’an says in Surah Furqan, Ch. No. 25, Verse No. 59,
that ask the person who is well acquainted with those things, if you want to
ask about the Qur’an if the Qur’an speaks about science ask a scientist and
he will clarify what does the Qur’an say. Similarly suppose any one of the
audience they point out an Arabic grammatical mistake in the Qur’an I am not
an expert in arabic. I am just a student and if I cannot clarify that arabic
mistake, if I am able to Alhamdulillah, but if I am not able to clarify that
arabic mistake since I am not able to clarify that arabic mistake since I am
not an expert that does not mean that person who is an expert in the field
of Arabic. So for no one has been able to take out a fault in the Qur’an.
And InshaAllah no one will ever be able to take out a fault in the Qur’an.
After these logical explanations no human being who believe in a God can say
that Qur’an is not from God. those people who do not believe in God
Almighty, if they say it is different. But a person who does not know who is
not a Muslim but who believes in God after producing these proofs even he
cannot say it is not from God. The only third basic assumption remains is
that it is a divine origin. It is from God Almighty. It is from Allah (SWT)
regarding the atheist those who do not believe in God all those atheist that
are present here I would like to congratulate them. My special
congratulation to the atheist because they are using their intellect. They
are using their reasoning power. Most of the people in the world who believe
in a God they are doing blind belief. He is a Christian because his father
is a Christian, he is a Hindu because his father is a Hindu. Some Muslims
are Muslims because their father is a Muslim. They are doing blind belief.
This atheist even though he may belong to a religious background, to a
religious family he thinks that how is it possible that the people around me
they are worshipping a God which has got human qualities, qualities same as
me. How can I believe in such a God so he says there is no God. He rejects,
some Muslims may ask me. Zakir, how come you are congratulating an atheist.
I am congratulating the atheist because he has said the first part of the
Shahadah. The Islamic creed… ‘La ilaha’ there is no God. Now the only part
remaining is ‘Illallah’ but Allah, which we shall do InshaAllah He has
argued with the first part of the Shahadah that there is no God. He does not
believe in a God, which has got human qualities. So it is our duty now to
prove to him about the one and true God Allah (SWT). The moment an atheist
tells me I do not believe in God, I will ask him a question - what is the
definition of God? What do you mean by God and he has to answer. You know
why? Suppose I tell you, that this is a pen. If I say this is a pen for you
to say it is not pen, you have to know the meaning of a pen, you should know
the definition of a pen, you may not know what this is, but if I say this is
a pen and if you have to say this is not a pen, you should at least know the
meaning of the pen. The definition of a pen. In the same way if an atheist
says there is no God, he should know what is the meaning of God, and the
atheist they tell me that see these people around me what they worship, what
Gods they worship. It is their own creation, they have got human qualities,
therefore I do not believe in such Gods. Because the concept of God that
these people have is a wrong concept. Since you reject the wrong concept
even I as a Muslim reject these wrong concepts of God ‘La ilaaha’. But the
moment I agree with him, I have to also tell him the true concept of
Allah(SWT). Suppose there is a non-Muslim who believes that Islam is a
ruthless religion. It is merciless religion, it is a religion connected with
terrorism, it is a religion which does not give rights to the women. It is a
religion which conflicts with science. And if he rejects Islam, I will tell
him I too reject such a religion which is merciless, which is ruthless,
which does not give rights to the women, which is unscientific, at the same
time, I have to correct the concept of Islam and tell him that Islam is a
religion which is merciful, it has got nothing to do with terrorism. It
gives equal rights to the women. It does not conflict with science, it
conciliates with science. Then InshaAllah the non-Muslim will accept the
religion of Islam. It is our duty to correct the concept. In the same manner
I have to correct the concept of God Almighty, of Allah (SWT) to the
atheist. The best definition that I can give of Allah (SWT) of God Almighty
from the holy Qur’an is Surah Ikhlaas, Ch. No. 112, which says …Arabic…
‘Allah the absolute and eternal’, meaning, he is absolute, he is eternal. He
has no beginning, he has no end, he is the one who helps other people but
does not require help…Arabic… ‘Allah, the absolute and eternal’…Arabic… ‘He
begets not nor is he begotten’, he has no father and mother. He has got no
children, no begotten children…Arabic… ‘And there is nothing unto him like
in this world’. There is nothing comparable to him in this world. The moment
you can compare Allah (SWT) to anyone, he is not Allah (SWT) …Arabic… this
is a four line definition of Allah (SWT). If anyone who you claim to be God
Almighty, who you claim to be Allah (SWT) fits in this four line definition,
we Muslims, we have got no objection to accept him as God Almighty. To
accept him as Allah (SWT) what… which are your candidates, bring your
candidates one by one. Some may say, that Bhagwaan Rajneesh Osho, he is God
Almighty. Let us put him to test. The first criteria is…Arabic… ‘Say he is
Allah one and only’, Rajneesh - we have several people like Rajneesh. We
have plenty of them in our country, but still a follower of Rajneesh will
say no, Rajneesh is unique, he is the only one. Okay give him a chance, okay
let him pass the first test. No problem, the second test is…Arabic… ‘Allah
the absolute and eternal’. He does not require any help. He is the person
who helps other people. Rajneesh we know very well, he was suffering from
‘Asthma’ from ‘Diabetes’. He could not cure his own disease, what will he
cure your disease and my disease. When he went to America, he was imprisoned
by the American government, imagine God being imprisoned. He could not free
himself, how will he free you and me when we are in trouble and then he
gives a statement that they gave me poison, slow poisoning. Imagine God can
be poisoned? Put him to test, the Archbishop of Greece said that if you do
not throw this godman Rajneesh out we will destroy his houses and the houses
of his disciples and the president had to throw him out of Greece. Is he
absolute and eternal? The third test…Arabic… ‘He begets not nor is he
begotten’, I do not know how many children’s he had but I do know that he
had a father and a mother. He was born on the 11th of December 1931 in
Jabalpur and he died on the 19th of January 1990. But when you go to his
center in Pune, there it is mentioned ‘Bhagwaan Rajneesh - never born, never
died, but visited the earth from the 11th of December 1931 to 19th January
1990’. They did not mention that he was not allowed to enter 21 countries of
the world. He was not given the visa. He tried to enter he could not enter
21 countries. Imagine God is visiting the world, God is visiting the world,
he cannot visit 21 countries. Is this the God you believe in? And the last
test…Arabic… ‘And there is nothing, there is nothing like him in this world,
there is nothing. There is nothing comparable, the moment you can think what
God is, you can draw his figure he is not God. We know very well that
Rajneesh, he had long hair, he had a big flowing beard which was white in
color, he wore a robe, the moment you can think you can draw a picture of
God, he is not God…Arabic… If you say that God Almighty suppose is a
thousand times as strong as Arnold Schwarzenneger, do you know Arnold
Schwarzenneger? He was crowned Mr. Universe - the strongest man in the
world. If you say that God Almighty is a thousand times as strong as Arnold
Schwarzenneger or Dara Singh or may be King Kong, he is not God. The moment
you can compare him with anyone whether a thousand times. whether a million
times, whether ten million times. The moment you compare him with anything,
he is not God…Arabic… ‘There is nothing unto him like in this world, I leave
it upto the distinguished audience, the intellectual audience to decide for
themselves that whichever God they are worshipping, let them put their God
to test. To this 4 test of the Qur’an, if the God you are worshipping, if
they pass these 4 test, we Muslims, we have got no objection in accepting
him as God Almighty. Otherwise, you can decide for yourself. After giving
these proofs some atheists they may agree that now we believe in such a God.
But most of the atheist will not agree. They will say we do not just believe
in such definitions we believe in something, which is ultimate. We believe
in science. I do agree today is the age of science and technology so lets
put the scientific knowledge that we have. Let us apply it to the Qur’an.
The atheists they say this is the world of science and technology, we do not
believe in such Gods, prove to us scientifically the existence of God. Then
we will believe in it. The first thing I would like to ask a question to
these atheists or any educated man who does not believe in a God and who
believes only in science, that can you tell me the first person who will be
able to tell you the mechanism of an unknown object? There is an object, an
unknown object, an unknown machine, which no one in the world has ever seen
before or heard of before. Now this machine is brought in front of that
atheist or the educated man who believes in science that who will be the
first person who will be able to tell you the mechanism of this unknown
object. I have asked this question to hundreds of atheist, after little bit
of thinking he replies may be the creator, the person who has created the
object, some may say the inventor. Some may say the manufacturer, some may
say the producer. Whatever they will say believe me it will be somewhat
similar. Either the creator, the maker, the manufacturer, the inventor, I
have asked this question to hundreds of atheists and all have given me
somewhat similar answer. Whatever answer they give me I accept it. I only
keep it in my mind. It will be somewhat similar. The next person may be the
person whom the creator has told or may be that someone does a research but
the first person will be the creator, the manufacturer, the inventor or the
producer. I ask the atheist who believes in science how did this world come
into existence? So he tells me that initially the full universe was one mass
the primary nebula, then there was a big bang, the secondary separation,
which gave rise to galaxies. And it formed the stars and the planet in which
we live. I ask him, where did you get all this fairy tales from? He says no!
These are not fairy tales, these are established facts, we have got proof
for this. I will say where did you learn? When did you learn all these fairy
tales? He says no! These are scientific facts. They are not fairy tales, we
learnt it yesterday, yesterday in science means 50 years back, may be 100
years back. Yesterday and in 1973 a couple of scientists got the noble prize
for discovering the big bang theory. So I tell okay you say it is a fact, I
accept it but what do you have to say about what is mentioned in the Qur’an
1400 years ago, it is mentioned in Surah Al-Ambiya, Ch. No. 21, Verse No.
30…Arabic… ‘Do not the unbelievers see’ that the heavens and the earth were
joined together and we clove them asunder. My Qur’an, which was revealed
1400 years ago, there are enough historical proofs to show it was a book
which was present 1400 years ago, how come my Qur’an says it speaks about
your big bang theory? It speaks in a nutshell. You say it was discovered
yesterday, 50 years back, 100 years back, who could have mentioned this in
the Qur’an. So the atheist tells me may be somebody guessed. I do not
challenge him, I do not challenge him, I proceed. The world we live in what
is the shape? He tells me, previously people thought the world was flat and
people were afraid to venture too far lest they would fall over. But now we
have enough scientific proof to show it is not flat, it is spherical. When
did you learn? Yesterday! 100 years back, 200 years back in science. And if
he has a good knowledge he replies that the first person who proved that the
world was spherical was Sir Francis Drake in 1597. I pose him a question,
analyze what the Qur’an in Surah Luqman, Ch. No. 31, Verse No. 29, it says
that… ‘It is Allah who merges the night into day and merges the day into
night’. Merging means a slow and a gradual change. The night slowly and
gradually changes into day and the day slowly and gradually changes to
night. This phenomenon is not possible if the world is flat. It is only
possible if the world is spherical. A similar message is given in Surah
Al-Zumar, Ch. No. 39, Verse No. 5, that… ‘The night overlaps the day and the
day overlaps the night’. The Arabic word used is ‘Tanwara’ as though you
coil a turban round the head, coiling, this coiling, this overlapping of the
night over the day and the day over the night is only possible if the earth
is spherical. It is not possible if the earth is flat. You tell me it was
discovered recently. Can you account for who could have mentioned this in
the Qur’an 1400 years ago. May be it is a good guess, it is a wild guess, it
is a wild guess but it was a guess I do not challenge him, I proceed. The
light that we have the light that we obtain from the moon. Where does it
come from. So he will tell me that previously we thought that the light of
the moon was its own light, but today after science has advanced we have
come to know that the light of the moon, its not its own light but it is a
reflected light of the sun. I will ask him a question that it is mentioned
in this Qur’an in Surah Al-Furqan, Ch. No. 25, Verse No. 61… ‘Blessed is he
who has created the constellation and placed there in a lamp and a moon
which has reflected light. The Arabic word for moon is ‘Qamar’ and the light
described there is ‘Munir’ which is borrowed light or ‘Noor’ which is a
reflection of light. The Qur’an mentions that the light of the moon is
reflected light, you say you discovered it today how come it is mentioned in
the Qur’an 1400 years ago? He will pause for a time. He will not reply
immediately and then he may say may be, may be it is a fluke! I do not argue
with him for sake just for the sake of discussion I say okay you say it is a
guess I do not argue with you. Let us proceed, I ask him that when I was in
school I passed my tenth standard in 1982. I had learned that the sun was
stationary, the sun revolved but it was stationery so he asked me does this
what the Qur’an says. I say no! this is what I learned in school, is it
true? He says no. Today science is advanced, recently we came to know that
the sun besides revolving it also rotates it is not stationary it rotates
about its axis and if you have an equipment you can have the image of the
sun on a tabletop. The sun has got black spots and it takes about 25 days
for these black spots to complete one rotation. Does the Qur’an say it is
stationary? He starts laughing Ha! Ha! I said no! the Qur’an in Surah
Ambiya, Ch. No. 21, Verse No. 33…Arabic… ‘It is Allah who has created the
night and the day, the sun and the moon, each one rotating about its own
axis. It revolves and rotates, each one rotating about its own axis. You
tell me who could have mentioned this scientific fact in the Qur’an which
was discovered recently? He is silent and after a long pause he replies that
see the Arabs were very well advanced in the field of astronomy so may be
some Arabs told your Prophet and he mentioned this in his book. I do agree,
I do agree that the Arabs were very well advanced in the field of astronomy
but I remind him that his dates are very poor. The Qur’an was revealed
centuries before the Arabs became advanced in the field of Astronomy. So it
is from the Qur’an which the Arabs learned about astronomy. It is not the
vice-versa. So Qur’an mentions about several scientific facts. The Qur’an
says regarding the field of Geography regarding water cycle. It says in
Surah Zumar, Ch. No. 39, Verse No. 21, that… ‘Sees not thou that it is Allah
who sends down rain from the top, from the sky and leads it into the sources
of the earth and causes fields of various colors to grow’. Qur’an speaks
about the water cycle in great detail. It says in several other verses that
the water from the ocean rises up, it forms into clouds. The clouds
condense, there is lightning and rain falls from the clouds. It is mentioned
in several places in the Qur’an, it is mentioned in Surah Muminun, Ch. No.
23, Verse No. 18. It is mentioned in Surah Rum, Ch. No. 30, Verse No. 24, it
is mentioned in Surah Nur, Ch. No. 24, Verse No. 43, it is mentioned in
Surah Rum, Ch. No. 30, Verse No. 48. In several places the Qur’an describes
in detail this water cycle which was discovered by Bernard Palacy in 1580.
Only in the year 1580 was this present coherent water cycle discovered. Who
could have mentioned in the Qur’an, 1400 years ago? In the field of Geology
that atheist will tell you that there is a phenomenon known as ‘Folding’.
The earth that we live on, the earth’s crust is very thin. These mountain
ranges due to the phenomenon of ‘Folding’ prevents the earth from shaking.
It gives stability to the earth. I tell him that the Qur’an mentions in
Surah Naba, Ch. No. 78, Verse No. 6 and 7 that we have made the earth as an
expanse …Arabic… ‘And the mountains as stakes’. The Qur’an says that the
mountains are made as stakes as pegs and this is the description which the
scientist gave us today that like the text pegs. The mountains are like text
peg and the Qur’an gives more information in Surah Al-Ambiya, Ch. No. 21,
Verse No. 31. ‘It says that we have set on the earth, mountains standing
firm lest it would shake’. Qur’an says that we have made the mountains to
prevent the shaking of the earth. The atheist will tell as that even though
the salt water and the sweet water though meet they do not mix, they do not
mix. They remain separate, I will point out to him the verse in the Qur’an,
from Surah Furqan, Ch. No. 25, Verse No. 53, which says… ‘It is Allah who
has created two bodies of free flowing water. One sweet and palpable and the
other salt and bitter and between them, he has made a barrier which is
forbidden to be trespassed’. A similar message is given in Surah Rahmaan,
Ch. No. 55, Verse No. 19 and 20 that… ‘He has made two bodies of water
between them is a barrier which is forbidden to be trespassed’. Today
science tells that salt water and sweet water do not mix. There is a
partition. He may tell me that may be some Arab, may be some Arab went
underwater and he saw the partition and mentioned in the Qur’an. They fail
to realize that this is an unseen barrier. The Qur’an says ‘Barzak’ an
unseen barrier and this phenomenon is very much evident in Cape Town, that
is the southern most tip of Africa. Even in Egypt when the Nile flows into
the Mediterranean Sea. And the best example is the Gulf Stream which runs
for thousands of miles. Both the waters are present but they do not mix. The
Qur’an says in Surah Ambiya, Ch. No. 21, Verse No. 30…Arabic… ‘We have
created every living things from water, will they not they believe’ …Arabic…
Qur’an says… ‘We have created every living thing from water’. Will you not
then believe. Imagine in the deserts of Arabia where there is scarcity of
water who would have ever thought that every living creature is made of
water. If they had to guess, they would have guessed everything but water
and today science tells us that cytoplasm which is the main constituent of
the cell it contains 80% of water. And every living creature contains 50 to
90 percent water. Who could have mentioned this fact in the Qur’an 1400
years ago? And the atheist is mum does not give you a reply. There is a
theory of ‘Probability’ that suppose there are two options and out of those
two options one is right and one is wrong. The chances that if you make a
wild guess, you will get the right answer, it will be one out of two. It
will be 50% for example if I toss a coin, the chances that I will get a
right answer is one out of two. It is 50%. If I toss a coin the second time
the chances I will be correct the second time is one out of two it is 50%.
But the chances that I will be correct in both the tosses first and second
will be one out of two into one out of two that is one fourth or 50 percent
of 50 percent, that is 25 percent. If I throw a dice. The dice has got six
sides. 1,2,3,4,5,6. The chance if I make a wild guess, I will be right is
one out of six. The chance I will be correct all three times, the first
toss, the second toss and the third throw the chances I will be correct all
three times, is 1 out of 2 into 1 out of 2 into 1 out of 6. Will be 1 upon
24. Lets apply this theory on ‘Probability’ to the Qur’an. Suppose, we agree
for the sake of argument Possible, a person gets all the matter that is
mentioned in the Qur’an, may be somebody has guessed. Let us put the theory
of ‘Probability’ to the Qur’an. The Qur’an says that the world is spherical.
What different shapes can a person think of the earth? Some may it is flat,
some may say it is triangular, some may say it is quadrangular, some may say
it has 5 sides, pentagonal, some may say hexagonal, some may say heptagonal,
some may say octagonal, some may say spherical. Let us say assume that you
can think of about 30 different shapes of the Earth. The chances that that
if any one makes a wild guess, he will be right are 1 upon 30. The light of
the moon. It can be own light or it can be reflected light. The chances that
any one makes a wild guess, he will be right are 1 upon 2. But the chances
that both his guesses that the earth is spherical and the light of the moon
is reflected, both are correct is 1 upon 30 into 1 upon 2 that is 1 upon 60.
In the desert of Arabia, what can a person think that a human being can be
made of, that the living creature be made of? A person in the desert may
think, it is made of sand, may be it is made of wood, may be it is made of
aluminum, of iron, of copper, of oil, of water, of hydrogen, of oxygen, you
can make at least 10 thousand guesses and the last that any one will guess
in the deserts of Arabia is water. But the Qur’an says that every living
being is made of water. In Surah Al-Ambiya, Chapter No. 21, Verse No. 30, it
says in Surah Nur, Chapter No. 24, Verse No 45, that… ‘Every animal is made
up of water’. And Surah Furqaan, Chapter No. 25, Verse No. 54, ‘Every human
being is made of water’. If you make a wild guess, the chances that you will
be right is 1 upon 10 thousand. The chances that anyone will make 3 guesses
and all 3 will be right, that the earth is spherical, that the light of the
moon is reflected light, and every living being is made of water will be 1
upon 30 into 1 upon 2 into 1 upon 10 thousand which is 1 upon 60 thousand.
It works out to .00017 percentage. I leave it upto you the audience to
decide for your selves that if you apply the theory of probability to the
Qur’an. The Qur’an mentions hundreds of facts, which were unknown at that
time. If anyone made a guess, the chances that all the hundred would be
right, it will be somewhere very very close to zero and in the theory o
probability, it will be zero. Some may pose the question, that Zakir, are
you using scientific knowledge to prove the Qur’an? I would like to remind
that Qur’an is not the book of science ‘s-c-i-e-n-c-e’, it is a book of
signs ‘s-i-g-n-s’, Qur’an has got 6000 signs, Ayats more than 6000. Out of
which more than a thousand have scientific knowledge. I am not using science
to prove the Qur’an right because to prove anything right, we have to use a
yardstick. Something which is ultimate. For us Muslims, the ultimate is the
Qur’an. Ultimate yardstick is the Qur’an. Qur’an is the Furqaan. It is the
criteria to judge right from the wrong. But for that atheist, for an
educated man who does not believe in God, for him, science is the ultimate.
It is his yardstick. So I am using his yardstick to prove whatever Qur’an
has said. And we know very well that many times science takes a U turn
therefore I have only spoken about scientific facts which have got evidence
and proof. I have not talked about theories, which are based on assumptions.
I am using his yardstick to say that whatever your yardstick has said
recently 100 years back, it has already been mentioned in the Qur’an and
finally we come to a common agreement that the Qur’an is more superior than
science. Qur’an mentions about several scientific facts. Qur’an says in
Surah Ta Ha, Chapter No. 20, Verse No. 53 that… ‘The plant have been created
in pairs’ which you discovered recently. It says in Surah Rad, Chapter No.
13, Verse No. 3, that… ‘The fruits are created in pairs’. In the field of
geology, it is mentioned in Surah Anam Chapter No. 6, Verse No. 38, that
‘The animals and birds live in community’, which science has discovered
recently. The Qur’an says in Surah Nahl, Chapter No. 16, Verse No. 68 and
69, ‘It is the female bee which goes out and collects the honey’. It is not
the male bee which science has discovered recently. These bees, they
describe the pathway of the new garden they have found by the flapping of
the wings. It is mentioned in the Qur’an, which we discovered recently. The
Qur’an says in Surah Ankabut, Chapter No. 29, Verse No. 41, that… ‘The house
of the spider is fragile’. Besides describing the physical nature, of the
web of the spider, it is also describing about the relationship, the family
relation in which many a times the female spider kills the male spider. The
Qur’an says in Surah Naml, Chapter No. 27, Verse No. 17 and 18 that ants are
talking to one another. You may think, it is a fairy tale book. What! Ants
are talking to one another, Today science tells us, the insect or the
animal, which has the closest resemblance to the lifestyle of the human
beings, it is the ants. It buries the dead. It has a very higher system of
communication. It has market place etc. Qur’an also speaks about the
medicine. It says in Surah Nahl, Chapter No. 16, Verse No. 68 and 69, that
you get the honey from the belly of the bee which we discovered today and in
the honey, there is a healing for man kind. Today science tells us in the
honey, there are antiseptic properties. No wonder that Russian soldiers used
it to cover their wounds which left very little scar tissue. It is used in
the treatment of certain allergies. Qur’an speaks about physiology. Its says
in Surah Nahl, Chapter No. 16, Verse No. 66 and Surah Muminun, Chapter No.
23, Verse No. 21. It describes the blood circulation and the production of
milk. And 600 years after the Qur’an speaks about blood circulation, Ibn
Nafeez discovered it and 1000 years after the revelation of the Qur’an, did
William Harvey made it famous to the western world. Qur’an speaks about
Embryology. The first verses of the Qur’an to be revealed were from Surah
Alaq or Surah Iqra. It says….Arabic… ‘Read, recite or proclaim in the name
of thy lord who created’. Who created the human being from some thing, which
clings. A leech like substance. This and several other embryological data
which is given in Qur’an was taken to Professor Keith Moore who happen to be
are of the highest authority in the field of Embryology. He lives in Toronto
in Canada. And was asked the question. Whatever matter the Qur’an speaks
about embryology, is it true? Some Arabs followed the guidelines of the
Qur’an - if you are in doubt ask the person who knows so they asked
Professor Keith Moore. Is it true? He said that majority. Majority of the
matter in the Qur’an is 100 percent perfect matching with the latest
discoveries of embryology but there are certain statements in the Qur’an,
which I cannot comment on because, I myself do not know it. And one such
verse was this that we have created the human being from something, which
clings - a leech like substance. He went and got a photograph of a leech and
examined in his laboratory in a very… under a powerful microscope the early
stages of an embryo and it exactly matched with the photograph. Then he
said, whatever the Qur’an mentions, its perfectly right and whatever new
data he got from the Qur’an, he incorporated it into his book- The
developing human. And took out a 3rd edition for which he got, the best
medical book written by any person in that year. And he said that whatever
the Qur’an mentions, all the things about embryology, we discovered
recently. It is one of the latest branch of medicine. It cannot be written
by any human being, it has to be of divine origin. The Qur’an says in Surah
Tariq, Chapter No. 86, Verses 5 to 7. It says ‘Does no man think from what
he is created? He is created from a drop emitted from between his backbone
and rib. And today we know, that the genital organs, testes and the ovaries,
during the embryonic age, they develop from where the kidney is placed -
between the backbone and the 11th and the 12th rib. The Qur’an says in Surah
Najm, Chapter no 53, Verse no 45 and 46, and Surah Qiyamah, Chapter No. 75,
Verse No. 37 to 39, it says that it is the male which is responsible for the
sex of the child which we discovered recently. The Qur’an says that the
embryo is covered that the fetus is covered in three layers of darkness,
which is confirmed today, the Qur’an describes the embryonic stages in great
detail. In Surah Muminum, Chapter No. 23, Verse 12 to 14, and in Surah Hajj,
Chapter No. 23, Verse No. 5, it says that ‘The human being have been created
from a minute quantity of liquid’. From something which clings, a leech like
substance, then made into a ‘mudgah’ a chewed like substance, then made into
‘izamaan’ that is bones, then clothed with ‘Laham’ that is flesh Qur’an
describe the embryonic stages in great detail. The Qur’an also mention in
Surah Sajdah, Chapter No. 32, Verse No. 9 and Surah Insan, Chapter No. 76,
Verse No. 2, that… ‘It is Allah who gives you the faculty of hearing and
sight’ and today medical knowledge tells us, that hearing comes first. It is
developed completely by the 5th month of pregnancy. And then the eyes is
split open by the 7th month of pregnancy. Qur’an gives the reply in Surah
Qiyamah, Chapter No. 75, Verse No.s 3 to 4, that when the question is posed,
how will Allah (SWT) assemble the bones on the day of judgement? Allah
replies that we will not only be able to assemble your bone we even assemble
your very fingertips. Qur’an is saying, Allah (SWT) can also assemble your
fingertips. What does it mean? In 1880, Sir Golt, he described the method of
finger printing, which today we use it to identify people. No two
fingerprints even in a million people are identical. Qur’an speaks about
finger printing method 1400 years ago. There are several examples of
science, if you want to know more details, about the scientific knowledge,
which is mentioned in the Qur’an, you can refer to my videocassette ‘Qur’an
and Modern Science Conflict or Conciliation’ which, is available for sale in
the foyer. I would like to give one more scientific fact that there was a
scientist in Thailand by the name of Professor Thagada Shaun. Who did a
great deal of research in the field of pain receptors. Previously science
thought that only the brain was responsible. Only the brain was responsible
for the pain. But recently we have discovered, that there are pain receptor
present in the skin, which is responsible, Qur’an mentions Surah Nisa,
Chapter No. 4, Verse No. 54, that as to those who reject our signs, we will
cast them into the hell fire and as often as the skin is roasted, we shall
change it with new skin so that they shall feel the pain. Indirectly Qur’an
is saying, there is something in the skin, which is responsible for the
pain. It is giving an indication about the pain receptor. At first Professor
Tagada Shaun could not believe. On verification when he realized that this
book is speaking about pain receptor, 1400 years ago, he embraced Islam in a
medical conference at Cairo and said ‘La ilaaha illallah Muhammad ur Rasool
Allah’. That there is no God but Allah and Muhammad, May peace be upon him
is the messenger of Allah.
Then you pose the question to the atheist - who could have mentioned all the
scientific facts in the Qur’an? The only reply that he can give you, is the
same, which he gave you earlier. Who is the person that can tell you the
mechanism of an unknown object, It is the creator, It is the inventor. It is
the maker, It is the producer. In the same way, the person who can mention
all these facts in the Qur’an, is the maker the producer, is the creator of
the Universe and its contents which we call in English language as God and
more appropriately in the Arabic language as Allah, Francis beacon has
rightly said that little knowledge of science makes you an atheist but an
in-depth study of science makes you a believer in God Almighty. No wonder
today, scientists are eliminatory the model of God but they are not
eliminatory God they are eliminatory models of God La ilaaha but not God
illalah. I would like to end my talk by giving the translation of the second
verses I quoted in the beginning of my talk, from Surah Fussilat, Chapter
No. 41, Verse No. 53 which says…Arabic… Soon we shall show them our signs in
the furthest regions of the horizons and into their soul until it is clear
to them, that this is the truth. Waakirudawaana avil hamdulillahi rabbil
aalamin.
(Q) I am Mrs. Sarla Ramchander. I would like to ask why do Muslims call God,
Allah?
