Quran and miracles

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Muslims consider the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, as the word of God and a miracle.[1] According to Islamic tradition, the Qur'an was revealed miraculously to Muhammad by Allah (God) through angel, Jibrīl (Gabriel), as a perfect, verbatim copy of what was written in heaven and that had existed there for all of eternity.[2] Therefore, the verses of the book are referred to as ayat, which also means "a sign" in the Arabic language.[3] Muslims thereby believe that the Qur'an is the same now as it was when revealed to Muhammad, spanning the years 610 to 633 C.E.[4] Issued in the Qur'an is an open challenge for anyone who denies its claimed divine origin to produce a text like it. [Quran 17:88][11:12–13][2:23][5]

The Qur'an states that Muhammad neither read a book nor wrote a book [Quran 29:48] and that he did not know about past events [Quran 3:44][11:49][28:44].[6] However, some critics believe that Muhammad was influenced by older Jewish and Christian traditions, and so included many of the miracles portrayed in the Bible into the Qur'an.[7] Some Muslims believe that the Qur'an is "a miracle of eloquence", rather than a source of scientific revelation, and consider scientific miracles as illusions from devils.[8][9]

The claimed miracles of the Qur'an can be classified into three distinct categories: inimitability, scientific miracles and prophecies.[citation needed]

Inimitability of the Qur'an[edit]

Inimitability is the theological and literary term used by Muslims for what they consider to be the matchless nature of the Qur'anic discourse.[10] Islamic scholars believe that the Qur'an has an insuperable literary style, regarded as testament to its divine origin, which cannot be matched by human endeavor.[11]

Much support exists[weasel words] for the belief that Qur'anic speech was unique among the linguistic productions of seventh-century Arabs. Many Muslim scholars believe that the speech in the Qur'an resembles rhymed pattern, characterized by the assonance at the end of its verses.[10]

Scientific miracles[edit]

The belief that Qur'an had prophesied scientific theories and discoveries[which?] has become widely popular in the contemporary Islamic world. These prophecies[which?] are often provided as a proof of the divine origin of the Qur'an.[12] The claim is that scientific facts exist in the Qur'an in many different subjects, including creation, astronomy, human reproduction, oceanology, embryology, zoology, the water cycle, and many more.[citation needed]

One such claim is based on an interpretation of the passage in the Qur'an stating: "Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were of one piece, then We parted them, and we made every living thing of water? Will they not then believe?"[Quran 21:30] Muslims claim that the first part of the verse is referring to the Big Bang, and the second part of the verse refers to the fact that all living things are made of water[dubious ] since and that water is a necessary component for life.[12][13] Muslims also believe that the Qur'an also refers to the protective properties of the atmosphere when it says, “We made the sky a preserved and protected roof yet still they turn away from Our Signs".[Quran 21:32] Furthermore, Muslims believe the Qur'an mentions the rotation and orbit of the Sun and the Moon when it states, "It is He who created the night and the day, and the sun, and the moon; each of them swim along in its rounded course".[Quran 21:33][14]

Islamic scholar Zaghloul El-Naggar believes that the verse, "A time is fixed for every prophecy; you will come to know in time",[Quran 6:67] refers to the scientific facts in the Qur'an that would be discovered by the world in modern time, centuries after the revelation.[12]

This belief is, however, debated in the Muslim world. While most believe and support it, some Muslim scholars oppose the belief[citation needed], claiming that the Qur'an is not a book of science. Al-Biruni, one of the most celebrated Muslim scientists of the classical period, assigned to the Qur'an a separate and autonomous realm of its own and held that the Qur'an "does not interfere in the business of science, nor does it infringe on the realm of science."[12] These scholars[who?] argued for the possibility of multiple scientific explanations of the natural phenomena and refused to subordinate the Qur'an to an ever-changing science.[12]


Some Muslims believe that the Qur'an predicted many events years before they happened, arguing that such prophecies are proof of the divine origin of Qur'an.[citation needed]

