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Amazing qur'an

  1. 1. The Amazing Qur’an ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺫﻫﻝ‬ By: Dr. Gary Miller ‫ﺑﻘﻠﻡ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻭﻓﺳﻭﺭ: ﺟﺎﺭﻱ ﻣﻳﻠﻠﺭ‬ U2T 2TU a Christian missionary who converted to Islam ‫ﻣﺑﺷﺭ ﻧﺻﺭﺍﻧﻰ ﺳﺎﺑﻕ ﺁﻣﻥ ﺑﺎﻹﺳﻼﻡ‬1 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  2. 2. Introduction ‫ﻣﻘﺩﻣﺔ‬One thing which surprises non-Muslims who are ‫ﺗﺳﻣﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺑﺎﻟﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﺍﻟﻣﺫﻫﻝ ﺃﻭ ﺍﻟﻣﺩﻫﺵ ﻟ�ﻡ ﻳﻌ�ﺩ ﻗﺎﺻ�ﺭﺍ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﺍﻟﻣﺳ�ﻠﻣﻳﻥ‬examining the book very closely is that the Quran does ‫ﺍﻟﺫﻳﻥ ﻳﻛﻧﻭﻥ ﻛﻝ ﺍﻟﺗﻘﺩﻳﺭ ﻭﺍﻟﺣﺏ ﻟﻛﺗ�ﺎﺑﻬﻡ، ﺑ�ﻝ ﺃﺻ�ﺑﺣﺕ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﻔﺔ ﺗﻁﻠ�ﻕ‬not appear to them to be what they expected. What they ‫ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻣ�ﻥ ﻗﺑ�ﻝ ﻏﻳ�ﺭ ﺍﻟﻣﺳ�ﻠﻣﻳﻥ ، ﺑ�ﻝ ﺣﺗ�ﻰ ﻣ�ﻥ ﻗﺑ�ﻝ ﺃﻋ�ﺩﺍء ﺍﻹﺳ�ﻼﻡ‬assume is that they have an old book which came fourteen .‫ﻭﺍﻟﻛﺎﺭﻫﻳﻥ ﻟﻪ‬centuries ago from the Arabian desert; and they expectthat the book should look something like that - an old ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺷﺊ ﺍﻟﺫﻱ ﻳﻔﺎﺟﺊ ﺍﻟﺫﻳﻥ ﻳﺗﻔﺣﺻﻭﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﻭﻳﺩﻗﻘﻭﻧ�ﻪ ﻋ�ﻥ ﻗ�ﺭﺏ ﻫ�ﻭ‬book from the desert. And then they find out that it does ‫ﺃﻧﻪ ﻻ ﻳﻅﻬﺭ ﺃﻣﺎﻣﻬﻡ ﻣﺛﻠﻣ�ﺎ ﻛ�ﺎﻧﻭﺍ ﻳﺗﻭﻗﻌ�ﻭﻥ؛ ﻓﻣ�ﺎ ﻛ�ﺎﻧﻭﺍ ﻳﻔﺗﺭﺿ�ﻭﻧﻪ ﻫ�ﻭ ﺃﻧ�ﻪ‬not resemble what they expected at all. ‫ﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﻗﺩﻳﻡ ﺟﺎء ﻗﺑﻝ 0041 ﺳﻧﺔ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﺣﺭﺍء ﺍﻟﻌﺭﺑﻳ�ﺔ، ﻭﻛ�ﺎﻧﻭﺍ ﻳﺗﻭﻗﻌ�ﻭﻥ‬Additionally, one of the first things that some people ‫ﺃﻥ ﻳﻅﻬﺭ ﻛ�ﺄﻯ ﻛﺗ�ﺎﺏ ﻗ�ﺩﻳﻡ ﺟ�ﺎء ﻣ�ﻥ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﺣﺭﺍء، ﻓﻳﻔﺎﺟ�ﺄﻭﻥ ﺑﺄﻧ�ﻪ ﻟ�ﻳﺱ ﻛﻣ�ﺎ‬assume is that because it is an old book which comes from .‫ﺗﻭﻗﻌﻭﻩ‬the desert, it should talk about the desert. ‫ﺇﺿﺎﻓﺔ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺫﻟ�ﻙ ﻓ�ﺈﻥ ﺃﻭﻝ ﻣ�ﺎ ﻳﻔﺗﺭﺿ�ﻪ ﺑﻌ�ﺽ ﺍﻟﻧ�ﺎﺱ ﻓ�ﻰ ﻛﺗ�ﺎﺏ ﻗ�ﺩﻳﻡ ﺟ�ﺎء‬Well the Quran does talk about the desert - some of its ‫ﻭﻧﺑﻊ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﺣﺭﺍء ﺃﻧ�ﻪ ﺳ�ﻳﺗﻛﻠﻡ ﻋ�ﻥ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﺣﺭﺍء، ﺣﺳ�ﻧﺎ ! ﺇﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻳ�ﺗﻛﻠﻡ‬imagery describes the desert; but it also talks about the ‫ﻭﻳﺻﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﺻﺣﺭﺍء ﺃﺣﻳﺎﻧﺎ، ﻭﻟﻛﻧﻪ ﻳﺗﻛﻠﻡ ﻋ�ﻥ ﺍﻟﺑﺣ�ﺭ ﺃﻳﺿ�ﺎ ﻋﻧ�ﺩﻣﺎ ﺗﻬ�ﺏ ﻓﻳ�ﻪ‬sea; what it’s like to be in a storm on the sea. .‫ﺍﻟﻌﻭﺍﺻﻑ ﻭﺍﻟﺯﻭﺍﺑﻊ‬2 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  3. 3. Merchant Marine ‫ﺗﺎﺟﺭ ﺑﺣﺎﺭ‬Some years ago, the story came to us in Toronto about a manwho was in the merchant marine and made his living on the sea. ‫ﻗﺑﻝ ﺳﻧﻭﺍﺕ ﺟﺎءﻧﺎ ﺧﺑﺭ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺩﻳﻧﺔ )ﺗﻭﺭﻧﺗﻭ( ﻋﻥ ﺗﺎﺟﺭ ﺑﺣﺎﺭ ﻗﺿﻰ ﺷﻁﺭﺍ‬A Muslim gave him a translation of the Quran to read. The ‫ﻛﺑﻳﺭﺍ ﻣﻥ ﻋﻣﺭﻩ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺑﺣﺭ، ﻗﺎﻡ ﻣﺳﻠﻡ ﺑﺈﻋﻁﺎﺋﻪ ﺗﺭﺟﻣﺔ ﻟﻠﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻟﻳﻘﺭﺃﻫﺎ، ﻭﻟﻡ‬merchant marine knew nothing about the history of Islam but ‫ﻳﻛﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺗﺎﺟﺭ ﺍﻟﺑﺣﺎﺭ ﻳﻌﺭﻑ ﺷﻳﺋﺎ ﻋﻥ ﺗﺎﺭﻳﺦ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ، ﻭﻟﻛﻧﻪ ﺗﻣﺗﻊ‬was interested in reading the Quran. When he finished reading ‫ﺑﻘﺭﺍءﺓ ﺍﻟﺗﺭﺟﻣﺔ ﻭﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﺍﻧﺗﻬﻰ ﻣﻧﻬﺎ ﺃﻋﺎﺩﻫﺎ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻡ ﻭﺳﺄﻟﻪ ﻣﺗﺄﺛﺭﺍ‬it, he brought it back to the Muslim and asked, “ThisMuhammad was he a sailor?” He was impressed at how ‫ﺑﺎﻟﻭﺻﻑ ﺍﻟﺩﻗﻳﻕ ﺍﻟﻭﺍﺭﺩ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺣﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﺑﺣﺭ ﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﺗﻬﺏ ﻓﻳﻪ‬accurately the Quran describes a storm on a sea. ‫ﺍﻟﻌﻭﺍﺻﻑ: )ﺃﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﺣﻣﺩ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺑﺣﺎﺭﺍ؟(. ﻭﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﻗﺎﻝ ﻟﻪ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻡ: )ﻛﻼ؛ ﻓﻰ‬When he was told, “No as a matter of fact, Muhammad lived in ‫ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﺔ ﺍﻧﻪ ﻋﺎﺵ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺻﺣﺭﺍء(؛ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻛﺎﻓﻳﺎ ﻟﻪ ﻹﻋﻼﻥ ﺇﺳﻼﻣﻪ؛ ﻷﻧﻪ‬the desert,” that was enough for him. He embraced Islam on the ‫ﻛﺎﻥ ﻗﺩ ﺗﺄﺛﺭ ﺟﺩﺍ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻭﺻﻑ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻧﻰ؛ ﺫﻟﻙ ﻷﻧﻪ ﻗﺩ ﺗﻌﺭﺽ ﻟﻌﺎﺻﻔﺔ ﻓﻲ‬spot. ‫ﻋﺭﺽ ﺍﻟﺑﺣﺭ ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﺗﺄﻛﺩﺍ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﻥ ﻛﺗﺏ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻭﺻﻑ ﻻ ﺑﺩ ﺃﻧﻪ‬He was so impressed with the Quran’s description because he .‫ﺷﺎﻫﺩ ﻋﺎﺻﻔﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺑﺣﺭ‬had been in a storm on the sea, and he knew that whoever hadwritten that description had also been in a storm on the sea. The ‫ﺇﻥ ﻭﺻﻑ: )ﺃَﻭ ﻛﻅﻠُﻣﺎﺕ ﻓِﻲ ﺑﺣﺭ ﻟﱡﺟﻲ ﻳﻐﺷﺎﻩُ ﻣﻭﺝ ﻣﻥ ﻓﻭﻗِﻪ ﻣﻭﺝ ﻣﻥ‬ ‫َ ْ ٍ ﱢ ﱟ َْ َ َْ ٌ ﱢ َْ ِ َْ ٌ ﱢ‬ ٍ َ ُ َ ْdescription of :“…a wave, over it a wave, over it clouds” (Surah ‫ﻓﻭﻗِﻪ ﺳﺣﺎﺏ ﻅﻠُﻣﺎﺕ ﺑﻌﺿﻬﺎ ﻓﻭﻕ ﺑﻌﺽ ﺇِﺫﺍ ﺃَﺧﺭﺝ ﻳﺩَ ﻩُ ﻟﻡ ﻳﻛﺩْ ﻳﺭﺍﻫَﺎ ﻭﻣﻥ‬ َ َ َ َ َ َ َْ َ َ َ ْ َ ٍ َْ َ َْ َ ُ َْ ٌ َ ُ ٌ َ َ ِ َْ ‫ﱠْ َ ْ َ ِ ﱠ‬ ٍ ‫َُ ُ ً ََ َُ ِ ﱡ‬Nur, 24:40) ‫ﻟﻡ ﻳﺟﻌﻝ ﷲُ ﻟﻪ ﻧﻭﺭﺍ ﻓﻣﺎ ﻟﻪ ﻣﻥ ﻧﻭﺭ( ﺍﻟﻧﻭﺭ04؛ ﻟﻡ ﻳﻛﻥ ﻭﺻﻔﺎ ﻣﻥ ﻗﺑﻝ‬…was not what someone imagining a storm on a sea to be like ‫ﺷﺧﺹ ﺗﺧﻳﻝ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻭﺻﻑ ﻭﻛﺗﺑﻪ، ﺑﻝ ﻣﻥ ﻗﺑﻝ ﻣﻥ ﻋﺭﻑ ﻣﺎﺫﺍ ﺗﺷﺑﻪ‬would have written; rather, it was written by someone who knew ‫ﻋﺎﺻﻔﺔ ﺗﺣﺩﺙ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺑﺣﺭ، ﻭﻫﺫﺍ ﻣﺛﺎﻝ ﻭﺍﺣﺩ ﻳﺩﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻟﻳﺱ‬what a storm on the sea was like. This is one example of how theQuran is not tied to certain place and time. Certainly, the ‫ﻣﺭﺗﺑﻁﺎ ﺑﻣﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﻌﻳﻥ ﺃﻭ ﺯﻣﻥ ﻣﻌﻳﻥ، ﻭﻻ ﺷﻙ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺿﻣﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣﻰ‬scientific ideas expressed in it also do not seem to originate from .‫ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺟﻭﺩ ﻓﻳﻪ ﻟﻡ ﻳﻛﻥ ﻧﺗﺎﺝ ﺍﻟﺻﺣﺭﺍء ﻗﺑﻝ ﺃﺭﺑﻌﺔ ﻋﺷﺭ ﻗﺭﻧﺎ‬the desert fourteen centuries ago. The Smallest Thing ‫ﺃﺩﻕ ﺍﻷﺷﻳﺎء‬Many centuries before the onset of Muhammad’s prophethood, ‫ﻗﺑﻝ ﻋﺻﻭﺭ ﻣﻥ ﺑﻌﺛﺔ ﻣﺣﻣﺩ ﻛﺎﻧﺕ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﻧﻅﺭﻳﺔ ﻣﻌﺭﻭﻓﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺫﺭﺓ ﻫﻲ‬there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek ‫ﺍﻟﻧﻅﺭﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺫﺭﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺗﻲ ﻁﻭﺭﻫﺎ ﺍﻟﻔﻼﺳﻔﺔ ﺍﻟﻳﻭﻧﺎﻧﻳﻭﻥ ﻭﻻ ﺳﻳﻣﺎ ﺍﻟﻔﻳﻠﺳﻭﻑ‬philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him ‫)ﺩﻳﻣﻭﻗﺭﻳﻁﺱ(، ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﻫﻭ ﻭﺍﻟﺫﻳﻥ ﺟﺎءﻭﺍ ﻣﻥ ﺑﻌﺩﻩ ﻳﻌﺗﻘﺩﻭﻥ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺎﺩﺓ‬assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible3 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  4. 4. particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same ‫ ﻭﻫﻰ‬Atoms (‫ﺗﺣﺗﻭﻱ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﺟﺯﺍء ﺻﻐﻳﺭﺓ ﻻ ﺗﺭﻯ ﺑﺎﻟﻌﻳﻥ ﺗﺩﻋﻰ )ﺫﺭﺍﺕ‬concept; in fact, the Arabic word dharrah commonly referred to ‫ﻏﻳﺭ ﻗﺎﺑﻠﺔ ﻟﻼﻧﻘﺳﺎﻡ، ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻌﺭﺏ ﻳﺣﻣﻠﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻔﻬﻭﻡ ﻧﻔﺳﻪ، ﻭﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﺔ ﺃﻥ‬the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science hasdiscovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which ،‫ﻛﻠﻣﺔ "ﺫﺭﺓ" ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻌﺭﺑﻳﺔ ﺗﺷﻳﺭ ﻋﺎﺩﺓ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺃﺻﻐﺭ ﺟﺯء ﻣﻌﺭﻭﻑ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺎﺩﺓ‬has all of the same properties as its element) can be split into its ‫ﻭﻟﻛﻥ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻡ ﺍﻟﺣﺩﻳﺙ ﺍﻛﺗﺷﻑ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺟﺯء ﺍﻟﺻﻐﻳﺭ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺎﺩﺓ )ﺃﻋﻧﻰ‬component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last ،‫ﺍﻟﺫﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺗﻰ ﺗﺣﻣﻝ ﻧﻔﺱ ﺧﺻﺎﺋﺹ ﻋﻧﺻﺭﻫﺎ( ﻳﻣﻛﻥ ﺗﺟﺯﺋﺗﻬﺎ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻣﻛﻭﻧﺎﺗﻬﺎ‬century; yet; interestingly enough, this information had already ‫ﻭﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻔﻛﺭﺓ ﺟﺩﻳﺩﺓ ﻭﻣﻥ ﻧﺗﺎﺝ ﺗﻁﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﻌﺻﺭ ﺍﻷﺧﻳﺭ، ﻭﻟﻛﻥ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺛﻳﺭ‬been documented in the Quran (Surah Saba’, 34:3) which states: ‫ﻟﻼﻫﺗﻣﺎﻡ ﺃﻧﻬﺎ ﻣﻭﺟﻭﺩﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ ﻳﺫﻛﺭ: )ﻭﻣﺎ ﻳﻌﺯﺏ ﻋﻥ ﺭﺑﻙ ﻣﻥ‬ “He [i.e., Allah] is aware of an atom’s weight in the U U ‫ﻣﺛﻘﺎﻝ ﺫﺭﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﺭﺽ ﻭﻻ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺳﻣﺎء ﻭﻻ ﺃﺻﻐﺭ ﻣﻥ ﺫﻟﻙ ﻭﻻ ﺃﻛﺑﺭ ﺇﻻ‬ heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that...” .61 ‫ﻓﻲ ﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﻣﺑﻳﻥ( ﻳﻭﻧﺱ‬Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have ‫ﻭﻻ ﺷﻙ ﺃﻥ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺗﺻﺭﻳﺢ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻳﺑﺩﻭ ﻏﺭﻳﺑﺎ ﻭﻏﻳﺭ ﺍﻋﺗﻳﺎﺩﻯ ﻗﺑﻝ ﺃﺭﺑﻌﺔ‬looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the ‫ﻋﺷﺭ ﻗﺭﻧﺎ ﻟﻠﻌﺭﺑﻰ ﺍﻟﺫﻱ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻳﻌﺩ ﺍﻟﺫﺭﺓ ﺃﺻﻐﺭ ﺷﺊ ﻣﻭﺟﻭﺩ؛ ﻭﻫﺫﺍ ﻓﻲ‬smallest thing there was. Indeed, this is proof, that the Quran is .