MIRACLES OF QURAN (part 4)
article compiled from Huran Yahya collections
16. Botany: Plants have male and female
Previously, humans did not know that plants too have male and female gender distinctions.
Botany states that every plant has a male and female gender. Even the plants that are unisexual have distinct elements of both male and female.
“‘And has sent down water from the sky.’ With it have We produced diverse pairs of plants each separate from the others.”
17. Botany: Fruit have male and female
“And fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two.” Quran (13:3)
Fruit is the end product of reproduction of the superior plants. The stage preceding fruit is the flower, which has male and female organs (stamens and ovules). Once pollen has been carried to the flower, they bear fruit, which in turn matures and frees its seed. All fruits therefore imply the existence of male and female organs; a fact that is mentioned in the Quran.
In certain species, fruit can come from non-fertilized flowers (parthenocarpic fruit) e.g. bananas, certain types of pineapple, fig, orange, vine, etc. They also have definite sexual characteristics.
18. Zoology: Animals and Birds live in communities
“There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you.” Quran (6:38)
Research has shown that animals and birds live in communities, i.e. they organize, and live and work together.
19. Its the Female bee that brings food and its skill in showing directions
THE BEE AND ITS SKILL
“And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (mens) habitations; then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord.” Quran (16:68-69)
Von-Frisch received the Nobel Prize in 1973 for his research on the behaviour and communication of the bees. The bee, after discovering any new garden or flower, goes back and tells its fellow bees the exact direction and map to get there, which is known as ‘bee dance’. The meanings of this insects movements that are intended to transmit information between worker bees have been discovered scientifically using photography and other methods.
The Quran mentions in the above verses how the bee with its skill, finds the spacious paths of its Lord.
The gender used for the bee in the above verses is the female gender (fasluki and kuli), indicating that the bee that leaves its home for gathering food is a female bee. In other words the soldier or worker bee is a female bee.
In fact, in Shakespeare’s play, ‘Henry the Fourth’, some of the characters speak about bees and mention that the bees are soldiers and that they have a king. That is what people thought in Shakespearean times. They thought that the worker bees are male bees and they go home and are answerable to a king bee. This, however, is not true. The worker bees are females and they do not report to a king bee but to a queen bee.
But it took modern investigations in the last 300 years to discover this.
20. Lifestyle and communication of Ants
“And before Solomon were marshalled his hosts – of Jinns and men and birds, and they were all kept in order and ranks. “At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said : ‘O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.’” Quran (27:17-18)
In the past, some people would have probably mocked at the Quran, taking it to be a book of fairy tales in which ants talk to each other and communicate sophisticated messages.
In recent times however, research has shown us several facts about the lifestyle of ants, which were not known earlier to humankind.
Research has shown that the animals or insects whose lifestyle is closest in resemblance to the lifestyle of human beings are the ants.
This can be seen from the following findings regarding ants:
(a) The ants bury their dead in a manner similar to the humans.
(b) They have a sophisticated system of division of labour, whereby they have managers, supervisors, foremen, workers, etc.
(c)Once in a while they meet among themselves to have a ‘chat’. They have an advanced method communication among themselves.
(d)They hold regular ‘markets’ where they exchange goods.
(e)They store grain for long periods in winter and if the grain begins to bud, they cut the roots, as if they understand that if they leave it to grow, it will rot.
(f)If the grain stored by them gets wet due to rains, they take it out into the sunlight to dry, and once dry, they take it back inside as though they know that humidity will cause development of root systems which will cause the grain to rot.
to be contd …