How about the prophet's predictions concerning
God�s Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, also made many
predictions concerning developments in various branches of science. Some of
these predictions have already come true, and the others will also happen
exactly as foretold by the holy Prophet, whose Prophethood will thus be
confirmed once more.
Out of the many examples, I will cite only a few to illustrate that the
Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, was also accurate in his
predictions concerning scientific developments.
- As related by Bukhari, God�s Messenger, upon him be peace and
God did not send down an illness for which He did not send a cure.44
This hadith, in addition to declaring that every illness is curable, is
the most comprehensive statement encouraging research in the field of
medicine. In another Tradition, the Messenger, upon him be peace and
blessings, pronounces that there is a cure for every illness.45 Another
version tells us:
Do not neglect having your diseases treated, for God does not send a
disease for which He will not send a cure except for old age.46
Mankind may discover a cure for every illness, but they will never be able
to stop man�s journeying from the world of spirits to the material world
and then on to either Paradise or Hell through the stations of embryo,
babyhood, childhood, youth, old age, the grave, and the Resurrection. The
�Prince of the two worlds�, upon him be peace and blessings, thus, on the
one hand, encourages mankind to undertake every kind of research possible
to find cures for illnesses, he also warns them, on the other hand, not to
neglect preparing for the next world.
God Almighty encourages mankind to strive in the development of sciences
by presenting in the Qur�an the miracles of the earlier Prophets to their
attention and thereby showing the limits to which they should aspire. By
allowing the Prophet Jesus, upon him be peace, as an inimitable miracle,
to bring the dead back to life, He points out that mankind will be able to
find a cure for every illness but that death will inevitably catch hold of
them. In the story of Prophet Moses� staff, the Qur�an tells mankind that
they can, and will be able to, employ inanimate things in different ways
like obtaining water from the depths of the earth by using devices as
simple as a staff, like a centrifuge, but they will never be able to cause
a rock to flow abundant water by striking it with a staff, or to change a
staff into a snake, both of which the Prophet Moses did.
The Qur�an, being the greatest miracle of the Prophet Muhammad, upon him
be peace and blessings, marks the farthest limit in literary style and
eloquence and implies that writing and eloquence will have the greatest
importance towards the end of time. However, mankind will never be able to
match the eloquence of the Qur�an.
The Prophets set examples and showed us the limits to which we may go in
material as well as spiritual progress.
- We can trace the principle of quarantine to God�s Messenger, who said:
If you hear that there is pestilence in a place, do not enter it; if the
pestilence breaks out where you are, do not leave it to escape the
According to Ahmad ibn Hanbal, he also declared:
Keep away from the leper as you do from a lion.48
In this hadith, God�s Messenger advises us to fight with leprosy and to
search for the ways to be protected against it. Quarantine is again
suggested here as a way to prevent the spread of leprosy.
- Imam Muslim narrates in his Sahih that God�s Messenger declared:
When a dog has licked a bowl of yours, clean it seven times, first time
with earth, the other six with water.49
This hadith contains the following medical principles:
Dogs may be carrying the microbes of certain diseases possibly
communicable to human beings, a fact which has only recently been
The saliva of dogs, like their excrement, may contain substances greatly
injurious to man�s health.
- At the time of the Prophet, upon him be peace and blessings, neither
disinfection nor sterilization was known. Nevertheless, God�s Messenger,
being a Prophet taught by the All-Knowing, recommends earth to clean a
bowl licked by a dog. We know today that earth is a good antiseptic
containing substances like tetracycline.
In another hadith concerning dogs, God�s Messenger expresses a fundamental
principle of ecology, saying,
If dogs were not a separate community, I would order their killing.50
This implies that every species in the creation is an indispensable
element of ecological balance. Except that dogs, as a community, have a
part in this balance, it would be better that they be re-moved from the
surface of the earth, for they carry germs harmful to man�s health.
All of the facts expressed in the hadith are of the kind recently
discovered by science.