(Dr. Zakir) The question posed by the sister is why do Muslims call God as
Allah? During my talk, I had given the definition of Allah (SWT) from the
Qur’an, from Surah Ikhlas, Ch. No. 112, which says...(Arabic)... ‘Say he is
Allah, one and only’ ...(Arabic)... ‘Allah, the absolute, the eternal’
...(Arabic)... ‘He begets not nor is he begotten’ ...(Arabic)... ‘And there
is nothing unto him like in this world’. But the Qur’an also says in Surah
Isra, Ch. No. 17, Verse No. 110, it says...(Arabic)... ‘Say you call upon
him by Allah or by Rahmaan. By whichever name you call upon him, to him
belongs the most beautiful names’. The same message that to Allah belongs
the most beautiful names, is mentioned in the Surah Araf, Ch. No. 7, Verse
No. 180, in Surah Hashr, Ch. No. 59, Verse No. 24, as well as in Surah Ta
Ha, Ch. No. 20, Verse No. 8, it says... ‘To Allah belongs the most beautiful
names’. But the name should not conjure up a mental picture. It should be a
beautiful name. Why do Muslims prefer calling God Almighty as ‘Allah’ then
the English word God, because the Arabic word ‘Allah’ is a pure word. The
English word God, it can be played around with. If you add an ‘s’ to God, it
becomes ‘Gods’, ‘plural of God’. You can not add an ‘s’ to Allah. There is
nothing like plural Allah. Allah is one...(Arabic)... ‘Say he is Allah one
and only’. If you add a ‘dess’ to God, it becomes ‘Goddess’, ‘a female god’.
There is nothing like female Allah or male Allah. Allah has got no gender.
If you have a god with a capital ‘G’, it becomes true God. If you have a god
with a small ‘g’ it becomes fake god. In Islam we have only one true Allah.
We do not have any false Allah, only true Allah. If you add father to god,
it becomes ‘godfather’. He is my godfather. He is my guardian. You can not
add an abba to Allah or a father to Allah. There is nothing like ‘Allahabba’
or ‘Allahfather’ in Islam. If you add a mother to god, it becomes Godmother.
You can not add a mother to Allah or an ‘ammi’ to Allah. There is nothing
like ‘Allahammi’ in Islam. If you put a tin before God, it becomes ‘Tingod’,
‘fake God’. In Islam there is nothing like ‘Tin Allah’. Allah is pure. It is
unique, you can call him by any name, but it should be a beautiful name. I
hope that answers the question.
(Q) Salaamu Alaikum. My name is Qasim Daveer. My question is... Arun Shourie
says that in the Qur’an in Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 11 and 12... ‘If you add up
the different parts of inheritance given to the heirs, the sum total is more
than 1. Therefore, Arun Shourie claims that the author of the Qur’an does
not know math’s. Please clarify.
(Dr. Zakir) The brother has posed a question that according to Arun Shourie,
in the Qur’an in Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 11 and 12, he says... ‘If you add up
the sum total of all the different parts of the heirs, the total comes to
more than 1. Therefore he claims that the author of the Qur’an does not know
math’s. As I mentioned to you in my talk, there are hundreds of people who
have taken faults in the Qur’an but if you analyze, all of them are not
true. Non of them are true. Not a single one is true. Regarding inheritance,
Qur’an speaks about inheritance in several places. In Surah Baqarah, Ch. No.
2, Verse No. 180, in Surah Baqarah, Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 240, in Surah Nisa,
Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 9, it is mentioned in Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, Verse No.
19, Surah Maidah, Ch. No. 5, Verse No. 105. In several places but regarding
the detailed explanation of the shares, it is mentioned in the Qur’an in
Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 11 and 12 and in Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4,
Verse No. 176. Regarding the translation of the verse quoted by Arun
Shourie, that is Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 11 and 12, it says that...
Regarding the shares of inheritance for your children, the male get a part
double than that of a female. If only daughters two or more, they share in a
2/3rd, if only daughter one she gets half and the verse continues, as
regarding the parents they each get 1/6th share if they have children. If no
children, their mother gets 1/3rd. After paying of the legacies and debts.
Verse No. 12, says that... in what your wives leave for you, you get half if
no children and 1/4th if there are children after paying of the debts and
legacies. In what you leave for your wives, they share 1/4th if no children
and 1/8th if there are children. It is a bit confusing, do not get confused.
You can go home and refer it. In short, in Verse No. 11 of Surah Nisa, Ch.
4, the first share that is mentioned is of the children. Then of the parents
and later on in Verse No. 12, it gives the share of the spouses. Now
regarding inheritance, Islam speaks in a great detail. Qur’an only gives the
basic outline. The great details, you have to refer to the Hadith. And a man
can spend his full life only doing research on inheritance. And Arun
Shourie, he expects to know about this just by quoting two verses. It is
somewhat similar that a person wants to solve an arithmetical equation and
does not know the basic rule of arithmetic, that is BODMAS. According to the
rule of BODMAS, B-O-D-M-A-S, irrespective whichever arithmetical sign come,
whether they come first or last, first you have to solve ‘Brackets Off’ –
‘BO’, then ‘D’ that is ‘Division’, then ‘M’ that is ‘Multiplication’, then
‘A’ that is ‘Addition’ and then ‘S’ that is ‘Subtraction’. If we do not know
the rule of BODMAS and if first you do subtraction, then you do
multiplication, then you do addition, then do brackets off, you will surely
get the answers wrong. In the same way, Arun Shourie himself does not know
math’s because for the division of inheritance for the division of
inheritance, according to the Islamic law, first share goes to the spouses
and the parents. After that whatever is remaining is shared between the
children. If you follow this rule, the sum total can never come more than
one. I hope that answers the question.
(Q) Hello, Hello, Hello, my name is Fauzia Syed, I am working in BMC as
inspector, I was a Christian and embraced Islam in 1980. How can I convince
my parents who are yet Christians, that prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
did not copy the Qur’an from the Bible.
(Dr. Zakir) The sister has posed the question that, she has reverted to
Islam. She has accepted Islam, first she was a Christian, I would like to
congratulate her thrice not once. To the atheist I congratulate once, to
her, I congratulate thrice because after saying ‘La ilaha’ she said
‘Illallah’ and then ‘Muhammad ur rasool Allah’. That is there is no God but
Allah and Muhammad (May peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah. I
would like to congratulate you. The question posed is that how can she
prove, how can she convince to her relatives that Qur’an has not been copied
or Qur’an has not been plagiarized from the Bible. As I told you that one
historical fact that the prophet was illiterate is sufficient to prove this.
But Qur’an also says in Surah Araf, Ch. No. 7, Verse No. 157, that they
follow the prophet. They follow the messenger, the unlettered prophet which
is mentioned in their scriptures, the law and the Gospels. And today, if you
read the Bible, it is mentioned in the book of the Isaiah, Ch. No. 29, Verse
No. 12, ‘the book is given to a prophet who is not learned’. Qur’an says it
is mentioned in the scripture and if you open the Bible, it is there in
Isiah, Ch. No. 29, Verse No. 12, those orientalists who claim that the
prophet copied from the Bible, Nauzubillah, they fail to realize that there
was no Arabic version of the Bible when the prophet was present. The first,
the earliest Old Testament in Arabic that we have was by R. Sadias Gaon in
the year 900 C. E. that is Common Era. More than 200 years after the death
of the prophet. And the earliest New Testament – Arabic that we have was
published by Erpenius in 1616 about a thousand years after the death of the
Prophet (may peace be upon him). I do agree that there are some similarities
between the Bible and the Qur’an. That does not indicate that the latter had
been copied from the former. It can also mean that they both have a common
third source. All the revelations of Allah (SWT) have the common message of
‘monotheism’. They have the common message. All the previous revelations
since they were time bound, as I mentioned, they have not been maintained in
their original form and have been interpolated. And there are several
concoctions, which have been done by the human beings. But there are bound
to be a few points, which are common. Just because of these similarities, it
would be wrong to say that prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) copied
from the Bible. Then it would also mean that Jesus (May peace be upon him)
Nauzubillah copied the New Testament from the Old Testament because there
are many things common in the old and the New Testament. Both of them had a
common source. And suppose some one copies in an examination, I will not
write in the answer paper, I have copied from my neighbor. I will not write
I have copied from Mr. XYZ. Muhammad (May peace be upon him) and Allah (SWT)
clearly indicate that Jesus (May peace be upon him), Moses (May peace be
upon him), all the other prophets were prophets of God Almighty. It gives
them due credit and due respect. If he would have copied, he would not have
mentioned, that Jesus and Moses (May peace be upon them) were prophets of
God. This proves he did not copy. Only based on historical facts it is
difficult for a person to say which of the two is correct Bible or the
Qur’an. But let us put it to test using our scientific knowledge. On the
face of it, if you glance, many stories, many points mentioned in the Qur’an
and the Bible are exactly the same. But if you analyze, there is a
difference of chalk and cheese. Bible for example mentions in the first
book, in the book of Genesis, Ch. No. 1, ‘the creation of the universe,
heavens and the earth, it was created in 6 days and the day is described as
a 24-hour period’. Qur’an too speaks at several places in Surah Araf, Ch.
No. 7, Verse No. 54, in Surah Yunus, Ch. No. 10, Verse No. 3, several places
that… ‘The heavens and the earth were created in 6 ayyaam’. The Arabic word
‘ayyaam’ is the plural of ‘yaum’ which means day. Yaum means day. It also
means a very very long period or an epoch. So here when the Qur’an says the
heavens and the earth were created in 6 epochs, very very long period, the
scientists have got no objection to description of the Qur’an. But to say
that the world was created in 6-twenty four-hour days is unscientific. The
Bible says in Genesis, Ch. No. 1, Verse No. 3 and 5, that… ‘The day and the
night were created on the first day and science tells us that the lights
were creating in the universe is due to a reaction of the stars’. And the
Bible says that the Sun, Genesis, Ch. No. 1, Verse No. 14 to 19, says that…
‘The sun was created on the fourth day’. How is it possible that the result,
that is the light was created 3 days before the sun? Illogical, it is
unscientific and the earth, which is required for the presence of day and
night, was created on the third day. Qur’an too speaks about the creation of
the light and the sun but it does not give this impossible unscientific
sequence. Do you think Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him), he copied
from the Bible and he made corrections in the sequence? No one knew 1400
years ago. Bible says in Genesis, Ch. No. 1, Verse No. 9 to 13, that… ‘The
earth was created on the 3rd day’ and Verse No. 14 to 19, says that… ‘The
sun and the moon were created on the 4th day’. Today science tells us that
the earth and the moon are parts of the original star, the sun. It is
impossible that the earth was created before the sun. It is unscientific,
Bible says that the vegetable kingdom in Genesis, Ch. No. 1, Verse No. 11
and 13, ‘the vegetable kingdom, along with the seed, seed bearing plants,
herbs, trees, etc. were created on the 3rd day and the sun’, Verses 14 to 19
says was created on the 4th day. How can the vegetation come into existence
without the sun? Bible says in Genesis, Ch. No. 1, Verse No. 16, that God
Almighty created two great lights – the sun, the greater light to rule the
day and the moon the lesser light to rule the night. Bible says that the sun
and the moon have its own light. And as I mentioned earlier, Qur’an
clarifies in Surah Furqaan, Ch. No. 25, Verse No. 61, that the light of the
moon is its reflected light. How is it possible that our beloved prophet
Muhammad (May peace be upon him) copied and corrected all the scientific
facts. It is not possible. If you analyze the several stories that is
mentioned in the Qur’an and the Bible, if you analyze it closely, there is a
difference of chalk and cheese. Bible mentions the story of Adam (May peace
be upon him) that the first man to be created on the face of the earth was
Adam and the Bible gives the date approximately 5800 years ago. Science
today according to the archeological evidence and the anthropological
evidence says that the first human being was present tens of thousands of
years ago. Qur’an too speaks about Adam (May peace be upon him) as the first
man but does not give this unscientific date. Bible speaks about the story
of Noah Alaisalaam, Noah (May peace be upon him) that there was a flood
there was a universal flood, in Genesis, Ch. No. 6, 7, 8. There was a
universal flood in which all living creatures on the earth were submerged
and were killed in this flood except those people that were there in the Arc
of Noah (May peace be upon him). The date according to the Bible is
approximately in the 21st or 22nd century. Today archeological evidence show
us that the 11th dynasty of Egypt and the 3rd dynasty of Babylonian existed
without any interruption in their continuation in the 21st century BC.
Qur’an too speaks about Noah, may peace be upon him and the flood but does
not give a date and the flood which Qur’an speaks about is localized flood.
It does not speak about a universal cataclysm. It says that the flood was
localized to the people of Noah only, may peace be upon him which scientists
today have got no objection. So you yourself can decipher whether the Qur’an
has been copied or not from the Bible.
(Q) First i would like tell you tht not all hindus beleive in Bhagwan
Rajneesh , and my question is , since the Quraan saya there were thousands
of messangers sent to human beings , so do u think Vedhas are also God's
words , do u beleive in them??
(Dr. Zakir) The brother, before posing the question he said, that all the
Hindus do not believe in Bhagwaan Rajneesh. Here it is being video recorded.
You can have the cassette. I said some people believe in Bhagwaan Rajneesh
so there is a misunderstanding between you and me. I never said that all the
Hindus believe. I know what the Hindus believe. Even I have studied the
scriptures and the brother posed a question and he posed a very good
question that do I agree that since the Qur’an says he has sent several
messengers and several revelations, do I believe in the Vedas, do I believe
in the Ved Shastra and do I believe in the other messengers or not. That is
the main question. I do agree with him. Qur’an says in several places.
Qur’an says in Surah Fatir, Ch. No. 35, Verse No. 24, it says...(Arabic)...
that ‘There is not a nation to whom we have not sent a warner or a guide’.
The Qur’an says in Surah Rad, Ch. No. 13, Verse No. 7...(Arabic)... ‘And to
every nation we have sent a warner’. Regarding your question that do you
believe that the Ved Shastra and do you believe that the other prophets were
prophets of God. By name the Qur’an mentions 25 prophets by name Adam,
Abraham, Moses, Ismail, Jesus, Muhammad (May peace be upon them all). But
according to the traditions, there are more than 124,000 prophets sent on
the face of the earth. By name we know only 25. Others may be, may not be,
we can not say for sure. Regarding your question that do you consider the
Ved to be the word of God. Let us see are there any common points between
the Veds and the Qur’an. Yes! There are. Since the topic is of God, the
Qur’an too speaks about, I mean the Ved also speaks about God. If you read
the Vedas it is mentioned in the Yajurveda, Ch. No. 3, Verse No.
32...Sanskrit... ‘Of that God, you cannot make any image’. The Yajurveda,
says in Ch. No. 33, Verse No. 3, God is formless and bodiless. The same
Yajurveda, Ch. No. 40, Verse No. 8, says God has no image, has got no body.
Same Yajurveda, Ch. No. 40, Verse No. 9, says that all those who worship the
uncreated things, they are in darkness and it continues...Sanskrit... ‘Of
that God’...Hindi... ‘There is only one God, not a second one, not in the
least bit’. It is mentioned in the Rig Veda, Volume No. 8, Ch. No. 1, Verse
No. 1...Sanskrit... ‘All praises are due to him alone’. It is mentioned in
the Rig Veda, Volume No. 6, Ch. No. 45, Verse No. 16...Sanskrit... ‘There is
only one God, worship him’. We believe in it. We have got no objection in
accepting these portions of Vedas. They may be the word of God, Qur’an is
the criteria to judge what is right, what is wrong because it is the last
and final revelation. We Muslims have got no objection in accepting all
these things as the word of God. But there may be other things as I said,
there may be interpolation which I know of many which I do not want to
discuss here. It may be, there may be interpolation. There may be human
works, which we cannot accept as the word of God. As there are unscientific
facts in the Bible, the same also are there in the Vedas. I do not want to
discuss that so we have got no objection that originally Vedas may have been
the word of God. Injeel – the Qur’an says Injeel is the wahi given to Isa
Alai salaam. It is the revelation given to Jesus (May peace be upon him) so
we can say for sure that Injeel was the word of God. And regarding the
messengers. Yes! There are several messenger several regarding Ram, Krishna,
are they messengers? What we say, may be we can say. But we can not say for
sure. There are some Muslims who say that Ram Alai salaam. That is wrong.
See they are scratching their back. I do not have to scratch the backs of
the Hindus so he is scratching my back. What I am saying they may be but
even if they are, even if Ram is the messenger of God Almighty, even if Veda
is a scripture of Allah (SWT), as I mentioned, they were time bound. They
were only meant for those people at that time and their message is not till
eternity. Qur’an is the last and final message is not till eternity. Qur’an
is the last and final message of Allah (SWT) even if Injeel, even if Bible,
even if Veda were the word of God, they were for that time not for today.
Qur’an is the last and final word of God and the last and messenger is
Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him). We have to follow the Qur’an and
the prophet. Hope that answers the question.
(Q) My name is Mehnaaz Syed and I am a student. My question is who created
Allah?
(Dr. Zakir) The question posed by the sister is who created Allah? It is a
question normally posed by the atheist, by the rationalists. That reminds me
of an occasion that, once my friend he is a very close friend of mine, he
had gone through a discussion with the rationalist group of Bombay, the
atheist group. And he tried to convince them about the existence of God
Almighty. And he started of saying that this is a cloth who created it?
Where did it come from? They said a weaver created it. Fine. It has a
creator. Yes! This is a book. Where did it come from? Where did the book
come from? Where did the pen come from? Like that he tried and proved to
them, that everything has a creator. The car it was created in a factory.
Who created the factory? May be the engineer. Who created the engineer? He
went on trying and proving everything has a creator. And then he asked a
question. Who created the sun? Who created the moon? And while asking these
questions, he said do you agree that everything has a creator? So the
rationalist group, they paused and they said, we will agree that everything
has a creator only under the condition, that you do not change your
statement. That you do not go back on your statement. We will agree
everything has a creator but you should not go back on your statement that
everything has a creator. My friend was very pleased. He was happy. I have
been successful. I have been successful in convincing the atheist and he
poses the next question. Who created the sun? Who created the moon?
Everything has a creator. You have to name who was the final creator? I have
come from my mother. My mother has come from her mother. Finally, who is the
first creator? And he helped them with the answer. The first creator who
created everything is God Almighty, thinking that he had won the discussion.
The atheist posed a question. We agree in God Almighty, on the condition,
you give us the answer who created God? And my friend got the shock of his
life. He could not answer. He was dumbstruck. He could not sleep the whole
night. Next day he came to me and he told me and narrated the whole incident
to me. And I realized he was using the methodology used by some scholars to
prove the existence of God. These scholars, they have missed out a very
important rule of logic, known as self-analysis. If you analyze my talk
never in my talk did I ever say that everything has a creator. Never did I
say that. If I would have said that, I would have been trapped. In fact I
was the person who asked the atheist and the atheist gave the reply that the
first person who know the mechanisms is the creator, the manufacturer. I did
not say that. He said it. If suppose someone poses the same question to me.
Brother Zakir, who will be the person to tell the mechanism of an unknown
object? I will tell him that everything which has a beginning, everything
which is created, the first person who will be able to tell the mechanism of
such thing is the creator. I am using my logic. I do not want to be trapped
again. If I say this answer that the first person will be the person, the
first person who will be able to tell the mechanisms of anything which is
created, which has a beginning is the creator, you can use the same argument
and still prove that Qur’an is the word of God. The final answer will be,
because science tells us the sun has a beginning, the moon has a beginning,
our universe has a beginning. Who will know the mechanism? The creator God
Almighty. You asked me the question, who created Allah? It is somewhat
similar to the question posed to me by my friend. He said that my brother
Tom, he was admitted to the hospital and he conceived and gave birth to a
child. Can you tell me was the child a girl or a boy? I know as a doctor
that a male cannot conceive and give birth to a child. The quality of a male
is, it cannot conceive and give birth to a child. It is an absurd question.
Same way, the definition of Allah (SWT) is Allah, is uncreated. It does not
have a beginning. So if you ask me the question who created Allah, it is as
absurd as my friend asking me that my brother Tom gave birth to a child, is
it a male or a female. Hope that answers the question.
(Q) My name is Mohammed Ashraf, my question is the... I am a student. My
question is the... Many orientalist claim or rather allege that the prophet
(peace be upon him) wrote the Qur’an for the moral reformation of the Arabs
and attributed it to God for better acceptability.
(Dr. Zakir) The brother has posed a question and I do agree with him that
some of the orientalist has said that our beloved prophet Muhammad (May
peace be upon him) he told a lie, that Nauzubillah by saying Qur’an is the
word of God so that he could reform the Arabs. I do agree that the message
of the Qur’an and the intention of prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him),
was not only to reform Arabia, the intention of the Qur’an and our beloved
prophet was to reform the whole world. Not only Arabia. If you say let us
analyze this claim. If his main reason was only to reform Arabia, then why
should a person use immoral means to make a moral society? Imagine! You want
to make a moral security but you, yourself start by telling a lie. This can
only be done by people who are fake, who do it for money. Openly they may
say we want to reform the world. But inwardly they want money and I have
already disproved that the prophet did not do it for money. So if the final
end result is truth, even the means should be truthful. It is mentioned in
the Qur’an in Surah Anam, Ch. No. 6, Verse No. 93, that... ‘Who can be more
wicked than a person who invents a lie against Allah (SWT)’, and says
that... ‘I have received an inspiration when no inspiration has come to him
or says that I can invent a revelation, the same as Allah (SWT)’. If the
prophet had actually lied, he would have never mentioned it in his own book
that the person who lies is a wicked person. In some point of his life may
be his lie would be exposed, then he would be calling himself a wicked
person. And the verse continues to give a humiliating punishment. Again it
is mentioned in Surah Al-Haqqa, Ch. No. 69, Verse No. 44 and 47, that if the
messenger was to invent a lie in our name, in the name of Allah (SWT), we
would seize him by his hand. We would seize him by his right hand and cut
off the artery of his heart and you will not be able to save him from one
wrath. Even the messenger is not excused. If any messenger was to invent a
lie, let it be even prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him), Nauzubillah he
will never do it, even if any messenger invents a lie, the Qur’an says we
will cut off the artery of his heart. There were chances that if the prophet
Muhammad (May peace be upon him) would have lied, surely he would have been
exposed at some point of life and he would be calling, he would to ask the
people to put him to death. A similar punishment is mentioned in Surah
Shura, Ch. No. 42, Verse No. 24, as well as in Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16, Verse
No. 105. And there are several instances in which the prophet himself was
corrected in the Qur’an. If the prophet wrote the Qur’an for moral
reformation, Nauzubillah, surely he would not have mentioned those things
which Allah (SWT) did not like the prophet doing. For example, one such
verse, one such Surah is Surah Abasa, Ch. No. 80, it says that... ‘O
prophet! When the blind man came interrupting, when the blind came
interrupting, he frowned and turned away. What does thou know lest he may
increase in spiritual guidance or receive admonition’. This Surah was
revealed when the blind man by the name of Abdullah Ibn Umme Maktum
interrupted the prophet when he was having a discussion with the pagan Arabs
– the non-muslims and the prophet did not appreciate interruption because
when he is speaking with the non-muslims chiefs why should a blind Muslim
come and interrupt. If it would have been any one else besides the prophet.
Let it be a saint or a sinner, no one would have objected. But because the
prophet whose character was so noble. It was so high, whose heart always
wept for the poor and the needy. For him, a revelation came down. And
whenever the prophet met this person, he always thanked him that because of
you Allah (SWT) had remembered me. Several such reproof had been given in
the Qur’an for example Surah Tahrim, Ch. No. 66, Verse No. 1, in Surah Nahl,
Ch. No. 16, Verse No. 126. In Surah Anfal, Ch. No. 8, Verse No. 84, in
several places. If the prophet would have written the Qur’an for moral
reformation, he would not have incorporated this in the Qur’an. Hope that
answers the question.
(Q) Assalamualaikum brother, I am a medical student brother, in your
lecture, you spoke about several scientific facts. Are there any facts
relating to mathematics in the Qur’an?
(Dr. Zakir) The sister has posed the question that I have mentioned several
scientific facts, are there any mathematical facts mentioned in the Qur’an
or does this Qur’an speak anything on mathematics. Yes the Qur’an speaks
about several things about mathematics. One such law of mathematics which
the whole mathematics is actually based on the law of Aristotle – ‘The
excluded middle’. It says that every proposition, that every statement can
either be true or false. And for years everyone followed this law. A hundred
years ago, there was a person who said posed the question that if every
statement, every proposition can either be true or false, even this is a
statement. Even this can be false. What if this is false? The whole
mathematics was going to collapse. All the mathematicians got together and
they took out a new consistence, a new theory saying that whenever anyone
utilizes a word it can either be used. When you use a word you talk about
its meaning not the word. But when you mention the word, you talk about the
word not the meaning. Let me give you an example, that if I say that Akbar,
Akbar is small. Meaning wise it is right. He is small boy. Akbar is small,
no problem. But a person, who knows Arabic, he may take objection. Akbar is
not small. Akbar means great. Here I was mentioning the word. I was not
using the word. Let me give another example that suppose if I say ‘3’ always
comes before ‘4’. No one will have any objection, ‘3’ always comes before
‘4’. But a skeptic, he will tell me ‘3’ comes after ‘4’ in the dictionary
because ‘T’ comes after ‘F’. Now when I was saying ‘3’ comes before ‘4’, I
was talking about the meaning, I was not talking about the mentioning. The
skeptic who is taking an objection is talking about the mentioning, not the
meaning. So when a word is utilized it can be utilized in two ways – either
meaning or mentioning. During my talk, I quoted a verse of the Qur’an of
Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 82, which says...(Arabic)... ‘That do not
they consider the Qur’an with care, had it been from anyone besides Allah,
there would have been many contradictions’. Meaning wise it is absolutely
clear. No one has been able to take out a single contradiction. So Qur’an is
the word of God. But there is skeptic who says that I can take out a
contradiction. I say where. He says open Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 82. The word
contradiction is there. The word ‘Ittilaaf’ is there in the Qur’an. Qur’an
is proved wrong. The word ‘Ittilaaf’ is there in the Qur’an, is the author
tripping itself. I said wait! Read the full verse it says... ‘Do not they
consider the Qur’an with care, had it been from any one besides Allah, there
would have been many contradictions and the ‘Ittilaafun kasira – the word
‘Ittilaaf’ – the word contradiction in the full Qur’an occurs only once. So
yet even mentioning wise the Qur’an does not trip itself. It is safe. The
word ‘Ittilaaf’ is only mentioned once and the Qur’an says ‘Ittilaafun
kasira’ – many contradictions. They are safe. Another skeptic will come
forward and say okay, I will agree ‘Ittilaaf’ is only once but Qur’an
says... ‘Do not they consider the Qur’an with care, had it been from anyone
besides Allah, then would have been many contradictions. The word many
contradictions is there, the word ‘Ittilaafun kasira’ is there. So Qur’an is
not from God. I know it is a bit difficult to understand but I will give you
a simple example later on. It is a bit difficult to understand. The vice
versa is not always true. When the Qur’an says that… ‘If Qur’an would not...
do they not consider the Qur’an with care, had it been from anyone besides
Allah, then would have been contradictions’. The Qur’an does not say that if
there are many contradictions, the Qur’an would have not been from Allah. If
the Qur’an would have mentioned, that if there were many contradictions,
this book is not from Allah then the Qur’an would have been proved wrong.
Allah (SWT) chose his words. Because the vice versa need not always be true.
Let me give you an example that suppose if I say that all the... all the
people living in Bombay, all the Bombayites they are Indians. It is a true
statement. But the vice versa need not be true. All Indians do not stay in
Bombay. Some may stay, some may not. So the rule says, the vice versa is not
always true. So when Qur’an says… ‘Do not they consider the Qur’an with
care, had it been from anyone besides Allah, there would have been many
contradictions’. So if there are contradictions, it can be from Allah, it
cannot be from Allah also. The Qur’an does not trip itself. Let me give you
a simpler example. It is mentioned in Surah Muminun, Ch. No. 23, Verse No.
1, that the true believers are humble in prayers. Someone will tell me I
know a Muslim who prays 5 times a day but he robs, he cheats. There are
black sheep’s in every community. See the Qur’an is wrong. Qur’an says true
believer is humble in prayer. I say wait, listen to the words of the Qur’an.
Qur’an says true believers are humble in prayers. Qur’an does not say all
those who are humble in prayer are true believers. If the Qur’an would have
said all those who are humble in prayer are true believers, Qur’an would
have been proved wrong. So Allah (SWT) is the best mathematician. He knows
there are skeptics who are going to take out fault in the Qur’an. He chooses
the words. I would like to give one more example. That the Qur’an mentions
in Surah Imran, Ch. No. 3, Verse No. 59, that the similitude of Jesus in
front of Allah is the same as Adam (May peace be upon them). He was created
from dust and said ‘be’ and it was. Meaning wise we have no objection. Jesus
Christ (May peace be upon him), Adam(May peace be upon him), both were
created from dust. Meaning wise it is absolutely clear but if you count in
the Qur’an the word Isa alaisalaam – Jesus (May peace be upon him), is
mentioned 25 times in the full Qur’an and if you count Adam (May peace be
upon him), even he is mentioned 25 times. So besides the meaning being same
even the mentioning is same. There are several such examples in Surah Araf,
Ch. No. 7, Verse No. 176, it says that as to those who rejects our signs
they are like dogs. The Arabic statement as to those who rejects our sign,
it is mentioned in the Qur’an 5 times. The Arabic word for dog is ‘kalb’
even that is mentioned 5 times. Besides the meaning being same even the
mentioning is same. Surah Fatir, Ch. No. 35, Verse No. 20, says that ‘The
darkness is not like light’. Arabic word for darkness is ‘zulmaat’. It is
mentioned 23 times in the Qur’an. The word for light, Arabic word is ‘Nur’.
