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Rebuttal to Denis Giron's "Islamic Science: Does Islamic Literature Contain Scientific Miracles?" article
This is in response to Denis Girons article located at
Over the last decade growing numbers of Muslims have declared the Qur'an to be a book filled with alleged scientific miracles. Numerous web sites, books and videos have been produced that proclaim Islam to be truly a religion of divine origin, citing "scientifically accurate" statements in the Qur'an and Hadiths. Many of these productions introduce their claims with a statement like this:
One of the most remarkable things in the Quran is how it
deals with science. The Quran which was revealed in the 7th century to Muhammed
(p.b.u.h.) contains unbelievable scientific facts which are being discovered in this
century. Scientists are shocked and many times speechless when they are shown how detailed
and accurate some verses in the Quran are to modern science. For those who doubt the
truth of Islam, I ask you: Could Muhammad, a 7th century desert Arab , from a poor and
barbaric society, with no tradition of knowledge, philosopy and learning as the Greeks,
with no author as prolific as Homer or Plato, an uneducated orphan who could not read and
write, produce a book like the Qur'an if it was not from God?
Indeed Denis is right. Visit the following link
This article will confront this question, as well as confront the various verses from the Qur'an which Muslim's cite as scientific miracles. This article will also look into various scientific absurdities found in the Qur'an and Hadiths that many Muslims fail to mention.
Of the roughly 1.3 billion Muslims on the planet, 90% are Sunni. Therefore, this article will confront the teachings of Sunni Islam. Hadith literature is, for the most part, unique to Sunni Islam, as many other sects (Shia, Submitter, Sufi) do not regard such writings as highly as the Sunnis do. Because of this, citing various Hadiths is only relevant in a discussion about Sunni Islam.
We will see if Denis is up to his word and can show
scientific absurdities in the Quran and Hadiths.
Modern scholars have criticized the bible for it's claim that the Earth was created in six days. This has been waved off as just another myth concocted by an ancient people to explain how the world was created. The Qur'an has made the same mistake regarding the amount of time needed to create the earth, as is seen in the following verse:
And verily We created the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, in six Days, and naught of weariness touched Us. (Qur'an 50:38)
It is a known fact that Muhammad had contact with Jews and Christians, and much of the Qur'an is modeled after the Bible. While the Qur'an does not have the bible's claim that "on the seventh day God rested" (Genesis 2:2) it still proclaims the earth to be created in six days.
Muslims who seek to cast the Qur'an as being compatible with modern science, point out that the Qur'an also says that a day for Allah and the angels is similar to 50,000 years (Qur'an 70:4). In citing this verse, Muslims try to say the Earth was completed in 300,000 ( 6 x 50,000 ) years. While it is a nice try, the reality is this still does not agree with modern science, which states that it took several billion years for the Earth to reach this stage. Billions of years passed before there were trees, or forests, or animals.
Furthermore, such claims open the Qur'an to more criticism. The verse that allegedly says a day equals 50,000 years (Qur'an 70:4) states:
"The angels ascend to Him in a day, the measure of which is fifty thousand years." This verse actually seems to be discussing the speed of travel for angels. Possibly it is saying that the angels can travel in a day, the amount of space it would take others 50,000 years to cover. My goal is not to offer alternative interpretations to this myth. However, I dispute the claim that the this verse is saying a day equals 50,000 years because such a thing contradicts other parts of the Qur'an!
A day cannot equal 50,000 years because according to the Qur'an, a day equals 1,000 human years (Qur'an 22:47 & 32:5). Furthermore, to claim that it took Allah 300,000 years to create the Earth is to insult the God of Islam, as when he creates, he says "Be!" and it is (Qur'an 2:117).
Taken from Quran and Bible in the Light of
Science debate, which can be accessed here http://www.aswatalislam.net/DisplayFilesP.aspx?TitleID=50027&TitleName=Zakir_Naik
Dr Zakir Naik
analyse what the Bible says about modern science -
First we deal with Astronomy., The Bible
speaks about the creation of the universe. In the beginning, 1st Book, Book of
Genesis, 1st Ch., it is mentioned - It says
Almighty God created
the Heavens and the Earth, in six days and talks about a evening and a morning, referring
to a 24 - hour day. Today scientists tell us, that the universe cannot be created in a 24
hour period of six days. Quran too speaks
about six ayyams. The Arabic word
singular is yaum plural is ayyam. It can either mean a day of 24
hours, or it is a very long period, an yaum,
an epoch. Scientists say we have no objection in agreeing that the universe - it could
have been created in 6 very long periods. Point No.2 - Bible says in Genesis Ch. No. 1 Verses No. 3 and
Light was created on the first day. enesis, Ch., 1 Verses, 14 to
The cause of light - stars and the sun, etc. was created on the fourth
day. How can the cause of light be
created on the 4th day - later than the light which came into existence on the
first day? - It is unscientific. Further, the, Bible
says Genesis, Ch. 1, Verses 9 to 13
Earth was created on the 3rd
day. How can you have a night and day without the earth ?
