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Some Myths About Quranic Science

Some Myths About Quranic Science

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Published by Doctor Jones
This article is a critique of the work of the Egyptian Islamic Fundamentalist, Dr Zaghlool Al Najjar.

It debunks four popular examples of alleged Scientific Miracles in the Koran.

1)Splitting the Moon.
2)The Expanding Universe.
3)The formation and function of mountains.
4)The Origin of Iron.

The author argues that the Koran contains so many scientific errors that it cannot be a Divine book and that Islam is therefore a false Religion.
This article is a critique of the work of the Egyptian Islamic Fundamentalist, Dr Zaghlool Al Najjar.

It debunks four popular examples of alleged Scientific Miracles in the Koran.

1)Splitting the Moon.
2)The Expanding Universe.
3)The formation and function of mountains.
4)The Origin of Iron.

The author argues that the Koran contains so many scientific errors that it cannot be a Divine book and that Islam is therefore a false Religion.

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Published by: Doctor Jones on Dec 06, 2009
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Some Myths About Quranic Science
Mumin Salih
Recently, Muslims scholars started to falsely claim that the Quran foretold many scientificdiscoveries that were not known in its time. None of the Muslims’ claims stands scientificor logical analysis. One wonders how the Muslim scholars dare to make such claimsdespite the obvious contradiction between the Quran and science. The answer to thisquestion is that Muslim scholars became alarmed during the last decades as an increasingnumber of ordinary Muslims started to learn modern science. To pre-empt any suspicionabout the contradictions between the Quran and science, the Muslim scholars started toclaim that the Quran actually was ahead of time in science but early Muslims didn’tunderstand it. The strategy of the Muslim scholars is deception, pure lies and word gamesThis article investigates only four of the most common claims that Muslims make about theQuran and science. It often escapes the minds of the Muslims that the existence of onlyone error in the Quran is a proof that the book is not divine and that Islam is a hoax.
1. Splitting the moon
The claim:
according to the Quran, Mohammed made the moon to split into two halvesand then glued them together. Fourteen hundreds years later, Nasa confirmed that splitting.
This extraordinary claim is based on verse:
Q.54: 1
“The Hour (of Judgment) is nigh, and the moon is cleft asunder”.The verse describes an event that allegedly took place in Mecca when a few MeccanArabs asked Mohammed to split the moon as a proof to them that he was a prophet.Mohammed simply made the moon split into two halves, one half on each side of themountain Hira! However, this extraordinary cosmic event did not impress those Arabs whoaccused Mohammed of performing one of his magic tricks.
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The irony is that a Muslim scientist, fortune from his appearances on Islamic TV channels.He is happy to turn his back to all that he learned at university and make the above falseclaim on Aljazeera television, the Islamists’ TV platform. For the sake of Allah, Dr ZaghloolAl Najjar went one step further as he shamelessly lied to his audience and claimed thatNasa scientists have discovered that the moon was split into two halves and gluedtogether!Needles to say that Nasa never made that outstanding Islamic discovery but that doesn’tstop hundreds of Islamic websites from circulating the lie and publishing satellite images of the moon surface the that show grooves (which exist normally on the moon and manyplanets) which they claim were formed as a result of that split fourteen hundreds yearsago!Mohammed probably thought of the moon as a small ball in the sky and had no clue aboutits gravitational pull on our planet. By making such a lie, Mohammed imagined thatsplitting the moon would have no more consequences on the earth’s stability than splittinga small ball in the sky. We can explain Mohammed’s total ignorance in astronomy, whichis evident throughout the Quran, but we cannot explain how educated people in the twentyfirst century can believe such nonsense. It is sad that, in the space age, we still need todiscuss issues like these with Mohammed’s followers.more precisely a geologist, who wasqualified in the UK, propagated the above myth! Dr. Zaghloul Al Najjar is an Egyptian whomade aMuslims claim that the Quran is Mohammed’s only miracle, a claim they havecompletelyforgotten, as they believe this myth. The Quran says that Allah did not send any miracle toMohammed because, in the past, people did not believe in those miracles. Muslims claimthat when Allah sends a miracle and people do not believe in it, Allah punishes thosepeople (by annihilation). Well, in that case Allah must have made an exception to that rulebecause he did not punish the people of Mecca. It did not occur to the Muslims that apartfrom that handful of Arabs in Mecca nobody else noticed the alleged splitting, not even inthe neighboring Yathrib. It did not occur to the Muslims that splitting the moon would havebeen the most significant event since the Earth’s creation and would have been noticedand documented by all nations all over the world. 
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The Expanding Universe
The claim:
The Quran speaks of an expanding universe.
This myth is based on verse Q. 51: 47 which can have any of the following translations,depending on how you want to understand the Arabic word moosi-oon:a.
Q.51: 47
“And we built the sky using hands, and we shall be (moosi-oon) makingthings plentiful”.b.
Q.51: 47
“And we built the sky using hands, and we are (moosi-oon) capable.c.
Q.51: 47
“And we built the sky using hands, and we shall (moosi-oon) make spacious.The early interpretations of the verse, as evident from the classic ‘tafseer’ books,considered only the first two meanings, and the early translations reflected such
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interpretations. However, the modern Muslim scholars considered only the third meaning,so did the modern translations. The word ‘moosi-oon’, and its sister derivatives are usedfrequently throughout the Quran to describe abundance of money or food but never usedto mean spacious. We do not deny that spacious is one of the meanings of the wordmoosi-oon, but we find it bizarre that the modern Islamists decided to opt for this meaningin this particular verse.The modern Muslim scholars went one step further and interpreted the word as to‘expand’, which is not exactly the same as ‘to make spacious’. It is clear that the modernMuslim scholars are driven by their desire to make the verse conforms to the expandinguniverse theory rather than the true interpretation of the verse. The Arabic word for expandis ‘madda’, which is used many times in the Quran, but not in this verse.For the argument sake, let us accept that the meaning of the Arabic word moosi-oon is ‘toexpand’ as the Muslim scholars want us to believe. Also, for the argument sake, we willturn a blind eye on the vagueness of the verse “we built the sky with hands” (whosehands?) And “we shall expand” (expand what?) and accept the Muslims’ interpretation thatAllah meant to say he used his own hands to built the sky.I am afraid that despite all these concessions the verse still doesn’t say that Allah isexpanding the universe! This is because the word moosi-oon is preceded by the prefix ‘la’(la-moosi-oon) which has the function of indicating a promise to do something in thefuture.The meaning of the verse becomes like this: “we built the sky with (our) hands, and weshall expand it (in the future)”. According to the verse, the universe was not expanding inMohammed’s time, but Allah vowed to expand it in the future!Now, is that a scientific miracle or a scientific blunder?All the Quran did was to mention the word ‘moosi-oon’ and the Muslims’ imagination wentsky high. In the middle of this euphoria they did notice the Quran’s blunders when itdescribed the sky as a roof built supported by invisible pillars to stop it from falling on theEarth.3.
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