It is mentioned 24 times in the Qur’an. So even besides the meaning being
correct even the mentioning matches that darkness is not like light, 23 is
not like 24. So where ever Qur’an says this like that, besides the meaning
being same, even the mentioning is same. If the Qur’an says this is not like
that, besides the meaning matching, even the mentioning will not match and
besides this the Qur’an is quoted so well, it is impossible to make the
Qur’an even by a computer. The example I gave you of Surah Imran, Ch. No. 3,
Verse No. 59, which says the similitude of Jesus(May peace be upon him) in
front of Allah (SWT) is like Adam (May peace be upon him). He was created
from dust and ‘Bc’ it was. Besides both being mentioned 25 times, if you
start counting from Surah Fatiha, Ch. No. 1, Verse No. 1, till Surah
(missing ) ...
Allah is not testing you with food. But he tests some people with food some
people with wealth, some people with children, some people with spouses,
different tests. Whenever you give an examination you cannot say that the
examiner should give the same test to everyone. But irrespective whatever
the test is, the judgement should be just. Qur’an says ‘Maliki yau middeen’.
He is the master of the day of judgement. Depending upon which test we give
you. He judges you that way. Suppose you are running a race and a person is
lame you know you are handicapped so you give him in a 100-meter dash, you
give him a 50 meters lead and a person who has both the legs, he starts from
first. So that both have equal opportunity so depending upon the test Allah
has given you, he will judge you on the basis of that. Hope that answers the
question.
(Q) Salaamualaikum. I am Kashmira Nazda, I am a revert Muslim. I am a
student of final C.A., my question is actually in the first part of your
lecture, you said there are no contradiction in the Qur’an, okay but there
is a ayah in the Qur’an which the number I am not aware of but Allah says in
the Qur’an that he seals the hearts of certain people and hence they do not
understand. But we all know that it is the brain that thinks and the mind.
Can we clarify that?
(Dr. Zakir) The sister has asked a very good question and I would like to
congratulate her too thrice for reverting to Islam. She said... she said
that Allah says in certain parts of the Qur’an and I do agree with her that
Allah seals the heart, ‘Mohur Lagai’, on the heart and so that people who do
not come close to the truth, they have been sealed. She has asked the
question that today science is advanced and we know that brain is the main
organ required for thinking not the heart. Previously people thought it was
the heart, so is not there an error in the Qur’an. If you realize, in the
beginning of my talk I also quoted a verse of the Qur’an, the third
quotation Verse from Surah Ta Ha, Ch. No. 20, Verse No. 25 to 28, which
says... ‘O my Lord, increase my breast for me’ ... ‘Increase my breast for
me and make my task... task easy for me and remove the impediment from my
speech so that they will understand’. Now here the word again ‘Sadr’ –
heart. So why should Allah increase my heart, the Arabic word ‘Sadr’ has got
two meanings. One is heart and the other is center. If you go to Karachi,
you will find ‘Sadr’ so and so ‘Sadr’ so and so, center so and so. So ‘Sadr’
in Arabic, besides meaning heart, also means center. So here Qur’an says
that we have sealed your centers- brain. I asked Allah (SWT)... ‘O my Lord,
increase my center intellect and remove the impediment between me and the
audience’. Hope that answers the question.
(Q) Salaamualaikum. My name is Khalid. Dr. Zakir Naik is it not
contradictory that the Qur’an calls Iblis an angel at one place and a jinn
at another place?
(Dr. Zakir) The brother has posed a question that does not the Qur’an
contain a contradiction that in several places Iblis was a angel but one
place it says that he was a jinn. The Qur’an mentions the story of Iblis and
Adam (May peace be upon him) at several places in the Qur’an. It is
mentioned in Surah Baqarah, Ch. No. 2, in Surah Araf, Ch. No. 7, in Surah
Hijr, Ch. No. 15, in Surah Isra, Ch. No. 17, in Surah Kahf, Ch. No. 18, in
Surah Ta Ha, Ch. No. 20, in Surah Sad, Ch. No. 38, several places and in all
these places, I do agree that the Qur’an says... ‘We had said to the Angels
bow down. All of them bowed down except Iblis’. This is the English
translation. ‘We had said to the Angels bow down. All bowed down except
Iblis’. But one place in the Qur’an the brother did not give the reference.
He was referring to Surah Kahf, Ch. No. 18, Verse No. 50, which says, we
said to the angels bow down. All bowed down except Iblis. Iblis was among
the Jinns. So if you analyze, seven places the Qur’an says Iblis was an
angel. One place it says Iblis was a Jinn. Isn’t there a contradiction? This
is the English translation of the Holy Qur’an. But the Qur’an was revealed
in Arabic, and in Arabic language there is a grammar known as ‘Taghleeb’.
Arabic grammar known as ‘Taghleeb’ in which if the majority is addressed, if
you address to a majority even the minority is included. I will give an
example, if suppose there are 100 students in the class out of which 99
students are boys and one is a girl and if I say in arabic, all boys stand
up, even that girl will stand up because she knows the rule of ‘Taghleeb’.
But if I say in English all boys stand up, only the 99 boys will stand up,
the girl will not stand up. So the Qur’an was revealed in Arabic and when
the Qur’an says we said to the angels bow down, all bowed down except Iblis,
it shows that the majority of the people that were there were Angels. Iblis
may be an angel, may not be an angel but Surah Kahf, Ch. No. 18, Verse No.
50, says that... he was a Jinn. So Qur’an says in Surah Kahf, Ch. No. 18,
Verse No. 50, that he was a Jinn and in other places it says may be he was
an angel or not an angel, they have to agree with Surah Kahf, Ch. No. 18,
Verse No. 50. It is not a contradiction. You have to apply the rule of
Arabic grammar – ‘Taghleeb’. And secondly, the Angels do not have a free
will of their own. Whatever Allah (SWT) says, they immediately obey. Jinn’s
have a free will so this a second proof that Iblis was a Jinn. I hope that
answers the question.
(Q) Salaamualaikum. Now we believe that God is super natural and he can do
everything. A non-Muslim friend of mine has a question why is it that God
does assume a human form. Can you please explain?
(Dr. Zakir) The sister has posed the question that God is Supernatural. He
can do everything and her friend posed a question then why cannot God
Almighty take human forms? The people who believe in God they say that God
is supernatural. Everyone out here who believes in God will also believe
that God is supernatural. I would like to know, which person out here who
believes in a God says that God is not supernatural. Everyone. Everyone who
believes in God, they believe that God is supernatural. Supernatural means
there is nature and then there is God. If fact, according to the Qur’an God
is not supernatural, God is not supernatural. According to the concept of
Allah (SWT) in the Qur’an, God created nature, it will never be that nature
said this and God is saying the opposite. God created the nature. God
created your fitra, the innate nature in the human being. One of the
attribute of Allah (SWT) given in the Qur’an is ‘Fatir’ which is the name of
the 35th Surah of the Qur’an. Fatir has been derived from the word ‘Fitra’
meaning innate nature. Fatir means the creator, the originator of creations.
The creator of the primedial matter to which more creation is added by God
Almighty. Therefore when we break our fast in Ramadhan, we say ‘Iftar’.
Iftar means break. Same way, the word Fatir means creator, it means shaper,
former as well as splitter. Qur’an tells the people that do not you ponder
on them? You look at the sun, you look at the moon, they are following the
laws of nature. They will never change their course. They are all natural.
Same way, Allah (SWT) is too natural. It is mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah
Ahzab, Ch. No. 33, Verse No. 62, it says...(Arabic)... That the nature
...(Arabic)... That you will never find a change in the nature of Allah
(SWT). In Surah Ahzab, Ch. No. 33, Verse No. 62, a similar message is
repeated in the Qur’an saying that establish the handwork of Allah (SWT).
Never will you find a change in the work of Allah (SWT). This is a standard
religion but most of them will not understand. It is mentioned in Surah Rum,
Ch. No. 30, Verse No. 30. Today science tells us, the quantum and the modern
science they tell us, that without an observer, you do not have anything.
The Universe without an observer is useless. The scientist posed a question.
Who was the first observer? Another attribute of Allah (SWT) is ‘Ar-Rashid -
the witness’. Qur’an says Allah was the person who first witnessed. So God
is not supernatural, God is natural. Regarding your second part of the
question that God can do everything, normally, I pose this question to most
of the persons who believe in God just so that they have a better
understanding of Allah (SWT). I ask them the question that can God create
anything and everything? Most of them will say... Yes! Can God destroy
anything and everything? All will say... Yes! My third question is, Can God
create a thing which he cannot destroy? And they are trapped. If they say...
Yes! That God can create a thing which he cannot destroy, they are going
against their second statement that God can destroy everything. If they
say... ‘No God cannot create a thing which he cannot destroy’, that means
they are going against their first statement that God can create everything.
Again, they are not using their logic, they are trapped. Same way God cannot
create a tall-short man. Yes he can make a tall man short but no longer he
remains tall. He can make a tall man short. No longer he remains tall. He
can make a short man tall. No longer will that man remain short. But you
cannot have a tall short man. You can have a medium man. Who is neither tall
neither short. But God cannot make a man who is tall and short at the same
time. Similarly, God Almighty, Allah (SWT) cannot make a fat-thin man. There
are a thousand things I can list which God Almighty cannot do. God cannot
tell a lie. The moment he tells a lie, he seizes to be God. God cannot be
unjust. The moment he is unjust, he seizes to be God. God cannot be cruel,
God cannot forget. You can list a thousand things. God Almighty cannot throw
me out of his domain. The full world, the full universe belongs to him. He
can kill me. He can obliterate me. He can make me vanish. But he cannot
throw out of his domain. To him belongs everything. Where will he throw me?
He can kill me. He can obliterate me. He can make me vanish, but he cannot
throw me out of his domain. No where does the Qur’an say, God can do
everything. In fact Qur’an says...(Arabic)... that... ‘Verily Allah has
power over all things’, Qur’an does not say God can do everything. Qur’an
says God has power over all things. Several places Surah Baqarah, Ch. No. 2,
Verse No. 106, Surah Baqarah, Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 108, Surah Imran,
Al-Imran, Ch. No. 3, Verse No. 29, in Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16, Verse No. 77,
in Surah Fatir, Ch. No. 35, Verse No. 1, several places the Qur’an
says...(Arabic)... ‘Verily Allah has power over all things’. And there is a
world of a difference between Allah can do everything and Allah has power
over everything. In fact Qur’an tells in Surah Buruj, Ch. No. 85, Verse No.
15&16, it says... ‘Allah is the doer of all he intends’. See whatever he
intends, he can do but God only does godly things. He does not do ungodly
things. Regarding your main question why cannot God take human form? Posed
by a non-Muslim. This philosophy of God taking forms is called as
Anthropomorphism. That God Almighty takes forms and they have a beautiful
logic. Therefore God Almighty to say, to know, to instruct the people, how
it feels when a person is hurt, he has to take a form of a human being to
tell to the mankind, how it feels when you are hurt. How it feels when you
are happy. How it feels when you are sad, to lay down the dos and don’ts for
the human beings, God Almighty took the form of human being known as the
theory of Anthropomorphism. But if you analyze this logic does not stand the
test. Suppose I create, I am the inventor of a tape recorder. I create
television. I do not have to become a tape recorder to know what is good and
bad for the tape recorder. I do not have to become a television to know what
is good and bad for the television. I just write a catalogue that to play a
cassette, insert the cassette, press the button play, the cassette will
start playing. Press stop, it will stop. Press fast forward, it will fast
forward. I put down a catalogue same way God need not become a human being
to what is good or bad for the human being. He chooses a man amongst men to
give the instructions to give the catalogue. Which is the catalogue? The
Qur’an the catalogue for the human being. The dos and don’ts. What is good
for them, what is bad for them, is the Qur’an. He does not have to become a
human being. Why? You ask me, cannot God take a human form? Yes he can take.
But the moment he takes a human form, he seizes to be God, because God is
immortal. Human beings are mortal. You cannot have an immortal and mortal
person at the same time. It is like a tall man. Human beings, they have
certain qualities. They have certain bonds, for example, they have to eat.
They have to eat. Qur’an says in Surah Anam, Ch. No. 6, Verse No. 14... ‘Say
will I take for anyone as a protector besides Allah, the creator of the
heavens and the earth, who feeds everyone but is not required to be fed’.
Human beings require to eat. God requires to eat? No! human beings require
to sleep. It is mentioned in the Qur’an in Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 255, in the
Ayatul Qursi... ‘No slumber can seize him nor sleep’. God does not require
to sleep. So if we have a man, man requires to sleep. Man requires to rest.
Man requires to eat. How can God come down and be mortal and immortal at the
same time? It is illogical. If you say that God takes human form and has
human qualities, you are giving a whip to the atheist to beat you with. The
moment you say, God is supernatural. God can do everything you are giving a
whip to the atheist to beat you with. God is not supernatural. God cannot do
everything. God cannot take human forms. God is natural. God has power over
everything. He is the doer of all the intends. And he does not take human
forms.
(Q) My name is Austin Philips. I am a Christian, now there are many
questions I would like to ask but time will not permit, so.
(Dr. Mohammed) Most... can we have the most important question put?
(Q) Yes the most important question now I will ask I ... what comes to my
mind right now is this that, Islam speaks about Jesus Christ. Islam believes
that Jesus Christ was. It does not believe that he died on the cross and he
rose again from the dead. But it believes that he was raised up. Jesus was
raised up by God, it also says that Muhammad was not raised up and one
Muslim friend also told me that Islam believes that Jesus was born of a
virgin and he was born by the power of holy spirit and he was not born in
the natural way. Now this proves that Jesus Christ, if he is not God, at
least he is greater than Muhammad. Now why do not you consider if you have
the teachings of Muhammad, why do not you give the teachings of Jesus also,
which are there in the Bible.
(Dr. Mohammed) Can I put another question associated with it, this is from
Harold Porter. He also asked if you say that God is one, then how did Jesus
Christ come into the picture?
(Dr. Zakir) Brother has asked a very good question and these questions are
mainly posed by the missionaries. Christian missionaries. I do not know
whether he is one and he gave some two-three examples that Islam speaks
about Jesus Christ (May peace be upon him) and he says that Qur’an says
that... Jesus Christ (May peace be upon him) was raised up alive. Prophet
Muhammad (May peace be upon him) was not. Jesus Christ (May peace be upon
him) was born of a virgin birth. Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had a
mother and a father. Who is greater? The mind gives the answer. Who is
greater? Jesus. And then he says and there are many such questions and he
also says... it says... that Jesus Christ (May peace be upon him) is
mentioned 25 times. Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) only 5 times by
name, who is greater? And they pose question, they pose questions as a
Muslim and our mind thinks. Ah! Who is greater, Jesus Christ (May peace be
upon him) so he wants me to throw some light on Jesus Christ (May peace be
upon him). Brother, Islam is the only non-Christian faith which makes an
article of faith to believe in Jesus (May peace be upon him). We believe
that he was born miraculously without any male intervention which many
modern day Christian do not believe. We believe that he gave life to the
dead with Gods permission. We believe that he healed those blind with Gods
permission. But there are parting of ways. We do not believe that he is God
Almighty. We do not believe that he is begotten son of God. We believe he is
the messenger of God. Coming to your question if the Qur’an mentions that
Jesus Christ (May peace be upon him) was raised up alive, Muhammad
(Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) died. Who is greater? That does not indicate
that if there is someone after God. It has to be who? If someone has to
slaughter someone. If someone has to sacrifice, they have to sacrifice the
best person and according to them the best person is Jesus Christ (May peace
be upon him). According to the Qur’an he was not crucified. ... ‘They killed
him not neither did they crucify him’. We agree, but according to your
Bible, according to... according to the false reading. Bible also says he
was not crucified... that the Jews crucified. Most of the people did not
accept him to be a messenger of God Almighty. They went to extremes. The
Qur’an says... Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 171, it says that... ‘O
people of the book’ ...‘Do not go to extremes in your religion’. What
extreme... two extremes, Jews said he was an imposter and the Christians
said that he was God Almighty. Extremes, speak not of God ought but the
truth, speak the truth. There is only one God. He was raised up because
there was misconception. In his Second Coming he will not teach us anything
new. Qur’an says in Surah Maidah, Ch. No. 5, Verse No. 3... ‘On this day I
have perfected your religion for you and have chosen for you Islam as the
way of life’. We Muslims, we believe he will come, but he will not teach us
anything new. He will not teach us anything new. He will come to clarify the
misconception and he and he will tell to Allah (SWT), Ya Allah bari taala,
you be my witness that I never told them to worship me. I never told them to
call me the begotten son. He will come for the Christians not for the
Muslims. We believe he will come. You say that he was born of a virgin
birth. If suppose, if suppose a person does not have a father and you claim
because he does not have a father he is God Almighty, Qur’an gives the
answer in Surah Imran, Al-Imran, Ch. No. 3, Verse No. 59, similitude of
Jesus in front of Allah is the same as Adam. They were created from dust and
said ‘be’ and it was Adam (May peace be upon him) did he have a father. Adam
(May peace be upon him) had no father. He had no mother. If you say a person
who does not have a father is God Almighty, Adam (May peace be upon him) is
a bigger God, your Bible, it is not the Qur’an, it is the Bible. Bible
speaks about another super human - King Malchisedec. King Malchisedec, he
had no accent, no decent, no beginning, no end. He is bigger than even Adam
(May peace upon him) is mentioned by name 25, Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi
wasallam) only 5 times. Why? Because there were allegations against Jesus
Christ (May peace upon him). There was no allegations against Muhammad (May
peace upon him) and when the Qur’an was revealed, prophet Muhammad (May
peace upon him) was present. So if I have to address a person, I just have
to say... He, He, O Nabi, O Prophet. I need not take his name always. But if
I am referring to my friend who is not here, I have to take his name, that
Mr. XYZ. So since Jesus (May peace upon him) was not there when the Qur’an
was revealed, his name had to be taken. In that, in that way Qur’an mentions
the name of Musa (Alai salaam) 132 times. Does it mean he is greater than
prophet Muhammad and Isa (Alai Salaam) both? No, because they were not
present, when any example is given of them, their name has to be taken. For
a person who is present, the name need not be taken. I hope that answers the
question.
(Q) As salaamualaikum brother Zakir, my name is Israt Ansari and I am a
science graduate, presently doing my MA in Islamic studies. My question to
you is in the Qur’an it has been mentioned that no one besides God knows the
sex of the child in the mothers womb. However modern science have developed
certain tests by which we can determine the sex of the child in the Qur’an?
(Dr. Zakir) Wa laikum salaam sister. She has posed a question that Qur’an
mentions that no one besides Allah (SWT) knows the sex of the child in the
womb and today I do agree with her that there are many medical tests for
example, Amiocentencis, ultra sonography, which can determine the sex of
child so is not there a mistake. A scientific error in the Qur’an? What the
sister is referring to is referring to a verse from Surah Luqmaan, Ch. No.
31, Verse No. 34, which says... ‘Only Allah knows the hour that is the day
of judgement, no one besides Allah knows the day of judgement when will it
rain what is in the womb of the mother what will a person earn and where
will he die’. These five things no one besides Allah (SWT) knows. Her main
question is that Qur’an says that no one besides Allah knows the sex of the
child in the womb. Sister the misconception is because there are a few
translation, there are a few translations especially the Urdu translation
which has mentioned that no one besides Allah knows the sex of the child in
the womb. In the Arabic the sex is not mentioned. The Qur’an says no one
besides Allah knows what is in the womb. The Qur’an does not refer here to
sex, it refers to how will the child be? Will he be honest? Will he be
dishonest? Will he be a boon for the society? Will he be a bane for society?
What will he become? Will he be an engineer? Will he be a doctor? And
believe me with all your medical scientific knowledge you can never tell in
advance what will a person be...(Clapping)... That is a mistranslation.
Before the next question comes. That is a very good question. He said that
it can please do not interrupt brother, what you want to say you can come in
the mike, brother it is better if you come in the mike and say. Still I give
him a chance, may be he is a non-Muslim no problem. He is saying may be I am
misleading if there is a difficulty in understanding the language to the
lexicon, the Arabic lexicon. There are Arabic lexicons written by
non-muslims and the best one is lane lexicon. Go to the lanes lexicon
written by non-muslims and they will tell you that sex is not there in the
arabic text. They will tell you not I...(Clapping)... Regarding the other
criteria’s what about day of judgement. There are people who predicted. It
had come in the Times of India that in November 1992 there was a Korean
church, which said that the world is going to end in November 1992. All the
people who followed that church came there, nothing happened. We are yet
living and the people ran away with the money. No one knows when the world
is going to end. Regarding rain, some people will say science has developed.
By weather forecast bureau you can say where it is going to rain when it is
going to rain. You know how, how accurate the rains are, how accurate the
weather forecast bureaus are especially in India. Okay some may say America.
America they are perfect. Okay for the sake of argument agree. Give them
rope to hang themselves. The weather forecast bureau when they tell you when
and how much is going to rain they tell you on the basis of looking at the
clouds and analyzing what is the speed of wind when it will fall. It is
nothing great, the rain is already present in the cloud. It is like you
telling me that suppose a person sits on an examination and the results are
going to be out after one month and the teacher corrects the paper the
patient, the teacher corrects the paper after three weeks and she knows in
advance that this person came out first, this person got 93 marks. Just
because she knows in advance it is nothing great she already corrected the
paper. Just because before putting on the notice board she says one week in
advance who came out first, it is nothing great. The rain is already present
in the cloud. The great part will be if the weather forecast bureau can tell
today when and where is it going to rain exactly 200 years afterwards
without looking at the clouds. I challenge any weather forecast bureau to
say in advance 200 years in advance where which part of the world exactly
how much is going to rain, they will never be able to do it. Regarding when
will a person die. Some people can say yes see I will commit suicide, I will
die here. Most of the cases of people who commit suicide they fail,
majority. How many people are going to commit suicide, hardly, just a
negligible amount and those majority of the people who try to commit suicide
majority are not successful. After they take poison they go and tell
somebody else and they are rushed to the hospital. When they jump they see
where there is safe landing. And even if you jump, if Allah wants to save
you he can save you. If you die it is with his permission not without his
permission...(Clapping)... Regarding the last part point, no one knows how
much he is going to earn. You may say see brother Zakir I know that I earn
two thousand, I earn two thousand rupees a month, see the Qur’an is wrong.
The Qur’an does not talk about earning here, in money, it talks about
‘taksee’. The word ‘taksee’ in Arabic can also mean earning good deeds and
bad deeds. It does not only means salary and even if you say that I give
charity, look you can never know how much ‘sawaab’ you are getting how much
blessing you are getting. You will never know how much blessing you will get
by doing a good act and how much sin how much negative points you get by
doing a bad deed. Everything is kept intact in the record of Allah (SWT).
Hope that answers the question.
(Dr. Mohammed) Excuse me now because the management said we have to
shorten
the program by another 10-15 minutes, just to give a chance to those who
have given slips, at least one or two chance I should give when they have
sent me such a huge list of slips. I would put one question from the slip
then a question from a brother then again from the slip then from the other
brother then from the sister and so on so that we maintain the rules of the
auditorium. I would put this question. The question is... you know that Arun
Shourie has written several articles and books against Islam. Why do not you
challenge him to a public debate.
(Dr. Zakir) The person has posed the question that I know Arun Shourie has
written several articles and books against Islam. Why do not I challenge him
for a debate and I have read those articles. Most of those articles are
mainly based on two points, one he is talking about the women that the women
do not have their equal rights and secondly is about that Islam is a
terrorist religion, it is a merciless religion and a few points here and
there like the one the brother mentioned God does not know math’s, etc. Lets
us analyze. Believe me all of them as I mentioned out of context,
mistranslation, misquotation. Yes that right brother has said I can clarify
it that is what I am doing. The brother is saying with him. The question
posed was why do not I challenge Arun Shourie for a debate if he has written
so many books against Islam. If you read the latest book on the world of
Fatwas, Shariah in action, latest book. It was released in Bombay just a
week ago I feel. Just a few days ago and I was able to read that book and
there if you read the book cover on the book cover he has given a beautiful
name of a certain arabic quotation of the Qur’an which was from Ch. 48,
Surah Fatah, Verse No. 29, which says Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the
messenger of Allah and those who follow him are firm and unyielding, are
uncompassionate towards the believers but have love between the believers
full stop. Full stop where there is no full stop again quoting out of
context giving the impression that Muslims, we are merciless against the
unbelievers. He is quoting out of context. If you read the context it starts
from Surah Fatah, Ch. No. 48, Verse No. 25, which says that… ‘Those
unbelievers were the ones who did not agree with the revelation of the
Qur’an and they prevented you from entering the sacred mosque and prevented
you from sacrificing the animals and prevented you from reaching the place
of sacrifice’. These unbelievers prevented the Muslims from performing the
pilgrimage, I want to know that suppose any Christian is prevented from
entering the Vatican city will he love that person? Will he embrace him? But
natural he will not like the person. If suppose a Hindu is prevented from
entering the place of his pilgrimage, Banaras will he like it? No! The same
way if you read in context it says that those people who prevented you from
entering Makkah, the sacred mosque and prevented you from sacrificing the
animal you have to be firm with them and love those people who are the
believers. Quoting out of context and in that book as I told you if you read
on page no. 571 and page no. 572, he quotes his favorite verse, very
favorite, his pet verse of Surah Tauba, Ch. No. 9, Verse No. 5, which says
that after the four forbidden months have passed seize the unbeliever in
brackets indicating seize the Hindus seize the unbelievers and slay them but
if they give charity if they pray then let them go indicating that every
Muslim whenever he finds a Hindu slay him kill him but if he accepts Islam
let him go. Again he is quoting out of context. The context is from Surah
Tauba, Ch. No. 9, Verse No. 1. There was a peace treaty between the pagans
of Mecca and the Muslims. This treaty was unilaterally broken by the pagans
so Allah gives a warning. Put things straight in four months or a
declaration of war. And during war it says that during war when you fight
when you find these unbelievers who have broken the peace treaty seize them
and kill them. Suppose the president of America says to the soldiers of
American to the American soldiers that during the war between Vietnam and
America where ever you find a Vietnamese kill him it will if I quote that
today and say that the American president said... ‘Kill the Vietnamese where
ever you find him’. It will sound that he is a butcher I am quoting out of
context. In context but natural the leader of the army or the president will
always say that when the enemy comes do not get scared fight. It boosts up
the morale. So what is wrong if Qur’an says that. And then on page no. 572
from Verse No. 5, he jumps to Verse No. 7, 8, 9. Verse No. 6 is skipped. You
know why? Verse No. 6, gives the answer. It says that if any of these pagan
if any of these mushriks, these unbelievers, if they ask for asylum give it
to them so that they will hear the word of Allah (SWT) and escort them to
safety. (Clapping). Qur’an does not say give them asylum, do not let them
go. Qur’an says escort them to a place of safety. These mushriks even though
they do not accept Islam if they want asylum, do not just leave them escort
them to a place of safety which army general will say that when the enemy
wants if he wants to leave escort him to a place of safety. Which army? I
want to know which general of any army today will say that if the enemy
wants peace do not leave him, escort him to safety. This is what the Qur’an
says, quoting out of context! His favorite topic, that Muslims are
merciless, out of context, all verses out of context. And his second
favorite topic and these verses similarly. These verses were also quoted by
people like Taslima Nasreen. You ask me why do not I have a debate with Arun
Shourie. I had a debate on the topic of Taslima Nasreen organised by the
Bombay Union of Journalists. Press debate, organised by them and in that
debate when I told them, I want to video record the debate, the Bombay Union
of Journalists did not give me the permission. And you know what was the
topic! The topic was ‘Is Religious Fundamentalism a Stumbling block to the
Freedom of Expression’. Talking about freedom of expression but hypocrites
they do not allow me to tape, why? (Clapping). I promised them, I will give
you an unedited copy of that cassette to view, they did not allow me. After
a lot of pressure, finally they allowed it and you know what happened? By
the grace of Allah (SWT) all the people were out at making Islam the
scapegoat, making Zakir a scapegoat, with help of Allah Alhamdulillah, it
was not my genius, it was his help that the debate was a very successful
one, so successful (Clapping). So successful that not a single paper
reported. Not a single paper (Clapping). In that debate from the Christian
side was Fr. Periera, from the Hindu side was Dr. Ved Vyas, from the Islamic
side I was there and there was Mr. Ashok Shahane who translated the book
‘Lajja’ into Marathi. The topic was Taslima Nasreen. If this cassette was
not there who would have known about it? Today lakhs of people have seen it
not only in Bombay, throughout the world lakhs. If this thing was not
recorded who would have known about it? And his second topic about women
Arun Shourie. All the answers are given in the cassette. There are two
parts. Part No. 1, about the lecture and Part 2 ‘Women’s rights in Islam –
Modernizing or Outdated’ - Part 2. It clarifies most of the misconceptions
that people including Arun Shourie have about this. (Clapping). Regarding
would I like to have a debate, Is he worth debating? Is he worth debating?