- As recorded by Sahih al-Tirmidhi and Sunan Abu Dawud, God�s Messenger,
upon him be peace and blessings, declares:
The blessings of food lie in washing hands before and after eating.51
In this hadith, God�s Messenger emphasizes the importance of cleanliness.
As we use our hands, germs accumulate. Only by washing hands can they be
In another hadith, God�s Messenger advises us to wash our hands after we
wake up since You do not know, he says, where your hands have moved in
No one in the time of God�s Messenger knew about microbes, the existence
of which would be discovered centuries later. Besides, God�s Messenger was
unlettered. If he taught, as he did, in spite of that, about cleaning
hands before and after eating, and after waking up, he must certainly be a
Prophet instructed by the Greatest Teacher.
- As recorded in all of the six of the most authentic books of Tradition
from as many as forty Companions, God�s Messenger, upon him be peace and
blessings, established the principle of dental care, saying,
If it did not place an excessive burden upon my community, I would command
them to clean their teeth with miswak [a tooth stick] before each of the
five daily prayers.53
Cleaning of teeth is of great significance for both dental care and the
health of the whole body. Despite this, even dentists do not brush their
teeth five times a day, but God�s Messenger, upon him be peace and
blessings, urged his community to clean their teeth before every prayer.
This was a practice of God�s Messenger himself and is thereby a sunna, a
strong Prophetic recommendation, for all Muslims.
- In relation to health and digestion, God�s Messenger recommended:
In eating, apportion a third of your stomach to food, another third to
water, and leave the last third empty. The bowl most distasteful to God is
a full stomach.54
In another similar hadith, God�s Messenger, upon him be peace and
blessings, also says:
What I fear concerning my community is a large paunch, oversleep, idleness
and the lack of certainty.55
All of the points mentioned in the hadith are each an antecedent to or
result of the other. A man who spends an idle life of heedlessness with no
self-control and self-criticism is apt to get a paunch, which, in turn,
causes him to eat more and more. A full belly naturally causes excessive
sleeping. Lastly, the one who is addicted to overeating and excessive
sleeping will never be able to acquire certainty and deep conviction about
the principles of faith. This is the case with most people in to-day�s
world, a fact that provides another decisive proof of the Prophethod of
Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings.
- Another Tradition concerning health is as follows:
Treat your eyes with kohl, for it nourishes eyes and eyelashes.56
Many medical authorities state that kohl is useful for the nourishment of
eyes and eyelashes.
Another substance, recommended by the Prophet, upon him be peace and
blessings, and useful for health as an antibiotic and for its
dermatological effect, is henna.57 Henna is better and more effective as
an antiseptic and as a sterilizing agent than substances like tincture of
- Bukhari relates from Abu Hurayra that once God�s Messenger said:
There is in this black seed [black cumin] a cure for every illness except
This hadith contains many truths concerning therapy. A patient needs,
particularly during the time of convalescence, foods rich in proteins,
calories, and vitamins, and which are easily digestible. Scientific
investigations have recently shown that all these properties are found in
black cumin, a fact which shows that Muhammad, upon him be peace and
blessings, was a Prophet taught by the All-Knowing.
- Bukhari relates from God�s Messenger:
When a fly falls into the bowl of somebody among you, he should dip it
completely in the food before taking it out. For there is disease in one
of the fly�s wings and cure in the other.59
This hadith contains proof for the Prophethood of Muhammad, upon him be
peace and blessings. For, first of all, no one at the time of the Prophet
knew that flies carry microbes. Second, when a fly drops in a bowl, it
tries to hold one of its wings off the food, so that it can take off
again. In which case, it leaves in the food the bacteria it carries in its
wing. But, when it is submerged in the food with a slight touch, the tiny
bag on the other wing bursts open to scatter the anti-bacteria to kill the
germs it has already left. This is one of the latest discoveries in
- As related by �A�isha, Mother of the Believers, once a woman named
Fatima, the daughter of Abu Khubash, came to God�s Messenger and said:
�O God�s Messenger, my blood does not stop; shall I abandon the prescribed
prayers?� No, you must not, for it is not the menstrual blood, it is a
haemorrhage, God�s Messenger re-plied.60
Except by Prophethood, how could Muhammad, upon him be peace and blesings,
have distinguished between a normal haemorrhage and menstrual blood, and
how could he have known that menstrual bleeding is a kind of haemorrhage?