‫ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﺔ ﺑﺭﻫﺎﻥ ﻭﺩﻟﻳﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺯﻣﻥ ﻟﻡ ﻳﺟﺎﻭﺯ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ‬not outdated. Honey ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺳﻝ‬Another example of what one might expect to find in an “old ‫ﻣﺛﺎﻝ ﺁﺧﺭ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺎ ﻳﺗﻭﻗﻌﻪ ﺍﻹﻧﺳﺎﻥ ﻓﻲ ﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﻗﺩﻳﻡ؛ ﻫﻭ ﻣﺎ ﻳﺗﻌﻠﻕ ﺑﺎﻟﺻﺣﺔ‬book” that touches upon the subject of health or medicine is ‫ﺃﻭ ﺑﺎﻷﺩﻭﻳﺔ، ﻭﺑﻁﺭﻕ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﺝ ﺍﻟﻘﺩﻳﻣﺔ. ﻭﺗﺫﻛﺭ ﺍﻟﻌﺩﻳﺩ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺻﺎﺩﺭ‬outdated remedies or cures. Various historical sources state that ،‫ﺍﻟﺗﺎﺭﻳﺧﻳﺔ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺭﺳﻭﻝ ﻗﺩﻡ ﺑﻌﺽ ﺍﻟﻧﺻﺎﺋﺢ ﺍﻟﻣﺗﻌﻠﻘﺔ ﺑﺎﻟﺻﺣﺔ ﻭﺑﺎﻟﻧﻅﺎﻓﺔ‬the Prophet (ρ) gave some advice about health and hygiene, yet .‫ﻭﻟﻛﻥ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻧﺻﺎﺋﺢ ﻏﻳﺭ ﻣﻭﺟﻭﺩﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ‬most of these pieces of advice are not contained in the Quran. At ‫ﻭﻗﺩ ﻳﺑﺩﻭ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻟﻐﻳﺭ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻣﻳﻥ ﻋﻧﺩ ﺍﻟﻠﻣﺣﺔ ﺍﻷﻭﻟﻰ ﺇﻫﻣﺎﻻ ﻏﺭﻳﺑﺎ، ﻓﻬﻡ ﻻ‬first glance, to the non-Muslims this appears to be a negligentomission. They cannot understand why Allah would not ،‫ﻳﺳﺗﻁﻳﻌﻭﻥ ﻓﻬﻡ ﻟﻣﺎﺫﺍ ﻟﻡ ﻳﺩﺭﺝ ﷲ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻣﻔﻳﺩﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ‬“include” such helpful information in the Quran. Some Muslims ‫ﻭﻳﺣﺎﻭﻝ ﺑﻌﺽ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻣﻳﻥ ﺷﺭﺡ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻓﻳﻘﻭﻟﻭﻥ: )ﻣﻊ ﺃﻥ ﻧﺻﺎﺋﺢ ﺍﻟﺭﺳﻭﻝ‬attempt to explain this absence with the following argument: ‫ﻛﺎﻧﺕ ﺻﺣﻳﺣﺔ ﻭﻳﻣﻛﻥ ﺗﻁﺑﻳﻘﻬﺎ، ﻓﺈﻥ ﷲ ﺑﺣﻛﻣﺗﻪ ﺍﻟﻼﻧﻬﺎﺋﻳﺔ ﻋﻠﻡ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﺗﻘﺩﻡ‬“Although the Prophet’s advice was sound and applicable to the ‫ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣﻰ ﻭﺍﻟﻁﺑﻰ ﺍﻟﺫﻱ ﺳﻳﺣﺻﻝ ﻓﻳﻣﺎ ﺑﻌﺩ ﻗﺩ ﻳﺟﻌﻝ ﻧﺻﺎﺋﺢ ﺍﻟﻧﺑﻰ ﺗﺑﺩﻭ‬time in which he lived, Allah, in His infinite wisdom, knew thatthere would come later medical and scientific advances which ‫ﻭﻛﺄﻧﻬﺎ ﻗﺩﻳﻣﺔ ﻭﺗﺧﻁﺎﻫﺎ ﺍﻟﺯﻣﻥ، ﻭﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﺗﺣﺩﺙ ﺍﻻﻛﺗﺷﺎﻓﺎﺕ ﻓﻳﻣﺎ ﺑﻌﺩ ﻟﺭﺑﻣﺎ‬would make the Prophet’s advice appear outdated. When later .‫ﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﻌﺽ ﺍﻟﻧﺎﺱ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺟﺩﻳﺩﺓ ﻣﺗﻧﺎﻗﺿﺔ ﻣﻊ ﺗﻭﺻﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻧﺑﻰ‬4 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  5. 5. discoveries occurred, people might say that such information ‫ﻭﻫﻛﺫﺍ ﻭﺑﻣﺎ ﺃﻥ ﷲ ﻻ ﻳﺳﻣﺢ ﺑﺈﻋﻁﺎء ﺃﻯ ﻓﺭﺻﺔ ﻟﻐﻳﺭ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻣﻳﻥ ﻟﻠﻘﻭﻝ ﺑﺄﻥ‬contradicted that which the Prophet (ρ) had given. Thus, since ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻳﻧﺎﻗﺽ ﻧﻔﺳﻪ ﺃﻭ ﻳﻧﺎﻗﺽ ﺗﻌﻠﻳﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻧﺑﻰ، ﻓﻬﻭ ﻟﻡ ﻳﺩﺭﺝ ﺃﻯ‬Allah would never allow any opportunity for the non-Muslimsto claim that the Quran contradicts itself or the teachings of the ‫ﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺃﻭ ﺃﻯ ﺃﻣﺛﻠﺔ ﺇﻻ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻧﻭﻉ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ ﻳﺳﺗﻁﻳﻊ ﺍﻟﺻﻣﻭﺩ‬Prophet (ρ), He only included in the Quran information and .(‫ﺃﻣﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﺯﻣﻥ‬examples which could stand the test of time.” However, when ‫ﻭﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻱ ﺣﺎﻝ ﻓﺈﻧﻧﺎ ﺇﻥ ﻗﻣﻧﺎ ﺑﻔﺣﺹ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﺎﺋﻕ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻧﻳﺔ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺿﻭء ﻛﻭﻧﻬﺎ‬one examines the true realities of the Quran in terms of itsexistence as a divine revelation, the entire matter is quickly ،‫ﻭﺣﻳﺎ ﺇﻟﻬﻳﺎ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿﻭﻉ ﺑﺄﻛﻣﻠﻪ ﻳﺄﺧﺫ ﻣﻛﺎﻧﻪ ﺍﻟﺻﺣﻳﺢ ﻭﻳﻛﻭﻥ ﻣﻔﻬﻭﻣﺎ‬brought into its proper perspective, and the error in such .‫ﻭﻳﻅﻬﺭ ﻟﻠﻌﻳﺎﻥ ﺧﻁﺄ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻧﺎﻗﺷﺎﺕ‬argumentation becomes clear and understandable. ‫ﻳﺟﺏ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻛﻭﻥ ﻣﻔﻬﻭﻣﺎ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻭﺣﻰ ﺇﻟﻬﻰ، ﻟﺫﺍ ﻓ�ﺈﻥ ﺟﻣﻳ�ﻊ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ�ﺎﺕ‬It must be understood that the Quran is a divine revelation, and ‫ﺍﻟﻭﺍﺭﺩﺓ ﻓﻳ�ﻪ ﻣ�ﻥ ﻣﺻ�ﺩﺭ ﺍﻟﻬ�ﻰﻓ�ﺎہﻠﻟ ﺃﻭﺣ�ﻲ ﺑ�ﺎﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻣ�ﻥ ﻋﻧ�ﺩﻩ، ﻭﻫ�ﻭ ﻣ�ﻥ‬as such, all information in it is of divine origin. Allah revealedthe Quran from Himself. It is the words of Allah, which existed ‫ﻛﻼﻡ ﷲ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ ﻛ�ﺎﻥ ﻣﻭﺟ�ﻭﺩﺍ ﻗﺑ�ﻝ ﺍﻟﺧﻠ�ﻕ ﺃﺟﻣﻌ�ﻳﻥ، ﻟ�ﺫﺍ ﻻ ﻳﻣﻛ�ﻥ ﺇﺿ�ﺎﻓﺔ ﺃﻭ‬before creation, and thus nothing can be added, subtracted or .‫ﻁﺭﺡ ﺃﻭ ﺗﻐﻳﻳﺭ ﺃﻱ ﺷﺊ ﻓﻳﻪ‬altered. In essence, the Quran existed and was complete beforethe creation of Prophet Muhammad (ρ), so it could not possibly ‫ﻭﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﺳﺎﺱ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻭﺟ�ﺩ ﻭﻛﻣ�ﻝ ﻗﺑ�ﻝ ﺃﻥ ﻳُﺧﻠ�ﻕ ﺍﻟﻧﺑ�ﻰ ﻣﺣﻣ�ﺩ، ﻟ�ﺫﺍ ﻟ�ﻡ‬contain any of the Prophet’s own words or advice. An inclusion ‫ﻳﻛ��ﻥ ﻫﻧ��ﺎﻙ ﺃﻱ ﺍﺣﺗﻣ��ﺎﻝ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺣﺗ��ﻭﻯ ﻋﻠ��ﻰ ﺃﻯ ﻛﻠﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﻟﻠﻧﺑ �ﻰ ﻭﻻ ﻋﻠ��ﻰ ﺃﻯ‬of such information would clearly contradict the purpose for ‫ﻧﺻﺎﺋﺢ ﻭﺗﻭﺻﻳﺎﺕ ﻣﻧ�ﻪ، ﻭﺗﺿ�ﻣﻳﻥ ﻣﺛ�ﻝ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ�ﺎﺕ ﺳ�ﻳﻛﻭﻥ ﻣﻧﺎﻗﺿ�ﺎ‬which the Quran exists, compromise its authority and render it ‫ﺑﺷﻛﻝ ﻭﺍﺿﺢ ﻟﻠﻐﺭﺽ ﺍﻟﺫﻱ ﻭﺟ�ﺩ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻣ�ﻥ ﺃﺟﻠ�ﻪ، ﻭﻳﺟﻌﻠ�ﻪ ﻳﺳ�ﺎﻭﻡ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ‬inauthentic as a divine revelation. .‫ﺻﻼﺣﻳﺗﻪ ﻭﻣﺻﺩﺍﻗﻳﺗﻪ ﻭﻳﺟﻌﻠﻪ ﻏﻳﺭ ﻣﻭﺛﻭﻕ ﺑﻪ ﻛﻭﺣﻰ ﺍﻟﻬﻰ‬Consequently, there was no “home remedies” in the Quranwhich one could claim to be outdated; nor does it contain any ‫ﻭﺑﻧﺎء ﻋﻠﻰ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻓﻼ ﻧﺟﺩ ﻭﺻﻔﺎﺕ ﻋﻼﺟﻳﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻧﻭﻉ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ‬man’s view about what is beneficial to health, what food is best to ‫ﻳﻣﻛﻥ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺗﻘﺎﺩﻡ ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺯﻣﻥ، ﻭﻻ ﻳﺣﺗﻭﻱ ﺃﻯ ﺭﺃﻯ ﻷﻯ ﺷﺧﺹ ﺣﻭﻝ ﻣﺎ ﻫﻭ‬eat, or what will cure this or that disease. In fact, the Quran only ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻔﻳﺩ ﻟﻠﺻﺣﺔ، ﻭﻻ ﺃﻯ ﻁﻌﺎﻡ ﻫﻭ ﺍﻟﻣﻔﺿﻝ ﻟﻸﻛﻝ، ﻭﻻ ﻋﻥ ﺃﻯ ﺷﺊ ﺑﺄﻧﻪ‬mentions one item dealing with medical treatment, and it is notin dispute by anyone. It states that in honey there is healing. ‫ﻫﻭ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﺝ ﻟﻬﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﺭﺽ ﺃﻭ ﺫﺍﻙ. ﻭﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﺔ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺫﻛﺭ ﺷﻳﺋﺎ ﻭﺍﺣﺩﺍ‬And certainly, I do not think that there is anyone who will argue ‫ﻓﻘﻁ - ﻻ ﻳﺳﺗﻁﻳﻊ ﺃﺣﺩ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻌﺎﺭﺿﻪ - ﺣﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﺝ ﺍﻟﻁﺑﻰ؛ ﻓﻘﺩ ﺻﺭﺡ‬with that! ‫ﺃﻥ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﺷﻔﺎء ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻌﺳﻝ، ﻭﻻ ﺃﻋﺗﻘﺩ ﺃﻥ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﻣﻥ ﻳﺳﺗﻁﻳﻊ ﺍﻟﺟﺩﺍﻝ ﺣﻭﻝ‬ .‫ﻫﺫﺍ‬5 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  6. 