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Subject: [IslamicDawn] What's the most remarkable book you've read?
Date: Thursday, October 09, 2003 8:40 AM
What's the most remarkable book you've read? Was it self-help? History? Science?
Imagine an ancient author who somehow knew, over a millennium ago, that...
.... time is relative (70:4; 22:47). A discovery with which Albert Einstein would stun the scientific world in the early 20th century.
.... matter is created in pairs (36:36) A discovery that earned the scientist Paul Dirac the Nobel Prize in 1933.
.... life on Earth is water-based. (21:30) Another breakthrough discovery of the twentieth century.
.... the Earth and heavenly bodies were once a single point, and were separated by an explosion. (21:30) The ancient author astonishingly prefigures the Big Bang theory, yet another landmark of modern physics.
.... the universe is continuously expanding (51:47). Ditto.
.... iron is not native to the earth, but comes from an extraterrestrial source (57:25). Only confirmed in the past century.
.... the planet earth travels in an orbit (27:88; 21:33). A modern astronomical observation whose first formmal scientific pronouncement cost Galileo dearly.
.... the Earth's atmosphere acts like a protective shield for living creatures (21:32). A stunning pronouncement for an author writing in ancient times.
.... the creation of living creatures follows an evolutionary system (15:28-29; 24:45; 32:7-9; 71:14-7). The ancient author prefigures Darwin.
.... the stages of human development in the womb follow a specific, describable sequence (23:14). Modern research in human embryology matches the ancient author's manuscript.
Now imagine that the author of this Book offered accounts of the lives of the most extraordinary people -- Abraham, Moses, the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and many others. Imagine that this author also accurately predicted some of the most momentous political, military, and social events in human history.
As if that weren't enough ... imagine that, in this ancient author's book, the word for Month happens to be used exactly twelve times; the plural form of Day happens to be used exactly 30 times; and the word Day happens to be used exactly 365 times.
Now imagine that this same author had some advice for you.
"Remember your Lord within yourself humbly." (7:205)
"Wait patiently for the judgment of your Lord, for surely you are before Our eyes, and sing the praise of your Lord when you rise, and in the night give Him glory too, and at the setting of the stars." (52:48-49)
"Be patient and excel in patience and remain steadfast, and be aware of God, that you may be successful." (3:200)
"Turn to God, a sincere turning; maybe your Lord will remove from you your evil and cause you to enter gardens beneath which rivers flow." (66:8)
Would you follow the author's advice?
This book is the Qur'an, the final revelation of God to mankind. It is the ultimate self-help book, a volume more important than any scientific treatise or historical account ever written.
It is most influential book in human history ... not because it was (and is) ahead of its time, but because it has the power to transform the human heart.
"And this is a Book We have revealed, blessed, verifying that which is before it, and that you may warn the metropolis and those around her; and those who believe in the hereafter believe in it, and they attend to their prayers constantly." (6:92)
There is no "advice" book on Earth like this one.
I was a Christian (on and off) for 31 years. I had read the Bible carefully and prayerfully all of my adult life. Then I read this book, and it changed my life for the better ... forever.
YOU'VE READ THIS FAR. MAY I ASK YOU TO DO TWO THINGS?
If you have not yet read this book ... please indulge me by doing two simple things, whether you are Christian, Jew, Hindu, Baha'i, or of any other faith.
First, consider closely the author's description of Himself...
"God is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star, lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western, the oil whereof almost gives light though fire touch it not-- light upon light-- God guides to His light whom He pleases, and God sets forth parables for men, and God is Cognizant of all things." (24:35)
Thank you. Happy Ramadan 2003!
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