Masood Azizi Nadvi
Translation: Hifzur Rahman Qasmi
Undoubtedly, there are countless signs of the Creator of the globe spread all over the universe. The Holy Qur'an, which is a living miracle of Allah and a limitless repository of knowledge and wonder, gives such astonishing signs of the Almighty God that the modern scientists are wonder-struck.
The facts which are discovered by the modern science in today's developed world have been already well-documented in the Holy Qur'an more than 1400 years ago. Thus the scientists are compelled to think that there must be some heavenly connection that the prophet Mohammad (saws) put forth these facts in detail. There are many hierophants who acquire the mystic knowledge God inspired by the ayeths of the Qur'an. This very knowledge of God picks man out of the twilight of doubts and misgivings and acquaints him with the test of faith and belief. For such people a satisfactory answer to every question lies in the wise and true words of Allah.
In the early centuries of Islam, Muslims dived in the depths of the Holy Qur'an and took out precious and golden pearls of knowledge and wisdom; rather most of founders of the science were Muslims who pondered over the Qur'an and laid the foundations of modern science. They put forth such basic scientific rules that led the subsequent generations to unveil the mysteries from the countless facts of the universe.
Among those Muslim scientists are Bu Ali Sina, Abu Nasr Farabi, Abbas bin Farnas Idrisi, and Abu Raihan Al-Bairuni (ra). They invented many things and their inventions, discoveries and research received admiration from the whole world. The world accepted them as the founders of science. They accomplished all these things for the betterment of human kind.
On the other hand, the elder ulema of the Muslim Ummah pondered over the Qur'an from the religious angle and accomplished the splendid task of fiqh deduction and research. They deduced such rulings and injunctions from the Holy Qur'an that made it quite easy for the ummah to solve knotty problems.
The Imams of Hadith, Fiqh and the commentators of the Qur'an acquired expertise in the Qur'an and derived from it many nuggets of wisdom. They offered to the subsequent generations an all-embracing code of life, so much so that it extends to people from all walks of life in every aspect of their existence. In short, whoever has taken a dip in the ocean of the Qur'an from any angle, whatsoever and understood its underlying meaning, he has progressed and a spring of knowledge and wisdom has streamed from him.
But of late, not to speak of consideration upon the Qur'an, Muslims have even left the efforts to understand its translation and meaning. Today the Qur'an is of course recited, which is also one of purposes of the advent of the prophet (saws). But efforts to understand the Qur'an are next to nothing. Qur'an itself invites man to consider it carefully. It also urges man to consider and look into the universe and what it contains including his own self.
But alas! The Qur'an has been left only for blessing, conveying reward for recitation to the dead and taraweeh in the month of Ramadhan. There is no mosque in the world that does not have the Qur'an. But there is the dearth of reciters. There is the Qur'an in every house wrapped in the cover, but it cries for reciters. There are many memorisers who open the Qur'an only in the month of Ramadhan to lead taraweeh. There are many ulema who are not able to translate even some verses. The number of those who ponder over the Qur'an is unfortunately very less. This is common situation of the Ummah. But the number of such people does not reach to the extent as to bring honor and homage.
They got honor in the world due to the Qur'an.
And we face humiliation as we are brushing it aside.
The Qur'an is such a book which has a great impact on those who understand it, gives them guidance and makes a considerable change in their attitude and thought. It strengthens the faith. Some scientists have commented on the amazing scientific discoveries contained in the Holy Qur'an.
Dr. V. N.Prasad, a professor of science in Canada University, said when he was asked about scientific miracles of the Qur'an on which he had earlier researched, “The back- ground of the manifestations of the Qur'anic miracles to me is that the prophet Mohammad (saws) was a layman. He could neither read nor could he write. In fact he was not a learned man. We are talking about 1400 centuries ago. Now if a man makes big claims and explains great facts before you, it cannot be mere accident. Especially, when it is true according to scientific point of view. The words of the Prophet (saws) have been proved. Thus like Dr. Mor I too, do not nurse any suspicion about the Qur'an being the revelation of the God which showed him the way to explain these facts.”
Dr. Marshal Johnson, a professor in an American university, writes in his thesis: “The Holy Qur'an not only explains the external shape of human evolution, but also the internal stages of his creation and evolution. eg it explains the stages of embryo and confirms the big changes which take place in it. And it is accepted by the modern science.” He further says: “I do not find any proof to refute the creed that Mohammad (saws) received these information from another source rather than heavenly one which was the guidance from God.”
Dr. William is a renowned oceanographist and a professor in an American university. While talking about the recently discovered facts of the ocean which also find mention in the Holy Qur'an, he said, “I liked it very much that the information of this kind are found in an old revealed book. I do not know the source from where these informaton sprang. But it is very interesting that such information are found in the book and research on some verses is still on.” When asked, “what is the fountain head of the teaching of the Qur'an?” he said, “Yes! I think that its source must be the Almighty God.”
Professor Tijatat Tijason is the chairman of the faculty of Anatomy in a university of Thailand. In the eighth medical conference in Riyadh, he said, “I have been developing an interest with the Qur'an for the last three years. What I could grasp from my personal study and this conference, makes it quite clear that what has been said in the Holy Qur'an more than 1400 years ago is true and can be proved by modern science. Since the prophet (saws) was an unlettered man, therefore he was surely a messenger of Allah, who passed on these facts to the subsequent generations. This truth was revealed to him as the light of guidance by the Entity Who as the Creator is able to guide. This Entity is the One Almighty Creator. Therefore, I am of the mind that the time has come when every human being must utter “ There is no God but Allah and Mohammad (saws) is the messenger of Allah.” (Khabar Namah Katauli Laknow, January, Fabruary, 2009)
There are two sources to unlock the cornucopia of wisdom that is in the Quran. One is to act on Islam with piety and sincerity and then read and read again the verses of the Glorious Quran and call upon Allah to reveal the hidden treasures to you. Simply pondering deeply on the Quran without right action and belief is not enough, When both go together, then hidden facets of the Quran will open up new vistas of knowledge before you.
As the prophet Muhammad (saws) said that whoever prays sincerely for forty days, Allah will enables springs of wisdom to flow from his heart.
The remarks of the above mentioned non-Muslim scientists make it quite clear as to how a non-Muslim get impressed with the Holy Qur'an, when he comes to know the wonderful discoveries of the Holy Qur'an after pondering over it.
If Muslims too, start pondering over it, strengthen their relation with it, spend their mind on its meaning and niceties, recite it as a code of life and an everlasting miracle, then will surely find numerous pearls. He will understand the universality of the Qur'an. And the resonantal verses of the Quran will acquire a local habitation and a name.There will open many doors of guidance. This is the reason why a famous lover of the book of Allah, Philosophy Dr. Allamah Iqbal says:
O Muslims, take a dive into the Qur'an
May Allah grant you freshness of conduct!