6. Prophet Muhammad and the Quran ‫ﺍﻟﻧﺑﻰ ﻣﺣﻣﺩ ﻭﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻛﺭﻳﻡ‬If one assumes that the Quran is the product of a man’s mind, ‫ﻭﻟ��ﻭ ﺍﻓﺗ��ﺭﺽ ﺃﺣ��ﺩﻫﻡ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ﻧﺗ��ﺎﺝ ﻋﻘ��ﻝ ﺷ��ﺧﺹ ﻟﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺗﻭﻗ��ﻊ ﺃﻥ‬then one would expect it to reflect some of what was going on inthe mind of the man who “composed” it. In fact, certain ‫ﻳﻌﻛﺱ ﺷﻳﺋﺎ ﻣﻣﺎ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻳﺟ�ﻭﻝ ﻓ�ﻲ ﻓﻛ�ﺭ ﻭﻋﻘ�ﻝ ﺫﻟ�ﻙ ﺍﻟﺷ�ﺧﺹ. ﻭﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ�ﺔ‬encyclopedias and various books claim that the Quran was the ‫ﻓﺈﻥ ﺩﻭﺍﺋ�ﺭ ﻣﻌﺭﻓ�ﺔ ﻣﻌﻳﻧ�ﺔ ﻭﻛﺗ�ﺏ ﻋﺩﻳ�ﺩﺓ ﺫﻛ�ﺭﺕ ﺑ�ﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻧﺗ�ﺎﺝ ﺍﻷﻭﻫ�ﺎﻡ‬product of hallucinations that Muhammad underwent. If these ‫ﺍﻟﺗﻰ ﻛﺎﻧﺕ ﺗﻧﺗﺎﺏ ﻣﺣﻣﺩﺍ، ﻭﻟﻭ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺻﺣﻳﺣﺎ؛ ﺃﻯ ﻟﻭ ﻛ�ﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻧﺗ�ﺎﺝ‬claims are true - if it indeed originated from some psychological ‫ﻣﺷﺎﻛﻝ ﻭﺃﻣﺭﺍﺽ ﻧﻔﺳﻳﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻋﻘﻝ ﻣﺣﻣﺩ ﻟﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﺿ�ﺭﻭﺭﻯ ﻅﻬ�ﻭﺭ ﺃﺩﻟ�ﺔ‬problems in Muhammad’s mind - then evidence of this would beapparent in the Quran. Is there such evidence? In order to ‫ﻫﺫﺍ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ، ﻓﻬﻝ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﺩﻟﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻣﺅﺷﺭﺍﺕ؟ ﻟﻛﻰ ﻧﻘﺭﺭ ﻭﺟﻭﺩ‬determine whether or not there is, one must first identify what ‫ﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﺩﻟ��ﺔ ﺃﻭ ﻋ��ﺩﻡ ﻭﺟﻭﺩﻫ��ﺎ ﻳﺟ��ﺏ ﻋﻠﻳﻧ��ﺎ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﺑﺩﺍﻳ��ﺔ ﺗﻌﻳ��ﻳﻥ ﺍﻷﺷ��ﻳﺎء ﺍﻟﺗ�ﻰ‬things would have been going on in his mind at that time and ‫ﻛﺎﻧ���ﺕ ﺗﻣ���ﺭ ﻓ���ﻰ ﺫﻫﻧ���ﻪ ﻓ���ﻲ ﺫﻟ���ﻙ ﺍﻟﻭﻗ���ﺕ ﺛ���ﻡ ﻧﺑﺣ���ﺙ ﻋ���ﻥ ﻫ���ﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﻓﻛ���ﺎﺭ‬then search for these thoughts and reflections in the Quran. .‫ﻭﺍﻧﻌﻛﺎﺳﺎﺗﻬﺎ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ‬It is common knowledge that Muhammad (ρ) had a verydifficult life. All of his daughters died before him except one, and ‫ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠ��ﻭﻡ ﻟﻠﺟﻣﻳ��ﻊ ﺃﻥ ﺣﻳ��ﺎﺓ ﻣﺣﻣ��ﺩ ﻛﺎﻧ��ﺕ ﻣﻣﻠ��ﻭءﺓ ﺑﺎﻟﻣﺷ��ﺎﻕ، ﻓﻘ��ﺩ ﺗ��ﻭﻓﻰ‬he had a wife of several years who was very dear and important ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺩﻳﺩ ﻣﻥ ﺃﻭﻻﺩﻩ ﺃﻣﺎﻡ ﻋﻳﻧﻳﻪ، ﻭﻛﺎﻧ�ﺕ ﻟﺩﻳ�ﻪ ﺯﻭﺟ�ﺔ ﺣﺑﻳﺑ�ﺔ ﻭﻣﻬﻣ�ﺔ ﺑﺎﻟﻧﺳ�ﺑﺔ‬to him, who not only proceeded him in death but died at a very ‫ﺇﻟﻳ��ﻪ ﻗﺿ��ﻰ ﻣﻌﻬ��ﺎ ﺳ��ﻧﻭﺍﺕ ﻁ��ﻭﺍﻝ ﻭﺗﻭﻓﻳ��ﺕ ﻗﺑﻠ��ﻪ ﻓ��ﻲ ﻟﺣﻅ��ﺎﺕ ﺣﺭﺟ��ﺔ ﻣ��ﻥ‬critical period of his life. As a matter of fact, she must have been ‫ﺣﻳﺎﺗﻪ، ﻭﻻ ﺑﺩ ﺃﻧﻬﺎ ﻛﺎﻧﺕ ﺍﻣﺭﺃﺓ ﻣﺗﻣﻳﺯﺓ ﺟﺩﺍ، ﻷﻧﻪ ﻋﻧ�ﺩﻣﺎ ﺟ�ﺎءﻩ ﺍﻟ�ﻭﺣﻰ ﻓ�ﻰ‬quite a woman because when the first revelation came to him, heran home to her, afraid. Certainly, even today one would have a .‫ﺍﻟﻣﺭﺓ ﺍﻷﻭﻟﻰ ﺃﺳﺭﻉ ﺧﺎﺋﻔﺎ ﺇﻟﻳﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺑﻳﺕ‬hard time trying to find an Arab who would tell you, “I was so ‫ﻭﻻ ﺷﻙ ﺃﻧﻪ ﻳﺻﻌﺏ ﺟﺩﺍ ﺣﺗﻰ ﻓﻰ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﻳ�ﺎﻡ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻌﺛ�ﺭ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﻋﺭﺑ�ﻰ ﻳﻘ�ﻭﻝ‬afraid that I ran home to my wife.” They just aren’t that way. YetMuhammad (ρ) felt comfortable enough with his wife to be able ،(‫ﻟﻙ : )ﻟﻘﺩ ﻛﻧﺕ ﺧﺎﺋﻔﺎ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺩﺭﺟ�ﺔ ﺃﻧﻧ�ﻰ ﺃﺳ�ﺭﻋﺕ ﺇﻟ�ﻰ ﺯﻭﺟﺗ�ﻰ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﺑﻳ�ﺕ‬to do that. That’s how influential and strong woman she was. ‫ﺇﻧﻬﻡ ﻻ ﻳﺗﺻﺭﻓﻭﻥ ﻫﻛﺫﺍ ﺃﺑﺩﺍ ﻣﻣﺎ ﻳﺩﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺩﻯ ﻗﻭﺗﻬ�ﺎ ﻭﺗﺄﺛﻳﺭﻫ�ﺎ، ﻭﻣ�ﻊ ﺃﻥ‬Although these examples are only a few of the subjects that ‫ﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﻣﺛﻠ��ﺔ ﻫ��ﻲ ﻣﻭﺍﺿ��ﻳﻊ ﻗﻠﻳﻠ��ﺔ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺍﺿ��ﻳﻊ ﺍﻟﺗ �ﻰ ﻛﺎﻧ��ﺕ ﺗﺷ��ﻐﻝ ﺑ��ﺎﻝ‬would have been on Muhammad’s mind, they are sufficient in ‫ﻣﺣﻣﺩ؛ ﺇﻻ ﺃﻧﻬﺎ ﻛﺎﻓﻳﺔ ﻣﻥ ﻧﺎﺣﻳﺔ ﻭﺯﻧﻬﺎ ﻭﺗﺄﺛﻳﺭﻫ�ﺎ ﻟﻛ�ﻰ ﺗﺑ�ﺭﻫﻥ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﻭﺟﻬ�ﺔ‬intensity to prove my point. .‫ﻧﻅﺭﻯ‬The Quran does not mention any of these things - not the deathof his children, not the death of his beloved companion and wife, ‫ﺇﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻻ ﻳﺫﻛﺭ ﺃﻯ ﺷﺊ ﻣﻥ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﺷﻳﺎء، ﻻ ﻣﻭﺕ ﺃﻭﻻﺩﻩ، ﻭﻻ ﻣﻭﺕ‬not his fear of the initial revelations, which he so beautifully ‫ﺭﻓﻳﻘﺗﻪ ﻭﺯﻭﺟﺗﻪ ﺍﻟﺣﺑﻳﺑﺔ، ﻭﻻ ﺧﻭﻓﻪ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻭﺣﻰ ﺍﻷﻭﻝ، ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺧﻭﻑ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ‬6 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  7. 7. shared with his wife - nothing; yet these topics must have hurt ‫ﺗﻘﺎﺳﻣﻪ ﺑﺷﻛﻝ ﺟﻣﻳﻝ ﻣﻊ ﺯﻭﺟﺗﻪ، ﻻ ﺷﺊ ﻣﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻣﻁﻠﻘﺎ، ﻭﻻ ﺷﻙ ﺃﻥ ﻫﺫﻩ‬him, bothered him, and caused him pain and grief during ‫ﺍﻷﻣﻭﺭ ﺁﺫﺗﻪ ﻭﺿﺎﻳﻘﺗﻪ ﻭﺳﺑﺑﺕ ﻟﻪ ﺁﻻﻣﺎ ﻭﺣﺯﻧﺎ ﻭﺳﺑﺑﺕ ﻟﺩﻳﻪ ﺍﻧﻌﻛﺎﺳﺎﺕ‬periods of his life. Indeed, if the Quran was a product of hispsychological reflections, then these subjects, as well as others, ‫ﻧﻔﺳﻳﺔ، ﻓﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻧﺗﻅﺭ ﻅﻬﻭﺭ ﺍﻧﻌﻛﺎﺳﺎﺕ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺍﺿﻳﻊ ﻭﻏﻳﺭﻫﺎ‬would be prevalent or at least mentioned throughout. .‫ﻭﺳﻳﺎﺩﺗﻬﺎ ﺃﻭ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻷﻗﻝ ﻭﺟﻭﺩ ﺑﻌﺿﻬﺎ ﻭﻅﻬﻭﺭﻫﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ‬ Scientific Approach to the Quran ‫ﺍﻹﺷﺎﺭﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣﻳﺔ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻛﺭﻳﻡ‬A truly scientific approach to the Quran is possible because the ‫ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻣﻛﻥ ﺍﻻﻗﺗﺭﺍﺏ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻭﺗﻧﺎﻭﻟﻪ ﺑﻁﺭﻳﻘﺔ ﻋﻠﻣﻳﺔ، ﻷﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻳﻘ�ﺩﻡ‬Quran offers something that is not offered by other religiousscriptures, in particular, and other religions, in general. It is what ‫ﺷﻳﺋﺎ ﻟﻡ ﺗﻘﺩﻣﻪ ﺍﻟﻛﺗﺏ ﺍﻟﺩﻳﻧﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻣﻘﺩﺳﺔ ﺧﺎﺻﺔ ﻭﺍﻷﺩﻳﺎﻥ ﺍﻷﺧﺭﻯ ﻋﺎﻣﺔ ﻭﻫ�ﺫﺍ‬scientists demand. Today there are many people who have ideas ‫ﺍﻟﺷﺊ ﻫﻭ ﻣﺎ ﻳﻁﻠﺑﻪ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣ�ﺎء. ﻳﻭﺟ�ﺩ ﺣﺎﻟﻳ�ﺎ ﺍﻟﻌﺩﻳ�ﺩ ﻣ�ﻥ ﺍﻟﻧ�ﺎﺱ ﺍﻟ�ﺫﻳﻥ ﻳﻣﻠﻛ�ﻭﻥ‬and theories about how the universe works. These people are all ‫ﺃﻓﻛﺎﺭﺍ ﻭﻧﻅﺭﻳﺎﺕ ﺣﻭﻝ ﻛﻳﻔﻳﺔ ﻋﻣﻝ ﺍﻟﻛﻭﻥ، ﻭﻫ�ﺅﻻء ﺍﻟﻧ�ﺎﺱ ﻣﻭﺟ�ﻭﺩﻭﻥ ﻓ�ﻰ‬over the place, but the scientific community does not even bother ‫ﻛﻝ ﻣﻛ�ﺎﻥ، ﻭﻟﻛ�ﻥ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣ�ﺎء ﻻ ﻳﻛﻠﻔ�ﻭﻥ ﺃﻧﻔﺳ�ﻬﻡ ﺍﻻﺳ�ﺗﻣﺎﻉ ﺇﻟ�ﻳﻬﻡ، ﻭﻫ�ﺫﺍ ﻳﻌ�ﻭﺩ‬to listen to them. ‫ﺇﻟ��ﻰ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻭﺳ��ﻁ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣ��ﻲ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﻥ ﺍﻷﺧﻳ��ﺭ ﻭﺿ��ﻊ ﻣﻌﻳ��ﺎﺭﺍ ﻟﻠﺗﺟﺭﺑ��ﺔ ﻭﻟﻔ�ﺭﺯ‬This is because within the last century the scientific communityhas demanded a test of falsification. They say, “If you have ‫ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﻰ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺯﻳ�ﻑ؛ ﻓﻬ�ﻡ ﻳﻘﻭﻟ�ﻭﻥ: )ﺇﻥ ﻛﺎﻧ�ﺕ ﻟ�ﺩﻳﻙ ﻧﻅﺭﻳ�ﺔ ﻓ�ﻼ ﺗﺯﻋﺟﻧ�ﺎ‬theory, do not bother us with it unless you bring with that theory ‫ﺑﻬﺎ ﺇﻻ ﺇﺫﺍ ﺍﺳﺗﻁﻌﺕ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺟﻠﺏ ﻟﻧ�ﺎ ﻣ�ﻊ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻧﻅﺭﻳ�ﺔ ﻁﺭﻳﻘ�ﺔ ﻟﻠﺑﺭﻫﻧ�ﺔ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ‬a way for us to prove whether you are wrong or not.” .(‫ﺻﻭﺍﺑﻙ ﺃﻭ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺧﻁﺋﻙ‬Such a test was exactly why the scientific community listened to ‫ﺑﺳ���ﺑﺏ ﻫ���ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻳ���ﺎﺭ ﻭﻁﺭﻳﻘ���ﺔ ﺍﻻﺧﺗﺑ���ﺎﺭ ﺍﺳ���ﺗﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﻭﺳ���ﻁ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣ���ﻲ ﺇﻟ���ﻰ‬Einstein towards the beginning of the century. He came with anew theory and said, “I believe the universe works like this; and ‫"ﺃﻳﻧﺷﺗﺎﻳﻥ" ﻓﻲ ﺑﺩﺍﻳﺔ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﻥ ﺣﻳﺙ ﺟﺎء ﺑﻧﻅﺭﻳﺔ ﺟﺩﻳﺩﺓ ﻭﻗﺎﻝ: )ﺃﻧﺎ ﺃﻋﺗﻘﺩ‬here are three ways to prove whether I am wrong!” So the ‫ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻛﻭﻥ ﻳﻌﻣﻝ ﻫﻛﺫﺍ؛ ﻭﺗﻠﻙ ﺛﻼﺙ ﻁ�ﺭﻕ ﻻﺧﺗﺑ�ﺎﺭ ﻣ�ﺎ ﺇﻥ ﻛﻧ�ﺕ ﻣﺻ�ﻳﺑﺎ ﺃﻡ‬scientific community subjected his theory to the tests, and within ‫ﻻ(، ﻟ��ﺫﺍ ﺃﺧﺿ��ﻊ ﺍﻟﻭﺳ��ﻁ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣ�ﻰ ﻧﻅﺭﻳﺗ��ﻪ ﻟﻼﺧﺗﺑ��ﺎﺭﺍﺕ. ﻭﻓ�ﻰ ﺳ��ﺕ ﺳ��ﻧﻭﺍﺕ‬six years it passed all three. Of course, this does not prove that he ‫ﺍﺟﺗ��ﺎﺯﺕ ﺍﻟﻧﻅﺭﻳ��ﺔ ﺟﻣﻳ��ﻊ ﺍﻻﺧﺗﺑ��ﺎﺭﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺛﻼﺛ��ﺔ، ﻭﻻ ﻳﺑ��ﺭﻫﻥ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺃﻧ��ﻪ ﻛ��ﺎﻥ‬was great, but it proves that he deserved to be listened to becausehe said, “This is my idea; and if you want to try to prove me :‫ﻋﻅﻳﻣﺎ؛ ﺑﻝ ﻳﺑ�ﺭﻫﻥ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﺃﻧ�ﻪ ﻛ�ﺎﻥ ﻳﺳ�ﺗﺣﻕ ﺍﻻﺳ�ﺗﻣﺎﻉ ﺇﻟﻳ�ﻪ، ﻷﻧ�ﻪ ﻗ�ﺎﻝ ﻟﻬ�ﻡ‬wrong, do this or try that.” .