The day depends upon the rotation of the Earth Without the earth created, how can
you have a night and day? Point No..4,
Genesis, Ch. No. 1 Verses 9 to 13 says
Earth was created on the third
day. Genesis Ch. No. 1 Verses 14 to 19
The Sun and the Moon were created on the fourth day. Today science
Earth is part of the parent body
the sun. It cannot come
into existence before the sun It is unscientific. Point No. 5, the Bible says in Genesis, Ch. No.1, Verse No. 11 to
The vegetation, the herbs the shrubs, the trees - they were created on the 3rd
day And the Sun, Genesis, Ch. No. 1, Verses. 14 to 19, was created on the 4th
day.How can the vegetation come into existence without sunlight, and how can they survive
without sunlight ?
bible really is wrong.
Read this for proof that Muhammad did not copy from the
As for the six days, in Arabic the word is Yawm,
which could also mean epoch. For example, Muslims say Yawm Al Hajj. But Hajj is 3
days, not one. Read this article for further information http://www.drzakirnaik.com/pages/qanda/35.php
In 1982 Keith Moore, an anatomy professor at the University of Toronto, produced a textbook titled "The Developing Human, 3rd edition". In this book Moore states his astonishment at the way embryonic development is depicted in the Qur'an. Moore would go on to produce fourth and fifth editions of his textbook, as well as another book titled "Human Development as described in the Quran and Sunnah", all of which many Muslims cite with great pleasure. Moore and his Muslim supporters are referring to the following verse:
We placed him as sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed; Then We made the sperm into a clot of blood; then of that blood clot We made a lump; then we made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then we developed out of it another creature. So blessed be God, the best to create! (Quran 23:13-14)
Indeed, at first glance, this seems like a remarkable statement for a "7th century desert Arab" to make. However, upon closer study, one realizes that there is both explanation and error to this verse. First we must ask if this was an original theory, and second we must ask if it is correct.
Many people are amazed by the mention of sperm in this verse. This is nothing special. Since the beginning of time man has been aware of the "seed" that is released from the penis during sexual intercourse. The Bible, a text much older than the Qur'an, tells a story of a man who was struck down by God for "spilling his seed on the ground" (Genesis 38:9-10).
The entire study of human life as mentioned in the Qur'an is not original at all. While Muslims try to claim that Muhammad made these statements before scientists discovered them, they are wrong. Theories of the formation of a child inside the womb was put forth by Aristotle nearly 1,000 years before the Qur'an was written. In fact Aristotle correctly described the function of the umbilical cord, something not mentioned in the Qur'an, showing that earlier philosophers were aware of such things mentioned by Muhammad and more. Every mention of human development in the Qur'an is similar to Roman and Greek theories.
A rebuttal to criticism https://www.answering-christianity.com/nadeem_embryology.htm
the field of Embryology, Dr. William Campbell spent approximately half of his talk on
that. Time will not permit me to reply to every small thing which are illogical. Ill
just give a brief reply, which will be satisfactory InshaAllah. And for more details, you
can refer to my Video cassette Quran
and Modern Science, and my other cassettes on
Quran and Medical Science. (http://www.aswatalislam.net/DisplayFilesP.aspx?TitleID=50027&TitleName=Zakir_Naik)
were a group of Arabs who collected the data dealing in the Quran about Embryology and the
Hadith dealing with Embryology. And they presented it to Professor Keith Moore, who was
the chairman and the head of the department of Anatomy, in the university of
Toronto, in Canada - And at present he is one of the leading scientist in the field of
Embryology. After reading the various translations of the Quran, he was asked to comment, and he
Most of the Verses of the Quran
and the Hadith, are in perfect conformity with Modern Embryology. But there are a few
Verses which I cannot say that they are right neither can I say that they are wrong,
because I myself dont know about it. And two such Verses were the first two Verses
of the Quran to be revealed, from Surah
Iqra or Surah Alaq , Ch. 96 Verses No. 1 and 2 which says
recite or proclaim in the name of thy Lord, Who created, Who created the human beings from
something which clings - a leech like substance. Regarding Dr. William Campbells
To analyse the meaning of a word, we have to see what was the
meaning at that time when it was revealed-At that time when the book was written.
