Second Station : Indications from the verses about miracles of prophets for the technological developments and future.
The Second Station of the Twentieth Word
[A flash of the Qur’an’s miraculousness that shines on the Miracles of the Prophets.]
Note carefully the two questions and answers at the end.
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Nor anything fresh or dry, but is in a Record Clear. (Qur’an, 6:59.)
Fourteen years ago (and now thirty years have passed) in my Qur’anic commentary called Isharat al-I’jaz (Signs of Miraculousness), I wrote a discussion in Arabic about one of the mysteries of this verse. Now two of my brothers whose wishes are important in my view have asked for an explanation of that discussion in Turkish. And so, relying on Almighty Allah’s assistance, and on the effulgence of the Qur’an, I say this:
According to one interpretation, the Clear Book or Record consists of the Qur’an. The above verse states that everything, fresh or dry, is found within it, is that so? Yes, everything is found in it, but everyone cannot see this, for all the things it contains are found at different levels. Sometimes the seeds, sometimes the nuclei, sometimes the summaries, sometimes the principles, sometimes the signs, are found either explicitly, or implicitly, or allusively, or vaguely, or as a reminder. One of these is expressed according to need, in a manner suitable to the purposes of the Qur’an and in connection with the requirements of the position. For instance:
Things like the aeroplane, electricity, railways, and the telegraph have come into existence as wonders of science and technology as the result of man’s progress in science and industry. Surely the All-Wise Qur’an, which addresses all mankind, does not neglect these. Indeed, it has not neglected them; it indicates them in two ‘Ways’.
The First: In the form of the miracles of the Prophets...
The Second is this: it indicates them in the form of certain historical events. For instance:
Woe to the makers of the pit [of fire] * Fire supplied [abundantly] with fuel * Behold! They sat over against [the fire] * And they witnessed [all] that they were doing against the believers * And they ill-treated them for no other reason than that they believed in Allah, the Mighty, the One to Whom all Praise is due. (Qur’an, 85:4-8.)
In the loaded ark * And We have created for them similar [vessels] on which they ride, (Qur’an, 36:41-2.) (1)
Just as verses like these point to the railway, so the following verse alludes to electricity, as well as pointing to numerous other lights and mysteries:
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as if there were a niche, and within it a lamp; the lamp enclosed in glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star. Lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though the fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! (2) Allah guides whom He wills to His Light. (Qur’an, 24:35.)
Since numerous people have occupied themselves with this second sort, and they are in need of much care and elucidation, and since they are many, for now we shall content ourselves with these verses that allude to the railway and electricity, and shall not open that door.
As for The First Sort, it indicates them in the form of the Miracles of the Prophets. And we shall mention some of these by way of example.
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(1) This sentence indicates that the railway has taken the World of Islam prisoner. The unbelievers defeated Islam with it.
(2) The sentence, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though the fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! illuminates that allusion.
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- Are scientific discoveries mentioned in the Quran?
- What is meant by verse 35 of the chapter of an-Nur, which starts with the statement “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth...”?
- Fifth Section, which is the Fifth Booklet: About the verse of the Quran “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.” (an-Nur, 24:35.).
- Two Important Answers to Two Important Questions: Why does the Qur'an not describe the news of the technological developments explicitly? Why does the Qur’an not mention them explicitly so that unbelievers will be compelled to confirm it?
- Introduction: Examples showing that the miracles of prophets can be performed in a similar way by abiding by the laws of nature.
- Are there angels made of electricity?
- First Addendum: The miraculous aspects of the Qur’an and the proofs that it is the Word of Allah.
- Fourth Principle: The definition and comparison of revelation and inspiration. An explanation of the following verse, “If the ocean were ink..
- What is the realm of beings and what does it include?
- The Fourth Part of the Addendum: The Qur'an convinces hearts and minds with visible deeds of the world while informing them about the Divine deeds which are related to the hereafter.