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Re: So much in the Quran!
By:Jawaid Ahmed
Date: Tuesday, 5 January 2010, 10:37 am
In Response To: So much in the Quran! (Abby Starri)

Al lot of pre-Islamic civilisations had intellectuals who knew about asteroids (hence entering the earth) and birds etc flying high into the atmosphere (hence ascending), so I am hesitant to attribute this verse as proof for the Quran being Divinely inspired; Many other verses are better. A good example of the knowledge discovered by intellectual endeavours and not “God” given, is the case of Epicurus who had numerous correct scientific observations which he discovered or alluded to before they were confirmed by science many centuries later:-

(1) The Atom
(2) The Molecule
(3) Law of Inertia
(4) Principle of Universal Natural Law
(5) Rain Cycle
(6) Sound as a Pressure Wave in Air
(7) Light Composed of Particles
(8) Sense of Smell Caused by Shape of Molecule Fitting Shape of Receptor in Nose
(9) Lightning Caused by Friction between Storm Fronts
(10) Lightning Composed of Tiny Particles
(11) Earthquakes Caused by Slipping Fault Lines
(12) Nile Rises from Snow Melting at its Source
(13) Animals & Men Evolved by Natural Selection
(14) Matter is Mostly Empty Space
(15) Magnetism Caused by Exchange of Particles
(16) Fire is not an Element
(17) No Center of the Universe
(18) Other Planetary Systems
(19) Speed of Light is Finite
(20) Theory of Relativity
(21) Quantum Indeterminism
(22) Brownian Motion

Some of these “discoveries” have been given a modern “improved” interpretation, but they are food for thought.

A man called Lucretius wrote a poem called De Rerum Natura ("On the Nature of Things") between 100 and 50 B.C. about the theories of Epicurus, who wrote hundreds of books between 310 and 270 B.C. but none of them survive. What are not mentioned in this list are the absurdities and false beliefs of this man who was undoubtedly a genius but was in error many a time. This applies to all men and if a man had written the Quran fourteen hundred years ago then it could not contain only known scientific truths, it would have contained false beliefs prevalent at that time so this either proves its divine origin or the Prophet was the greatest genius of all time, someone beyond compare for sifting out the truth from the false. Science asks and looks for proof and the level of knowledge within its pages should light that proverbial “thinking bulb” in the minds of those who claim to be seekers of knowledge.

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So much in the Quran!
Abby Starri -- Monday, 4 January 2010, 6:36 pm
Re: So much in the Quran!
Jawaid Ahmed -- Tuesday, 5 January 2010, 10:37 am