(‫)ﻫﺫﻩ ﻓﻛﺭﺗﻰ ﻭﻧﻅﺭﻳﺗﻰ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺣﺎﻭﻟﺗﻡ ﺇﺛﺑﺎﺕ ﺧﻁﺋﻬﺎ ﻓﺟﺭﺑﻭﺍ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺃﻭ ﺫﺍﻙ‬This is exactly what the Quran has - falsification tests. Some are ‫ﻭﻫﺫﺍ ﺑﺎﻟﺿﺑﻁ ﻣ�ﺎ ﻳﻣﻠﻛ�ﻪ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ؛ ﻣﻌﻳ�ﺎﺭ ﺍﻟﻛ�ﺫﺏ، ﺑﻌﺿ�ﻪ ﻗ�ﺩﻳﻡ )ﻭﻗ�ﺩ ﺍﺛﺑ�ﺕ‬old (in that they have already been proven true), and some still ‫ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺳﺎﺑﻕ ﺻﺣﺗﻪ( ﻭ ﺑﻌﺿ�ﻪ ﻻ ﻳ�ﺯﺍﻝ ﻣﻭﺟ�ﻭﺩﺍ ﺣﺎﻟﻳ�ﺎ، ﺇﻧ�ﻪ ﻳﺻ�ﺭﺡ ﺑﺷ�ﻛﻝ‬7 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  8. 8. exist today. Basically it states, “If this book is not what it claims to ‫ﺃﺳﺎﺳﻰ: )ﺇﺫﺍ ﻟﻡ ﻳﻛﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻣ�ﺎ ﻳﺻ�ﺭﺡ ﺑ�ﻪ ﺍﺫﻥ ﻋﻠ�ﻳﻛﻡ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻔﻌﻠ�ﻭﺍ‬be, then all you have to do is this or this or this to prove that it is ‫ﻛﺫﺍ ﺃﻭ ﻛﺫﺍ ﻟﺗﺑﺭﻫﻧﻭﺍ ﺃﻧﻪ ﺯﺍﺋﻑ(، ﻭﻁﺑﻌﺎ ﻟﻡ ﻳﺳﺗﻁﻊ ﺃﺣﺩ ﻁﻭﺍﻝ 0041 ﺳ�ﻧﺔ‬false.” Of course, in 1400 years no one has been able to do “Thisor this or this,” and thus it is still considered true and authentic. ‫ﺃﻥ ﻳﻔﻌ��ﻝ )ﻛ��ﺫﺍ ﺃﻭ ﻛ��ﺫﺍ ﺃﻭ ﻛ��ﺫﺍ( ﻟ��ﺫﺍ ﻓ��ﻼ ﻳ��ﺯﺍﻝ ﻳﻌﺗﺑ��ﺭ ﻣﻭﺛﻭﻗ��ﺎ ﺑ��ﻪ ﻭﺃﺻ��ﻳﻼ‬ .‫ﻭﺻﺎﺩﻗﺎ‬ Falsification Test ‫ﺇﺧﺗﺑﺎﺭ ﺍﻟﺗﺯﻳﻳﻑ‬I suggest to you that the next time you get into dispute with ‫ﺃﻧﺎ ﺃﻗﺗﺭﺡ ﻋﻠﻳﻙ ﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﺗﺩﺧﻝ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻣﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺩﻣﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻧﻘﺎﺵ ﻣ�ﻊ ﺃﺣ�ﺩﻫﻡ ﺣ�ﻭﻝ‬someone about Islam and he claims that he has the truth and ‫ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ ﻭﺫﻛﺭ ﻟﻙ ﺃﻧﻪ ﻳﻣﻠﻙ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﺔ ﻭﺃﻧﻙ ﻓﻰ ﻅﻼﻡ؛ ﺃﻗﺗ�ﺭﺡ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻧﺑ�ﺫ ﺟﻣﻳ�ﻊ‬that you are in darkness, you leave all other arguments at first ‫ﺍﻟﺑﺭﺍﻫﻳﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﺣﺟﺞ ﺍﻷﺧﺭﻯ ﻭﺗﻘﺩﻡ ﺍﻻﻗﺗﺭﺍﺡ ﺍﻵﺗ�ﻲ: ﺍﺳ�ﺄﻟﻪ: "ﻫ�ﻝ ﻳﻭﺟ�ﺩ ﻓ�ﻰ‬and make this suggestion. Ask him, “Is there any falsification testin your religion? Is there anything in your religion that would ‫ﻋﻘﻳ�ﺩﺗﻙ ﺃﻯ ﻣﻌﻳ�ﺎﺭ ﺃﻭ ﺍﺧﺗﺑ�ﺎﺭ ﻟﻣﻌﺭﻓ�ﺔ ﻣ�ﺩﻯ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﺣﺔ ﻓﻳﻬ�ﺎ؟ ﻫ�ﻝ ﻫﻧ�ﺎﻙ ﻓ�ﻰ‬prove you are wrong if I could prove to you that it exists - ‫ﻋﻘﻳﺩﺗﻙ ﻣﺎ ﻳﺛﺑﺕ ﺧﻁﺄﻫﺎ ﻟﻭ ﻗﻣﺕ ﺑﺈﺛﺑﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺷﺊ ﺍﻟﻔﻼﻧﻲ؟ ﻫﻝ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﺃﻯ ﺷ�ﺊ‬anything?” Well, I can promise right now that people will not ‫ﻣ��ﻥ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ؟ "ﺣﺳ��ﻥ؛ ﺇﻧﻧ��ﻲ ﺃﺳ��ﺗﻁﻳﻊ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻵﻥ ﺃﻥ ﺃﺅﻛ��ﺩ ﻟ��ﻙ ﺑ��ﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻧ��ﺎﺱ ﻻ‬have anything - no test, no proof, nothing! This is because they ‫ﻳﻣﻠﻛﻭﻥ ﺃﻱ ﺷ�ﺊ ﻣ�ﻥ ﻫ�ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻘﺑﻳ�ﻝ، ﻻ ﻳﻣﻠﻛ�ﻭﻥ ﺃﻯ ﺷ�ﺊ، ﻻ ﻳﻣﻠﻛ�ﻭﻥ ﻣﻌﻳ�ﺎﺭﺍ‬do not carry around the idea that they should not only present ‫ﻭﻻ ﺑﺭﻫﺎﻧﺎ، ﻻ ﺷﺊ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻹﻁﻼﻕ، ﺫﻟﻙ ﻷﻧﻬﻡ ﻻ ﻳﺣﻣﻠ�ﻭﻥ ﻓﻛ�ﺭﺓ ﺃﻥ ﻋﻠ�ﻳﻬﻡ‬what they believe but should also offer others a chance to provethey’re wrong. However, Islam does that. ‫ﺃﻻ ﻳﻘﺗﺻﺭﻭﺍ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺗﻘﺩﻳﻡ ﻣﺎ ﻳﻌﺗﻘﺩﻭﻧﻪ ﺑﻝ ﻋﻠ�ﻳﻬﻡ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻘ�ﺩﻣﻭﺍ ﺃﻳﺿ�ﺎ ﻟﻶﺧ�ﺭﻳﻥ‬A perfect example of how Islam provides man with a chance to .‫ﻓﺭﺻﺔ ﻹﺛﺑﺎﺕ ﺃﻧﻬﻡ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺧﻁﺄ‬verify it authenticity and “prove it wrong” occurs in the 4th ‫ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻯ ﺣﺎﻝ ﻓﺎﻹﺳﻼﻡ ﻳﻔﻌﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ، ﻭﺃﻓﺿﻝ ﻣﺛ�ﺎﻝ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﻛﻳﻔﻳ�ﺔ ﻗﻳ�ﺎﻡ ﺍﻹﺳ�ﻼﻡ‬chapter. And quiet honestly, I was very surprised when I firstdiscovered this challenge. It states (Surah An-Nisa, 4:82): ‫ﺑﺈﻋﻁﺎء ﺍﻹﻧﺳﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻔﺭﺻﺔ ﻟﻛﻲ ﻳﺗﺣﻘﻕ ﻣﻥ ﻣﺻﺩﺍﻗﻳﺗﻪ ﺃﻧﻪ ﻳﻘﻭﻝ ﻟﻪ : " ﺗﻌ�ﺎﻝ‬ ‫ﻭﺑ���ﺭﻫﻥ ﻋﻠ���ﻰ ﺧﻁﺋ���ﻰ! "ﻭﺫﻟ���ﻙ ﻓ���ﻲ ﺍﻟﺳ���ﻭﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺭﺍﺑﻌ���ﺔ. ﻭﺃﻗ���ﻭﻝ ﻟﻛ���ﻡ ﺑﻛ���ﻝ‬ “Do they not consider the Quran? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found therein ‫ﺻﺭﺍﺣﺔ ﺑﺄﻧﻧﻲ ﺩﻫﺷﺕ ﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﺍﻛﺗﺷﻔﺕ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻣ�ﺭﺓ ﺍﻷﻭﻟ�ﻰ ﻫ�ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺗﺣ�ﺩﻯ ﻓﻬ�ﻭ‬ much discrepancy.” ‫ﻳﻘ��ﻭﻝ: )ﺃﻓ��ﻼ ﻳﺗ��ﺩﺑﺭﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ﻭﻟ��ﻭ ﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻋﻧ��ﺩ ﻏﻳ��ﺭ ﷲ ﻟﻭﺟ��ﺩﻭﺍ ﻓﻳ��ﻪ‬This is a clear challenge to the non-Muslim. .82/4 ‫ﺍﺧﺗﻼﻓﺎ ﻛﺛﻳﺭﺍ( ﺍﻟﻧﺳﺎء‬Basically, it invites him to find a mistake. As a matter of fact, the ‫ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺗﺣ��ﺩ ﻭﺍﺿ��ﺢ ﻭﺻ��ﺭﻳﺢ ﻟﻐﻳ��ﺭ ﺍﻟﻣﺳ��ﻠﻣﻳﻥ؛ ﻓﻬ��ﻭ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻷﺳ��ﺎﺱ ﻳ��ﺩﻋﻭﻫﻡ‬seriousness and difficulty of the challenge aside, the actual ‫ﻟﻳﺟﺩﻭﺍ ﻓﻳﻪ ﺃﻱ ﺧﻁ�ﺄ، ﻭﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ�ﺔ ﻓﺈﻧﻧ�ﺎ ﺇﻥ ﻭﺿ�ﻌﻧﺎ ﺟﺩﻳ�ﺔ ﻭﺻ�ﻌﻭﺑﺔ ﻫ�ﺫﺍ‬8 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  9. 9. presentation of such a challenge in the first place is not even in ‫ﺍﻟﺗﺣ��ﺩﻯ ﺟﺎﻧﺑ��ﺎ؛ ﻓ��ﺈﻥ ﻣﺛ��ﻝ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺗﻘ��ﺩﻳﻡ ﺍﻟﻔﻌﻠ�ﻰ ﻟﻬ��ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺗﺣ��ﺩﻯ ﻟ��ﻳﺱ ﺃﻭﻻ ﻣ��ﻥ‬human nature and is inconsistent with man’s personality. ‫ﺍﻟﻁﺑﻳﻌﺔ ﺍﻟﺑﺷ�ﺭﻳﺔ، ﻭﻳﺗﻧ�ﺎﻗﺽ ﻣ�ﻊ ﺷﺧﺻ�ﻳﺔ ﺍﻹﻧﺳ�ﺎﻥ؛ ﻓ�ﻼ ﻳﻭﺟ�ﺩ ﻫﻧ�ﺎﻙ ﻣ�ﻥ‬One doesn’t take an exam in school and after finishing the exam, ‫ﻳﻘﻭﻡ ﺑﻌﺩ ﺍﻧﺗﻬ�ﺎء ﺍﻻﻣﺗﺣ�ﺎﻥ ﺑﻛﺗﺎﺑ�ﺔ ﻣﻼﺣﻅ�ﺔ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺁﺧ�ﺭ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﻔﺣﺔ ﻳﻘ�ﻭﻝ ﻓﻳﻬ�ﺎ‬write a note to the instructor at the end saying, “This exam is ‫ﻟﻣﺭﺍﻗﺏ ﺍﻻﻣﺗﺣﺎﻥ: )ﺍﻷﺟﻭﺑﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻻﻣﺗﺣ�ﺎﻥ ﻛﺎﻣﻠ�ﺔ ﻭﺩﻭﻥ ﺃﻯ ﺧﻁ�ﺄ، ﺇﺫﺍ‬perfect. There are no mistakes in it. Find one if you can!” One justdoesn’t do that. The teacher would not sleep until he found a ‫ﺍﺳﺗﻁﻌﺕ ﻓﺟﺩ ﺃﻯ ﺧﻁﺄ ﻓﻳﻬﺎ!( ﻻ ﻳﻘﻭﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻷﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺩﺭﺱ ﻻ ﻳﻧﺎﻡ ﺗﻠﻙ ﺍﻟﻠﻳﻠ�ﺔ‬mistake! And yet this is the way the Quran approaches people. ‫ﻭﻻ ﻳﻐﻣﺽ ﻟﻪ ﺟﻔﻥ ﺣﺗﻰ ﻳﺟﺩ ﺧﻁﺄ ﻓﻳﻬﺎ، ﻭﻣﻊ ﺫﻟﻙ ﻓﻬﺫﺍ ﻫﻭ ﺍﻟﻁﺭﻳﻕ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ‬ .‫ﺳﻠﻛﻪ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻟﻠﻭﺻﻭﻝ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﻧﺎﺱ‬ Ask Those Who Have Knowledge ‫ﺃﺳﺄﻟﻭﺍ ﺃﻫﻝ ﺍﻟﺫﻛﺭ‬Another interesting attitude that exists in the Quran repeatedly ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺷﺊ ﺍﻟﻣﺛﻳﺭ ﺍﻵﺧﺭ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺟﻭﺩ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻫ�ﻭ ﺗﻌﺎﻣﻠ�ﻪ ﻣ�ﻊ ﻗﺭﺍﺋ�ﻪ ﻭﺍﻟﻧﺻ�ﺢ‬deals with its advice to the reader. The Quran informs the reader ‫ﺍﻟﺫﻯ ﻳﻛﺭﺭﻩ ﻟﻬﻡ؛ ﻓﺎﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻳﺧﺑﺭ ﻗﺭﺍءﻩ ﺑﺣﻘﺎﺋﻕ ﻣﺧﺗﻠﻔﺔ ﺛﻡ ﻳﻌﻁ�ﻰ ﺍﻟﻧﺻ�ﻳﺣﺔ‬about different facts and then gives the advice: “If you want to ‫ﺍﻵﺗﻳﺔ ﻟﻬﻡ: )ﺇﻥ ﻛﻧﺗﻡ ﺗﺭﻳ�ﺩﻭﻥ ﻣﻌﺭﻓ�ﺔ ﺍﻟﻣﺯﻳ�ﺩ ﻣ�ﻥ ﻫ�ﺫﺍ ﺃﻭ ﺫﺍﻙ، ﺃﻭ ﺇﻥ ﻛﻧ�ﺗﻡ‬know more about this or that, or if you doubt what is said, thenyou should ask those who have knowledge.” This too is a .(‫ﻓﻲ ﺷﻙ ﻣﻣﺎ ﻭﺭﺩ ﻫﻧﺎ ﻓﺎﺳﺄﻟﻭﺍ ﺃﻫﻝ ﺍﻟﺫﻛﺭ ﺃﻯ ﺃﻫﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻡ‬surprising attitude. It is not usual to have a book that comes from ‫ﻭﻫﺫﺍ ﺃﻳﺿﺎ ﻭﺿﻊ ﻏﺭﻳ�ﺏ ﻭﻏﻳ�ﺭ ﻣ�ﺄﻟﻭﻑ؛ ﻓﻠ�ﻳﺱ ﻣ�ﻥ ﺍﻟﻣ�ﺄﻟﻭﻑ ﻓ�ﻲ ﻛﺗ�ﺎﺏ‬someone without training in geography, botany, biology, etc., ‫ﺟﺎء ﻣﻥ ﻗﺑﻝ ﺷﺧﺹ ﻟ�ﻡ ﻳﺧ�ﺗﺹ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﺟﻐﺭﺍﻓﻳ�ﺎ ﺃﻭ ﻓ�ﻲ ﻋﻠ�ﻡ ﺍﻟﻧﺑ�ﺎﺕ ﺃﻭ ﻓ�ﻰ‬who discusses these subjects and then advises the reader to askmen of knowledge if he doubts anything. ‫ﻋﻠﻡ ﺍﻷﺣﻳﺎء...ﺍﻟ�ﺦ، ﻳﻧ�ﺎﻗﺵ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺍﺿ�ﻳﻊ ﺛ�ﻡ ﻳﻧﺻ�ﺢ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺎﺭﺉ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺭﺍﺟ�ﻊ‬Yet in every age there have been Muslims who have followed the .