And he rightly said that to analyze the meaning, we have to analyze the meaning at the
time it was revealed, and to the people whom it was meant for. As far as this statement of
his is concerned, regarding the Bible, I do
agree with it totally - Because the Bible was
only meant for the children of Israel, for that time. It is mentioned in the Gospel of
Mathew, Ch. No. 10, Verse No. 5 and 6, Jesus Christ peace be upon him tells his
Go ye not in the way of the Gentiles. Who are the Gentiles?
The Non-Jews, the Hindus, the Muslims But
rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Jesus Christ peace be upon him
said in the Gospel of Mathew, Ch. No. 15, Verse No. 24
I am not sent, but to the lost sheep of the
house of Israel. So Jesus Christ and the Bible,
were only meant for the children of Isreal. Since it was meant for them, to analyze the Bible, you have to use the meaning of the word,
which was utilized at that time. But the Quran
was not meant only for the Arabs of that time - Quran
is not meant only for the Muslims. The Quran
is meant for the whole of humanity, and it is meant to be for eternity. Quran says in Surah Ibrahim, Ch. 14, Verse.
52, in Surah Baqarah Ch. No. 2, Verse 185, and Surah Zumar Ch. 39, Verses. 41, that the Quran is meant for the whole of human kind.
And Prophet Mohammed, may peace be upon him, was not sent only for the Muslims or the
Arabs. Allah says in the Quran in Surah
Ambiya Ch. No. 21, Verse No. 107------(Arabic)----That We have send thee as a mercy, as a
guidance, to the whole of humankind. So
as far as the Quran is concerned, you
cannot limit the meaning only for that time, because it is meant for eternity. So one of
the meaning of Alaqa
leech like substance or something which clings. So professor Keith
I did not know whether the early stage of the embryo looks like a
leech And he went into his laboratory,
and he analyzed the early stage of an embryo, under a microscope and compared it with the
photograph of a leech, and he was astonished at the striking resemblance. This is a
photograph of a leech, and human embryo. What Dr. William Campbell showed you is the other
perspective of it. If I show this book - it looks like a rectangle - If I show you like
that, it is a different perspective. That diagram is given in the book - The diagram which
you saw on the slide is even there - And Ill deal with it InshaAllah. Professor
Keith Moore, after about 80 questions were asked to him, he said
If you would
have asked me these 80 questions, 30 years ago, I would not
be able to answer more than 50 percent - Because embryology has developed recently
in the past 30 years. He said this in the eighties. Now, do we believe Dr. Keith
Moore whose statement is available outside in the foyer - his videocassette is
This is the truth...Anna-ul-Haq... recorded
statement. So will you believe Dr. William Campbells personal conversation with
Professor Keith Moore, or the one mentioned in this book, with Islamic edition as well as
the photograph that I had shown to you? And in the videocassette available outside you can
see it - He makes those statements. So you have to choose which is more logical - Personal
discussion with Dr. William Campbell or his statement on Video. Like how Dr. William
Campbell showed my video - 100 percent proof what I said
Moon is reflected
light - Ill come to it later on. And whatever additional information he got
from Quran and Hadith, it was incorporated
later into this book
The Developing Human - the 3rd edition nd
this book got an award for the best medical book written by a single author in that year.
This is the Islamic edition that was put forward by Shaikh Abdul Majeed Al-Jindani and
certified by Keith Moore himself. The Quran
says in Surah Muminun, Ch. 23 Verse No. 13, and Surah Haj Ch. 22, Verse No. 5, and no less
than 11 different places in the Quran,
that the human beings have been made from a nutfaa minute quantity of liquid
trickle that is remaining in the cup. Nutfa in Arabic
a very small
quantity. Today we have come to know, that in one seminal emission, in which there are
several millions of sperms, only one is required to fertilize the ovum - The Quran refers as nutfa. Quran says in Surah Sajda Ch. 32 Verse no.
We have created the human beings from Sulalah - That means the best part of a
whole. The one sperm which fertilizes the ova out of the millions of sperms, the Quran refers to as Sulalah
best part of the
whole. And Quran says in Surah
Insan, Ch. 76 Verse No. 2
We have created the human beings from nutfatunamshaj
a minute quantity of
mingled fluid - referring to the sperm as well as the ovum - Both are required for
the fertilization. The Quran describes the
various embryological stages in great detail, of which the slides were shown to you - Dr.
