There exists a modern claim that the Qu’ran contains verses that describe things known only to modern science, but since it was all written 1400 years ago when such things were unknown then … “God did it”. Challenge this and ask for the best example and you usually end up with a poetical phrase which has been bent almost out of shape and meaning to enable some modern thinking to be retro fitted in.
Lets have a look at a small example so that you get the idea. If you take this quote …
“I swear by that you see and by that you do not see …” (69:38-39)
So what does this mean?
To a poet of any flavor it is obvious, the speaker is affirming that something is really true and to give that affirmation emphases he is not only including everything you see, but also everything you don’t see to really underline and give stress that what comes next is really really true.
However, this is yanked out of context and we are instead advised that this is proof because this is really describing Gamma Rays, X-Rays, Short waves or microwaves etc… The Islamic response is “Praise be Allah, proof of modern science in the Qu’ran“. However the normal human reply is … “Seriously!! … are you frigging insane?” because of course it says no such thing at all.
Anyway, moving on, I came across an example today of how they manufacture claims like this out of nothing at all. Here is an extract from a claim (that comes from this web site):
We present to you Professor Alfred Kroner who is one of the world’s most famous geologists. He is a Professor of Geology and the Chairman of the Department of Geology at the Institute of Geosciences, Johannes Gutenburg University, Mainz, Germany. We met him and presented several Qur’aanic verses and Ahadeeth of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). He studied and commented on them. Then we had a discussion with him.
Professor Kroner, so it seemed to us, has a special talent of being evasive. For example, we asked him to describe the geological conditions of Arabia. ‘Was Arabia full of orchards and rivers?’ He said: “During the Snow Age.” And it is further known that the North Polar icebergs are slowly moving southwards. When those polar icebergs become relatively close to the Arabian Peninsula, the weather will change and Arabia will become one of the greenest and wettest parts of the world. We asked him: ‘Will Arabia become the land of orchards and rivers?’ He said: “Yes, it is a scientific fact.”This astonished us, and we wondered how he could state this as a scientific fact while it was related to the future and we asked: ‘Why?’ He said: “Because the new Snow Age has actually started. And we can see the snow crawling once again from the North Pole southwards. In fact, the polar snow is now on the way to get closer to the Arabian Peninsula. We can see the signs of this in the snow blizzards striking the northern parts of Europe and America every winter. Scientists have other signs and information proving the actual beginning of another Snow Age. It is a scientific fact.”
So we said to him: ‘What you have just mentioned has only been known to scientists after a long series of discoveries and with the help of specialized instruments. But we have already found this mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) 1400 years ago. He said in a hadeeth transmitted in Saheeh Muslim:
The Last Hour will not come upon us until the lands of the Arabs are once again pasture lands and filled with rivers.
At this point we asked Professor Kroner: ‘Who told the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), that the lands of the Arabs were once filled with orchards and rivers?’ He immediately replied: “The Romans.” This reminded me of Professor Kroner’s evasive ability. We asked him another question, we said to him: ‘But who informed the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), that the lands of the Arabs would once again become pasturelands and be filled with rivers?’. Professor Kroner becomes evasive if embarrassed. But whenever he was faced with the truth, he is courageous enough to state his opinion frankly and thus he replied: “This could have been known to him only through revelation from above.”
Finally, after our discussions with him, he made the following comments: “If you combine all these and you combine all those statements that are being made in the Qur’aan in terms that relate to the earth and the formation of the earth and science in general, you can basically say that statements made there in many ways are true. They can now be confirmed by scientific methods, and in a way you can say that the Qur’aan is a simple science text book for the simple man, and that many of the statements made in there at that time could not be proven but that modern scientific methods are now in a position to prove what Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said 1400 years ago.”
Wow that sounds convincing, a real professor of Geology confirming that the Qu’ran knew things 1400 years ago only known to modern science. One little flaw, not only is it just an “Argument from Authority” (as opposed to actual evidence) but it is also total nonsense and has been fabricated.
Here now is a video from Professor Kroner in which he confirms …
- He is not now, nor ever has he been a Muslim
- The video of what he said was done in the context of a Geology conference and he was quote mined, he does not in any way endorse the view that the Qu’ran is in any way scientific (and I bet you thought only the Creationists that did that)