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The truths of the Koran?

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Submitted by Vinod Kumar (United States), Sep 29, 2006 at 06:32

Ahmad Zafire wrote:

" The miracles of the koran are like no other...i mean what book of that time can speak about the intricate mathematical code, far beyond the ability of human intelligence, has been discovered imbedded in the fabric of the scripture. Many others like the embryo formation,universe,mountains,clouds all that were never known to man for hundreds of years later."

Let us just look at one parameter of the truths of Koran.

The following is from a mail i had sent eslewhere.

5. The Koran says "The sun hastens to its resting place: its course is laid for it by the Mighty One, the All-knowing. (36:38) -- sometime the number might not be exact since the translation I am using gives the number for every fifth Sura -- I have to guess the numbers in between.

It goes on to say:
"We have ordained phases for the moon, which daily wanes and in the end appears like a withered twig>" (36:39)

From 36:38 to me it is clear that Allah said that every night the sun hastens to its resting lace -- natural after walking all day the sun gets tired..

Let us not be accused of blasphemy by interpreting it ourselves. Let us how the Prophet himself interpreted and explained it to his followers.

Prophet Muhammad explained this to his followers as -- Sahih Al Bukhari, vol. 4, Book of the Beginning of Creation, pp. 283, Hadith 421 and I quote:

Narrated Abu Dhar: The Prophet asked me at sunset, "Do you know where the sun goes (at the time of sunset)?" I replied, "Allah and His Messenger know better."
He said, "It goes (i.e. travels till it prostrates underneath the Throne, and takes permission to rise again, and it is permitted and then (a time will come when) it will be about to prostrate itself but its prostration will not be accepted, and it will ask permission to go on its course but it will not be permitted, but it will be ordered to return whence it has come and so it will rise in the West. And that is the interpretation of the Statement of Allah
"And the sun Runs its fixed course
For a tern (decreed)
that is
The Decree of Allah
The Exalted in Might
The All-knowing (36:38)

May be the knowledge about the Cosmos we have today is All-Wrong because the Allah who created the world does not think so. According to Him the sun goes to rest every night and does not rise again till the permission to do so is granted.

I don't think there is any need for elaborate any further.
I am sure your Muslim scholar friend has a very good explanation. I have no doubt about it.

7. The Koran says
""The sun is not allowed to overtake the moon, nor does the night outpace the day. each in its orbit runs." (36:40)

Evidently either the nature and relationship of sun and moon has changed since Allah created the universe or Allah did not remember what he had created.

Allah did not say that within the solar system the earth goes around the sun and the moon around the earth.

I don't know why Allah was talking of the sun and the moon moving in its own orbit and why the question of one overtaking the other ever arose. One body can overtake the other only if they are on the same course -- at least that is my understanding.

8. Now, let us deal with just one more topic -- stars and why were they created.

The Koran says: "We have prepared the lowest heaven with lamps, missiles for pelting devils." (67:5)

Sahih Al-Bukhari explains it further:

"The creation of these stars is for three purposes i.e. as decoration on the sky, as missiles to hit the devils, and as signs to guide travelers. So if anybody tries to find a different interpretation, he is mistaken and just wastes his efforts, and troubles himself with what is beyond his limited knowledge (e.g. To send a man to over the the stars or moon etc, is just wasting of money and energy)."

I don't think it needs further elaboration .

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