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Dr. Abdulwahid Omar - Gary Miller
It was not a big surprise that Dr. Gary Miller; a professor of mathematics converts to Islam. However, what’s even more surprising is that many like him among the nations’ most learned and wise people are still deaf to the call of the true religion chosen for mankind?
Gary Miller grew up in Canada, in the schools of the Franciscan Catholic sect. He then studied theology at the University of the Jesuits. Thanks to his intelligence and talents, he became of the active missionaries' advocates of Christianity in churches and television. Later, he got a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Toronto.
Miller scientific mind could not accept what the Catholic priests taught him in their churches. He left Catholicism and went on to become a protestant. He moved between different churches for nine years asking their scholars and priests to no avail. An Arab poet has once said:
You may hear a reply if you called the living.
But, those you are calling are not alive!
Once he asked the priests: Who is Jesus’ father? They said: (God), he asked again: Who is his mother? They said: Mary. Spontaneously, he surprised them by asking: Do you mean that God Almighty married Mary and conceived Jesus?! They said no; don’t say that, God did not marry Mary.
Miller then threw a bombshell: You mean to say that God and Mary gave birth to Jesus out of wedlock?
Their mouths stood agape, and lowered their heads; words stuck in their throats, while Miller asked priests again. He asked to show him one single text where Christ talks about his divinity or the trinity. It’s notably worthy to mention that preachers and pastors rarely quote Christ’s words when talking about their beliefs. They leave out the few lines in the Gospels attributed to Christ. These lines if collected won’t exceed the length of two columns of newspaper articles. These, won’t give the readers any proof that Christ has claimed divinity or God’s hypostasis.
For years and the young impish Gary Miller is giving the priests a big headache. God has meant well for him. He has read many of the Orientalists’ writings about Islam and the Prophet (PBUH). His readings brought him to one clear conclusion: The agreement of Western writers on the rejection of the prophecy of Mohammad (PBUH). However, they couldn’t justify their perplexing and diverging decisions about him. Hence, some accuse him of madness, and others of lying. These are two contradictory lies; nay calumnies. Therefore, he is either smart who lie to people of his claim of prophethood; or he is crazy unaware of his actions and words. The verses 52 ans53 of the Qur’an state this fact: “(Similarly, no messenger came to the Peoples before them, but they said (of him) in like manner, "A sorcerer or one possessed"! (52) Is this the legacy they have transmitted, one to another? Nay, they are themselves a people transgressing beyond bounds! (53))”
The biography of the Prophet (PBUH) belied both falsities. Gary Miller has seen them in the book of the French Jewish Orientalist Maxime Rodinson. However, despite the biased book to the person of the Prophet (PBUH) it has opened vistas that have always remained closed to Gary. One of the stories includes the death of Ibrahim the son of the Prophet (PBUH). An eclipse of the sun happened on that particular day. The companions of the Prophet said: “The sun has eclipsed for the death of Ibrahim, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “The sun and the moon won’t eclipse for the death or life of anyone” His answer to them is a clear proof that he is neither a liar nor a madman. Hence, if he has been either, he would have agreed with them and haven’t denied their saying. He would have also claimed that this big event is indeed a testimony to his prophecy and his message.
In 1977, Dr. Miler decided to read the Qur’an and find out what is expected to be right and wrong in it. He read it in three days; through and through. After finishing, he couldn’t help but say to himself: “That's what I have been saying and believing for the last fifteen years.”
He was expecting the Qur'an to be an “autobiography”; a book talking about Muhammad’s feelings, his family and his environment. He thought of it as the case is with the gospels of the people of the book. However, he was surprised to find the unexpected. The Quran mentions the Prophet’s name (PBUH) only five times; while he said Prophet, Jesus’ name has been mentioned twenty-five times. As for the prophet Moses, (PBUH), he has been mentioned more than one hundred times.
Dr. Miller has been astonished when he found a Sura named after Mary among the chapters of the Qur'an. In contrast, he did not find a Sura about Khadija, Aisha or Fatima. I've missed in the Qur'an everything related to the personal feelings of the Prophet (PBUH). Additionally, the verses of the Qur'an don’t contain the euphoria of his victory in the Battle of Badr, or the agony of his defeat in Uhud. Not a single word is mentioned in the Qur’an about the sorrow that has befallen the Prophet (PBUH) the year of sadness. No mention of that, because it is the Book of Allah; not the book of Muhammad (PBUH).
Gary Miller predicted that he will read in the Qur'an ancient knowledge by a man who lived in the desert fourteen hundred years ago. Lo and behold, he finds a book not limited by time or space. The book has already preceded modern science in the most accurate facts discovered and recognized by recent scientific findings. Faced by what he has read, he bowed in appreciation paying tribute to this book and its facts.
Two hundred years ago, the Dutch scientist Antony Leeuwenhoek has discovered that water represents 80% of the living cell. He didn’t know that the Qur'an has beaten him to it. Read what Allah says in Sura Al-Anbiya, verse 30: “(Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?)”
The introduction of the previous verse “(Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder?)” comes to support of the words of Allah in Sura Fussilat, verse 11: “(Moreover He comprehended in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth: "Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly.")” These two verses are the first that have reported a crucial scientific theory of the beginning of creation and the origin of the universe. That is the “Big-Bang” Theory. It was the “unprecedented” discovery that won the scientists the Nobel Prize for physics; (except that it has been there in the Quran 1400 years ago).
