Amazing Quran HTML version

Dr. Gary Miller
Calling the Qur'an amazing is not something done only by Muslims, who have an appreciation for
the book and who are pleased with it; it has been labeled amazing by non-Muslims as well. In
fact, even people who hate Islam very much have still called it amazing.
One thing which surprises non-Muslims who are examining the book very closely is that the Qur'an
does not appear to them to be what they expected. What they assume is that they have an old
book which came fourteen centuries ago from the Arabian desert; and they expect that the book
should look something like that - an old book from the desert. And then they find out that it does
not resemble what they expected at all. Additionally, one of the first things that some people
assume is that because it is an old book which comes from the desert, it should talk about the
desert. Well the Qur'an does talk about the desert - some of its imagery describes the desert; but
it also talks about the sea - what it's like to be in a storm on the sea.
Merchant Marine
Some years ago, the story came to us in Toronto about a man who was in the merchant marine and
made his living on the sea. A Muslim gave him a translation of the Qur'an to read. The merchant
marine knew nothing about the history of Islam but was interested in reading the Qur'an. When he
finished reading it, he brought it back to the Muslim and asked, "This Muhammad, was he a sailor?" He
was impressed at how accurately the Qur'an describes a storm on a sea. When he was told, "No as a
matter of fact, Muhammad lived in the desert," that was enough for him. He embraced Islam on the
He was so impressed with the Qur'an's description because he had been in a storm on the sea, and he
knew that whoever had written that description had also been in a storm on the sea. The description
of "a wave, over it a wave, over it clouds" (Surah Nur, 24:40) was not what someone imagining a
storm on a sea to be like would have written; rather, it was written by someone who knew what a
storm on the sea was like. This is one example of how the Qur'an is not tied to certain place and
time. Certainly, the scientific ideas expressed in it also do not seem to originate from the desert
fourteen centuries ago.
The Smallest Thing
Many centuries before the onset of Muhammad's prophethood, there was a well-known theory of
atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him
assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too,
used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word dharrah commonly referred to the smallest
particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the
atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be split into its component parts. This
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