In the Name of Allah (the one and only true God) the Entirely Merciful the Especially Merciful.
Many people follow religions around the world preaching the belief in a Creator of everything. Considering there are contradictions between these religions they can’t all be true. Some say there’s 1 God, others say there’s thousands, or even no God. Some say there’s paradise and hell, while others say there isn’t. Some say there is reincarnation and no resurrection and others say the opposite and so on. All religions cannot be true, which means either they’re all wrong, or only 1 is right. Muslims argue that Islam is the only correct religion. Allah (the one and only true God) says in the Quran:
إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللَّـهِ الْإِسْلَامُ
Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.
Many people around the world don’t believe in God because of the lack of evidence. Some, when they are asked what kind of evidence would they like will say a miracle in front of their face. Which is a subjective experience and would actually be the worst type of evidence as everyone would have to have the same subjective experience as well. If only one person had a miracle appear before them, then that miracle would be evidence only for that one person. For everyone else the person was deluded, hallucinating, drunk and so on. It’s not proof. Also the person could convince themselves that it was a dream or imagined, and when the miracle never appears again they may soon forget it entirely.
وَلَوْ أَنَّنَا نَزَّلْنَا إِلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ وَكَلَّمَهُمُ الْمَوْتَىٰ وَحَشَرْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ قُبُلًا مَّا كَانُوا لِيُؤْمِنُوا إِلَّا أَن يَشَاءَ اللَّـهُ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ يَجْهَلُونَ
And even if We had sent down to them the angels [with the message] and the dead spoke to them [of it] and We gathered together every [created] thing in front of them, they would not believe unless Allah should will. But most of them, [of that], are ignorant.
But if asked what sort of evidence a person would require to believe in evolution, dark matter, or some other scientific belief, the answer wouldn’t be a miracle. The answer wouldn’t even be to see the evidence with their own eyes. They are satisfied with being told that it’s true by trusted people (scientists) and that’s enough for them. They trust the scientific process, and they trust the peer reviewed journals and the conclusions of these men. Even while knowing (or perhaps they don’t know) that science changes all the times and has had many paradigm shifts in the past.
Here’s a good and entertaining video on the subject of the nature of science:
So to prove that veracity of Islam rather than showing people subjective miracles, instead I am presenting 10 proofs/evidence found in Islam for why Islam is the true religion. Meaning that there is one God who revealed his final message to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him).
My evidence will be coming from the Quran (the holy scripture of the Muslims), and the saheeh hadith (authentic actions and sayings of the Prophet PBUH). These proofs are to be taken together, and not to be singled out. Meaning there may be some proofs that you feel are weaker than others, but when considering all the proofs together it backs up my claim that Islam is the true religion of God.
#1 The Quran Claims to be The Word of God
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِ الْكِتَابَ وَلَمْ يَجْعَل لَّهُ عِوَجًا ۜ
[All] praise is [due] to Allah, who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance.
The Quran, the holy book of the Muslims, claims to be the direct word of Allah (God) revealed in the Arabic language to an unlettered (he couldn’t read or write) Prophet. It also claims to have no errors in it. It is a big claim for sure, but it makes it easy to disprove. All the reader has to do is find one error in it, to prove that Islam itself is false. Rather having to disprove everything just disproving one thing simplifies the matter.
أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ ۚ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ اللَّـهِ لَوَجَدُوا فِيهِ اخْتِلَافًا كَثِيرًا
Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction.
Why this is a powerful proof is because no person could make this claim about any book. That this book is so perfect, it has no errors in it. No history book and no science book could ever make that claim. Science is ever changing, and history is based on archaeological findings, so our current understandings of the past are likely to change in the future (and has already countless times).
So if this proof stands and no error is found in the book, the most likely conclusion is that it’s sent from God, as the book itself says it is.
ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ ۛ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ
This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah
#2 The Preservation of The Quran
The preservation of the book. Allah says in the Quran:
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ
“Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.”
Although the book was revealed over 1,400 years ago it has been perfectly preserved, which itself is surprising. More than that, is the claim that it would be preserved. Remember this is before the printing press, and at this time period most people in the world couldn’t read or write. To make a claim that your book would be preserved until the end of the world is a very big claim to make.
