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April 22, 2018 Leave a comment

If all the trees on earth were pens, and the sea [were] ink, with seven [more] seas added to it, the words of God would not be exhausted: for, truly, God is Almighty and Wise. (Koran 31:27, Wahiduddin Khan)

It is interesting how people can find verses from their sacred books which indicate to them that their books agree with science. People have done this with the Koran and also with the Bible. I have discovered a Youtube channel where there are uploaded videos demonstrating from the Koran that there are scientific facts in them that could not have been known 1400 years ago. Christians have also uploaded videos on Youtube showing that there are scientific facts in the Bible that could not have been known when the books that make up it were being written. Perhaps God has left some scientific markers in these sacred books to show that they come from Him.

Here are some videos about scientific facts in the Koran. The first video is about the seriousness of accepting the message of the Koran. The woman in the video, Clare Forstier, cites these verses from the Koran:

We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things? (Koran 41:53, Hilali & Khan)

And these similitudes We put forward for mankind, but none will understand them except those who have knowledge. (Koran 29:43, Hilali & Khan)

And if you are in doubt concerning what We have sent down to Our servant, then bring a surah like it, and invoke your helpers besides Allah, if you are truthful. (Koran 2:23, Qarai)

She also cites these verses, but her translation does not agree completely with how many translators have translated it.

By the sky which returns [rain] and [by] the earth which cracks open, indeed, the Qur’an is a decisive statement, and it is not amusement. (Koran 86:11-14, Sahih International)

Here is the video.

 

 

Many tranlators or interpreters of those verses from the 86th Surah think that the verses are talking about the sky returning with rain and the vegetation cracking the earth open when plants sprout. The word she interprets as bounce is a genitive case noun that is usually translated into English as return. The commentaries mention nothing about quantum physics. Maybe the commentators and translators were not knowledgeable about that branch of science. A physicist would bring his background to the text and see physics in the text.

The Bible records an incident where the earth cracked long before the cracking of the earth that happened in Arizona in the 20th century. (Numbers 16:31,32)

The next video is about the theory of relativity in the Koran. She cites these verses, but from another similar translation.

Do you not see how your Lord extends the shadow? Had He willed, He could have made it still. And We made the sun a pointer to it. Then We withdraw it towards Us gradually. (Koran 25:45,46, ITANI)

 

 

The pronoun it  in these verses is a masculine pronoun in Arabic. So, it refers to a masculine noun. The sun (Arabic, al-shamsa), is feminine. The shadow (Arabic, al-ẓila) is masculine. A pointer (Arabic, dalīlan) is also masculine. So, the pronoun it in the sentence, “Then We withdraw it towards Us gradually,” could refer to the shadow or the pointer (i.e., the sun).

Here is another translation of  these verses.

Have you not seen how your Lord lengthens out the shadow? Had He willed, He would have made it constant, but We have made the sun its pilot; then (as the sun climbs up), We roll it up little by little towards Ourselves. (Koran 25:45,46, Maududi)

These verses might just be talking about a common everyday phenomenon that people witness daily. The shadows are long in the morning and shorten as the sun approaches its zenith in the sky. As for the shadow being constant, that would occur if the sun “stood still” as it did in the miracle in the Bible. (Joshua 10:12,13)

Incidentally, I see the Trinity in these verses. “Your Lord” and the pronouns, “He,” indicate that God is one. The pronouns, “We” and “Us” (or “Ourselves”), indicate that God is tripersonal.

So, when Muhammad told the People of the Book (the Christians), “Our God and your God is one” (Koran 29:46), he was telling them that he was a Trinitarian, too.

In the next video, Clare Forestier cites this verse from a similar translation.

God is the light of the heavens and the earth. His light may be compared to a niche containing a lamp, the lamp inside a crystal of star-like brilliance lit from a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west. The [luminous] oil is as if ready to burn without even touching it. Light upon light; God guides to His light whom He will. God draws such comparisons for mankind; God has full knowledge of everything. (Koran 24:35, Wahiduddin Khan)

 

 

This video is particularly interesting and there may be some unknown scientific knowledge regarding light that God may have actually revealed to Muhammad in this verse.

In the next video, she cites this verse from the Koran to demonstrate that God had revealed to Muhammad some knowledge about mountains that would not have been discovered until modern times.

And among His Signs are the ships, in the sea, like mountains. (Koran 42:32, Hilali & Khan)

Here is the video.

