Kembali Kepada Fitrah

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Dr. Gary Miller (Abdul Ahad Omar) berasal daripada Kanada. Beliau merupakan seorang pakar matematik yang mendalami ilmu teologi (ketuhanan) Kristian. Pada tahun 1978 beliau dihadiahkan al-Quran dan selepas membacanya beliau mula menyedari tentang kepincangan Bible dan kebenaran al-Quran. Beliau terus memeluk agama Islam dan merupakan seorang pendakwah Muslim yang komited hinggalah ke hari ini. Antara tulisan beliau yg menarik ialah yang bertajuk “The Amazing Quran” (Quran Yang Mengagumkan – rujuk gambar).

Dalam tulisan ini beliau membuktikan bahawa al-Quran adalah wahyu dan tidak mungkin ditulis oleh manusia dengan menggunakan pendekatan saintifik. Antara tulisannya ialah, “Seperkara yang mengejutkan golongan yang bukan Islam selepas mereka mengkaji al-Quran ialah, ia tidak seperti apa yang mereka jangkakan. Bagi mereka, al-Quran ialah sebuah kitab tua yang datang dari padang pasir Arab dan berumur lebih kurang 14 abad. Justeru mereka menjangkakan, isi-isinya pasti juga tua lagi kuno seperti umurnya. Sebahagian daripada mereka pula menjangkakan, oleh kerana ia datang dari padang pasir, ia pasti banyak bercerita tentang padang pasir.

Tiba-tiba mereka menyedari bahawa ia tidak seperti itu…. Al-Quran boleh dikaji secara saintifik kerana ia mengutarakan sesuatu yang tidak diutarakan oleh kitab-kitab agama lain secara amnya. Malah al-Quran mampu menyahut cabaran ahli-ahli sains. Konsep sains pada hari ini ialah satu konsep yang memerlukan bukti. Jika seseorang mengutarakan sesuatu teori, pakar-pakar sains tidak akan mempedulikannya melainkan jika ia disertakan dengan bukti dan sanggup melalui beberapa ujian yang saintifik. Al-Quran sebenarnya sanggup diperlakukan seperti itu untuk membuktikan bahawa ia adalah benar. Seribu empat ratus tahun sudah berlalu dan tidak ada sesiapa pun yang mampu membuktikan kepalsuan al-Quran, justeru al-Quran adalah sebuah kitab yang hak lagi benar.”

Dr. Gary Miller, a mathematician and a very important Christian missionary from Canada, converted to Islam. He was a very active missionary and was very knowledgeable about the Bible. In his book ‘The Amazing Quran’ he says, “A few years ago, a group of men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia collected all of the verses in the Quran which discuss embryology – the growth of the human being in the womb. They said, ‘Here is what the Quran says. Is it the truth?’ In essence, they took the advice of the Quran: ‘Ask the men who know.’ They chose, as it happened, a non-Muslim who is a professor of embryology at the University of Toronto. His name is Keith Moore, and he is the author of textbooks on embryology – a world expert on the subject. They invited him to Riyadh and said, ‘This is what the Quran says about your subject. Is it true? What can you tell us?’

While he was in Riyadh, they gave him all the help that he needed in translation and all of the cooperation for which he asked. And he was so surprised at what he found that he changed his textbooks. In fact, in the second edition of one of his books, called ‘Before We Are Born…’ in the section about the history of embryology, he included some material that was not in the first edition because of what he found in the Quran. (The Quran) was ahead of its time and that those who believe in the Quran know what other people do not know.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keith Moore for a television presentation, and we talked a great deal about this – it was illustrated by slides and so on. He mentioned that some of the things that the Quran states about the growth of the human being were not known until thirty years ago. In fact, he said that one item in particular – the Quran’s description of the human being as a ‘leech-like clot’ (‘alaqah) at one stage (Surahs al-Hajj 22:5; al-Mu’minun 23:14; and Ghafir 40:67) – was new to him; but when he checked on it, he found that it was true, and so he added it to his book. He said, ‘I never thought of that before,’ and he went to the zoology department and asked for a picture of a leech. When he found that it looked just like the human embryo, he decided to include both pictures in one of his textbooks.

Although the aforementioned example of man researching information contained in the Qur’an deals with a non-Muslim, it is still valid because he is one of those who is knowledgeable in the subject being researched. Had some layman claimed that what the Qur’an says about embryology is true, then one would not necessarily have to accept his word. However, because of the high position, respect, and esteem man gives scholars, one naturally assumes that if they research a subject and arrive at a conclusion based on that research, then the conclusion is valid.

Dr. Moore also wrote a book on clinical embryology, and when he presented this information in Toronto, it caused quite a stir throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of the newspapers across Canada, and some of the headlines were quite funny. For instance, one headline read: ‘SURPRISING THING FOUND IN ANCIENT PRAYER BOOK!’ It seems obvious from this example that people do not clearly understand what it is all about. As a matter of fact, one newspaper reporter asked Professor Moore, ‘Don’t you think that maybe the Arabs might have known about these things – the description of the embryo, its appearance and how it changes and grows? Maybe they were not scientists, maybe they did some crude dissections on their own – carved up people and examined these things.’ The professor immediately pointed out to him that he [i.e., the reporter] had missed a very important point – all of the slides of the embryo that had been shown and that had been projected in the film had come from pictures taken through a microscope. He said, ‘It does not matter if someone had tried to discover embryology fourteen centuries ago. They could not have seen it!’

All of the descriptions in the Quran of the appearance of the embryo are of the item when it is still too small to see with the eye; therefore, one needs a microscope to see it. Since such a device had only been around for little more than two hundred years, Dr. Moore taunted, ‘Maybe fourteen centuries ago someone secretly had a microscope and did this research, making no mistakes anywhere. Then he somehow taught Muhammad (s) and convinced him to put this information in his book. Then he destroyed his equipment and kept it a secret forever. Do you believe that? You really should not unless you bring some proof because it is such a ridiculous theory.’ In fact, when he was asked, ‘How do you explain this information in the Quran?’ Dr. Moore’s reply was, ‘It could only have been divinely revealed’.”

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