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Valentine’s Day

by | Feb 13, 2022

Once again, tradition innovation and invention enters the realm of religion. Saint-Valentine, the supposed patron saint of lovers, right… Completely false! As far as we know, he was a Christian bishop during the Roman empire and was martyred in the 3rd century. The date of his death was supposedly on February 14th.

Alright, but there must have been some kind of story or romance in his life that led to all these tales that we have been accustomed to on Valentine’s day? No! The martyrdom of Saint Valentine was to be celebrated as a feast since the time of pope Gelasius I at the end of the 5th century. That’s it, that’s all. And it stayed like that till the 14th century.

Fast forward to 1382, and this is when everything jumps the rails. The poet Geoffrey Chaucer composed the Parlement of Foules (Parliament of Fowls, but I think Fools sounds better) which brought forth all the connotation that we have been accustomed to Valentine’s day.

So, if you are still set on celebrating Valentine’s day, have a feast to commemorate someone who preached Christianity in the Roman Empire, destroyed false idols, was sentenced to death for evangelizing his surroundings, and refused to revert to paganism on the order of the Roman Emperor of the time Claudius II. Oh yeah, Saint Valentine was the patron saint of epileptics and beekeepers… Well honey’s kind of a sweet nickname!?!

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)

Faith

the process of belief