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SUPERMAN IN ISLAM
The book was published by the
Research Center at Strasburg,
France. This was the result of
research work performed by 25
scholars from Europe, United
States of America except 2
scholars who were from Middle
East. The book was originally
compiled in French, but
subsequently was translated in
other languages including
Persian and Urdu. It has 55
chapters covering various
religious, and social aspects.
The book was written with a pure
scientific background without
any regard to religious
affiliations as majority of
scholars are non-Muslims. The
scholars have called Imam Jaffer
AlSadiq, the superman of Islam.
I will Endeavour to select
topics of general interest.
Eating & Diseases:
To protect life, avoid excesses in eating and drinking. Excess in eating may cause a person to die prematurely before the natural death. Imam Ali had said, ”Do not make your stomachs the graveyard of animals”. The Imam advises people not to eat excessive meat as this may lead to premature death in some cases. A person apparently looks healthy but he is sick inside and he may become unconscious and die. People who eat meat or other heavy foods in excess may still feel hungry and without feeling pain may develop sleeplessness. Accidental death is of three types;
Diseases of brain, heart and blood. In the end the accidental diseases are caused by sickness of blood which attacks heart, and brain. This sickness of blood is caused by eating too much meat or other heavy (saturated fats) foods. Modern science also confirms death by heart diseases, stroke affecting brain and blood cancer. People who eat such food in moderation may live longer.
Imam Jaffer AlSadiq said that
there were two types of death;
natural and accidental. A man
meets his natural or fixed death
when he leads a normal life and
does not resort to excess in
eating and drinking and when the
ascertained time of death
arrives he will die. The other
type of death is that when a man
by his own folly of excesses in
life brings his own death
prematurely. In reply to a
question as to what is death,
the Imam said that death is the
stoppage of bodily functions
specially the heart and
breathing. Death is the
transformation from one
condition to the other and
nothing in this world remains in
All materials which are found in the soil are found in human body but in varied quantities.
There are four items found in large quantity and then there are eight items that are comparatively in lesser quantity and lastly there are eight items which are in very small quantity.
Modern biology confirms Imam’s statement. The four elements found in large quantity are carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen. Next elements found in comparatively smaller quantity are magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulpher, and iron. The trace elements are molybdenum, selenium, fluorine, cobalt, manganese, iodine, zinc, and aluminum.
One day a man named Abu Shakir
asked Imam Jaffer AlSadiq about
the existence of Allah. He said
that he did not believe in any
thing if it could not be
comprehended by five senses. The
Imam asked him if he could see
inside his body to which he
replied in negative. The Imam
told him that there was blood
circulating in your body which
completes one circulation in a
few minutes. And further, if the
circulation stops for a few
minutes then death would occur.
The Imam told him that there
were creatures in the body in
millions which you cannot
comprehend by five senses but
Allah had created them for human
beings safety. Imam Ali had said
“who ever knows himself shall
know his Creator”. Imam further
said that there was movement in
the stone which was beyond five
senses comprehension. Imam’s
statement was confirmed by the
US magazine “The Knowledge” in
its issue of June 1973. In
response to Abu Shakir’s
assertion that every thing in
the world was created
automatically, the Imam told him
that grass did not grow by
itself. Grass grows by the seed
fallen in the soil, rain water
soaks it, the solar energy and
air was essential for it growth.
The air was necessary for human
and plant life but not
comprehended by five senses.
Theory of Rotation around the sun:
Imam Jaffer as Sadiq was 11
years old and was a student in
his father’s school when he
challenged the prevalent theory
of Ptolemy about heavenly bodies
that sun and the stars were
revolving around the earth.
Copernicus, a Polish scientist
(1473-1543) said the same thing
which the Imam had said about
1000 years earlier.
System of Medicine of Jaffer asSadiq:
His research and his theories had a great impact on science of medicine.
During the 2nd and 3rdcenturies of Hijra, most of the physicians in the East followed the methods of diagnosis and treatment prescribed by him. In cases where the condition of the patient was such that a physician could not know whether he was dead or alive, Imam Jaffer asSadiq had suggested that a small incision should be made in his body, especially between his two fingers.
If blood comes out, it was a sign that he was alive. His theory was practically demonstrated during the 2nd Hijra when the cousin of Abbasid caliph, Haroon Rashid was very sick and the royal physician told the caliph that his cousin will die before dawn. Another physician, Ibne
Behla assured the caliph of his
sound health. Next morning, the
cousin died and his body was
washed and shrouded. The Caliph
summoned Ibne Behla. Ibne Behla
requested that his body be
placed in normal clothing
because when he was revived he
may die after seeing himself in
the traditional shroud. Ibne
Behla then made an incision
between his left two fingers.
Blood started to flow and the
patient opened his eyes.
Theory of Four Elements:
At the age of 12, Imam Jaffer asSadiq rejected the Aristotle’s theory of four elements-earth, water, fire and air. He said that earth was not an element but there were many elements in it.
About one thousand years after Aristotle, a young 12 years boy from Medina proved him wrong.
When Imam Jaffer asSadiq grew up and started teaching in his institute, he proved that water, air and fire were also not elements. One thousand one hundred years before the European scientists discovered that air was not an element, Imam Jaffer asSadiq said that air was a mixture of elements. He further said that there were many elements in the air which were essential for breathing. Now we know that there is oxygen and ozone in the air which helps in breathing. Imam Jaffer asSadiq was the first person in history who said that oxygen produces acidity. He said that this element is so active and strong that if it is separated from air in a pure form, it would burn even iron. It is now proved that if we take a piece of red hot iron and plunge it in pure oxygen, it will burn with a luminous flame. It is reported that Imam Jaffer asSadiq’s father had said that by using scientific methods we can produce fire from water. In 18th century, this was proved by burning hydrogen with oxygen; a flame of fire with a temperature range of 667 degrees was produced. It is now called oxidation and is used in welding and cutting metals.
Imam Jaffer asSadiq had also
said that the element which
supports life is heavier than
all other elements in the air.
It was a very important
discovery. The world had to wait
for about 1000 years till
Lavoisier proved that oxygen is
so heavy that in 9 kilograms of
water, there are 8 kilograms of
Theory of Earth’s Rotation on its Axis:
Imam Jaffer asSadiq had suggested that earth was revolving around its axis. There were people like Poincare, a great scholar who died in 1912, who did not believe in the axial movement of earth. This rotation can only be proved by observation. When astronauts landed on the surface of the moon and turned their telescope towards earth, they could see the earth was moving slowly.
There is no star in our galaxy which does not rotate around itself. Imam Jaffer asSadiq must have known the Laws of Mechanics which postulates that when two forces work on an object in such a way that one force pushes it away from the centre and other force pulls it towards the centre, then it starts to spin. This is called Centripetal Force and Centrifugal Force.
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