‫ﺃﻫﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻡ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺍﺿﻳﻊ ﺇﻥ ﺭﺍﻭﺩﺗﻪ ﺍﻟﺷﻛﻭﻙ ﺣﻭﻝ ﺻﺣﺔ ﻣﺎ ﺟﺎء ﻓﻳﻪ‬advice of the Quran and made surprising discoveries. If one ‫ﻭﻣﻊ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻓﻘﺩ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﺍﻟﻌﺩﻳﺩ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻣﻳﻥ ﻓﻲ ﻛﻝ ﻋﻬﺩ ﻣﻣﻥ ﺍﺗﺑﻌﻭﺍ‬looks to the works of Muslim scientists of many centuries ago, ‫ﻧﺻﻳﺣﺔ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻭﻧﺟﺣﻭﺍ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻭﺻﻭﻝ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻛﺗﺷﺎﻓﺎﺕ ﻣﺩﻫﺷﺔ. ﻭﻟﻭ ﻧﻅﺭ‬one will find them full of quotations from the Quran. ‫ﺃﺣﺩﻧﺎ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺃﻋﻣﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣﺎء ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻣﻳﻥ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻌﺻﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﻣﺎﺿﻳﺔ ﻟﻭﺟﺩ ﻓﻰ ﻛﺗﺑﻬﻡ‬These works state that they did research in such a place, lookingfor something. And they affirm that the reason they looked in ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺩﻳﺩ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻻﻗﺗﺑﺎﺳﺎﺕ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻵﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻧﻳﺔ. ﻭﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﻋﻣﺎﻝ ﺗﺷﻳﺭ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺃﻧﻬﻡ‬such and such a place was that the Quran pointed them in that ‫ﺑﺣﺛﻭﺍ ﻓﻰ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿﻊ ﻣﻧﻘﺑﻳﻥ ﻋﻥ ﺷﺊ ﻣﺎ، ﻭﻗﺩ ﺃﻛﺩﻭﺍ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻥ‬direction. ‫ﺍﻟﺳﺑﺏ ﺍﻟﺫﻱ ﺣﺩﺍ ﺑﻬﻡ ﻟﻠﺑﺣﺙ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿﻊ ﺃﻭ ﺫﺍﻙ ﻫﻭ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺩﻟﻬﻡ‬For example, the Quran mentions man’s origin and then tells the :‫ﻋﻠﻰ ﺫﻟﻙ ﺍﻻﺗﺟﺎﻩ، ﻓﻣﺛﻼ ﻳﺫﻛﺭ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻣﻧﺷﺄ ﺍﻹﻧﺳﺎﻥ، ﺛﻡ ﻳﻘﻭﻝ ﻟﻠﻘﺎﺭﺉ‬9 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  10. 10. reader, “Research it!” It gives the reader a hint where to look and ‫)ﺍﺑﺣﺙ ﻋﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ( ﻭﻫﻭ ﻳﻌﻁﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺭﺉ ﺗﻠﻣﻳﺣﺎ ﻭﺇﻳﻣﺎءﺓ ﺣﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻣﻛﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ‬then states that one should find out more about it. .‫ﻳﺑﺣﺙ ﻓﻳﻪ، ﻭﻳﺻﺭﺡ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻹﻧﺳﺎﻥ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺟﺩ ﺍﻟﻣﺯﻳﺩ ﻭﻳﺻﻝ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﻣﺯﻳﺩ‬This is the kind of thing that Muslims today largely seem to ‫ﻭﻗﺩ ﺑﺩﺃ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻣﻭﻥ ﺑﺎﻻﻫﺗﻣﺎﻡ ﺑﻬﺫﺍ ﺍﻷﻣﺭ ﻓﻰ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﻳﺎﻡ ﻭﺇﻥ ﻟﻡ ﻳﻛﻥ ﺑﺷﻛﻝ‬overlook - but not always, as illustrated in the following example. : ‫ﺩﺍﺋﻡ ﻛﻣﺎ ﻧﻌﻠﻡ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺛﺎﻝ ﺍﻵﺗﻲ‬ Embryology ‫ﻋﻠﻡ ﺍﻷﺟﻧﺔ‬A few years ago, a group of men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ‫ﺟﻣﻌ��ﺕ ﺍﻟﻌﺭﺑﻳ��ﺔ ﺍﻟﺳ��ﻌﻭﺩﻳﺔ ﻣﺟﻣﻭﻋ��ﺔ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﺭﺟ��ﺎﻝ ﻗﺑ��ﻝ ﻋ��ﺩﺓ ﺳ��ﻧﻭﺍﺕ ﻓ �ﻰ‬collected all of the verses in the Quran which discuss embryology -the growth of the human being in the womb. They said, “Here is : ‫ﺍﻟﺭﻳﺎﺽ ﻟﺑﺣﺙ ﺍﻵﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻣﺗﻌﻠﻘﺔ ﺑﺗﻁﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﺟﻧﻳﻥ ﻓﻲ ﺭﺣﻡ ﺍﻷﻡ، ﻭﻗﺎﻟﺕ ﻟﻬﻡ‬what the Quran says. Is it the truth?” In essence, they took the ‫)ﻫ��ﺎﻛﻡ ﻣ��ﺎ ﻗﺎﻟ��ﻪ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ﺣ��ﻭﻝ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺍﻷﻣ��ﺭ؛ ﺍﻧﻅ��ﺭﻭﺍ ﻭﺍﺑﺣﺛ��ﻭﺍ ﻫ��ﻝ ﻣ��ﺎ ﻳﻘﻭﻟ��ﻪ‬advice of the Quran: “Ask the men who know.” They chose, as it ‫ﺻﺣﻳﺢ ﻭﺣﻕ؟(. ﻟﻘ�ﺩ ﺃﺧ�ﺫﻭﺍ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻷﺳ�ﺎﺱ ﺑﻧﺻ�ﻳﺣﺔ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ: )ﻓﺎﺳ�ﺄﻟﻭﺍ ﺃﻫ�ﻝ‬happened, a non-Muslim who is a professor of embryology at ‫ﺍﻟﺫﻛﺭ ﺇﻥ ﻛﻧﺗﻡ ﻻ ﺗﻌﻠﻣﻭﻥ( ﺃﻯ ﺍﺳﺄﻟﻭﺍ ﺃﻫﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻡ، ﻭﻗﺩ ﺍﺧﺗ�ﺎﺭﻭﺍ ﻋﺎﻟﻣ�ﺎ ﻏﻳ�ﺭ‬the University of Toronto. His name is Keith Moore, and he is theauthor of textbooks on embryology - a world expert on the ‫ﻣﺳﻠﻡ ﻫﻭ ﺍﺳﺗﺎﺫ )ﺑﺭﻓﺳﻭﺭ( ﻓﻲ ﻋﻠﻡ ﺍﻷﺟﻧ�ﺔ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺟﺎﻣﻌ�ﺔ )ﺗﻭﺭﻭﻧﺗ�ﻭ( ﻭﺍﺳ�ﻣﻪ‬subject. They invited him to Riyadh and said, “This is what the ‫)ﻛﻳﺙ ﻣﻭﺭ( ﻭﻫﻭ ﻣﺅﻟﻑ ﻛﺗﺏ ﺩﺭﺍﺳﻳﺔ ﻓﻰ ﻋﻠﻡ ﺍﻷﺟﻧ�ﺔ ﻭﺃﺣ�ﺩ ﺍﻷﺧﺻ�ﺎﺋﻳﻳﻥ‬Quran says about your subject. Is it true? What can you tell us?” ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻌ��ﺩﻭﺩﻳﻥ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﻌ��ﺎﻟﻡ ﻓ��ﻲ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿ��ﻭﻉ. ﻭ ﺑﻳﻧﻣ��ﺎ ﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻌ��ﺎﻟﻡ ﻓ��ﻰ‬While he was in Riyadh, they gave him all the help that he ‫ﺍﻟﺭﻳﺎﺽ؛ ﻗﺎﻟﻭﺍ ﻟﻪ : )ﻫﺫﺍ ﻣﺎ ﻳﻘﻭﻟﻪ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻓﻰ ﻣﻭﺿﻭﻉ ﺍﺧﺗﺻﺎﺻ�ﻙ؛ ﻓﻬ�ﻝ‬needed in translation and all of the cooperation for which he ‫ﻣ��ﺎ ﻳﻘﻭﻟ��ﻪ ﺻ��ﺣﻳﺢ ؟ ﻣ��ﺎﺫﺍ ﺗﺳ��ﺗﻁﻳﻊ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺧﺑﺭﻧ��ﺎ ﻓ�ﻰ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺻ��ﺩﺩ؟(، ﻭﻁ��ﻭﺍﻝ‬asked. And he was so surprised at what he found that he ‫ﻣﻛﻭﺛﻪ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺩﻳﻧﺔ ﺍﻟﺭﻳﺎﺽ ﻗ�ﺩﻣﻭﺍ ﻟ�ﻪ ﺟﻣﻳ�ﻊ ﺍﻟﻣﺳ�ﺎﻋﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺗ�ﻲ ﺍﺣﺗﺎﺟﻬ�ﺎ ﻓ�ﻰ‬changed his textbooks. In fact, in the second edition of one of hisbooks, called Before We Are Born... in the section about the history ‫ﺍﻟﺗﺭﺟﻣﺔ ﻭﺟﻣﻳﻊ ﺃﻧﻭﺍﻉ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﺎﻭﻧﺔ ﺍﻟﺗﻰ ﻁﻠﺑﻬﺎ، ﻭﻗﺩ ﺩﻫﺵ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺩﺭﺟﺔ ﺃﻧ�ﻪ ﻗ�ﺎﻡ‬of embryology, he included some material that was not in the ‫ﺑﺗﻐﻳﻳ��ﺭ ﻛﺗﺑ��ﻪ ﺍﻟﻣﺩﺭﺳ��ﻳﺔ. ﻟﻘ��ﺩ ﺃﺿ��ﺎﻑ ﺑﻌ��ﺽ ﺍﻟﻣ��ﻭﺍﺩ ﺍﻟﺗ��ﻰ ﻟ��ﻡ ﺗﻛ��ﻥ ﺑﺎﻟﻁﺑﻌ��ﺔ‬first edition because of what he found in the Quran was ahead of ‫ﺍﻷﻭﻟﻰ ﻓﻰ ﺃﺣﺩ ﻛﺗﺑﻪ ﻓﻰ ﺟ�ﺯء ﻣﻧ�ﻪ ﻋ�ﻥ ﺗ�ﺎﺭﻳﺦ ﻋﻠ�ﻡ ﺍﻷﺟﻧ�ﺔ ﻭﻛ�ﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻛﺗ�ﺎﺏ‬its time and that those who believe in the Quran know what ‫ﺑﻌﻧﻭﺍﻥ )ﻗﺑ�ﻝ ﺃﻥ ﻧﻭﻟ�ﺩ( ﻭ ﺫﻟ�ﻙ ﺑﻌ�ﺩﻣﺎ ﻋﻠ�ﻡ ﺑﻣ�ﺎ ﺟ�ﺎء ﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﺣ�ﻭﻝ ﻫ�ﺫﺍ‬other people do not know. ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿ��ﻭﻉ، ﻭﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﻳﺛﺑ��ﺕ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ��ﺔ ﺑ��ﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﺳ��ﺎﺑﻘﺎ ﻟﺯﻣﻧ��ﻪ، ﻭﺃﻥ‬I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keith Moore for atelevision presentation, and we talked a great deal about this - it .‫ﺍﻟﻣﺅﻣﻧﻳﻥ ﺑﺎﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻛﺎﻧﻭﺍ ﻳﻌﻠﻣﻭﻥ ﻣﺎ ﻻ ﻳﻌﻠﻣﻪ ﺍﻵﺧﺭﻭﻥ‬was illustrated by slides and so on. ‫ﻟﻘﺩ ﺳﻌﺩﺕ ﺑﻣﺗﺎﺑﻌﺔ ﺑﺭﻧﺎﻣﺞ ﺗﻠﻔﺯﻳﻭﻧﻲ ﻗُﺩﻡ ﻓﻳﻪ ﺍﻟﺩﻛﺗﻭﺭ ﻛﻳﺙ ﻣﻭﺭ‬10 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  11. 11. He mentioned that some of the things that the Quran states about ‫ﻟﻠﻣﺷﺎﻫﺩﻳﻥ، ﻭﻗﺩ ﺗﺣﺩﺛﻧﺎ ﻛﺛﻳﺭﺍ ﻓﻳﻣﺎ ﺑﻌﺩ ﻋﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻧﺎﻣﺞ، ﻭﻗﺩ ﻗﺩﻡ‬the growth of the human being were not known until thirty ‫ﺍﻟﺩﻛﺗﻭﺭ ﻛﻳﺙ ﻣﻭﺭ ﺑﻌﺽ ﺻﻭﺭ "ﺍﻟﺳﻼﻳﺩﺍﺕ" ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻧﺎﻣﺞ، ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﺄﻥ‬years ago. ‫ﺑﻌﺽ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺗﻲ ﺫﻛﺭﻫﺎ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺣﻭﻝ ﺗﻁﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﺟﻧﻳﻥ ﺍﻹﻧﺳﺎﻧﻲ ﻟﻡ‬In fact, he said that one item in particular - the Quran’s ‫ﺗﻛﻥ ﻣﻌﺭﻭﻓﺔ ﻗﺑﻝ ﺛﻼﺛﻳﻥ ﺳﻧﺔ، ﺛﻡ ﺫﻛﺭ ﺃﻧﻪ ﻛﺎﻧﺕ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺔ ﺃﻭ ﻓﻘﺭﺓ‬description of the human being as a “leech-like clot” (‘alaqah)[Ghafir 40:67] - was new to him; but when he checked on it, he ‫ﻟﻡ ﻳﻛﻥ ﻳﻌﺭﻓﻬﺎ ﻭﻫﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺟﻧﻳﻥ ﻳﻛﻭﻥ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺭﺣﻠﺔ ﻣﻌﻳﻧﺔ ﻣﻥ ﺗﻁﻭﺭﻩ‬found that it was true, and so he added it to his book. He said, “I ‫ﻣﺷﺎﺑﻬﺎ ﻟﻠﻌﻠﻘﺔ، ﻭﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﻗﺎﻡ ﺑﺗﺩﻗﻳﻕ ﺍﻷﻣﺭ ﺗﺑﻳﻥ ﻟﻪ ﺻﺣﺔ ﺫﻟﻙ، ﻟﺫﺍ ﻗﺎﻡ‬never thought of that before,” and he went to the zoology ‫ﺑﺈﺿﺎﻓﺔ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻛﺗﺎﺑﻪ؛ ﻗﺎﻝ: )ﺃﻧﺎ ﻟﻡ ﺃﻓﻛﺭ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻣﻥ ﻗﺑﻝ( ﻭﺫﻫﺏ ﺇﻟﻰ‬department and asked for a picture of a leech. When he found ‫ﻗﺳﻡ ﺍﻟﺣﻳﻭﺍﻥ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻟﺟﺎﻣﻌﺔ ﻭﻁﻠﺏ ﺻﻭﺭﺓ ﻟـ )ﻋﻠﻘﺔ(، ﻭﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﺭﺃﻯ ﺃﻧﻬﺎ‬that it looked just like the human embryo, he decided to includeboth pictures in one of his textbooks. ‫ﺗﺷﺑﻪ ﻣﺭﺣﻠﺔ ﻣﻥ ﻣﺭﺍﺣﻝ ﺍﻟﺟﻧﻳﻥ ﺃﺿﺎﻑ ﻫﺎﺗﻳﻥ ﺍﻟﺻﻭﺭﺗﻳﻥ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺃﺣﺩ ﻛﺗﺑﻪ‬Although the aforementioned example of man researching .