Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
I want some assistance with a problem I’m having. I am a Muslim girl, but hearing something said by an atheist planted a seed of doubt in my mind. It involves the Quran’s scientific miracles. They discussed how perfect the world is and how they believe it is due to chance because the universe is vast, and even if there is a small chance of everything being this perfect, the universe is so large that it has to happen at some point.
I initially ignored it, but then I wondered if the other scientific miracles mentioned in the Quran were coincidences. Even if it was a 0.000001> chance, it could be possible because the universe is so vast that there are many possibilities.
This is seriously upsetting me; could you please advise?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.
May Allah reward you for your honesty and vulnerability.
Allah Most High says, “Their messengers asked (them), ‘Is there any doubt about Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth? He is inviting you in order to forgive your sins, and delay your end until your appointed term.’” [Quran, 14:10]
Their Doubts are Not Our Doubts
The doubts of the atheists are not our doubts. Furthermore, their evidence for their claims is summed up in the words “what if.” This points to the baselessness of such claims. Hypotheticals are not proofs.
Even though we do not base our faith entirely upon the miraculous aspects of the Quran, the Quran is indeed miraculous. And even though someone could claim that some Quranic miracles are coincidental, other miracles defeat such claims.
The Miracles of the Quran
First and foremost, the Quranic miracles that the Companions of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) submitted to were not scientific or numeric. Their hearts were immediately enraptured by the linguistic miracle of the Quran.
As masters of their language, at the pinnacle of Arabic proficiency, they were absolutely certain that a human could not contrive such speech.
With the advent of science and the discovery of scientific miracles in the Quran, non-Arabic-speaking people had another aspect of the Quran to strengthen their faith. Some of these scientific miracles could never be coincidental. One example is the detailed account that the Quran gives about the stages of embryonic development.
It is impossible for someone to coincidentally guess with fantastic accuracy the inner workings of the inception and development of a child in the uterus during 7th century Arabia and to express it in the most outstanding Arabic the human ear has ever heard.
The same level of absurdity is found in the belief that all creation came together in perfect synchronicity by chance. And on top of that, actual life and consciousness came about as well.
The purpose of our creation is to believe in Allah Most High without having seen Him. Thus, it is intentional that we cannot see the realities of Allah’s greatness with our eyes. However, Allah Most High has placed within the world signs everywhere by which His greatness is manifest.
Allah Most High says, “Say, (O Prophet,) ‘O humanity! If you are in doubt of my faith, then (know that) I do not worship those (idols) you worship instead of Allah. But I worship Allah, Who has the power to cause your death. And I have been commanded, ‘Be one of the believers,’ (…).’” [Quran, 10:104]
Despite that, there is an inexhaustible amount of other proof of that reality. Rational proofs, scientific proofs, linguistic proofs, numerical proofs, historical proofs, and so on. Anyone of these is sufficient to support the assertion that the Quran is from Allah Most High and that everything in existence is the creation of One Creator, Allah Most High.
Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Yusuf Weltch teaches Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences.
He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he studied for three years in Dar al-Mustafa under some of the most outstanding scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib.
In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Quran and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.