By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel
Scientists have recently proven that the historical places where the pyramids are found in Egypt were one day rich in rivers and forests and this scientific fact hasn't been proven until the mid of 2012 according to a scientific study that lasted for several years. Amazingly, however, the holy Qur’an precisely talks about this fact 1,400 years ago; all glory to Allah, The Almighty.
Scientists’ Beliefs about Ancient Egypt
Scientists believed that the Pharaohs built the pyramids in dessert regions same as today’s region. This belief, however, has been proven wrong for scientists have long searched for the secrets of the pharaohs as well as the secrets behind building the pyramids and have studied and analyzed many inscriptions and manuscripts, but they haven’t found a scientific proof to reveal the type of environment that prevailed then.
It’s known that the pharaohs built their civilization more than five thousand years ago and they had great power and advanced techniques. They also studied chemistry, mummification, architecture, and astrology. Historical studies also reveal that people at that time lived in luxury, delight, and welfare and had a convenient environment for progress and prosperity.
New Historical and Scientific Studies
Researchers say that for the first time they have discovered that climate change is a key ingredient in the collapse of civilizations such as the pharaohs’ civilization in ancient Egypt 4,000 years ago (according to the Daily Mail, edition 29 May 2012). Professor Liviu Giosantogether with a team of researchers conducted a thorough study that lasted for five years. Through satellite data, they discovered that the availability of rivers contributed to the establishment of these ancient civilizations and due to the demise of such rivers, the civilizations also demised and gradually disappeared over thousands of years.
In this study, archaeologists connected the prosperity of civilizations to the availability of rivers in a certain region. The Arabian Desert, for instance, which stretches from Egypt to Libya and Algeria for thousands of kilometres, was one day prosperous and rivers flew in it.
In a recent study, researchers analyzed 7,000-year-old ancient pollen and charcoal samples and found that climate change and the drought of rivers led to the demise of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
The researchers have noticed the increase in charcoal levels at the time of drought due to fires. They also found large reductions of pollen signifying far fewer plants grew in that area.
This is a satellite picture that shows how human life in most parts of Egypt became extinct and became merely cantered in the Nile region (the green line region).
A Great Qur’anic Indication
Now, let’s contemplate the holy Qur’an & sayings of Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, and how the holy Qur’an talked about this scientific 14 centuries Let's read...
1-The holy Qur’an talks about the story of the Pharaoh of Egypt and the luxury he enjoyed and the graces and good that Allah granted him in more than one verse, but the Pharaoh disbelieved in Allah and was arrogant. Thus, Allah punished him for his sins and drowned him; Allah says in the holy Qur'an:
“And Pharaoh proclaimed among his people, saying: "O my people! does not the dominion of Egypt belong to me, (witness) these streams flowing underneath my (palace)? What! See ye not then? ”Zukhruf: 43: 51
The miracle is in Allah's saying: "these streams flowing..." which is an indication to the rivers of ancient Egypt, a fact that wasn't known at the time of Qur'anic revelations.
Such scientific fact is also revealed in the holy Qur’an in the verses that talk about the story of the pharaoh and how Allah, the great expelled him from the luxury he enjoyed. Allah, the almighty says:
“So We expelled them from gardens, springs * Treasures, and every kind of honourable position;” Shur’araa or Poets: 26: 57-58
If we contemplate the above verse where it says “gardens, springs”, we’ll find a very obvious indication to the existence of springs and gardens, a fact that has been proven today by archaeologists.
Here, we recall the story of Prophet Joseph, PBUH, as it's told in the holy Qur'an and the famine he predicted when he interpreted the king’s dream; Allah, the exalted says in the holy Qur’an:
"Then will come after that (period) seven dreadful (years), which will devour what ye shall have laid by in advance for them,— (all) except a little which ye shall have (specially) guarded." Yusuf or Joseph: 12: 48
The question that needs be answered is how did Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, know about this famine which took place thousands of years ago and talked about it if he weren’t the messenger of Allah.