Modern Day Scientific Discoveries Revealed 1,500 Years Ago

Published November 24th, 2006 - 06:13 GMT

Scholars and academics of different faiths from more than 20 countries meet in Kuwait today, Sunday 26th November 2006 to explore scientific revelations made in the Qur’an and the Sunnah (Sunnah is the traditional portion of Muslim law, based on the words and acts of the Prophet Muhammad, and preserved in traditional literature).  

The four-day conference is part of a series aiming to discuss scientific concepts revealed in Islam’s Holy Book almost 1,500 years ago, which have been validated by modern day scientific research. 300 scientists will discuss scientific discoveries mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah such as atmospheric formation and embryonic development, which now form the basis of teachings in the modern world.  

The conference aims to raise awareness of science in the Qur’an and the Sunnah among western scientists and to encourage further scientific research to be carried out on the basis of these revelations.  It also hopes to highlight the many contributions that Islamic values can make to modern day society.

Islam’s contributions to the western world can be charted back to the 10th century, when Islam led the way in fields of philosophy, science, art, architecture, engineering, literature and medicine. Many of the great advancements of the western world such as the camera, mechanical clock and paper can be attributed to the advancements and discoveries of Muslims during this Islamic Golden Age.

In their aim to share the contributions that Qur’anic revelations have made to modern day society, academics will present papers discussing four main themes including medicine and biology, astrology and space sciences, geology and marine sciences and social sciences. Among the many interesting papers to be presented at the four-day conference, some will focus on the following topics:  

Medicine and Biology

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - The Prophet Mohammed warned that adultery brings widespread disease and death. The works of microbiologists during the last two centuries have shown that certain bacteria, microbes, and viruses are only transmitted through sexual intercourse with multiple partners. If not prevented, diseases can become resistant to treatment and in time the human body would fail to combat them due to weak immunity and the change in the properties of such organisms.

Quarantine: A Prophetic Discovery - The Prophet Mohammad warned that where an outbreak of plague occurs no one should enter the area.  Where one is inside an area when the outbreak occurred, then they should not leave. Modern science now understands the ways in which microorganisms multiply and the diseases they cause. Scientists established that healthy people who have no symptoms in the place of plague are already carrying the microbe and so they represent a threat of transferring the disease to another area. In the 15th century, plague hit Europe causing the death of a quarter of its citizens. At that time, plagues and contagious diseases were much less frequent in the Muslim world.

Creating the Embryo in Different Stages - The Qur’an mentions the human body is created in different stages. In 1839, Schlieden and Schwann concluded that a human being is formed from basic living units that were given the name ‘cells’. Later on, the idea of the creation of a human being from a cell that comes a being as a result of the union of a sperm and an ovum became easily understood.

Geology and Marine Sciences:

Mountains Are Pegs in Form and Function - The Qur’an describes mountains as pegs. Geologists discovered that the earth’s crust is made of plates. Mountains float on molten material and higher-density rocks below the surface. Mountains have roots that help them float and keep fastened to the earth’s plates to prevent it from shaking. In 1948, the Geologist Van Anglin stated in his book “Geomorphology” that it is quite well understood currently that there is a root for each mountain below the crust of the earth.

Astrology and Space sciences

Constriction of Breasts in the Sky - The Qura’n makes reference to the breathing difficulties humans face as they ascend further up extreme heights. It was not until 1648 that Pascal proved the existence of atmospheric formation and that air pressure decreases as we go higher above sea level.  Later on it was discovered that air density decreases vertically until air reaches its minimum pressure in the higher layers of the atmosphere before it completely vanishes in outer space. The human respiratory system can handle heights of 10,000 to 25,000 feet above sea level without problems.  However above that due to the amount of pressure and decrease in oxygen, this causes the closing of the chest and shortness of breath. The breathing process becomes difficult due to oxygen starvation and the respiratory system completely fails, causing death.

The 8th Global Conference of the International Commission on Scientific Signs in Qura’n and the Sunnah is organized by the Kuwait government's Ministry of Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) in cooperation with the International Commission on the Scientific Signs in the Qur’an and Sunnah.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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