He is not worth debating and if he wishes, he can come for debate. I am all
games Ahlan wasahlan. Ahlan wasahlan but in public. (Clapping). I will
debate in public with a live video recording in public not just in a closed
room. Hope that answers the question. (Clapping).
Assalamualaikum, Jazakallah Khair for the program, thank you Shukran.
QUR’AN AND MODERN SCIENCE
Conflict or Conciliation?
(Dr. Zakir) My respected elders and my dear brothers and sisters - I welcome
all of you with the Islamic greetings - Assalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi
Wabarakatuh - May peace, blessings and mercy of Almighty Allah be on all of
you. The topic of this evening's talk is, ‘Qur'an and Modern Science -
Conflict or Conciliation?’. The Holy Qur'an is the last and final revelation
of Allah Subhanu WaTaala, which was revealed to the last and final messenger
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). For any book to claim that It is a
revelation from Allah Subhana WaTala - for any book to claim, It is a word
of Almighty God, it should stand the test of time - It should prove itself
to be the word of God in all the ages. Previously it was the age of
Miracles, ‘Moujaza’. A ‘Miracle’ is any unusual event, for which the human
beings do not have any explanation. It is any unusual event which is
attributed to a Super Natural Power or Almighty God. The Holy Qur'an is the
‘Miracle of Miracles’. But for a modern man to accept any Miracle, he will
first analyze and verify it. Alhamdulillah, the Holy Qur'an proved itself to
be aword of God 1400 years ago. Even today it can be analyzed and verified,
and even in future, and it will always prove It itself to be a word of
Almighty God – It is a Miracle of all times. Suppose a person says that he
has done a Miracle – I would like to give an example of Baba Pilot who said,
‘that he stayed underwater in a tank, for three days’. And when the
reporters, when they wanted to examine, the base of the tank, he said… ‘how
can you examine the womb of the mother, which gives birth to the child?’ -
And He prevented the reporters, from examining the base of the tank. Will a
modern man accept such Miracles? . If such Miracles are the tests, then he
has to agree with me, that P. C. Sorcar who happens to be one of the leading
magicians of the world, he will be considered as the best god-man alive
today. Later on, came the age of literature and poetry - Muslims and
non-Muslims alike - they acclaim the Holy Qur’an to be the best Arabic
literature available on the face of the earth. And the Holy Qur'an gives a
challenge in Surah Al-Baqara, Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 23, and 24, where it
says… ‘And if you are in doubt, as what we have revealed to our servant from
time to time…. then produce a Surah some what similar to it. and call forth
your witnesses and helpers if there are any besides Allah, but if your
doubts are truthful …and if ye cannot. and of a surety you cannot. then fear
the fire which is prepared for those who reject faith whose fuel shall be
men and stones’. For any one to try and accept this challenge - but natural
the Surah they produce should be in Arabic. There are certain Surahs which
are hardly three verses hardly three sentences. The Surah they produce
should be in Arabic - The language should be as divine as that of the Holy
Qur'an as noble as the Holy Qur'an. The language of the Holy Qur'an is
miraculous, is unsurpassable, intelligible, it has the highest rhetoric and
at the same time it is very rhythmic. When any one wants to praise a person
or wants to glorify anyone, he deviates away from reality - and the best
example you can see is in the Hindi movies when the hero praises the
heroine, and he tries to please her and says ‘Main tumhare liye chand tod ke
leke aounga, mai tomhare liye sitare tod ke leke aounga’ ‘I will get for you
the Moon I will get for you the star’. The more you try and praise a person,
the more you deviate away from reality.
Alhamdulillah, though the Qur'an is rhythmic it does not deviate from
reality.There were many people who tried to produce a Surah like the Qur'an,
but they failed miserably. No one has been able to do it so far, and no one
InshaAllah will be able to do it till eternity. But suppose if I tell you
that there is a religious scripture who says in a very poetic fashion that
‘the world is flat’ - Will a modern man today believe?. But natural no,
because today is not the age of literature and poetry - Today is the age of
science and technology. Let as analyze today the Holy Qur'an and modern
science - whether they conflict or conciliate? The Qur'an and modern science
whether they contradict or they are compatible? According to the famous
physicist, Albert Einstein, who had got the Nobel prize, he said – ‘Science
without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind’. I would
like to repeat it - Albert Einstein said that ‘Science without religion is
lame and religion without science is blind’. I would like to remind you that
the Holy Qur'an is not a ‘book of Science’… S-C-I-E-N-C-E; but it's a book
of Signs… S-I-G-N-S; it's a book of Ayaats - and there are more than 6000
Signs or 6000 Ayats, out of which more than a thousand speak about Science.
There are some people who would be satisfied just by acquiring one sign.
Some people require 10 signs to accept the truth. Some may require a
hundred, while the others even after you produce a thousand signs to them
yet they will not accept the truth. As far as my talk today will be
concerned, I will only be speaking about those scientific facts which have
been established. I will not be speaking about theories which are based on
assumptions and hypothesis, because we know very well that many a times
science based on theories and hypothesis it takes U-turns. In the field of
Astronomy - if you ask a scientist that how was our universe formed? - How
did it come into existence? He will tell you about the Big Bang Theory -
that initially the whole universe was one ‘Primary Nebula’. Then there was a
secondary separation which gave rise to galaxies, which further split to
form things such as our solar system, which gave rise to planets, the Sun
and the present earth which we live in. I started my talk by quoting a verse
of the Holy Qur'an from:
Surah Al-Anbiya, Ch. No. 21, Verse No. 30, which says. ‘Do not the
unbelievers see. the heavens and the earth were joined together, and We
clove them asunder?’
This verse of the Holy Qur'an speaks about the Big Bang Theory, in a
nutshell. Imagine, what we came to know today, the Holy Qur'an mentions 1400
years ago.And the Qur'an also says in Surah Fussilat, Ch. No. 41, verse 11,
that… ‘Moreover, in His design He comprehended the sky, and it had been
smoke. And He said to it and the earth, come ye together willingly or
unwillingly, and they said we come together in willing obedience’. The
Arabic word used here is ‘Dukhan’, which means ‘Smoke’. If you ask a
scientist, he will tell you that the, universe before it was formed, the
celestial matter, it was in the state of ‘gas’, and the Arabic word ‘Dukhan’
which means Smoke, is more scientifically correct than mere ‘gas’. And
according to Stephen Hawkins, who is a very famous scientist, he said – ‘the
discovery of bridges of matter in the space, is the biggest discovery of
this century which gives us indisputable evidence of the creation of the
universe and the Big Bang Theory’. Previously the people thought that the
world we live in - it is flat - and they were afraid to venture too far,
lest they would fall over. It was only in 1597, when Sir Francis Drake -
when he sailed around the earth he proved that the world was spherical. The
Qur'an mentions in:
Surah Luqman, Ch. No. 31, Verse 29… (Arabic)…‘It is Allah that merges the
night unto the day and merges the day unto the night’. Merging is a slow and
gradual process. The night slowly and gradually changes to day, and the day
slowly and gradually changes to night.
This phenomena is only possible if the shape of the earth is spherical – It
is not possible if it is flat. If it was flat there will be a sudden change.
The Qur'an says in Surah Al Zumar, Ch. No. 39, Verse No. 5, it says… ‘It is
Allah who has created the heavens and the earth in true proportion and he
overlaps and coils the night unto the day and overlaps or coils the day unto
the night’. The Arabic word used is, ‘Kawwara’ which means overlapping or
coiling. How you coil a turban around the head - How you overlap a turban
around the head. This phenomena of the night overlapping and coiling over
the day is only possible if the shape of the earth is spherical. It is not
possible if the shape of earth is flat - there will be a sudden change. The
Holy Qur'an further says in Surah Naziat, Ch. No. 79, Verse No. 30…. It
says. (Arabic)… ‘And thereafter, We have made the earth egg-shaped’. The
Arabic word ‘Dahaha’ comes from root word ‘Duhya’, meaning an Egg-shape and
it does not refer to any normal Egg. It specifically refers to the Egg of an
Ostrich - and today we know that the world is not completely round like a
ball- It is Geo Spherical. It is slightly flattened from the top and bulging
from the centre - It is Geo Spherical. And if you analyze the shape of the
Egg of an Ostrich - it too is Geo Spherical, slightly flattened from the top
and bulging from the centre. So the Holy Qur'an describes the exact ‘geo
spherical earth’ 1400 years ago.
Previously we thought that the light of the Moon, is its own light. It is
recently we discovered, that the light of the Moon is reflected light of the
Sun. The Qur'an says in:
Surah Furqan, Ch. No. 25, Verse No. 61… ‘Blessed is He who has created the
constellations in the sky, and placed therein a lamp, and Moon having
borrowed light’. The Qur'an says in Surah Yunus, Ch. No. 10, Verse No. 5…
‘It is Allah who has created the Sun as a shining glory and the Moon having
a reflection of light’. The similar message is repeated in Surah Nuh, Ch.
No. 71, Verse No. 15 to 16. The Arabic word for Sun is ‘Shams’. It's always
described either as ‘Siraj’ meaning a torch, or ‘Wahaj’ meaning a blazing
lamp, or ‘Diya’ – ‘meaning a shining glory’. The Moon - the Arabic word is
‘Qamar’. It's always described as ‘Munir’, meaning borrowed light or ‘Noor’,
which is a reflection of light. Nowhere is the moon light described as
‘Siraj’ or ‘Wahaj’ or ‘Diya’ - always as ‘Munir’ or ‘Noor’ - that's borrowed
light or a reflection of light. The Qur'an says in Surah Tariq, Ch. No. 86
Verse No. 3…The Arabic word for the Star is ‘Najm'. It is described as
‘Saqib’ - Its light is described as ‘Saqib’. It pierces the darkness and
consumes itself. Previously the Europeans, they thought that the Earth stood
dead, in the centre of the Universe and all the planets - including the Sun,
it revolved around the earth. It was known as the theory of 'Geocentricism'.
It was believed by Tolomy in the second century BC, and was believed till as
late as 16th century, until Copernicus said that the Earth and the planets
revolve around the Sun. And later on, in 1609 Yuhanas Kepler wrote in his
book, ‘Astronomia Novia’… ‘that not only do the earth and the planets
revolve around the Sun, they also rotate about their own axis’. When I was
in school I had learnt that the earth and the planets they rotate about
their axis, but I was taught that the Sun was fixed, it did not rotate about
it is own axis. But the Holy Qur'an says in Surah Al-Anbiya, Ch. No. 21,
Verse No. 33. It says: ‘It is Allah who has created the night and the day,
the Sun and the Moon, each one travelling in a orbit, with its own motion’.
The Arabic word ‘Yasbahoon’, is derived from the word ‘Sabaha’, which
describes the motion of a moving body. If I say that a man is doing ‘Sabaha’
on the ground, it will not mean that he is rolling - it will mean he is
either walking or running. If I say a person is doing ‘Sabaha’ in the water,
it will not mean he is floating - it will mean he is swimming. Similarly,
when the Qur'an uses the word ‘Yasbahoon’ - derived from ‘Sabaha’, for a
celestial body - it will not mean… it is flying, it will mean, it is
rotating about its own axis. And today we have come to know with the help of
an equipment, we can have the image of the Sun on the table top, and we see
there are black spots - and it takes approximately 25 days for these black
spots to complete one rotation - indicating that the Sun takes approximately
25 days to complete one rotation. Can you imagine the Qur'an speaks about
the rotation and the revolution of the Sun 1400 years ago, which science has
discovered today. The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Yasin, Ch. No. 36, Verse No.
40… ‘It is not permitted for the Sun to catch up with the Moon, nor the
night to outstrip the day. each one travelling in an orbit with its own
motion’. What does the Qur'an mean by saying – ‘It is not permitted for the
Sun to catch up with the Moon?’ Previously people thought that the orbit of
the Sun and the Moon was same.
But Qur'an gives the indication – ‘No! the orbit of the Sun and the Moon, is
different’. The question of catching up does not arise and each of them, the
Sun and the Moon, they rotate as well as revolve. The Qur'an says in Surah
Yasin, Ch. No. 36, Verse No. 38… ‘That the Sun is running its course to a
place determined, for a period determined’. The Arabic word, ‘Mustakar’,
means to a place determined, for a period determined. Today science has come
to know that the Sun, along with the Solar system - it is going towards a
point in the Universe - which the scientists call as the ‘Solar Apex’. And
it's moving at a speed of 12 miles per second, and it is going to a point -
which they call as ‘a point in the constellation of Hercules’. This same
message is repeated in Surah Rad, Ch. No. 13, Verse No. 2; in Surah Fatir,
Ch. No. 35, Verse No. 13; in Surah Luqman, Ch. No. 31, Verse No. 29; as well
as in Surah Al-Zumar, Ch. No. 39, Verse No. 5. It says that… ‘The Sun and
the Moon runs its course for a period determined’. The Qur'an says in Surah
Dhariat, Ch. No. 51, Verse No. 47 that, ‘It is We who have constructed with
power and skill, the firmaments - and It is We who make the vastness, and
the expanding universe’. The Arabic word: ‘Musioona’ means, expanding
universe, the vastness of space. Edwin Aero, who is a famous scientist, he
discovered and said that ‘the universe is expanding’. The galaxies are
receding from one another which the Qur'an has mentioned 1400 years ago.
There may be some people who say… ‘It is nothing great that the Holy Qur'an
speaks about Astronomy, since the Arabs - they were very well advanced in
the field of Astronomy’. I would like to bring to their notice that it was
centuries after the Holy Qur'an was revealed that the Arabs became advanced
in Astronomy. So it is from the Qur'an, that the Arabs learnt about
Astronomy, and not the vice versa.
In the field of Physics, there was a theory known as ‘Atomism’. That ‘atom’
is the smallest part of matter, which cannot be divided. This theory was
propounded by Democrats, the Greek, twenty-three centuries ago. And it was
also known to the Arabs - and the Arabic word for atom, is ‘Zarra’. But
today, after science has advanced, we have come to know that though ‘atom’
is the smallest particle of matter, having the characteristic of the element
- it yet can be divided, into electrons, protons, etc. So people may think
that the Qur'an is outdated. The Qur'an does speak about ‘Zarra’, and says
It is a minute particle, but nowhere does it say that it cannot be divided.
In fact, the Qur'an says in Surah Sabah, Ch. No. 34, Verse No. 3. It says
that… ‘When the unbelievers say that the hour will never come - tell them…
it will surely come with the permission of the Lord who has the knowledge of
the unseen, who has in His record, the minutest detail of an atom in the
heaven and in the earth - and in His record is perspicuous things, smaller
and greater than the ‘atom’. The Qur'an says therefore – ‘things smaller and
greater than the atom’. So Qur'an is not outdated… it is up to date. A
similar message is repeated in Surah Yunus, Ch. No. 10, Verse No. 61 that…
‘In Allah's record is perspicuous things, smaller and greater than the
atom’.
In the field of ‘Geography’, we learn in school about the coherent water
cycle. This was first described by Sir Bernard Palestine, in 1580. And he
said - how does water evaporate from the ocean, forms clouds, the cloud move
in the interior - how do they fall as rain, the rain water flows into the
ocean and the cycle is completed. Previously people thought - in the 7th
century BC Phase of Meletus - he said that ‘the spray of the ocean was
picked up by the wind and it fell into the interior as rain’. People did not
know - how did the underground water, the springs, where did they come from.
So they thought that due to the pressure of the winds on the water, the
thrust of the winds on the water - it fell into the interior as rain, and
this rain water seeped into the soil, and returned to the ocean through a
secret passage, ‘the Abyss’ which was known at the time of the Plato as
‘Tartarus’. People believed in this theory of Descartes, even till as late
as 17th century. And philosophers like - Aristotle's theory was believed
till as late as 19th century, that water vapor evaporated from the soil, it
condensed in mountain caverns, and these mountain caverns formed lakes which
fed the spring water. Today we know that the underground water, the springs,
it is due to the seepage of the rain water. And the Qur'an says that in
Surah Al-Zumur, Ch. No. 39, Verse No 21… ‘Sees't thou not that it is Allah
who sends down rain from the sky, and seeps it in the sources in the ground
- in the springs in the earth, and causes sown seed of various colours to
grow’. The message is repeated in Surah Rum, Ch. No. 30, Verse No. 24…
‘Allah sends down rain - and the dead earth… He brings it back to life’. The
Qur'an says in Surah Muminun, Ch. No. 23, Verse No 18, that… ‘It is Allah
who sends down rain in due measure, we are able to store it, and We are also
able to easily drain it’. The Qur'an says in Surah Al-Hijr, Ch. No. 15,
Verse No 22, it says that… ‘We send fecundating winds, winds impregnating,
and cause rain to descend from the sky, and give you water in due measure’.
The Arabic word 'Lawaaqi' used here, is the plural of 'laqi' derived from
‘laqaha’ which means ‘to impregnate or to fecundate’. The winds carrying the
pollen - they impregnate the cloud, and then rain falls. The wind causes the
clouds to merge – there is condensation – there is lightning and rain falls
from the clouds. The Qur'an describes the complete water cycle - how does
the water evaporate, how it forms clouds, how it moves in the interior, how
it falls down, how it flows back into the ocean in several places. In Surah
Nur, Ch. No. 24, Verse No. 43, in Surah Naba, Ch. No. 78, Verse No 12 to 14,
as well as in Surah Rum, Ch. No. 30, Verse No 48. The Holy Qur'an says in
Surah Nur, Ch. No. 24, Verse No 43, that… ‘We send mountain masses of
clouds’. What does the Qur'an mean by saying, ‘We send mountain masses of
clouds’? Today if anyone has been travelling in an Aeroplane, he will
realize that when the Aeroplane goes above the clouds, and he looks at the
clouds beneath, he will see that the clouds appear as mountain masses.
Qur'an has said this 1400 years ago. There wasn't a Aeroplane 1400 years
ago. Qur'an describes ‘Hydrology’, and ‘Water cycle’ in several places in
great detail. It's mentioned in Surah Al Imran, Ch. No. 3, Verse No 9, in
Surah Araf, Ch. No. 7, Verse No 57; In Surah Rad, Ch. No. 13, Verse No 17;
In Surah Furqan, Ch. No. 25, Verse No 48 to 49; In Surah Fatir, Ch. No. 35,
Verse No 9; In Surah Yasin, Ch. No. 36, Verse No 34; In Surah Jathiyah, Ch.
No. 45, Verse No 5; In Surah Qaf, Ch. No. 50, Verse No 9 to 10; In Surah
Waqiah, Ch. No. 56, Verse No 68 to 70; as well as in Surah Mulk, Ch. No. 67,
Verse No 30 - The Qur'an describes the Hydrology and Water cycle, in great
detail.
Let us discuss the field of Geology. Today the Geologists, they tell us that
the earth we live on, the outer crust it's hard and solid, and the deeper
layers they are hot and fluid and inhospitable for the existence of living
creatures. The Geologists, they tell us that outer crust is very thin -
hardly 1 to 10 miles - Less than one percent of the radius of the earth,
which is 3750 miles. And the outer crust is very thin and there are high
possibilities of it shaking. Today Geologists tell us, it is due to the
‘folding phenomena’, which gives rise to mountain ranges - and these
mountains, they prevent the earth from shaking; they act as ‘pegs’ as
‘stakes’. The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Naba, Ch. No. 78, Verse No. 6 and 7.
It says… ‘We have made the earth as an expanse’, (Arabic) … and the
mountains as stakes’. The Arabic word ‘Avtaad’, means ‘Stakes’, means ‘Pegs’
- which we have discovered today. The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Jashiya, Ch.
No. 88, Verse No. 19, as well as in Surah Naziat, Ch. No. 79, Verse No 32.
It says… (Arabic) … 'We have made the mountain standing firm'. There is a
book by the title 'The Earth' which is a very famous book - an authority in
this field, which is referred by most of the universities throughout the
world, in this subject. One of It is authors, name is Frank Press, and he
gives the illustration of the mountain in this book called 'Earth', as wedge
shaped, and he says… ‘the function of the mountain is to stabilize the
Earth's Crust’. And Quran says that. The same information in Surah Anbiya,
Ch. No. 21, Verse No 31, as well as in Surah Luqman, Ch. No. 31, Verse No
10, and Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16, Verse No 15, that… ‘We have set on the earth
mountains standing firm lest it would shake. The Qur'an gives the functions
of the mountain 1400 years ago, which we discovered today. In the field of
‘Oceanology’, the Holy Qur'an says in Surah Furqan, Ch. No. 25, Verse No 53,
‘It is Allah who has let free two bodies of flowing water one sweet and
palpable and the other salt and bitter, and between them there is a
‘Barzakh’, a barrier, which is forbidden to be trespassed’. The Qur'an
repeats the message in Surah Rahman, Ch. No. 55, Verse No. 19 and 20, that
‘It is Allah who has let free two bodies of flowing water which meet and
between them there is a barrier which is forbidden to be trespassed’. The
Arabic word ‘Barzakh’ means ‘a barrier’ and the Arabic statement… means ‘the
flowing bodies of water, they meet and mix’. Previously the commentators,
they could not understand the two opposite description of the two bodies of
flowing water. It says, ‘they meet and mix’, as well as it says… ‘there is a
barrier between them’. The commentator of the Qur'an could not understand,
explain, what did this verse actually mean - It was confusing. Today we have
come to know, with the help of science, that there is a slanting barrier
between the two bodies of salt water and sweet water - between the salt sea,
and the sweet sea. And whenever water passes from one sea to the other sea,
it looses It’s characteristics and gets homogenized into the water it flows.
There is a barrier - but this barrier is called as ‘a transitional
homogenizing space or area’. Both the waters though they meet and mix, but
their characteristics yet remain the same. Salt water remains salt, the
sweet water remains sweet. And this phenomena can be seen in Cape Point,
southern most tip of South Africa, in Cape Town - where salt and sweet water
meet, but they are distinct - They don't mix. When they flow across, the
water changes it is characteristics. Similar thing can be observed in Egypt,
when river Nile flows into the Mediterranean sea. As well as, the example of
Gulf stream, which starts in the Gulf of Mexico - though it flows for
thousands of miles, both the water, salt and sweet water, they are distinct.
And if you are traveling in a boat, and if you pick up water from one side
of the boat and water from the other side, you will find that both the
waters are different. One is sweet and the other is salty. Even the
temperature differ. Even in the area of Gibraltar, the Atlantic and the
Mediterranean ocean, there is an unseen barrier, and this was confirmed. The
phenomena which the Qur'an speaks about, was confirmed by Professor Hay, who
is a leading marine of USA. The Qur'an asks the people, ‘that which of the
favours of thy Lord will you deny’. In Surah Rehman itself, Ch. No. 55, this
verse… ‘then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny’?… is repeated
no less than thirty-one times. It speaks about the signs of Allah (SWT),
about trees, about the heavens, and then asks you… ‘then which of the signs
of your Lord will you deny’? It speaks about water cycle and then asks you…
‘then which of the signs of thy Lord will you deny’? It speaks about the
barrier between the sweet and the salt water, and then asks you… ‘which of
the signs, of thy Lord will you deny’? The Qur'an in one Chapter itself, it
is asking its reader… ‘Which of the signs of God Almighty, will you people
deny? It is prodding you - that all these signs, from where do they come? -
Which is the signs you will deny?
In the field of Biology, the Holy Qur'an says in Surah Al Anbiya, Ch. No.
21, Verse No. 30…. ‘We have created every living thing from water - Will you
not then believe?’ Imagine in the deserts of Arabia, where there was
scarcity of water, the Qur'an says… ‘Every thing was created from water’ -
who would have believed in it? Anything else the Qur'an would have said
people could have believed. ‘Water’ - where there was scarcity - the Qur'an
says 1400 years ago… ‘Every living thing is created from water’. Today we
have come to know, that Cytoplasm which is the basic substance of the living
cell contains 80% water. Every living creature contains 50 to 70% water, and
without water, the living creature cannot survive - It is a must. Qur'an
asks you… ‘We have created from water every living thing - Will you not then
believe?’ Allah is saying… ‘that everything is created from water’ - which
you came to know today. Qur'an mentions that 1400 years ago… ‘Will you not
then believe?’ It is asking you a question - It wants a reply. The Qur'an
says in Surah Nur, Ch. No. 24, Verse No. 45, that… ‘We have created every
living animal from water’. The Qur'an says in Surah Furqan, Ch. No. 25,
Verse No 54… ‘We have created the man from water’. Imagine 1400 years ago,
the Qur'an mentions this.
In the field of ‘Botany’, we have come to know recently, that even the
plants have got sexes - male and female - previously we did not know that.
Even the Unisexual plant has got distinct characteristic of male and female.
The Qur'an says in Surah Ta Ha, Ch. No. 20, Verse No 53… ‘It is Allah who
sends down water from the sky and causes diverse pairs of plants to grow,
each separate from the other’. That means, the plants have got sexes - Male
and Female. The Qur'an says in Surah Rad, Ch. No. 13, Verse No 3… ‘We have
created every kind of fruit, in pairs two and two’. Even the fruit has have
got sexes - Male and Female. In the field of ‘Zoology’, the Holy Qur'an says
in Surah Anam, Ch. No. 6, Verse No 38, that… ‘We have created every living
animal that lives on the earth and every bird that flies on the wings in the
air, to live in communities like you’. Today science has discovered that
even the animals and birds live in communities, like the human beings. The
Qur'an describes the flight of the bird in Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16. Verse No
79… ‘Do you not look at the bird subjected in the midst in the air?’ None of
them can hold them up except with the power of Allah (SWT)’. The Qur'an
repeats in Surah Mulk, Ch. No. 67, Verse No 19… ‘Do you not observe the
birds above you? They spread their wings and they fold it. None can hold
them up except with the power of Allah (SWT). And He watches over all
things’. This verse of the Holy Qur'an - there is a very striking
resemblance with what modern science has discovered today, that the birds
have got a certain migratory programming in their nervous system. That is
the reason that young birds, without any prior experience, can take flights
of thousands of miles without a guide and they come back to the departure
point also. And a very good example is given by Professor Hamburger in his
book ‘Power and fragility of the Mutton bird’. The Mutton bird lives in the
Pacific - It has a journey of more than 15,000 miles, and it takes about six
months, and it comes back to the departure point in a delay of not more than
one week. How is it possible? Scientists say, ‘there has to be a certain
programming of these birds’. Who is programming them? But natural, as the
Holy Qur'an says ‘Allah (SWT) holds them up’ - The Arabic word 'Amsaka'
meaning to seize or to hold. The Qur'an says in Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16,
Verse No. 68 and 69… ‘It is the Lord who has taught the bees to build cells,
in hills, in trees and human habitations and to eat of what the earth
produces, and to find the spacious path of the Lord, with great skill’. What
does the Qur'an mean by… ‘Allah (SWT) has taught the bee to find the
spacious path of the Lord?’ Fon Frisch, who is a scientist, he got the Noble
Prize, in 1973, when he described the behavior of the animals, specially
the communication method of the be. And today we have come to know, that
when ever a worker bee finds a new flower or a new garden from where it can
take nectar, it goes and tells its fellow bees, the exact direction and map
of that new flower or garden - It is called as the ‘bee dance’. Only today,
we have come to know by high photographic method - how is this communication
given. The gender used in the Holy Qur'an in these Verses of Surah Nahl, Ch.
No. 16, Verse 68, and 69 is a female gender ‘Quli’, or ‘Fasluki’ which means
a ‘Female bee’. Previously we thought it was the male bee which was the
worker bee. No wonder, Shakespeare in his play Henry the IV - he writes that
the soldier bee, the male bee goes and reports to the king. Today we have
come to know - it is not the king which they report to, It is the queen -
and the worker bee is not the Male bee – It is a Female bee. *** 09 Sec
Imagine! Qur'an speaks about the gender of the worker bee 1400 years ago,
which we have discovered today. The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Ankabut, Ch.
No. 29, Verse No 41, that… ‘As to those who take for protectors, anyone
besides Allah (SWT) they build for themselves houses like that of the spider
- and verily, the house of the spider is fragile, it is delicate’.
Besides, the Qur'an saying, that anyone who takes for protectors anyone
besides Allah (SWT), the physical nature of their house will be like that of
the spider fragile, delicate, flimsy - it also gives a reference to their
family life, which we have to know today, that many a times, the female
spider kills the male spider. The Qur'an says in Surah Naml, Ch. No. 27,
Verse No 17 and 18, that… ‘before Solomon marched, the hosts of jinns, men
and birds, and when they reached a lowly valley of ants, one of the ants
said ‘get ye into your habitation, lest Solomon and his horses unknowingly
will trample you beneath the feet’. People will think… ‘What kind of a fairy
tale book is the Holy Qur'an? - This book the Holy Qur'an… It is speaking
about ants - Ants talking among themselves – It is a fairy tale book’. Today
we have come to know, that any animal or any insect which has the closest
resemblance to that of the human being… it is the ant. The ants bury the
dead the same way as the human beings do. They have a sophisticated method
and division of labour, where they have manager, supervisor, workers, etc.
They very often meet to chat. They have a sophisticated method of
communication. They have market places where they exchange goods. And when
they store the grain in winter, and if the grain begins to bud, the ants cut
the bud as though they knew that budding will cause rotting of the grain.
