Welcome to the the series Let’s Know Islam. Today, we become familiar with another miraculous aspect of Holy Quran.
Holy Quran has reported on a number of future developments. The occurrence of these events has been announced in Holy Quran, while they were unpredictable based on ordinary calculations. Interestingly, these developments have taken place after a while as Holy Quran had reported. Meanwhile, Holy Quran’s predictions have been of two types. Some of them have taken place after the divine revelation of ayahs and some will happen in the future, such as the establishment of just global rule which is related to the future of mankind.
One of the predictions of Holy Quran was on the victory of Islam over Meccan polytheists and entry of Muslims to the House of God in complete security.
God in the 27th ayah of Surat Al-Fath notes: “Certainly Allah has fulfilled His Apostle’s vision in all truth: You will surely enter the Sacred Mosque, God willing, in safety, with your heads shaven or hair cropped, without any fear. So He knew what you did not know, and He assigned you besides that a victory near at hand.”
In elaboration of this ayah, it was pointed out that in Medina, Prophet dreamt of entering Mecca for observance of Minor Hajj Pilgrimage in the company of his disciples. When he explained his dream for his disciples; they were highly gladdened. After a while, the Prophet and Muslims headed for Mecca. Disbelievers were informed of this development and blocked Muslims’ path to Mecca in Hodaibia.
Some who thought this dream would materialize in that same year, became doubtful on whether it was possible for the Prophet’s dream not to come true? In response, the Prophet told them this dream may not materialize on that same year.
The Prophet and his disciples were heading back to Medina when this ayah descended, putting emphasis on the correctness of this dream.
In this manner, Holy Quran reported on a certain event in the future, such that a year later, on 7th AH, this prediction came true and the Prophet and his disciples entered the Sacred Mosque, observing Minor Hajj Pilgrimage in complete calm.
The precise prediction of the future and victory against disbelievers, under the difficult and complicated conditions, is the task of prophets, who received divine revelations.
This ayah has reported on the certain entry of Muslims to Sacred Mosque; observance of Minor Hajj Pilgrimage in the future, and a victory near at hand. In accordance to historical evidences, Holy Quran’s predictions came true on the right time and this is one of the miraculous aspects of Holy Quran.
One of the other examples of predictions of Holy Quran is on the victory of the Roman troops against Persia.
The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ayahs of Surat Al-Rum note: Byzantium has been vanquished in a nearby territory, but following their defeat they will be victors in a few years. All command belongs to Allah, before and after, and on that day the faithful will rejoice.
Throughout the residence of Prophet in Mecca, when the faithful were in minority, a battle broke out between Roman and Persian troops, which led to the victory of Persians. The first ayahs of Surat al-Rum have studied this historical development.
The Meccan polytheists baselessly considered this victory as a sign of righteousness of polytheism. These polytheists said: “Persians are polytheists. But, Romans are Christians. As Persians defeated Romans, we will defeat Muslims.”
Under these conditions, these ayahs were descended, stating that although Persians emerged victorious in the battle with Roman troops, in a short while Romans would defeat Persians. Holy Quran also announced that this development will take place in a few years.
In accordance to a number of historical documents, this prediction of Holy Quran came true roughly nine years later. A tough battle took place between the Persian and Roman forces and this time, Romans defeated the Persians.
Can an ordinary person predict such an important development? The precise prediction of this development once again proves the miraculous nature of Holy Quran, going to show that Prophet of Islam relied upon the never-ending knowledge of God Almighty.
One of the other predictions of Holy Quran is related to the future of human community. Many believe that the future of the world is bleak and disappointing. The supporters of this viewpoint state that ultimately human civilization is annihilated with weapons of mass destruction. However, in contrast to this common imagination, Holy Quran presents a highly positive and optimistic view about the fate of human community.
For instance, the 105th ayah of Surat al-Anbiya notes: Certainly We wrote in the Psalms, after the Torah: ‘Indeed My righteous servants shall inherit the earth.’
Also, the 55th ayah of Surat al-Nur notes: “Allah has promised those of you who have faith and do righteous deeds that He will surely make them successors in the earth, just as He made those who were before them successors, and He will surely establish for them their religion which He has approved for them, and that He will surely change their state to security after their fear, while they worship Me, not ascribing any partners to Me. And whoever is ungrateful for that – it is they who are the transgressors.”
In accordance to this ayah, God has made a number of pledges to those who have faith and carry out good deeds, such as inheritance of earth; and elimination of bases of fear and insecurity.
Undoubtedly, the manifestation of this ayah is the establishment of the just global rule of the 12th Infallible Successor to Prophet of Islam, Imam Mahdi (May God hasten his reappearance). At that phase in time, the East and the West of the universe gather under Imam Mahdi’s banner, and righteousness and justice is established in all parts of the world; while war, fear, and insecurity are wiped out. In fact the pillars of monotheism are reinforced at that phase in time, so that people will freely worship God and will not ascribe a partner for God Almighty.
Based on Holy Quran, Islam is the religion of future world; fate of history will unfold in favor of the faithful; the just global rule will be established based on monotheism; injustice and insecurity will be uprooted; and calm and security will be established worldwide.