Which thing you call amazing?
Anything which comes within your experience lying beyond expectation and beyond intellect. For example – One does not expect from a man living in deserts who has never been to a sea, describing seafaring .See what a sailor tells to the famous Canadian priest Gary Miller. Miller wrote a book ‘The Amazing Quran ‘after he embraced Islam, he writes in his book: (now available in the Internet. (http://www.thetruecall.com/downloads/AmazingQuran.pdf)
“Some years ago, the story came to us in Toronto about a man who was in the merchant marine and made his living on the sea. A Muslim happened to give him a translation of the Qur’an to read. The merchant marine knew nothing about the history of Islam but he was interested in reading the Qur’an. When he finished reading it, he brought it back to the Muslim and asked, “This Muhammad, was he a sailor?” He was impressed as to how accurately the Qur’an describes a storm on a sea. When he was told, “No as a matter of fact, Muhammad lived in the desert and never even saw a sea” that was enough for him. He embraced Islam on the spot.
Current of Soft Water under Saline Water
Have you heard of Jacques Cousteau a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer and author who amazed the audience in a Science Congress by describing his findings that in the deep sea exists a barrier separating saline water with that of common soft water. There the famous author of “The Quran, the Bible and Science” Dr. Maurice Bucaille was present who endorsed the great oceanographer by informing that what he discovered today was already written in a Book 14 centuries back. (Some say that he was so impressed that he embraced Islam but later his secretary denied) (See the detail in Google )
In Physics there is a term ‘Resonance’. It is defined as: “The increase in the amplitude of an oscillation of a system under the influence of a periodic force whose frequency is close to that of the system’s natural frequency”. In simple words it means if the frequency of any wave matches with the natural frequency of an object then that object picks up the frequency of the incoming wave and starts oscillating with the same. Something like this happens to the readers or listeners of the Quran. At times it so happens with the listeners that if he is well tuned with the reciter, tears roll down and the heart resounds.
Sometimes just a single verse of the Quran goes deep into the soul and opens up a new vista of meaning — and just one verse may turn a new chapter in one’s life. Here I relate some real stories—the first one is my personal experience and the second one is related with the famous Jew, Leopold Weiss of Vienna turned to Islam as Muhammad Asad, an extraordinary scholar of Islam (his translation of the Quran and other books “Road to Mecca” and “Islam at the Cross Roads” are available in the Net, refer: www.islamicity.com) :
A verse of the Quran :an amulet for a non-Muslim brother
On return to hostel from library late night, during my research in IIT Delhi, a premier technical institute in India , I found smoke missing out from a room while the door was shut . After several anxious knocking it was opened, I found a young boy in a wrecked state while some papers and letters were burning in one corner. After much persuasion the boy related that he had received a shattering letter from his beloved that evening informing him that she had been compelled by her parents to marry somebody else .The boy became so desperate that he wished to finish his life. I consoled him in many ways and in the end I said, ‘look, you are a non – Muslim and I don’t know how much the Quran may appeal to you but I tell you there is one verse which may heal your wounds at this time of despair: I recited Surah Baqrah’s verse no. 216: “But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not.” It acted like an arrow just to the target. I found and I still remember how the boy’s facial expression changed. The next morning when I had not even finished my Fajar prayer, my door was knocked. There stood that boy, “Brother; can you give me that verse of the Quran in writing?” I gave him the translation of it ; “oh , no, please give me that in Arabic and its transliteration – I will keep it with me forever as an amulet !”
A verse of the Quran : a life saving call
Another such inspiring story is narrated by the famous scholar of Islam , Muhammad Asad ( earlier a German Jew, Leopold Weiss ) in his famous autobiography “Road to Mecca”. While traversing the arid desert of Najd in Saudi Arabia he lost his way. Struggling long for survival in the wilderness and battered by thirst, hunger and weariness he became so desperate that he placed his gun upon his neck to terminate his life. He narrates that at that hour of time while he was just sinking into death, he felt as if someone was calling from far off distance a verse of the Quran: (2:155) “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” It was as if someone had awakened him, he withdrew his gun , but somehow the gun fired .The echo caught attention of a caravan passing by at a distance. (Read this interesting story in his book, available In the Internet : ( http://www.islamicbulletin.com/services/all_ebooks_p1.aspx)
The Verses of the Quran tested on Music Rhythm
I referred above a term of Physics “Resonance”, in regard to the Quran , it is “Spiritual Resonance” which explains the rhyming of heart with the verse. A famous scholar Dr. Hamidullah who passed most of his life in Paris narrates yet another story ,how a French Christian Musician turned Muslim who one day came to him shuddering with excitement and asked “Sir, is not the Quran a book of God?” “Why, what is the problem?” He said:” you know I am a musician; I was testing one passage of the Book on my instrument according to the musical rhythmic laws, at one point it is not conforming? Hamidullah asked him to recite that passage and located the point where he was not reciting correctly. That Musician went to a corner and kept trying with his instrument for a while, and came back smiling and said “sir, surely it is from God”!
Some excerpts from Gary Miller’s book “The Amazing Quran”(http://www.thetruecall.com/downloads/AmazingQuran.pdf
It is highly recommended to read this book, I assure, you will find it interesting and informative:
Gary Miller (Abdul-Ahad Omar) shows how we can establish true faith by setting standards of truth. He illustrates a simple but effective method of finding out the right direction in our search for truth.