And in Monsoon, if the grain gets wet, they bring it out in the sunlight to
dry. Surely you might have seen the ants carrying grain in the sunlight to
dry as though they knew that humidity will cause the development of root
system, which will cause rotting of the grain. So Qur'an speaks about the
advanced nature of the ants, 1400 years ago.
In the field of Medicine, the holy Qur'an says in Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16,
Verse No. 68 and 69, that… ‘From the belly of the bee you get a drink of
varying colours, in which there is healing for mankind’. It is recently we
have come to know that the honey we have is derived from the bee. It is the
bee which is responsible for the honey - We did not know about this before.
And today we know honey has got high nutritive values. It is rich in vitamin
K, and Fructose and it has got mild antiseptic properties. No wonder the
Russian soldiers, they used honey to cover up their wounds which prevented
the evaporation of moisture and left very little scar tissue. Any person
suffering from an allergy of a particular plant - if honey produced from
that plant is given, that person starts developing resistance to that
allergy.
In the field of ‘Physiology’, it was Ibne Nafees, who 600 years after the
revelation of the Holy Qur'an, described the blood circulation. And 1000
years after the revelation of the holy Qur'an, that is 400 years after Ibne
Nafees described the blood circulation William Harvey, he made it famous to
the Western World. The food that we eat, it enters the stomach, it enters
the intestine, from the intestine it goes into the blood vessels of the
intestine and enters the blood circulation - and the blood circulation takes
the foods substance to various organs including the mammary glands which
produce milk. The Qur'an speaks about the blood circulation, and the
production of milk in a nut shell, in Surah Nahl, Ch. No. 16, Verse No. 66,
where it says, that… ‘Verily in the cattle is a lesson for you’. We give you
to drink from what is within their bodies, coming from the conjunction of
the constituents, of the intestine and blood, milk which is pure and
pleasant for those who drink’. The Qur'an says in Surah Muminun, Ch. No. 23,
Verse No. 21, which was also recited by our Qari, brother Ashraf Mohammedy.
It says that… ‘Verily in the cattle, is an instructive sign for you. We give
you to drink from what is within their bodies in which there is various
benefit and of their meat you can eat’. Qur'an describes the blood
circulation and the production of milk in a nut shell, 1400 years ago.
In the field of ‘Embryology’, there were a group of Arab students who
collected all the matter in the Holy Qur'an, dealing with ‘Embryology’. And
they followed the guidance of the Holy Qur'an in Surah Furqan, Ch. No. 25,
Verse 59, which says… ‘if you are in doubt, ask the person who knows - ask
the person who is knowledgeable’. So they took all the data given in the
Holy Qur'an dealing with ‘Embryology’, and presented it to Professor Keith
Moore. Professor Keith Moore is the head and chairman of the department of
Anatomy, in the University of Toronto in Canada, and is one of the leading
authorities in the world in the field of Embryology. When Professor Keith
Moore went through the translation of the various Verses No. of the Qur'an,
dealing with Embryology, he said, that most of the things which the Qur'an
speaks about Embryology is matching with the latest discoveries made in the
field of Embryology, but there are a couple of things, which I cannot say
that they are right. Neither can I say that they are wrong, because I myself
do not know about it. And one such Verse, was from Surah Iqra, or Surah
Alaq, Ch. No. 96, Verse No. 1 and 2 which says… ‘Read, Recite or Proclaim -
in the name of thy Lord, who created - who created the human beings from
something which clings - a leech like substance’. So Professor Keith Moore
said, I do not know whether the embryo looks like a leech or not. So he went
in his laboratory and under a very powerful microscope, examined the shape
of the early stage of Embryo, and compared it with a photograph of a leech,
and he was astonished at the striking resemblance. And when he was asked
about 80 questions on Embryology taken from the Holy Qur'an and Hadith, he
said… ‘that if you would have asked me all these things 30 years ago, I
would not be able to answer more than 50% of this. Because Embryology… the
development of Embryology, is just recently, hardly 30 to 50 years, it is
advanced’. And Professor Keith Moore, he had written a book - ' The
Developing Human'… and in his new edition, the 3rd edition, he has
incorporated the new things which he found from the Qur'an and the Hadith -
for which he got an award for the best medical book written in that year by
any single author. And when I was doing my MBBS in the first year, we
referred to this book 'Developing Human' by Keith Moore. If we wanted to
score high marks, in ‘Embryology’, we referred to the book by Keith Moore.
If we wanted to get just passing marks, we referred to Inderbir Singh. But
if we wanted to score, we had to refer to the book by Professor Keith Moore.
And later on this book was translated into several languages of the world.
Professor Keith Moore said, ‘I have got no objection, in accepting that
Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) is the… the messenger of God Almighty,
and that the Holy Qur'an has to be a Divine Revelation’.
The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Tariq, Ch. No. 86, Verse No. 5 to 7… ‘Let now
man think from what he is created - he is created from a drop, emitted from
a space between the backbone and the ribs’. Today we have come to know, the
genital organs - the testes, in the males, and the ovaries in the female, in
the Embryonic stage - they develop from a space, where the kidney is present
today, between the backbone and the 11th and 12th rib. Later on the testes
they descend to the inguinal canal, into the scrotum - and the ovaries in
the female to the true pelvis. But in the Embryonic stage, It is in the
space which the Qur'an speaks about… ‘between the backbone, the spinal
column and the 11th and 12th rib’. Even in the adult life after the Genital
organs they descend - yet they receive the blood supply - the nerve supply
and the lymphatic drainage from the same space between the spinal column and
the 11th and 12th rib. The holy Qur'an mentions in Surah Muminun, Ch. No.
23, Verse No. 13, as well as Surah Al Hajj, Ch. No. 22, Verse No. 5 that…
‘We have created the human beings from a ‘Nutfah’ . The Arabic word ‘Nutfah’
- that the human beings have been created from ‘Nutfah’, is mentioned in the
Qur'an no less than 11 times and the word ‘Nutfah’, is mentioned 12 times,
but human beings created from ‘Nutfah’ is mentioned 11 times. The Arabic
word ‘Nutfah’ means a minute quantity of liquid. The Holy Qur'an says in
Surah Sajdah, Ch. No. 32, Verse No. 8, that… ‘We have created the human
beings from a quintessence of liquid’. The Arabic word is ‘Sulala’ meaning a
minute quantity, or the best part of the whole. And today we have come to
know, only one sperm actually - it penetrates the ovum, and only one sperm
is required to fertilize the ovum, out of the tens of millions of sperms,
which the man ejaculates. Qur'an refers to it as ‘Sulala’, the best part of
the whole or ‘Nutfah’ a minute quantity. The Qur'an says in Surah Insaan,
Ch. No. 76, Verse No. 2… The word means ‘Nutfanmsaj’ means… ‘We have created
the human being from a minute quantity of mingled fluids’. ‘Nutfanamsaj’,
minute quantity of mingled fluids. This can refer to the male and female
gametes - after they are formed… the ‘Zygote’ - it yet remains a ‘Nutfah’ -
a minute quantity of liquid. It can also refer to the spermatic fluid, which
contains several secretions from various glands, like the testis, the ‘Sero
fluid’, which contains the ‘Spermatozoons’ - it also includes the secretions
from the Seminal ‘Vessicles’, the seminal fluids, which is a reservoir of
‘Somatel Zoones’, but does not contain the fertilizing agent. Also it refers
the secretion of the Prostatic glands, which gives the creamy texture and
the characteristic odour to the sperm, as well as glands attached to the
Urinary tract - the Coopers gland or the Litters gland, which gives the
specific texture of mucous, to the sperm. The Qur'an refers to as
'Nutfanamsaj'… to minute quantity of mingled fluid - male and female gametes
surrounded by these fluids which are responsible, for the birth of the human
being. The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Al Zumur, Ch. No. 39, Verse No. 6… ‘We
have created the human beings in the wombs of their mother, in stages - one
after the other in three veils of darkness’. Professor Keith Moore said
these three veils of darkness refers to the Anterior Abdominal wall of the
mother, the Uterine wall, and the Amnio - Chodionic membrane. The Qur'an
also speaks about ‘Genetics’. The Qur'an says… in Surah Najm, Ch. No. 53,
Verse No. 45 and 46, that… ‘We have created the human beings and made them
into male and female through minute quantity of liquid which is ejaculated’.
But natural if it is ejaculated, it has to be a male fluid. Qur'an says it
is the male which is responsible for the sex of the child. The Qur'an
repeats this message in Surah Qiyamah, Ch. No. 75, Verse No. 37, and 39,
that… ‘We have created the human beings from a minute quantity of sperm and
then made it into an ‘Alaqa’ - a leech-like substance - then gave it due
proportion, then made it into sex male - and female’. The Arabic word
‘Nutfatam Minmani Yumna’, means a minute quantity of sperm. Qur'an says a
minute quantity of sperm is required for sex of the child. Today science has
come to know that the sex of the child depends upon the 23rd pair of
Chromosome, and it is the sperm which is responsible for deciphering the sex
of the child. If it is 'XX'… it is a female. If it is an 'XY'… it is a male.
Qur'an has mentioned this 1400 years ago. In a society, specially in the
Indian society, for reasons known best to them, people prefer having a male
child. And suppose the daughter in law, if she gives birth to a female
child, the mother-in-law normally blames the daughter-in-law. If the
mother-in-law has to blame anyone, she should blame the son, not the
daughter-in-law… because the Holy Qur'an and science tells us, that it is
the male which is responsible for the sex of the child and not the female.
The Qur'an describes the various Embryological stages in great detail. In
Surah Muminun, Ch. No. 23, Verse No 12 to 14, it says… ‘We have created the
human beings from a quintessence of clay, then made it into a drop, placed
it into ‘Qarare Makeen’ place of security, then made it into an ‘Alaqa’,
something which clings, a leech like substance, made that ‘Alaqa’ into
‘Mudga’, a chewed like lump, made that ‘Mudga’, into ‘Izama’ bones, then
clothed the ‘Izama’, bones with ‘Lahem’ that is flesh and then made it into
a creature – Blessed is He, the best to create’.
This verse of the Holy Qur'an, from 12 to 14 of Surah Muminun, Ch. No. 23,
describes the Embryological stages in great detail. It starts with saying…
‘We have placed the ‘Nutfah’ the minute quantity into ‘Qaraare Makeen’, a
place of security’. Today Embryology tells us, that the Embryo is protected
posteriorily by the back bone and the posterior muscles of the mother -
anteriorily by, the anterior abdominal wall, by the uterine wall as well as
the Amnochodianic membrane. It continues… ‘then we made it into an ‘Alaqa’,
a leech like substance, something which clings’. The Arabic word ‘Alaqa’,
has got 3 meanings: something which clings, a leech like substance, as well
as blood clot. Alhamdulillah, all three meanings are applicable here,
because the Embryo, in the initial stages - it clings to the uterine wall of
the mother. It looks like a ‘leech’, as confirmed by Professor Keith Moore.
It also behaves like a ‘leech’, it behaves like a blood sucker, it derives
the blood supply and the nutrition from the mother. And at this stage - if
an abortion takes place, the concept is, it looks like a blood clot. It
looks like a blood clot as well as a leech. So Qur'an, in one word it
implies three meanings, which all are applicable. Qur'an mentions this word
‘Alaqa’ no less then six times. Twice in Surah Muminun, Ch. No. 23, Verse
No. 12 to 14; Surah Hajj, Ch. No. 22, Verse No 5; Surah Ghafir, Ch. No. 40,
Verse 67; Surah Qiyamah, Ch. No. 75, Verse 38; as well as in Surah Iqra, Ch.
No. 96, Verse No 2. Six times it is mentioned. Previously, in the 17th
century people thought that the sperm, it walled a miniature human being. A
miniature human being was present in the head of the sperm, which later on
developed into the uterus of the mother, as a new born baby. This was
believed by Swamadamm, who proposed the ‘Perforation theory’. Later on, when
they discovered that the ovum is bigger than the sperm - De Graaf and
others, they said it is not the sperm which walls a miniature human being -
It is the ovum which walls a miniature human being. Later on, Mophartus in
the eighteen century, he proposed the ‘Bi-parental theory’ - that both are
responsible. As the Qur'an says, both the sperm and the ovum is responsible
for the birth of the child. Qur'an says, we made that ‘Alaqa’, into a
‘Mudga’. ‘Mudga’ means ‘chewed like lump’, or something tacky which can be
put in the mouth. Professor Keith Moore said, ‘both these meanings are
applicable, because it is something tacky which can be put in the mouth’ -
and later on he took a plaster seal and bit it between his teeth, to look
like a Mudga, ‘a chewed like lump’. And he was astonished that the teeth
marks resembled the ‘Somites’, from which develops the spinal column. The
Qur'an says, 'We made that ‘Mudga’ into ‘Izama’… bones. We clothed the
‘Izaman’ with ‘lahem’… flesh, and muscles. Allah says… ‘Then, We create the
‘Al-Nasha’ stage, We create a new creature’. What does the Qur'an mean … ‘We
have created a new creature’? - Science today, tells us that the
embryological stages of development, before this stage, in the rabbit, in
the fish, in the other animals, it is similar to that of the human beings.
It is only at this stage of ‘Al-Nasha’, that the particular characteristics
of the human beings are seen - the head, the hands and the feet. The Qur'an
says… ‘We have made a new creature’, and ends by saying – ‘Blessed is He,
who is the best to create’. Imagine, Qur'an gives the various Embryological
stages in great detail. There was a person who put forward an argument – ‘It
is nothing new; may be some Arab - he opened up the abdomen of a pregnant
woman and checked the shape and wrote in the Qur'an’. He did not realise
that all these stages, which the Qur'an describes, it cannot be observed
with the naked human eye - you require a very powerful microscope. When
Professor Marshall Johnson was asked to comment of these Verses - He is the
head of the department of ‘Anatomy’ in the Daniel Institute, in Sir Thomas
Jefferson's hospital in Philadelphia, USA. He said – ‘It can be possible
that Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) - he had a microscope and he
observed it’. Then, he was reminded that… ‘Microscope was not invented 1400
years ago’. So, Professor Marshall Johnson laughed loudly, and he said –
‘Yes, I know that - and I have seen the first microscope with my own eyes -
It hardly enlarges to ten times and the picture is not even clear’. Then he
said – ‘These stages has to be a Divine Revelation’. He was further asked
to comment, on the verse of the Qur'an from Surah Hajj, Ch. No. 22, Verse No
5, which says… ‘We have created the human beings from dust then made it into
an ‘Alaqa’, made it into a ‘Mudga’, partly formed and partly unformed’. When
you take an incision at this stage, and analyze the Embryo - and cut up the
internal organs, you will find out that the internal organs at this
particular stage, some of the organs are formed while the other organs -
they are not formed. So Professor Marshall Johnson said – ‘If I said, that
it is a complete creation, I am only describing those organs which are
formed’ - If I say It is an incomplete creation, I am only describing those
organs which are not formed. There can be no better description than the
Holy Qur'an, saying… ‘Partly formed and partly unformed’, because some
organs are formed, the others are not formed - some cells are
differentiated, the others are not differentiated’. Professor Keith Moore
said, that… ‘Today in Embryology we have got several stages of the
Embryological development, but it is so difficult, to understand it, because
it has got numerical stages - stage 1, stage 2, stage 3. The Qur'an bases
the stages on shapes, and predated development, which is far superior and
easy than what modern Embryology has done today’. If the Embryologists… they
describe according to the stages of the Qur'an, it is far more easier for
them to describe and understand, than what modern Embryology has done -
stage 1, stage 2, stage 3. The Qur'an says in Surah Abasa, Ch. No. 80, Verse
19 and 20… ‘We have created the human beings from minute quantity and We
have made the passage of birth easy’. People normally wonder, that how can
the birth canal which hardly admit is 3 to 4 fingers - how can a baby come
out of it? The bony structure is so rigid, it has got Ligament - How is it
possible? Qur'an says… ‘Allah makes the pathway easy’. And today we have
come to know that how is it possible. Relaxin is being secreted by the
ovaries and the placenta which loosens the ligament of the pelvic joints and
softens the cervix. The uterine contraction that take place, it pushes the
baby downwards in the birth canal. The bag of water which ruptures, it
provides a slippery surface for the baby to come out, to slide and the
various movements of the baby, while birth facilitates the movement through
the irregular pelvic joints. Qur'an say that… ‘Allah makes the pathway
easy’. Qur'an is giving you signs. It is showing you various Embryological
stages. Who could have described all these stages? They are asking you a
question – ‘Will you not then believe? … Will you not then believe in the
Holy Qur'an?’ The Qur'an says in Surah Sajda, Ch. No. 32, Verse No 9… ‘We
have given the human beings the faculty of hearing and sight’. It is
repeated in Surah Insaan, Ch. No. 76, Verse No 2… ‘We have given the
faculty of hearing and sight, to the human being’.
Today we have come to know the first sense to develop, is the sense of
hearing - Qur'an says… ‘First hearing then sight’. By the fifth month of
pregnancy It is complete - the ear, later on in the seventh month of
pregnancy, the eye split is open. Imagine Qur'an gives the order - first
comes hearing, then comes sight. Professor Durgarao, who is an expert in the
field of ‘Marine Geology’ who is teaching in the university of King Abdul
Aziz in Jeddah, he was asked to give his comments on a verse of the Holy
Qur'an. From Surah Nur, Ch. No. 24, Verse No. 40, which says that… ‘The
state of the unbeliever is like the depth of darkness in a vast deep ocean,
overwhelmed with waves topped with waves, topped with dark clouds, the
depths of darkness, one layered over the other. When a man stretches out his
hand, he can hardly see it, Allah gives light to whom He wishes. If He does
not give light you cannot see’. Professor Durgarao, he said that… ‘This
verse of the Holy Qur'an is not speaking about a normal sea – It is speaking
about a deep sea. And today, only with the help of things like submarines,
we have come to know the depths of the oceans - It is dark. Previously, we
did not know that, because a man cannot go unaided, more than 20 to 30
metres under water - And if he goes more than 200 metres unaided, he dies.
It is today, we have come to know, by the instruments that we have, that the
depths of ocean is dark’. And he said… ‘This darkness is due to two
phenomena - first is due to successive absorption of the colours in layers’.
As we all know, the light has got Seven colours - And we learnt in school
for remembering easy: VIBGYOR, the colours of the rainbow. Vibgyor - V for
violet, I for Indigo, B for blue, G for Green, Y for Yellow, O for Orange,
and Red… R for Red – Vibgyor… Seven colours. Professor Durgarao said, that
‘When the light enters the ocean - by the first 15 to 20 meters, the Red
colour is absorbed’. And if a man goes under water about 30 meters deep, and
if he bleeds, if he has a wound, he will not be able to see his own blood -
because Red colour does not reach there. Later on, 30 to 50 metres absorbs
Orange. Yellow is absorbed by next 50 to 100 metres, green by 100 to 200
metres, and blue beyond 200 metres, and violet and indigo much above 200
metres. Therefore, the layers of darkness you see in the ocean, is due to
the absorption of light in successive layers’. ‘The second reason for these
layers’, Professor Durgarao said… ‘is due to barriers, like the clouds’.
When the sunlight hits is the cloud, the cloud absorbs the light - therefore
there is darkness below the cloud, then the light is scattered. After
getting scattered, it hits is at the superficial waves of the ocean. This is
the second barrier, the waves reflect the light further, the superficial
waves of the ocean. Those light rays which are not reflected, they enter the
ocean. Therefore, you have two types of layers in the ocean: ‘the
superficial layer and the deep layer’. The superficial layer is warm and lit
up, the deep layers, they are dark. And this superficial and deep layer of
the ocean - it is divided by internal waves. We human beings did not know,
that even there were internal waves - We only knew of superficial waves. It
was only in 1900, that we have come to know that there are even waves deep
in the water. They are known as internal waves, which divide the superficial
part of the ocean and the deep part of the ocean. Imagine the Qur'an
mentions that… ‘the unbelievers' state is like the depth of darkness in a
vast deep ocean, overwhelmed with waves topped with waves’. That means -
deep waves are there, internal waves are there, topped with superficial
waves. And it further continues… ‘topped with dark clouds’. The clouds are
the barriers, and even the clouds are in layers. And when a man stretches
out his hand, he can hardly see it. ‘Only if Allah gives light, can they
see’. Even the fish that swim in the deep part of the ocean, they cannot see
unless they have their own light with them. They have their own lights with
them. Even the submarine that goes underwater, it carries its own light,
otherwise they cannot see underwater. So when Professor Durgarao was asked,
how come this is mentioned in the Qur'an 1400 years ago, he said – ‘It is
impossible for any human being to mention this verse - This Qur'an has to be
a Divine Revelation’.
The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Qiyamah, Ch. No. 75, Verse No. 3 and 4… ‘The
unbelievers ask, that how will Allah (SWT) be able to reassemble our bones’.
Allah says… ‘We can not only reassemble the bones, We can even reconstruct
in perfect order the very finger tips’. When the unbelievers say… ‘After we
are buried, after our bones have got disintegrated, how will Allah (SWT) on
the day of judgment, reassemble our bones’. So Allah says… ‘He will not only
be able to reassemble the bones, He can even reconstruct your very fingertip
in perfect order’. It is referring to the finger printing method, which was
discovered by Sir Francis Gold in 1880, and he said that - ‘No two finger
prints, of two individuals are equal even in a million people’. No wonder
the police, the CID, the CIA, the FBI - they use the finger printing method
to identify the culprit. Qur'an speaks about that 1400 years ago… ‘Allah can
not only reassemble the bones, he can even reconstruct in perfect order the
very finger tips’. Allah (SWT) is asking you in Surah Nisa, Ch. No. 4 Verse
82… (Arabic)… ‘Do not you consider the Qur'an with care? – Do not you ponder
over the Qur'an with care? that if it had been from any one besides Allah,
there would have been many contradiction - there would have been many
discrepancies’. Qur'an is giving you a challenge - Here is the Holy Qur'an,
try and take out a single discrepancy - try and take out a single fault in
the Holy Qur'an. It is giving you a challenge, an open challenge…. ‘Why
don't you analyze the Qur'an with care - had it been from anyone besides
Allah, there would have been many contradictions’.
I would like to end my talk by giving The example of Professor Tagata
Tagashon. Previously, the doctors they thought that only the brain was
responsible for feeling of pain. It is now we have come to know that there
are certain receptors in the skin, called as ‘pain receptors’, which are
also responsible of feeling of pain. No wonder when a patient of burn injury
comes to a doctor, he takes a pin and he pricks it in that area. If the
patient feels pain, doctor is very happy - It means It is a superficial
burn, the pain receptors are intact. If he does not feel pain, It is a deep
burn, the pain receptors have been destroyed. The Qur'an says in Surah Nisa,
Ch. No. 4, Verse No. 56, ‘As to those who reject our signs, We shall cast
them into the hell fire, and as often as their skins are roasted, We shall
give them fresh skins, so that they shall feel the pain’. Qur'an says… ‘If
your skin is roasted, We shall give you fresh skin, so that you'll feel the
pain’. Giving an indication… there is something in the skin which is
responsible for the feeling of pain – Indication is the pain receptor. When
Professor Tagada Tagashon, who is the head of the department of Anatomy, in
Shangma University in Thailand - he was given the translation of this verse.
And he has spent a lot of time in doing research on pain receptors, he said…
‘It is impossible that Qur'an can mention this. We discovered it recently –
How is it possible?’ - He did not agree with it. Later on, after checking
with the Holy Qur'an, after verifying the Holy Qur'an, he was so impressed,
that in the 8th Medical Saudi Conference, in Riyadh in the Conference, he
said the Shahadah … ‘La Ilaha Il Allah, Muhammadur Rasulallah’. ‘There is no
God but Allah, and Prophet Muhammed is the messenger of Allah (SWT)’. Wa
Aakhirudawana Anil Hamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen.
(Q). With regard to the evolution of Homo Sapiens - you have Charles Darwin
in Science, giving an explanation that… ‘It is because of the process of
natural selection, that the human beings have evolved’. Now this it seems to
be in contradiction with the Islamic belief, that we have… we are the
children of Adam Alaihissalaam - Now how can this be reconciled?
(Dr. Zakir) I have not come across any book which says, ‘Fact of Evolution’.
All the books say…‘Theory of Evolution’ - There is no book I have come
across saying ‘Fact of Evolution’. If I have to insult someone that… ‘If you
were present Darwin's time, this theory would have been proved right’ -
trying to insinuate, that he looks like an Ape. It is a joke we make.
(Q) As-salam alaikum - I am Kausar Shaikh, a product of Darul Qur’an Kuwait
- Presently I am teaching Arabic in Anushakti Nagar. My question is - It is
mentioned in the Qur’an that… ‘one day in the sight of Allah is equal to a
thousand years’ and in another place it is mentioned that…‘ one day is equal
to fifty thousand years’. Is’nt the Qur’an contradicting itself? - Please
explain.
(Dr. Zakir) The Sister has asked a question that, it is mentioned in the
Qur’an in a certain place, that...‘one day in the sight of Allah is equal to
a thousand years’ - and some where else it is mentioned that, ‘one day in
the sight of Allah (SWT) is equal to a fifty thousand years’ - Is’nt this a
contradiction? What the sister was referring to a verse of the Holy Qur’an
from Surah Al-Hajj, Ch. 22, V. No. 47, as well as Surah Sajdah, Ch. 32, V.
No. 5, which does say that… ‘One day in the sight of Allah (SWT) is equal to
a thousand years’. And in Surah Maarij Ch. 70, V. No. 4, it says that…
‘One day in the sight of Allah (SWT) is equal to a fifty thousand years of
your reckoning’. Does’nt it seem to be a contradiction? Sister, what these
verses in the Holy Qur’an are referring to – it is giving an indication -
that time in the sight of Allah (SWT) is incomparable to the earthly time.
The earthly time, whether it is a thousand years or whether it is a fifty
thousand years, whether it is thousands of years - it is somewhat equal to
one day in the sight of Allah, or may be one second in the sight of Allah
(SWT) . It is just giving you a reference, that time in the sight of Allah
(SWT) is incomparable to the earthly time. But even if you want to take
these verses literally, still there is an explanation for that. The Arabic
word used in these verses is ‘Yaum’. It has got two different meanings - It
can be either translated as ‘day’ or as ‘period’ or as ‘Epoch’…. very long
period. So if you read this verse of Surah Sajdah, Ch. 32, V. No. 5, it
says… ‘It is Allah who rules the affairs from the Heavens to the Earth and
all these go up to him on a day, which is equal to a thousand years of
reckoning’. If you translate this word correctly ‘Yaum’ as ‘period’, it will
read that ‘Allah rules all the affairs from the Heavens to the Earth, and
all of them go unto him in a period which is equal to a thousand years of
your reckoning’. Surah Marijj, Ch.No. 70, V. No. 4, reads that… ‘the
spirits and the angels they ascend to Allah (SWT) in a day which is equal to
fifty thousand years of your reckoning’. If you translate it correctly,
‘Yaum’ as period - it will read that… ‘the spirits and the angels ascend
unto Allah (SWT) in a period equal to fifty thousand years’. The Qur’an is
referring to two different periods - therefore there is no contradiction.
For example if I say I will take one hour to reach Vashi… I will take a
period of one hour to reach Vashi, and then say I will take a period of
fifty hours to reach Shrinagar… to reach Kashmir – it is not contradicting,
because both are different periods. So one place the Qur’an says… ‘the
period required for all the spirits and the angels to go up unto Allah
(SWT) is equal to fifty thousand years of your reckoning’ - and the other
place says… ‘the period required for all the affairs to go unto Allah (SWT)
is one thousand years’. There is no contradiction in that. I hope that
answers the question.
(Q) As-Salam Alaikum Zakir bhai - My name is Shakir, and I am a Mechanical
Engineer student. I would like to ask you a question, that how can you prove
to an atheist scientifically the existence of God? .
(Dr.Zakir). The brother has posed a question, how can you scientifically
prove the existence of God Almighty, the existence of Allah (SWT) to
especially to an Atheist, who does not believe in God. The first thing I
will do is that , I will congratulate that Atheist. I will congratulate him
- You know why? If you look around us - he is a Hindu because father is a
Hindu - He is a Christian because father is a Christian - Some Muslims are
Muslims because their fathers are Muslim. This person, though he may be
coming from a religious background, he does not believe in the false god
which his parents attribute to - so he does not believe in God. I am
congratulating him because he has accepted the first word of the ‘Shahada’,
the first part of the Islamic creed ‘La Ilaha’ - there is no god. Now my
job is to prove ‘Illallah’, ‘but Allah’ - which I shall do Inshaallah. To
the other people, I have to first to remove the wrong concept of ‘god’ and
then prove the right concept of the Allah (SWT). Here half my job is done.
He has already said ‘La Ilaha’ - There is no god. Now I have to prove
‘Illallah’, ‘but Allah’ - which I shall do Inshaallah. You ask this Atheist,
that suppose there is an object… an unidentified… may be a flying object
which no one in the world has seen - No human being in the world knows about
this object. If it is brought in front of you, and if you ask that who will
be the first person who will be able to tell you the mechanism of this
unidentified object, you have to ask him the question. Who is the first
person , who will be able to tell you the mechanism of this new object which
no one in the world has seen? After thinking for a while, he will give the
answer – ‘the person who will be able to tell you the mechanism…the first
person, is the Creator of that object’. Some may say ‘Manufacturer’, some
may say ‘Producer’. Whatever they say, don’t grapple with the words…accept
it - It will be somewhat similar. Either ‘Creator’, or ‘Producer’, or
‘Manufacturer’ - but remember what he has told you - Keep it in your mind.