The same thing happened in 2011 when Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess, and Brian Schmidt have won the Nobel Prize for physics. The award they received was for discovering the phenomenon of accelerated expansion of the universe. Again, this scientific fact already existed in the Qur’an; it has preceded Nobel and the people of the Noble in mentioning it. Here is what the Qur’an says about this phenomenon: “(With power and skill did We construct the Firmament: for it is We Who create the vastness of pace.)” The verse 47 is in Sura Adh-Dhariyat. Who made Mohammad (PBUH) utter this statement before long gone centuries? It is The One, who has revealed this book, and has been present the day heaven and earth have been created. It is Allah the First and the Last.
The Qur’an has also talked about the stages of embryo in Sura Al-Hajj verse 5 saying: “(O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may manifest (our power) to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes.)” This verse has drawn the attention of Professor Keith Moore; Dr. Miller’s fellow colleague at the University of Toronto. The former was a professor of embryology and the author of the famous book “The Developing Human." This tome is considered a reference book in the world’s faculties of medicine. Dr. Moore said: “It’s clear to me that this evidence inevitably came to Muhammad from God, because all of this information has only been recently discovered and after several centuries. This proves to me that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” The Qur’an states the following in Sura Saba, verse number 6:
“(And those to whom knowledge has come see that the (Revelation) sent down to thee from thy Lord - that is the Truth, and that it guides to the Path of the Exalted (in might), Worthy of all praise. )”
The Qur'an made his mark in the books of Professor Keith Moore. In the subsequent editions, he added the information he had learned from the Qur’an about embryology. However, the world has been up in arms when Keith Moore issued a book on clinical embryology. In it, he wrote about the precedence of the Qur’an in mentioning the facts on embryonic development.
Dr. Gary Miller interviewed his colleague Professor Keith Moore on television. The Professor told the audience some of the sciences of the Qur’an. He said: “the description of the clot is new to me.” He has displayed slides of both “human and animal” embryos on the screen. The images have proven without doubt the accuracy of the Qur'an description and the great similarities between them.
The journalists tried in vain to find justifications for this scientific precedence in the Qur’an. One of them assumed that the Arabs, driven by their brutality, have performed an autopsy on the fetus to reach this exact description. To this Professor Keith Moore replied, if the Arabs did it; they will not see anything because the clot can only be seen by a microscope. He added sarcastically: you mean to say that one of the Arabs had a state of the art microscope by which he saw the clot. He let Mohammad, and no one else, know about his discovery; to gain favor with him. Then this Arab breaks his microscope so nobody will uncover his findings. This is absurd.
The journalists were compelled to ask about the source of Mohammed’s accurate information about the fetus. Dr. Keith Moore replied: “this couldn’t have been possible, except through Allah’s inspiration.”
Gary Miller has been surprised by the Qur'an’s ways calling others throughout the ages to consider the signs of Allah manifested throughout the universe. Hence, He is certain and confident of the outcome of their contemplation. “(Soon will We show them our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things?)” Read Sura Fussilat, verse 53. The Qur’an is challenging its enemies to prove their claim that its verses are man-made. Furthermore, it provides them free access for verification and testing. And also, it gives them a chance to disapprove it if they could. “(Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.)” Refer to Sura An-Nisa, verse 82.
Dr. Gary Miller was amazed by the Western writers’ agreement that the Qur'an couldn’t have been written by the Prophet (PBUH). As it is a stunning book of knowledge and topics. Such conclusion may compel them to say: it’s God's revelation. The easiest claim would be that some anonymous committee helped the Prophet (PBUH) work it out. However, there are those who say, the devils helped him author it.
Dr. Miller thought deeply about the last claim and considers it a kind of escape and failure to confront the truth. Even if the Quran has been inspired by Satan as they claim; why would the devil fill his book in defamation of demons and warn against their snares and order the believers not to follow their steps, and to swear them enmity? In Sura Fatir, verse 6, we read the following: “(Verily, Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents that they may become companions of the Blazing Fire. Furthermore, why this “alleged writer” would order his reader to seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Satan at the opening of every recitation of “his” verses? Again in Sura An-Nahl, verse 98, there is a clear proof to this: “(When thou dost read the Qur'an, seek Allah's protection from Satan the rejected one.)”
The New Catholic Encyclopedia couldn’t offer its readers an acceptable explanation about the marvels of the Quran. They grew tired of repeating the Orientalists’ balderdash on the sources of the Quran. The Encyclopedia’s big brass was forthright with their readers and confessed: “over the past centuries many theories have been provided about the origin of the Quran... Today, no sensible person would accept any of them.” At last, they spoke the truth!
Dr. Gary Miller embraced Islam in 1978, and took the name Abdul Wahid Omar. He resigned his job at the mathematics departments. Now, he devotes himself to the Islamic propagation work in Canada. He has authored his remarkable book “The Stunning Quran.” It is a distinct addition to the Islamic Library. We supplicate Allah to reward him abundantly and bless his efforts.
Dr. Munqith Bin Mahmoud Al-Sakkar
Researcher at Muslim World League
Translated by Sadok Salehi
Translator at Muslim World League