There are many religions that pop up and make claims, but most of them are soon destroyed and gone. If Islam was a false religion made by a false Prophet, wouldn’t it be more likely to have been destroyed and lost rather than be preserved. Consider the other major religions of the world, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. These religions have their own ancient texts. Have they been preserved as the Quran has been? Do these religions have millions of people, some as young as 8 years old, who have memorized the whole book? I’ll let you the reader do your own research and find out.
Watch the video below:
#3 The Formation of the Embryo
The Quran mentions in detail the formation of the human embryo. Something that cannot be seen except with an electronic microscope. How could anyone 1400 years ago know this?
#4 Millions of people have memorized it
Allah says in the Quran:
وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ
And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?
This is an easy to understand miracle. The Quran consists of over 600 pages. Over 77 thousand words. And yet millions around the world have memorized the whole Quran from cover to cover and can recite it to you with hardly a mistake. There are literal Quran competitions happening around the world all the time, where they test the recitation, and memorization of children. Some as young as 6 and 7.
Is there any other book in the world where millions have memorized it in its entirety? How many people have memorized the entire bible cover to cover? And what’s signficant here is that in the Quran 1400 years ago the verse was revealed that it was easy to remember the Quran. And look thousands of years later millions have memorized it. And not only have they memorized it but most of them did so in a language they don’t even know. Can you imagine memorizing a 600 page Japanese book when you don’t know Japanese? Or Chinese? Russian and so on? To even bother doing it, is amazing, and to succeed is even more amazing.
#5 Haman Mentioned by Name
Before explaining who Haman is and why his name and status is important, first we must have a brief understanding of what hieroglyphics are. Hieroglyphics were the ancient writing script of the Egyptians. Scientists believed it started in the 32 Century BC (3,200 BC, aka 3,800 years before the Prophet). By the 5th century AD knowledge of hieroglyphic writing was lost, until the 1820s when it was deciphered using the Rosetta Stone.
Watch this video to learn more about the Rosetta Stone and it’s importance in deciphering the hieroglyphics.
So again why is Haman important? Haman is important because he is mentioned in the Quran as essentially being Pharaoh’s architect or head of construction. The Quran says:
وَقَالَ فِرْعَوْنُ يَا أَيُّهَا الْمَلَأُ مَا عَلِمْتُ لَكُم مِّنْ إِلَـٰهٍ غَيْرِي فَأَوْقِدْ لِي يَا هَامَانُ عَلَى الطِّينِ فَاجْعَل لِّي صَرْحًا لَّعَلِّي أَطَّلِعُ إِلَىٰ إِلَـٰهِ مُوسَىٰ وَإِنِّي لَأَظُنُّهُ مِنَ الْكَاذِبِينَ
And Pharaoh said, “O eminent ones, I have not known you to have a god other than me. Then ignite for me, O Haman, [a fire] upon the clay and make for me a tower that I may look at the God of Moses. And indeed, I do think he is among the liars.”
Haman is being commanded by Pharaoh to build a tall tower. Prior to unlocking the hieroglyphics skeptics of the Quran, assuming the Prophet copied the Quran from the Bible, said this was a copying error because Haman was mentioned in the Bible as an assistant of a Persian King after the time of Moses, not head of construction of Pharaoh at the time of Moses. But with the deconstruction of the hieroglyphics Egyptologists found Haman working in Egypt as “overseer of the stone Masons.” How could anyone 1400 hundred years ago, let alone an unlettered man, know this?
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#6 The Challenge to Produce One Like it
During the Prophet Muhammad PBUH time the Arabs were known for their Poetry. They would essentially have poetry battles, where they would compete to say the best lines of poetry. If you wanted people to listen to you or respect you, one way was to be a great poet.
When the Prophet PBUH made a claim to prophecy the Arabs did not like it. For most of his Prophetic life, the Prophet PBUH was seen as the enemy to the Arabs in general. They didn’t like what he had to say because it meant changing most of their traditions, and their society. At first they ignored him, then they asked him to stop, they tried making deals with him, they bullied him, they killed his companions, they physical harmed him, tried to kill him, and went to war against him.
Essentially his Prophethood brought them great difficulty, but they were given a way of disproving the Prophet without resorting to violence. The Quran states:
قُل لَّئِنِ اجْتَمَعَتِ الْإِنسُ وَالْجِنُّ عَلَىٰ أَن يَأْتُوا بِمِثْلِ هَـٰذَا الْقُرْآنِ لَا يَأْتُونَ بِمِثْلِهِ وَلَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ ظَهِيرًا
Say, “If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants.”
