Professor Moore: Muhammad Must Have Been a Messenger of God
We present Professor Emeritus Keith Moore, one of the worlds prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology. We asked Professor Moore to give us his scientific analysis of some specific Qur’aanic verses and prophetic traditions [Ahadeeth] pertaining to his field of specialization.
Professor Moore is the author of the book entitled The Developing Human. He is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he was Associate Dean of Basic Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and for 8 years was the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy. Dr. Moore had also previously served at the University of Winnipeg, Canada for eleven years. He has headed many international associations of anatomists and the Council of the Union of Biological Sciences. Professor Moore was also elected to the membership of the Royal Medical Association of Canada, the International Academy of Cytology, the Union of American Anatomists and the Union of North and South American Anatomists. and in 1984 he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada, the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists.
He has published many books on clinical anatomy and embryology, eight of them are used as reference works in medical schools and have been translated into six languages.
When we asked Professor Moore to give us his analysis of the Qur’aanic verses and prophetic statements, he was amazed. He wondered how the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), fourteen centuries ago, could describe the embryo and its development phase in such detail and accuracy, which scientists have come to know only in the last thirty years. Very quickly, however, Professor Moores amazement grew into admiration for this revelation and guidance. He introduced these views to intellectual and scientific circles. He even gave a lecture on the compatibility of modern embryology with the Qur’aan and Sunnah where he stated:
It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur’aan about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from Allah, or God, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a Messenger of Allah.”
Consider what this well-known and respected scientist of embryology declared upon studying the Qur’aanic verse related to his discipline, and his conclusion that Muhammad (peace be upon him), must have been a Messenger from Allah.
Allah says in the Qur’aan about the stages of the creation of man: Man we did create from a quintessence (of clay); Then we placed as (a drop of) sperm (nutfah) in a place firmly fixed; Then we made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood (alaqah); Then of that clot we made a (fetus) lump (mudghah); then we made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then we developed out of it another creature. (Qur’aan 23:12-14).
The Arabic word alaqah has three meanings. The first meaning is leech. The second is a suspended thing. The third meaning is a blood clot.
In comparing the fresh-water leech to the embryo at the alaqah stage, Professor Moore found a great similarity between the two. He concluded that the embryo during the alaqah stage acquires an appearance very similar to that of leech. Professor Moore placed a picture of the embryo side by side with the picture of a leech (See Fig. 3.1). He presented these pictures to scientists at several conferences.
هذا هو البروفيسور “كيث ل. مور” أحد كبار العلماء في العالم في مجال (التشريح وعلم الأجنة). طلب منه أن يكون مستشاراً علمياً لإبداء رأيه من الجانب العلمي حول بعض الآيات القرآنية والأحاديث النبوية المتعلقة بمجال تخصصه.هذا الأستاذ مؤلف لكتاب (The Developing Human) (أطوار خلق الإنسان) وهذا الكتاب مترجم بثمان لغات: الروسية، واليابانية، والألمانية، والصينية، والإيطالية، والبرتغالية، والإنجليزية، واليوغوسلافية.وعندما طلبنا منه أن يبدي رأيه فيما سمع من آيات القرآن الكريم والأحاديث النبوية اندهش وأعلن دهشته هذه، كيف يكون لمحمد صلى الله عليه وسلم قبل 1400 عام أن يصف الجنين وأطواره هذا الوصف الدقيق الذي لم يتمكن العلماء من معرفته إلا منذ ثلاثين عاماً؟ وسرعان ما تحولت دهشته إلى إعجاب بهذا البيان وهذا الهدي فتبنى هذه الآراء في المجامع العلمية وقدم محاضرة بعنوان “مطابقة علم الأجنة لما في القرآن والسنة.