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The Miracle and Challenge of the Quran

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The Miracle and Challenge of the Quran

With an introduction by Magdy Abd Al-SHafy
The Holy Quran is a miracle that beggars de******ion , words fail to
describe this miracle , it is a miracle in the full sense of the
term . Different specialists , according to the branch of science
are specialized in , find it miraculous . Prophet Mohummed said
commenting on the Holy Quran saying " it unfolds the secrets of the
nations that preceded you , and secrets of the future treasured in it
" It is the Holy Book that Jinnee , on hearing to it , did not leave
their place till they believed in it . It is the book which
unbelievers gave positive witness to .
Dr. Keith L. Moore is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. He is a world renowned
scientist and a distinguished researcher in the fields of anatomy and
embryology, he has published more than 150 research articles,
and books in this field. He is the author of several medical
****books, such as the widely used and acclaimed "The Developing
Human: Clinically oriented Embryology" (now in it's fifth edition,
translated into eight different languages), "Before We Are Born" and
"Clinically Oriented Anatomy." He has also recently co-authored
"Qur'an and Modern Science, Correlation Studies." Dr. Moore is the
recipient of numerous awards and honors, including, in 1984, the
J.C.B. Grant Award, which is the highest honor granted by the
Association of Anatomists. He has served in many academic and
administrative positions, including the President of the Canadian
Association of Anatomists, 1968-1970. Let us see what Dr. Moore's
opinion is on the scientific statements regarding embryology to be
found in the Qur'an:
Dr. Moore was contacted by a Muslim scholar by the name of Abdul-
Majeed Azzindani. He was asked to participate in a three-year study
around twenty-five verses of the Qur'an and the Sunnah (sayings of
Muhammad, pbuh) which speak about embryology, and to determine the
their correspondence to modern scientific discoveries. Dr. Moore's
conclusion regarding this matter was:
"For the past three years, I have worked with the Embryology
of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, helping them to
interpret the many statements in the Qur'an and the Sunnah referring
to human reproduction and prenatal development. At first I was
astonished by the accuracy of the statements that were recorded in
seventh century AD, before the science of embryology was established.
Although I was aware of the glorious history of Muslim scientists in
the 10th century AD, and of some of their contributions to Medicine,
knew nothing about the religious facts and beliefs contained in the
Qur'an and Sunnah. It is important for Islamic and other students to
understand the meaning of these Qur'anic statements about human
development, based on current scientific knowledge. The
interpretations of the "verses" in the Qur'an and the Sunnah,
translated by Shaikh Azzindani, are to the best of my knowledge
From the forward of "The Developing Human: Clinically oriented
Embryology," third edition, by Dr. Keith L. Moore.
The Qur'an and the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alayhi
Salam) provide a very detailed de******ion of the microscopic
development of the human embryo from a mere sperm drop up to the
of a completely formed human being. It is well known that microscopes
were not developed until the sixteenth century AD, and even at that
were very crude in design. Zacharias Janssen is credited with having
invented the compound microscope in about 1590. With it, remarkable
scientific discoveries were made in the 17th and 18th centuries. The
Dutch naturalist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek produced lenses powerful
enough to prove that many tiny creatures are not spontaneously
generated but come from eggs.
Before this period, theories on human reproduction ran rampant. Some
scientist believed that the menstrual blood itself developed into the
fetus. Later on, a new theory was developed wherein the sperm drop
popularly believed to contain a completely developed miniature human
(homunculus) which later grew to the size of a baby. The science of
embryology as we know it today did not discover many of the detailed
aspects of human development which are taken for granted today until
only about twenty years ago, or 1973 to be precise.
Now we must ask the question: where did Muhammad (Sallalahu Alayhi
Wasallam) get such detailed knowledge of the microscopic development
of the human embryo in the 6th century AD without a microscope,
technical training, a laboratory of any kind, or even the ability to
write his own name? The only logical conclusion is that it came from
exactly where he claimed it did. From the one who created mankind,
Prof. Moore has since given numerous lectures on the topic of
embryology in the Qur'an. He is quoted in one of these lectures as
saying: "It is clear to me that these statements must have come to
Muhammad from God, or Allah, because most of this knowledge was not
discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that
must have been a messenger of God, or Allah."
Prof. Moore was so impressed with the Qur'anic classification of the
stages of development of the human embryo, that he suggested the
adoption of the Qur'anic system in place of the system currently in
use by scientists today. Prof. Moore said: "Because the staging of
human embryo is complex owing to the continuous process of change
during development. It is therefore suggested that a new system of
classification could be developed using the terms mentioned in the
Qur'an and the Sunnah. The proposed system is simple, comprehensive,
and conforms with present embryological knowledge."
When Dr. Moore first presented his findings in Toronto it caused
a stir throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of the
newspapers across Canada . One newspaper reporter asked Professor
"Don't you think That maybe the Arabs might have known about these
things - the de******ion of the embryo, its appearance and how it
changes and grows? Maybe there were not scientists, but maybe they
some crude dissections on their own - carved up people and examined
these things."
Professor Morre immediately pointed out to him, however, that he had
missed a very important point. All of the slides of the embryo that
Dr. Moore had based his study upon 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!." 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
When he was asked "How do you explain this information in the
Dr. Moore's reply was, "It could only have been divinely revealed


