Let’s Know Islam : PART 9

Today, we speak of the other miraculous aspects of Holy Quran. In the past few weeks we presented examples of the scientific facts, which have been mentioned and detailed in this Holy Book. Today, we refer to a number of other scientific facts stated in Holy Quran.
In the contemporary era, mankind has inherited the studies and knowledge of thousands of thinkers, who have researched scientific topics and have discovered some of the mysteries of the universe with their hard work. However, throughout the era of divine revelation of Holy Quran in the Age of Ignorance, man maintained very limited information on scientific subjects. In the revelation of mysteries of creation, Holy Quran at times makes references to scientific facts, which become understandable for man with the passage of time and upon the growth of mankind’s knowledge and wisdom. The French physician and thinker, Maurice Bucaille, notes: “The important point is that Holy Quran has always encouraged people to develop their knowledge. Holy Quran covers several views on nature’s phenomena, which fully match new scientific data. The especial scientific data mentioned in Holy Quran are astounding, given that I could have never imagined that texts belonging to more than thirteen centuries ago would present facts which match man’s scientific discoveries and facts in the contemporary era.”
Now, let’s cover today’s topic of discussion. God in several ayahs of Holy Quran mentions seas, and their importance in mankind’s life. We know that seas and oceans cover nearly three fourth of Earth’s surface. Seas play an important role in rainfalls, moderation of climate, and emergence of winds. Holy Quran has on several occasions drawn the attention of mankind to the importance of seas as a huge blessing, and has encouraged man to contemplate and ponder in this regard.
For instance, the 14th ayah of Surat al-Nahl in Holy Quran notes: “It is He who disposed the sea for your benefit that you may eat from its fresh meat, and obtain from it ornaments, which you wear – and you see the ships plowing through it – and that you may seek of His grace, and that you may give thanks.”
We know that seas are an important source for the continued existence of mankind and living creatures on the planet. This ayah mentions seas’ three important benefits:
One of them is fresh meat. Seas provide a huge source of foods, which mankind needs. The emphasis of this ayah on the freshness of this meat shows the importance of consumption of fresh meat by mankind. Despite the development of human civilization, his dependence on seas, as one of the main sources of food, has not decreased. Given the rising global population, seas will also be one of the most important sources of food for mankind in the future.
One of the other benefits of seas is the ornaments, like pearls, which are discovered within these waters.
Another important benefit of seas is the movement of ships, as a means for transportation of humans and their goods. Seas play a key role in the organization of economic affairs of countries. God has bestowed this blessing upon mankind so that he would be able to benefit from ships in his trade. Given that marine routes are larger and cheaper than land routes, and given that gigantic ships are the hugest means of transportation for human beings, the importance of seas is signified for man. In this manner, we witness the delicate reference of Holy Quran to the role that seas play in human life.
Additionally, seas are one of the wonders of the world. The smallest animals; and the largest of them, like whales, live in seas. Life at the heart of seas is astounding. In the depth of seas, some aquatics project light rays from their bodies. The food they need are prepared on the surface of seas by going through a particular process, which later sediment and are consumed by aquatics. Moreover, the body of aquatics is very hard and resistant such that it resists against the high pressure at the depth of seas. This is while human bones will be broken into pieces if man goes to the depth of seas without the usage of especial tools and equipment. These are all the wonders of the world, which compel man to praise and laud the prudent and omnipotent creator of the world.
God in the 19th, 20th, and 21st ayahs of Surat al-Rahman in Holy Quran, notes: “He merged the two seas, meeting each other. There is a barrier between them which they do not overstep. So which of your Lord’s bounties will you both deny?”
God in these ayahs mentions one of the wonders of the world and states a scientific fact.
Moreover, in the 53rd ayah of Surat al-Furqan, God notes: “It is He who merged the two seas: this one sweet and agreeable, and that one briny and bitter, and between the two He set a barrier and a forbidding hindrance.”
This ayah provides an example of the omnipotence of God in the world of creation, showing that an invisible barrier separates sweet and briny seas from each other.
Meanwhile, today man has concluded that this invisible barrier is in fact the difference in density of sweet and briny waters, which separates these two types of water from each other, for a long while. It seems as though a narrow barrier has been erected between sweet and briny waters. If we maintain a bird’s eye view on the large rivers which pour into seas, we observe that sweet and briny waters are separated from each other.