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Topic: Every living thing made from water.
Posted By: rememberallah
Subject: Every living thing made from water.
Date Posted: 22 November 2010 at 6:01am
WATER its something that we gulp down our perched throats in summers and feel like in paradise.
Water is made from hydrogen and oxygen, when two parts of hydrogen are combined with one part of oxygen, liquid water is formed.
"Water is the most common substance on earth. Seven tenths of worlds surface is covered by water. Water is also the most important substance on earth. Without it life would be impossible. Life first started in water and the bodies of ALL living beings ARE MOSTLY WATER" - pg 351 The New Concise Children’s Encyclopedia.
The key word is ALL.
This is what we have discovered in our day of super powerful microscopes, that every living thing is made of water, isn’t it the truth?
We accept it in our day as we have no choice, as we have all the evidence mounted up with our expensive modern gadgets but imagine if you were to be transported 1400 yrs back and that too in desert arabia where there is scarcity of water and somebody comes and says “you, me, this camel, goats, sheep, these insects, these dates, bushes and fruits and all living things are made of water” then you would do nothing but mock the guy claiming so......and so was the prophet mocked when he informed that the Creator of all living beings reveals to him His message.
He announced that the God's message will come to light after a time only and its a miracle for people of all times and for the people to come. how true was he !!!!!!
just read these verses to judge his claim

Quran {21:30}-"and we created every living thing out of water"
Quran {24:45}-"and the God has created every animal from water"
Quran {25:54}-"it is he who has created man from water"
just to make sure I compare –
Claim of Muhammad {pbuh}    pg 351 The New Concise Children’s Encyclopedia.
Quran {21:30}-"and We created every living thing out of water"
Quran {24:45}-"and the God has created every animal from water"
Quran {25:54}-"it is He who has created man from water"    Without water life would be impossible. Life first started in water and the bodies of ALL living beings ARE MOSTLY WATER"

This is a scientific fact which could not had been known 1400 yrs ago and is a clear indication in favor of the Quran’s claim that it is a revelation from God the Creator of the heavens and the earth who knows all the secrets of the universe.



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Replies:
Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 23 November 2010 at 12:32am
Water is not the most common substance on Earth. The most frequent element is oxygen, but not because of water but because of the Earth's crust. The second most frequent element is silicon, because of the molecules it forms with oxygen. Hydrogen is relatively rare on Earth.

Again, the connection you are trying to make between the Quran and scientific findings do not make sense to me. The classical elements including water predate the Quran. One example is Aristotle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 23 November 2010 at 12:54pm
my brother matt browne
peace be on you, my brother good you said that see by discussions knowledge increases.
my brother you yoursel in your post use the term "substance" for water and the term "element" for oxygen". in my post i said most common substance is water not the most common element. "substance" and "element" are 2 different terms. moreover my brother i have given the reference of the encyclopedia i am quoting from, it is not my statement but theirs, but point is they are correct water is most common substance, what is most common element i don't know.
my brother the classical elements have 5 things - fire, water, earth, air, and i am forgetting but there is another one.
Quran never connects humans to have been created from fire  and air but from water and earth. 




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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 25 November 2010 at 8:48pm
rememberallah, you stated in your post "This is a scientific fact which could not had been known 1400 yrs ago and is a clear indication in favor of the Quran’s claim that it is a revelation from God the Creator of the heavens and the earth who knows all the secrets of the universe."  This was in reference to all living things being composed mostly of water.  Why do you say this when clearly there were many philosothers prior to the 7th century that proposed this very thing.  For example, Thales of Miletus proposed exactly this over a millenium prior to the life of Mohammed .  Please explain.


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 26 November 2010 at 12:44am
my brother - 1) - Thales attempted to explain earthquakes by hypothesizing that the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth - Earth floats on water, and that earthquakes occur when the Earth is rocked by waves, rather than assuming that earthquakes were the result of supernatural processes.
2)- Thales taught as follows:
"Water constituted (ὑπεστήσατο, 'stood under') the principle of all things." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thales#cite_note-17 -
Thales drew his conclusion from seeing moist substance turn into air, slime and earth. It seems likely that Thales viewed the Earth as solidifying from the water on which it floated and which surrounded Ocean.
my dear brother atleast check what are you saying about whom. in what context did thales believe and in what context Quran speaks. Quran speaks only about living things whereas thales belief is erroneous and fails the test of time but Quran's claim stands tall.
thus i say my brother "This is a scientific fact which could not had been known 1400 yrs ago and is a clear indication in favor of the Quran’s claim that it is a revelation from God the Creator of the heavens and the earth who knows all the secrets of the universe."

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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 28 November 2010 at 10:42am
All Muslims already know that the Quran is the most important book to all Muslims. And all tolerant Christians and tolerant Agnostics do respect this.

I don't see any need to keep searching for proofs to reinforce this belief. The ancient Greek knew far more about science than the people anywhere in the world in the 7th century. The Golden Age of Islam began more than 100 years later. The Quran certainly inspired Muslim scientists to search for the truth, but they did definitely not use the Quran as a source of scientific insights. They translated Greek documents into Arabic. And collected their own set of empirical data and draw conclusions from them.

So, like in the other thread, I don't see this connection. In this case to water.



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 28 November 2010 at 8:12pm
rememberallah, the point is that the importance of water to all living things was known and related over 500 years before the birth of Christ and it is not astonishing or even notable that it was also known in the 7th century in Saudi Arabia.


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 30 November 2010 at 4:15am
@ matt browne - you said - All Muslims already know that the Quran is the most important book to all Muslims. And all tolerant Christians and tolerant Agnostics do respect this.
i say - my brother i know and agree with you to someextent but we muslims have been ignoring this book like it is the least important book. my brother i am not reinforcing the belief i am just sharing information which a lot of muslims won't be knowing.
you said - The Golden Age of Islam began more than 100 years later. The Quran certainly inspired Muslim scientists to search for the truth, but they did definitely not use the Quran as a source of scientific insights. They translated Greek documents into Arabic. And collected their own set of empirical data and draw conclusions from them.
i comment - you are absolutely right, had quran been written in islamic golden age of education then people would had commented Quran was copied, thus it was not so. Quran did inspire the muslims to gain knowledge even into china but that spirit is dead today as the widest read book is also the widest ignored book.
you said - The ancient Greek knew far more about science than the people anywhere in the world in the 7th century.
i comment - the greek knowledge was not complete science and was full of many errors, like majority believed sun goes round the earth, but Quran steers clear of that, those who say the Quran was written by man and info copied makes a wrong judgement as why would the writer only take correct info and not wrong info ? certainly truth is otherwise for men who think.
i respect your opinions as you are a rspectable person with gentleness.
my answers are not questions on your beliefs but a geberal statement regarding things, so don't take it personally.
peace be on you matte.



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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 30 November 2010 at 4:23am
@ schmikbob - you said - the importance of water to all living things was known and related over 500 years before the birth of Christ and it is not astonishing or even notable that it was also known in the 7th century in Saudi Arabia.
i comment - yes my brother i partially agree with you but the beliefs then were also filled with myths, eg. if you say info was copied from Thales of Miletus as you have quoted him in your earlier post, then why would not the wrong info not be copied but only the right info?? why doesnt Quran have concept of earth quakes being there because of water below earth's surface??
as that was the belief then, why just right info.
why is it that the greek sciences of that time fail the test of time but Quran of an illitrate man of an illitrate community with no scientific culture stands taller than a whole civilization of scientists???
truly there are signs for men who give thought.
may peace be on you.


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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 01 December 2010 at 7:03am
rememberallah, are you seriously asking me why the Quran did not adopt the scientific beliefs of the 7th century.  I really think that instead of posting about how the Quran predicts and predates the scientific discoveries of the modern era you need to spend a little more time researching the scientific beliefs of 7th century Greece.  Then you should study in detail the hadiths on the Quran which detail the meaning in the Quran and Mohammed's words much differently than you and the majority of Muslims do.  


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 02 December 2010 at 5:59am
my brother peace be on you
i have read the Quran and hadiths.........there is no error in Quran from point of view of science. but there are some errors in hadith, but those can be rejected as 1 - not being for the prophet and somebode has lied that prophet has said.
2 - somebody from the chain of reporters had weak memory.
In islam Quran is paramount as it is the word of God, hadith are secondory and are from memory of not one but chains of persons.
moreover hadith do not explain whole of Quran but only some parts of it, the major section of prophet's commentory on every verse of Quran is not to be found but to be derived.
infact Quran claims "only after a time will you understand the message completely" ie the statements of Quran was for a coming period and Quran was ahead of its time.
i have done a lot of study on history of science, the 7th century greece knowledge was far from being "THE SCIENCE" as it was filled with erroneous beliefs which were disproved later, there were some people who were right in some things {not all} whose particular beliefs were proved correct later but their other beliefs were proved to be wrong.
did greek science ever claim that the sky {stars, planets, comets, sun, moon etc.} had common origin and at one point of time were joined???? did it??
Quran does {21:30} - "do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together befor WE clove them asunder?"
what else does modern science say but that all matter and space was once concentrated which separated in Big Bang.
Brother give thought
may God guide all.


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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 03 December 2010 at 6:35pm

So if I read your first point correctly you are stating that the hadiths are corrupted.  Is this correct?  The next obvious question is who is going to determine which ones are corrupted?   



Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 04 December 2010 at 5:25am
my brother schmikbob
peace be on you, what you have asked will start a new thread.
in short there is a whole study behind hadiths and they are classified under correct, weak, fabricated etc.
back to the point, is it all you could point out in my reply.......m brother schmikbob, peace be on you, listen to your heart, after reading my last post, listen to your heart, one's attitude is against oneself....i do not even know you, i always find people are not merciful to their own true nature, which gets weak, weak and one day dies, such things give it some life but people because of their socialisation kill it again.
my brother peace be on you
may God have mercy on all/



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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 05 December 2010 at 10:39am
Originally posted by schmikbob

So if I read your first point correctly you are stating that the hadiths are corrupted.  Is this correct?  The next obvious question is who is going to determine which ones are corrupted?   