The Effect of Prayer on the Human Body
By : Dr Noha abo-krysha

Translated By : Nassim Dhaher
Revised By Magdy Abd Al-Shafy
In fact , prayer is a strong connection to God . In prayer , one can
find many meanings that beggar de******ion , man can find out the
basic reason behind his existence . Allah the Exalted says in the
Quran what means :

{ Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the
remembrance of Allah. for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah
hearts find satisfaction} Sura Arraadverse28
God also says in the Holy Quran what means :{78-Establish regular
prayers - at the sun's decline till the darkness of the night, and
morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the morning
carry their testimony. 79-And pray in the small watches of the
morning: (it would be) an additional prayer (or spiritual profit) for
thee: soon will thy Lord raise thee to a Station of Praise and
Sura Al-israa verses 78,79
Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to
say , when somthing distress him : (Oh Bilal(the prayer caller ),
for the prayer, relax us by it) [Sunan Abi Dawud]
The Scientific Study

It has become clear , through the results of several studies, the
great effect that prayer and devotion have on brain stability and
of function, and it has also become clear that several changes occur
in the body ;among these is the effect that happens during blood
systematization to certain parts in the brain
prayer effect on cerebral activities
This research was carried out by Dr. Newberg, the assistant Professor
at X-Ray division of the Pennsylvania University Medical Center, on a
group of faithful people who have faith in God , practice their
prayers and come from different religious backgrounds.
This as done using Single Photon C.T. scan that shows the flow of
blood in the cerebrum using colors which are based on brain activity
where the color Red represents high activity and Yellow and Green
represent low activity.

The First Image
The image shows the brain before meditation and prayer(on the left)
and during prayer (on the right) where we see that during the
envolvement in prayers and meditation, blood flow has increased ,
frontal lobe region is responsible for controlling emotions and
agitations in humans and a region also important for the acquisition
and practice of complicated percetion-movement abilities.

Terms used in the image
Baseline: normal state without meditation
Meditation: as name implies

The Second Image
The image shows a a blood flow decline in the the Parietal lobe at
region where humans sense their time and space limits. It was
concluded from these results that during prayer, contemplation and
seeking Allah, the limits of self-conciousness dissapear and a
of peace and freedom starts in the person and one feels closer to
Allah in a way that no words can describe.
Verses from The Quran

Many are the verses that talked about the importance of prayer
(Assalat), devotion and praise Allah the Almighty. The Quran has made
a link between patience and prayer to make sure one does not get
Allah The Exalted Says in the Holy Quran what means:
{Nay, seek (Allah's) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is
indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit} SuraAl-Baqara
verse 45
There are other verses that linked between prayer and tranquility.
Allah The Exalted Says:
{When ye pass (Congregational) prayers, celebrate Allah’s praises,
standing, sitting down, or lying down on your sides; but when ye are
free from danger, set up Regular Prayers: For such prayers are
enjoined on believers at stated times.} Sura An-Nisa verse 103
{Successful indeed are the believers , Who are humble in their
prayers} Sura Al Muminun verses 1,2

It becomes clear after these verses of the Noble Quran and scientific
studies the importance of prayer in the life of the faithful, and the
importance of devotion and glorification during the application of
those prayers. From here the wisdom of Islam is apparent in focusing
on the danger of ceasing to do the prayers.
If experiments show stability of the brain during prayers for non-
Muslims who don’t even read Al-Quran during their prayers, How then
it when one prays to Allah and reads the Book of Allah? Undoubtedly
the stability will be greater.