For example, Muslims[who?] say that the Qur'an predicted the eventual defeat of the Persians by the Romans at the Battle of Issus (622).[15] At the Battle of Antioch, in 613 C.E., the Persians defeated the Romans and took control over important Byzantine territories that expanded into Syria, Jerusalem, Armenia, and Egypt. A few years after the severe defeat of the Byzantine armies by the Persians, this verse was revealed in the Qur'an, "The Romans have been defeated. In a land close by; but they will soon be victorious-Within a few years. Allah's is the command before and after; and on that day the believers shall rejoice".[Quran 30:2-4][16] In 622 C.E., at the Battle of Issus, the Romans successfully defeated the Persians, coinciding with the prophecy in the Qur'an.[17]

Another prophecy, according to Muslim beliefs[which?], predicted the preservation of the Pharaoh of the Exodus's body. The Qur'an states: "We brought the tribe of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh and his troops pursued them out of tyranny and enmity. Then, when he was on the point of drowning, he (Pharaoh) said: ‘I believe that there is no god but Him in Whom the tribe of Israel believes. I am one of the Muslims.’ What, now! When previously you rebelled and were one of the corrupters? Today we will preserve your body so you can be a sign for people who come after you. Surely many people are heedless of Our Signs". [Quran 10:90-92] The Pharaoh of the Exodus is commonly said to be either Ramesses II or his son, Merneptah.[citation needed] Both of the bodies are on display in the Royal Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum; thus, Muslims believe that the prophecy has been fulfilled.[18]

Another prediction made by the Qur'an, according to Muslims, is its own preservation: "Verily, We have revealed the Reminder (The Quran), and verily We shall preserve it (from corruption)". [Quran 15:9] The Qur'an seems to predict that it would remain preserved from corruption for over a thousand years, and most[weasel words] Muslim scholars agree that today's Qur'an is the same Qur'an originally compiled by Prophet Muhammad.[19][20]

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  1. ^ F. Tuncer, "International Conferences on Islam in the Contemporary World", March 4–5, 2006, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., p. 95–96
  2. ^ Wilson, Christy: "The Qur'an" in A Lion Handbook The World's Religion, p. 315
  3. ^ Wilson, ibid.
  4. ^ F. E. Peters (1991), pp.3–5
  5. ^ Gril, Denis. "Miracles" Encyclopaedia of the Quran.
  6. ^ F. Tuncer, ibid.
  7. ^ Wilson, p. 316
  8. ^ Sheikh Mahmud Shaltut, Dr. Aisha Abd al-Rahman, and Khaled Montaser were among the ones who rejected the idea the Quran scientific miracles. Arabic original source (Google English translation))
  9. ^ وهم الإعجاز العلمى (Arabic book for Dr. Khaled Montaser, titled meaning: The lie of scientific miracles)
  10. ^ a b Encyclopaedia of the Qur-an — Inimitability
  11. ^ Encyclopaedia of the Qur-an — Miracles
  12. ^ a b c d e Ahmad Dallal, Encyclopedia of the Qur'an, Quran and science
  13. ^ "Science in The Qur'an" Evidence That Islam is True
  14. ^ "The Scientific Miracles of the Qur'an" Mission Islam
  15. ^ Encyclopaedia of the Qur-an — Byzantines
  16. ^ Tafheem-ul-Quran Volume 3, Introduction to Sura Room (Rome)ie Chapter#30 and the explanation of the first four verses
  17. ^ "Ar-Rum" USC Muslim Students Association Islamic Sever
  18. ^ Farhat, Amtul. "Pharaoh of Moses: A Quranic Prophecy Fulfilled"
  19. ^ See:
    • William Montgomery Watt in The Cambridge History of Islam, p.32
    • Richard Bell, William Montgomery Watt, 'introduction to the Qurʼān', p.51
    • F. E. Peters (1991), pp.3–5: “Few have failed to be convinced that … the Quran is … the words of Muhammad, perhaps even dictated by him after their recitation.”
  20. ^ "How the Holy Qur'an was Preserved" quran.org.uk