- Tariq ibn Suwayd narrates:
I used to suffer from an illness, and I took alcohol for a remedy. When
alcohol was banned, I went to God�s Messenger, upon him be peace and
blessings, and asked him whether I would be allowed to continue taking
alcohol. No, for it is not a remedy, rather it is the disease itself,
God�s Messenger declared.61
Scientists all agree that even a single drop of alcohol is harmful to
man�s physical and spiritual health.
- God�s Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, once proclaimed that
ten things are intrinsically necessary for men and therefore ordered by
the Prophets. Circumcision is one of them.62
Today, scientists admit that the loose fold of the skin at the end of the
male sex organ is ex-posed and susceptible to infections and even to
cancer. Therefore, millions of people are circumcised in Europe and
We are convinced that the West will one day embrace Islam, and the
prediction made at the be-ginning of this century by Said Nursi will also
The Ottoman State is pregnant with a Western one, as the West with an
Islamic. Both will give birth to what they are pregnant with.63
We have so far tried to explain the truthfulness of the Prophets,
emphasizing the truthfulness of God�s Last Messenger, upon him be peace
and blessings. As reiterated several times, they never lied, to the extent
that all their predictions either have come true or will do so in due
course. They came to guide men to the Straight Path and lead them to
Paradise. Had they displayed a single trace of dishonesty, they would have
guided no one to the truth. However, their truthfulness, especially the
truthfulness of the Last Messenger of God, upon him be peace and
blessings, will be manifested as brightly as the sun in the Hereafter,
where people will see everything clearly, and all the tidings they gave
concerning the next life, the Resurrection, the Place of Gathering, the
Final Reckoning, the Bridge, Paradise and Hell will be realized.
44. Bukhari, Tib, 1.
45. Abu Dawud, Tib, 10; Muslim, Salam, 69.
46. Tirmidhi, Tib, 2; Ibn Ma�ja, Tib, 1; I. Hanbal,
47. Bukhari, Tib, 30; Muslim, Salam, 98.
48. Bukhari, Tib, 19; I. Hanbal, 2.443.
49. Muslim, Tahara, 91.
50. Abu Dawud, Adahi, 21; Ibn Ma�ja, Sayd, 2; I.
51. Abu Dawud, At�ıma, 11; Tirmidhi, At�ıma, 39; I.
52. Muslim, Tahara, 87; Abu Dawud, Tahara, 49;
Tirmidhi, Tahara, 19.
53. Bukhari, Jumu�a, 8; Muslim, Tahara, 42; Abu
Dawud, Tahara, 25; Tirmidhi, Tahara, 18; Nasa�i, Tahara, 6; I. Ma�ja, Tahara,
7; I. Hanbal, 1.80.
54. Tirmidhi, Zuhd, 47; I. Hanbal, 4.132.
55. Kanz al-�Ummal, 3.460.
56. Abu Dawud, Tib, 14; Tirmidhi, Tib, 9.
57. I. Ma�ja, Tib, 29; Tirmidhi, Tib, 13.
58. Bukhari, Tib, 7; Muslim, Salam, 88.
59. Bukhari, Bad�u l-khalq, 17; Tib, 58; Abu Dawud,
60. Bukhari, Wudu, 63; Muslim, Hayd, 62; Abu Dawud,
61. Muslim, Ashriba, 12; Ibn Ma�ja, Tib, 27.
62. Muslim, Tahara, 49; Abu Dawud, Tahara, 27.
63. Said Nursi, Tarikhca Hayat (Biography), 56.