[Al-Quran 50:6-8] Have they not looked at the heaven above them - how We structured it and adorned it and how it has no rifts? And the earth - We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, Giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah].

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Mighty Ancients!

The Earth is dotted with ancient ruins.The Quran asks us to take heed from these ruins, as those civilisations were ‘greater in strength and in impression on the land’. This study explores what the Quran states about the ancients, as well as lists the discoveries of ancient ruins. It is interesting to note that, contrary to popular belief, both point towards mighty civilisations which flourished in the ancient past.   

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The Earth is dotted with ancient ruins. Huge megalithic stone structures, planned cities, architecture aligned with astronomical events, roads and canals, and other artefacts, all bear testimony to the Quran asking us to take heed from these ruins. They must have been mighty civilisations, with advanced technologies, to have been able to build such structures. Though much remains to be discovered and dated, for reliable inferences  to be made about these ruins, let alone tally which ruin matches with which ancient civilisation mentioned in the scriptures, yet it is wondrous to imagine how magnificent the ruins of today may have been at the peak of their glory! 

[Al-Quran 35:44, Translator: Sahih International] Have they not traveled through the land and observed how was the end of those before them? And they were greater than them in power. But Allah is not to be caused failure by anything in the heavens or on the earth. Indeed, He is ever Knowing and Competent. 

[Al-Quran 40:82, Translator: Sahih International] Have they not traveled through the land and observed how was the end of those before them? They were more numerous than themselves and greater in strength and in impression on the land, but they were not availed by what they used to earn.

[Al-Quran 89:6-14, Translation: Literal (word by word)]
6 Did not you see how dealt your Lord with Aad,
7 Iram, possessors (of), lofty pillars,
8 Which not had been created like them in the cities,
9 And Thamud, who carved out the rocks in the valley,
10 And Firaun, owner of stakes?
11 Who transgressed in the lands,
12 And (made) much therein corruption.
13 So poured on them your Lord scourge (of) punishment.
14 Indeed, your Lord (is) surely Ever Watchful. 

These slides are from The Mighty Ancients (presentation)
Image selection from Google Images (labeled for reuse)

An interesting observation, and a possible link between the ancient civilisation destroyed by the great Biblical Flood and the Egyptian civilisation, has been made by John Anthony West, in his book: Serpent in the Sky, (based upon the work of Schwaller de Lubicz): 
‘Moreover, every aspect of Egyptian knowledge seems to have been complete at the very beginning. The sciences, artistic and architectural techniques and the hieroglyphic system show virtually no signs of a period of ‘development’; indeed, many of the achievements of the earliest dynasties were never surpassed, or even equalled later on… 
How does a complex civilization spring full-blown into being? … Egyptian civilisation was not a ‘development’, it was a legacy.
… the existence of another, and perhaps greater civilization ante-dating dynastic Egypt - and all other known civilizations - by millennia.’ 
The author discusses the erosion on the Sphinx and theorises the possibility that it is from the era of the great Biblical Flood. 

[Al-Quran 53:50-52, Translator: Shakir] And that He did destroy the Ad of old And Samood, so He spared not And the people of Nuh before; surely they were most unjust and inordinate;

The Messengers of God and their Mission 
God has created the heavens and Earth, not in idle sport, but for just ends (Al-Quran, 44:38,39). Humans have been made in charge (viceroys) of the Earth, and as such are responsible and accountable for it. According to the Quran, God has sent many human prophets and human messengers throughout human history for the guidance of mankind. They conveyed glad tidings and dire warnings, recited the scripture and gave the law. 

[Al-Quran 7:55-56, Translator: Shakir] Call on your Lord humbly and secretly; surely He does not love those who exceed the limits. And do not make mischief in the earth after its reformation, and call on Him fearing and hoping; surely the mercy of Allah is nigh to those who do good (to others).  

The essential difference between prophet and messenger is that messengers come with clear evidences and the final warning. Those who accept their mission , believe and do good, are saved, while those who reject and belie the messengers, and continue in their transgressions and corruption, in spite of clear evidences, are destroyed. 
[Al-Quran 58:21, Translator: Sahih International] Allah has written, "I will surely overcome, I and My messengers." Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. 

Annihilation of Criminal Civilisations 
[Al-Quran 44:37, Translator: Sahih International] Are they better or the people of Tubba' and those before them? We destroyed them, [for] indeed, they were criminals

[Al-Quran 40:5, Translator: Sahih International] The people of Noah denied before them and the [disbelieving] factions after them, and every nation intended [a plot] for their messenger to seize him, and they disputed by [using] falsehood to [attempt to] invalidate thereby the truth. So I seized them, and how [terrible] was My penalty. 

[Al-Quran 69:9-10, Translator: Sahih International] And there came Pharaoh and those before him and the overturned cities with sin. And they disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, so He seized them with a seizure exceeding [in severity].

[Al-Quran 19:98, Translator: Sahih International] And how many have We destroyed before them of generations? Do you perceive of them anyone or hear from them a sound?

[Al-Quran 7:100-101, Translator: Shakir] Is it not clear to those who inherit the earth after its (former) residents that if We please We would afflict them on account of their faults and set a seal on their hearts so they would not hear. These towns-- We relate to you some of their stories, and certainly their messengers came to them with clear arguments, but they would not believe in what they rejected at first; thus does Allah set a seal over the hearts of the unbelievers.

The Quran relates various aspects of the stories of the towns which were destroyed. What appears as the unifying underlying factor common to them all is falsehood. They rejected the truth: belief in one God and accountability on the Day of Judgement, and their pursuit of falsehood led to corruption of all affairs: religious and temporal. Monotheism was replaced by polytheism, and the corruption in religion was coupled with the corruption in worldly affairs; worldly progress and prosperity led to arrogance and self-aggrandisement, insolence, transgression, aggression and oppression, causing corruption in the land.    

