Thursday, April 16, 2009

Does God exist – Part13

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The reasons why Muslims believe that God exists

The proportion of the rain

One of the items of information given in the Qur'an about rain is that it is sent down to Earth in due measure. This is mentioned in Sura Zukhruf as follows;

[Qur'an 43:11]

"It is He who sends down water in due measure from the sky by which We bring a dead land back to life.That is how you too will be raised (from the dead)"

This measured quantity in rain has again been discovered by modern research. It is estimated that in one second, approximately 16 million tons of water
evaporates from the Earth.

This figure amounts to 513 trillion tons of water in one year. This number is equal to the amount of rain that falls on the Earth in a year.

This means that water continuously circulates in a balanced cycle, in a "measure".
Life on Earth depends on this water cycle.

Even if people used all the available technology in the world, they would not be able to reproduce this cycle artificially.

Even a minor deviation in this equilibrium would very soon give rise to a major ecological imbalance that would bring about the end of life on Earth.

Yet, this never happens, and rain keeps falling every year in exactly the same quantity just as revealed in the Qur'an.

The proportion of rain does not merely apply to its quantity, but also to the speed of the falling raindrops. The speed of raindrops, regardless of their size, does not exceed a certain limit.


Every year, the amount of water that evaporates and that falls back to the Earth in the form of rain is "constant": 513 trillion tons. This constant amount is declared in the Qur'an by the expression "sending down water in due measure from the sky." The constancy of this quantity is very important for the continuity of the ecological balance, and therefore, life.

Philipp Lenard, a German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1905, found that the fall speed increased with drop diameter until a size of 4.5 mm (0.18 inch).

For larger drops, however, the fall speed did not increase beyond 8 metres per second (26 ft/sec).54

He attributed this to the changes in drop shape caused by the air flow as the drop size increased. The change in shape thus increased the air resistance of the drop and slowed its fall rate.

As can be seen, the Qur'an may also be drawing our attention to the subtle adjustment in rain which could not have been known 1,400 years ago.

Footnotes:

54. Keith C. Heidorn, Ph.D., “Philipp Lenard: Brushing the Teardrops from Rain,” www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/history/lenard.htm

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  1. From http://www.miraclesofthequran.com
  2. To get more information about Islam http://islam-heart.blogspot.com/2008/09/info-about-islam.html
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Does God exist – Part12

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The reasons why Muslims believe that God exists

The relativity of time

Today, the relativity of time is a proven scientific fact. This was revealed by Einstein's theory of relativity at the early years of the 20th century.

Until then, people did not know that time was a relative concept, and that it could change according to the environment.


Yet, the great scientist Albert Einstein o
penly proved this fact with the theory of relativity. He showed that time is dependent on mass and velocity.




In the history of humanity, no one had expressed this fact clearly before.
With one exception though; the Qur'an included information about time's being relative! Some verses about the subject read:

[Qur'an 22:47]
:
"They ask you to hasten the punishment. God will not break His promise. A day with your Lord is equivalent to a thousand years in the way you count."

[Qur'an 32:5]:
"He directs the whole affair from heaven to earth. Then it will again ascend to Him on a Day whose length is a thousand years by the way you measure."

[Qur'an 70:4]:
"The angels and the Spirit ascend to Him in a day whose length is fifty thousand years."

In some verses, it is indicated that people perceive time differently and that sometimes people can perceive a very short period of time as a very lengthy one.

The following conversation of people held during their judgment in the Hereafter is a good example of this:


[Qur'an 23:12]
:
"He will say, 'How many years did you tarry on the earth?' They will say, 'We tarried there for a day or part of a day. Ask those able to count!' He will say, 'You only tarried there for a little while if you did but know!"

The fact that the relativity of time is so clearly mentioned in the Qur'an, which started to be revealed in 610, is another evidence that it is a holy book.
P.S.:
  1. From http://www.miraclesofthequran.com
  2. To get more information about Islam http://islam-heart.blogspot.com/2008/09/info-about-islam.html
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Does God exist – Part11

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The reasons why Muslims believe that God exists

The word "Haman" in the Qur'an

The Qur'an relates the life of the Prophet Musa (as) with great clarity. As it tells of the conflict with the Pharaoh and his dealings with the Children of Israel, the Qur'an reveals a wealth of information about ancient Egypt.

The significance of many of these historical points have only recently come to the attention of the learned people of the world.

If one considers these points with reason, it quickly becomes clear that the Qur'an, and the fountain of information contained within it, has been revealed by the All-Wise Allah for it correlates directly with all major scientific, historic and archaeological finds in recent times.

One such example of this wisdom can be found in the Qur'anic references to Haman: a character whose name is mentioned in the Qur'an, along with the Pharaoh.

He is mentioned in six different places in the Qur'an, in which it informs us that he was one of Pharaoh's closest allies.