 

 

Of course, the verse might be simply referring to the size of the ships as being like mountains. Ships are not as large as mountains, but a figure of speech called hyperbole could be used here. The Koran often contains poetic language. It even says that one should not always interpret it literally. (Koran 3:7) Then, on the other hand, perhaps God did reveal some scientific knowledge to Muhammad in this verse and in some others. Like the prophets who prophesied about Jesus and did not know all the details regarding His Advent into this world, Muhammad may have been at the time he was receiving the revelations unaware of the scientific knowledge contained in the verses.

Regarding science and the Bible, I will say, first of all, that I am familiar with one verse in the Book of Job which does contain scientific truth in it. It is in the 26th chapter.

He hangs the earth on nothing. (Job 26:7)

The earth is in space revolving around the sun. So, it hangs on nothing. There are other verses that Christians cite in these videos which, in their opinion, contain scientific knowledge or are based on science. You can be the judge of them here.

 

 

 

 

I believe the Bible, not because of scientific evidence that supports what it teaches about certain things, but because of the prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New Testament. That is the convincing proof for me. St. Paul always used the Old Testament to convince others that Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 17:2,3; 26:27,28)

The Koran claims to confirm the Bible (Koran 2:41,89,91,97,101; 3:3,4; 4:47; 5:48; 6:92; 35:31; 46:12) The Koran tells me to believe the Bible. (Koran 2:2-5; 4:136,137,150-152; 5:68) Muhammad received no new revelations and was not an innovator among the prophets. (Koran 41:43; 46:9) He claimed to worship the same God that I worship and accepted the Bible. (Koran 29:46; 42:15) I, therefore, understand the Koran in the light of the Bible and the Church Fathers. (The Bible is of no private interpretation. — II Peter 1:20 See also Koran 10:94.)

There are mathematical coincidences in the Koran. Those mathematical coincidences point to the book as being a work of divine providence.

Should I “convert to Islam?” What I see as being “Islam” is very unkoranic in my opinion.  The Koran already teaches my faith and contains no new revelations. It is only a confirming revelation of previous revelations. It teaches Trinitarian theology and rejects the heretical Christian doctrines of the Sabellians, Nestorians, Paulinianists, Arians, Maryamites, Bitheists, and Tritheists. So, there is no need for me to convert to anything.

As for science and these Sacred Scriptures, I say that none of these books are scientific textbooks. They are books about theology, prophecy, morality, and spirituality. Figurative language frequently occurs in such books. To me, the science and Koran videos and the science and the Bible videos are interesting, but I do not think that they are necessary for me to “have faith.”

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Chromosomes and the Koran

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Human beings have 46 chromosomes. When a man and woman procreate together, the man contributes 23 chromosomes to their child and the woman contributes 23 chromosomes to the child as well. There are some interesting mathematical wonders pertaining to the number 46 in the Koran.

The title of Surah 76 in the Koran is “The Human.” In Arabic, it is Al-Insān. Here are all of the places where this Arabic word occurs in the Koran.

     2:60 unāsin (indefinite genitive plural)
1)  4:28 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
     7:82 unāsun (indefinite nominative plural)
     7:160 unāsin (indefinite genitive plural)
2) 10:12 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
3) 11:9 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
4) 12:5 lil’insāni (definite genitive singular prefixed by the preposition, lām)
5) 14:34 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
6) 15:26 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
7) 16:4 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
8) 17:11 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
9) 17:11 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
    17:13 insānin (indefinite genitive singular)
10) 17:53 lil’insāni (definite genitive singular prefixed by the preposition, lām)
11) 17:67 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
      17:71 unāsin (indefinite genitive plural)
12) 17:83 al-insāni (definite genitive singular)
13) 17:100 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
14) 18:54 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
15) 19:66 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
16) 19:67 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
17) 21:37 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
18) 22:66 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
19) 23:12 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
20) 25:29 lil’insāni (definite genitive singular prefixed by the preposition, lām)
      25:49 wa-anāsiyya (definite accusative plural prefixed by the conjunction, wa)
      27:56 unāsun (indefinite nominative plural)
21) 29:8 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
22) 31:14 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
23) 32:7 al-insāni (definite genitive singular)
24) 33:72 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
25) 36:77 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
26) 39:8 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
27) 39:49 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
28) 41:49 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
29) 41:51 al-insāni (definite genitive singular)
30) 42:48 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
31) 42:48 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
32) 43:15 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
33) 46:15 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
34) 50:16 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
35) 53:24 lil’insāni (definite genitive singular prefixed by the preposition, lām)
36) 53:39 lil’insāni (definite genitive singular prefixed by the preposition, lām)
37) 55:3 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
38) 55:14 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
39) 59:16 lil’insāni (definite genitive singular prefixed by the preposition, lām)
40) 70:19 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
41) 75:3 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
42) 75:5 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
43) 75:10 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
44) 75:13 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
45) 75:14 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
46) 75:36 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
47) 76:1 al-insāni (definite genitive singular)
48) 76:2 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
49) 79:35 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
50) 80:17 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
51) 80:24 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
52) 82:6 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
53) 84:6 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
54) 86:5 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
55) 89:15 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
56) 89:23 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
57) 90:4 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
58) 95:4 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
59) 96:2 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
60) 96:5 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
61) 96:6 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
62) 99:3 al-insānu (definite nominative singular)
63) 100:6 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)
64) 103:2 al-insāna (definite accusative singular)

