Miracle of iron

Revelation states facts and truths which science takes hundreds of years to arrive at using its elaborate methods. Therefore, revelation and science are not really opposed to each other rather revelation helps science in showing the correct path of inquiry. Let’s take an example from the ‘Quran’ – A revelation for all mankind. Iron is one of the elements highlighted in the Qur’an. In the Chapter titled al-Hadid, meaning Iron, we are informed: And we also sent down iron in which there lies great force and which has many uses for mankind… (Qur’an, 57:25)

The Arabic word “anzalna,” translated as "sent down" and used for iron in the verse, could be thought of having a metaphorical meaning to explain that iron has been given to benefit people. But, when we take into consideration the literal meaning of the word, which is, "Being physically sent down from the sky," as in the case of rain, we realise that this verse implies a very significant scientific miracle. Because, modern astronomical findings have disclosed that the iron found in our world has come from giant stars in outer space.

Not only the iron on earth, but also the iron in the entire Solar System, comes from outer space, since the temperature in the Sun is inadequate for the formation of iron. The sun has a surface temperature of 6,000 degrees Celsius, and a core temperature of approximately 20 million degrees. When the amount of iron exceeds a certain level in a star, the star can no longer accommodate it, and it eventually explodes in what is called a "nova" or a "supernova." These explosions make it possible for iron to be given off into space.

This shows that iron did not form on the earth, but was carried from Supernovas, and was "sent down," as stated in the verse. Astronomy has also revealed that other elements also formed outside the earth. In the expression “We also sent down iron” in the verse, the word “also” may well be referring to that idea. Although this fact was revealed in the 7th century, science took more than a thousand years - end of the 20th century - to make this discovery. Therefore, it would be wise for those with a scientific bent of mind to look at revelation with an open mind and not reject it just because it is beyond their comprehension.

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