Maybe this helps

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_studies#Discussion_of_validity - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_studies#Discussion_of_validity



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 05 December 2010 at 9:37pm
Matt, excellent link.  Much of this information was new to me.  However, I am afraid my respect for hadith material has just been reduced from some to not much at all.  I am having horrible visions of the game that has several people in a circle and the object is to pass a story around to see how the original story get mutated by the end of the telling.  Yikes.


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 07 December 2010 at 9:44am
Hadiths are in a similar situation as the Gospels are relying on oral traditions before they were written down. But historians using scientific method can make some sense of it. And there are other independent sources corroborating or undermining certain content. Modern Christianity relies on

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_criticism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_criticism

for example.


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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 13 December 2010 at 9:26pm
Matt, I am very familiar with what is referred to as 'higher criticism' of the Bible and I am also very aware that the vast majority of Christians are both unaware of and uninterested in its findings.  Do you feel the same is true of Islam?  That would explain at least some of rememberallah's eccentricities.


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 14 December 2010 at 8:45am
Bob, this might be the case in the US, because Christian fundamentalism is a widespread phenomenon unfortunately. This is different in Europe. Creationism is almost non-existent over here. And many educated Christians are aware of the method. Yes, Islam needs higher criticism too. People have to understand the historic context the Quran was created. But there are so few liberal Muslims. I think they are afraid of all the hardliners.





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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 14 December 2010 at 12:30pm
Originally posted by schmikbob

Matt, I am very familiar with what is referred to as 'higher criticism' of the Bible and I am also very aware that the vast majority of Christians are both unaware of and uninterested in its findings.  Do you feel the same is true of Islam?  That would explain at least some of rememberallah's eccentricities.
 
peace be on you,
what will explain your eccentricities bob? perhaps it is you who doesnt know the truth, dont be so confdent on your research and analyses. other people around the world have brains too. i have become a believer after being an athiest, i have made my nature my criterion to judge things and stand where i am standing today. you seem to be too certain, thats where lies your un-intelligence. certainties are based on probabilities, and in department of probability, in none of the posts on kuran & science you have been able to disprove what i have said.
may God guide all


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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 14 December 2010 at 9:03pm
rememberallah, I'm afraid that disproving your statement is not how science and the scientific method works.  Your hypothesis that the Quran contains scientifically miraculous statements needs facts to back it up.  You have provided none, only opinions as to what certain verses mean.  These are not facts.  Let me say it one more time, for emphasis.  Your opinion as to the meaning of Quranic verses do not constitute facts and facts are what you need to prove anything including your assertion that the Quran contains foreknowledge of modern science.  It is not up to me to disprove anything.  You are the one with the theory.  Perhaps you should read up on the scientific method and logic before you seek to lecture on science and probability.


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 15 December 2010 at 10:40pm
go through my initial topic starter, it only has facts.
peace be on you.


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The whole world is like Hazrat Umar but no one is like his sister and brother in law.


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 17 December 2010 at 7:35am
The conclusion of your opening remarks were "This is a scientific fact which could not had been known 1400 yrs ago and is a clear indication in favor of the Quran’s claim that it is a revelation from God the Creator of the heavens and the earth who knows all the secrets of the universe."  This is merely your opinion.  The problem is that you do not know the difference between an opinion and a fact.  Please see my last post.


Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 17 December 2010 at 9:29pm
Originally posted by rememberallah

Quran {21:30}-"and we created every living thing out of water"
Quran {24:45}-"and the God has created every animal from water"
Quran {25:54}-"it is he who has created man from water"
 
And yet in {30:20}, among other passages, the Quran says "He creates you out of dust". 
 
So is it dust, or is it water?


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Posted By: tredding73
Date Posted: 18 December 2010 at 12:28pm
I am totally Agree!!!


Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 18 December 2010 at 3:10pm
Originally posted by Ron Webb

Originally posted by rememberallah

Quran {21:30}-"and we created every living thing out of water"
Quran {24:45}-"and the God has created every animal from water"
Quran {25:54}-"it is he who has created man from water"
 
And yet in {30:20}, among other passages, the Quran says "He creates you out of dust". 
 
So is it dust, or is it water?


Hi Ron.  The Quran does not say that humans were created "only" from water or "only" from dust.  The obvious conclusion is that humans are created from water and dust, among other things.       


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Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 18 December 2010 at 8:38pm
Originally posted by islamispeace

  The obvious conclusion is that humans are created from water and dust, among other things. 
 
And according to rememberallah, this is the "scientific fact which could not had been known 1400 yrs ago?"  "A clear indication in favor of the Quran’s claim that it is a revelation from God?"  LOL


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Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 18 December 2010 at 9:11pm
Originally posted by Ron Webb

Originally posted by islamispeace

  The obvious conclusion is that humans are created from water and dust, among other things. 
 
And according to rememberallah, this is the "scientific fact which could not had been known 1400 yrs ago?"  "A clear indication in favor of the Quran’s claim that it is a revelation from God?"  LOL


Well, that would depend on whether people in that time period knew if water was an essential part of the human body and that it was one of the factors involved in creation.  Whether you believe in creation or evolution, you would have to admit that water and earth (which contains the elements necessary for life) play a role in the development of man.  Some cultures, like the ancient Greeks, seemed to believe that man was created simply by being molded from mud or earth and that was it.  If you can demonstrate that humanity being created from water and other things, as the Quran says, was claimed by cultures before the coming of Islam, then you would have proven that this being mentioned in the Quran is not a scientific miracle.  It would not be a miracle if it was already known.  In that case, it would just be a repeat of what was known for spiritual reasons, to remind mankind of its origins.   


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Say: "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds. (Surat al-Anaam: 162)



Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 18 December 2010 at 9:40pm

Originally posted by islamispeace

Well, that would depend on whether people in that time period knew if water was an essential part of the human body and that it was one of the factors involved in creation.

I think I would find it harder to believe that there was ever a society that didn't know that water is essential to life.  And in what sense is it a scientific fact that we are made from dust??

By the way, in several other places the Quran says that we are made from male sperm -- but it never mentions the female ovum, which is at least as important.  It seems to me that the Quran's knowledge of human origins is spotty at best.



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Addeenul ‘Aql – Religion is intellect.


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 19 December 2010 at 8:07am
Originally posted by Ron Webb

I think I would find it harder to believe that there was ever a society that didn't know that water is essential to life.  And in what sense is it a scientific fact that we are made from dust??

By the way, in several other places the Quran says that we are made from male sperm -- but it never mentions the female ovum, which is at least as important.  It seems to me that the Quran's knowledge of human origins is spotty at best.

 
peace be on you
the point is not what all things are mentioned, the point is the wrong things are not mentioned, eg. science believed till 19th century that ether is contained in every living and nonliving body, which gives heat. only later to discover that there is no such thing as ether.
 
now you are trying to force contradictions, you know what you are doing................if a man says newyork and washington dc are close by, you are commenting that his knowledge is spotty as he doesnt mention america.
my brother who shares this earth with me, take out time to know yourself, your nature, or you will always be working out unfair arguments.
May God help all to realise their nature.
 


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Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 19 December 2010 at 11:36am
I think I would find it harder to believe that there was ever a society that didn't know that water is essential to life.  And in what sense is it a scientific fact that we are made from dust??


There is a big difference in knowing that water is essential for life and survival and in knowing that water was essential to man's creation.  I doubt that many people in those days knew, for instance, that the human body is almost 60% water.  Like I said, if you can demonstrate that people knew that man was created from water (amongst other things), then you would have a point to make. 

Man's creation from dust refers to the creation of Adam, who had no father or mother.  "Dust" does not mean the stuff you find in your house containing random particles.  Rather, it is a reference to man's origins from almost nothing.  Furthermore, the Quran states that Adam was also created from clay.  This goes back to my original post.  Just because the Quran says that man was created from water or dust or clay in one verse, does not mean that man's creation did not involve other elements or factors.

By the way, in several other places the Quran says that we are made from male sperm -- but it never mentions the female ovum, which is at least as important.  It seems to me that the Quran's knowledge of human origins is spotty at best.


Just because it does not mention the ovum does not mean the author of the Quran did not know that both male and female factors are involved.  I think it is safe to say that people in those times did know that in order to have a baby, a man needed to have sexual intercourse with a woman.  Right?  It was also understood that sperm was the "seed".  Furthermore, I am not sure if there was even an Arabic word in those times that could be used to refer to the "ovum".  There was a word, however, for sperm or semen which is "nut-fatan" or "semen-drop".  As you can see, there was a practical reason the Quran does not mention the ovum.  You also have to keep in mind that the first audience to hear the Quran were the Arabs, who were not exactly biologists. 


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Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 19 December 2010 at 4:15pm

Originally posted by islamispeace

There is a big difference in knowing that water is essential for life and survival and in knowing that water was essential to man's creation.  I doubt that many people in those days knew, for instance, that the human body is almost 60% water.  Like I said, if you can demonstrate that people knew that man was created from water (amongst other things), then you would have a point to make.

In ancient times, water was considered one of the four elements (along with air, fire and earth).  Anything liquid was considered a form of water: blood, urine, sweat, lymph.  So yeah, anyone who ever jabbed a spear into an enemy soldier would know quite well that water is a major constituent.

Man's creation from dust refers to the creation of Adam, who had no father or mother.  "Dust" does not mean the stuff you find in your house containing random particles.  Rather, it is a reference to man's origins from almost nothing.  Furthermore, the Quran states that Adam was also created from clay.  This goes back to my original post.  Just because the Quran says that man was created from water or dust or clay in one verse, does not mean that man's creation did not involve other elements or factors.

