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One of the greatest miracle of Islam is that the Holy Prophet said things fourteen hundred years ago that scientists are only just discovering to be true today. Our Hadith books are filled with such narrations that prove the divine origins of Islam, but unfortunately not a lot of people are aware of them. I have already mentioned one such scientific miracle of Islam in a previous post (it’s about the true reason for abortions in the West), and today I’m going to talk about another. This scientific miracle is about the rotting (spoiling) or meat, and how it first started.
Our Holy Prophet explained the following in a rigorously authenticated (saheeh) hadith:
حَدَّثَنَا بِشْرُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَعْمَرٌ، عَنْ هَمَّامٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم نَحْوَهُ يَعْنِي “ لَوْلاَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ لَمْ يَخْنَزِ اللَّحْمُ، وَلَوْلاَ حَوَّاءُ لَمْ تَخُنْ أُنْثَى زَوْجَهَا ”.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (S) said, “If it was not for the Israelites, meat would not decay. And if it was not for Eve, wives would never betray their husbands.”
Saheeh Bukhari – Chapter: The creation of Adam and his offspring
We see a similar narration in Saheeh Muslim:
وَحَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ رَافِعٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّزَّاقِ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَعْمَرٌ، عَنْ هَمَّامِ بْنِ مُنَبِّهٍ، قَالَ هَذَا مَا حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَذَكَرَ أَحَادِيثَ مِنْهَا وَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم “ لَوْلاَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ لَمْ يَخْبُثِ الطَّعَامُ وَلَمْ يَخْنَزِ اللَّحْمُ وَلَوْلاَ حَوَّاءُ لَمْ تَخُنْ أُنْثَى زَوْجَهَا الدَّهْرَ ” .
Hammam b. Munabbih said:
These are some of the ahadith which Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrated to us from Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ), and one of these (this one): Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Had it not been for Bani Isra’il (the Israelites), food would not have become stale, and meat would not have gone bad; and had it not been for Eve, a woman would never have acted unfaithfully towards her husband.
Saheeh Muslim – Chapter: Were it not for Hawa’ (Eve), no female would ever betray her husband
So we see that the Holy Prophet has made clear that meat didn’t spoil prior to the time of the accursed Israelites. And since we know that these Israelites lived less than 4,000 years ago, it means that the meat-spoiling organisms (like E. Coli, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Staph. aureus, etc.) could not possibly have existed more than 4,000 years ago either.
But even today scientists are ignorant of the fact that these meat-spoiling organisms didn’t exist more than 4,000 years ago. In fact they still believe that these organisms are millions of years old! How absurd is that, given that we know that the Israelites are only a few thousand years old. So tell me, how could our Blessed Prophet know more about how long these organisms have been in existence than even these modern scientists know today?
The reality is that this was informed to our Prophet by God Himself (more than 1,400 years ago), and this is how he came to know this truth about the spoilage of meat; something that modern science has still not discovered. SubhanAllah!