One verse, Four miraculous signs

One verse in the Quran contains information that a human being who lived 1400 years ago could not have known. If someone who lived during the Prophet's time or before his time did not know the information mentioned in the verse, only God Almighty who is all knowing must have revealed this information to the Prophet.

Introduction

Muslims believe that the Glorious Quran is the word of God that was sent as a guidance to the whole of humanity.

Is the Quran really the word of God? How can we know that the Quran is the word of God? Let’s find out.

One verse to prove that Quran is word of God

Out of more than 6000 verses in the Quran, we will discuss the miracles from just one verse which contains information that a man who lived 1400 years ago could not have known.

Verse number 40 from Chapter 24 of the Quran says:

Or like darknesses in a deep sea covered by waves upon waves, with clouds above, layer upon layer of darkness. If a person stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it. Whoever God does not bless with light will have no light at all.

This verse is enough to prove that Quran is word of God

Four miraculous information

This verse contains information that a human being who lived 1400 years ago could not have known. Let’s see what they are.

1. There are waves in the deep sea.

2. There are waves covering other waves in deep sea

3. There are layers of darkness in the deep sea

4. It is so dark that one cannot see their own hands

Is this information correct?

Let us find out if the four things mentioned in the verse are correct.

Waves in the deep sea

We all see waves on the sea surface. The question is: does the deep sea have waves? The answer is Yes!

Let’s look at a video from NASA. In this video, we can see the demo of how internal waves are formed in the deep sea. They also mention that the internal waves in deep sea can be as high as 600 feet.

NASA – Internal Wave demonstration

See: https://swot.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/147/internal-wave-tank-demonstration/

So the first point on waves in the deep sea is proved to be correct.

Waves covering other waves in the deep sea

We will look at a video from the reputed MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this video, they demonstrate how we can observe waves covering other waves in the deep sea.

MIT on waves upon waves in deep sea

You can also refer to the website of an Oceanographic institution that speaks about the mysterious phenomenon of the “Waves within the Waves”.

Oceanus - Waves within waves - Curious Hats

See: https://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/the-waves-within-the-waves/

It is now clear that the second point of Waves covering other waves in the deep sea is also correct.

Layers of darkness in the deep sea

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Zones in the Ocean

Let’s look at this picture. This picture shows the different zones under the sea. The first zone we see is the Epipelagic zone, which is found at a depth of 200 metres. It is called the Sunlight zone as sunlight reaches this point.

The next zone is the mesopelagic zone or the twilight zone which is found at a depth of 1000 metres.

If you go down below 1000 metres or 1 km, we find the Bathypelagic zone or the midnight zone. It is called the midnight zone as it is very dark like midnight as the sunlight does not reach here. This is the first layer of darkness.

If you go down further, we see the Abyssopelagic zone also called the Abyss. This is the second layer of darkness.

If you still go down further, we see the Hadal zone or the trenches. This is the third layer of darkness.

Ocean Zones and layers of darkness

Midnight zone is the First layer of darkness, The abyss is the second layer of darkness and the trenches form the third layer of darkness. Like how the Quran mentions with incredible accuracy, we actually see layers of darkness in the deep sea.

It is so dark that one cannot see their own hands

Oceanographic research centre Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute talks about a phenomenon called “Bioluminescence”.

A dive into the deep sea is like a trip to outer space. The descent into darkness reveals twinkling lights. Sunlight cannot penetrate to these depths. Instead, this light show comes from the animals that live here. Scientists call it bioluminescence—when living organisms create their own light using a chemical reaction.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

See: https://www.mbari.org/bioluminescence/

Darkness in the deep sea

The BBC video above captures the darkness in the deep sea. All you can see is complete darkness. Now you see lights flickering in this darkness which are lights emitted by fish in the deep sea. Will you be able to see your own hands in this darkness? The answer is no. So the fourth point mentioned in the verse is also correct.

When were these things discovered?

1934 – Deep sea expedition in Bathysphere

In 1934, humans made a deep sea expedition in a vessel called the Bathysphere. They were able to reach a depth of 922 metres which was less than a km. They could not even cross the Twilight zone.

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Bathysphere in 1934

See: https://divingmuseum.org/artofabyss/bathysphere/

1954 – Deep sea expedition in FNRS III

In 1954, humans reached a depth of 4050 metres under the sea in a vessel called FNRS3. So only in 1954 humans discovered the first layer of darkness under the sea called the Midnight Zone.

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FNRS3 in 1954

See: https://www.britannica.com/topic/FNRS-3

1972 – satellite ERTS 1 discovers internal waves

Only in 1972, a satellite named ERTS1 discovered waves under the ocean.

ERTS-1 Satellite - Curious Hats
ERTS1 in 1972

NASA citation says:

A series of images taken over the New York Bight, commencing with the 16 July 1972 overpass and continuing on into autumn of 1973, has shown the internal waves to be present when summer solar heating stratifies the water sufficiently well to support such oscillations.

See: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19740022680

Is it possible for a human being who lived 1400 years ago to mention these things?

The human beings who lived before 1934 had absolutely no idea about the phenomenon of waves in the deep sea or about layers of darkness in the deep sea.

Just one verse but it contains four pieces of accurate information that was not known to mankind before 1934. The question is: how could Prophet Muhammad who lived 1400 years ago in a desert know this?

Did anyone who lived during the Prophet’s time or before him know this information?

If someone claims that Prophet Muhammad might have taken this information from somewhere, or from someone who lived during the Prophet’s time or before his time, evidence should be presented for that. It must be shown who mentioned all the four pieces of information mentioned in the verse, viz:

1. There are waves in the deep sea.

2. There are waves covering other waves in deep sea

3. There are layers of darkness in the deep sea

4. It is so dark that one cannot see their own hands

Conclusion

If it cannot be proved that Prophet Muhammad might have taken this information from somewhere, or from someone who lived during the Prophet’s time or before his time, it leads us to the only logical conclusion, which is, only God Almighty who is all knowing must have revealed this information to the Prophet.

This one verse is proof enough that the Quran is indeed the word of God.

God says in the Quran:

We will show them Our signs in the universe and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that this is the truth. Is it not enough that your Loving Master is a Witness over all things?

Chapter 41 Verse 53
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