Question: were there in the Koran and Sunnah any references to the inventions we see today or those we know nothing about yet?
This question is answered by:
Dr. Muhammad Abraham Dodah
Researcher in the International
Commission on Scientific Signs of Qur'an & Sunnah in the holy city of Makka
Translated By Bayan Taleb
Revised By Magdy Abd Al-Shafy
All praise be to Allah, and Allah's peace and blessing be upon his messenger; as for what follows:
The Holy Koran is a book guiding to the belief in Allah; it is not human –made book aiming at or assuming invention and technical creativity. The Koran task is to correct the extraneous beliefs in the methods of the messengers of Allah to confirm Allah's oneness; this is the main purpose of calling to look in the universe for proofs of the Koran authenticity and evidence to the greatness and oneness of Allah so that human would reach certainty, as Allah the Exalted said in the Holy Koran what means: ( Say: "Behold all that is in the heavens and the earth,") Yunus 101, and his saying what means: (Do they not look in the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all things that Allah has created, and that it may be that the end of their lives is near. In what message after this will they then believe?) Al-A'raf 185.
But the call for looking and meditating on the universe, working the mind and inventing had put the basics for the experimental method; one of its fruits was that it motivated the energies and sharpened the minds to build an international civilization whose terms are still in use to date in astronomy, algebra, and chemistry at the time when Europe was groping its way in the darkness of ignorance and illusion.
The communityin which the revelation was sent was not prepared to assimilate facts that humanity was not able to scientifically and empirically ascertain until centuries after the revelation. That is why scientific references in the Hadith were not as many as the Holy , they abundantly came in the Holy Koran; these references were kept for the next generations to examine and ascertain in order to make sure of the revelation and to confirm the message of monotheism; they gave an absolute promise we see coming true today, as Allah the Almighty said: (We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur'an) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?) Fusilat 53, and also Allah said: (And say [(O Muhammad SAW) to these polytheists and pagans etc.]: "All the praises and thanks be to Allah. He will show you His signs and you shall recognize them. And your Lord is not unaware of what you do.") Al-Namal 93. To say that Muslims or non-Muslims will see these references and signs means that the promise will come true whether they discovered the truth or some one else discovered it earlier. So, there is no room to raise the question that mixes between taking what is discovered as a proof on the revelation, or taking what is mentioned in the Koran as a sign for what will be discovered, why would Muslims wait for others to discover the scientific facts and then realize the revelation reference afterwards?
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I will fulfill your wish concerning the technical advancement in the Koran with an example: at the time when we look – during winter- for fuel for heating, the Koran talks a lot about us being on a thin floating layer over gigantic vortex of blazing magma and an everlasting source of energy right under our feet; don’t you see that the energy problem in the world is completely solved once and for all! This blazing furnace can be reached by a metal pipe full of water in areas that are not too deep like Medina, transmuting it to steam can produce electricity for free which can be stored and is enough to transform the Arab peninsula into a green heaven. If this came true then it is an inspiration and the evidence on revelation is the Koran preceding the truth before it is discovered, at least this is what I think.
One of the references to the future technology is the talk about what we consider now modern transportations that are similar to the animals used in the time of revelation, Allah Almighty says in the Koran what means: (And the cattle, He has created them for you; in them there is warmth (warm clothing), and numerous benefits, and of them you eat. And wherein is beauty for you, when you bring them home in the evening, and as you lead them forth to pasture in the morning. And they carry your loads to a land that you could not reach except with great trouble to yourselves. Truly, your Lord is full of Kindness, Most Merciful. And (He has created) horses, mules and donkeys, for you to ride and as an adornment. And He creates (other) things of which you have no knowledge. And upon Allah is the responsibility to explain the Straight Path (i.e. Islamic Monotheism for mankind i.e. to show them legal and illegal, good and evil things, etc. so, whosoever accepts the guidance, it will be for his own benefit and whosoever goes astray, it will be for his own destruction), but there are ways that turn aside (such as Paganism, Judaism, Christianity, etc.). And had He willed, He would have guided you all) Al-Nahal 5-9. Our sign here is (And He creates (other) things of which you have no knowledge) during talking about several means of transportation (horses, mules and donkeys, for you to ride); The verb creates is in present referring to renewal, which gives no limit to the means of transportation to be invented ; when you relax and sit in your chair today in a car, ship, or plan remember that you are sitting on an evidence of the revelation of Koran.
