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Article 4

Scientific Accuracy of the Qur'an Amazes University of Toronto Professor
Courtesy: Imam Shabir Ally 

This message is based on an article entitled "Highlights of Human Embryology  in the Koran and the Hadith" by Dr. Keith Moore, Professor of Anatomy and  Chairman of the Department, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto,  1982. 

Dr. Moore points out that the study of how the human embryo develops in the  mother's womb could not progress significantly without the use of microscopes. 
Microscopes were not invented until the 17th century A.D., and were not used  in this field of study until the 18th century. Therefore when Dr. Moore studied  certain statements in the Qur'an on this subject, he remarked, "I was amazed  at the scientific accuracy of these statements which were made in the 7th  century A.D."

The Qur'an in 39:6 states that God made us in the wombs of our mothers in  stages. 

Dr. Moore comments: "The realization that the embryo develops in stages in  the uterus was not discussed or illustrated until the 15th century A.D."

"The staging of human embryos was not proposed until the 1940's, and the  stages used nowadays were not adopted worldwide until a few years ago."

Furthermore, he says: "The idea that development results from a genetic plan  contained in the chromosomes of the zygote was not discovered until the end of  the 19th century. The verse from the Koran [80:18] clearly implies that the nutfa (i.e. the initial drop of fluid) contains the plan or blueprint for the  future characteristics and features of the developing human being."

The Qur'an 23:12-16 indicates that there is a lag or gap between two of the 
early stages of growth. How does that compare with modern scientific knowledge? 
Remarkably! Says Dr. Moore: "It is well established that there is a lag or  delay in the development of the embryo during the implantation.. The agreement  between the lag or gap in development mentioned in the Koran and the slow rate  of change occurring during the second and third weeks is amazing. These  details of human development were not described until about 40 years ago."

Finally, Dr. Moore concludes by saying that the agreement he has found in the  Qur'anic statements "may help to close the gap between science and religion  which has existed for so many years."

The above evidence shows that the Qur'an must be from God as it claims. The  Qur'an says that you and every human being should consider this book with care.  Had it been from anyone other than God, you would have found much discrepancy  in it (4:82).



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