Then ask him the next question - How did the Universe come to existence -
How was it formed? He will tell you by the Big Bang Theory. Tell him the
Qur’an mentions in Surah Anbiya, Ch. 21, V. No. 30, about the Big Bang
Theory. Who could have mentioned this in the Qur’an 1400 years ago? - He
will tell you… ‘May be it is a fluke’. Don’t argue with him - Next part of
the question. We did not know the light of the Moon is reflected light - We
came to know recently - You ask him. He will tell you… ‘Yes, yes the light
of the Moon is reflected light – it is not its own light’. When we
discovered ? He will tell you… ‘Recently, yesterday, fifty years back,
hundred years back, yesterday in science’. You tell him, the Qur’an
mentioned that – ‘the light of the moon is reflected light’, fourteen
hundred years ago. Who could have mentioned that ? May be somebody had a
wild guess. Do not argue with him…. Continue - We thought the sun was
stationary. You ask him - Is it stationary ? He will say… ‘ No it is
rotating and revolving’. When did you learn this? He will tell you…
‘Yesterday… fifty years back… twenty years back’. Qur’an mentioned this
fourteen hundred years ago. He will hesitate, but may say – ‘May be, some
intelligent person wrote it’. Don’t argue with it… Continue. How was the
universe initially - What is celestial matter ? He will tell you ‘it was
Smoke’. How did you come to know ? ‘We have got proof, we have got
evidence’. You tell him… ‘Qur’an mentioned this fourteen hundred years ago’.
Who could have mentioned that? - He will hesitate. Don’t wait for a
response… Continue - Keep on posing question after question. All that I have
given in the lecture - Keep on posing one question after the other. That,
‘water cycle’, how did you come to know about it? Qur’an mentioned it
fourteen hundred years ago. About – ‘every living thing made from water’ -
Who could have mentioned that ? Qur’an speaks about Botany - the ‘male and
female’ - Who could have mentioned that ? Pose one after the other and ask
the question – ‘Who could have written that’ ? Then you tell him there is a
theory known as ‘Theory of Probability’.That if you have two choice, out of
which one is right - the chances that you will make the correct choice just
at random, is one in two. For example, if I toss a coin it can be either
heads or tails - The chances I will be right, will be one in two. If I toss
it twice, the chances I will be right both the times, will be 1/2 multiplied
by 1/2 that is 1/4. Twenty five percent chance. If I toss it thrice,
chances I will be right all three times, 1/2 multiplied by 1/2 multiplied
by 1/2, it is 1/8. 12 and 1/2 %. A dice has got six sides. If I throw a
dice, the chances that at random I will be correct is 1/6. If I through it
twice, the chances that both the times I will be right, will be 1/6 x 1/6
which is 1/36. This is called as ‘Theory of Probability’. If I throw the
dice twice, and then toss a coin, all three being right will be 1/6
multiplied by 1/6 multiplied by 1/2 is 1/72. So you ask him - the chances
may be if you ask - what is the shape of the earth? There are various
shapes. Some may say if is flat, some may say its triangular, some may say
it is hexagonal, some may say pentagonal, some may say heptagonal, some may
say square. Say there can be ten shapes. Some may say it is round, it is
spherical - the chances that if any one makes a wild guess, it being
correct, is 1/10. ‘The light of the Moon’ - it can either be its own light,
or it can be reflected light. The chances that you make a wild guess and it
being correct will be one upon two. The chances that both – ‘shape of the
earth’ and ‘light of the moon being reflected light’- both being correct, if
you make a wild guess - it will be 1/10 multiplied by 1/2, it is 1/20. What
can the living creatures be made of ? Some may say ‘Sand’, some may say
‘Stone’, some may say ‘Aluminum’, some may say ‘Gold’ - say a thousand
materials you can name. Some may say ‘Water’, some may say ‘Silver’, a
thousand materials. The chances that you make a wild guess, and one of them
being right according to mathematics, is one upon a thousand. The
chances that all three being correct - ‘the earth is spherical’, ‘light of
the moon is reflected light’, and ‘every living creature created from
water’… is correct, will be 1/10 multiplied by 1/2 multiplied by 1/1000.
Answer comes to 1/20,000 or 0.005 percent. Qur’an speaks about scientific…
science more than a thousand verses. In three verses, the chances comes to
.05 percent. If you apply probability theory to all these being at random,
chance it will come to zero… negligible. And in Maths - anything one in ten
raise to fifty, it is equal to zero. So you ask your Atheist friend… ‘Who
could have written this?’ The only answer he can give you is, his first
answer – ‘the Creator’, ‘the Manufacturer’. The person who has produced it –
That is the only answer. There is no other answer. What Science is saying
today is…‘They are not eliminating God… They are eliminating models of
god’. La Ilaha IllAllah. They are not eliminating god but models of god. I
hope that answers the question.
(Q) My name is Javed , and I am a student - I would like to ask an question.
At one place the Holy Qur’an states that… ‘man is created from sperm’ which
is in conciliate with modern science but at another place it also states
that… ‘man is made from dust’. Now isn’t the Holy Qur’an contradicting
itself ? - Or is it conciliate with modern Science?
(Dr. Zakir). The brother has posed a question that, at one place Holy
Qur’an says that ‘human beings have been created from sperm’ which
conciliates with modern science - the other place… ‘human being is created
from dust’. Can you prove it scientifically – ‘it is created from dust?’ And
isn’t there a contradiction - one place… ‘sperm’ - one place it says…
‘dust?’ The Holy Qur’an does say as I mentioned in my talk, in Surah
Qiyamah, Ch.75, V. No. 37 to 39. It says that… ‘human beings have been
created from sperm’ which has been proved by Science. The Holy Qur’an also
says in Surah Hajj, Ch. No. 22, V. No. 5, that… ‘We have created the human
beings from a quintessence of dust’. Today Science tells us that all the
elements that are there in the human body - they are present in lesser or
greater quantity, in the soil in the earth. So the statement that human
beings have been created from earth is scientifically proven. That whatever
components are there in the human body - the constituent, the elements -
they are present in the Earth, in the soil, in lesser or greater proportion.
Your second part of the question. Isn’t it a contradiction? One place the
Qur’an says… ‘Man is created from sperm’ - one says… ‘from dust’ - Isn’t it
a contradiction? See, a contradiction is two statements which are
conflicting with each other, which cannot take place simultaneously. The
Qur’an does not only say… ‘Man has been created from sperm’… and the other
place… ‘from dust’- it also says in Surah Furqaan, Ch. No. 25, V. No. 54,
that… ‘Man has been created from water’. You will tell me there are three
contradictions. See, Science has proved that man has been created from dust,
as well as from sperm, as well as from water. If I tell you in one
statement, that to make a cup of tea, I require water. In the second
statement, I say to make a cup of tea I require tea leaves or tea powder. It
is not a contradiction - I require both. If I want to make sweet tea, I
add sugar to it - If I want to make ‘Pani kum’ tea, I add less water and
more milk. If I want to make ‘Sulaimani’ tea I add only water. So there is
no contradiction when the Qur’an says… ‘Human being is created from sperm
and dust and water’. It is actually contradistinction - What’s the
meaning of contradistinction? Contradistinction means, speaking two or more
things about a subject, which are not conflicting with each other. For
example, if I say that… ‘this man - he is honest, he is kind and loving’- It
is contradistinction. But if I say… ‘this man is always a liar and a
truthful person’- then it is a contradiction, because both are opposing. If
it is not opposing, it is called as a contradistinction.
(Q) As-Salam Alaikum brother - My name is Farida Ansari - I am a laboratory
technician. Qur’an says… ‘Allah is the Creator of the human being’ - Does
science agree with it ?
(Dr. Zakir). The sister has posed a question, that the Qur’an mentions that
Allah (SWT) is the Creator of the human beings - Does Science agree with it?
And Qur’an says in several places including the last verse of the
Embryological stages, that is Surah Muminun, Ch. No. 23, V. No. 14, that…
‘Allah is the best to create’. Can we prove it scientifically that Allah is
the Creator? Qur’an gives the answer… Qur’an gives the answer in Surat Tur,
Ch. No. 52, V. No. 35. It poses a question – ‘that were you created from
nothing?’ It poses a question – ‘that were you created from nothing?’ See…
the Arabic word used for ‘Creator’, in all the verses of the Qur’an, is
‘Khaliq’… is derived from the Arabic word ‘Khalaqa’. Arabic word ‘Khalaqa’
has got four meanings. One meaning is ‘to create some thing from nothing’…
without any previous example. That is only possible for Allah (SWT). Second
meaning of ‘Khalaqa’ is… ‘to create some thing new from pre-existing
material’. The third meaning is of ‘Khalaqa’ – ‘Programming’ or ‘Planning’.
And the last meaning is, ‘to make smooth’. So Qur’an poses the question in
Surah Tur, Ch. No. 52, V.No. 35, that… ‘Were you created from nothing?’ But
natural the answer is negative… No - Human beings are not created from
nothing. They pose the next question – ‘Were you the Creators, or We the
Creator ?’ We know very well, that man cannot create another man. If he
could do that, the moment he died he would have created himself back. If
his relatives would have died, he would have got them back to life. Human
beings cannot even create living creature as such as fly, leave aside human
being. Neither can you attribute the organs of the body , say… the
reproductive organs, like testes or ovaries - that they are the cause for
our creation. Because if you say that the testes, the uterus, etc., are the
cause, then you have to include your ancestors - their reproductive systems,
their ancestors, their ancestors, all are responsible. So the answer is
negative. Qur’an poses the next question in Surah Waqiah, Ch. 56, V. No. 58
and 59… ‘that do you not look at the sperm you have emitted. Were you the
Creator or we the Creator?’ And but natural all these questions that Qur’an
poses the answer is negative. Some people can say… ‘it is by chance’ – ‘By
chance we were created’. They say… ‘Nature… Nature… Natural things’ - It
happened by chance.
Let us analyse scientifically, whether the human beings can be created by
chance. The protein molecule is a very important structure of the living
cell -Very important part in the living structure of the cell. The protein
molecule consists of five elements - the Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Hydrogen
and Sulphur. And there are tens and thousands of Atoms required to make one
Molecule. One Atom has five elements - Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Hydrogen
and Sulphur. There are tens of thousands of Atoms, which make one Protein
Molecule - And there are approximately 92 free elements. The chances that
out of these 92, the five will form an Atom… and these atoms will form tens
and thousands of Atom, to form one Protein Molecule was calculated by Frank
Alien . And he said… ‘the chances are 1/10 raised to 160’. You know what is
the meaning of 1/10 raised to 160? If I say 1/10 raised to two, ten raise to
two means, one zero zero zero. One in hundred - Chance is one percent. If I
say 1/10 raised to three, it means one in a thousand – That is 1
percent. If I say 1/10 raise to four it means one in ten thousand - Means
point 0.01%. So when the calculation was made, (1/10) raised to 160. It
means point zero zero zero zero zero hundred and fifty seven zeros, then
one. And mathematics tells, ‘anything 1/10 raised to fifty, is counted as
zero’. Further more, this is talking about one molecule. And the substance
required to form this one molecule of protein was calculated by another
person Charles Guy - that it will require millions of times of substance as
huge as our Galaxy. Millions of galaxies will be required to form this one
molecule of protein. And the time was calculated by Charles Guy - the time
taken for one protein molecule to be formed, will be ten raised to 263
years. You know what is that? One zero zero zero zero zero zero, 263 zeros,
it will take to form one protein molecule. And do you know there are how
many protein molecule in one cell ? And do you know how many other
molecules are there in the cell ? And how many cells are there in the human
being ? There are more than six billion molecules when a child is born. That
is what doctors tell us today, six billion. One protein molecule takes 1/10
raise to 160 chances. Time taken is ten raise to two hundred and forty three
years. To take six billion for one baby imagine. And how many women are
pregnant ? There are millions of women pregnant at a time - And it takes
only 9 months. ‘The chances’… Science tells us, ‘is zero zero zero, no
chance at all’. These things cannot take by chance - they have to be
programmed by Someone. Science tells us… ‘There has to be Someone , some
Supernatural force’. Therefore science as I said earlier, is not eliminating
God’ - It is eliminating models of god. ‘La Ilaha IllAllah’. Hope that
answers the question. (Clapping)
(Q) Assalamu Alaikum - My name is Ashfaq, and I am a student. My question
is, Qur’an in several places has mentioned that… ‘the Heavens and the Earth
were created in six days’. But in Surah Fussilat, it says… ‘the Heaven and
the Earth was created in eight days’ - Isn’t this a contradiction? In the
same Verse also says… ‘that the Earth was created in six days, and then
later, on the Heaven in two days’. This is against the Big Bang Theory…
‘that the Heavens and Earth were created simultaneously’.
(Dr. Zakir). Brother has posed a very important question. The Qura’n says…
‘the Heaven and the Earth were created in six days’ and in Surat Fussilat,
it says… ‘eight days’. Isn’t there a contradiction - and also contradiction
with the Big Bang Theory. I do agree with you brother the Qur’an says in
several places that… ‘the Heavens and the Earth were created in six days, in
several places’. In Surah Araf, Ch. 7, V. No. 54; in Sura Yunus, Ch. 10, V.
No. 3; in Surah Hud, Ch. 11, V. No.7; in Surah Furqan Ch. 25, V. No.59;
Surah Sajdah, Ch. 32, V. No. 4; in Surah Hadid, Ch. 57, V. No. 4. In several
places, the Qur’an says… ‘the Heavens and the Earth were created in six
days’. It is not the earthly days - It is ‘Ayyaam’. ‘Very long periods’ -
which Scientists have got no objection. And I also agree with you, that in
the Qur’an does speak about… ‘the creation of the Heavens and the Earth’… in
Surah Fussilat. The verse you are refering to brother is Verses 9 to12,
which says that… ‘Do you not believe in the One who has created the Earth in
two days… and do you join equals with Him - Do you join partners with Him,
who is the Lord of the worlds’? Verse No. 10 says… ‘He has set on the Earth,
mountains standing firm and given due nourishment on the Earth, in four
days’. Verse No. 11 says…. ‘Moreover in His design, He comprehended the sky
when it was smoke and He said to it and the Earth… ‘come ye together
willingly or unwillingly’, and they said ‘we come together in willing
obedience’. This, He did in two days. For if you read it just without
thinking two plus four plus two is eight days. Qur’an gives the answer in
starting of the Verse - that is… says that… ‘all those who will take out
this fault, they are equal to those people who will join partners to God’.
Means, Allah (SWT) knew that there will be people who will take out fault in
the Qur’an, in this verse - they will be the Mushrikhs. And today this verse
is commonly used by the Christian missionaries against the Mulsims. If you
go around… I have been travelling in the world - this question was posed to
me even there - the Christian missionaries they pose this question. Qur’an
says… it predicts… that people will ask about this question, and these
people will be those who associate partners with God. Let us analyse the
first two Verses – that is, Surah Fussilat, Ch. 41, Verse No. 9 to 10 says…
that… ‘the Earth was created in two days, and then mountains were set on it,
and nourishment was given in due proportion in four days’. So it says two
days the Earth was formed mountains were set on it afterwards in four days
total comes to six days. Then Verse No. 11, starts with the Arabic word
‘Summa’. Now the Arabic word ‘Summa’, can be translated in three different
ways. One is ‘Then’, one is ‘Moreover’, and the other is ‘Simultaneously’. I
do know that many translations have translated the Arabic word ‘Summa’, as
‘then’. If you translate ‘Summa’ as ‘then’ - then there is a contradiction.
It says… ‘then’ the Heavens were made in two days. That means two plus
four, plus two is equal to eight days. But the exact translation should
be ‘Summa’ - should be translated as ‘Moreover’ or ‘Simultaneously’. And
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Alhamdullillah in this place has translated ‘Summa’
correctly - as ‘Moreover’. If you translate ‘Summa’, as ‘Moreover’ or
‘Simultaneously’ - it will mean that when the Earth and the Mountains were
created in six days, ‘Simultaneously’ the Heavens were created in two days.
For example suppose a builder he gives in his brochure… ‘that I have
constructed a ten story building along with it’s surrounding and compound
wall, in six months. When a person who wants to buy a flat in that building
- he goes to the builder and he asks for more details. So the builder says…
‘It took me two months to make the basement of the building ,and another
four months to make the ten story. And while I was building the basement
and the story, I simultaneously built the compound wall and the surrounding
in two months’. It is possible - so then he is not contradicting - Total
comes to yet six months. So similarly when Surah Fussilat, Ch. 41, Verse
No. 9 to 12, it says that… ‘While the Earth was created along with the
mountain in six days simultaneously the Heaven was created in two days’ -
There is no contradiction. And similarly if you take ‘then’ - it contradicts
with Science, because Earth was created first , ‘then’ were created the
Mountains – It is contradicting. Similarly Qur’an speaks in Surah Baqarah,
Ch. 2, Verse 29, that… ‘Allah made the Earth , ‘Summa’ the Heaven’. But
unfortunately , here Abdullah Yusuf Ali has translated ‘Summa’ wrongly, as
‘then’. In Verse 29, of Surah Baqarah, Ch. 2, he translates ‘Summa’, as
‘then’. Allah created the Earth, and then the Heaven - Then there is a
contradiction. Even here ‘Summa’ should be translated as ‘Moreover’ or
‘Simultaneously’. If it is translated ‘Simultaneously’ - then it is not a
contradiction, because the Big Bang Theory tells us that, the Earth and
Heaven were created simultaneously. No wonder in the Qur’an… the Qur’an says
in many places… ‘We created the heavens and the earth’, in the other places
it says… ‘We created the earth and the heavens’. Giving evidence to the
verse of the Qur’an of Surah Anbiya, Ch. 21, Verse No. 30, which says…
(Arabic) … ‘that do not the unbelievers see that the Heavens and the Earth
were joined together and We clove them asunder’.
(Q) Assalam Alaikum - I am Gulam Mohammed - I appreciate your explanation
about the Bi-Sexual reproduction in animals. And my question is, can you
support this change of sexes in animals and plants, with the change of
Nutrients and Environment, with the Qur’anic versions, and also the
production of fruits without fertilization ?
(Dr. Zakir). That is right - Brother has asked a very good question. He has
asked a question that scientifically can you prove that - there are certain
plants he mentioned, and I can mention more few also… Bananas, Papayas they
are bi-sexual plants. So if you heard in my talk brother, I made a
statement that even the bi-sexual plants - they have got distinct
characteristics of male and female. Regarding your question of ‘fruits’ - if
you analyze the fruit is the product of reproduction, it is the end product
of reproduction of superior plants… of superior plants. The stage before
fruit is the stage of flower - the flowers have got both, male and female
stamen and ovules. Only after the pollen comes there do you get fruit, and
then the fruit gives off seeds, etc - these are known as ‘Parthono Parpic’
fruits. Even in these, there is distinct characteristics of male and female.
And the Qur’an rightly says in Surah Rad, Ch. 13, Verse No. 3, that… ‘We
have created fruits in pairs, twos and twos’. Hope that answers the
question.
(Q) I am Farzana Mulla.My question is with regard to the evolution of
Homo-sepians - You have Charles Darwin in Science, giving an explanation
that… ‘It is because of the process of natural selection, that the human
beings have evolved’. Now this it seems to be in contradiction with the
Islamic belief that we have - we are the children of Adam AlaihSalam - Now
how can this be reconciled ?
(Dr.Zakir). This is a very important question. No lecture of mine on this
topic of ‘Qur’an and Modern Science’, is complete without this question. I
have given this talk in various places in Canada, in U.S.A, in U.K, in Saudi
- Never is this topic complete - never is the Question and Answer session
complete, without this important question of ‘Theory of Evolution’… Charles
Darwin. Sister has posed the question - how can you reconcile the Qur’an,
with Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’? Sister, I have not come across any book
which says… ‘Fact of Evolution’. All the books say ‘Theory of Evolution’ -
there is no book I have come across saying fact of evolution. If you read
the book by Charles Darwin ‘The Origin of Species’ - It says that… “Charles
Darwin went on an island by the name of ‘Keletropist’ on a ship named as
‘HMS Beagel’ and there he found birds pecking at niches. Depending upon the
Ecological niches they peck, the beaks kept on becoming long and short. This
observation was made in the same species - not in different species”.
Charles Darwin wrote a letter to his friend Thomas Thomtan, in 1861 saying
‘I do not believe in ‘Natural Selection’- the word that you use - I don’t
believe in ‘Theory of Evolution’ because I haven’t got any proof. I only
believe in it because it helps me in classification of Embryology, in
Morphology, in rudimentary organs’. Charles Darwin himself said that , there
were missing links. He did not agree with it - He himself said that there
were missing links. Therefore , if I have to insult someone that if you were
present at Darwin’s time this theory would been proved right, trying to
insinuate that he looks like an Ape. It is a joke we make. The reason that
this theory in most parts of the world - it is taught as good as fact - You
know why? Even I was in school - I learnt about Darwin’s theory - and even
today they are taught - You know what the reason is sister? The reason is
because, that if you analyse, the Church… the Church was against Science
previously - and you know the incidence that they sentenced Galileo to
death. They sentenced Galileo to death - Why? Because he said certain
statements in the Astronomy, etc., which went against the Bible - So they
sentenced him to death , for which the Pope apologized now. So when Charles
Darwin came up with a theory which goes against the Bible, they did not…
they did not want any sufficient proof - An enemy of my enemy is my friend.
So all the Scientists… most of them - they supported the theory, because it
went against the Bible - not because it was true. They only supported it
because it went against the Bible`. All the stages you have mentioned
sister… all the stages… ‘Lucy’ - there were four ‘Homonites’. Science tells
us today that there were four ‘Homonites’ - first is ‘Lucy’ along with its
guy ‘Dosnopytichest’, which died about 3 and a 1/2 million years - the Ice
Age. Then next came the ‘Homosepians’, who died about 5 hundred thousand
years ago. Then came the ‘Neanderthal Man’, who died hundred to forty
thousand years ago. Then came the fourth stage, ‘the Cromagnon’. ‘There is
no link at all between these stages’ - According to P. P. Grasse in 1971
who held the Chair of Evolutionary Studies in Paris, in Sojerion
University. He said… ‘It is absurd - We cannot say who were our ancestors
based on fossils’. I can give you a list of hundreds of scientists and Noble
Prize winners who speak against Darwin’s theory… Hundreds. If you know of
Sir Albert George who got the Noble prize for inventing… for inventing the
Vitamin ‘C’ - He wrote the book ‘The Can’t Ape and Man’, against Darwin’s
Theory. Again if you read, Sir Fred Hoyle’s work - he wrote several works
against Darwin’s Theory. If you know about Ruperts Albert, this person wrote
a new theory of evolution against Darwin’s Theory. Its unthinkable… you
cannot think that we are created from the Apes. If you know of Sir Frank
Salosbury… he was a biologist. He said… ‘It is illogical to believe in
Darwin’s theory’. If you know about Whitmeat… Sir Whitemeat, he wrote a book
against Darwin’s Theory - He was also a Biologist. Several ! you can give a
list of hundreds. Today it is taught in the schools - Why? … I told you -
Media is in their hands. Otherwise there is no proof at all. There are
certain proofs at lower level - an Ameba, at lower species level… Ameba can
change to Paremishia. Qur’an does not say…‘Ameba cannot change to
Paremishia’ - Qur’an does not say. If they have got proof… It cannot be
possible… It is not against the Qur’an. But there is no proof at all. People
talk about Molecular Biology Theory - they talk about Genetic coding.
According to Henses Crake who is a authority in this field - he said… ‘It is
unimaginable’. Again if you do that ratio, the probability of one DNA
forming, ‘from Ape to Human being, is again Zero’. If I start calculating,
I think you will get bored again - You know the calculation. I told you… for
one Protein Molecule, it is some what similar from one DNA. It is not
possible at all. You know there is theory recently… ‘that homosexuality is
Genetic’. And when I read in the Times of India, I thought, surely the
moment I attend the next lecture on Sunday at I.R.F, I will be asked this
question. ‘If homosexuality is Genetic, how can Allah blame us? - Qur’an
speaks against homosexuality’. And I said that see…‘This is a theory wait
till it gets established…It is a theory - don’t comment on that
Within just matter of span of just few months it was proved to be illogical
- and the person who propounded this theory that… ‘Homosexuality is Genetic’
- he himself was an Homosexual. Therefore I said, I am going to give my
talk on scientific facts - not on theories and assumption. Darwin’s theory
has not been proven…‘We have not been created from Ape’. There are hundreds
of Scientists who speak against that and Qur’an speaks against that also.
Qur’an says the first man was Adam (Peace be upon him). InshaAllah they will
discover it 100 years afterwards, or may be a 1000 years afterwards. Today
there are researches showing, that human being have been created from one
pair again - It is just a theory. It supports the Qur’anic verse that human
beings have been created from one pair, male and female – It is just a
theory, therefore I do not quote that in my talk. InshaAllah it will be
established 50 years afterwards, or 100 years afterwards. Then we will know
that Qur’an conciliates with this part - So far it is not conflicting – It
is not conflicting with established Science, at all. Hope that answers the
question.
(Q) As-salamalaikum - I am Abdul Samir - I am a student. In the Qur’an it is
stated. that – ‘the hearts of the unbelievers are sealed’. But according to
Science… ‘it is the brain that thinks, and not the heart’ - Your comment
please.
(Dr.Zakir). The brother has posed a question - the Qur’an says that… ‘the
unbelievers hearts have been sealed by Allah (SWT)’. Today science tells us…
‘it is the brain that thinks and not the heart’ - and I do agree with him.
So isn’t the Qur’an unscientific, when it says that… ‘the hearts have been
sealed’. And I do agree that Qur’an says in several places, including Surah
Bakarah, Ch. 2, Verse No. 7 that… ‘Allah has sealed the hearts of the kafir
people’. Its says… ‘that the seal has been put on the hearts’.
If you know, the Arabic word used here, is ‘Kalb’. The Arabic word ‘Kalb’
has got two meanings - one is ‘heart’, and the other is ‘intelligence’. If
you translate correctly the Verse says… ‘Allah has sealed the intelligence
of the unbelievers’. And it is scientifically proven, that ‘intelligence’
has to be sealed - not the organic heart. There was a person , who once
posed me a question. Brother Zakir, I agree with you that ‘Kalb’ means
‘heart’ as well as ‘intelligence’. But one Verse in the Qur’an says… their
‘hearts’ are behind the breast - Then what you have to give the answer for
that? And he was quoting a verse of the Qur’an from Surah Hajj, Ch. 22,
Verse No. 46, which says… ‘that their eyes are not blind - it is their heart
which is in their breast which is blind’.
So Qur’an says… ‘the eyes are not blind - It is the heart which is within
their breast which is blind’. Today Science tells us… ‘Eyes see, heart
cannot see’ - So isn’t this Verse unscientific?. Here the translation has
to be ‘heart’ - it cannot be ‘intelligence’. So I tell him - I agree with
you that heart has got two translations, but the word used for breast is
‘Sadar’. Sadar also has got 2 meanings - One is ‘Breast’ and the other is
‘Centre’. You know how we have the head of a institution - We say ‘Sadar’ of
the institution. That is how we have ‘Centre’… if we have been to Pakistan.
How in India we have ‘Chowk’ - over there they have ‘Centres’. ‘Sadar’ so
and so… ‘Sadar’ so and so, in Pakistan – ‘Centre’ so and so. ‘Sadar’ also
means ‘Centre’. So the correct translation is… ‘the eyes is not which is
blind it is the intelligence which is within their centre which is blind’.
Say I started in my talk by quoting, the Verse of the Holy Qur’an from Surah
Taha, Ch. 20, Verse No. 25 and 28 which says… ‘Rabbi Shruhali Sadre’. ‘O my
Lord increase my breast for me’. ‘Rabbi Shruhali Sadre, Vayas Sirli Amre,
Vahalul ugdatamilesahani Yafkahokhouli’. This was a dua made by Moosa-ale
Salam , when he was asked by Allah (SWT) to go and deliver the message to
the people. He asked Allah… ‘O my Lord increase my breast for me’. So
‘Breast’ is not the correct the translation. What is the ‘Breast’, going to
do with the message. It means… ‘O my Lord increase my centre for me’. ‘Rabbi
Shuharli Sadre vayas sirli Amre’. ‘And make my task easy for me’. ‘Vahalul
Ugdatamileshani Yafkhahokhouli’. ‘And remove the impediment from my speech
so that they will understand me’. As do you know Moosa-Ale-Salam was a
stammerer. And if you know whether fortunately or unfortunately, even I
happened to be a stammered - in childhood I was a stammerer. Therefore in
the beginning of every talk , and even in the beginning of this talk, I
said…and I made dua to Allah (SWT). ‘Rabbi Shuharli Sadre… O my Lord
increase my centre for me’- I am asking help from Allah (SWT). Increase my
centre, and remove the stuttering in my speech. Even today when I don’t
speak on the stage , I yet stutter – It is Allah who helps me out on the
stage. ‘Rabbi Shruhali Sadre’. O my Lord increase my centre for me, make my
task easy for me and remove the barrier from my speech, and between me and
the audience, so that they will understand me. Therefore scientifically…
scientifically if you analyse the words of Surah Hajj, Ch. 22, Verse No.46,
it says…‘It is not their eyes which are blind - it is their intelligence
which is within their centre is blind’. Because they are not blind - The
unbelievers can see – Saying… ‘they are blind’, is unscientific . Like the
Qur’an says in Surah Bakarah, Ch. 2, Verse No. 18. It says… It says… ‘that
deaf, dumb the blind, they will not return to the path’. ‘Summoon, Bukmoon,
Ummyoon Fa Lahum layar jeoon’. ‘the deaf, the dumb, the blind, they will not
return to the path’. It is not talking about physical deaf people - It is
talking about the unbelieveres, who hearing they cannot hear, seeing the
signs of Allah, they do not accept the Qur’an. So Qur’an is more
scientific. It says correctly… ‘they can see, the eyes are not blind - It is
their intelligence within their centre which is blind’.
(Q). As-Salam Alaikum to everybody who are present here - My name is Kalim
Shah. I am in practicing interior designing, here in Bombay. Qur’an have
given all the minute details of Embryology, apart from a miracle called
‘Hazrat Adam Ale-Salam’. Is it not a contradictory that Hazrat
Issa-ale-Salam is born without a father’s sperms - What is the exact
scientific reasoning?
(Dr.Zakir). The Brother has posed a question that , how can you prove
scientifically the miracle of Jesus (peace be upon him) - that he was born
without a father - without male intervention . Brother as I said in my talk
a miracle is an unusual event for which human beings cannot give an
explanation. It is an unusual event which is attributed to Super Natural
power - to God Almighty. The miracles which took place in the past - most of
them does not give an opportunity to analyse them today - because we cannot
go back in the past. We cannot go back in the past - there were few
miracles, which give us an opportunity to examine. So all the Prophets of
Allah (SWT) who came before Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) - they were
only sent for their people… only for their people, and the message was for a
limited time period. Therefore even the miracle was for a limited time
period. What miracles they did then, satisfied those people. Those miracles
- just by saying that Jesus Christ was born without any father, will not
satisfy the unbeliever - Why? He cannot go back in time and verify. Because
all the messengers that came before Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) -
they were meant only for their time not for eternity. But Prophet Muhammed
(peace be upon him) - he is the messenger of Allah (SWT) - who is the last
and final messenger. He was not only sent for the Muslims or the Arabs - He
was sent for the whole of humanity and his message is till eternity.
Therefore the miracle , that he has brought, the Holy Qur’an, can be
analysed even today – It is a miracle till eternity. Prophet Mohammed (peace
be upon him) has done hundreds of miracles - Other miracles, which we
Muslims believe - but we never emphasize that - we Muslims do not boast… of
that we Muslims only boast of this, because we cannot prove those miracles
scientifically. But this living miracle of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon
him), which was given to him by Allah (SWT), can be analysed by us even
today. So previous miracles time does not allow us to go back in time. If we
could go back in time we could have analysed how was he born without a
father yet brother. I can yet give you a scientific explanation. I can yet
give you. Today science tells us there are certain species which can be born
without male intervention, and the best example is a male bee. The male Bee
is the ‘Egg’ which has not been fertilized by a male. The Queen Bee which
lays Eggs… which doesn’t get fertilized by the male - they are born as male.
The female Bee is the ‘Egg’, which are fertilized by the male. So there are
several animals today in this world, who are born without fertilization. I
do know that this thing takes place in lower animals - There is no proof in
higher animals. Who does it? Science cannot tell us. Allah (SWT) does it so.
When Allah (SWT) can make this possible to happen in Isa Ale-Salam when it
is described in Surah Al-Imran, Ch. 3, Verse 45 to 47, it says…(Arabic)…
‘That behold the angels said to Mary - We give thee, you glad tidings of a
word from him , his name shall be Christ , son of Mary , who will be held in
honour in this world and the hereafter, and he will be amongst the
companies of those most righteous… those most righteous’. The verse
continues…‘that he will speak to the people in childhood and in maturity,
and will be among the people those who are righteous’. So Mary (peace be
upon her), asked… ‘How shall I have a son when no man has touched me’. The
answer is given… (Arabic). ‘When Allah decrees a matter, He just says to it
‘Be’… and it is’. I have given you a scientific explanation - when Allah can
make it possible in a male Bee, it is very much easy for Allah to make it
possible , even in this , in Isa Ale-Salam. For Him… Allah(SWT) to create a
Jesus (peace be upon him) - …(Arabic….) ‘When He decrees a matter, He just
says to it ‘Be’… and it is’. For Him to create a million people like that ,
it is just easy. It is a miracle – I am not telling you Jesus Christ
(peace be upon him), was born like that… like the male Bee - I do not know.
I have given you scientific explanation. When it is possible there, why
cannot Allah make it in the higher animal - the human beings. I hope that
answer the question .
(Q) Asalam Allaikum brother Zakir - my name is Sanya, I am a revert Muslim.
The question is - In your lecture you mentioned the scientific facts from
the Qur’an, which have been established - Can you mention a few Qur’anic
verses which Science has not confirmed?
(Dr. Zakir). Sister has posed a question that , I have mentioned in my
talk, the Scientific facts which Science has already established , it is
mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. Can I mention some few points in the Qur’an,
which Science has not established. For example the Qur’an says in Surah
Shura, Ch. 42, Verse No. 29, it says… ‘It is Allah who has created the
Heavens and the Earth, and put creatures… living creatures throughout them’
Qur’an says there is life besides this earth. Allah has put living creatures
throughout the heavens and the earth - there is no scientific evidence…
established scientific evidence, that there is life besides this earth.
Recently, they have been sending Rockets and Space Ships to different
planets… different satellites, etc. And now just a couple months earlier,
we read in the newspapers that they got certain material from Mars - which
gives proof that life can be there in Mars. And in.. I think day before
yesterday’s paper, I read in ‘Times of India’, that they have found water
in the Moon - may be a comet crashed and there is a big crater, and the
water has been frozen to ice. So in future it will be easier to do
investigation - we do not have to take water from planet Earth to Moon.
Water is already present there - we can use that water and it will save a
lot of trouble. Science is saying there are high possibilities of life being
there - besides earth. But since Qur’an says I believe in it. May be after
one or two years, they may discover there is life besides this earth - or
may be after fifty years. Today Scientists - they have given various views -
how will our earth end? Some Scientists have given description - that the
mountains will fall down. Some Scientists say the mountain and rock will
become smooth when the earth is destroyed - Some people say the ocean will
swell up. Some people say the universe will go in a black hole … Several.
Qur’an too gives a description about the Day of Judgement - how will our
creation end. Many of them match with the theories of Science - theories not
established facts. Example, the Qur’an says in Surah Ahkaf, Ch. 46, Verse
No. 3, ‘It is Allah who has created the Heavens and the Earth for a limited
period of time’. And Allah will surely give you an indication that this
creation will be destroyed and gives various signs in the Qur’an. For
example, if you read Surah Qiyamah, Ch. 75, Verse No.8 and 9, it says that…
‘the Moon will be burried in darkness - the Sun and the Moon will join
together, before the world… our ends’. If you read Surah Takwir, Ch. 81,
Verse No. 1 , 2, 3 and & Verse No. 6, it says that… ‘The sun will be folded
up, the stars will fall down, the ocean will swell up, the mountains will
fall down in utter ruin’. Qur’an says in Surah Infitar, Ch. 82, Verse No. 1,
2 and 3, it says… ‘the sky will be left asunder the star will be scattered,
the mountains will be fallen down’. Various signs, how will the earth end
is given. These are scientific points mentioned in the Qur’an, which Science
has not established yet. For example, the Holy Qur’an also says in Surah
Ambiya, Ch. 21, Verse No. 104, that… ‘As We created this creation…We will
roll up the Heavens like a scroll is rolled up, and as we created the early
creation, We shall create a new creation’. So Qur’an says…‘there is one more
creation that is going to be created after the world is destroyed - Science
does not know about that. Qur’an says the first man on the earth was Adam
(Alai Salam) - Science has not discover that yet. Qur’an speaks about soul -
Science has not established that human beings have got soul. The Holy Qur’an
also speaks about Jinns, about Spirits, about Angels - Science has not been
able to discover that. Qur’an speaks about life after death - Science has
not discovered that. Qur’an speaks about ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ - Science has
not discovered about that. But you may ask me the question - Brother
Zakir, you have given such a good lecture, speaking about scientific facts -
And you believe in ‘Jinns’, you believe in ‘Angels’, you believe in ‘Soul’,
you believe in life after death are not you illogical? I will say… ‘No , I
am not illogical’- I have got a logic why I believe. I do not blindly
believe in life after death, in the ‘Soul’, in ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’, in
‘Jinns’ and ‘Spirits’- I have a logical belief. I base my logical belief
saying… ‘That suppose there are scientific facts mentioned in the Holy
Qur’an, out of which say approximately 80% have been proved to be 100%
correct. 80% of the scientific facts mentioned in the Qur’an have been
proved by Science till today to be 100% correct.The remaining 20 % is
ambiguous - unknown. Not even 0.001% have been proved false. Even if one
verse is proved false , the Qur’an is not the word of Allah (SWT). So of
these 20 % I say goes in the ambiguous slot … unknown. So my logic says …
‘When 80% is 100% correct, the remaining 20% is ambiguous, out of which not
even 0.001% has been proved wrong, all are unknown - my logic says when 80%
is correct, even those 20% will be InshAllah correct. It is not a blind
belief – it is a logical belief .
(Q) My name is Mohammed Shahadat, I am a Chemical Engineer in Hindustan
Petroleum. In Qur’an it is mentioned that…‘It is Allah who decides the
characteristics and the personality of a person inside his or her mother’s
womb’. In the field of genetics this field has advanced so much, that
nowadays parents can tailor make their children - If they want to have a
very bright student, they can have it by just having that genetic code
change - Is’nt this contradictory with Qur’an?
(Dr. Zakir). The brother has posed a question that… ‘today genetics field
has advanced and its possible that we can change the genetics of the child
that is going to be born’. Qur’an says that… ‘Allah is One who shapes who
forms’. And I do agree with that - Qur’an says in several places - So does
it not mean it is not -contradicting the Qur’an? No brother, it is not -
when it gives the statement … the Qur’an says... ‘Without the power of
Allah, it is not possible - Without the power of Allah it is not possible at
all’. For example… I will give an example… Qur’an says in Surah Rahman, Ch.
55, Verse No. 33, that… ‘With power and skill you will be able to penetrate
the Heavens and the Earth , not without the permission of Allah (SWT)’.
Means… you will penetrate the Heavens and the Earth, but only with
permission of Allah (SWT). So today because people are going in the Heaven…
does not mean that the Qur’an is wrong. Qur’an says… ‘You can do , but with
the permission of Allah (SWT)’. Without permission of Allah (SWT)… it is
predicting that people will go in outer space, in Moon, etc… but if Allah
does not wanted, it can not happen .And you know the incidence of‘
Challenger’…‘The challenger’ tried to take off - What happened? It tried
to challenge Allah (SWT)… What happened?… Nothing. Even today we say…
‘Family planing’. Do you know there is no family planning which is perfect?
Even if you do Tubectomy or Visectomy… if Allah wants He can yet bring easy
conception to that lady .Even if she practices permanent method like
Tubectomy, or the husband does Visectomy, still there are chances… but
negligible chances , that the baby can be born. If Allah wishes no one can
stop… you do any family planning method. In genetics also, if they are able
to change, it is with Allah’s permission - If Allah dose not want, you
cannot change at all. So few people are successful - all are not successful.
Those who are successful… are with the permission of Allah (SWT). Those who
are not… Allah has not given them permission. Same way… ‘Family planning’ -
Those who are successful, Allah gives permission -those who are not
successful, Allah does not give permission. Hope that answer the question.
(Q) As Salaam Alaikum, Zakir bhai - I was a Hindu first and I converted into
Islam recently .What I would like to ask you a question is this - that in
Islam and in Hadith, it is written that… ‘the Kana Dajjal is going to come
very frequently’. I mean very soon, but the main problem is that … that on
this subject lot of… I would like to ask answer another question regarding
this Modern Sience.A woman who has it, is always… a when a woman is carrying
a baby in her womb, Islam forbids abortion. But if a woman is facing some
kind of a medical problem… if she is Anemic, or if she has just delivered a
baby recently… in recent months to come, and there is always a threat to her
life - Non Muslims doctors say… ‘to abort it’, and the Muslim doctor say…
‘It is haram’. And someone who is little bit modern, said that… ‘If the
child is for 40 days in the womb… before 40 days, you can abort - If after
40 days it is not possible, you cannot do it under Islamic law - Is that
right or is that wrong? .
(Dr. Zakir). Brother has asked a question that… ‘Speaking today –
Scientifically… the doctors who want to abort, etc.- why does Qur’an not
give permission to abort, if it is danger to the life of the mother?. Qur’an
speaks about abortion in Surah Anam, Ch. 6, Verse No. 151. as well as in
Surah Isra, Ch. 17, Verse No. 31, it says… ‘Kill not your children for want
of sustenance, for it is Allah that will provide sustenance to you and your
children, for killing of infants is a major sin’. So abortion is haram under
normal circumstances - Example, pork is haram, alcohol is haram, having
dead meat is haram. But same time the Qur’an says in four different places,
in Surah Baqarah, Ch. 2, Verse No. 173, in Surah Maidah, Ch. 5, Verse No. 3,
in Surah Anam, Ch. 6, Verse No. 145, and Surah Nahl, Ch. 16, verse No. 115,
it says… ‘that if unwillingly if you disobey Allah (SWT) Allah is Rehman O
Rahim’. If under compulsion, if you disobey Allah (SWT) …Allah is Rehman O
Rahim. If you are dying of hunger… pork is the only dish that you can have,
pork becomes halal for you - It is perfectly allowed - but do not have so
much, and keep on having after you do not require it. If you are in a jungle
if pork is the only thing that you can find to eat… or in a desert- pork
becomes allowed for you only for that time. When you come back to the city
it becomes haram - So same way abortion. Just because you do not want a
child… is haram - In Islam it is a major sin. But if it is a danger to the
life of the mother, it is totally allowed - because in Islam the life of the
mother is more precious than the life of the child which has not come in
being on its own. I do know there are certain people, who say… ‘after 40
days its not allowed - before 40 it is allowed’. Qur’an is very clear cut on
that – ‘ If it is a danger to your life… unwillingly if you disobey Allah
(SWT), it is totally allowed.’ So if the doctor says that if you have
certain heart problems, and the labour pain will cause a strain on your
heart… the mother will die - You have to abort. You have to go ahead with
it, became in Islam you cannot sacrifice a greater loss, to save a small
loss. The life of the mother who adult is more important than the child who
cannot live on its own. In these cases if it is danger to the life of the
mother, it is totally allowed in Islam - if it is not a danger, it is haram.
Hope that answer to the question.
(Q). Salamu Alaikum, brother Zakir. My question is, when Qur’an speaks so
much about Science , then how come the Muslims are so backward in the field
of Science?

(Dr. Zakir). Sister has posed the question, that when Qur’an speaks so much
about Science - how come the Muslims are backward. Sister I would mainly
blame the media. The media today is in the hands of the Westerners, the
Europeans - It is in their hand, They have the Satellite, they have the
Television, they have the CNN, they have the BBC- It is in their hand. The
media is in their hands - and whatever you read in your school books, and
books which we read in college - you will read there that… ‘from 8th to the
12th century it was the Dark Ages’. Dark …for whom? It was dark for the
Europeans - not for the world. The Arabs and the Muslims, were very much
advanced… from 8th to the 12th century -they were very much advanced. The
Europeans were backward because… they said…‘dark for the world.’ It was not
dark for the world - It was dark for the Europeans. With the limited
instruments and technology what we had from 8th to 12th century- what
discoveries the Muslim Scientists made - it is unbelievable. Today, because
Science is Advanced we are making so many discoveries. There with the
amount of limited facilities we had, the amount of discoveries Muslim
Scientists made - its unbelievable. For example I quoted in my talk, that
Ibn-e-Nafees…he discovered the blood circulation, But in the medical books
and the books we read in school… who discovered blood circulation? William
Harvey. Every one knows William Harvey-Noone know about Ibn-e-Nafees.
Ibn-e-Nafees spoke about ‘blood circulation’, 400 years before - the
Europeans later on picked up the books of the Muslims and re-hatched it… and
said we discovered it. See… if you see the discoveries that Muslims have
made. For example if you know Al-Idrusi - In 1154, he drew the first map of
Mediterranean- the geography of the world - first. Mathematics - Muslims
were far advanced in Mathematics. We introduced the Decimal point. Do you
know, what we call the digits 1, 2, 3? The other ones are called as Roman
numerical – it is called as Arabic numerals. Why it is called Arabic
numerals?… Because the Arabs were the one who discovered it. The decimal
point are the Arabic numerals. The person who first proved the Pythogoras
theoram - he was Arab Thusy. We know about the Pythogoras theoram, but we
don’t know about Arab Thusy. He said that… ‘The square of the hypotenuse was
equal to the sum of the opposite two sides of the triangle’. Alberuni - he
was an authority in Trigonometry. All these people they were experts. If you
know of Al-Khindi… Al-Khindi, he was a Philosopher, a Mathematician and
Astronomer. When great scientists like Galileo , Newton, etc., they said
that all physical laws were absolute - he said that all physical laws, are
relative. And today we know that, ‘Theory of Relativity’ is proved by Albert
Einstein. No one knows about Al-Khindi - He was the person , who basically
gave the idea of ‘theory of relativity’. Later on he did more research and
talked about ‘Theory of Relativity’. Who knows about the three brothers
Mohammed , Shakir and Hassan? Who knows about them?… They toured the
surface area of the earth from a angle at the Red Sea… when people thought
the world was flat. Chemistry - the Muslims were far advanced in Chemistry.
Ibn-e-Hayan, Jabir Ibn-e-Hayyan… they have latinized the word ‘Ghebar’- So
when we read in our tent books Ghebar’, we think it is an European. It is a
Muslim. Jabir-Ibn - E-Hayan… you know ‘Ghebar’ - you do not know… we do not
know who is Jabir. He is the person who distilled Alcohol. ‘Alcohol’ comes
from the Arabic word ‘Algul’- meaning ‘Ghost’, ‘Evil Spirit’. ‘Alcohol’ is
an Arabic Word. He wrote 2 thousand different pages only on Chemistry.
Mohammed Zakariya Razi - he was famous in Medicine - He was authority on the
field of Small Pox and Measles. He was the first person who used Mercury
ointment. He wrote books on children’s disease. There are several Muslim
Scientists. Ali-Ibn-E-Abbas he wrote twenty volumes on Medicine.
Ali-Ibn-E-Sina known as ‘Albesina’ …‘Albesina’, it doesn’t not sound Muslim.
Ali-Ibn-E-Sina … yes Muslim - ‘Albesina’… not Muslim. Who got the title of
‘Aristole of the East?’ He wrote the book ‘Kanoon’, which was referred as a
text book of medicine till as late as seventeenth century. Who knows
Ibn-e-Zuhoor ? He was the person after Alexander who did research on
Paracytology. He described the ‘Itch Mite’… the Parecaditis. He described
the Otydismedia, Intrycosetomy. Several medical doctors Al-Zaharwi…
Al-Zaharwi was the famous dentist, as well as surgeon as well as Optitician.
He invented several instruments of Surgery, Gynecology as well as
Dentistry. We all of us know the other thing but the media is in the hands
of the Westerners. The Muslims were far advanced. But I do agree with you-
today… today the Muslims are getting backward in Science- You know why? The
Europeans are being advanced - You know why? The Muslims are recoming
backward, because they are going away from the Holy Qur’an - they are going
away from their Religion. And do you know why the Europeans are getting
advanced? They too are going away from their Religion. The Europeans are
also getting advanced, because even they are going away from their religion.
The Muslims they are going backward because they are going away from their
religion. I would request the Muslims brothers and sisters out here, as well
as Non-Muslims -there are people reading the Qur’an… Why don’t we read the
Qur’an with understanding? Why don’t we ponder over the verses? We have only
kept the Qur’an for kissing, and keeping on top. That is all… the Qur’an
was not meant for it to be kissed, and kept on top - It should be
implemented in your daily life. If you implement the Qur’an in your daily
life, read it with understanding , Inshallah again we will be on top of the
world. Hope that answers the question.
(Q) I am K.Mahesh…lecturer from Saboo Siddique Polytechnic, in the computer
department. I would like to ask regarding the Muslim marriage system - Why
Islam allows more than one woman to be married with a man , I mean apart
from that, why it allows multiple marriages after talaq, and does it harm… I
mean in terms of medical like AIDS and that type of things. And why that
much of, why Islam suppresses the women that much and do not give the equal
status to the women? As a recent example of Afghanistan, which had happened,
that a woman had been beaten as she was out and doing some work and she was
not in a purdah. Why it allows more than one marriages - like two three
women one man ?...I mean marry more than one woman? Mahesh…I am K.Mahesh.
What I would like to clarify is that today the talk is on… ‘Qur’an And
Modern Science’-You may ask any question on this topic not any question
outside this topic.
(Dr. Zakir) I would request that if the chairperson gives me opportunity,
since it is Non-Muslim asking a question…if the chairperson gives a
opportunity, we will make only this as the first exception.
(Dr. Mohammed) Okay we will allow this, but let us not make it a habit for
the other questioners.
(Dr.Zakir) Since the person is not ready to leave the mike… he may think
that we may not know the answer. Brother we have this rule…so that all the
questions on the topic are covered as Dr. Mohammed Naik said…these questions
what I have been posed earlier, which was rejected - since he was a Muslim,
we did not allow… since you are a non-Muslim and you are so enthusiastic…
but I think the chairperson will not give a second chance to another
Non-Muslim , who breaks the rules .
(Dr. Mohammed). We will allow him . Usually when Zakir goes abroad also we
have the session called… ‘Open question and answer session’,
(Dr. Zakir). The brother has posed a question that why does Islam allow a
man to marry more than one wife? For all remaining questions and answers
are in this cassette… even this…But since you ask here, I am just giving you
the reply , that the Qur’an is the only religious book on the face of the
earth , which says… ‘Marry only one’. There is no other Religious book on
the face of the earth. Whether you read the Ramanayana , the Mahabharata ,
the Bhagwatgita, the Bible… no religious book says… ‘Marry only one’ -
except the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an says in Surah Nisa, Ch. 4, Verse No.
3, it says.. ‘Marry women of your choice in twos , threes and fours , but
if you cannot do justice, marry only one’. If you cannot do justice, marry
only one. Otherwise if you can do justice, Qur’an has put an upper limit…
two, three or four, Maximum four… not more than that. Previous religions-
they gave permission, for a man to marry as many wives - Qur’an put upper
limit… restriction of maximum four. You know why ?, because if you think
logically… if you analyse. But it says at the same time, in Surah Nisa, Ch.
4, Verse 129… ‘It is difficult to do justice between your wives – It is
difficult, therefore do not turn away from them all together’. Marrying more
than one wife, you do not get more ‘sawab’ -You do not get more blessings.
There is no Hadith saying , that if you marry more than one wife you will
get more sawab’. There is a Hadith which says that if you marry , you
complete half you deen. So, somebody ask me at the question answer time…
‘Does it mean that if I marry twice, I compete my full deen. No marriage
takes you away from promicenitry, from fornication. Therefore it is Farz…
but whether you marry one or two , yet you are only completing half your
deen. The reason why Islam gives permission for Polygeny - that is the right
word - It is because if you analyse men and women are born in equal
proportion - But in the pediatric stage itself , since the female is a
stronger sex medically… if you ask any pediatrician , he will tell you… the
female can fight the germs and disease much better them the male. So more
female children live, than the male children. There are more deaths in the
male children than female children. When you grow up there are accidents,
death due to cigarette smoking, death due to war more male die than female.
War in Afghanistan.. do you know , more them a million people died. Mainly
they were gents - Whatever it is… whatever you said… more men die than
females. If you analyse the statistic, India is one of the few countries in
which there is more male than female. You know why? Because of female
infan-ticide. Every day 3 thousand fetus are being aborted, when they
identified that they are female. More than one million are aborted every
year in India, on being identified , they are female. That is the reason…
otherwise if you see the statistics of America, there are more than 7.8
million females than males, in America alone. In New York alone, there is 1
million females more than male. And out of the population of New York,
1/3rd are Gay… Sodomites… Kaum-e-Luth. There are more than 25 million gays
in America. That means there are more than 30 millions females who cannot
find hus-bands in America alone. In U.K alone, there are 4 mil-lion females
more than male. In Germany alone, 5 million females more than males. In
Russia alone, 7 million females more than males - and Allah (SWT) alone
knows there are how many million females more than males in this world. I am
asking you a question, that suppose my sister or your sister happens to be
in America , and suppose everyone agrees with your philosophy, that every
man should marry one wife. And if every man in America marries a woman ,
still there will be 7.8 million females- and plus, since the gays also do
not get married , there will be more than 25 to 30 million females , who
cannot find husbands - If my sister happens to be one of those unfortunate
lady who has not been married, and the market is saturated… the only option
remaining for my sister, is to marry a man who already has a wife, or become
public property.
(Q). Salam Alaikum! My name is Adyar Anwar… Allah (swt) created everything…
Some verses … ‘We created ’…‘We prepared ’… like this - Why plural is
coming.?
(Dr.Zakir). Brother has posed the question that, why has the word ‘We’ used
in the Qur’an, for Allah (SWT) - Is it more than one? Brother ‘We’, in
Arabic… they are 2 types - One is ‘We’ for plural, one is ‘Royal Plural’.
‘Royal Plural’ like, for example… if you know Rajiv Gandhi, how he used to
speaks… he used to say… ‘Hum dekhna chahate hain’ . ‘Hum’… That ‘Hum’… was
not plural, it was Singular- It is a ‘Royal Plural’… it is called. So same
way Allah (SWT)… some places uses ‘I’, some places uses ‘We’. The ‘We’… in
Arabic does not indicate plurality -It means Royal Plural, Active to
Singular. So ‘We’- When it says… ‘We’ have created you - it means singular
Allah (SWT). Qur’an clearly states in Surah Ikhlas, Ch. 112, Verse No.
1…(Arabic…). ‘Say: He is Allah one and only.’- Allah is only one… not more
than one. Hope that answers the question.
(Q). As-Salaamu Alaikum, brothers and sisters - I would like to know whether
organ transplant and organ donation, are permitted in Islam?
(Dr.Zakir). The sister has posed the question that- is organ
transplanta-tion or donation allowed in Islam or not. There is no verse in
the Holy Qur’an directly saying that whether you should give or should not
give - It is silent on that issue. There were various conferences taken
place by various Ulemas throughout the world, including Malaysia, in Jeddah,
in Riyadh, even here - on this issue, whether organ transplantation in
allowed or not. By the conference of Ulemas of the world… today they say
that organ transplantation is allowed, if you satisfied 3 conditions. First
is , the organ that you are going to give to the person… the person if he
receives the organ, his life will be saved. Only if his life is in danger,
and then if he wants the organ, then its allowed. Point number 2, the person
donating the organ, he should not do it for economical reasons… not for
money , not for getting one lakh rupees, or 2 lakh rupees. Third is, after
the person donates the organ, it should not cause loss of his life. Today,
science tells that there are certain organs in the body, for example the
Kidney. One Kidney is sufficient for a human being to survive and lead a
normal life - the second is an addi-tional. So if suppose my mother… if she
has both the Kidneys fai-lure and if I donate one Kidney… surely Allah will
not hold me responsible - But natural if it does not cause a loss to my
life. I cannot say… ‘I want to donate my heart’. If my heart is taken out, I
will die, so I cannot donate my heart. I can only donate those organs which
will not cause loss… loss to my life, and I should not do it for economical
reasons, point number 2 and 3rd it should save the life. This is the
consensus of Ulemas of the conference which took place in Malaysia, in
Riyadh, in Jeddah, in India. In India, the Ulemas were reluctant but now if
you ask the Fiqh Academy of India, even they say it should not be done - but
if it is used to saving the life as a last resort, you can give your organ
as a dona-tion. Hope that answers the question.
(Q). Good evening every body, I am a student of Saboo Siddique - My name is
Harsh Waghela. I want to ask the question, that after the death of human
being, dead body should be burnt out, or should be buried ?
(Dr.Zakir). The brother has posed a question that after human being dies -
Should his body be burnt or should it be buried ? Let us analyze it
scientifically, which is more appropriate. Brother as I told in my talk,
during the question answer time I believe, that the elements, the
constituent, of human beings is present in lesser or greater quantity in the
soil, in the earth. So we are created from earth we should go back to the
earth - it is logical. Its more easier for us to go back into the earth
point number one. Point number two is, that if you burn a body there is
pollution, there is environmental hazard… environmental hazard is there -
when you bury a body there is no environmental hazard. In fact, the place
where you bury… point number three, the ground and the surrounding ground
becomes more fertile. Point number four , it is very cheap to bury. We do
not require any money - Earth is freely available there are graveyards. But
to cremate… to burn , you require tons and tons of wood. Therefore, every
year if you see statistics, our government goes in loss of millions of
rupees, because they are burning wood loss to environment, environmental
problem, hazard, and plus waste of money. If you calculate the amount of
people that are dying - amount of people we are burning it is a loss of
money, hazard to the environ-ment , it is much more logical and scientific
to bury the body than to burn. Hope that answers the question.