God says in the Holy Quran what means (And He creates (other) things of which you have no knowledge) Al-Moraghe commented on this verse saying there is an implicit reference to that which science leads our minds to invent, such as land and sea vehicles, airplanes that carry your luggage from one country to another, air balloons, submarines, and such things that raise wonder and replace horses, mules and donkeys that were used for ride and as an adornment (1)
Ibn Ashur , a Koran exegesis scientist said: "it seems to me that this verse is one of the Koran supernatural scientific miracles; it is a sign to the fact that Allah will inspire humans to invent vehicles more useful than horses, mules, and donkeys such as these wheels that a person may ride and move with his legs, the convoys of trains and cars, and then the airplanes that fly using filtered oil; all these are creations (inventions) that people before didn't know of. Allah inspiring people to invent them is linked to Allah's creation; Allah inspired inventors and gave them intelligence and science, made them progress and learn from each other, so these inventions are Allah's creation because they are Allah's blessings " (2)
Al-Shankiti said: "in Allah's the Exalted saying (And He creates (other) things of which you have no knowledge), the Great and Almighty said in this holy verse that Allah will create things the addressees won't know when, ???, and did not explain anything here, but mentioning this while talking about being grateful for vehicles refers to the fact that some of these are means of transportation. This was witnessed when Allah blessed humanitywith vehicles that were not know at the time when this verse was revealed such as airplanes, trains, and cars; this is supported by the messenger (peace be upon him) reference to it in an authentic Hadith, on the authority of Moslem Bin Hajaj (may Allah have mercy upon him) in his authentic Hadith book.. on the authority of Abe Huraira, the messenger of Allah said: "The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya taxand would leave the young she-camel and no one would endeavor to (collect Zakat on it)..... . Our evidence here in this authentic hadith is the prophet's saying: (and would leave the young she-camel and no one would endeavor to), the prophet swore that camels won't be used; this is seen now that they were replaced with the mentioned vehicles. This Hadith is a great miracle that proves his prophethood, even though his miracles (may Allah's mercy and peace be upon him) were innumerable" (3). The Alusi said: "changing to the future form is an indication of continuity and renewal… ??" (4). Al-Zarkashi said: "concerning the adjectives, you start with the best like saying the princess stood, then his deputy and his clerk… horses were mentioned at first because they are better that mules, then came the mentioning of mules and then donkeys" (5).
More examples of this is God's saying in the Holy Quran what means : (So I swear by the afterglow of sunset; And by the night and whatever it gathers in its darkness; And by the moon when it is at the full, You shall certainly travel from stage to stage. What is the matter with them, that they believe not? And when the Koran is recited to them, they fall not prostrate) Al-Inshiqaq 16-21. I will free my imagination with you and make it create a vision that examines the unknown; these night phenomena are familiar observations: first the afterglow, then the rise of the celestial bodies, and finally the full moon which is the purest of the beautiful stages of the moon. You feel in the succession of these phenomena a movement indicated by the order; afterglow (aurora ) is at sunset, then when the night comes you see the celestial bodies filling the sky before you get attracted by the beauty of the moon; but what comes after the night? It is the sun shining beautifully overcoming the moon. That is how a fact will be cleared confirmed by the Holy Koran in an implied simile of the sun in the middle of the day: (You shall certainly travel from stage to stage), traveling requires carrying, traveling, moving, and immigrating, as Allah the Exalted said: (horses, mules and donkeys, for you to ride), and his saying: (Allah, it is He Who has made cattle for you, that you may ride onsome of them and of some you eat. And you have (many other) benefits from them, and that you may reach by their means a desire that is in your breasts (i.e. carry your goods, loads, etc.), and on them and on ships you are carried.) Ghafer 79-80. What is amazing is that the round shape similar to a plate is indeed the shape that establishes stability in space to recover by the rotating the lack of gravity. The first space city was designed in the shape of a rotating plate with its houses and farms on the sides and the doors are ascended to towards the protected ceiling from the glow