Professor T.V.N. Persaud: I have no difficulty in my mind concerning that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements.
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'anic verses and Prophetic Ahadeeth that he presented at several conferences which he attended. Following is one of the Ahadeeth which Professor Persaud studied:
When forty-two nights have passed over the conceptus, Allah sends an angel to shape it and create its hearing, vision, skin, muscles and bones. Then the angel asks: O Lord, will it be male or female? And Allah decides what He wills and the angel records it. [Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab Al-Qadar]
This picture shows a fetus on the 35th day (Not shown - Ed.), which does not take a human form. And the following picture, shows the same fetus on the 42nd day. So far, Dr. Persaud says, we cannot discern a human shape. We see this illustrative picture, made by CIBA, depicting the fetus on the 42nd day, one week later, during the seventh week, immediately after 42 days, the picture is completely changes. The prophetic hadeeth in this respect says:
“When forty two nights have passed over the conceptus, Allah sends an angel to shape it and create its hearing, vision, skin, muscle and bones.”
Dr. Persaud presented many researches concerning the relationship between both the Qur'an and the Sunnah and modern science. The following is another hadeeth which Professor Persaud 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 listen to 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 epidemiological 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 was not 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 (peace be upon him) are very exact. AIDS is 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 very afraid that they might catch immunodeficiency virus.
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 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.
This Book, the Qur'an, is the Guide, The Proof, the Proven and Ever-lasting Truth among us until the Last Hour.
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