William Campbell, he helped me to complete this topic. It is mentioned in Surah Muminun
Ch. 23, Verses No. 12 to 14 - The translation is that
We have created the human
beings from a nutfa. A
minute quantity of liquid. Then placed it in cararemakeen - a place of security. Then We
made it into an Alaqa - a leech like
substance - something which clings - a congealed clot of blood. Then We made that Alaqa into a Mutga a chewed like lump. Then
We made the Mutga into Izama
bones. Then clothed the bones with leham
flesh. Then We made it a new
creature. Blessed be Allah Who is the best to create. These 3 Verses of the Quran, speak about the various embryological
stages in great detail. First the nutfa placed
in a place of security - Made into an Alaqa, Alaqa
has got 3 meanings - One is something which clings, and we know that in
the initial stages, the embryo clings to the uterine wall and continues clinging till the
end. Point No.2, that it also means a leech like substance, and as I discussed earlier,
the embryo in the initial stages, does look like a leech. Besides looking like a leech -
it also behaves like a leech - It receives its blood supply from the mother like a
bloodsucker. And the 3rd meaning which Dr. William Campbell objected to - that
is the right meaning
the congealed clot of blood- And that is why Quran has a scientific error. And I do agree
with him that Dr. William Campbell did not agree. He said how can it mean a congealed clot
of blood, because if this is the case, then the Quran
is wrong. am sorry to say Quran is not wrong - Dr. William Campbell
with due respect to him
He is wrong. Because today
of embryology, even Dr. Keith Moore - He says that
In the initial stages, the
embryo, besides looking like a leech, also looks like a congealed clot of blood, because
in the initial stages, of the stage of Alaqa,
3 to 4 weeks, the blood is clotted within closed vessels. And Dr. William Campbell made it
easy for me - He showed you a slide. It will be difficult for you to see - But this is the
slide he showed you. This is exactly what Professor Keith Moore said
like a clot, in which the blood is clotted within closed vessels And during the 3rd
week of the embryo, the blood circulation does not take place - it starts later on -
Therefore it assumes the appearance of a clot. And if you observe the conspectus - that is
after abortion takes place, you can see, it look like a clot. Only one line answer is
sufficient to answer all the allegations of Dr. William Campbell is that, the stages of
the Quran while it describes the
embryological stages, is only based on appearance
Appearance. First is the appearance of the Alaqa , a leech like substance as
well as a clot of blood. And Dr. William Campbell rightly said that some ladies come
Please remove the clot - It does look like a clot And the stages
are based on appearance. It is created from something, which appears like a clot, which
appears like a leech, and is also something which clings. Then the Quran says
We made the Alaqa into Mutga a chewed like lump. Professor Keith Moore took plastic seal, and bit
between his teeth to make it look like a Mutga-
The teeth marks resembled the somites. Dr.
William Campbell said
When the Alaqa
becomes a Mutga the clinging is yet
there - It is there till 8 and a half months- So
the Quran is wrong. I told you in the
beginning, the Quran is describing the
appearance. The leech like appearance and the clot like
appearance, is changed to the chewed like appearance. It yet continues to
cling till the end - There is no problem. But the stages are divided on appearance - Not
on the function. Later on the Quran
We made the Mutga
bones - Then clothed
the bones with flesh. Dr. William Campbell said, and I do agree with him, that
The precursors of the muscles and the cartilagees
that is the bones, they form
together - I agree with that. Today embryology tells us that the primordia of the muscles
and the bones - they form together between the 25th and the 40th
day, which the Qur`an refers to as the stage of
mudga. But they are not developed
are not developed. Later on, at the end of the seventh week, the embryo takes form of
human appearance - then the bones are formed. Today modern embryology says the bones are
formed after the 42nd day, and it gives an appearance of a skeletal thing. Even
at this stage when the bones are formed, the muscles are not formed. Later on, after the 7th
week and the starting of 8th week, are the muscles formed. So Quran is perfect in describing first Alaqa, then Mutga, then Izama, then clothed with flesh, and when they
form - the description is perfect. As Professor Keith Moore said that
stages - that how it is described in modern embryology
stage 1,2,3,4,5, is so
confusing, The Quranic stage on
embryology describing on the base of appearance, and the shape, is far more
superior. Alhamdulillah. Therefore he said
therefore he said that
I have no objection in accepting that Prophet Muhammed is the messenger of God and
that this Glorious Quran has to be a
Divine Revelation, from Almighty God.
Consider the following verse referring to sperm:
He is created from a drop (of sperm) emitted-- Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs. (Qur'an 86:6-7)
Clearly this verse is incorrect, and clearly it has origins in earlier theories. First of all, for sperm to originate between the back and the ribs would mean that it comes from the kidneys! We now know that semen is produced in the testicles, but people in Muhammad's time did not know this. Eleven centuries before Muhammad, the Greek physician Hippocrates theorized that sperm passed through the kidneys into the penis. For centuries this was an accepted (and incorrect) belief of the origins of sperm.
There are those who claim Muhammad had no contact with Greeks or Romans. Pre-Islamic Arabia definitely had contact with Byzantium, Syria, Egypt, Persia, and Babylon. There were many Jews and Christians living in the area, and they were familiar with Greek or Roman philosophy. The Christians were connected to Rome. The Jews were connected to Babylon and Persia. It is easy to see how such theories regarding embryonic development may have reached Muhammad.