Adam was probably the most knowledgable human we know of as he was taught all the names by God Himself (Q2:31). A deep realisation that the ancients were technologically far superior is essential to our understanding of the crimes that led to their punishment.      

[Al-Quran 9:115] And not is (for) Allah that He lets go astray a people after [when] He has guided them until He makes clear to them what they should fear. Indeed, Allah (of) every thing (is) All-Knower. 

Iblis (Satan) is the sworn enemy of the progeny of Adam. Iblis and his progeny are relentlessly trying to destroy the progeny of Adam. He tempted and misled Adam by promising him Immortality and A Kingdom that Never Decays. Time and again, Satan has caused many people to lead themselves into ruin by Wronging their Nafs. Thus, there are important reminders and vital lessons for us in our World History and Future Implications, especially as narrated in the scriptures: 

فَكُلًّا أَخَذْنَا بِذَنبِهِ
 فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ أَرْسَلْنَا عَلَيْهِ حَاصِبًا وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ أَخَذَتْهُ الصَّيْحَةُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ خَسَفْنَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ أَغْرَقْنَا 
وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيَظْلِمَهُمْ وَلَٰكِن كَانُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ

We punished all of these people because of their sin. 
Some of them were struck by a violent sand-storm, some by a blast of sound, others were swallowed up by the earth, and some were drowned (in the sea). 
God did not do injustice to them, but they had wronged themselves.
[Al-Quran 29:40, Translation: Muhammad Sarwar]

Ancient Ruins 
Though much remains to be discovered and dated, for reliable inferences  to be made about these ruins, let alone tally which ruin matches with which ancient civilisation mentioned in the scriptures, yet it is wondrous to imagine what these ruins of today may have been at the peak of their glory! 

[Al-Quran 6:6, Translator: Pickthal] See they not how many a generation We destroyed before them, whom We had established in the earth more firmly than We have established you, and We shed on them abundant showers from the sky, and made the rivers flow beneath them. Yet we destroyed them for their sins, and created after them another generation.

[Al-Quran 14:9, Translator: Yusuf Ali] Has not the story reached you, (O people!), of those who (went) before you? - of the people of Noah, and 'Ad, and Thamud? - And of those who (came) after them? None knows them but Allah. To them came messengers with Clear (Signs); but they put their hands up to their mouths, and said: "We do deny (the mission) on which ye have been sent, and we are really in suspicious (disquieting) doubt as to that to which ye invite us.”

[Al-Quran 28:78, Translator: Sahih International] He said, "I was only given it because of knowledge I have." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him of generations those who were greater than him in power and greater in accumulation [of wealth]? But the criminals, about their sins, will not be asked.  

[Al-Quran 40:35-37, Translator: Shakir] Those who dispute concerning the communications of Allah without any authority that He has given them; greatly hated is it by Allah and by-those who believe. Thus does Allah set a seal over the heart of every proud, haughty one. And Firon said: O Haman! build for me a tower that I may attain the means of access, The means of access to the heavens, then reach the god of Musa, and I surely think him to be a liar. And thus the evil of his deed was made fairseeming to Firon, and he was turned away from the way; and the struggle of Firon was not (to end) in aught but destruction.

Pharaoh (Firon), it seems, commissioned the building of a mighty spacecraft. As listed below, there are indications of the existence of flying machines in ancient history.

[Al-Quran 55:33, Translator: Shakir] O assembly (of) the jinn and the men! If you are able to pass beyond [of] (the) regions (of) the heavens and the earth, then pass. Not you (can) pass except by authority.

Stone Monoliths / Megaliths 
Megalith around the world 

Lost Cities
National Geographic website features the photos and brief intros about the following lost cities: Petra, Machu Picchu, Palenque , Ancient Troy, Mohen jo Daro, Palmyra, Ruins at Tanis, Great Enclosure, Persepolis, Stonehenge and Mesa Verde 

Other Wondrous Discoveries

Ruins 8,000 - 25,000 years old
Epoch Times has listed the following 5 Mysterious Ruins That Predate Known Civilization?
Bosnian Pyramid Oldest in World: 25,000 Years Old
Gobekli Tepe, Turkey: 11,000 Years Old
Yonaguni Monument, Japan’s Atlantis: 8,000 Years Old 
Gulf of Khambhat, Israel: 9,500 Years Old
Bimini Road: 12,000 Years Old 

Ruin over 100,000 years old? 

Not even a Tenth! 
[Al-Quran Surah 34, Ayat 45] 

وَكَذَّبَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَمَا بَلَغُوا مِعْشَارَ مَا آتَيْنَاهُمْ فَكَذَّبُوا رُسُلِي ۖ فَكَيْفَ كَانَ نَكِيرِ

[Al-Quran 34:45, Literal (Word by Word)] And denied those who (were) before them and not they have attained a tenth (of) what We (had) given them. But they denied My Messengers, so how was My rejection?

[Al-Quran 34:45, Translator: Sahih International] And those before them denied, and the people of Makkah have not attained a tenth of what We had given them. But the former peoples denied My messengers, so how [terrible] was My reproach. 

[Al-Quran 34:45, Translator: Pickthall] Those before them denied, and these have not attained a tithe of that which We bestowed on them (of old); yet they denied My messengers. How intense then was My abhorrence (of them)! 

[Al-Quran 34:45, Translator: Shakir] And those before them rejected (the truth), and these have not yet attained a tenth of what We gave them, but they gave the lie to My messengers, then how was the manifestation of My disapproval? 

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