Then Allah made it simpler for them. Rather than producing a whole Quran, simply make 10 chapters like it.
أَمْ يَقُولُونَ افْتَرَاهُ ۖ قُلْ فَأْتُوا بِعَشْرِ سُوَرٍ مِّثْلِهِ مُفْتَرَيَاتٍ وَادْعُوا مَنِ اسْتَطَعْتُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّـهِ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
Or do they say, “He invented it”? Say, “Then bring ten surahs [chapters] like it that have been invented and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful.”
Then finally Allah makes the challenge even simpler, produce 1 chapter like it. The shortest chapter in the Quran is only 3 sentences.
وَإِن كُنتُمْ فِي رَيْبٍ مِّمَّا نَزَّلْنَا عَلَىٰ عَبْدِنَا فَأْتُوا بِسُورَةٍ مِّن مِّثْلِهِ وَادْعُوا شُهَدَاءَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّـهِ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a surah [chapter] the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful.
The Arabs of that time were not able to meet this challenge, and until now nobody has met this challenge. There are many ways to look at the challenge. One way is the wording itself. Produce a Quran with similar wording and meaning, flow, and style.
Another is the content. The content which includes observational proofs, historical proofs, guidance, information about the unseen (angels, the day of judgment, God), logical proofs, and more.
Yet another is the impact of the Quran. Produce a book with the same impact of the Quran. A book that would lead people across the world of different backgrounds to memorize the text and base their lives upon it. A text that would result in BILLIONS of people accepting it as the word of God. So get your helpers and spend as much time as you need, to produce a book of similar effect.
Read more here by Dr. Bilal Philips:
#7 Observational Proofs
The Quran speaks of many things beyond theology. It also speaks of things we can observe, or things we should research to learn more about. One thing to consider when going through some of these is the lack of error in them although it is from 1400 years ago. Many people and societies in ancient times and even now, had strange (to us) ideas of the universe, and life. For example scientists used to think that life could come from non-life all the time, or that the Universe was static (not growing), or that the Earth was flat. Here’s a list of theories that have been superseded by future theories: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superseded_theories_in_science#Biology
So to be able to have an ancient text that confidently states facts about our world and the universe while the people at that time (7th century) lacked the tools to observe such phenomena is beyond amazing. For example Allah says in the Quran:
أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا ۖ وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ ۖ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ
Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?
Here Allah states that He made every living thing from water. The last thing an inhabitant of the desert 1400 years ago would have thought, is that all life comes from water. Another observational fact stated is:
وَجَعَلْنَا السَّمَاءَ سَقْفًا مَّحْفُوظًا ۖ وَهُمْ عَنْ آيَاتِهَا مُعْرِضُونَ
And We made the sky a protected ceiling, but they, from its signs, are turning away.
As we know today the sky is made up of many layers of gases. These gases form a thin protective blanket which we call the atmosphere. The atmosphere protects us from the Sun’s rays, meteors, and keeps the oxygen and water molecules from escaping into space. We certainly know this now, but this was definitely not something known 1400 years ago let alone by unlettered man in the Arabian desert.
أَلَمْ نَجْعَلِ الْأَرْضَ مِهَادًا ﴿٦﴾ وَالْجِبَالَ أَوْتَادًا
Have We not made the earth a resting place? (6) And the mountains as stakes?
Quran [78: 6-7]
Again we know today that the mountains much like icebergs have a section that is visible above ground, but also a large section below ground as well.
The Quran indicates that mountains have deep roots by using the word stakes to describe them. In fact, mountains do have deep roots, and the word stakes is an accurate description for them. A book titled ‘Earth’ by Geophysicist Frank Press explains that mountains are like stakes, and are buried deep under the surface of the Earth. Mount Everest, the height of which is approximately 9 km above ground, has a root deeper than 125 km.
The fact that mountains have deep ‘stake’ like roots was not known until after the development of the theory of plate tectonics in the beginning of the 20th century.
Keep in mind I called these observational proofs and not scientific proofs for a reason. Science is ever changing and developing. Science is not the source of ultimate truth. Supposed scientific facts do develop with time and may even be disproven in the future. But these proofs in the Quran are consistent with our 21st century observable reality and yet it was revealed in the 7th century to sheep herding Arabs. Could they have written it, or was it revealed from Allah the all mighty?