So the reference to water is to be taken literally, but the dust and the clay are not?  How do you know that?  Is there some clue in the text that tells you when Allah is being literal and when He is merely being poetic or metaphorical?  Or do you simply choose the interpretation that best suits your purpose?

Just because it does not mention the ovum does not mean the author of the Quran did not know that both male and female factors are involved.  I think it is safe to say that people in those times did know that in order to have a baby, a man needed to have sexual intercourse with a woman.  Right?  It was also understood that sperm was the "seed".

It was (and apparently still is) commonly misunderstood.  The proper analogy in the plant kingdom for sperm would be "pollen", not "seed".  The seed corresponds more closely to the female ovum -- but the ancients didn't even know such a thing existed, which is why they got it wrong.

Furthermore, I am not sure if there was even an Arabic word in those times that could be used to refer to the "ovum".  There was a word, however, for sperm or semen which is "nut-fatan" or "semen-drop".  As you can see, there was a practical reason the Quran does not mention the ovum.  You also have to keep in mind that the first audience to hear the Quran were the Arabs, who were not exactly biologists. 

The common word for "ovum" is "egg", and I'm quite sure there was such an Arabic word at the time. 



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Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 19 December 2010 at 5:54pm
Excellent critique Ron.  I think you will find this is a common element in most of the "Quran does science" crowd's arguments.  They choose a word or two and interpret it in a very specific way to stuff it into a modern scientific definition and another couple of words will be defined as a metaphoric phrase and, of course, is not to be taken literally. 


Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 19 December 2010 at 6:57pm
In ancient times, water was considered one of the four elements (along with air, fire and earth).  Anything liquid was considered a form of water: blood, urine, sweat, lymph.  So yeah, anyone who ever jabbed a spear into an enemy soldier would know quite well that water is a major constituent.


True, but as you said, they believed that water was one of the elements, meaning that air, fire and earth were also constituents of all living things.  This is quite different from the Quran saying that man was created from water.  Notice also that the belief in the four elements says nothing about how man was created.  This was a theory proposed by early physicians about how the human body worked and was later refuted by modern medicine, so I fail to see your point.  Notice also that the Quran does not duplicate this belief.   

So the reference to water is to be taken literally, but the dust and the clay are not?  How do you know that?  Is there some clue in the text that tells you when Allah is being literal and when He is merely being poetic or metaphorical?  Or do you simply choose the interpretation that best suits your purpose?


No Ron, I am "simply [choosing] the interpretation that best suits [my] purpose".  Duh! 

Actually, this is how Islamic scholars have interpreted it.  For instance, Surah 18, verse 37 states:

"His companion said to him, in the course of the argument with him: "Dost thou deny Him Who created thee out of dust, then out of a sperm-drop, then fashioned thee into a man?"

Ibn Abbas, one of the companions of the prophet, wrote in his http://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?tMadhNo=0&tTafsirNo=73&tSoraNo=18&tAyahNo=37&tDisplay=yes&UserProfile=0&LanguageId=2 - commentary regarding the phrase "out of dust" :

"He created you from Adam and Adam is from dust..." 

So no, I am not choosing my own interpretation.  Creation from dust refers solely to the creation of Adam, not all men.  But since mankind originated from Adam, it can be said that mankind was created from dust.  When referring to water, notice the wording in Surah 25:54 which states:

"It is He Who has created man from water: then has He established relationships of lineage and marriage: for thy Lord has power (over all things)."

Here, by mentioning "lineage and marriage", it is clear that the reference is to all mankind.  That is how Ibn Abbas interpreted it, although he interpreted "water" to mean the "water of the male and female", referring to the male and female components needed to create life.  It shows that the early Muslims clearly distinguished man's creation from dust to refer to Adam only while man's creation from water and sperm referred to all of mankind.  Do you now agree?

It was (and apparently still is) commonly misunderstood.  The proper analogy in the plant kingdom for sperm would be "pollen", not "seed".  The seed corresponds more closely to the female ovum -- but the ancients didn't even know such a thing existed, which is why they got it wrong.


People had different connotations for certain words than we do now.  Just because they don't agree with your connotations does not mean they were wrong.  By referring to sperm as "seed", they at least understood that sperm was essential for procreation.

The common word for "ovum" is "egg", and I'm quite sure there was such an Arabic word at the time.


Yes, I know ovum and egg are interchangeable.  But, if you want to get technical, as you did above regarding the word "seed", than actually it is clear that "egg" is not understood in the same way as for instance a chicken "egg", something most of us eat for breakfast.  Do you agree?

Therefore, "egg/ovum" is a modern term which did not exist in ancient times.  Furthermore, since the ovum is not easily visible like semen is, it would not surprise me that many cultures did not have a word for it.     


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Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 20 December 2010 at 8:37am

Originally posted by islamispeace

Here, by mentioning "lineage and marriage", it is clear that the reference is to all mankind.  That is how Ibn Abbas interpreted it, although he interpreted "water" to mean the "water of the male and female", referring to the male and female components needed to create life.  It shows that the early Muslims clearly distinguished man's creation from dust to refer to Adam only while man's creation from water and sperm referred to all of mankind.  Do you now agree?

If you say so, but it doesn't answer my question.  Why is the creation from dust and clay regarded as metaphorical, while the creation from water is literal?

People had different connotations for certain words than we do now.  Just because they don't agree with your connotations does not mean they were wrong.  By referring to sperm as "seed", they at least understood that sperm was essential for procreation.

This is not a matter of different connotations of a word.  The ovum is hundreds of times bigger than the sperm cell, and provides something like 99% of the physical mass of the zygote, including all of the initial cell structure, all the mitochondrial DNA and other organelles.  The sperm contributes half the nuclear DNA.  That's all.  Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong.

Yes, I know ovum and egg are interchangeable.  But, if you want to get technical, as you did above regarding the word "seed", than actually it is clear that "egg" is not understood in the same way as for instance a chicken "egg", something most of us eat for breakfast.  Do you agree?

Therefore, "egg/ovum" is a modern term which did not exist in ancient times.  Furthermore, since the ovum is not easily visible like semen is, it would not surprise me that many cultures did not have a word for it.

They certainly had the word.  I don't know what the Arabic word is, but "ovum" is an ancient Latin word which applied to many different kinds of eggs.  What they didn't have was the knowledge that humans have eggs as well, functionally the same as chicken eggs but too small to be easily seen.  Consequently they made the mistake of assuming that humans are formed from semen (apparently a liquid and therefore "water").

It is a perfectly understandable error.  What is odd is that Allah would make the same error.  Why didn't He correctly say that we are formed from fertilized eggs and let the early Muslims puzzle it out?



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Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 20 December 2010 at 11:28am
creation from water is not literal but same as that of dust.....man is indeed created from water, from dust, as well as sperm, if you dont want to see it , ....i dont know why my answers are not being published, i have been answering regularly, is there a moderator listening..
ron webb you are just trying to push in arguments. good the word egg was never used as then people like you n schmikbob would had not seen that what God meant, but argued that what it meant at that time. if you do nott have eyes to see, it can not be shown.
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Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 20 December 2010 at 3:02pm
Wait, aren't all life forms created out of water called the primordial soup?


Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 20 December 2010 at 4:24pm
Originally posted by Ron

If you say so, but it doesn't answer my question.  Why is the creation from dust and clay regarded as metaphorical, while the creation from water is literal?


I did not say creation from dust was metaphorical.  It refers to Adam's creation, and since mankind is descended from Adam, it is logical to say that mankind was created from dust as well.  The reasoning behind saying that creation from dust refers to Adam is explained in the verses I showed.  As another example, take a look at Surah 30, verse 20:

"Among His Signs in this, that He created you from dust; and then,- behold, ye are men scattered (far and wide)!" 

Notice how after referring to the creation from dust, Allah mentions how as a result, mankind "scattered".  This is clearly suggesting a common link going back to one source, which is Adam, almost like a family tree.  As Ibn Kathir put it, it suggests that "...man's origins lie in dust". 

Originally posted by Ron

This is not a matter of different connotations of a word.  The ovum is hundreds of times bigger than the sperm cell, and provides something like 99% of the physical mass of the zygote, including all of the initial cell structure, all the mitochondrial DNA and other organelles.  The sperm contributes half the nuclear DNA.  That's all.  Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong.


Sure it is.  All societies knew back then that both a male and female were required to procreate.  Therefore, it is inconceivable that they did not believe that the woman also contributed to the process of procreation.  But since the ovum is not easily identified, it is understandable that ancient cultures did not mention it.  The mammalian ovum was not discovered until 1826 by Karl Ernst von Baer, so how can you expect people from ancient times to have a term for it, especially desert-dwelling Arabs?!  The Latin word "ovum" referred to eggs or something oval-shaped, so it had different connotations.  Furthermore, the Latin word seems to have been derived from the Indo-European word "awei" which is also the origin of the Latin word "avis" which means "bird" ( http://www.yourdictionary.com/egg - * ).     

Originally posted by Ron

They certainly had the word.  I don't know what the Arabic word is, but "ovum" is an ancient Latin word which applied to many different kinds of eggs.  What they didn't have was the knowledge that humans have eggs as well, functionally the same as chicken eggs but too small to be easily seen.  Consequently they made the mistake of assuming that humans are formed from semen (apparently a liquid and therefore "water").


Yes, "ovum" is a Latin word which literally means "egg", but as I mentioned, the mammalian ovum is not like a chicken "egg".  In terms of human embryology, the "ovum" is not an "egg" like the type that birds and reptiles lay.  They are anatomically different and also follow different pathways for development.  How then can you argue that the two should have been recognized as one and the same by ancient cultures?  "Egg" is perhaps not the best way to describe the ovum, but since no better word existed, the early embryologists simply went with "ovum".     

