Contrary to the misconception, Quran is not for blind belief but for people who research. My argument won’t contain boring terms like, “it’s a matter of faith”. Faith is useless if there is no rationality. If a truly liberal person reads Quran he/she will understand it is not a matter of faith but rationality. How western governments and media and also some “so-called Muslims” portray is very different to the reality of Islam.
Sadly, some of us humans everywhere on earth have not evolved since the medieval time. Sometimes we used to judge things based on our medieval attitudes and experiences. The bitter experience we all had with religions during medieval period is still in our memories. We have to open our mind and realize how things have changed. From the side of Muslims, there formed a fear on using Aristotelian logic after Mutuzilism. But that fear is no longer valid, since science and explorations have developed and fooling people by using Aristotelian logic on Quran is “not possible”. Scholars feared for cruelty of Mutuzilism and that fear is no longer valid, thanks to liberalism.
Apart from all of these some Muslims used to hesitate to research Quran because they think that’s extremely hard to understand. I also thought the same way. But alhamdulillah, by experience now I can say its pretty straight forward and easier than any high school science book. I’m not exaggerating when I say Quran has been my guidebook of my life on every occasion, on every matter, since I started to research it.
One of my friend used to post a Quran Ayah everyday morning on facebook. He posted Ayah 27:88 (Surah An-Naml) one day. Alhamdulillah, that stroke a thought in me. I researched on that and the glue between me and Islam got strengthened further. Here is the Ayah.
This Ayah reminded me a very fresh and ongoing scientific exploration. Most of us might know the earth surface you and me standing on is divided into geo-plates (horizontally and vertically). It was an idea proposed by a German scientist named Alfred Wagner in 1912. Only by 1963 scientist took this idea seriously and started researching. After 50 years from death of Wagner, scientists proved he was right. The plate we live on is called Lithosphere. This plate contains all mountains and valleys. This plate floats on another plate called Asthenosphere. In the middle of these plates is the LAB (Lithospheric-Stratospheric-Boundary). Lithospheric plates float on the LAB like clouds floating on the sky. Friction in between them is what we experience as Earth Quakes.
Further more on the research, the idea that earth surface consists of plates and they move around is a well-established scientific paradigm and what moves them around was the question. There was a recent research from a team of researchers in New Zealand released their research papers by January 2015. They found determined LAB as a lubricating layer 73 Kms down and it is 10 Km thick. (Differs from place to place)
In Professor Tim Stern’s (A researcher in the team) own words,
“This means that the plates can be pushed and pulled around without strong resistance at the base”
This is what exactly Quran reveals in 27:88. Quran.com/27/88 .
Quran claims mountains (which are a part of the Lithospheric plates) moves like cloud. Indicating existence of number of plates. And plates posses sort of independence among each other and they move around (like clouds). This Quranic claim is older than 14 centuries. Geology at 7th century was just a bunch of fallacies. We all know Quran never changed since its origination, then how this Ayah exist in Quran is a question I keep for you to answer.
For your curiosity here is a download link of a Quran English translation.
Furthermore brother/sister, the context of this proof in Quran is way more interesting and important. Putting all of them will make this post way more longer. I will bring that to you in my next post, in sha Allah.
Salaam, Have a good day!
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A Forum to just get the idea of the scientific side of the fact –