We remember this noble verse that confirms the importance of the
channels of communication towards Allah, ie ,piety, submission, heart
purification, and putting things in Allah’s command.
Allah The Exalted Says in the Holy Quran what means:
{Be guardians of your prayers, and of the midmost prayer, and stand
with devotion to Allah.}
Sura Al-Baqara verse 238
Let us remember also the supplication of Prophet Abraham (peace be
upon him)
My Lord! Make me to establish proper worship, and some of my
(also); our Lord! and accept my prayer.
Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents and believers on the day when the
account is cast.

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What does the Holy Quran say about Iron ?
By Magdy Abd Al-Shafy

The Holy Quran , the last revealed Holy book, carries within its holy
verses the evidence toits Divine source .
Among the many mitacles that the holy Quran contain is the scientific
miracles , more than 1400 years ago , The Holy Quran gives scientific
facts that have been discovered already and now are scientifically
established . When the Holy Quran gives such facts it adds many
dimensions to the question of faith in God ; in addition to the faith
dimension there is a spiritual dimension that Only Moslems and
reasonable non -moslems can feel . The Holy Quran stands in the face
of the atheism claims . The other Holy books , being distorted and
pregnant with scientific errors that may feed sckepticism , are no
longer able to face atheism . Atheism are breeding and taking people
away from the right path . The Holy Quran , being the most
authenticated book , can be the challanger - No one can believe that
book with such astounding scientific miracles that revealed 1400
ago can be man-mad . Such facts lead you to believe in God and to
believe that the Holy Quran is God's book is up to you to
decide .........
Now to our scientific miracle
The Holy Quran ststes in one of its Holy verses that ( iron ) we send
down from high skies , i.e, it is not formed in the ground . That
science has aleady discovered . Let's read this short verse .
God says in the Holy Quran what means "And We sent down iron in which
there lies great force and which has many uses for mankind.... (Surat
al-Hadid: 25)
Modern astronomical findings have disclosed that the ****l of iron
found in our world has come down from the giant stars in outer space.
The Holy Quran verse used The Arabic word " Anzlna " which could be
rendered " and we sent down " . Iron needs so high temperature to be
formed ;
Professor Armstrong works at NASA, otherwise known as the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he is a well-known
scientist here. He was asked about Iron and how it was formed. He
explained how all the elements in the earth were formed.
He stated that the scientists have come only recently to discover the
relevant facts about that formation process. He said that the energy
of the early solar system was not sufficient to produce elemental
Iron. In calculating the energy required to form one atom of iron, it
was found to be about four times as much as the energy of the entire
solar system. In other words, the entire energy of the earth or the
moon or the planet Mars or any other planet is not sufficient to form
one new atom of iron, even the energy of the entire solar system is
not sufficient for that. That is why Professor Armstrong said that
scientists believe that iron is an extraterrestrial that was sent to
earth and not formed therein.
Unlike most of ****ls , iron needs so high temperature to be formed .
such high temperature is found no where in our solar system .
"Nova" and "supernova.
Temperature in the Sun is inadequate for the formation of iron. The
sun has a surface temperature of 6,000 degrees Celsius, and a core
temperature of approximately 20 million degrees. Iron can only be
produced in much larger stars than the Sun, where the temperature
reaches a few hundred million degrees. When the amount of iron
a certain level in a star, the star can no longer accommodate it, and
it eventually explodes in what is called a "nova" or a "supernova."
These explosions make it possible for iron to be given off into
All this shows that iron did not form on the Earth, but was carried
from Supernovas, and was "sent down," as stated in the verse. It is
clear that this fact could not have been known in the 7th century,
when the Qur'an was revealed. Nevertheless, this fact is related in
the Qur'an, the Word of Allah, Who encompasses all things in His
infinite knowledge.