And actually, the theory of the humours claimed that water was associated with "phlegm" which was different from blood, a different humour.  According to the website " http://www.greekmedicine.net/b_p/Four_Humors.html - Greek Medicine ", the phlegmatic humour included phlegm along with "...all the other clear fluids of the body:  mucus, saliva, plasma, lymph, and serous and interstitial fluids." This did not include semen.  Unless you can provide a source which disagrees, you claim that semen was considered to be water by the ancients is simply not true.

Originally posted by Ron

It is a perfectly understandable error.  What is odd is that Allah would make the same error.  Why didn't He correctly say that we are formed from fertilized eggs and let the early Muslims puzzle it out?


Again, there was no reason for Allah to mention the ovum since the ovum was not even discovered until 1200 years later!  LOL  You seem to think that it was a matter of the utmost importance when it really wasn't.  The Quran is not a science book.  It is a book which spells out how Allah wants mankind to live, but it may mention certain facts about the universe which could only be fully  understood by later generations.  Until you can prove that the Arabs had a word for "ovum" as it is understood in embryology, your arguments are pointless. 


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Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 20 December 2010 at 5:30pm
What is truly astounding is that so much has been made of the Quran saying that man is created from water and dust and clay and whatever else.  Turning these verses into some pseudoscientific claims about the divine origins of the Quran is ridiculous.  You can define it and redefine it and explore it as much as you want but it's never going to say more than that.  This means that the actual proof that these statements mean more than exactly what was known in the 7th century does not and will not exist.  Finally, since extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and none exists, these claims will remain on the fringes of pseudoscience, where they belong.   


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 21 December 2010 at 9:27am
If we view our universe (multiverse) as a program, we can say that theists believe in divine authorship of this program, while atheists believe in a program being capable of writing itself.



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Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 21 December 2010 at 1:43pm
Originally posted by Matt Browne

If we view our universe (multiverse) as a program, we can say that theists believe in divine authorship of this program, while atheists believe in a program being capable of writing itself.

 
The bold above is entirely possible
 


Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 21 December 2010 at 5:12pm

Originally posted by islamispeace

I did not say creation from dust was metaphorical.

Oh please, literally from dust?  And what about clay?  Are we made, literally, from aluminum silicate?


Originally posted by Ron

Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong.

Sure it is.  All societies knew back then that both a male and female were required to procreate.  Therefore, it is inconceivable that they did not believe that the woman also contributed to the process of procreation.  But since the ovum is not easily identified, it is understandable that ancient cultures did not mention it.

So we can agree that ancient cultures got it wrong.  My question is, why did Allah get it wrong?  Even if He didn't want to use the obvious common word, why couldn't He have said something like "it is He who creates man from a tiny speck in a woman's womb" or something to that effect?  Why would He repeat the same mistake that the people were making?

And actually, the theory of the humours claimed that water was associated with "phlegm" which was different from blood, a different humour.  According to the website "Greek Medicine", the phlegmatic humour included phlegm along with "...all the other clear fluids of the body:  mucus, saliva, plasma, lymph, and serous and interstitial fluids." This did not include semen.  Unless you can provide a source which disagrees, you claim that semen was considered to be water by the ancients is simply not true.

You were one click away from answering your own question.  If you go to the link on the right side of the page you cited, called " http://www.greekmedicine.net/b_p/Four_elements.html - The Four Elements ", you would read that water is the main component of "All the vital fluids of the body, especially the clear fluids: phlegm, mucus, plasma, lymph and serous and interstitial fluids.  The kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, which pass superfluous Water from the body.  The mucosa of the digestive, respiratory and genitourinary tracts.  The lymphatic system.  The brain and spinal cord."  Yes, phlegm is the humor associated with the regulation of water in the body, but all fluids (and all humors, for that matter) are forms of the element water.

Again, there was no reason for Allah to mention the ovum since the ovum was not even discovered until 1200 years later!

But you just agreed with my statement that "Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong."

You seem to think that it was a matter of the utmost importance when it really wasn't.  The Quran is not a science book.

Exactly.  Hence my objection to rememberallah's claim that the Quran reported "scientific facts".  I have no problem with the Quran as metaphor, as poetry, or as vague generalizations of natural phenomena.  But scientific facts?  Hardly.



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Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 21 December 2010 at 6:00pm
Originally posted by rememberallah

the point is not what all things are mentioned, the point is the wrong things are not mentioned,
 
It seems to me that leaving out 99%+ of the relevant information is misleading at best, and for practical purposes most people would consider it wrong.  For example, if I tell you that my house is made of paint, that would surely be wrong, even though paint is indeed a tiny component.
 
now you are trying to force contradictions, you know what you are doing..........
 
I'm not forcing anything.  I'm just pointing out what Allah has (allegedly) written, and where it diverges from the scientific facts.
 
 
 
Originally posted by rememberallah

creation from water is not literal but same as that of dust....
 
Good, but if the statement is not literally true than it can hardly be considered a scientific fact, can it?
 
...ron webb you are just trying to push in arguments. good the word egg was never used as then people like you n schmikbob would had not seen that what God meant, but argued that what it meant at that time.
 
Skeptics like schmikibob and me will probably argue anyway, but at least if Allah had described the process accurately, then science would have eventually proven him right.
 
donno why my replies are not being published. 
 
New members' posts are often delayed to discourage trolls.  It's frustrating, I know, but the moderators have decided it is necessary.


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Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 21 December 2010 at 11:16pm
Originally posted by Ron Webb

 
It seems to me that leaving out 99%+ of the relevant information is misleading at best, and for practical purposes most people would consider it wrong.  For example, if I tell you that my house is made of paint, that would surely be wrong, even though paint is indeed a tiny component.
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my brother it wouldnt exactly be wrong, moreover if you svy my home is made of bricks, tell me who would say you are wrong as house is also made of cement, concrete etc. he wouldnt be like vicky the robot of "small wonder" and understand what oyou mean. coming back to paint, but paint can be substituted with wall paper, tiles etc. but sperm can not be substituted with anythng, so issue is not quantity that how much ovum and how much sperm, but importance.  as for the major role a verse compares women to land and man to tilling the land. how beautiful, a farmer only puts seed and water, while the land around the seed {a thousand times bigger} gives back such big big plants, trees etc. the seed is so small and yet irreplaceable. i ope you get the point.
 
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I'm not forcing anything.  I'm just pointing out what Allah has (allegedly) written, and where it diverges from the scientific facts.
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thats what we are trying to show you that it has not diverged from scientific facts, you say other civilisations believed that things were created from water, we say they also believed in wrong things, like even till 19 th century even scientists believed that ether is contained in every body {right, i want your comment on this}, which later researches proved doesnt even exist.......why hasnt such a thing happened to Kuran, probably you have not understood our argument brother, our argument is that "if Kuran is book of God it should have made comments 1400 yrs ago which could not have been made then, and if someone else had made those comments then it will yet not have the mistaken beliefs of that person"  {pls go through my and schmikbob dialogues earlier on this same topic}
thus i who was almost an athiest, having such a strict criteria came to believe, it is impossible that this book is not of God, no one else could have said such things. go through my other topics as well.
 
 
 
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Good, but if the statement is not literally true than it can hardly be considered a scientific fact, can it?
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my brother again you are missing the point, this happens when preconceived notions/biases are let to be riden on the analyses, i said creation of water is not literal but same as that of dust, just as water is found in us, elements that make up dust are found in us too. the first man was literally created from water and dust, we are created from water and dust too but through a process of fertilisation. like the first seed could have been made by say "x" literally but now seeds are made by trees using "x".   
 
 
 
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Skeptics like schmikibob and me will probably argue anyway, but at least if Allah had described the process accurately, then science would have eventually proven him right.
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brother there is nothing in arguing just like that, dont do so,... i am not going into embroyology and Kuran part, world's leading embroyologist like professor keith moore of canada have been bewildered by information of Kuran, you can youtube it and see it for yourself that how accurate Kuran's information is, you would never know more about embroyology than him. science through him has proved Kuran to be true.
 
 
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New members' posts are often delayed to discourage trolls.  It's frustrating, I know, but the moderators have decided it is necessary.
 
i think this should not be done to the topic starters atleast......anyways rules are rules.


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Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 22 December 2010 at 9:09am
If we view our universe (multiverse) as a program, we can say that theists believe in divine authorship of this program, while atheists believe in a program being capable of writing itself.

 
The bold above is entirely possible
 


The divine authorship is entirely possible as well



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 22 December 2010 at 11:12am
Originally posted by Matt Browne

If we view our universe (multiverse) as a program, we can say that theists believe in divine authorship of this program, while atheists believe in a program being capable of writing itself.

 
The bold above is entirely possible
 


The divine authorship is entirely possible as well

 
True. But there is no scientific proof God is an author of this universe, but the probability of this universe creating itself is probable.


Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 22 December 2010 at 3:44pm
Originally posted by Ron

Oh please, literally from dust?  And what about clay?  Are we made, literally, from aluminum silicate?


As I said before, dust does not refer to the stuff you find in your home.  It refers to "earth".  What does "earth" contain?  It contains, among other things, the elements (such as carbon) necessary for life to exist.  So in that sense, Adam was created from "dust" or "earth" and so were we. 

Originally posted by Ron

So we can agree that ancient cultures got it wrong.  My question is, why did Allah get it wrong?  Even if He didn't want to use the obvious common word, why couldn't He have said something like "it is He who creates man from a tiny speck in a woman's womb" or something to that effect?  Why would He repeat the same mistake that the people were making?


How are we in agreement?  You say that since they didn't mention something they were unaware of and hence did not have a word for, that means they were wrong, whereas I say that it does not make them wrong.  Likewise, there was no practical reason for Allah to mention these things, and it was not of the utmost importance.  Mentioning semen, which was known to mankind, and saying we are created from sexual intercourse between man and woman, is not wrong.

It is interesting to note, as I mentioned before, that early Muslim scholars interpreted "water" to refer to the "water of male and female".  So, they at least understood that both male and female factors were involved, and they based this on their interpretation of the Quran.  While this interpretation would be correct, I think that it would also be correct to interpret "water" to literally mean H2O, as modern science has proven that all life came from water.  Either way, the Quran would not be wrong. 

