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Exploring Ramadan Part IV: Revelation of Quran and fasting in Ramadan
Wednesday July 8, 2015 11:27 PM, Team

Holy Quran is closely associated with Ramadan for it was the month of Ramadan when the first five ayah of Surah Alaq were revealed to Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) the first time. Thereafter the remaining Holy Book was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in parts with regular time intervals and on different occasions. That the Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan is described by the Almighty Allah in these words:

It is the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance for mankind with clear teachings showing the Right Way and a criterion of truth and falsehood. Therefore, anyone of you who witnesses that month should fast therein, and whoever is ill or upon a journey shall fast a similar number of days later on. Allah intends your well-being and does not want to put you to hardship. He wants you to complete the prescribed period so that you should glorify His Greatness and render thanks to Him for giving you guidance. (Quran, Sura Al Baqara, Ayah 185)

It is due to this association of Quran with Ramadan that the Holy Book is recited in this month by the Muslims world over with special emphasis. Also, people throng to the mosques to listen to the Holy Book when Huffaz recite it while offering Tarawih, the special Night Prayer in congregation.

Quran - The Word of Allah
Beginning with the first five Ayah of Sura Alaq, Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in parts during his twenty-three years of life as the messenger. Earlier, like Quran that was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him), The Torah was given to Prophet Moses (peace and blessings be upon him) and The Bible was revealed to Prophet Eisa - The Christ (peace and blessings be upon him). Apart from these Divine Books, books were also revealed to some other Prophets (peace and blessings be upon them all) in various parts of the world. However except Quran, all these books including Torah and Bible cease to exist in their original form. Quran too if it remains in its original form without even change of a single word, it is because the Almighty Allah had promised to preserve it into its original form:

Surely We have revealed this reminder (The Qur'an); and We will surely preserve it Ourself. (Quran, Sura Al Hijr, Ayah 9)

Time and again it is debated whether Quran is the word of Allah, the Almighty or not. And, if indeed the Holy Book is preserved in its original form more than fourteen hundred years after its revelations. However all efforts have failed and would remain so owing to the ample number of proofs, scientific as well as material, to substantiate that not only the Quran is the word of the Almighty Allah that was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) but it is also preserved in its original form.

The historical accounts of Ramsess II one of the kings of Egypt popularly know as Pharaoh or Firoun is also one of the clear cases to substantiate the authenticity and accuracy of Quran - The Word of Allah , the Almighty.

French team meets Ramsess II
When Francisco Mitra became the president of France in 1981, France requested the Egyptian Government to host the mummy of Pharaoh for the purpose of running laboratory and archeological examinations on the mummy of the most notorious dictator ever lived on earth. Upon arrival, the royal attendants who were present there including the French president himself and other ministers bowed in honor of the mummy. After the ceremony ended, the mummy was carried to a specially-designed section at the Archeology Centre of France.

In order to discover more about such a great mummy, the greatest French archeological and anatomical scientists headed by Professor Maurice Bucaille started the testing. While the other scientists were trying to restore the mummy, Professor Maurice was mainly concerned with how did this mummy die!

The final report of the scientists was released late at night which states that the remaining salt in the mummy is overt evidence that it was drown in the sea, and the body was rescued very shortly where it was immediately embalmed to be saved. An amazing thing was still confusing Professor Maurice is that how could this body possibly be safer than any other mummy despite being taken out of the sea up until this time.

Professor Maurice was writing his final report on what he thought would be a new discovery about saving Pharaoh's body immediately after his death and embalming it.

And there, someone whispered to him that Muslims claim to know something about the drowning of this mummy. Yet the Professor firmly denied such a possibility saying that it's impossible to discover this without the development of science and without using his high-tech and complicated laboratories and computers.

To his surprise, he was told that Muslims believe in a book called 'Quran' and this Quran narrates the story of Pharaoh's drowning and ensures the safety of his body after his death as to be a Sign to mankind.

The Professor couldn't believe his own ears and started to wonder: How can a book existed 1400 years ago speak about the mummy that was only found 200 years ago, in 1881 ??!! How can that be possible while the ancient Egyptian heritage was discovered only a few decades ago and no one knew about it before??!! The Professor sat down pondering on what he was told about the Holy Book that narrates the drowning of Pharaoh without saying anything about his body!!?? Is it possible that the mummy in front of me is the one who was chasing Moses years ago!!?? Is it possible Muhammad knew this 1400 years before!!??

The Professor couldn’t sleep that night till they brought him the Old Testament. He was surprised to read that the Holy Book didn’t mention about the destiny of the body. All it says is that ‘no one else was left alive, the sea drowned Pharaoh and his army.’ When the scientists were done with the mummy, France returned it back to Egypt. But Professor Maurice couldn’t rest for a moment since he was told that Muslims know about the safety of the body. So he decided to travel and meet the anatomy Muslim scientists. There he spoke about his discovery of the safety of the mummy after its death in the sea and so on.

One of the Muslim scientists stood up and simply opened the Quran and pointed at one verse to the Professor:

We shall save your body this day, so that you may become a sign for the succeeding generations, indeed many among mankind are heedless of Our signs! (Quran, Sura Yunus, Ayah 92)

The Professor was struck when he read this and immediately stood in front of the crowd and said loudly ‘I believe in Quran. I believe in Islam.’

Then he went back to France with a different face. In France he dedicated years investigating the scientific discoveries, comparing them with the Quran and trying to come up with one scientific contradiction with the Quran. Finally he quoted one verse from the Quran to be his conclusion:

No falsehood can approach it from before or from behind. It is a revelation from the One Who is Wise and Praiseworthy. (Quran, Sura Ha mim, Ayah 42)

As a result of all years of his research, Professor Maurice wrote a book that shook all Europe especially the scientists there, The Holy Books in the Light of Modern Science - A Study of Bible, Torah, Quran and Science. All copies were sold out immediately.

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