with metal covers; the residences will live in luxury without any disturbances such as earthquakes, rodents, and epidemics. You want to object? This is what I wanted to reach with you, just be satisfied with examining the revelation signs that became facts in your time and let coming generations see what isn't revealed yet; or do you want to enjoy something that amazed the most eloquent ones and captured the minds of thinkers through out the ages? then set you imagination free to imagine a world of luxury and decoration that earth cannot handle and is similar to what would happen in space cities, listen to the Exalted the Almighty saying: (Is it they who would portion out the Mercy of your Lord? It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in this world, and We raised some of them above others in ranks, so that some may employ others in their work. But the Mercy (Paradise) of your Lord (O Muhammad SAW) is better than the (wealth of this world) which they amass. And were it not that all mankind would have become of one community (all disbelievers, desiring worldly life only), We would have provided for those who disbelieve in the Most Beneficent (Allah), silver roofs for their houses, and elevators (and stair-ways, etc. of silver) whereby they ascend, And for their houses, doors (of silver), and thrones (of silver) on which they could recline, And adornments of gold. Yet all this (i.e. the roofs, doors, stairs, elevators, thrones etc. of their houses) would have been nothing but an enjoyment of this world. And the Hereafter with your Lord is only for the pious.). Al-Zughruf 32-35. The hadith is like the Holy Koran, it came promising a spatial civilization and the spread of Islam until reaching the celestial bodies, on the authority of Abe Umama that the messenger of Allah pbuh said: (By Him in Whose Hand Muhammad's soul is, the days and nights won't be finished until this religion (Islam) reaches this star). (6)
The Koran is full with this kind of promises which lots of them came true now as evidence of the revelation; let me share my thoughts with you and contemplate over this verse, Allah the Exalted said: (Then tell Me (about) the human semen that you emit. Is it you who create it (i.e. make this semen into a perfect human being), or are We the Creator? We have decreed death to you all, and We are not unable, To transfigure you and create you in (forms) that you know not.). AL-Wakia'a 58-61. What does the promise of the technology of creating humans out of sperm or without it in unconventional circumstances with an unprecedented way and creating different generations with varied qualities even if they looked similar to normal humans?Don’t you find this question strange and full of wild imagination; it is influenced by the scientific revolution we are living today in the field of genetics and changing the genes with better ones, and the human synthesis research. Didn't I previously tell you that there is a difference between the scientific reference that indeed became a fact and the wild imagination without any evidence yet?!
When Allah's book ,the Koran , talks about civilizations that were on earth and were perished long time before it was revealed, this talk came in the absent form of wording in Allah the Exalted saying: (by no means will they escape (from Allah's torment) on earth) Hud 20. and indeed all of them were on earth before the age of space; but when talking about civilizations in the future until the day of resurrection, it didn't limit them to earth, Allah the Exalted said in the Koran what means: (and you can't escape in the earth or the heaven) Al-Ankabut 22. This is a special dazzling addition to future civilizations (or the heaven). The meaning of the previous verse was revealed by the frantic scientific revolution ,we are living today in the age of space which is evidently signify that this Koran is revealed from the lord of earth and heaven; otherwise, how could Muhammad, who is an illiterate living in an illiterate nation, to know about this centuries before the age of space?!
Thus, the proofs to the revelation of the Holy Koran are being revealed and certified, Allah the Exalted the Almighty says: (but your people (O Muhammad) have denied it (the Koran) though it is the truth. Say: "I'm not responsible for your affairs". For every deed there is a recompense and you will come to know). Al-An'am 66-67.
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(1) Al-Moraghe Explanation of the Holy Koran, number 5, part 14, page 57.
(2) Disillusionment and Enlightenment by Ibn Ashure, part 14, page 111.
(3) Explaining the Lights of Koran by Al-Shankiti, part 2, page 334.
(4) Meanings Spirit by Alusi, part 14, page 102.
(5) The Evidence in Koran Sciences by Al-Zarkashi, part 3, page 406.
(6) The Authentic Comprehensive Brief of Hadith by Naser Al-Deen Al-Albani, number 1712.
01 avril 2007