3- In the lowest part of the earth…
30-The Romans, 3
Verse 3 of the sura The Romans speaks of the defeat of the Romans at
the lowest part of the earth. The Arabic expression “edna al ard” (the
lowest part of the earth) has been translated by some commentators as
“land close by.” We think that this rendering does not express the essential meaning of the verse, that such a rendering may be taken as a secondary meaning. The translators were at a loss to understand the exact
meaning of “edna al ard” and thought it best to give it the secondary
meaning. We hope that after our remarks they will revise their work.
The region where the Byzantines suffered defeat was the Dead Sea,
a place that is approximately 400 meters below the sea level, viz. the
lowest spot of the earth, the highest being the Himalayas. A miracle
of the Quran was its prediction of the war that was to be won by the
Romans, a fact that at the time could hardly have been expected;
another miracle was its foreknowledge about the place being the lowest spot on earth; something that could only be verified with the
measuring techniques we gained in the last century.
YOU WILL CONQUER MECCA
27- Truly God fulfilled His messenger’s vision. You will
enter the Restricted Mosque in security, if God wills. You
will cut your hair or shorten it, you will not have any fear.
Since He knew what you did not know, He has preceded
this with an immediate victory.
Another prophecy similar to the victory of the Romans was the
realization of the premonitory dream of Muhammad in which he saw
himself entering the Restricted Mosque (the mosque which surrounded the Kaaba of Mecca, the place of pilgrimage). Just to remind
you, the Prophet and his followers had been expelled from Mecca and
the Meccans were superior both in military power and equipment.
Many prophets died before they could establish sovereignty in the
land in which they spread their religion. Had there been no such tidings, Muhammad could not possibly have foreseen that the day would
come when he would be in a position to conquer Mecca.
All Quranic verses reflect poise, confidence and self-reliance. There
is nothing in them to suggest the ambivalence, vacillation and equivocation that one can encounter in other works whose authors were
89- …We have sent down to you a Book explaining all
things, a guide, a mercy and glad tidings for those who submit.
16-The Honeybee, 89