Quran and Science
Q: Is there a verse in the Quran that talks about the creation of Eve? And does it specify the way she was created?
A: The first verse of chapter An-Nisa (4:1) God says that the wife of Adam (who was Eve, even though her name is not specified) was created from the same being.
Q: What is the meaning of the number "40" in the Quran? Why 40? Why not 39 or any other number?
A: The number of 40 is not the only number mentioned in the Qur'an. Other numbers seven, twelve, nineteen, twenty, thirty, etc. The number 40 is only mentioned in the Qur'an on three occasions, and this was only to describe certain historical events. The number 40 does not have particularly significance as opposed to any other number. Nonetheless, there are some narrations which focus on the number 40, such as praying for 40 believers in one's night prayer, or memorizing 40 hadeeth. Nonetheless, we do not know the number 40 with regards to these narrations, but Allah knows best.
Q: If someone's husband is a hafiz can he take his wife to jannat? I've heard a hafiz can take 10 people to jannat.
A: First of all, only memorizing the Quran in our memory is not enough, many people can do that. What is really important is to learn, understand and practice the Quran. With these conditions met, memorization of the Quran becomes more meaningful, because the Quran would be in his heart, head, hands and the life of a person. Such a Quran would in a position to help his wife and other people in this world and hereafter. Instead of 10 people he may take millions of people to Paradise.
Q: A non-Muslim friend asked me a question about the Quran. He said, "How can it be something Holy, if there is such a bad scientific mistake...the sort of mistake a man would make if he were to try to make something that wasn't really inspired by God?" He gave me an example of Sura Al-Kahf, verse 86: "Until, when he reached the setting sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water." What is your interpretation of this verse?
A: This verse is about Dhul al Qarnyan, a powerful and righteous king who traveled the East and West. His army set upon diverse civilizations protecting the weak and punishing the unruly. The Quran is describing the situation from Dhu al Qarnayn's eyes! Obviously this is a visual description! It may also have symbolic meaning. As a mistake is our physical vision may cause us to see the sun setting in murky water, illusions affecting our spiritual visions may cause us to lose the light of our life's spiritual sun! The Quran has many different levels of meaning. Be careful of this person. It sounds like he is reading Quran to strengthen himself in Disbelief. He may not be your friend.
Q: What is the proper method to dispose of material that has verses [ayah] from the Quran written on it? I have some calendars which unfortunately have Quranic ayah written on theme (I mean, in Arabic) and I don t know how to throw theme away in a proper fashion. Also, what will be the procedure, if different, for names of Imams (as) or Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) Written on paper in Arabic?
A: It is OK to put these types of papers with other recycling papers in the recycling bin.
Q: I have a question regarding ayahs of the Quran when one must perform prostration [sajdah]. Does one have to perform sajdah when one hears these ayahs on the television or radio?
A: There are four required [wajeb] sajdahs in the Quran: Chapter 32, (Al-Sajdah) verse 14. Chapter 41 (Fosselat) verse 37. Chapter 53 (Al-Najm), verse 62 Chapter 96 (Al-Alagh), verse 19. If the program is live on the TV or radio, the sajdah is wajeb, but if it is only a CD or a tape, it is not wajeb.