Finally, to touch back on the verses that spoke of the development of an unborn child, I will say they too are incorrect. The Qur'an stated that the blood clot was turned to bone and then God "clothed the bones with flesh" (Quran 23:13-14). It is scientific fact that living tissue forms first, and then bones grow at a later time, and continue to gain strength (by building calcium) for many years after birth. Therefore, this is one of many scientific inaccuracies in the Qur'an.
The Holy Qur'an says in Surah Tariq, Ch. No. 86, Verse No. 5 to
7 Let now man think from what he is created - he is created from a drop, emitted from a space between the backbone and the ribs.
Today we have come to know, the genital organs- the testes, in the males, and the ovaries in the female, in the Embryonic stage - they develop from a space, where the kidney is present today, between the backbone and the 11th and 12th rib. Later on the testes they descend to the inguinal canal, into the scrotum - and the ovaries in the female to the true pelvis.
But in the embryonic stage, it is in the space, which the Qur'an speaks about between the backbone, the spinal column and the 11th and 12th rib. Even in the adult life after the Genital organs they descend - yet they receive the blood supply - the nerve supply and the lymphatic drainage from the same space between the spinal column and the 11th and 12th rib
To believe in the Qur'an is to not think rationally. There are numerous myths and scientific errors within the text of the Qur'an, and the Hadiths. Muslims accept many scientific absurdities with blind devotion. The world has matured as a whole, and has shed many of the fears and superstitions held by primitive cultures of the past. Unfortunately, because the text of the Qur'an is revered, people do not question many superstitious concepts that Muslims should have outgrown long ago.
To begin, I would like to give an example of a myth from Hindu culture. According to Hindu tradition, the god Siva would leave his wife home alone for long periods of time. One day she took skin from her own body, and used it to create a child. The child was used to protect her, and the house. When Siva returned, the child refused to let him enter the house. Without hesitation Siva drew his sword and decapitated the child. Siva's wife was quite angry, and to make up for what he did, Siva went out and cut off the head of an elephant, and placed it on the child's body. This is why the Hindu deity Ganesh has the body of a human, but the head of an elephant.
Now that I have told this story, will any Muslim believe it? Of course not. It is an absurd myth. There is no need to debate this issue, it is obvious that this is not true. It is a myth created by a primitive culture. If it is easy to see that this is a myth, why is it so difficult for Muslims to see the myths within their own text? I will now give a run down of some of the scientific errors in the Qur'an.
Denis is just giving his own opinions about the Quran, which
are irrelevant. He has failed to show any errors in the Quran.
He then tries to compare Hinduism and Islam. There is no
evidence for Hinduism, but there is for Islam. That is the main difference.
The Qur'an has a story of a woman who has never had sexual intercourse (a virgin) that becomes pregnant and gives birth (Qur'an 19:16-21). This is a myth deeply rooted in many cultures. Muslims are used to debating with Christians, so they are never told that virgin birth is impossible, as this is a doctrine of Christianity as well. The reality is, this is a scientific absurdity.
The Qur'an tells us that this same child who was born of a virgin mother is able to speak in complete sentences at only a day old (Qur'an 19:29-33)! While Muslims and Christians are debating the scientific knowledge written in the pages of the Qur'an, a rational thinker can clearly see that this idea of the talking baby, born of a virgin mother, is absurd. It was a myth adopted by Muhammad, and inserted into the text of the Qur'an.
For further scientific absurdities consider the following Hadith:
Sahih Muslim, Book 40, Number 6985:
Allah's Apostle (peace_be_upon_him) said: The Last Hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
A rational person can quickly realize the ridiculous nature of this Hadith. There is scientific error at so many levels. First, the idea of stones and trees talking is from the realm of fairy tales. In order for the stone or tree to talk, it would need a brain, lungs, the proper vocal cords, and an understanding of the language it is speaking. Equally disturbing is the claim that one of these trees, the Gharqad, will take sides with the Jews.
There is really nothing to respond to. Denis Giron is an
anti super naturalist. He does not believe in God or in the supernatural. Anyone who
believes in God must believe that God could will anything to occur.
Us Muslims dont believe everything in Islam has to be
scientific. No. We believe in the supernatural of course. We simply state that there are
scientific miracles in the Quran thus proving that the Quran could not have been written
by a mere human being.
If the thought of trees and stones talking was not enough, the Qur'an mentions clouds that can speak. Allah said to the clouds "come willingly or unwillingly" and they said "we come willingly" (Qur'an 41:11). Most readers pass right by this verse, but many questions come up when analyzing it. At what point does water vapor become conscious? Is a water molecule alive? With two atoms of hydrogen, and one of oxygen, where is the brain or the orifice required for speech?
