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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fossilization & iron content

“They say, ‘What! When we are bones and crumbled dust, will we then be raised up as a new creation!’ Say: ‘It would not matter if you were rock or iron or indeed any created thing that you think is harder still!’ They will say, ‘Who will bring us back again?’ Say: ‘He Who brought you into being in the first place’...” (Surat al-Isra’, 49-51)

The above verses are a reference to people’s dead bodies petrifying and turning into iron. Living tissue is not preserved over millions of years. That is why it is only possible to see things that lived a long time in the past once they have been fossilized. After they die, living things can be preserved for years by fossilization, by their bodies turning into stone under the ground. The word “fossil” refersto “the preservation of a living thing by petrification,” by its turning into stone.
Iron is preserved undamaged in the body as it fossilized. Human beings need to consume an average of 10-15 milligrams a day in order to be healthy. Any excess iron consumed is stored in the liver. In addition, the protein transferrin in blood plasma also carries a certain amount of iron.1 The reference in the above verse to the presence of iron in the remains of the human body is exceedingly wise from that point of view. 

Research has also shown the presence of “pyrite,” (FeS2) a compound of iron and sulfur, in fossils.2 The iron mineral pyrite forms very easily during the degradation of organic substances. It is therefore generally found in fossil shells and is capable of damaging the fossils since it can react with oxygen and water. The words “crumbled dust” in the verse may be a reference to “pyrite degradation,” which leads to the fragmentation and collapse of a fossil as pyrite reacts with water and oxygen.3 Allah knows the truth.

Another fact confirmed by recent findings is that matter constantly seeks the most stable state. Therefore, given sufficient time, all matter will eventually turn into iron. Iron is the most stable state of nuclear matter, and cosmological models predict a stage in which everything will turn into iron as a result of nuclear fusion and nuclear fission reactions.4 In his book In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics And Reality, the astrophysicist John Gribbon describes how iron is the most desirable state of matter and how all matter in the universe wants to turn into iron.5

The revelation in the Qur’an that human beings petrify and fossilize and turn into iron is a fact that has now been scientifically confirmed. In the same way that no archaeological, paleontological, geological or astronomical research was possible at the time the Qur’an was revealed, neither was it possible to identify the elements using an electron miscroscope. For that point of view, the facts revealed in the above verse once more confirm that the Qur’an is a divine text. 


  1. 112.001 Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;

    112.002 Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;

    112.003 He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;

    112.004 And there is none like unto Him.

    Al-Qur'an, 112.001-004 (Al-Ikhlas [Sincerity])

  2. 102.001 The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things),

    102.002 Until ye visit the graves.

    102.003 But nay, ye soon shall know (the reality).

    102.004 Again, ye soon shall know!

    102.005 Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!)

    Al-Qur'an, 102.001-005 (At-Takathur [Rivalry in World Increase, Competition])

  3. 091.001 By the Sun and his (glorious) splendour;

    091.002 By the Moon as she follows him;

    091.003 By the Day as it shows up (the Sun's) glory;

    091.004 By the Night as it conceals it;

    091.005 By the Firmament and its (wonderful) structure;

    091.006 By the Earth and its (wide) expanse:

    091.007 By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it;

    091.008 And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right;-

    091.009 Truly he succeeds that purifies it,

    Al-Qur'an, 091.001-009 (Ash-Shams [The Sun])

  4. I think Muslims are the most hardworking people on Earth on how to reinterpret the verses so its match the science. Double wow :O

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