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There is NO SCIENCE in the Qu'ran

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Submitted by fran (United Kingdom), Dec 4, 2006 at 16:03

Islam doe not mean "peace" it means "submission".

We non-believers are often told not to be afraid of the impression we are given of islam by the media. It is easy to see that the medias portrayal of the Islamic community as 'bad' can easiliy be attributed to political ends. As Bill Hicks said - "watching the news is like taking a can of black spray paint to your eyeballs."

That is not what i am here to talk about. I am here to talk about the THREAT that Islam poses to our lives as FREE THINKING people who care about SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY - whether it's spread "peacefully" or not.

We are often told:

"When followed properly, Islam is and always will be the greatest and most peaceful Religion ever."

Yet what the author of such a phrase will choose to omit is that Islam is peaceful - exclusively towards others of the same belief system. If you cannot believe in god - for whatever reasons, or research you have done; in a muslims society, you will find yourself being looked down upon as a second class citizen. "kafir" is often the derogatory name used. People of different belief systems to Muslims will face bigotry, not to mention extra taxes(!) when the land is under islamic control. Why is it that we will be classed as second class citizens - just for using our brains and daring to deviate from the norm? Why would a god create intelligent beings only to penalise them if they actually dare to think critically? it simply does not make sense.

The reason i am here is to talk about the threat that Islam poses to our scientific intergrity, both past, present and future.

It is easy to come accross an article, where the Muslim author claims that the koran speaks of scientific truths which mohammed could not of possibly have know within his time. Yet if you actually use your head, and do a bit of searching on the internet and crack open a copy of the quran, you will find that most of the claims are HIGHLY bogus, have very little substance, or you can easiliy see that the author has woven meaning into the words which simply is not there!

For instance, an article i have just read on this very site claims that the koran predicted in sura 51 verse 47 - that it predicted that the universe is "expanding".

Now hang on there a minute....

I found and read this verse in 3 different accliamed version of the koran, you will be surprised at what i found:

VERY INTRESTINGLY, the three versions of the Koran i have, say NOTHING of the expantion of the universe in verse 51:47; here are the examples so you can see for yourself:

With power and skill did We construct the Firmament: for it is We Who create the vastness of space.
>>Yusuf Ali translation

And the heaven, We raised it high with power, and most surely We are the makers of things ample.
>>Shakir translation

We have built the heaven with might, and We it is Who make the vast extent (thereof).

>>Pickthall translation

So... i took it one step further, and decided to take into account the ENTIRE sura. You will not believe what i found... the *following* verse reads:

And We have spread out the (spacious) earth: How excellently We do spread out!
>>i will not post the other translations, but they all read basically the same.

So, it DOES refer to expansion, but ONLY in terms of THE EARTH - which for a start is utterly WRONG. Or perhaps it was referring to people of earth multiplying - which would be a mere observation.

It is by NO MEANS referring to expansion of the fabric of space time.

I find it hard to believe that THREE individual, acclaimed copies of the Koran were wrongly translated;
Instead, it seems HIGHLY likely that a more recent translation has been adapted in the light of modernscientific discoveries; thus attempting to attract more people to the religion by falsely claiming to have prophecised the expansion of the universe.

LIke the wedge that the Christian Intelligent Design promotors are using to drive religion into the science class - Islam is doing it as well - when the link between the koran and science simply DOES NOT EXIST.

We must defend our scientific integrity. The truth is important!

There are many more claims made of apparent 'science' in the qu'ran, but with a little reading you can discover the truth! A particular favourite that is used is the claim that the quran predicted the development of the embryo.... the writer of this article gives a complete explainatpion of why the claim is untrue to say the least:

http://answering-islam.org.uk/Quran/Science/embryo.html

Submitting....

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