Originally posted by Ron

You were one click away from answering your own question.  If you go to the link on the right side of the page you cited, called " http://www.greekmedicine.net/b_p/Four_elements.html - The Four Elements ", you would read that water is the main component of "All the vital fluids of the body, especially the clear fluids: phlegm, mucus, plasma, lymph and serous and interstitial fluids.  The kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, which pass superfluous Water from the body.  The mucosa of the digestive, respiratory and genitourinary tracts.  The lymphatic system.  The brain and spinal cord."  Yes, phlegm is the humor associated with the regulation of water in the body, but all fluids (and all humors, for that matter) are forms of the element water.


And what's your point?  I already acknowledged that ancient people believed that water was a component of the body, but there is no indication that they believed that mankind was created from water.  For God's sake, they also believed that fire was one of the components!  Was this literal fire?  According to the link you provided, "fire lights up the Sun, Moon, and stars in the celestial firmament.  Fire has brilliance and spirit, and symbolizes the Life Force within us."  Did they believe that man was created from fire as well?  And if so, why didn't the Quran, which you believe is wrong on the matter, not repeat this error?   

Also, the mucosa of the genitourinary tract does not indicate that semen was also considered to be composed of water.  Sure, the tract would include the vas deferens, epididymis and seminal vesicles, but the source says nothing about semen.  It even mentions the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract which "which pass superfluous Water from the body" but does not mention semen which would pass from the reproductive tract.

Originally posted by Ron

But you just agreed with my statement that "Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong."


When did I say that?

Originally posted by Ron

Exactly.  Hence my objection to rememberallah's claim that the Quran reported "scientific facts".  I have no problem with the Quran as metaphor, as poetry, or as vague generalizations of natural phenomena.  But scientific facts?  Hardly.


Did you read the whole paragraph?  Here is what I said:

You seem to think that it was a matter of the utmost importance when it really wasn't.  The Quran is not a science book.  It is a book which spells out how Allah wants mankind to live, but it may mention certain facts about the universe which could only be fully  understood by later generations.  Until you can prove that the Arabs had a word for "ovum" as it is understood in embryology, your arguments are pointless. 

You still have not demonstrated that the Arabs and other societies had a word for "ovum" as it is understood in embryology.  Therefore, your insistence that they should have been able to mention it is simply absurd.  They already knew that male and female components were involved.  But, they did not know what the female component was (since it had not yet been discovered) and hence, no word existed which could properly identify it.  As such, there was no reason for Allah to mention something that the Arabic language did not have a word for.  To say otherwise is just as absurd as saying that the Quran should have mentioned computers.


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Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 23 December 2010 at 8:53pm
rememberallah, you should be careful quoting the Professor Keith Moore interview concerning science in the Quran.  Perhaps you should do a little research into the follow up interviews that were done after the Islamic science apologists had their little interview with him.  I understand that the whole science in the Quran crowd like to quote their version of the original interview but that is certainly not the whole story.


Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 25 December 2010 at 1:50pm

Originally posted by rememberallah

my brother it wouldnt exactly be wrong, moreover if you svy my home is made of bricks, tell me who would say you are wrong as house is also made of cement, concrete etc. he wouldnt be like vicky the robot of "small wonder" and understand what oyou mean.

My house is made of wood.  The frame, the flooring, the beams of the roof, all are made of wood.  It does have a brick fireplace, but surely no one would consider it to be a true statement if I claimed to live in a house made of bricks.  Even if I pointed out that the the fireplace is essential in heating the house, or that the whole architectural or aesthetic design of the house was centred around the brick fireplace, still it would be wrong to describe it as a brick house.


coming back to paint, but paint can be substituted with wall paper, tiles etc. but sperm can not be substituted with anythng, so issue is not quantity that how much ovum and how much sperm, but importance.  as for the major role a verse compares women to land and man to tilling the land. how beautiful, a farmer only puts seed and water, while the land around the seed {a thousand times bigger} gives back such big big plants, trees etc. the seed is so small and yet irreplaceable. i ope you get the point.

I do get your point, and your point is simply wrong.  The analogy is backwards.  It is the woman who provides the seed, not the man.  The man simply fertilizes it, much as a plant seed is fertilized to begin its development.

 

Thats what we are trying to show you that it has not diverged from scientific facts, you say other civilisations believed that things were created from water, we say they also believed in wrong things, like even till 19 th century even scientists believed that ether is contained in every body {right, i want your comment on this}, which later researches proved doesnt even exist.......why hasnt such a thing happened to Kuran,

But it has, many times.  This (the process of human reproduction) is just one example, but there are many others.  The whole Quranic depiction of cosmology is equally nonsensical (e.g., references in the Quran to the sky as a "roof" or "canopy", stars falling from the sky, a flat earth "spread out like a carpet" with the sun and moon revolving around it).

The reason you don't see these as contradictions is that every time science disproves something in the Quran (or the Bible, or any other religious text) the believers simply abandon the literal interpretation and retreat into metaphor or abstraction.  If science had found that the human body was made of aluminum silicate, you would have been trumpeting the Quran's reference to "clay" as a proof of Quranic science.  Instead, the clay is metaphorical, or just a vague or poetic reference to elemental "earth", while water (dihydrogen oxide) is literal and precise.  Believers always celebrate any minor confirmations of their beliefs, and completely ignore or explain away any disconfirming evidence.


brother there is nothing in arguing just like that, dont do so,...

But you do, don't you?  Aren't you just as skeptical about Hinduism and Mormonism and Zoroastrianism all the the other religions?  How else can we know the truth, if not by questioning?



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Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 26 December 2010 at 8:42am
Originally posted by Ron Webb

My house is made of wood.  The frame, the flooring, the beams of the roof, all are made of wood.  It does have a brick fireplace, but surely no one would consider it to be a true statement if I claimed to live in a house made of bricks.  Even if I pointed out that the the fireplace is essential in heating the house, or that the whole architectural or aesthetic design of the house was centred around the brick fireplace, still it would be wrong to describe it as a brick house.

it might not be a brick house but it is made up of bricks too.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

I do get your point, and your point is simply wrong.  The analogy is backwards.  It is the woman who provides the seed, not the man.  The man simply fertilizes it, much as a plant seed is fertilized to begin its development.

no you missed it, this way or that way there is no replacement of sperm.

 

Originally posted by REMEMBERALLAH

Thats what we are trying to show you that it has not diverged from scientific facts, you say other civilisations believed that things were created from water, we say they also believed in wrong things, like even till 19 th century even scientists believed that ether is contained in every body {right, i want your comment on this}, which later researches proved doesnt even exist.......why hasnt such a thing happened to Kuran,

why didnt you comment on my above point? is there something you dont want to see.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

But it has, many times.  This (the process of human reproduction) is just one example, but there are many others.  The whole Quranic depiction of cosmology is equally nonsensical (e.g., references in the Quran to the sky as a "roof" or "canopy", stars falling from the sky, a flat earth "spread out like a carpet" with the sun and moon revolving around it).

sorry your research on Quranic cosmology is anything but good. what are you talking of Quran even science describes atmosphere as a protective roof.!!!! infact leave Quran first research science/cosmology and what is science's stand then come to Quran.

where does Quran talk of stars falling tell me??? it will show how good a research you have of Quran. the earth is circular but for us it is flat......thats the point. moreover Quran points at earth being circular.

if you take Quranic verses on sun moon etc and analyse it carefully enough you will realise the stand of Quran is that earth is not at centre, it doesnt say what is at centre but the sentence building shows it says earth is not at centre.  update yourself and come up with some proper research my brother.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

The reason you don't see these as contradictions is that every time science disproves something in the Quran (or the Bible, or any other religious text) the believers simply abandon the literal interpretation and retreat into metaphor or abstraction.  If science had found that the human body was made of aluminum silicate, you would have been trumpeting the Quran's reference to "clay" as a proof of Quranic science.  Instead, the clay is metaphorical, or just a vague or poetic reference to elemental "earth", while water (dihydrogen oxide) is literal and precise.  Believers always celebrate any minor confirmations of their beliefs, and completely ignore or explain away any disconfirming evidence.

where have i gone into metaphor leaving literal interpretation please point out, please do. it might be said for other people whose research was weak but not to me or show me without misquoting me like all athiests do when they dont have anyother way out.

you are saying had science found out about aluminium we would be saying so n so......this is what athiest do,,,,,,,brother this is what happens when one speaks without proper research...science tells we have calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, pottasium, chlorine, sulphur, iron, copper, magnese, iodine, zinc, selenium, cobolt, fluorine, molybdenum, chromium, lead, nickel, silicon, vanadium etc,......tell me which metal have we been shouting Quran claims that we are made of tell me which have we been shouting???? this shows what kinda attitude you have and how you have been forming your beliefs, i too was athiest type but was true to myself and my opponents. its sad to see how you form opinions, you will never be able to see the truth this way.

i have already commented on water and soil issue in my previous posts, perhaps you need to go through them regarding Quran's stand.


Originally posted by Ron Webb


But you do, don't you?  Aren't you just as skeptical about Hinduism and Mormonism and Zoroastrianism all the the other religions?  How else can we know the truth, if not by questioning?.

no i am not about other religions, i have researched well about other religions and my stand for them is anything but skeptical.....i know a lot of ignorant religous people are.

my brother questioning is different and unreasonable questioning is different, this particularly refers to your comment on questioning in last to last post.

keep questioning it is good, but be reasonable and true to your nature. Quran says "one who purifies it {nature} is sure to triumph, one who corrupts it is sure to fail"



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Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 26 December 2010 at 9:06am

Originally posted by islamispeace

As I said before, dust does not refer to the stuff you find in your home.  It refers to "earth".  What does "earth" contain?  It contains, among other things, the elements (such as carbon) necessary for life to exist.  So in that sense, Adam was created from "dust" or "earth" and so were we.

If by "earth" you mean one of the four ancient elements, then I agree; but if that is the case, then obviously the words "dust" and "clay" represents a whole category of substances having earth-like characteristics.  They don't literally mean dust and clay.  So why would anyone assume that "water" literally meant H2O?


And what's your point?  I already acknowledged that ancient people believed that water was a component of the body, but there is no indication that they believed that mankind was created from water.  For God's sake, they also believed that fire was one of the components!  Was this literal fire?  According to the link you provided, "fire lights up the Sun, Moon, and stars in the celestial firmament.  Fire has brilliance and spirit, and symbolizes the Life Force within us."  Did they believe that man was created from fire as well?  And if so, why didn't the Quran, which you believe is wrong on the matter, not repeat this error?

The four ancient elements of earth, water, air and fire represent the four physical states of matter -- solid, liquid, gas, and energy (which we now know is a form of matter, and it's interesting that the Greeks beat us to this by a couple of thousand years!).  The body contains energy, so it would not have been wrong to list it as a component.

But I'm not saying that the Quran is wrong in mentioning (elemental) water.  I'm just saying that it's not much of a scientific revelation, or a confirmation of the authenticity of the Quran, as the opening post suggests.  They knew that liquids were (apparently) involved in conception, were a major component of the body and were essential to life in general.

On the other hand, if the argument is that the Quran is literally referring to H2O and making a scientific statement describing the chemical constituents of the human body, then you need to explain why that reference is literal but similar references to dust and clay are not.
 

Originally posted by Ron

But you just agreed with my statement that "Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong."

When did I say that?

Well, I said "Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong;" and you responded, "Sure it is."  Does that not indicate agreement?


You still have not demonstrated that the Arabs and other societies had a word for "ovum" as it is understood in embryology.  Therefore, your insistence that they should have been able to mention it is simply absurd.  They already knew that male and female components were involved.  But, they did not know what the female component was (since it had not yet been discovered) and hence, no word existed which could properly identify it.  As such, there was no reason for Allah to mention something that the Arabic language did not have a word for.  To say otherwise is just as absurd as saying that the Quran should have mentioned computers.

God does not run out of words, as I'm sure you know.  If He had intended to reveal a scientific truth about the creation of human life He could certainly have done so using the words available.  It's certainly no excuse to leave out the most important part.



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Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 26 December 2010 at 12:07pm
Originally posted by Ron

If by "earth" you mean one of the four ancient elements, then I agree; but if that is the case, then obviously the words "dust" and "clay" represents a whole category of substances having earth-like characteristics.  They don't literally mean dust and clay.  So why would anyone assume that "water" literally meant H2O?


Words like "dust" and "clay" can be interpreted differently, as they were by the early Muslims.  "Water" was actually not interpreted by them literally as the water they drank, but what I am saying is that in the light of modern science, it would not be incorrect to interpret it literally as H2O. 

Originally posted by Ron

But I'm not saying that the Quran is wrong in mentioning (elemental) water.  I'm just saying that it's not much of a scientific revelation, or a confirmation of the authenticity of the Quran, as the opening post suggests.  They knew that liquids were (apparently) involved in conception, were a major component of the body and were essential to life in general.
 

But again, they never said that man was created from water or that all life came from water. 

Originally posted by Ron

Well, I said "Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong;" and you responded, "Sure it is."  Does that not indicate agreement?


I apologize for the confusion.  When I said "Sure it is..." it was in response to your claim "This is not a matter of different connotations of a word."  Sorry for the confusion.

Originally posted by Ron

God does not run out of words, as I'm sure you know.  If He had intended to reveal a scientific truth about the creation of human life He could certainly have done so using the words available.  It's certainly no excuse to leave out the most important part.


My point is that it was not a matter of the utmost importance.  And it would not have been a major revelation anyway, as all societies knew that male and female components were involved in procreation.         


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Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 26 December 2010 at 10:02pm

Originally posted by rememberallah


Originally posted by REMEMBERALLAH

Thats what we are trying to show you that it has not diverged from scientific facts, you say other civilisations believed that things were created from water, we say they also believed in wrong things, like even till 19 th century even scientists believed that ether is contained in every body {right, i want your comment on this}, which later researches proved doesnt even exist.......why hasnt such a thing happened to Kuran,

why didnt you comment on my above point? is there something you dont want to see.

But I just commented on it in my last post, and you even quoted my comment.  What are you talking about? 


sorry your research on Quranic cosmology is anything but good. what are you talking of Quran even science describes atmosphere as a protective roof.!!!!

Nonsense.  Show me the evidence.

where does Quran talk of stars falling tell me??? it will show how good a research you have of Quran.

http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/081.qmt.html#081.002 - 81:2

the earth is circular but for us it is flat......thats the point.

So for you, the earth is flat?  I think that says it all.

moreover Quran points at earth being circular.

If it did it would contradict itself, but it doesn't.  Again, show me the evidence.


if you take Quranic verses on sun moon etc and analyse it carefully enough you will realise the stand of Quran is that earth is not at centre, it doesnt say what is at centre but the sentence building shows it says earth is not at centre.  update yourself and come up with some proper research my brother.

It's your claim.  Prove it (i.e. show me the evidence) if you can.  I'm not going to do your research for you.

where have i gone into metaphor leaving literal interpretation please point out, please do.

Not you.  The Quran -- in many, many places, but in particular when describing humankind as being made from clay and/or dust.


science tells we have calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, pottasium, chlorine, sulphur, iron, copper, magnese, iodine, zinc, selenium, cobolt, fluorine, molybdenum, chromium, lead, nickel, silicon, vanadium etc,......tell me which metal have we been shouting Quran claims that we are made of tell me which have we been shouting????

Clay is aluminum silicate.  It is not part of the human body.



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Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 27 December 2010 at 9:39am
Well the Bible said dust, doesn't clay have the same (or similar)  properties as dirt?
 
"The earth is circular?"
 
I thought the earth was spherical?


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 27 December 2010 at 11:23am
Originally posted by Ron Webb

Originally posted by rememberallah


Originally posted by REMEMBERALLAH

Thats what we are trying to show you that it has not diverged from scientific facts, you say other civilisations believed that things were created from water, we say they also believed in wrong things, like even till 19 th century even scientists believed that ether is contained in every body {right, i want your comment on this}, which later researches proved doesnt even exist.......why hasnt such a thing happened to Kuran,

why didnt you comment on my above point? is there something you dont want to see.

But I just commented on it in my last post, and you even quoted my comment.  What are you talking about? 

no you commented nothing about ether, and i know well why you have not been commenting about it.

Originally posted by Ron Webb


Nonsense.  Show me the evidence.


http://www.blurtit.com/q9458411.html        you will say who is he? the point is he is correct. scientists describe atmosphere as blanket {keeping us warm} to shield {protects us from meteors} to a screen {protecting us from harmful rays}.......brother you seem to be more for Qutran bashing rather than true research, as your researches on topics you are discussing is very weak.

where does Quran talk of stars falling tell me??? it will show how good a research you have of Quran.

http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/081.qmt.html#081.002 - 81:2
you say 81:2......i knew it, this is how good your Quranic research is......have you even cared to read verses around it??? it is talking of how God will end this universe, why didnt you say "mountains dont vanish" as next verse says that......i know whats in your heart....you are anything but close to your nature......brother be true to yourself if not to us and the world.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

So for you, the earth is flat?  I think that says it all.

yes for me the earth is flat as i can not walk on circular thing, earth for itself is circular/spherical/ostrich egg shaped, but it is mercy of God that for the context of my feet it is flat.............a few airport construction engineers were talking that they have a very flat piece of land to construct airstrip....go argue with them that you are fools....you know how they will react to you.....i react to you the same way.........go and argue with the wolrds greatest engineers those who every year break land speed records at bonville flats that you people are fools unscientific, this land is not flat......the way they will brush you off, satan asks me to brush you off but my brother i will yet try to make you see your nature for our creator wants you to be on your nature. be true to yourself my brother be true to yourself if not to us. what to say my brother you are very dissapointing, you want to discuss such big issues but you dont even have the concept of context/relativity clear!!!!! thats why i from almost an athiest became an ardent believer ...i was true to myself.

refrain from making such comments, for God said "their claims will be put on record and they will be questioned about it" {23:19]

moreover Quran points at earth being circular.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

If it did it would contradict itself, but it doesn't.  Again, show me the evidence.

i have shown you how it doesnt contradict itself above, if you look at 21:33 - "it is he who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, all swim along in its rounded course"

how can the night and day swim along around the earth in a rounded course if the earth is not round??? if earth was flat the night and day will have a flat course and not rounded course.

i am no more in the discussion with you because i can see that had you realised it you would not had counted it as miracle of Quran but said even earlier people knew it.....this way or that way you are just there to pump your false notions, i am in discussion with you as other people cant see through you like i can, so that they may see the truth. Inshallah they will see the truth.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

It's your claim.  Prove it (i.e. show me the evidence) if you can.  I'm not going to do your research for you.

i have done my research my brother, i dont want you to do my research i want you to do yours....anyways i will do it for you.......

fine for the sake of the argument lets believe for a moment that Quran talks of earth being at centre, Quran says {36:40} - "sun can not catch the moon" Now knowing Quran talks of orbits, just atleast draw a diagtam {which i cant here for otherwise i swear i would had for you} a diagram of solar system in which sun can not catch the moon, and yet you have to consider that solar eclipse do happen. ...ypu can not.....you can not have in any way have a solar system diagram of earth at centre, with moon and sun going around earth, and yet sun can not catch the moon but solar eclipse happen. Quran is pointing at earth not being at centre of orbits.