Surprisingly, the name "Haman" is never mentioned in those sections of the Torah pertaining to the life of the Prophet Musa (as).

However, the mention of Haman can be found in the last chapters of the Old Testament as the helper of a Babylonian king who inflicted many cruelties on the Israelites approximately 1,100 years after the Prophet Musa (as).

The Qur'an, far more in tune with recent archaeological discoveries, does indeed contain the word "Haman" in reference to the life of the Prophet Musa (as).

The criticisms thrown at the book of Islam by some non-Muslims have disappeared by the wayside as an Egyptian hieroglyphic script had been deciphered, approximately 200 years ago, and the name "Haman" discovered in the ancient scripts.

Until the 18th century, the writings and inscriptions of ancient Egypt could not be understood.

The language of ancient Egypt was made up of symbols rather than words: hieroglyphics.

These pictures, which tell stories and keep records of important events in the same way that modern words do, was usually engraved on rock or stone and many examples survived through the ages.

With the spread of Christianity and other cultural influences in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, Egypt forsook its ancient beliefs along with the hieroglyphic writing which was synonymous with that now defunct belief system.

The last known example of the use of hieroglyphic writing was an inscription dated 394.

The language of pictures and symbols was forgotten, leaving nobody who could read and understand it.

Naturally, this made historical and archaeological study virtually impossible. This situation remained-until just over two centuries ago.

The name "Haman" was not known until the decoding
of Egyptian hieroglyphics in the 19th century.
When the hieroglyphics were decoded,
it was understood that Haman was a close
helper of the Pharaoh and was
"the head of the stone quarries."

(Above are shown ancient Egyptian construction workers).
The most important point here is that
Haman is mentioned in the Qur'an as
the person who directed construction
work under the command of the Pharaoh.
This means that information that could not
have been known by anybody else at
that time was given in the Qur'an, a point most worthy of note.

In 1799, much to the delight of historians and other learned people, the mystery of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics was solved by the discovery of a tablet called the "Rosetta Stone."

This amazing find dated back to 196 B.C. The importance of this inscription was that it was written in three different forms of writing: hieroglyphics, demotic (a simplified form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing) and Greek.

With the help of the Greek script, the ancient Egyptian writings were decoded. The translation of the inscription was completed by a Frenchman named Jean-Françoise Champollion.

Hence, a forgotten language and the events related in it were brought to light. In this way, a great deal of knowledge about the civilization, religion and social life of ancient Egypt became available to mankind and this opened the way to greater knowledge about this important era in human history.

Through the decoding of hieroglyph, an important piece of knowledge was revealed: The name "Haman" was indeed mentioned in Egyptian inscriptions.

This name was referred to in a monument in the Hof Museum in Vienna. This same inscription also indicated the close relationship between Haman and the Pharaoh.200

In the dictionary of People in the New Kingdom, that was prepared based on the entire collection of inscriptions, Haman is said to be "the head of stone quarry workers."201

The result revealed a very important truth: Unlike the false assertion of the opponents of the Qur'an, Haman was a person who lived in Egypt at the time of the Prophet Musa (as).

He had been close to the Pharaoh and had been involved in construction work, just as imparted in the Qur'an.

[Qur'an, 28:38]:

"Pharaoh said, 'Council, I do not know of any other god for you apart from Me. Haman, kindle a fire for me over the clay and build me a lofty tower so that perhaps I may be able to climb up to Musa's god! I consider him a blatant liar.' "

The verse in the Qur'an describing the event where the Pharaoh asked Haman to build a tower is in perfect agreement with this archaeological finding.

Through this brilliant discovery, the irrational claims of the opponents of the Qur'an were demonstrated to be false and intellectually worthless.

In a miraculous way, the Qur'an conveys to us historical information that could not have been possessed or understood at the time of the Prophet (saas).

Hieroglyphics could not be deciphered until the late 1700s so the information could not have been ascertained from Egyptian sources.

When the name "Haman" was discovered in the ancient scripts, it was further proof of the infallibility of Allah's Word.

Footnotes:

200. Walter Wreszinski, Aegyptische Inschriften aus dem K.K. Hof Museum in Wien (Egyptian Inscriptions from the K.K. Hof Museum in Vienna) (Leipzig: J C Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung: 1906).

201. Hermann Ranke, Die Ägyptischen Personennamen, Verzeichnis der Namen (The Egyptian Family Names, Listing of the Names), Verlag Von J J Augustin in Glückstadt, Band I,1935, Band II, 1952.

P.S.:
  1. From http://www.miraclesofthequran.com
  2. To get more information about Islam http://islam-heart.blogspot.com/2008/09/info-about-islam.html
  3. Anyone ... and I mean anyone (Muslim or not Muslim) who needs my help or wants to directly communicate with me about any matter in Islam … please don't hesitate to contact me on my personal e-mail mai4islam@yahoo.com