Also, it is essential that scientific facts are not read in where they do not exist. Unfortunately, this has become an all too common trend among 'modernistic' Muslims who have specialised in science, but are not very familiar with the interpretation of the Qur'aan. Such people feel that, in order to prove the veracity of the Qur'aan, they must prove that everything that science talks about must have already been discussed in the Qur'aan.
However, the miraculous nature of the Qur'aan does not need such whimsical verification, as this chapter shows. Once again, the Qur'aan is a book of guidance and not a book of science, nor a mine of cryptic 'notes on scientific facts." In other words, there are not scientific allusions buried under every third verse in the Qur'aan, waiting to be unearthed by some over-zealous, highly-imaginative Muslim!
For example, many people interpret the following verse as a prediction of space travel by man:
"O Assembly of Men and jinns! If you have power to pass through the zones of the Heavens and Earth - then pass! But you will never be able to pass them except with authority (from Allaah)" (Q55 [Rahman]:33)
However, a look at the next verse, and the authentic tafseers of Ibn Katheer and at-Tabaree, will show that this verse is in reference to the jinns listening to the whispers of the angels in the Heaven (or to the Resurrection of the creation on the Day of Judgement), and not to intergalactic travel!
In conclusion, although the scientific aspect of the Qur'aan is one of the aspects of its iJaaz, it must be put in its proper place, and a proper methodology needs to be followed in order to extract examples of such verses. It does more harm than good when certain verses in the Qur'aan are 'bent over backwards,' so as to say, to seek to prove that they contain certain implied scientific facts. One only needs to read works in which this methodology was followed to see how ludicrous the conclusions are.
For example, Muhammad Rasheed Ridaa (d.1935), one of the founders of the 'Modernist' movement, claimed that the 'jinns' that the Qur'aan was referring to actually alluded to the discovery of disease-carrying microbes!) When such facts are clear and explicit from the verse, they should be mentioned (such as the examples quoted above), but when they go against the intent and meaning of the verse, they should be abandoned.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited