“And we sent down the Qur’an, that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers.” (17: 82)
The Qur’an is divine book of revelations revealed to a man who could not read or write over 1400 years ago. It was sent down as a form of divine guidance to mankind and not as medical text book, yet there are a lot of medical facts in it.
These facts are there to give Muslims and non-Muslims concrete evidence of the undisputed credibility of this divine scripture. According to Prophet Muhammed there is a cure for everything in the Qur’an. These facts were in the Qur’an 1400 years ago and it is just now that the modern medical scientists are discovering them.
MEDICAL EMBRYOLOGY (CREATION OF MAN)
It is written in the Qur’an, Surat al-Qiyama verses 36-39, “Does man reckon he will be left uncontrolled? Was he not once a drop of ejected semen? Then he became a leech-like clot; then Allah made and fashioned him in due proportion. And of him He made two sexes, male and female”.
According to the verses above, man is not made from an entire drop of semen but from a tiny extract of it. And also, the male and female are created from a drop of ejected semen.
Again this was mentioned in the Qur’an 1400 years ago. Modern medicine only relatively recently just discovered that man is created from sperm not the entire semen and the sex of a child is determined by the father and “NOT” the mother (the sex of the baby is determined by the X&Y chromosomes which is present in males. The female has just the XX chromosomes).
MEDICAL GENETICS (THE FINGER PRINTS)
In the same Surah al Qiyama, Allah mentioned that “Does man think that we shall not assemble his bones? Yes. We are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his fingers”. Allah in this verse is stating that He is able to resurrect man back to life with ease by particularly mentioning the fingertips. Recent studies proved that the identity of man is coded on his fingertips. From birth, our fingerprints remain the same forever, it never changes. The genetic information on everyone’s fingertip is unique even when it comes of identical twins. There is no room for error when it comes to a fingerprint, which is why people use it for identification all over the world. This feature of medical genetics was discovered in the late 19th century.
NUTRITION (THE CONSUMPTION OF PORK)
Allah says in his noble book in Surah al Baqara “He has forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine.” Whatever Allah says in the Qur’an, there is wisdom behind it. Allah prohibited the consumption of swine for Muslims. Studies revealed that eating pork is detrimental to our health and consumers of the flesh of swine carry the same characteristics of swine. Pork contains high levels of lipids, cholesterol, hormones, tape worms and antibodies and all these substances poses risk to our health.
FASTING IN THE MONTH OF RAMADAN
Allah prescribed fasting to all Muslims in the Holy Qur’an and there are a lot of medical benefits of fasting. Fasting reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood, the digestive and renal system rests, loss of weight etc. In conclusion, there are numerous medical facts in the Qur’an. Some were just found recently and others are yet to be discovered and all these are signs for the believers and non-believers. We have to reflect on these signs and ponder about the authenticity of the Qur’an. “Say, ‘the truth is from your Lord; so let whosoever wishes believe, and let whosoever wishes disbelieve.” (18: 29)
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