Rajab 1424 H
Volume 16-09 No : 201
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Professor T.V.N. Persaud: "I have no difficulty in my mind in concerning that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to relay the statement."
We present to you Dr. T.V.N. Persaud, Professor of Anatomy, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There he was Chairman of the Department of Anatomy for 16 years. Professor Keith Moore introduced him to us and he thinks that there are free-minded scholars and scientists whose main preoccupation is searching for the Truth. Professor Persaud is one of those. He is well known in his field and is the author or editor of 22 textbooks and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists. He also includes in these books some Qur’aanic verses and prophetic Ahadeeth that he presented at several conferences which he attended.
Dr. Persaud presented many researches concerning the relationship between both the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and modern science. The following is another hadeeth which Professor Persuad studied and made it the subject of one of his presentations:
If lewdness exists among people and then appears as a common and open practice, plagues and new diseases which did not exist before will spread among them. [Ibn Maajah, Al-Hakim]
Let us read Professor Persaud’s explanation of this hadeeth:
“It is widely accepted that these malignant changes in the uterus cervix are related to the age of the woman, frequency of intercourse, and the number of partners. Several epidemi-ological studies have clearly indicated a significant correlation between exposure to multiple sexual partners and the high incidents of cervical carcinoma. The consequences and dangers of promiscuous sexual relationships and deviant sexual practices have been expressed in this Hadeeth some 1400 years ago. The word ‘lewdness’ encompasses adultery, fornication, I am told: homosexuality, bestiality, and all other sexual perversions, and it is not wide stretching of an imagination that we should consider Herpes and AIDS as clear examples of new diseases, and indeed at the present time new diseases for which we have no cure.”
Today we can understand the significance of this hadeeth because homosexuality, prostitution and lewdness have become widespread and even legalized in many western countries. It has not been many years after the sexual revolution that these diseases which Professor Persaud spoke of have become widespread and some of them, such as AIDS, are constituting a serious health problem today. The words of the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) are very exact. AIDS is a very good example of the kind of disease which did not exist in the previous generations, but which is now increasing at an alarming rate and many people are now too afraid that they might catch it.
To Professor Persaud, we must express our gratitude for his effort. When we asked him his opinion about this phenomenon which to himself is well known and which he has researched, he stated the following:
“It seems to me that Muhammad (Pbuh) was [a] very ordinary man. He could not read or write. In fact, he was illiterate. We are talking about 1400 years ago. You have someone who was illiterate making profound pronouncements and statements which are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. I personally cannot see how this could be a mere chance, there are too many accuracies and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind concerning that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements.”
These revelations have come to Prophet Muhammad, (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), from Allah. Allah sent it from His knowledge, as Allah Himself states: But Allah bears witness that what He has sent unto thee He sent with His (own) knowledge. [Qur’an 4:66]
There was a time when science seemed to be the enemy of religious belief - that time is no more! Modern physics and cosmology (science of the origin and development of the universe) now provide firm objective evidence of the existence of God, confirm the primary attributes of God, and show how God created the physical existence out of ‘nothingness’. This knowledge comes from a critical analysis of the ‘Big Bang’ theory, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, and work being done in quantum physics. The concepts behind this esoteric scientific knowledge can now be presented in such a way as to be understood by any person with a modern education.
The great significance of the above findings is that they destroy any possible notion of the physical universe existing as a fixed number of material particles which are moved about by a fixed set of physical laws. It is exactly this incorrect understanding of the physical existence which forms the basis of the scientific philosophy of materialism. It is the philosophy of materialism, particularly secular materialism, which has allowed the belief in God to be so powerfully challenged by unbelievers in these past few hundred years, more or less from the time of Sir Isaac Newton.
It is no longer intellectually possible nor logically reasonable, in light of the finding of modern physics and cosmology, to hold the view of the atheists (that there is no God). The only logically reasonable, and intellectually honest, conclusion that can be drawn from the findings of modern science is that God does exist, that the attributes of God are absolute, and that God did create the physical universe (including human life). We are presently at the beginning of the transition point from a secular materialistic world-view to a spiritual, God-centered world-view.