Stories of non-living matter (rocks, etc) acting similar to living organisms is also found in the Qur'an. There are stories of mountains that have fear (Qur'an 33:72). Fear is an emotion, which is caused by chemical impulses in the brain. Do the mountains, made a stone and dirt, have brains with these chemical impulses taking place?
Allah is only using a figure of speech in order to show how obedient his creation is to him. That his creation does not disobey him and it is perfect.
For example, someone might say well I control my car
when I put the key into the ignition, that does not mean that the car has feelings
However, a car could fail. It could have a flat tire, engine
could be messed up etc. However, Allahs creation does not have these problems.
One major scientific error in the Qur'an can be seen in the following verses:
And he followed a road; Till, when he reached the setting-place of the sun, he found it setting in a muddy spring, and found a people thereabout. We said: O Dhu'l-Qarneyn! Either punish or show them kindness. (Qur'an 18:85-86)
This is a major scientific blunder in the Qur'an. A man walked until he reached the setting place of the sun, and saw it setting in a muddy spring. Modern science has taught us that the earth revolves around the sun. The above excerpt from the Qur'an seems to state that it is the sun that moves, as well as sets on earth! If the sun were to touch the surface of the earth, everything would be incinerated, and all life would die.
Naik said in his debate with Dr William Campbell The Quran and Bible in the Light of
other points, Dr. William Campbell raised was regarding Surah Kahf Chapter No.18, Verse
Zulqarnain sees the sun setting in murky water
water - Imagine sun setting in murky water
unscientific. The Arabic word used
it is 'wajada' meaning, it
appeared to Zulqarnain. And Dr. William
Campbell knows Arabic. So 'wajada' means - if you look up in the dictionary
also, it means it appeared. So Allah
Subhanawataala is describing what appeared to Zulqarnain. If I make a statement that
student in the class said, 2 plus 2 is equal to 5. And you say
said, 2 plus 2 is equal to 5. I did not say. I
The student in the class said, 2 plus 2 is equal to 5. I am
not wrong - The student is wrong. There are
various ways to try and analyze this verse. One
is this way - according to Muhammad Asad, that 'wajada'
It appeared to
It appeared to Zulqarnain. Point
no.2 - The Arabic word used is 'Magrib' - It can
be used for time, as well as place. When we say
sunset sunset can be taken for time. If I say
The sun sets at 7
p.m.; I am using it for time. If I
The Sun sets in the West, it means I am taking it for place. So here if we use the word 'Magrib' for time. So Zulqarnain did not reach that place of
sunset - used - as time - He reached at the time of sun set. The problem is solved. Further more, you can solve them in various
ways. Even if Dr. William Campbell says
No No, the basic assumption is too much - It is not
it is actually this. Let us analyze it further. The Qur'anic verse says
the Sun set in
murky water. Now we know, when we use
these words, like sunrise and sunset - does the sunrise?
Scientifically, sun does not rise - neither does the sunset. We know scientifically, that
the sun does not set at all. It is the rotation of the earth, which gives rise to sunrise
and sunset. But yet you read in the everyday papers mentioning, sunrise at 6 a.m. sun sets
at 7.00 p.m. Oh! The newspapers are wrong Unscientific! If I use the word Disaster, Oh! There is a disaster
Disaster means there is some
calamity which has taken place. Literally, disaster
means an evil star. So when I
This disaster every one knows what I mean is a calamity,
not about the evil star. Dr. William
Campbell and I know, when a person who is mad, we call him a lunatic - Yes or no? At least I do, and I believe Dr. William Campbell
also will be doing
that. We call a person a
lunatic He is mad. What is the meaning of lunatic? It means
struck by the moon -
But that is how the language has evolved. Similarly sun rise, is actually, it is just a
usage of words. And Allah has given the
guidance for the human beings also - He uses so, that we understand. So it is just sunset - Not that it is actually
setting - Not that sun is actually rising. So this explanation clearly gives us a clear
picture, that the Verse of the Quran of Surah Kahf, Chapter.18, Verse No 86, is not
in contradiction with established science - That is the way how people speak.
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Another curiosity is the mythical beings known in Islam as Jinn. There are Muslims who believe that Jinn stand on top of each other's shoulders all the way up to heaven, and listen to what is being discussed. There is a Hadith narrated by Aisha (Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 93, Number 650) that says soothsayers and psychics receive some of their information from Jinn who stealthily acquire this info by listening to the discussions in heaven. The Qur'an says that the stars were created to defend heaven from such eavesdroppers (Qur'an 37:6-8), as well as saying that the stars are used as missiles (projectiles) to drive them away (Qur'an 67:5).