‫ﺍﻟﻣﺩﺭﺳﻳﺔ‬information contained in the Quran deals with a non-Muslim, it ‫ﻭ ﻻ ﺑﺎﺱ ﻣﻥ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺷﺧﺹ ﺍﻟﻣﺗﻔﺣﺹ ﻟﻠﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻭﺍﺭﺩﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ‬is still valid because he is one of those who is knowledgeable in ‫ﻭﺍﻟﻣﺫﻛﻭﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻣﺛﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺳﺎﺑﻕ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻛﻭﻥ ﻏﻳﺭ ﻣﺳﻠﻡ؛ ﻷﻧﻪ ﺇﻧﺳﺎﻥ ﻣﺗﺧﺻﺹ‬the subject being researched. ‫ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿﻭﻉ ﺍﻟﺫﻱ ﻳﺑﺣﺙ ﻭﻳﺩﻗﻕ ﻓﻳﻪ، ﻭﻟﻭ ﺻﺭﺡ ﺃﺣﺩ ﺍﻷﺷﺧﺎﺹ‬Had some layman claimed that what the Quran says aboutembryology is true, then one would not necessarily have to ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺎﺩﻳﻳﻥ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﺎ ﻳﻘﻭﻟﻪ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺣﻭﻝ ﻋﻠﻡ ﺍﻷﺟﻧﺔ ﺻﺣﻳﺢ ﻟﻣﺎ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﻥ‬accept his word. However, because of the high position, respect, ‫ﺍﻟﺿﺭﻭﺭﻯ ﻗﺑﻭﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺗﺻﺭﻳﺢ؛ ﻭﻟﻛﻥ ﻧﺗﻳﺟﺔ ﻟﻼﺣﺗﺭﺍﻡ ﻭﺍﻟﺗﻘﺩﻳﺭ ﺍﻟﺫﻯ‬and esteem man gives scholars, one naturally assumes that if ‫ﻳﺗﻣﺗﻊ ﺑﻪ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣﺎء ﻓﺈﻥ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻁﺑﻳﻌﻰ ﺍﻻﻓﺗﺭﺍﺽ ﺑﺄﻧﻬﻡ ﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﻳﺗﻭﺻﻠﻭﻥ ﺇﻟﻰ‬they research a subject and arrive at a conclusion based on that ‫ﻧﺗﻳﺟﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻭﺿﻭﻉ ﻣﺎ ﺑﻌﺩ ﺑﺣﺙ ﻭﺗﺩﻗﻳﻕ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺗﻠﻙ ﺍﻟﻧﺗﻳﺟﺔ ﺗﻛﻭﻥ ﻣﻘﺑﻭﻟﺔ‬research, then the conclusion is valid. .‫ﻭﺻﺣﻳﺣﺔ‬ Skeptic’s Reaction ‫ﺍﻟﺷﻛﻭﻙ ﺍﻟﺗﻰ ﺃﺛﻳﺭﺕ‬Dr. Moore also wrote a book on clinical embryology, and when he ‫ﻭﺿﻊ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻭﻓﺳﻭﺭ "ﻛﻳﺙ ﻣﻭﺭ" ﻛﺗﺎﺑﺎ ﻋﻥ ﻋﻠﻡ ﺍﻷﺟﻧﺔ ﺍﻟﺗﺣﻠﻳﻠﻰ ﻭﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﻗﺩﻡ‬presented this information in Toronto, it caused quite a stir ،‫ﻓﻳ��ﻪ ﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﻓ��ﻲ )ﺗﻭﺭﻭﻧﺗ��ﻭ( ﺗﺳ��ﺑﺏ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺿ��ﺟﺔ ﻛﺑﻳ��ﺭﺓ ﻓ��ﻲ ﻛﻧ��ﺩﺍ‬throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of thenewspapers across Canada, and some of the headlines were ‫ﻭﺍﺣﺗ��ﻝ ﻋﻧ��ﺎﻭﻳﻥ ﺍﻟﺻ��ﻔﺣﺎﺕ ﺍﻷﻭﻟ��ﻰ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺑﻌ��ﺽ ﺍﻟﺟﺭﺍﺋ��ﺩ ﻓ��ﻲ ﻁ��ﻭﻝ ﻛﻧ��ﺩﺍ‬quite funny. For instance, one headline read: “SURPRISING :‫ﻭﻋﺭﺿﻬﺎ. ﻭﻛﺎﻧﺕ ﻋﻧﺎﻭﻳﻥ ﺑﻌﺿﻬﺎ ﻣﺿﺣﻛﺔ ﻓﻣﺛﻼ ﻛﺎﻥ ﺃﺣﺩ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻌﻧﺎﻭﻳﻥ‬11 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  12. 12. THING FOUND IN ANCIENT PRAYER BOOK!” It seems .(‫)ﻣﻔﺎﺟﺄﺓ ﻣﺩﻫﺷﺔ ﻭﺟﺩﺕ ﻓﻲ ﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﻗﺩﻳﻡ ﻟﻠﺻﻼﺓ‬obvious from this example that people do not clearly understandwhat it is all about. As a matter of fact, one newspaper reporter ‫ﻭﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻭﺍﺿﺢ ﻣﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﺛﺎﻝ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻧﺎﺱ ﻟﻡ ﻳﻔﻬﻣﻭﺍ ﻣﺎ ﺟﺭﻯ. ﻭﻗﺎﻡ ﻣﺭﺍﺳ�ﻝ‬asked Professor Moore, “Don’t you think that maybe the Arabs ‫ﺇﺣ��ﺩﻯ ﺍﻟﺻ���ﺣﻑ ﺑﺳ���ﺅﺍﻝ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻓﺳ���ﻭﺭ ﻣ���ﻭﺭ : )ﺃﻻ ﺗﻌﺗﻘ���ﺩ ﺑﺄﻧ���ﻪ ﻛ���ﺎﻥ ﻣﻣﻛﻧ���ﺎ‬might have known about these things - the description of the ‫ﻟﻠﻌ��ﺭﺏ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻌﺭﻓ��ﻭﺍ ﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﺣ��ﻭﻝ ﺍﻷﺟﻧ��ﺔ ﻭﻋ��ﻥ ﻣﻅﻬﺭﻫ��ﺎ ﻭﻛﻳ��ﻑ‬embryo, its appearance and how it changes and grows? Maybe ‫ﺗﺗﻁﻭﺭ ؟ ﻗ�ﺩ ﻻ ﻳﻛﻭﻧ�ﻭﻥ ﻋﻠﻣ�ﺎء، ﻭﻟﻛ�ﻥ ﺭﺑﻣ�ﺎ ﻗ�ﺎﻣﻭﺍ ﺑﻌﻣﻠﻳ�ﺎﺕ ﺗﺷ�ﺭﻳﺢ ﻓﺟ�ﺔ‬they were not scientists; may be they did some crude dissectionson their own - carved up people and examined these things.” ‫ﻭﺑﺩﺍﺋﻳ���ﺔ ﻭﺑﻘ���ﺭﻭﺍ ﺑﻁ���ﻭﻥ ﺑﻌ���ﺽ ﺍﻟﻧﺳ���ﺎء ﻭﻓﺣﺻ���ﻭﺍ ﻫ���ﺫﻩ ﺍﻷﻣ���ﻭﺭ(. ﺃﺟﺎﺑ���ﻪ‬The professor immediately pointed out to him that he [i.e., the ‫ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻓﺳ�ﻭﺭ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﺣ�ﺎﻝ ﻗ��ﺎﺋﻼ: )ﺇﻧ�ﻪ - ﺃﻱ ﺍﻟﻣﺭﺍﺳ��ﻝ - ﻧﺳ�ﻰ ﻧﻘﻁ��ﺔ ﻫﺎﻣ�ﺔ ﺟ�ﺩﺍ‬reporter] had missed a very important point - all of the slides of ‫ﻭﻫﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺟﻣﻳ�ﻊ ﺻ�ﻭﺭ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﺷ�ﺭﺍﺋﺢ ﺍﻟﺗ�ﻲ ﻋﺭﺿ�ﻬﺎ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺷ�ﺭﻳﻁ ﺍﻟﻔﻠ�ﻡ ﻗ�ﺎﻡ‬the embryo that had been shown and that had been projected in ‫ﺑﺗﺻ��ﻭﻳﺭﻫﺎ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺧ��ﻼﻝ ﺍﻟﻣﺟﻬ��ﺭ ﺛ��ﻡ ﺃﺿ��ﺎﻑ ﻗ��ﺎﺋﻼ : )ﻟ��ﻳﺱ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻬ��ﻡ ﺃﻥ‬the film had come from pictures taken through a microscope. Hesaid, “It does not matter if someone had tried to discover ‫ﺃﺣﺩﻫﻡ ﺣﺎﻭﻝ ﺍﻛﺗﺷﺎﻑ ﺃﻣﺭ ﺍﻷﺟﻧﺔ ﻗﺑﻝ ﺃﺭﺑﻌﺔ ﻋﺷﺭ ﻗﺭﻧﺎ، ﻷﻧﻬﻡ ﻟ�ﻡ ﻳﻛﻭﻧ�ﻭﺍ‬embryology fourteen centuries ago. They could not have seen it!” ‫ﻳﺳ��ﺗﻁﻳﻌﻭﻥ ﺭﺅﻳﺗﻬ��ﺎ !( ﺇﻥ ﺟﻣﻳ��ﻊ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﺍﻟ��ﻭﺍﺭﺩﺓ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ﺣ��ﻭﻝ‬All of the descriptions in the Quran of the appearance of the ‫ﺍﻟﺟﻧ��ﻳﻥ ﻫ��ﻲ ﻋ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺭﺍﺣ��ﻝ ﺍﻷﻭﻟﻳ��ﺔ ﺍﻟﺗ��ﻲ ﻻ ﻳﻣﻛ��ﻥ ﺭﺅﻳﺗﻬ��ﺎ ﺑ��ﺎﻟﻌﻳﻥ ﻷﻧﻬ��ﺎ‬embryo are of the item when it is still too small to see with the ،‫ﺻﻐﻳﺭﺓ ﺟﺩﺍ، ﻟﺫﺍ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺍﻹﻧﺳ�ﺎﻥ ﻳﺣﺗ�ﺎﺝ ﺇﻟ�ﻰ ﻣﺟﻬ�ﺭ ﻟﻛ�ﻰ ﻳﺳ�ﺗﻁﻳﻊ ﺭﺅﻳﺗﻬ�ﺎ‬eye; therefore, one needs a microscope to see it. Since such a .‫ﻭﻣﺛ��ﻝ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺟﻬ��ﺎﺯ ﻟ��ﻡ ﻳ��ﺗﻡ ﺍﺧﺗﺭﺍﻋ��ﻪ ﺇﻻ ﻗﺑ��ﻝ ﺃﻛﺛ��ﺭ ﺑﻘﻠﻳ��ﻝ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻣ��ﺎﺋﺗﻰ ﺳ��ﻧﺔ‬device had only been around for little more than two hundredyears, Dr. Moore taunted, “Maybe fourteen centuries ago :‫ﻭﺃﺿﺎﻑ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻓﺳﻭﺭ ﺑﻠﻬﺟﺔ ﺗﻭﺑﻳﺦ ﺳﺎﺧﺭ‬someone secretly had a microscope and did this research, ‫)ﻳﺣﺗﻣ��ﻝ ﺃﻥ ﺷﺧﺻ��ﺎ ﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﻗﺑ��ﻝ ﺃﺭﺑﻌ��ﺔ ﻋﺷ��ﺭ ﻗﺭﻧ��ﺎ ﻳﻣﻠ��ﻙ ﺑﺻ��ﻭﺭﺓ ﺳ��ﺭﻳﺔ‬making no mistakes anywhere. Then he somehow taught ‫ﻣﺟﻬ��ﺭﺍ، ﻭﻗ��ﺎﻡ ﺑﻬ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﺑﺣ��ﻭﺙ ﻭﻟ��ﻡ ﻳﺧﻁ�ﺊ ﺃﺑ��ﺩﺍ ﻓﻳﻬ��ﺎ، ﺛ��ﻡ ﻗ��ﺎﻡ ﺑﺗﻌﻠ��ﻳﻡ ﻣﺣﻣ��ﺩ‬Muhammad (ρ) and convinced him to put this information in hisbook. Then he destroyed his equipment and kept it a secret ‫ﻭﺃﻗﻧﻌﻪ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺿﻊ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﻓﻲ ﻛﺗﺎﺑ�ﻪ، ﺛ�ﻡ ﻗ�ﺎﻡ ﺑﺗﺧﺭﻳ�ﺏ ﻣﺟﻬ�ﺭﻩ ﻟﻛ�ﻰ‬forever. Do you believe that? You really should not unless you ‫ﻳﺑﻘ��ﻰ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿ��ﻭﻉ ﺳ��ﺭﺍ ﻟﻸﺑ��ﺩ... ﻫ��ﻝ ﺗﻌﺗﻘ��ﺩ ﺑﻣﺛ��ﻝ ﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻧﻅﺭﻳ��ﺔ ؟ ﻳﺟ��ﺏ ﺃﻻ‬bring some proof because it is such a ridiculous theory.” In fact, (‫ﺗﻌﺗﻘﺩ ﺑﻬﺎ ﻗﺑﻝ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻘ�ﺩﻡ ﺑﻌ�ﺽ ﺍﻟﺑ�ﺭﺍﻫﻳﻥ ﺣﻭﻟﻬ�ﺎ ﻷﻧﻬ�ﺎ ﻧﻅﺭﻳ�ﺔ ﺳ�ﺧﻳﻔﺔ ﺟ�ﺩﺍ‬when he was asked, “How do you explain this information in the ‫ﻭﻋﻧ��ﺩﻣﺎ ﺳ��ﺋﻝ : ﻭﻟﻛ��ﻥ )ﻛﻳ��ﻑ ﺗﻔﺳ��ﺭ ﺇﺫﻥ ﻭﺟ��ﻭﺩ ﻣﺛ��ﻝ ﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﻓ��ﻲ‬Quran?” Dr. Moore’s reply was, “It could only have beendivinely revealed!” ‫ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ؟( ﻓﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﺟ��ﻭﺍﺏ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻓﺳ��ﻭﺭ : )ﻻ ﻳﻣﻛ��ﻥ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻛ��ﻭﻥ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺇﻻ ﻭﺣﻳ��ﺎ‬ .! (‫ﺇﻟﻬﻳﺎ‬12 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  13. 13. Geology ‫ﻋﻠﻡ ﻁﺑﻘﺎﺕ ﺍﻷﺭﺽ‬One of Professor Moore’s colleagues, Marshall Johnson, deals ‫ﺍﻫﺗﻡ ﺃﺣﺩ ﺃﺻﺩﻗﺎء ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻭﻓﺳﻭﺭ ﻣﻭﺭ ﺍﻫﺗﻣﺎﻣﺎ ﻛﺑﻳﺭﺍ ﺑﺻﺣﺔ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺗﻲ‬extensively with geology at the University of Toronto. He becamevery interested in the fact that the Quran’s statements about (‫ﻳﻘﺩﻣﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺣﻭﻝ ﻋﻠﻡ ﺍﻷﺟﻧﺔ ﻭﻫﻭ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻓﺳﻭﺭ )ﻣﺎﺭﺷﺎﻝ ﺟﻭﻧﺳﻭﻥ‬embryology are accurate, and so he asked Muslims to collect ‫ﺍﻟﻣﺧﺗﺹ ﻓﻲ ﻋﻠﻡ ﻁﺑﻘﺎﺕ ﺍﻷﺭﺽ )ﺍﻟﺟﻳﻭﻟﻭﺟﻳﺎ( ﻓﻲ ﺟﺎﻣﻌﺔ )ﺗﻭﺭﻭﻧﺗﻭ( ﻟﺫﺍ‬everything contained in the Quran which deals with his ‫ﻁﻠﺏ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺳﻠﻣﻳﻥ ﺟﻣﻊ ﺟﻣﻳﻊ ﺍﻵﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺟﻭﺩﺓ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﺣﻭﻝ‬specialty. .