See http://corpus.quran.com/qurandictionary.jsp?q=Ans#(4:28:7).

The definite singular of this word occurs 46 times before Surah 76 – The Human. The 46th verse in the Koran to contain the definite singular of this word is Koran 76:1. (It occurs twice in Koran 17:11.) This word occurs 64 times in the definite singular and once in the indefinite singular (Koran 17:13). So, in the singular form this word occurs 65 times in the Koran. 65 is the 46th composite number. (Composite numbers are numbers divisible by numbers other than themselves. Prime numbers are divisible only by themselves and 1.) Here are the composite numbers up to 65. I grouped them in fives. You can count them.

4,6,8,9,10,
12,14,15,16,18,
20,21,22,24,25,
26,27,28,30,32,
33,34,35,36,38,
39,40,42,44,45,
46,48,49,50,51,
52,54,55,56,57,
58,60,62,63,64,
65

If you add the numbers of all of the chapters preceding Surah 76 which have the definite singular form of this word, you will get 961.

4 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17+ 18 + 19 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 25 +  29 = 256
31 + 32 + 33 + 36 + 39 + 41 + 42 + 43 + 46 + 50 + 53 + 55 + 59 = 560
70 + 75 = 145

256 + 560 + 145 = 961

961 = 31 x 31

46 is the 31st composite number.

The haploid chromosome number of humans is 23 — the number contributed by each parent in procreation. The 23rd occurrence of the singular form of this Arabic word is in Koran 31:14. (Count the occurrence in Koran 17:13 where it occurs in the indefinite singular.) Remember that 46 is the 31st composite number. The 23rd occurrence of the singular form is in the 31st chapter of the Koran.

If you count all of the occurrences of this word in all of its forms, you will get 71. 71 is the 36th odd number. 36 = 6 x 6. According to Genesis, God created man on the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-31)

These are just a few interesting mathematical wonders in the Koran.

How to Make a Dog from Scratch

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment

    How would you like to be able to make a living, breathing animal that someone in the future can take home with him for a pet? It is possible to do this and this is scientific!

    The animal I am going to provide instructions for one to make is a dog. Dogs are loyal, friendly animals after they have been tamed and cared for by their masters. They can help people in a variety of ways. They serve as guard dogs and let their owners know when someone has come onto their property. They help blind people walk by guiding them. They help find people who get lost in the woods or on a desert or a mountain. They have an excellent sense of smell.

    Anyway, I am going to explain this very simple and easy method of manufacturing a living, breathing dog with all of its organs.

    Here is what you need. You need carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements such as sulfur, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.     Carbon is easy to find. Just  get a bag of charcoal or burn some wood if you do not want to buy any. Hydrogen and oxygen are the two elements that make up water. Just get some water. There is also oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen in the air we breathe. Air is easy to find. You will need to get iron for the animal’s red blood cells. Some iron nails will probably do or any old piece of scrap iron. Sulphur can be found in eggs, but I think in order to make this animal from scratch you will need to use pure sulphur. You can probably purchase this from a pharmacy. Phosphorus is what is used to make matches. Just scrape off the phosphorus on some matches. Zinc and copper are in pennies. Also, there are a lot of screws and bolts that are made of zinc nowadays. Just get some pennies and zinc screws and bolts.

   Put all of these items in a tub. Let them set there for millions of years. One day, all of these inorganic elements will combine together to form various living organisms that will eventually evolve into a dog. This is scientific! Inorganic matter can actually assemble itself into complex proteins, form kidneys, brains, bladders, hearts, lungs, and strands of DNA all on its own. No need for the help of a deity!

Dog sunny Day Afternoon

Dog sunny Day Afternoon (Photo credit: allert)

Boy, it sure takes a lot of faith to be an atheist!

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