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The Qur’an and me

As part of our series on religious texts we asked Dr Issam Ghannam, Chairman of Building Bridges, to write about the Qu’ran. Here he explains his belief in the sacred text of the Islamic faith.

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ourteen centuries ago, God sent down the Qur’an and instructed the Prophet Muhammad to teach it to mankind. This book of guidance and wisdom calls man to the truth and instructs all human beings to adhere to the values which this mighty revelation contains. From the day of its revelation to the ‘Day of Judgement,’ the Qur’an, the last divine book, will remain the sole guide for humanity. The perfection of the literary language of the Qur’an, the incomparable features of its style and the superior wisdom contained within it are some of the definitive proofs that it represents the word of our Lord. In addition, the Qur’an contains within its words many miracles which prove it to be God’s word. One of these attributes is the remarkable number of scientific truths which are contained in it. In this book there are innumerable examples of information humanity has only been able to discover with the technology of the 20th and 21st centuries. For example, until the mid-20th century, the prevalent view across the world was that the universe was infinite, had existed forever and that it would continue to do so for all time. According to this view, known as the ‘static universe model,’ the universe had no end or beginning. In maintaining that the universe is a collection of fixed, static and unchanging substances, this

view has constituted the basis of materialist philosophy and has consequently rejected the existence of a Creator. However, as science and technology progressed during the 20th century, the static universe model has been completely uprooted. We have now entered the 21st century and a new dawn is upon us. Through numerous experiments and calculations conducted by some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, modern physics has proven that the universe did indeed have a beginning, that it came into being from nothing in a

single moment in a huge explosion. The moment of creation was described in the holy Qur’an in chapter 21:30: ‘Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together [as one unit of Creation], before We clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?’ Furthermore, it has been established that the universe is not fixed and static, as materialists still stubbornly maintain. On the contrary, it is undergoing a constant process of

Since 2001 Building Bridges has been promoting community adhesion and understanding in Solihull through a range of activities including graffiti removal, fund raising, meeting with local MPs and running awarness days in schools. movement, change and expansion. These recently-established facts are nails in the coffin of the static universe theory. Today, all these facts are universally accepted by the scientific community. In the Qur’an, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago at a time when the science of astronomy was still primitive, the expansion of the universe was described in the following terms: ‘And it is We Who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We Who are steadily expanding it.’ (Qur’an, 51:47) Of course, we should not view the Qur’an as a book of science. However, within its verses many scientific facts are expressed in an extremely concise and profound manner. Quite simply, the scientific facts in the Qur’an could not have been known at the time of its revelation, which demonstrates that it is the word of God and that He is the Creator and Ruler of the entire universe.

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