Visit this website to read more about it: http://islam.ru/en/content/story/scientific-facts-holy-quran
#8 Not Only a Religion, But a Way of Life
Islam as a way of life which is what we would expect from a book that says it’s guidance for the human being. religious guidance, economic guidance, social guidance and so on. Guidance for every aspect of human existence. from how to sleep, to cleaning oneself in the bathroom, how to walk, how to talk, how to deal with the opposite gender, how to deal with parents, old people, and young people, how to deal in transactions, giving in charity, how to eat, how to drink, on and on and on. A whole comprehensive book deserves to be written about the basic guidance the Quran and Sunnah have given for all aspects of our lives.
#9 Quranic Proof for God
In the Quran it states the only 3 possibilities in regards to the creation of Man. This argument can be used for the creation of the universe as well.
أَمْ خُلِقُوا مِنْ غَيْرِ شَيْءٍ أَمْ هُمُ الْخَالِقُونَ ﴿٣٥﴾ أَمْ خَلَقُوا السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ ۚ بَل لَّا يُوقِنُونَ
Were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]? (35) Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Rather, they are not certain.
Either man always existed, brought itself into existence, or was brought into existence. Obviously we didn’t always exist. Whether you believe man evolved from an ape (Muslims don’t believe this), or man was created by God directly, either way man didn’t always exist.
Did man create himself? Can something which doesn’t exist be capable of bringing itself into existence? Of course not. This is nonsensical.
This leaves the only viable option. Man had a creator. What many atheists then ask is, who created the Creator? This is also nonsensical because it leads to infinite regress. Infinite regress simply means if action A requires action B, and action B requires action C and so on into infinity, then action A can never happen. At some point there had to be an uncaused cause. This fits with the Islamic belief that Allah is uncreated. Allah is in need of nothing. The Creator is alone without any partners.
This simple but robust proof for God was revealed in the 7th century and stumps 21st century atheists and will continue to do so until the end of time.
#10 Prophecies of The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him)
The source of divine information for Muslims isn’t just the Quran as many Non-Muslims may think. Rather we have the Quran and the hadith (sunnah). Hadith are sayings, doings, and approvals of the Prophet PBUH. Much like how the Quran has been preserved the hadith have been preserved in a similar manner. This means the prophecies of the Prophet PBUH are found in hadith. Please watch the short video below to learn more about that process, insha Allah (God willing).
For those who prefer reading, this is an article about the compilation of hadith: https://islamqa.info/en/answers/239540/the-science-of-hadith-is-based-on-reason-and-shari-guidelines
This is only a short list of the many prophecies of the Prophet PBUH.
Bedouin Arabs would compete in the building of tall buildings
This is the end of a long hadith, where the Messenger of Allah PBUH was questioned by a man no one knew.
He [the man] asked: “When will the Hour be?’ He [the Prophet] said: ‘The one who is being asked about it does not know more than the one who is asking.’ He [the man] asked: ‘Then what are its signs?’ he [the prophet] said: ‘When the slave woman gives birth to her mistress’ ‘and when you see barefoot, naked, destitute shepherds competing in constructing tall buildings.’
sunan ibn majah graded sahih by Darussalaam
The barefooted Bedouins competing in building tall buildings. Today we find in the Arabian Peninsula, the Arabs who used to be impoverished herders of camels and sheep, are competing in building the tallest buildings. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates.
Photo by Alex Azabache on Pexels.com
Abu Lahab never becoming a Muslim
There is a chapter in the Quran revealed early on in the Prophet’s mission. In this chapter it states that Abu Lahab, a member of the Quraysh tribe living in Makkah where the Prophet started preaching Islam, would go to hell. Essentially for Abu Lahab to go to hell, from the Islamic perspective, would be for him to refuse Islam even after the clear proofs came to him. Abu Lahab did in fact die a disbeliever, and if he wished to disprove Islam, all he had to do was become a Muslim. Yet he never did and thus this prophecy came true.
