The Signs of God

Quran 2:163:

Your god is One God; there is no god but He, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the last in a long line of scriptures from God that include the Torah, Psalms and Gospel.  Each message confirms the other, and the Qur’an is the final testament from God to humanity.  Read this verse, and then compare it with these two verses from the Bible that quote Moses and Jesus saying the same thing: Deuteronomy 6:4 and Mark 12:29.

Background on verses 163-164: When verse 2:163 was revealed, some pagans (in Medina) marveled at it.  One of them remarked, “There’s only one God?  Then let Him reveal a verse for us if He’s so truthful.”  Then verse 2:164 came to the Prophet, and he recited it.”  (Asbab ul-Nuzul)

Quran 2:164:

{In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of night and day; in the ships that sail the oceans for the benefit of mankind; in the water that Allah sends down from the sky, and revives the earth with it after it had died, and scatters in it all kinds of creatures; in the changing of the winds, and the clouds disposed between the sky and the earth; are signs for people who understand.} [Quran Ch2 – V164]

The following excerpt is taken from “The Message of the Quran” by Muhammad Asad pg. 53 note 130:

This passage is one of the many in which the Qur’an appeals to “those who use their reason” to observe the daily wonders of nature, including the evidence of man’s own ingenuity (“the ships that speed through the sea”), as so many indications of a conscious, creative Power pervading the universe

The following commentary of the above verse is taken from “Exposition of the Quran” by Ghulam Ahmad Pervez pg. 72:

“If you wish to see the laws of Allah operating, reflect upon the amazing machinery of the universe and how it has been created; how day and night alternate; how such big ships laden with cargo cross the oceans; how clean water descends from the clouds and gives life to the dead earth. Reflect, also upon the manner in which species and varieties of animate beings are scattered through the earth; how winds change their direction in different seasons; and how clouds are marshalled to perform their assigned duties in the atmosphere.

Reflection upon these natural phenomena can lead only to one conclusion, namely, that creation has been planned and is controlled by a single Omnipotent Being. This conclusion, however, is reached only by those who apply their mind deeply.”

References:

  1. Abd-Allah, Muhamed. 323 Verses on Science in the Quran . Kindle Edition.

2. Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran. http://www.islamicweblibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/55877864-54484011-Message-of-Quran-Muhammad-Asad-Islam-Translation.pdf

3. Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 63). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

4. Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 829). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

5. Pervez, Ahmad. Exposition of the Quran. http://www.islamicweblibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ExpositionOfHollyQuran.pdf

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