(Q) As-salaam Alaikum - My name is Khalid, and I am a student. It is
mentioned in Qur’an that… ‘Sun and other planets revolve and rotate in a
fixed orbit’. And at other place relating to the ‘Doomsday’… it is mentioned
that… ‘Earth will collide with sun in some what a spiral form.’ When
‘Revolution’ and ‘Rotation’- can then the phenomena of colli-sion takes
place-How is it possible?.
(Dr.Zakir). The brother has posed a question that it says that… ‘The Sun
and the Earth rotates’… and in some place it says… ‘Sun and the Earth will
collide’. Some places it says that … brother as I have told you, there are
certain statements in the Qur’an talking about the signs of the Day of
Judgment. And I myself quoted in Surah Qiyamah, Ch. 75, Verse No. 8 and 9,
that… ‘the Sun and the Moon will joined together’. When? - On the Day of
Judgment… not today. It is giving you signs of the Day of Judgment. It is
not telling you that - today it will happen. The name of the Surah was Surah
Qiyamah, ‘Day of resurrection’… and give various signs , that the moon will
be buried in darkness , the stars will fall down , the oceans will swell up,
etc… These are signs of the Day of Judgement. Has it happened? - No… But
before the world ends it will surely happen. Hope that answers the question
- No where does the Qur’an says… ‘in normal circumstances it will happen’.
(Dr.Mohammed) Excuse me…To be fair to the people who are already at the
mike, next three, four, we will allow the system, what I am asking the
volunteers told me allow some people. What I am… would… saying that one
question, I will ask now on the slip, when on the mike, one on the slip,
then on the mike. Think that would be more preferable to some people- they
said they are feeling bad, that they stood for some time. So I think the
next two to three people can be allowed to stand. The rest beyond that
…these volunteers can just , ask them to please be seated… I then… that
would be more preferable - Thank you.
(Q). (Dr.Mohammed) The question on the slip is…is… it is mentioned in one
verse of the Qur’an that… ‘Allah is a Lord of the two Easts and two Wests’.
How can you explain this verse of the Qur’an scientifically ?
(Dr.Zakir). The question posed was that the Holy Qur’an mentions that…‘Allah
is the Lord of two Easts and two Wests.’- How can you explain
scientif-ically? What the person is referring to the verse in the Holy
Qur’an from Surah Rahman, Ch. 55, Verse No. 17, which says …(Arabic), that…
‘Allah is the Lord of two Easts and two Wests’. The Arabic word used here
is… in Arabic, we have two types of ‘Plural’. One is dual plural …and one
is plural, more than two. Here ‘Rabbul Mushrakaine’ is dual plural. That
Allah is the Lord of two Easts and Lord of two Wests. Let us see what
Sci-ence has to say about that… and we know that the Sun rises from the
East- it sets in the West. But Science tells us today, that…‘ the Sun rises
from the due East only on two days… exactly East. In the other times if you
have noticed, this rising… the point of rising of the Sun keeps on varying.
It rises exactly due East, only on two days - the two days of Equinox. All
the other days it either rises, South or North, of East. Similarly it rises
from one extreme of the East in the Summer solstice, and rises from the
other extreme of the East in Winter solstice. Similarly the Sun sets in due
West , only on two days- On two days of Equinox. All the other days it
either sets South or North of due West. It sets in one extreme of West in
the Summer solstice , and sets in the other extreme of west in the Winter
solstice. So when the Qur’an says that Allah (SWT) is the Lord of two Easts
and two Wests, it is referring to the two extreme points of East and two
extreme points of west. But there is another Verse in the Holy Qur’an in
Surah Maarij, Ch. No. 70, Verse No. 40, which says that…‘ Allah is the Lord
of East and West’. It is not dual plural - it is plural more than two . The
Allah is the Lord of Easts and the Lord of Wests. Therefore Allah is the
Lord of all the various points in East. So in short, Allah is the Lord of
two extreme points of East, two extreme points of the West and all the
points in between - in the West and all the points in between in the East.
(Q). Salam Alaikum, brother Zakir - My name is Malika Mohammed Islam. My
question is that, what does the Qur’an mean when it says that Allah send
down Iron from the Heaven?
(Dr.Zakir). The sister has asked the question - what does the Qur’an means
when it says, that Allah has sent down Iron from the Heaven. The Verse that
sister is referring to the Holy Qur’an is in Surah Hadith, Ch. 57, which
means ‘Iron’, Verse 25, which says that… ‘Allah has sent down Iron , in
which there is material for war and various benefits for the human being’.
The Arabic word used for ‘send down’…. is ‘Anzala.’ - It means…‘to send
down’. Now ‘Anzala’ can be looked at in two different ways. One way is…
‘Allah has sent down’ - ‘Allah has revealed’… So Allah has revealed that in
‘Iron’ there is a lot of use and material for mighty war , as well as
benefits for human kind. Allah has revealed this - that in ‘Iron’ there is
material for war and various benefits And we know today that iron is one of
the most important metals we know of - from it we get ‘Steel’. And Steel and
Iron is used for making instruments of war, like weapons swords, spears,
guns, etc. It’s even used for making instruments of peace , like brick
layer, instruments of an engineer, instruments of an architect, knife, fork,
spoon, etc. So if you read the first meaning, it says that… ‘Allah has
revealed that in Iron there is various benefits and material for mighty
war’. The other way, if you take it literally, that… ‘Iron has been sent
down… been send down from Heaven’. This verse was shown to Professor
Armstrong… that what you do have to comment on Surah Hadith, Ch. 57, Verse
No. 25, which says that… ‘Iron has been sent down from Heaven’. So he tells
us that it is recently that the Scientists have come to know about the
formation process, of various elements. And they say that the energy
required to make one Atom of Iron, it is so enormous that the energy of
the whole Solar System is not sufficient. And a calculation was made that
energy four times that of the Solar System is made to produce one atom of
Iron. Means, the energy of the Moon, the Stars, the Sun all this energy… if
we take of the planets, etc . only the planet of the Solar System and the
Sun and the Moon, it will not be suffi-cient to produced one Atom of Iron.
Scientists today tell us that iron is an extra terrestrial metal, which is
confirming the Qur’a-nic Ayat… if you take it literally, that Iron has been
send down from the Heaven.
(Dr Mohammed ) The next question from the slip.
(Q). There was a philosopher in six century B.C. who said that… ‘The Earth
rotates about its own axis, and the planets move around the Sun’. The Qur’an
also gives the indication of a similar scientific fact. Some people alleged
that the Prophet copied these points from the philosopher - Please comment ?
(Dr.Zakir). The question posed was, that there was a philosopher in six
century B.C. who said…‘the planets and the Earth rotates around the Sun’ -
May be the Prophet copied from this philosopher… Prophet Mohammed (peace be
upon him). I do agree that in the six century B.C… the Pythogorians - these
people they defended the theory that…‘ the Earth and the planets they rotate
and they revolved around the Sun’. But to say that… ‘Prophet Mohammed (peace
be upon him) copied from them’- is illogical , because these people failed
to realize, that these same Pythogorians , that they also defended the
theory… ‘that the Sun was the centre of the Universe’. The Sun was fixed -
it did not rotate, neither did it revolve - so to say that Prophet Mohammed
(SAWS) copied those two points… ‘Earth and planets rotate and they
revolved’- and did not copy the point which says that… ‘the Sun was centre
of the Universe the Sun was fixed, it did not rotate, it did not revolve’ is
illogical. I do know that there are various Philosophers, whose works of
antiqu-ity, gives us ideas… and they say several things. But if you analyze
the works of Philosophers, of antiquity - their works is mixed with valid
and invalid reasons… Invalid and valid ideas. People nor-mally quote the
valid ideas - they forget that they even left behind invalid ideas. They
were great thinkers - the difference between these Philosophers who
predicted, the Qur’an is… these philosophers only thought and predicted…and
they made even false statements. The Qur’an Alhamdulliah - more than 1000
verses speak about science…and not a single is wrong. The difference is
Qur’an gives a challenge. To say that Prophet Mohammed (SWS) copied from
these people… and did not copy the negative point - may be one or two, it is
possible, it was fluke - but to say, that all the thousands of verses the
Qur’an speaks about Science were copied is illogical. Because Qur’an gives a
challenge (Arabic….) in Surah Nisa, Ch. 4, Verse No. 82,‘Do you not
consider the Qur’an with care - had it been from anyone besides Allah, there
would have been many contradictions’.

(Q). Salaam Alaikum, My name is Faisal - How scientifically or logically can


you explain that Allah (SWT) being Omniscient… that is knowing the past,
present, future and every thing - send Scriptures before the Qur’an - Why
did not He send the Qur’an itself?
(Dr.Zakir). Brother has asked the question - that why did Allah (swt),
did’nt send Qur’an earlier. Why did He send the other revelations first… and
then the Qur’an ? It is like you asking me, that… ‘Why didn’t you first
teach me medicine? Why I had to go to standard one, standard two, standard
three, and then do my medicine?’ - You have to go in stage wise. All the
previ-ous revelations that came before the Qur’an, as I mentioned earli-er
were send only for those people and for a particular time period. The Holy
Qur’an is send to the whole of human kind, and its message is meant till
Eternity. Therefore, the previous reve-lation that won’t be preserved. Allah
thought it right - He has Divine knowledge - He knows when to send the final
Revelation - Not that he could not sent it earlier. Like the teacher knows
how much to teach to a student - Should not go beyond the level. So Allah
thought it fit, that humankind may be had reached that level, were I can
reveal the final Revelation. Allah knew that may be pre-viously, the time
was not right - therefore all the previous revela-tions - none of them have
been preserved except the Holy Qur’an. Because Qur’an is the last and the
final Revelation and it proved itself to be ‘Word of God’. It proved itself
1400 hundred years ago- will prove today- and will be able to prove till
Eternity, Inshallah.
(Dr.Mohammed) The next question from the slip.
(Q). The Qur’an says that Allah has made the earth for you as a carpet -
this gives an indication that earth is flat… which is contradictory with
modern Science.
(Dr.Zakir). The question posed was - and people are astonished out here…
that the Qur’an says the earth was like a carpet… spread out like a carpet
- So does it mean, it was flat? What the person is referring- from the Ayat
from the Holy Qur’an, in Surah Nur, Ch. 71,verse no. 19 and 20, which does
say… ‘that we have spread out the Earth like a carpet’. But it gives the
answer in the next verse, in verse number 20, ‘So that you may walk and
travel in the spacious path’. As I mentioned in my talk - the Geologists,
they tell us today, the earth which we live- on the surface is hardly one to
10 miles, and less than 1% of the total radius of the earth which is 3750
miles. The top layer is a solid shell. The deeper layers are hot and fluid,
and inhospitable for existence of life. No where does the Qur’an say, that
the earth is flat. It gives a similitude that… ‘We have spread out the Earth
like a carpet’. People normally have a misconception that… ‘A carpet can
only be spread on a flat surface’. It is wrong - A carpet, can also be
spread on a spherical surface. For example imagine that there is big model
of the earth, the globe, say about 10 feet in radius - Very big - Very well
you can spread a carpet around it - It is possible. But Qur’an is
scientifically also speaking, that besides spreading out - today Science
tells us that the earth’s crust - because when we layout a carpet, we
normally spread out a carpet, on the surface which is not comfortable to
walk on - Carpet is normally spread out on a sur-face which is not
comfortable to walk on. So Science today tells us that if the outer crust
was not spread out like a carpet around this spherical earth, we would not
be able to live - Because the deeper layers are hot and fluid. So when
Qur’an says we have spread out the earth, its referring to the earth’s crust
has been spread out like a carpet. And the reason is given… ‘So that you may
walk in the spacious path of the Lord’- Qur’an says in other places also
that… ‘We have made the Earth, as spacious’. Qur’an says… in Surah Nabah Ch.
78, Verse No. 6, ‘We have made the Earth as an expanse’. It is refer-ring
that… ‘The earth, We have made as wide’- You know why? The answer is given
in Surah Ankabut, Ch. 29, Verse, 56 which says…‘ We have made the Earth as
a wide expanse for you so that you will worship Me and Me alone’. So
tomorrow you cannot say that, the situation where I lived in, may be
Bombay, it was difficult circumstances, therefore I was prevented to do good
deeds - So I did evil deeds. Allah says… ‘The earth is a wide expanse for
you - it is spacious’. You cannot give the excuse for doing evil deeds ,
because of your circumstances. Therefore worship Allah, and Allah alone.
There is no place in the Holy Qur’an which says...‘The world is flat’. In
fact, I told you in my speech the Qur’an says in Surah Luqman, Ch. 31, Verse
29, and Surah Al-Zumoor, Ch. 39, Verse No. 5, that… ‘The world is spherical’
and specifically in Surah Naziyath, Ch. 79, Verse No. 30…(Arabic…) ‘We have
made the Earth thereafter Egg shape…like an Ostrich Egg, which is exactly
Geo spherical. Hope that answers the question.
(Q). Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahamtullahi Wabarakatuhu - My name is Abdul Subhan -
I am an accountant. It is mentioned in Qur’an that Allah Tawarkatalla says…
‘No one can say what is in the stomach of the mother… male or female’. But
on the other hand science says ,or it is proving that male or female - So
kindly give your bright light on this question.
(Dr.Zakir) The brother has posed the question, that the Qur’an says that…
‘No one besides Allah (SWT) can mention, what is the sex of the child in the
mother’s womb. And today Science is advanced - you can come to know by Ultra
– Sonography, etc., the sex of the child. What the brother is referring to,
a verse in the Holy Qur’an form Surah Luqman, Ch. 31, Verse No. 34, which
says… ‘Only Allah has the knowledge of the hour’ - of when it is going to
rain, what is in the womb of the mother, where will a person die, and what
will he earn. The Qur’an says… ‘Only Allah knows what is in the womb of the
mother’- It does not say…‘ What is the sex of the child in the mother’s
womb’. I do know - there are various transla-tions, especially the Urdu
translations - they mention the word ‘Sex’ - The word ‘Sex’ is not there in
the Holy Qur’an. The Arabic verse of Surah Lukman Ch. 31, Verse 34, does
not say, ‘Sex’. It says no one besides Allah knows what is in the womb. It
is only referring to the nature of the child. Whether the child that will be
born - will he be good, or will he be bad? Will he be boon for society… Will
he be bane for society?… What will he become a doctor or a Engineer? ….
Will he go to Heaven or Hell. And no Scientist with the best technology can
decipher that. No where does the Qur’an say that… ‘Only Allah knows the
sex’. It is saying, only Allah knows what will be the nature of the child,
and what will he do - and no scientist whatever with equipment they have
can predict this.
( Dr. Mohammed ) The next question from the slip.
(Q). What does the Qur’an speak about the possibility of life on other
Planets, or Moon- as the Scientists are claiming possibility of water on
the surface of Moon. I think we have covered this in the earlier part of the
Question - Answer session.
(Q). The next question I would put forward - this is come on the slip. We
have talked about Astronomy - What is the reference towards Astrology, and
effect of the position of Stars and Planets on human life. The Hindu
mythology and belief, lays a lot a stress of ‘Janampatri’ and Palmistry -
Your comments please.
(Dr.Zakir). Question posed is , the Qur’an speaks about Astronomy - What
does the Qur’an speak about Astrology - Like looking at the stars and
‘Janampatri ’, fortune telling, etc. The Qur’an says in several places
including Surah Maidah ,Ch. 5, Verse No. 90, it says… (Arabic )… O you who
believe, (Arabic )…Most cer-tainly intoxicants and gambling, (Arabic)…
dedication of stones , divination of arrows,
(Arabic )… these are Satan’s handy work - Abstain from such handy works,
that you may prosper. The Qur’an says that… ‘Do not indulge in fortune
telling’. It does not say whether fortune telling can be right or wrong - It
says…‘ Do not indulge in it’.
And we know there are may people who can look at the palm and predict your
future… by looking at the Stars, and we know most of it is fake - You know
most of it is fake. You go to a computer… put you date of birth, and you get
the answer. There was a research done by a professor, to just show to the
people, what did he mean. He taught a class room of hundred students for 7
days. At the end of the seven days he said… ‘I have come to know the nature
of all the students. I will write each one’s nature on a piece of chit and
give it to him , and when I say open the chit, open it simultane-ously and
give your views’. So he wrote a chit of paper, and gave to every student
what his nature is - and what has he done in the past, what has he done so
far. So all the students, they opened the chit - and do you know that more
then 90% said that ‘the teacher was 100% correct’. The remaining 10% said he
was 90% correct. The experiment was – the teacher wrote the same thing for
all the 100 students. You know there are certain things - if I will tell
you…‘In the next six months, something good is going to happen to you’. Even
if 100 bad things happen - one good thing is going to happen – So it is no
prediction. It is just making a fluery of the people. Most of these people
who say that…‘We can predict’. You know what they say… ‘See… See, all the
other people… all the other people who predict future are false - but the
one which I go to - he is 100% correct’. Everyone says that, and they take
them for a ride - Just to make money. Qur’an does not say whether it is
right or wrong - Qur’an says…‘Do not indulge in fortune telling’. It does
not say…‘No one can tell about this or that’ - It says.. ‘Do not indulge,
it will cause you more harm’. Hope that answers the question.
(Q). The next ques-tion from the slip is - Advocate Abbas Hetavkar - He
asks…‘ The world is threatened with the menace of AIDS . It is not known how
to deal with it - Does Qur’an throw any light on its causes and prevention?
(Dr.Zakir). The question posed was that we are threatened with AIDS –
‘Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome’ - Does Qur’an throw any light on that?
If you happen to know, that the first International Aids Conference - it
took place in our city of Bombay in 1994 - in Hotel Oberoi Tower. First
International Conference on AIDS… and Dr. Michael Mercen - he was the person
who headed it. He was from WHO… World Health Organisation. At that time he
said… ‘There were about eleven million cases of AIDS detected - out of which
1.6 is present in India, and at the end of the century, there will be 40
million cases of AIDS in the world… out of which 11 million will be in
India’. More than 25% will be in India and he said that… ‘Within 5 years
time, the next 5 years, there is doubtful of any cure’. No one will know how
to cure this - Best is – Prevention… Prevention is better than cure’ - and
the reason for this AIDS he gave as - one is homosexuality, other is
hetrosexuality, unsafe sex, that is Adultery, 3rd is using needles for
drugs, blood transfusion, etc., and fourth is associated with Alcoholism. If
you analyse Qur’an throws lights on most of these topics. Qur’an says in
Surah Araf, Ch. No. 7, Verse No. 80 and 81 that… ‘We sent Luth (Ale- Salaam)
Prophet Luth (peace be upon him) to the people, and he said to them…‘Do you
practice lewdness which no one has done before. You prefer in lust men, over
women. You have indeed gone far beyond the limits’. Luth (Ale-Salaam) says
that these people used to practice homosexuality. And you know the story of
Sodom and Gomorrah - and how Allah (SWT) sends brim stones on them.
Homosexuality is prohibited in the Holy Qur’an. But now we find in the
modern world, they have legalized Gay marriages - Do you know that? When I
was in Canada, it came in front page –‘Man and man kissing each other’…
husband-wife. Legalized Gay - Homosexuality, legalized. The Gays - they take
out a procession for their rights – ‘Gay rights…’ Headquarter at
SanFrancisco, etc. One of the reasons of Homosexuality - then comes
adultery. The Qur’an says in Surah Isra, Ch. No. 17, Verse No. 32. It says
that… ‘Come not close to adultery… it is an evil, opening other routes to
evil - Come not close to adultery’. And do you know - in America a man has
eight different sexual partner on a average, before he settles down with one
perma-nent life partner. On a average eight - some may have twenty, some may
have thirty , some may have one, some may have two, on a aver-age eight
sexual partners, before they settle down with a permanent wife. Do you know
this?… It has been legalized there - Qur’an is against adultery - totally
against adultery. And one of the cause of AIDS it is – prostitution - Do
you know what we medical doctors call them? ‘CSW’- You know what is ‘CSW ’?
‘Commercial Sex Worker’ - We give refined words for these. And accord-ing to
Dr. Gilada, in that conference he said…‘ 50% of the commer-cial sex workers
of Bombay had, AIDS - By end of the century 90% will have AIDS.’ There is no
place for prostitution in Islam. And most of the people going to prostitutes
the report said… ‘Were between 15 to 24 years - young people’. Our beloved
Prophet Mohammed (SAS)(peace upon him) he said, it is mentioned in Sahih
Bukhari, Volume No. 7, Ch. 3, Hadith number 4. He said… ‘O ye young
people who ever has the means to get married, get married for it will help,
to lower your gaze’. Marrying early, is preferable in Islam. It will prevent
adultery, it will prevent promiscuity, it will prevent Homosexuality.
There-fore our Prophet said… ‘Marriage completes half your deen’. Coming
to the last reason he gave… ‘Associated to Tuberculosis, as well as
Alcoholism’ Major people that go to the prostitute 95% they have Alcohol …
Alcoholics. Qur’an says, as I mentioned earlier in Surah Maidah, Ch. 5,
Verse No. 90. It says…(Arabic)… ‘O you who believe, most certainly
intox-icants and gambling, (Arabic)… dedication of stones , divination of
arrows, (Arabic)… these are Satan’s handy work. (Arabic….) Abstain from
such handy work, that you may prosper’. Today the medical doctors they say…
‘Do not call them drunkards - Alcoholism is a disease - Treat them like
pa-tients’. You know that’s the terminology we use in the new books of
medicine. Alcoholism is a disease. How you treat the patient of
Tuberculosis, of Cancer - Do not blame the Alcoholics - Treat them as
patients , it is a disease. I tell them, that if Alcohol is a disease , it
is the only disease sold in bottles. It is the only disease advertised in
the Newspapers, in the Magazines, in the Radios, as well as the Television.
Our government has a law, that you cannot advertise anything like…Alcohol.
So, You know what they do? - Bagpiper Soda… who drinks Bagpiper Soda. It is
there - People know it is Bagpiper whisky – It Is not Bagpiper Soda. I saw
an Ad. - London Pilsner or some other Alcohol company - Glass… Glass… Ad.
for Glass. Any logical person will know it is an Ad. for that Alcohol. So
they are taking our government for a ride - these ads are allowed even on
the television you see. If alcohol is a disease, it is the only disease
which gets revenue for the government . It is the only disease which has got
licensed out-lets. It is the only disease which has got no Viral or germ
cause. It is the disease which cause violent deaths on the highways. It is
the disease which destroys the family. The Qur’an says… ‘ It is not a
disease’. It says… (Arabic)… ‘These are Satan’s handy work… (Arabic)…
Abstain from this handy work , that you may prosper’.
(Q). As-Salam Alaikum, brother Zakir Naik - Educated people does not believe
the ‘Qayamat’, the last day which is Judged by Allah. Obedi-ent of Allah
goes to Heaven, disobedient… that is… sinners goes to hell .
(Dr.Zakir). The brother has posed a question, that educated people do not
believe in ‘Qayamah’…the day of resurrection and life after death, etc.,
that the world is going to end, etc.- So how will you prove to them
logically or scientifically about ‘Qayamah’, about life after death, etc.
Brother one way as I said earlier, that if 80% of the Qur’an has been proved
to be 100% correct , and the remaining 20% is ambiguous… my logic says,
that even this 20% will be correct. That is the answer that I gave earlier.
There is another way you can prove to these educated people , by asking them
a simple question. You ask him the question…‘Is robbing good or bad?…
Robbing, is it good or bad?’ The brother is saying… ‘It is bad’. Is raping
good or bad? ‘Bad’ - the brother is saying ‘Bad’. What I ask the question to
these educated people, who do not believe in Qiyamah, who do not believe in
life after death. I tell them… ‘Can you give me one logical reason why
robbing is bad?’ Only one - Can you give me one logical reason why it is bad ?
(Questioner Answers…) ‘Because people like to live in simple way - that is
what they would like to do bad things.

(Dr. Zakir). People will do bad things?…


(Questioner Answers…) People like to live in simple way - that is why
they would like to do the bad things.
(Dr. Zakir). I did not get the answer - Whatever it is - if you ask a
person…‘Why not to rob?’- they give various reasons… that if you rob it
hurts the feeling of the other person. See I am telling you, I am a
smug-gler... Suppose I am a smuggler - You prove to me why robbing is bad.
See I am not bothered whether it is harming the other person or not - No one
can harm me. If I rob if I take out a thousand rupees from the wallet of a
man passing by - I can go to Delhi Darbar, I can have dinner, I can have
lunch, I can go to movie, I can enjoy life - It is good - why it is bad ?
Some people will say… ‘If you rob - someone else, some day someone will
rob you- No one can rob me - I am a Mafia. I have just a example - I am
Mafia - I have got thousand body guards - All with AK47, all with AK47. No
one can harm me - I can harm them…I have got thousand body guard, all with
AK47 - No one can harm my family - My family is guarded. I want to ask the
question you prove to me robing is bad . One logical reason, not two - Why
it is bad, and I will stop it immediately. I am a logical person - I believe
in science, as you said I am a logical person - I believe in science - You
prove to me why it is bad. Some may say that…‘ See, it is against humanity’.
I ask… ‘Who wrote this book called humanity ?… Who wrote it ?’ I do not
believe in it - I am enjoying life. When I rob thousand rupees, when I rob
1 lakh rupees , I can enjoy life , I can buy a new flat. I can go abroad,
and no one can harm me be-cause I am a Mafia. Some people will say…‘ The
police will catch you and put you in the jail’. I say… ‘ I have got the
police in my pocket, I have got the ministers in my pocket. And you know
that throughout the world, there are various top smugglers who have got the
police in their pockets - they have got ministers in their pockets, no one
can harm them. Throughout the world you have got example , I am saying…‘ I
am such a Mafia - You prove to me why it is bad, and I will stop robbing.
And this question I have posed to thousands of people in audiences. Whatever
answer they give - it does not satisfy logi-cally. So I tell them… ‘Okay,
now you become that Mafia… and I will try and convince to you - why robbing
is bad, why raping is bad.’ So he is happy… now Zakir took me for a ride,
now we will take Zakir for a ride. So I tell them the reason why robbing is
bad. May be you are a Mafia, no one can harm you. I agree with you, no one
can harm your family, but if you rob - you go against the commandments of
Allah (SWT) and in the Hereafter you will get punishment.In this world you
may have the police in your pocket, you may have the minister in your pocket
- but in the Hereafter you will be held responsible. I am asking you a
question, that your human law… you talk about a human law… Now I am speaking
as a Muslim - Now you are the Mafia. I am speaking as a Muslim, and
convincing you of ‘Qayamah’, and life after death. I am telling you that if
you are a Mafia and you kill many people, you may get saved in this world,
not in the Hereafter. I asked a question, that suppose there is a smuggler
who has killed hundreds of people – do not you think he requires punishment?
He requires - Where will he get it? We see many smugglers lead a luxurious
life - they have got palaces, they enjoy life - and they die a very good
death. Some people die a bad death, some people die a good death - Do not
you think they require a punishment? Hitler - Do you know Hitler?… Hitler
incinerated 6 million Jews. He burnt 6 million Jews alive - Do you know that
? Even if you say 6 lakhs, I agree with you? -You say 6000 I agree with
you. I am asking the ques-tion, if your law catches Hitler what punishment
can you give him? What punishment? Worst you can do is incinerate him, you
can burn him - But that will compensate only for one death. What about
the other 5 million. 9 hundred thousand nine hundred and ninety nine
deaths. But in my logical case, in the Hereafter, Allah will put him in the
Hell. And Qur’an says in Surah Nisa, Ch. 4, Verse 56, ‘As to those whose
reject Our signs, We well put you in hell fire, and as often as your skin
will roasted, We shall give you fresh skins’. If Allah wants, He can burn
Hitler 6 million times - He can even burn Hitler, 12 million times.
Therefore without a Hereafter, there will be no morality in this world - So
raping is bad. Why? - Because if you get saved in this world you will it pay
in the Hereafter. Hope that answers the question.
(Q). As-Salam Alaikum - Can you please comment on artificial insemination
and test-tube babies ?
(Dr. Zakir). Sister has posed a question, can I comment on artificial
insemination and test-tube babies. Whether it is allowed or not in Islam -
That is what she means. Sister, artificial insemination is of two types -
One is ‘Homogeneous’ and the other is ‘Heterogeneous’. ‘Homoge-neous’ means
– ‘Using the sperm and the ovum of the husband and wife’. If suppose the
wife or the husband has certain medical problems and if you know by doing
Homogeneous artificial insemination they can give birth to a child, It is
perfectly allowed. But Heteroge-neous artificial insemination, in which you
get a sperm, from a sperm bank – it is totally haram. How you have ‘Blood
Bank’ - Here today you also have ‘Sperm Bank’ - You cannot go to a sperm
bank and get a sperm, and use it in your wife – That is ‘haram’. So
homogeneous artificial insemination is allowed, Heterogeneous is not
allowed. Same way, for the test tube babies or whatever - If it is of the
husband and wife, its totally allowed - if it is not of husband and wife, it
is not allowed - It is as good as adultery. Hope that answers the question.