تَبَّتْ يَدَا أَبِي لَهَبٍ وَتَبَّ ﴿١﴾ مَا أَغْنَىٰ عَنْهُ مَالُهُ وَمَا كَسَبَ ﴿٢﴾ سَيَصْلَىٰ نَارًا ذَاتَ لَهَبٍ ﴿٣﴾ وَامْرَأَتُهُ حَمَّالَةَ الْحَطَبِ ﴿٤﴾ فِي جِيدِهَا حَبْلٌ مِّن مَّسَدٍ
May the hands of Abu Lahab be ruined, and ruined is he. (1) His wealth will not avail him or that which he gained. (2) He will [enter to] burn in a Fire of [blazing] flame (3) And his wife [as well] – the carrier of firewood. (4) Around her neck is a rope of [twisted] fiber. (5)
People will be clothed yet naked
The Prophet PBUH said:
Two are the types of the denizens of Hell whom I did not see: people having flogs like the tails of the ox with them and they would be beating people, and the women who would be dressed but appear to be naked, who would be inclined (to evil) and make their husbands incline towards it. Their heads would be like the humps of the bukht camel inclined to one side. They will not enter Paradise and they would not smell its odour whereas its odour would be smelt from such and such distance.
This is a prophecy that astounds the minds especially for those living in the modern era. It’s only recently in the last decade where we see people walking the streets dressed in leotards/leggings and tight shirts that reveal the whole body of the woman. So they are as the Prophet PBUH said, clothed yet are naked (everything can be seen).
Prophecy of Conquests
Jābir b. ‘Abdillāh (rA) reports that while digging the trench outside Madinah to repel an approaching army, a massive boulder obstructed them that no ax would break. With time running out, and with people’s fears and hunger eating away at them, the Prophet ﷺ walked over and picked up the ax. He said, “Bismillah (In God’s name),” and hammered the boulder, reducing a chunk of it to rubble. He said, “Allāhu Akbar (God is Great)! I have been given the keys to Shām; I can see its red palaces at this very moment.” Then he shattered another chunk and said, “Allāhu Akbar (God is Great)! I have been given the keys to Persia; I can see Madain’s white palace.” Then he shattered the last chunk and said, “Allāhu Akbar (God is Great)! I have been given the keys to Yemen. By Allah, I can see the Gates of Sana‘a at this very moment from here.”
Collected by Aḥmad and an-Nasā’i graded Hasan
What’s amazing about this prophecy is that it was made when huge armies were approaching the Muslims in Medina. Any reasonable person would have assumed they would definitely be crushed and yet despite that the Prophet prophesized massive conquests.
The Middle East once was green and will be green again
The Prophet PBUH said:
“The Hour will not begin until the land of the Arabs once again becomes meadows and rivers.“
Something to keep in mind is that the Prophet said “once again” meaning it once was green, and it will become green again. This is astounding as how would any Arab know that the Arabian peninsula was ever green. How would they know that it would be green again. The fact that it’s historically true and is becoming green right now is an astounding prophecy to say the least.
The widespread of usury/interest
The Prophet PBUH said:
“A time will come over the people when they will consume ribā [usury/interest].” They asked him, “All of them?” He said, “Whoever does not consume it will [still] be reached by its dust.”
This is pretty self explanatory and again another amazing prophecy. The whole world is indeed controlled by banks which are all involved in interest. How do we buy cars, houses, schooling and so on? It’s all on interest. Car insurance, housing insurance, life insurance. All on interest. Only a select few of us avoid it directly, and an even smaller minority avoid it completely. The money itself is based on debt.
There are many more proofs for Islam. This is just a short list of the ones I thought would be beneficial to you all. It’s very helpful and useful to have these proofs, so that you can be assured that Islam is indeed the truth. There are many people out there who are in need of guidance, and Islam is that guidance. But if we are unable to articulate it to them, then we are doing a disservice. And for our children, many of which are growing up in secular countries, it is important to equip them with the proofs of Islam, so that they can strengthen their faith.
Truly for those who are already Muslim simply reading the Quran is enough proof. We know there is nothing like it, that it is clearly the unchanged word of Allah. But for those who are scared or shy to read the Quran directly themselves, these proofs are useful to challenge them to consider the book of Allah.
May Allah accept my effort. Any errors I have made, are attributed to me alone, and none
to the Creator. I would advise anyone who is searching for the truth of their existence, to read the Quran with an open heart and open mind. Allah will guide whoever is sincerely seeking His guidance.
So, what do you think? Is Islam true?