Science says that iron and other materials were attracted to the earh
when enetered the earth garvity field ; iron fell down on the earth
if it were rain . the earth at that time was like ash , not
solid as it is now . Iron found its way deep to the core of the
earth .
And We sent down iron in which there lies great force and which has
many uses for mankind....
what is meant by ( and in which there lies great force and which has
many uses for mankind....
In his book Nature's Destiny, the well-known microbiologist Michael
Of all the ****ls there is none more essential to life than iron. It
is the accumulation of iron in the center of a star which triggers a
supernova explosion and the subsequent scattering of the vital atoms
of life throughout the cosmos. It was the drawing by gravity of iron
atoms to the center of the primeval earth that generated the heat
which caused the initial chemical differentiation of the earth, the
outgassing of the early atmosphere, and ultimately the formation of
the hydrosphere. It is molten iron in the center of the earth which,
acting like a gigantic dynamo, generates the earth's magnetic field,
which in turn creates the Van Allen radiation belts that shield the
earth's surface from destructive high-energy-penetrating cosmic
radiation and preserve the crucial ozone layer from cosmic ray
in this connection the Holy Quran , to show God's blessings , in
another verse which implies anew scientific miracle says " And we
made the heavens as a canopy well guarded: yet do they turn away from
the Signs which these things (point to)!( Al-Anbyaa :32 )
Without the iron atom, there would be no carbon-based life in the
cosmos; no supernovae, no heating of the primitive earth, no
atmosphere or hydrosphere. There would be no protective magnetic
field, no Van Allen radiation belts, no ozone layer, no ****l to make
hemoglobin [in human blood], no ****l to tame the reactivity of
oxygen, and no oxidative ****bolism.
The intriguing and intimate relationship between life and iron,
between the red color of blood and the dying of some distant star,
only indicates the relevance of ****ls to biology but also the
biocentricity of the cosmos…
This account clearly indicates the importance of the iron atom. The
fact that particular attention is drawn to iron in the Qur'an also
emphasises the importance of the element. In addition, there is
another hidden truth in the Qur'an which draws attention to the
importance of iron: Surat al-Hadid 25, which refers to iron, contains
two rather interesting mathematical codes.
"Al- Hadid" is the 57th sura in the Qur'an. The abjad of the word
Hadid" in Arabic, when the numerological values of its letters are
added up, is also 57.
The numerological value of the word "hadid" alone is 26. And 26 is
atomic number of iron.
Moreover, iron oxide particles were used in a cancer treatment in
recent months and positive developments were observed. A team led by
Dr. Andreas Jordan, at the world famous Charité Hospital in Germany,
succeeded in destroying cancer cells with this new technique
for the treatment of cancer-magnetic fluid hyperthermia (high
temperature magnetic liquid). As a result of this technique, first
performed on the 26-year-old Nikolaus H., no new cancer cells were
observed in the patient in the following three months.
This method of treatment can be summarised as follows:
1. A liquid containing iron oxide particles is injected into the
tumour by means of a special syringe. These particles spread
throughout the tumour cells. This liquid consists of thousands of
millions of particles, 1,000 times smaller than the red blood
corpuscles, of iron oxide in 1 cm3 that can easily flow through all
blood vessels.42
2. The patient is then placed in a machine with a powerful magnetic
3. This magnetic field, applied externally, begins to set the iron
particles in the tumour in motion. During this time the temperature
the tumour containing the iron oxide particles rises by up to 45
In a few minutes the cancer cells, unable to protect themselves from
the heat, are either weakened or destroyed. The tumour may then be
completely eradicated with subsequent chemotherapy.43
In this treatment it is only the cancer cells that are affected by
magnetic field, since only they contain the iron oxide particles. The
spread of this technique is a major development in the treatment of
this potentially lethal disease. In the treatment of such a
disease as cancer, the use of the expression "iron in which there
great force and which has many uses for mankind" (Qur'an, 57:25) in
the Qur'an is particularly noteworthy. Indeed, in that verse, the
Qur'an may be indicating the benefits of iron for human health.
knows best.)