Since the Qur’an was revealed it has remained unchanged. There are no versions or editions. Any Qur’an found in any part of the world will match word to word with any other copy, millions of Muslims around the world have also memorised the complete Qur’an cover to cover.
Prophet Muhammad as well as being illiterate, was not an educated or travelled man, also bearing in mind the time when the Qur’an was revealed, it is amazing that it contains many facts which only recently have been discovered by science.
The Qur’an was revealed at a time when the Arab’s beliefs were based on superstition and old legends. They had very little knowledge about subjects which are mentioned in the Qur’an, such as biology, physics, astronomy, key facts about the structure of the earth, and the creation of human beings.
Below are a few quotes from the Qur’an which illustrate this farct;
Here God speaks about the stages of embryonic development: “And certainly did We create man from an Extract of clay. Then We placed him as a sperm-drop (or zygote) in a firm lodging (i.e. the womb). Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump (of flesh), and We made (from) the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is God, the best of creators” (Al-Qur’an, Chapter 23 : Verses 12-14)
Modern science has proven that mountains have deep roots which extend into the earth’s surface; “Have we not made the earth a resting place? And the mountains as stakes?” (Al-Qur’an, Chapter 78 : Verses 6-7)
Science has also shown how the mountains play an important role in stabilising the earth; “And He cast into the earth firmly set mountains, lest it shift with you” (Al-Qur’an, Chapter 16 : Verse 15)
Scientists have also confirmed recently that the universe is expanding. (At that time the word ‘space’ was not known, and what lies beyond the earth was referred to as ‘Heaven’); “And the heaven We constructed with strength, and indeed, we are (its) expander.” (Al-Qur’an, Chapter 52 : Verse 47)