Originally posted by Ron Webb

The Quran -- in many, many places, but in particular when describing humankind as being made from clay and/or dust.

it is not a metaphor.....i have cleared this point before, please go through my earlier posts.


Originally posted by Ron Webb

Clay is aluminum silicate.  It is not part of the human body.



Aluminium Silicate
is light weight and superwhite in colour. please go and ask a potter what color is clay of, Depending on the content of the soil, clay can appear in various colors, from a dull gray to a deep orange-red, what color is a tennis clay court??? . brother what to say of your research.........you yourself are saying "aluminiumSILICATE", go through my previous post and read we humans have silicon....wait......,do  you even know what silicate means???......or you don't??.....i doubt.........infact i am sure you dont or you wouldnt had said this......your research is so so so weak, you are not even fit for a proper discussion and you are talking as if you know what you are saying.....you dont even know what you are saying my brother...... also an average human body contains 35mg to 50 mg of aluminium in lungs, soft tissues and bones...... i know what all things you will say, so i preemptively answer them,,,, aluminium in its natural form is not harmful to humans, moreover silica does not let body absorb aluminium and makes it through kidneys expel the nonpermissible amount.................huff......now even if we agree clay is almunium silicate, it also has other elements, right.....you will agree......but when it comes to Quran you just hold some sentences and are not willing to leave them......if i hold this statement of yours that clay is almunium silicate like you hold verses of Quran, you will be most unscientific person. but unlike you i will be realistic,,,,,,i will be true to myself, my nature....i am aware of my own self, the nature on which God has made us.   my only effortg is to make you see your nature, for then you will indeed be successful.
never let ego come between truth.
may peace be on you.
brother do charity so that God may have mercy on you.


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Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 28 December 2010 at 7:31am
Webb and Gibbs, give it up.  This guy is not going to be deterred from his pseudoscientific preaching.  You could be making perfect sense and he'll still invent new "research".  A better course might be to point out the logical fallacies in his arguments. 
 
Nah, never mind.  This is a religious argument.  Where logical discussion ends, religion begins.


Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 29 December 2010 at 5:07pm

Originally posted by rememberallah

no you commented nothing about ether, and i know well why you have not been commenting about it.

I didn't comment on ether because I don't see how it is relevant.  What is it you want me to say?  Ether was a hypothesis that some scientists proposed to explain how light waves could propagate in a vacuum.  It was never more than a hypothesis, with no experimental evidence to support it, and it was eventually proven to be false.  What does that have to do with all living things being made of water?



http://www.blurtit.com/q9458411.html - http://www.blurtit.com/q9458411.html         you will say who is he? the point is he is correct. scientists describe atmosphere as blanket {keeping us warm} to shield {protects us from meteors} to a screen {protecting us from harmful rays}.......brother you seem to be more for Qutran bashing rather than true research, as your researches on topics you are discussing is very weak.

No, the point is he is not a scientist, nor does he use the word "roof" or anything similar.

you say 81:2......i knew it, this is how good your Quranic research is......have you even cared to read verses around it??? it is talking of how God will end this universe, why didnt you say "mountains dont vanish" as next verse says that......i know whats in your heart....you are anything but close to your nature......brother be true to yourself if not to us and the world.

I didn't say "mountains don't vanish" because that would not relate to cosmology, which is the category of errors I was discussing.  I mentioned the stars falling because meteors were commonly thought to be "falling stars", and the Quran clearly repeats that error.  We now know that stars are thousands or millions of times bigger than the earth, which makes it absurd to speak of them falling onto the earth (if anything it would be the other way around), even supposing they weren't thousands of light-years away to begin with.

yes for me the earth is flat as i can not walk on circular thing, earth for itself is circular/spherical/ostrich egg shaped, but it is mercy of God that for the context of my feet it is flat.............a few airport construction engineers were talking that they have a very flat piece of land to construct airstrip....go argue with them that you are fools....you know how they will react to you.....i react to you the same way.........go and argue with the wolrds greatest engineers those who every year break land speed records at bonville flats that you people are fools unscientific, this land is not flat......

An airstrip can be flat.  The Bonneville Salt Flats are (approximately) flat, although it is described as "an area so flat that from certain perspectives the curvature of the earth can actually be seen." ( http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/the_land/bonnevillesaltflats.html - http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/the_land/bonnevillesaltflats.html ) But the earth itself is not flat.  (I can't believe I even have to explain this!)

how can the night and day swim along around the earth in a rounded course if the earth is not round??? if earth was flat the night and day will have a flat course and not rounded course.

Just because the earth is flat, doesn't mean that the dome of the sky cannot be curved:


http://www.twopaths.com/imagefiles/AncientCosmology.gif - http://www.twopaths.com/imagefiles/AncientCosmology.gif

fine for the sake of the argument lets believe for a moment that Quran talks of earth being at centre, Quran says {36:40} - "sun can not catch the moon" Now knowing Quran talks of orbits, just atleast draw a diagtam {which i cant here for otherwise i swear i would had for you} a diagram of solar system in which sun can not catch the moon, and yet you have to consider that solar eclipse do happen. ...ypu can not.....you can not have in any way have a solar system diagram of earth at centre, with moon and sun going around earth, and yet sun can not catch the moon but solar eclipse happen. Quran is pointing at earth not being at centre of orbits.

All that is required is for the sun's orbit to be higher than the moon's.

Aluminium Silicate is light weight and superwhite in colour. please go and ask a potter what color is clay of, Depending on the content of the soil, clay can appear in various colors, from a dull gray to a deep orange-red, what color is a tennis clay court??? . brother what to say of your research.........you yourself are saying "aluminiumSILICATE", go through my previous post and read we humans have silicon....wait......,do  you even know what silicate means???...

Clay is aluminum silicate, Al2(SiO3)3.  You won't find that compound anywhere in the human body.  Yes, you will find traces of silicon, but that's not the same thing at all.  Hopefully you will not find aluminum because it has no physiological function and can be toxic.



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Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 31 December 2010 at 9:38am
I mentioned this in the other thread: The search for Qur'anic references to and prophecies of modern scientific discoveries has become a "popular trend" in some Muslim societies. 

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Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 31 December 2010 at 10:12am
first of all peace be on you schmikbob.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

I didn't comment on ether because I don't see how it is relevant.  What is it you want me to say?  Ether was a hypothesis that some scientists proposed to explain how light waves could propagate in a vacuum.  It was never more than a hypothesis, with no experimental evidence to support it, and it was eventually proven to be false.  What does that have to do with all living things being made of water?

hello ron what are you talking, just go back three or four posts you will understand the context, anyways the context was that it was a reply to your idea that Quran was given scientific facts which other civilizations believed,....anyways once again, there were a lot of fallacies along with some facts in previous civilizations, one of them was ether, Quran would only take the facts and not the fallacy which was believed from aristotle to 19th century........point is Quran was not copied from any previous scientific research.

what are you saying presenting ether so lightly, you say some scientist......the whole scientific community believed in it and was shocked to find ether doesnt even exist, it was not just any other hypothesis, it was believed to be fact.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

No, the point is he is not a scientist, nor does he use the word "roof" or anything similar.

can only a scientist make a scientific comment???.....think what you have said, what he has said is correct, he might not have used the word roof, but things are explained like this, eg. mt. everest is called the roof of the world, is it,..........it is in context of it being the highest point on earth. so also sky as roof of earth is in context of its protective role......you know na sky plays a protective role or not???? research if you don't.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

I didn't say "mountains don't vanish" because that would not relate to cosmology, which is the category of errors I was discussing.  I mentioned the stars falling because meteors were commonly thought to be "falling stars", and the Quran clearly repeats that error.  We now know that stars are thousands or millions of times bigger than the earth, which makes it absurd to speak of them falling onto the earth (if anything it would be the other way around), even supposing they weren't thousands of light-years away to begin with.

the fall of stars in the verse is in context of their power, influence, light and not fall like "johny keeps falling from stairs"....the fall is like "fall of roman empire".....thats why the translation makes it clear "when the stars fall loosing their light".....this is said as to make those people who believed stars to be gods, that even stars will end. eg. see 77:8 it will become clear to you as same vision is repeated in other words.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

An airstrip can be flat.  The Bonneville Salt Flats are (approximately) flat, although it is described as "an area so flat that from certain perspectives the curvature of the earth can actually be seen." ( http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/the_land/bonnevillesaltflats.html - http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/the_land/bonnevillesaltflats.html ) But the earth itself is not flat.  (I can't believe I even have to explain this!)

brother you don't need to explain this, i well know all this......it is to you that i am explaining that earth for itself is ostrich egg shaped but for the context of us humans it is flat. i explain to you the concept of context/relativity, draw a straight line using a scale and pen/pencil.......to you it will be staright, zoom into it a hundred times and see if it straight at all. it will be anything but straight.  this is context. ie earth is flat for us and yet ostrich egg shaped for itself.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

Just because the earth is flat, doesn't mean that the dome of the sky cannot be curved:


http://www.twopaths.com/imagefiles/AncientCosmology.gif - http://www.twopaths.com/imagefiles/AncientCosmology.gif


where does Quran give such a description....where??? show me.
moreover you are saying this is what Quran means......the same way i can say Quran means earth is round and not what you have shown.
you are the last person who should say this.....you were saying that Quran had copied facts from earlier civilizations.....earlier civilizations eg.greek also believed earth is round....such an intelligent man who wrote the Quran, who was doing research of science of his time while writing Quran would never miss it....would he.......no, my brother, it is you who are missing it.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

All that is required is for the sun's orbit to be higher than the moon's.

but then sun catches up with the moon and solar eclipse happens.......you can not have any other model but one in which earth is not at centre. ie sun having a different race track {orbit}, and the moon having a different race track {orbit}.

in earth at centre model sun and moon are in same race track but different lanes, like earth, mars, venus etc. are in same race track but different lanes.

i repeat for the last time if you still have not got it.....the sun can not catch the moon as sun is not going around the earth but moon is.

