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in response to reader comment: Small sample of the scientific miracles in the holy Quran

Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Nov 27, 2013 at 00:09

That heaven and earth once were together and then separated was not a new idea then, but it was ridiculous to state it then as if people could have seen it happening.

That the sky is expanding is just a logical thought if you admit that someone made heaven and earth from a unique mass.

The difference between lunar and solar years was well known by then. For example, before Mohamed's last years, the people of the region were using lunar months, BUT solar years (they were adding leap months to their lunar months to catch up with the solar year and thus with seasons). It is Muhammad who changed that by suppressing the leap months (Koran 9.36-37). So it was no miracle at all that people calculated solar years by adding some bit of time to the 12 moons of they lunar years.

The seven skies (troposphere up to magnetosphere) is just a present convention in some fields. It could be more or less depending of what you want to explain about the sky. And it was and still is totally useless, scientifically, without precise definitions and explanations.

That heavy clouds brings rains was nothing of a discovery. It would have been more useful to explain how to predict such phenomenon, if the author of the Koran was all-knowing and willing to lecture the people of the time.

Actually, we know that the mountains have been quite movable in the past on earth's surface. So once your book takes a specific approach based on an observation of billions of years (life in water, sky expanding), and once he talks as if everything was stable. This is incoherent. Unserviceable.


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