First of all, if Jinn can reach heaven by standing on the shoulders of one another, that means heaven is a given distance from earth. If this is true, then eventually we will be able to fly to heaven by space shuttle, or see it with a telescope. What is far worse in this theory is the thought that stars are used to throw at the Jinn. Stars are essentially stationary, but one can imagine how 7th century Arabs might have been in awe of the sights in the sky. This myth seems to confuse shooting stars with stars. The authors of the Qur'an and Hadiths probably thought stars and "shooting stars" were the same thing, when in reality they are not.
Denis needs to provide the reference either from authentic
Hadith or from the glorious Quran about Jin standing on each others shoulders.
Secondly, this is all just a matter of faith. Again like
before, because Denis is an anti super naturalist he does not believe in Jinn and finds
the whole notion of it ridiculous. Well that is only his opinion and that is irrelevant.
He fails to show any scientific errors. The quran mentions nothing about shooting stars. That is only the erroneous assumption of Denis. However, stars do move.
If stars are moving, cant they then while they are moving be used as missiles to drive away the Jinn?
Denis is just desperate.
According to the Qur'an there was a man who could understand the speech of animals (Qur'an 27:18-19). While zoologists have formed methods of communicating with apes and chimps, no human being has ever been able to understand the "language" of species different from our own. The ability to speak like a human is formed by advanced brains with complex thought patterns, something most animals do not have. Therefore, to think that a man could understand the spoken language of another animal is absurd.
What is even worse is the verses cited have this man hearing the speech of ants! It is a scientific fact that ants have no speech patterns. They communicate through chemical trails, and other forms of odor. In otherwords they communicate via smell, not sound! This blunder is understandable, as the average desert Arab in the seventh century would not know this. However this lack of knowledge of the animal kingdom proves human origin of the text, and disputes theories of a divine origin.
In verse 18, the Quran says
At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants,
one of the ants said: "O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his
hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it."
The Quran doesnt say how the ant said it, but it just
said that it said it. Somehow, the ant communicated to the other ants. As Denis has shown
us, ants indeed do communicate. The Quran does not say that the ant communicated by sound.
In verse 19, the Quran says
He smiled and laughed at her statement, and said,
"My Lord, direct me to be appreciative of the blessings You have bestowed upon me and
my parents, and to do the righteous works that please You. Admit me by Your mercy into the
company of Your righteous servants."
The verse does not say that Solomon heard the statement; it
basically shows that he understood the statement (not by speech) of the ant.
When the verses are closely examined, there are no
The Qur'an states that Allah created the sky in layers. He created seven heavens, and decked the lowest heaven with lamps (Qur'an 67:3-5) and adorned it with the beauty of the stars (Qur'an 37:6). The Qur'an also states that the moon is within these seven heavens (Qur'an 71:15-16). If the stars (lamps) are in the lowest heaven, they are either closer to the earth than the moon, or are at an equal distance from the earth as the moon. Either way this is scientifically inaccurate. It is a known fact that the stars are much farther away than the moon.
How ridiculous of an argument can this get? I cant
even believe Denis tried pulling it off.
Yes, 67:3-5 says that the stars are in the lowest heaven
(meaning the universe we are in).
Denis made a mistake, surah 71 does not say that the moon is
within (meaning between) the seven heavens, it says THEREIN. So yes it is true, the moon
is in the seven heavens.
God did not state its distance. He did not state that the
starts are closer to the earth than the moon or anything of the sort.
So again with close examination we come to the conclusion
that the Quran is free of any scientific errors.
The following Hadith speaks of monkeys that are Muslims:
Sahih Bulhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 188:
Narrated 'Amr bin Maimun:
During the pre-lslamic period of ignorance I saw a she-monkey surrounded by a number of monkeys. They were all stoning it, because it had committed illegal sexual intercourse. I too, stoned it along with them.
It is a rule in both Islam and Judaism that women who commit adultery are to be stoned. According to the above Hadith monkeys were subject to this law as well. What other laws do monkeys follow? Are they required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca? Are they required to read the Qur'an? What constitutes adultery in the monkey world? This is simply a myth. This is similar to a story found in the Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic, that talks of the monkey Hanuman, and others of his kind, fighting for control of the monkey kingdom.
I would like to
ask people to go to http://bismikaallahuma.org/, then
recent site updates, then hadith exegesis, then Were
She-Monkeys Stoned For Adultery?