‫ﻣﻭﺿﻭﻉ ﺍﺧﺗﺻﺎﺻﻪ‬Again people were very surprised at the findings. Since there area vast number subjects discussed in the Quran, it would certainly ‫ﻭﻣﺭﺓ ﺛﺎﻧﻳﺔ ﺫﻫﻝ ﺍﻟﻧﺎﺱ ﻣﻣﺎ ﺗﻡ ﺍﻛﺗﺷﺎﻓﻪ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﺟﺎﻝ، ﻭﻧﻅﺭﺍ ﻟﻭﺟﻭﺩ‬require a large amount of time to exhaust each subject. It suffices ‫ﻋﺩﺩ ﻛﺑﻳﺭ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺍﺿﻳﻊ ﺍﻟﺗﻲ ﻳﻧﺎﻗﺷﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺩﺭﺍﺳﺔ ﻛﻝ ﻣﻭﺿﻭﻉ‬for the purpose of this discussion to state that the Quran makes ‫ﻭﺇﻳﻔﺎءﻩ ﺣﻘﻪ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﺗﻣﺣﻳﺹ ﻳﺣﺗﺎﺝ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻭﻗﺕ ﻁﻭﻳﻝ. ﻳﻔﻰ ﺑﻐﺭﺽ ﻫﺫﺍ‬very clear and concise statements about various subjects while ‫ﺍﻟﻧﻘﺎﺵ ﺍﻟﻘﻭﻝ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻳﻘﻭﻡ ﺑﺎﻟﺗﻁﺭﻕ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻣﻭﺍﺿﻳﻊ ﻋﺩﻳﺩﺓ ﺟﺩﺍ ﻭﻟﻛﻥ‬simultaneously advising the reader to verify the authenticity ofthese statements with research by scholars in those subjects. And ‫ﺑﺎﺧﺗﺻﺎﺭ ﺷﺩﻳﺩ ﻭﺑﻭﺿﻭﺡ، ﻭﻳﻭﺻﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺭﺉ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻭﻗﺕ ﻧﻔﺳﻪ ﺑﺎﻟﻘﻳﺎﻡ‬as illustrated by the previous examples of embryology and ‫ﺑﺗﺩﻗﻳﻕ ﻣﺻﺩﺍﻗﻳﺔ ﻣﺎ ﻳﻘﻭﻟﻪ ﺑﻭﺍﺳﻁﺔ ﺑﺣﻭﺙ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻣﺎء ﻭﺍﻟﻣﺧﺗﺻﻳﻥ ﻓﻰ ﻫﺫﻩ‬geology, the Quran has clearly emerged authentic. .‫ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺍﺿﻳﻊ، ﺃﻯ ﺑﻣﺭﺍﺟﻌﺔ ﺃﻫﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻡ‬ You Did Not Know This Before! !‫ﻟﻡ ﺗﻛﻥ ﺗﻌﻠﻡ ﺫﻟﻙ ﻣﻥ ﻗﺑﻝ‬Undoubtedly, there is an attitude in the Quran which is not ‫ﻭﻻ ﺷ��ﻙ ﺃﻥ ﻟﻠﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ﻭﺿ��ﻌﺎ ﻭﻣﻭﻗﻔ��ﺎ ﻣﺧﺗﻠﻔ��ﺎ ﻻ ﻳﻭﺟ��ﺩ ﻓ��ﻲ ﺃﻯ ﻣﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﺁﺧ��ﺭ‬found anywhere else. It is interesting how when the Quran ‫ﻏﻳﺭﻩ. ﻭﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺛﻳﺭ ﻟﻼﻧﺗﺑﺎﻩ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻋﻧ�ﺩﻣﺎ ﻳﻘ�ﺩﻡ ﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺗ�ﻪ ﻳﻘ�ﻭﻝ ﻟﻠﻘ�ﺎﺭﺉ‬provides information, it often tells the reader, “You did not knowthis before.” .(‫ﻭﻳﺻﺭﺡ ﻓﻰ ﺃﻛﺛﺭ ﺍﻷﺣﻳﺎﻥ : )ﺇﻧﻙ ﻟﻡ ﺗﻛﻥ ﺗﻌﻠﻡ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻣﻥ ﻗﺑﻝ‬Indeed, there is no scripture that exists which makes that claim. ‫ﻭﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ��ﺔ ﻻ ﻳﻭﺟ��ﺩ ﺃﻯ ﻛﺗ��ﺎﺏ ﻣﻘ��ﺩﺱ ﻣﻭﺟ��ﻭﺩ ﺣﺎﻟﻳ��ﺎ ﻳﻘ��ﻭﻡ ﺑﻣﺛ��ﻝ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ‬All of the other ancient writings and scriptures that people have ‫ﺍﻟﺗﺻﺭﻳﺢ؛ ﻓﺟﻣﻳﻊ ﺍﻟﻛﺗﺎﺑﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻘﺩﻳﻣﺔ ﻭﺟﻣﻳ�ﻊ ﺍﻟﻛﺗ�ﺏ ﺍﻟﻣﻘﺩﺳ�ﺔ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺟ�ﻭﺩﺓ ﻓ�ﻰ‬do give a lot of information, but they always state where the ‫ﻣﺗﻧ��ﺎﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻧ��ﺎﺱ ﺗﻌﻁ �ﻰ ﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﻛﺛﻳ��ﺭﺓ ﻭﻟﻛﻧﻬ��ﺎ ﺗ��ﺫﻛﺭ ﺃﻳﺿ��ﺎ ﻣﺻ��ﺩﺭ ﻫ��ﺫﻩ‬information came from. ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ، ﻓﻣﺛﻼ ﻋﻧﺩﻣﺎ ﻳﻧﺎﻗﺵ ﺍﻟﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﺍﻟﻣﻘﺩﺱ ﺍﻟﺗﺎﺭﻳﺦ ﺍﻟﻘﺩﻳﻡ ﻳﺻﺭﺡ ﺑﺄﻥ‬For example, when the Bible discusses ancient history, it states ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻠﻙ ﺍﻟﻔﻼﻧﻰ ﻋﺎﺵ ﻫﻧﺎ ﻭﻗﺎﺗﻝ ﺍﻟﻣﻠﻙ ﺍﻵﺧﺭ ﻫﻧﺎﻙ ﻓﻰ ﻣﻌﺭﻛ�ﺔ ﻣﻌﻳﻧ�ﺔ، ﻭﺃﻥ‬that this king lived here; this one fought in a certain battle,13 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  14. 14. another one had so many sons, etc. Yet it always stipulates that if ‫ﻣﻠﻛﺎ ﺁﺧﺭ ﻛ�ﺎﻥ ﻟ�ﻪ ﺍﻟﻌ�ﺩﺩ ﺍﻟﻔﻼﻧ�ﻰ ﻣ�ﻥ ﺍﻷﺑﻧ�ﺎء...ﺍﻟﺦ؛ ﻭﻟﻛﻧﻬ�ﺎ ﺗﺷ�ﺗﺭﻁ ﻋﻠﻳ�ﻙ‬you want more information, then you should read the book of so ‫ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﺩﻭﺍﻡ ﺑﺄﻧﻙ ﺇﻥ ﺃﺭﺩﺕ ﺍﻟﻣﺯﻳﺩ ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﻓﻌﻠﻳ�ﻙ ﻣﺭﺍﺟﻌ�ﺔ ﺍﻟﻛﺗ�ﺎﺏ‬and so because that is where the information came from. ‫ﺍﻟﻔﻼﻧ �ﻰ ﺃﻭ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﻧ��ﻲ ﻷﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﻣﺳ��ﺗﻘﺎﺓ ﻣﻧ��ﻪ. ﻋﻠ��ﻰ ﺍﻟﻌﻛ��ﺱ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ‬In contrast to this concept, the Quran provides the reader with ‫ﺗﻣﺎﻣ���ﺎ ﻓ���ﺈﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ���ﺭﺁﻥ ﻳ���ﺯﻭﺩ ﺍﻟﻘ���ﺎﺭﺉ ﺑﺎﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ���ﺎﺕ ﺛ���ﻡ ﻳﺻ���ﺭﺡ ﺑ���ﺄﻥ ﻫ���ﺫﻩ‬information and states that this information is something new. ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﺟﺩﻳ��ﺩﺓ، ﻭﻁﺑﻌ��ﺎ ﺗﻭﺟ��ﺩ ﻫﻧ��ﺎﻙ ﺃﻳﺿ��ﺎ ﺍﻟﻧﺻ��ﻳﺣﺔ ﺑﺎﻟﻘﻳ��ﺎﻡ ﺑﺗ��ﺩﻗﻳﻕ‬Of course, there always exists the advice to research theinformation provided and verify its authenticity. It is interesting ‫ﻭﺑﺣﺙ ﺍﻟﻣﻭﺿﻭﻉ ﻟﻣﻌﺭﻓﺔ ﻣﺩﻯ ﻣﺻ�ﺩﺍﻗﻳﺗﻪ ﻭﺻ�ﺣﺗﻪ، ﻭﻣ�ﻥ ﺍﻟﻣﺛﻳ�ﺭ ﻟﻼﻧﺗﺑ�ﺎﻩ‬that such a concept was never challenged by non-Muslims ‫ﺣﻘ��ﺎ ﺃﻧ��ﻪ ﻣ��ﺎ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺃﺣ��ﺩ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻏﻳ��ﺭ ﺍﻟﻣﺳ��ﻠﻣﻳﻥ ﺍﺳ��ﺗﻁﺎﻉ ﻁ��ﻭﺍﻝ 0041 ﺳ��ﻧﺔ ﺃﻥ‬fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, the Makkans who hated the ‫ﻳﺗﺣﺩﻯ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻣﻔﻬﻭﻡ، ﻭﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ�ﺔ ﻓ�ﺈﻥ ﺃﻫ�ﻝ ﻣﻛ�ﺔ ﺍﻷﻋ�ﺩﺍء ﻟﻠﻣﺳ�ﻠﻣﻳﻥ‬Muslims, and time and time again they heard such revelations ‫ﻛ���ﺎﻧﻭﺍ ﻳﺳ���ﻣﻌﻭﻥ ﻣ���ﻥ ﺣ���ﻳﻥ ﻵﺧ���ﺭ ﺁﻳ���ﺎﺕ ﺍﻟ���ﻭﺣﻰ ﻭﻫ���ﻰ ﺗﻘ���ﻭﻝ ﺑ���ﺄﻥ ﻫ���ﺫﻩ‬claiming to bring new information; yet, they never spoke up andsaid, “This is not new. We know where Muhammad got this ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﺟﺩﻳ��ﺩﺓ، ﻭﻣ��ﻊ ﺫﻟ��ﻙ ﻓﻠ��ﻡ ﻳﻘ��ﻝ ﻣ��ﻧﻬﻡ : )ﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ��ﺎﺕ ﻟﻳﺳ��ﺕ‬information. We learned this at school.” They could never ‫ﺟﺩﻳ���ﺩﺓ ، ﻭﻧﺣ���ﻥ ﻧﻌ���ﺭﻑ ﻣ���ﻥ ﺃﻳ���ﻥ ﺃﺧ���ﺫﻫﺎ ﻣﺣﻣ���ﺩ، ﻭﻧﺣ���ﻥ ﻧﻌ���ﺭﻑ ﻫ���ﺫﻩ‬challenge its authenticity because it really was new! .(‫ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ‬ Proof of Authenticity: An Approach ‫ﺍﻟﺩﻟﻳﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻷﺻﺎﻟﺔ‬It must be stressed here that the Quran is accurate about many, ‫ﻭﻳﺟﺏ ﺍﻟﺗﺄﻛﻳﺩ ﻫﻧﺎ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻛ�ﺎﻥ ﺩﻗﻳﻘ�ﺎ ﻭﺻ�ﺣﻳﺣﺎ ﺣ�ﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﺩﻳ�ﺩ ﻣ�ﻥ‬many things, but accuracy does not necessarily mean that a book ‫ﺍﻷﺷ��ﻳﺎء، ﻭﻟﻛ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﺩﻗ��ﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺻ��ﺣﺔ ﻻ ﺗﻌﻧ �ﻰ ﺩﺍﺋﻣ��ﺎ ﻭﺑﺎﻟﺿ��ﺭﻭﺭﺓ ﺑ��ﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻛﺗ��ﺎﺏ‬is a divine revelation. In fact, accuracy is only one of the criteria ‫ﻭﺣﻰ ﺍﻟﻬﻰ، ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﺔ ﺇﻥ ﺍﻟﺻ�ﺣﺔ ﺷ�ﺭﻁ ﻭﺍﺣ�ﺩ ﻓﻘ�ﻁ ﻣ�ﻥ ﺷ�ﺭﻭﻁ ﺍﻟ�ﻭﺣﻰ‬for divine revelations. For instance, the telephone book is ‫ﺍﻻﻟﻬ�ﻰ؛ ﻓﻣ��ﺛﻼ ﺇﻥ ﺩﻟﻳ��ﻝ ﺍﻟﻬ��ﺎﺗﻑ ﺻ��ﺣﻳﺢ ﻭﺩﻗﻳ�ﻕ، ﻭﻟﻛ��ﻥ ﻻ ﻳﻌﻧ��ﻲ ﻫ��ﺫﺍ ﺃﻧ��ﻪ‬accurate, but that does not mean that it is divinely revealed. Thereal problem lies in that one must establish some proof of the ‫ﻭﺣ�ﻰ ﺍﻟﻬ�ﻰ. ﻭﺍﻟﻣﺷ��ﻛﻠﺔ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘﻳ��ﺔ ﻛﺎﻣﻧ��ﺔ ﻓ�ﻰ ﺃﻧ��ﻪ ﻳﺟ��ﺏ ﺇﻗﺎﻣ��ﺔ ﺑﺭﻫ��ﺎﻥ ﻋﻠ��ﻰ‬source the Quran’s information. The emphasis is in the other ‫ﻣﻧﺑﻊ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ، ﻭﺍﻟﺗﺄﻛﻳﺩ ﻳﻘ�ﻊ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺎﺭﺉ، ﻓﻠ�ﻳﺱ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺇﻣﻛ�ﺎﻥ‬direction, in that the burden of proof is on the reader. One cannot ‫ﺃﺣﺩ ﺇﻧﻛ�ﺎﺭ ﺻ�ﺣﺔ ﻭﻣﺻ�ﺩﺍﻗﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﺩﻭﻥ ﺃﻯ ﺩﻟﻳ�ﻝ ﻛ�ﺎﻑ، ﻓ�ﺈﻥ ﻭﺟ�ﺩ ﺃﺣ�ﺩ‬simply deny the Quran’s authenticity without sufficient proof. If, ‫ﺧﻁﺄ ﻓﻳﻪ ﻋﻧﺩ ﺫﻟﻙ ﻳﻣﻠ�ﻙ ﺍﻟﺣ�ﻕ ﻓ�ﻰ ﺭﺩﻩ، ﻭﻫ�ﺫﺍ ﺑﺎﻟﺿ�ﺑﻁ ﻣ�ﺎ ﻳﺷ�ﺟﻊ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ‬indeed, one finds a mistake, then he has the right to disqualify it.This is exactly what the Quran encourages. .‫ﻋﻠﻳﻪ‬Once a man came up to me after a lecture I delivered in South ،‫ﺟﺎءﻧﻲ ﺭﺟﻝ ﻣﺭﺓ ﺑﻌﺩ ﺇﺣﺩﻯ ﺍﻟﻣﺣﺎﺿﺭﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺗﻲ ﺃﻟﻘﻳﺗﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺟﻧﻭﺏ ﺃﻓﺭﻳﻘﻳﺎ‬14 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  15. 15. Africa. He was very angry about what I had said, and so he ‫ﻛﺎﻥ ﻏﺎﺿﺑﺎ ﺟﺩﺍ ﻣﻣﺎ ﻗﻠﺗﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻣﺣﺎﺿ�ﺭﺓ ﻟ�ﺫﺍ ﻗ�ﺎﻝ ﻟ�ﻲ : )ﺇﻧﻧ�ﻲ ﺫﺍﻫ�ﺏ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ‬claimed, “I am going to go home tonight and find a mistake in ‫ﺍﻟﻠﻳﻠ��ﺔ ﺇﻟ��ﻰ ﺑﻳﺗ �ﻰ ﻭﺳ��ﺄﺟﺩ ﺧﻁ��ﺄ ﻓ �ﻰ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ( ﻭﻗﻠ��ﺕ ﻟ��ﻪ ﻁﺑﻌ��ﺎ: )ﺃﻗ��ﺩﻡ ﻟ��ﻙ‬the Quran.” Of course, I said, “Congratulations. That is the mostintelligent thing that you have said.” Certainly, this is the ‫ﺍﻟﺗﻬﺎﻧﻰ؛ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺃﻓﺿﻝ ﺷﺊ ﻗﻠﺗﻪ(. ﻭﻻ ﺷﻙ ﺃﻥ ﻫﺫﺍ ﻫ�ﻭ ﺍﻷﺳ�ﻠﻭﺏ ﺍﻟ�ﺫﻯ ﻳﺟ�ﺏ‬approach Muslims need to take with those who doubt the ‫ﺃﻥ ﻳﺗﻌﺎﻣ��ﻝ ﺑ��ﻪ ﺍﻟﻣﺳ��ﻠﻣﻭﻥ ﻣ �ﻊ ﺍﻟ��ﺫﻳﻥ ﻳﺷ��ﻛﻭﻥ ﻓ �ﻰ ﻣﺻ��ﺩﺍﻗﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ، ﻷﻥ‬Quran’s authenticity, because the Quran itself offers the same . ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻧﻔﺳﻪ ﻳﻘﺩﻡ ﻣﺛﻝ ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﺗﺣﺩﻯ‬challenge. And inevitably, after accepting its challenge anddiscovering that it is true, these people will come to believe it ‫ﻭ ﺣﺗﻣﺎ ﺍﻧﻬﻡ ﺑﻌﺩ ﻗﺑﻭﻟﻬﻡ ﺍﻟﺗﺣﺩﻯ، ﺛﻡ ﺍﻛﺗﺷ�ﺎﻓﻬﻡ ﺃﻧ�ﻪ ﺻ�ﺣﻳﺢ ﻭﺻ�ﺎﺩﻕ ﻓ�ﺎﻧﻬﻡ‬because they could not disqualify it. In essence, the Quran earns ‫ﻳﺅﻣﻧﻭﻥ ﺑﻪ ﻷﻧﻬﻡ ﻟﻡ ﻳﺳﺗﻁﻳﻌﻭﺍ ﺗﻌﺟﻳﺯﻩ. ﻭﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﺳﺎﺱ ﻓ�ﺈﻥ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ ﻳﻛﺳ�ﺏ‬their respect because they themselves have had to verify its ‫ﺗﻘ��ﺩﻳﺭﻫﻡ ﻭﺍﺣﺗ��ﺭﺍﻣﻬﻡ ﻷﻧﻬ��ﻡ ﻗ��ﺎﻣﻭﺍ ﺑﺄﻧﻔﺳ��ﻬﻡ ﺑﺎﺧﺗﺑ��ﺎﺭ ﻣﺻ��ﺩﺍﻗﻳﺗﻪ. ﻭﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ��ﺔ‬authenticity. ‫ﺍﻷﺳﺎﺳﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺗﻲ ﻻ ﻳﻣﻛﻥ ﺗﻛﺭﺍﺭﻫﺎ ﺑﺷﻛﻝ ﻛﺎﻑ ﻓﻳﻣﺎ ﻳﺗﻌﻠﻕ ﺑﻣﺻﺩﺍﻗﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻘ�ﺭﺁﻥ‬An essential fact that cannot be reiterated enough concerning the ‫ﻫ �ﻰ ﺃﻥ ﻋﺟ��ﺯ ﺃﺣ��ﺩﻫﻡ ﻋ��ﻥ ﺗﻔﺳ��ﻳﺭ ﻅ��ﺎﻫﺭﺓ ﻣ��ﺎ ﻻ ﻳﺗﻁﻠ��ﺏ ﻭﻻ ﻳﻌﻧ �ﻰ ﻗﺑﻭﻟ��ﻪ‬authenticity of the Quran is that one’s inability to explain aphenomenon himself does not require his acceptance of the ‫ﻟﺗﻔﺳﻳﺭ ﺷﺧﺹ ﺁﺧﺭ ﻟﻬﺎ. ﻭﻧﻘﻭﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻭﺟ�ﻪ ﺍﻟﺗﺧﺻ�ﻳﺹ ﺇﻥ ﻋﺟ�ﺯ ﺷ�ﺧﺹ‬phenomenon’s existence or another person’s explanation of it. ‫ﻋﻥ ﺗﻔﺳﻳﺭ ﺷﺊ ﻻ ﻳﻌﻧﻲ ﻭﺟﻭﺏ ﻗﺑﻭﻟﻪ ﻟﺗﻔﺳﻳﺭ ﺷﺧﺹ ﺁﺧﺭ. ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻯ ﺣ�ﺎﻝ‬Specifically, just because one cannot explain something does not ‫ﺇﻥ ﺭﻓ��ﺽ ﺍﻹﻧﺳ��ﺎﻥ ﻟﻠﺗﻔﺳ��ﻳﺭﺍﺕ ﺍﻷﺧ��ﺭﻯ ﻳُﺟﻌ��ﻝ ﻋ��ﺏء ﺍﻹﺛﺑ��ﺎﺕ ﻋﻠﻳ��ﻪ ﻟﻛ�ﻰ‬mean that one has to accept someone else’s explanation. .‫ﻳﺟﺩ ﺟﻭﺍﺑﺎ ﻣﻌﻘﻭﻻ‬However, the person’s refusal of other explanations reverts theburden of proof back on himself to find a feasible answer. This ‫ﻭﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻧﻅﺭﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻣﺔ ﺗﻧﻁﺑ�ﻕ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﻣﻔ�ﺎﻫﻳﻡ ﻋﺩﻳ�ﺩﺓ ﺟ�ﺩﺍ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻳ�ﺎﺓ، ﻭﻟﻛﻧﻬ�ﺎ‬general theory applies to numerous concepts in life, but fits most ‫ﺗ��ﺗﻼءﻡ ﺑﺷ��ﻛﻝ ﻣ��ﺩﻫﺵ ﻣ��ﻊ ﺍﻟﺗﺣ��ﺩﻯ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻧ �ﻰ، ﻷﻧ��ﻪ ﻳﺧﻠ��ﻕ ﺻ��ﻌﻭﺑﺎﺕ ﻟﻣ��ﻥ‬wonderfully with the Quranic challenge, for it creates a difficultyfor one who says, “I do not believe it.” At the onset of refusal one ‫ﻳﻘ��ﻭﻝ: )ﺇﻧﻧ��ﻲ ﻻ ﺃﻭﻣ��ﻥ ﺑ��ﻪ(. ﻓﻔ��ﻲ ﻣﺳ��ﺗﻬﻝ ﺍﻟ��ﺭﻓﺽ ﻳﺣﻣ��ﻝ ﺍﻟ��ﺭﺍﻓﺽ ﺗﻌﻬ��ﺩﺍ‬immediately has an obligation to find an explanation himself if ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺗﺯﺍﻣﺎ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻳﺟﺩ ﺑﻧﻔﺳﻪ ﺗﻔﺳﻳﺭﺍ ﺇﺫﺍ ﺷﻌﺭ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺇﺟﺎﺑﺎﺕ ﺍﻵﺧﺭﻳﻥ ﻏﻳ�ﺭ ﻭﺍﻓﻳ�ﺔ‬he feels others’ answers are inadequate. .‫ﻭﻏﻳﺭ ﻣﻼﺋﻣﺔ‬In fact, in one particular Qur’anic verse which I have always seen ‫ﻭﻓ��ﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ��ﺔ ﻫﻧ��ﺎﻙ ﺁﻳ��ﺔ ﺃﺭﻯ ﺩﺍﺋﻣ��ﺎ ﺃﻧﻬ��ﺎ ﺗﺭﺟﻣ��ﺕ ﺇﻟ��ﻰ ﺍﻹﻧﻛﻠﻳﺯﻳ��ﺔ ﺑﺷ��ﻛﻝ‬mistranslated into English, Allah mentions a man who heard the ُ ‫ﺧﺎﻁﺊ، ﻳﺷﻳﺭ ﷲ ﻓ�ﻲ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ ﺍﻵﻳ�ﺔ ﺇﻟ�ﻰ ﺷ�ﺧﺹ ﺳ�ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ�ﺔ ﻭﻫ�ﻲ ﺗﺷ�ﺭﺡ‬truth explained to him. It states that he was derelict in his dutybecause after he heard the information, he left without checking ‫ﻟﻪ، ﻭﻫﻭ ﻳﻘﻭﻝ ﻋﻧﻪ ﺃﻧﻪ ﺃﻫﻣﻝ ﻭﻅﻳﻔﺗﻪ ﻷﻧ�ﻪ ﺑﻌ�ﺩﻣﺎ ﺳ�ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺧﺑ�ﺭ ﻭﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ�ﺔ‬the verity of what he had heard. In other words, one is guilty if ‫ﺗﺭﻛﻬ��ﺎ ﺩﻭﻥ ﺗ��ﺩﻗﻳﻕ ﺻ��ﺩﻕ ﻭﺻ��ﺣﺔ ﻣ��ﺎ ﺳ��ﻣﻊ، ﻭﺑﺗﻌﺑﻳ��ﺭ ﺁﺧ��ﺭ ﺇﻥ ﺍﻹﻧﺳ��ﺎﻥ‬he hears something and does not research it and check to see15 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬
  16. 16. whether it is true. One is supposed to process all information and ،‫ﻳﻛ���ﻭﻥ ﻣ���ﺫﻧﺑﺎ ﺇﻥ ﺳ���ﻣﻊ ﺷ���ﻳﺋﺎ ﻭﻟ���ﻡ ﻳﻘ���ﻡ ﺑﺗ���ﺩﻗﻳﻕ ﻭﻓﺣ���ﺹ ﻣ���ﺩﻯ ﺻ���ﺣﺗﻪ‬decide what is garbage to be thrown out and what is worthwhile ‫ﻭﺍﻟﻣﻔﺭﻭﺽ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻹﻧﺳﺎﻥ ﻳﻣﻠﻙ ﺟﻣﻳﻊ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﺛﻡ ﻳﻘﺭﺭ ﻣﺎ ﻳﻧﺑﺫ ﻣ�ﻥ ﻫ�ﺫﻩ‬information to be kept and benefited from immediately or evenat a later date. .‫ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﻭﻳﺭﻣﻳﻬﺎ ﻭﻣﺎ ﻳﺳﺗﺑﻘﻲ ﻣﻧﻬﺎ ﻭﻳﺣﺗﻔﻅ ﺑﻬﺎ ﻟﻳﺳﺗﻔﻳﺩ ﻣﻧﻬﺎ ﻻﺣﻘﺎ‬One cannot just let it rattle around in his head. It must be put in ‫ﺍﻹﻧﺳﺎﻥ ﻻ ﻳﻣﻛﻧﻪ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺩﻋﻬﺎ ﺗﺩﻭﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺭﺃﺳﻪ ﻓﻘﻁ، ﺑﻝ ﻳﺟ�ﺏ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻭﺿ�ﻊ ﻓ�ﻰ‬the proper categories and approached from that point of view. ‫ﺗﺻ��ﻧﻳﻔﺎﺕ ﻭﺃﺑ��ﻭﺍﺏ ﻣﻧﺎﺳ��ﺑﺔ ﻟﻳﺳ��ﺗﻁﻳﻊ ﺍﻟ��ﺩﻧﻭ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺗﻠ��ﻙ ﺍﻟﻧﻘﻁ��ﺔ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻭﺟﻬ��ﺔ‬For example, if the information is still speculatory, then one must ‫ﺍﻟﻧﻅﺭ؛ ﻓﻣﺛﻼ ﺇﺫﺍ ﻛﺎﻧﺕ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ�ﺎﺕ ﻻ ﺗ�ﺯﺍﻝ ﺗﺻ�ﻭﺭﺍﺕ ﻭﻓﺭﺿ�ﻳﺎﺕ، ﻓﻌﻠ�ﻰ‬discern whether it’s closer to being true or false. But if all the factshave been presented, then one must decide absolutely between ،‫ﺍﻟﻣ��ﺭء ﺃﻥ ﻳﺗﺑ��ﻳﻥ ﻋﻣ��ﺎ ﺇﺫﺍ ﻛﺎﻧ��ﺕ ﻗﺭﻳﺑ��ﺔ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ��ﺔ ﺃﻡ ﻫ �ﻰ ﺯﺍﺋﻔ��ﺔ ﺗﻣﺎﻣ��ﺎ‬these two options. And even if one is not positive about the ‫ﻭﻟﻛ��ﻥ ﺇﺫﺍ ﻛﺎﻧ��ﺕ ﺍﻟﺣﻘ��ﺎﺋﻕ ﻛﻠﻬ��ﺎ ﻗ��ﺩ ﺗ��ﻡ ﺗﻘ��ﺩﻳﻣﻬﺎ ﻓﻌﻠ��ﻰ ﺍﻟﻣ��ﺭء ﺃﻥ ﻳﻘ��ﺭﺭ ﺑ��ﻳﻥ‬authenticity of the information, he is still required to process all ‫ﻫ��ﺫﻳﻥ ﺍﻟﺧﻳ��ﺎﺭﻳﻥ ﻭﺣﺗ��ﻰ ﻟ��ﻭ ﻛ��ﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻣ��ﺭء ﻏﻳ��ﺭ ﻣﺗﺄﻛ��ﺩ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻣﺻ��ﺩﺍﻗﻳﺔ ﻫ��ﺫﻩ‬the information and make the admission that he just does not ‫ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﻓﺎﻟﻣﻁﻠﻭﺏ ﻣﻧﻪ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻌﺎﻟﺞ ﺟﻣﻳﻊ ﻫﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﻭﻳﺳ�ﻠﻡ ﺑﺄﻧ�ﻪ ﻻ‬know for sure. ‫ﻳﻌﺭﻑ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻭﺟﻪ ﺍﻟﺗﺄﻛﻳﺩ. ﻭﻣﻊ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻧﻘﻁﺔ ﺍﻷﺧﻳ�ﺭﺓ ﺗﺑ�ﺩﻭ ﻭﻛﺄﻧﻬ�ﺎ ﻻ ﺟ�ﺩﻭﻯ‬Although this last point appears to be futile, in actuality, it isbeneficial to the arrival at a positive conclusion at a later time in ‫ﻣﻧﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻭﺍﻗﻊ ﺍﻟﻌﻣﻠ�ﻲ، ﻓﺈﻧﻬ�ﺎ ﻣﻔﻳ�ﺩﺓ ﻓ�ﻲ ﺍﻟﻭﺻ�ﻭﻝ ﺇﻟ�ﻰ ﻧﺗ�ﺎﺋﺞ ﺇﻳﺟﺎﺑﻳ�ﺔ ﻓ�ﻰ‬that it forces the person to at least recognize research and review ‫ﻭﻗﺕ ﻻﺣﻕ، ﻷﻧﻬﺎ ﺗﺟﻌ�ﻝ ﺍﻟﻣ�ﺭء ﻣﺿ�ﻁﺭﺍ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﺍﻷﻗ�ﻝ ﻷﻥ ﻳ�ﺩﺭﻙ ﻭﻳﺑﺣ�ﺙ‬the facts. ‫ﻭﻳﻌﻳﺩ ﺍﻟﻧﻅﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﺎﺋﻕ ﻭﺍﻟﻭﻗﺎﺋﻊ. ﻭﺍﻟﺗﻌ�ﻭﺩ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﺍﻟﺗﻌﺎﻣ�ﻝ ﻣ�ﻊ ﺍﻟﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣ�ﺎﺕ‬This familiarity with the information will give the person “the ُ ‫ﻳﻌﻁ���ﻲ ﻟﻠﻣ���ﺭء ﺍﻷﻓﺿ���ﻠﻳﺔ ﻋﻧ���ﺩﻣﺎ ﺗ���ﺗﻡ ﺍﻛﺗﺷ���ﺎﻓﺎﺕ ﺟﺩﻳ���ﺩﺓ ﺃﻭ ﻋﻧ���ﺩﻣﺎ ﺗﻘ���ﺩﻡ‬edge” when future discoveries are made and additional ‫ﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﺇﺿﺎﻓﻳﺔ. ﻭﺍﻟﺷﺊ ﺍﻟﻣﻬﻡ ﻫﻧﺎ ﻫ�ﻭ ﺃﻥ ﻋﻠ�ﻰ ﺍﻹﻧﺳ�ﺎﻥ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺗﻌﺎﻣ�ﻝ ﻣ�ﻊ‬information is presented. The important thing is that one deals .‫ﺍﻟﺣﻘﺎﺋﻕ ﻭﺃﻻ ﻳﻧﺑﺫﻫﺎ ﻭﻳﻬﻣﻠﻬﺎ ﻭﻻ ﻳﻌﺗﻧﻘﻬﺎ‬with the facts and does not simply discard them out of empathyand disinterest. Exhausting the Alternatives ‫ﺍﺳﺗﻧﺯﺍﻑ ﺍﻟﺑﺩﺍﺋﻝ‬The real certainty about the truthfulness of the Quran is evident ،‫ﺇﻥ ﺍﻟﺗﺄﻛ��ﺩ ﺍﻟﺣﻘﻳﻘ �ﻰ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻣﺻ��ﺩﺍﻗﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻘ��ﺭﺁﻥ ﻭﺍﺿ��ﺢ ﻣ��ﻥ ﺍﻟﺛﻘ��ﺔ ﺍﻟﺳ��ﺎﺋﺩﺓ ﻓﻳ��ﻪ‬in the confidence which is prevalent throughout it; and this ‫ﻭﻫ��ﺫﻩ ﺍﻟﺛﻘ��ﺔ ﻣ��ﻥ ﻣﻘﺗﺭﺑ��ﺎﺕ ﻋﺩﻳ��ﺩﺓ ﻣﻧﻬ��ﺎ "ﺍﺳ��ﺗﻧﻔﺎﺩ ﺍﻟﺑ��ﺩﺍﺋﻝ"؛ ﻓﻔ��ﻲ ﺍﻷﺳ��ﺎﺱ‬confidence comes from a different approach - “Exhausting the ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺟﻭﻫﺭ ﻧﺭﻯ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺭﺁﻥ ﻳﺻﺭﺡ : "ﻫﺫﺍ ﺍﻟﻛﺗﺎﺏ ﻭﺣﻰ ﺍﻟﻬﻰ؛ ﺇﻥ ﻟﻡ ﺗ�ﺅﻣﻥ‬alternatives.” In essence, the Quran states, “This book is a divinerevelation; if you do not believe that, then what is it?” In other ‫ﺑﻬﺫﺍ ﻓﻘﻝ ﻣﺎﺫﺍ ﻫﻭ ؟ "؛ ﺑﻌﺑﺎﺭﺓ ﺃﺧﺭﻯ ﻓﺈﻧﻪ ﻳﺗﺣﺩﻯ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺭﺉ ﺃﻥ ﻳ�ﺄﺗﻰ ﺑﺗﻔﺳ�ﻳﺭ‬16 The Amazing Qur’an Gary Miller ‫ﺟﺎﺭﻯ ﻣﻴﻠﻠﺮ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺬﻫﻞ‬

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