a. It Informs Us of the Unknown

June 22, 2013 in The Final Divine Religion ISLAM

The Noble Quran gives news from the unknown. This information shows that it is a clear miracle. Even though it touches upon many scholarly and scientific issues from historical events to events that will take place in the future, no discovery for 1,400 years has been able to refute it. Even the most famous encyclopedias of the world end up having to adjust and renew themselves from time to time by issuing additional volumes and revising old ones.

In the time the Quran was revealed, there were fragments of information on the destruction of the nations of ‘Ad, Thamud and Noah’s Flood only in the form of myths. However, the Noble Quran has presented these facts to humanity in a form that is approved by the current historical knowledge and philosophy of history.

Quran also communicated news related to the future. Let us cite some of these:

There was a war between the Romans and the Zoroastrians which the latter won. The pagans who wanted to utilize this opportunity said to the Muslims:

 “You thought you would prevail because of the divine Book. See, the Zoroastrians defeated the Romans who are People of the Book,” and they tried to break their belief and resoluteness. As a consequence, Allah the Exalted revealed the following verses, which cheered up the believers and saddened the pagans:

“A. L. M. The Roman Empire has been defeated in a land close by; but they, after this defeat of theirs, will soon be victorious within a few years. With Allah is the Decision, in the past and in the Future: on that Day shall the Believers rejoice in the help of Allah. He helps whom He will, and He is exalted in might, most merciful.” (Ar-Rum (The Romans), 30:1-5)

At that time Byzantium had become so weak that no one would have found it likely that after such a devastating defeat, they would prevail again. But the Noble Quran firmly stated:

“(It is) the promise of Allah. Never does Allah depart from His promise: but most men understand not.” (Ar-Rum (The Romans), 30:6)

At last, Allah the Exalted fulfilled His promise. With the unanimity of historians the Romans defeated the Persians within a period of less than nine years. The same day, Muslims also rejoiced by becoming victorious in the Battle of Badr against the pagans.[1]

Allah the Exalted said to the drowning Pharaoh, when the latter predictably reached for the lifebuoy of belief as he was about the be engulfed in the Red Sea:

“(It was said to him): Ah now! But a little while before, you were in rebellion and you did mischief! This day shall We save you in the body, that you may be a sign to those who come after you! but verily, many among mankind are heedless of Our Signs!” (Yunus (Jonah), 10:91-92)

The body of Pharaoh was found in recent discoveries. Now this corpse, in the form of prostration and its hair and skin intact, can be visited in the 94th hall of the British Museum in London.

[1].     See Tirmizî, Tefsîr, 30/3191-3194; Ahmad bin Hanbal, I, 276; Kurtubî, XIV, 3.