There is a Hadith (Sahih Buklhari Volume 1, Book 9, Number 490) which states that if a woman or a dog passes in front of you while you are praying, your prayer will not make it to heaven. While there are chauvinistic implications here, I'd like to focus on the scientific aspect. What is it about women and dogs that nullify prayers? Are the prayers carried by a type of sonic wave that women and dogs disrupt? It is obvious that there is no scientific explanation to this absurd myth. No one should be surprised by this, as numerous Hadiths say dogs are evil, and should be killed. Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 540 says plainly: "Allah's Apostle ordered that the dogs should be killed."
As for the first Hadith, it is unbelievable how Denis
misquoted it. For more information visit to http://bismikaallahuma.org/, then recent site updates, then hadith
exegesis, then Are Women
Equal to Dogs and Donkeys?.
As for the second hadith, you can visit the following sites
Of course when it comes to killing animals, there are different laws for different species. Dogs are to be killed instantly, however snakes are to first get verbal warning if he comes to your house. If the snake comes a second time, kill him (Sunan Abu Dawud Book 41, Number 5240). The interesting thing about such a Hadith is the fact that snakes cannot hear. It is bad enough to assume that any animal would understand you giving a verbal warning, but to assume that an animal that is deaf will understand you is ridiculous. It is the equivalent of writing a note for a bat, and leaving it on your door so that he may read it later.
I would first like to correct Denis, it is not Book 41, and
there is no Book 41 in Sunan Abu Dawood. It is Book 36.
Denis is mistaken, snakes do have the ability to hear.
Now do snakes have the ability to understand us? Now again
like I said before, because Denis is an anti super naturalist, he would say no. But his
opinion is worthless, because he yet needs to prove that the supernatural does not exist.
He has no case, he has been refuted throughout this whole
article and has no grounds to stand on.
The following Hadith shows the poor sanitation habits of Muhammad and his followers:
Sunan Abu Dawud Book 1, Number 0067:
Narrated AbuSa'id al-Khudri:
I heard that the people asked the Prophet of Allah (peace_be_upon_him): Water is brought for you from the well of Buda'ah. It is a well in which dead dogs, menstrual clothes and excrement of people are thrown. The Messenger of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) replied: Verily water is pure and is not defiled by anything.
The issue here is not hygiene, but rather a lack of scientific understanding of bacteria, viruses, and germs that can be present in water. Excrement is a very common cause of water becoming contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli), a bacteria commonly found in the colon that is deadly to humans if ingested. Water contaminated with dead dogs or menstrual fluids can be equally dangerous.
Response from Osama Abdallah:
Osama Abdallah's audio-rebuttal to Christian_prince on filthy water, dead dogs, betwitchment and many points.
It is important to know that natural non-man-made wells are fed from streams, and they are generally located on sloping grounds. I have provided a video that demonstrates this in the link. This was the case with the Well of Bidaa'a. The water was a running water, and the pool (well) had fresh water constantly pouring into it.
Furthermore, according to the narrations, the well belonged to the Tribe of Saa'eda, and they had a care taker for it. He was the "Qayyim of Bi'er Bidaa'a" (the care taker of the well of Bidaa'a). Please visit the link above for ample references and proofs.
Muslims cite alleged scientific miracles in the Qur'an and Hadiths to try and prove a divine origin of their faith. In this short study of Islamic science, these claims have been debunked. Clearly there was no supernatural force giving Muhammad scientific information. While the Muslims argued that advanced scientific knowledge in the Qur'an is a sign of divine origin, the rational thinker points out that the numerous and obvious scientific errors point to a wholly human origin.
Denis has failed to show any scientific
errors in the Quran or authentic hadith.
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Rebuttals to Denis Giron's Articles section.
Rebuttals by Bassam Zawadi.
Contradictions and History of Corruption in the Bible.
Questions about Jesus that trinitarian Christians don't have logical answers for.
What parts of the Bible do Muslims believe are closest to the Truth? and Why?
"Allah" was GOD Almighty's original Name in the Bible according to the Hebrew and Aramaic sources.
Scientific Miracles in Islam and the Noble Quran.
Most of the Bible's books and gospels were written by mysterious people!
Jesus mentioned Muhammad by the name in the Bible.
Did Isaiah 53 really prophesies about the crucifixion of Jesus? It supports Islam's claims about Jesus peace be upon him never died on the cross. I also addressed John 19:36-37 from the Bible and proved that Jesus never got crucified, since GOD Almighty promised that he will protect Jesus' body and not let even a single bone be broken. My question to all Christians is: How in the world is it possible for the feet to get nailed on the cross without any penetration to the bones by the nails, hence breaking part of the feet's bones?! I also added refutations to Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Zechariah 12:10 and Psalm 34:20, which supposedly prove the Christians' belief about Jesus crucifixion. I proved that this dogma has no truth what so ever and exposed the wrong Trinitarian English translation of Zechariah 12:10.
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