G.R. Miller is a mathematician and a theologian. He was active in Christian missionary work at a particular point of his life but he soon began to discover many inconsistencies in the Bible. In 1978, he happened to read the Qur’an expecting that it, too, would contain a mixture of truth and falsehood.
He discovered to his amazement that the message of the Qur’an was precisely the same as the essence of truth that he had distilled from the Bible. He became a Muslim and since then has been active in giving public presentations on Islam including radio and television appearances. He is also the author of several articles and publications about Islam.
“A few years ago, a group of men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia collected all of the verses in the Qur’an which discuss embryology – the growth of the human being in the womb. They said, “Here is what the Qur’an says. Is it the truth?” In essence, they took the advice of the Qur’an: “Ask the men who know.” They chose, as it happened, a non-Muslim who is a professor of embryology at the University of Toronto. His name is Keith Moore, and he is the author of textbooks on embryology – a world expert on the subject. They invited him to Riyadh and said, “This is what the Qur’an says about your subject. Is it true? What can you tell us?”
While he was in Riyadh, they gave him all the help that he needed in translation and all of the cooperation for which he asked. And he was so surprised at what he found that he changed his textbooks. In fact, in the second edition of one of his books, called Before We Are Born… in the section about the history of embryology, he included some material that was not in the first edition because of what he found in the Qur’an was ahead of its time and that those who believe in the Qur’an know what other people do not know.
Gary Miller interviews Dr Keith Moore :
“I(Gary Miller) had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keith Moore for a television presentation, and we talked a great deal about this – it was illustrated by slides and so on.
He mentioned that some of the things that the Qur’an states about the growth of the human being were not known until thirty years ago. In fact, he said that one item in particular – the Qur’an’s description of the human being as a “leech-like clot” (‘alaqah) at one stage (Surahs al-Hajj 22:5; al-Mu’minun 23:14; and Ghafir 40:67) – was new to him; but when he checked on it, he found that it was true, and so he added it to his book.
He said, “I never thought of that before,” and he went to the zoology department and asked for a picture of a leech. When he found that it looked just like the human embryo, he decided to include both pictures in one of his textbooks. Although the aforementioned example of man researching information contained in the Qur’an deals with a non-Muslim, it is still valid because he is one of those who is knowledgeable in the subject being researched.
Had some layman claimed that what the Qur’an says about embryology is true, then one would not necessarily have to accept his word. However, because of the high position, respect, and esteem man gives scholars, one naturally assumes that if they research a subject and arrive at a conclusion based on that research, then the conclusion is valid.
Keith L. Moore (born 5 October, 1925 in Brantford, Ontario) is a professor emeritus in the division of anatomy, in the Faculty of Surgery, at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Moore is associate dean for Basic Medical Sciences in the university’s Faculty of Medicine, and was Chair of Anatomy from 1976 to 1984. He is a founding member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), and was President of the AACA between 1989 and 1999
Moore has co-written (with Professor Arthur F. Dalley and Professor Anne M. R. Agur) Clinically Oriented Anatomy, an English-language anatomy textbook. He also co-wrote (with Professor Anne M. R. Agur and Professor Arthur F. Dalley) Essential Clinical Anatomy.
Dr. Moore also wrote a book on clinical embryology, and when he presented this information in Toronto, it caused quite a stir throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of the newspapers across Canada, and some of the headlines were quite funny. For instance, one headline read: “SURPRISING THING FOUND IN ANCIENT BOOK!”! It seems obvious from this example that people do not clearly understand what it is all about. As a matter of fact, one newspaper reporter asked Professor Moore, “Don’t you think that maybe the Arabs might have known about these things – the description of the embryo, its appearance and how it changes and grows? Maybe there were not scientists, but maybe they did something crude dissections on their own – carved up people and examined these things.”
The professor immediately pointed out to him that he [i.e., the reporter] had missed a very important point – all of the slides of the embryo that had been shown and had been projected in the film had come from pictures taken through a microscope. He said, “It does not matter if someone had tried to discover embryology fourteen centuries ago, they could not have seen it!”. All of the descriptions in the Qur’an of the appearance of the embryo are of the item when it is still too small to see with the eye; therefore, one needs a microscope to see it. Since such a device had only been around for little more than two hundred years, Dr. Moore taunted, “Maybe fourteen centuries ago someone secretly had a microscope and did this research, making no mistakes anywhere. Then he somehow taught Muhammad and convinced him to put this information in his book. Then he destroyed his equipment and kept it a secret forever. Do you believe that? You really should not unless you bring some proof because it is such a ridiculous theory.
” In fact, when he was asked “How do you explain this information in the Qur’an?” Dr. Moore’s reply was, “It could only have been divinely revealed.”! (http://www.quranandscience.com/human/135-dr-keith-moore-confirms-embryology-in-quran.html)
“It suffices for the purpose of this discussion to state that the Qur’an makes very clear and concise statements about various subjects while simultaneously advising the reader to verify the authenticity of these statements with research by scholars in those subjects. And as illustrated above the Qur’an has clearly emerged authentic. Undoubtedly, there is an attitude in the Qur’an which is not found anywhere else. It is interesting how when the Qur’an provides information, it often tells the reader, “You did not know this before.” Indeed, there is no scripture that exists which makes that claim.” (excerpt from the book “ The Amazing Quran”)