Originally posted by Ron Webb

Clay is aluminum silicate, Al2(SiO3)3.  You won't find that compound anywhere in the human body.  Yes, you will find traces of silicon, but that's not the same thing at all.  Hopefully you will not find aluminum because it has no physiological function and can be toxic.



you have commented on everything but left the main thing........you said "If science had found that the human body was made of aluminum silicate, you would have been trumpeting the Quran's reference to "clay" as a proof of Quranic science."..........i have once before answered this, but this time i answer you in yet another way,..................no, if that had been the case people like you would had pointed out that Quran's reference to clay is not clay as referred today in science ie Al2(SiO3)3, but by "clay" Quran just means simple "mud" as pointed out in 15:26, 15:28, 15:33.....you would had said so, you would had been correct in this...... but now, i say what you would had said. thus your whole aluminium silicate thing falls flat.
brother you are biting into something of which you have no clue at all.
come to your nature so that you may be shown the truth.....nobody can be shown the truth, one has to earn it......nobody can show the truth but God. do charity in return of which you get nothing....or strive in "God's cause" so that you may be guided. {see topic "God's cause" in Quran and sunnah section}
peace be on you
may God guide you.


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Posted By: chris1999
Date Posted: 01 January 2011 at 12:57pm
"Webb and Gibbs, give it up. This guy is not going to be deterred from his pseudoscientific preaching. You could be making perfect sense and he'll still invent new "research". A better course might be to point out the logical fallacies in his arguments. "

I'm surprised they held out this long! :)


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 02 January 2011 at 5:48am
peace be on all
point out which point of mine, which research of mine is wrong, point out, the case is that you have your idea/belief proved wrong and you are not able to digest that. where is my research wrong? where?
you shouldnt just abuse me like that and that would be fair......even if you do i will yet not hate you but still desire good for you, for thats the sunnat of the  prophet, he still loved those who abused him and caused him hurt.
may peace be on all.
aameen.


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Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 02 January 2011 at 11:52am
Originally posted by rememberallah

peace be on all
point out which point of mine, which research of mine is wrong, point out, the case is that you have your idea/belief proved wrong and you are not able to digest that. where is my research wrong? where?
you shouldnt just abuse me like that and that would be fair......even if you do i will yet not hate you but still desire good for you, for thats the sunnat of the  prophet, he still loved those who abused him and caused him hurt.
may peace be on all.
aameen.


Well said brother.  It seems some people would rather interject in these discussions with pointless chatter, not adding anything constructive or relevant.  Perhaps they are a bit insecure of themselves?  Just asking. LOL


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Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 03 January 2011 at 11:38am
Originally posted by islamispeace

Originally posted by rememberallah

peace be on all
point out which point of mine, which research of mine is wrong, point out, the case is that you have your idea/belief proved wrong and you are not able to digest that. where is my research wrong? where?
you shouldnt just abuse me like that and that would be fair......even if you do i will yet not hate you but still desire good for you, for thats the sunnat of the  prophet, he still loved those who abused him and caused him hurt.
may peace be on all.
aameen.


Well said brother.  It seems some people would rather interject in these discussions with pointless chatter, not adding anything constructive or relevant.  Perhaps they are a bit insecure of themselves?  Just asking. LOL
 
Honestly, the critique is quite interesting. If The Koran is directly God's words then the information should be 100% accurate. Remember God is the author and creator of this solar system so I'm sure the information provided in the Koran is accurate and if there is criticsm that follows then Muslims should be able to explain the information. Now, if the author of this thread is unable to explain, I believe its best for discussion purposes to admit that the person has no knowledge of that kind of religious information.


Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 03 January 2011 at 1:19pm

Originally posted by rememberallah

what are you saying presenting ether so lightly, you say some scientist......the whole scientific community believed in it and was shocked to find ether doesnt even exist, it was not just any other hypothesis, it was believed to be fact.

Let me explain to you how science works.  An observation is made, for instance the wave-like properties of light.  Then a hypothesis is formed to explain the observation, e.g. there might exist an invisible substance called "ether" to allow light to propagate as a wave through a vacuum.  Then experiments are done, e.g. the Michelson–Morley experiment, to try to prove or disprove the hypothesis.

Whether or not a great many scientists "believed" the hypothesis to be correct is irrelevant.  Science is not about belief, it is about evidence.  The concept of ether remained a hypothesis, and only a hypothesis, until it was experimentally tested; and when the experiment disproved it, the hypothesis was rejected.  It was never regarded as a "fact".

None of which has anything to do with this discussion anyway.

can only a scientist make a scientific comment???

Well, if you're claiming that "science describes atmosphere as a protective roof", then yeah, I think you sort of need to actually quote a scientist to substantiate that claim.  Otherwise, it's rather like me quoting a Christian as evidence for what Muslims believe.  And it would also help if the quote actually used the word "roof", don't you think?  I'm frankly not interested in your interpretation of his interpretation of science's interpretation of the atmosphere.

ie earth is flat for us and yet ostrich egg shaped for itself.

Speak for yourself.  Perhaps the earth is flat for Muslims, but not for me.  I can't normally see the curvature, but that's only because I can't normally see the earth as a whole.

Can Allah see the earth as a whole?

where does Quran give such a description....where??? show me.

I didn't say the Quran gave that description.  You asked how the earth could be flat if the sky is described as a dome, and I showed you.

but then sun catches up with the moon and solar eclipse happens.

Not unless the three bodies are lined up exactly, which is a relatively rare event.  Usually the sun passes to one side or the other.  (Come on, don't waste my time -- even you know better than this.)

you have commented on everything but left the main thing........you said "If science had found that the human body was made of aluminum silicate, you would have been trumpeting the Quran's reference to "clay" as a proof of Quranic science."..........i have once before answered this, but this time i answer you in yet another way,..................no, if that had been the case people like you would had pointed out that Quran's reference to clay is not clay as referred today in science ie Al2(SiO3)3, but by "clay" Quran just means simple "mud" as pointed out in 15:26, 15:28, 15:33.....you would had said so, you would had been correct in this...... but now, i say what you would had said. thus your whole aluminium silicate thing falls flat.

Right, so we both agree that the reference to clay is metaphorical, not literal.  And yes, as a scientific claim it falls flat, which is my point.

So the roof is metaphorical -- it's not really a roof, but it has (a few) qualities similar to a roof.
And falling stars are metaphorical -- they don't really fall, but if they lose their influence, that's sort of like falling, right?
And the clay and the dust are metaphorical -- not actual clay and dust but just similar properties (like elemental earth).

BUT the reference to water -- ahh, now that is literal! LOL  Not elemental water, i.e. anything having liquid properties, but actual, chemical H2O!

Don't you see?  You're just going through the Quran, finding occasional passages that were undoubtedly originally intended as metaphorical but that just happen to have turned out to be literally true in some sense, and claiming that they are amazing "scientific" discoveries.

Muhammad had no more idea of H2O than he had of Al2(SiO3)3.  He wasn't referring literally to the chemical compound we call "water" any more than he was referring to literal clay or dust.  As islamispeace said, "The Quran is not a science book."  Trying to interpret it that way is futile, and totally misses the point of the book.



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Posted By: islamispeace
Date Posted: 03 January 2011 at 2:59pm
Originally posted by Gibbs

Originally posted by islamispeace

Originally posted by rememberallah

peace be on all
point out which point of mine, which research of mine is wrong, point out, the case is that you have your idea/belief proved wrong and you are not able to digest that. where is my research wrong? where?
you shouldnt just abuse me like that and that would be fair......even if you do i will yet not hate you but still desire good for you, for thats the sunnat of the  prophet, he still loved those who abused him and caused him hurt.
may peace be on all.
aameen.


Well said brother.  It seems some people would rather interject in these discussions with pointless chatter, not adding anything constructive or relevant.  Perhaps they are a bit insecure of themselves?  Just asking. LOL
 
Honestly, the critique is quite interesting. If The Koran is directly God's words then the information should be 100% accurate. Remember God is the author and creator of this solar system so I'm sure the information provided in the Koran is accurate and if there is criticsm that follows then Muslims should be able to explain the information. Now, if the author of this thread is unable to explain, I believe its best for discussion purposes to admit that the person has no knowledge of that kind of religious information.


Gibbs, I was not referring to the discussion between rememberallah and Ron.  I was referring to these other nitwits who don't offer any thing constructive to the issue but instead accuse people of being "pseudoscientific" or some other nonsense.  All I am saying is instead of making these meaningless remarks, why not join in on the discussion and offer a more intelligent response, as Ron is doing?  I don't agree with everything Ron or rememberallah have said, but that does not mean that I would only chime in to make a wiseguy remark. 


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Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 03 January 2011 at 6:32pm
I see Rememberallah....I fully understand


Posted By: rememberallah
Date Posted: 07 January 2011 at 2:21am
Originally posted by Ron Webb


Let me explain to you how science works.  An observation is made, for instance the wave-like properties of light.  Then a hypothesis is formed to explain the observation, e.g. there might exist an invisible substance called "ether" to allow light to propagate as a wave through a vacuum.  Then experiments are done, e.g. the MichelsonMorley experiment, to try to prove or disprove the hypothesis.


Whether or not a great many scientists "believed" the hypothesis to be correct is irrelevant.  Science is not about belief, it is about evidence.  The concept of ether remained a hypothesis, and only a hypothesis, until it was experimentally tested; and when the experiment disproved it, the hypothesis was rejected.  It was never regarded as a "fact".


None of which has anything to do with this discussion anyway.


brother it is the 3rd time i am telling you that to see the context you have to see your post against which i talked of it for the first time, it will make sense then. But you wont go back n see, btw you have talked of so many different topics were they related to man being created from water? But like you i wont force my way but will try to see what you are showing and then comment on it


Well, if you're claiming that "science describes atmosphere as a protective roof", then yeah, I think you sort of need to actually quote a scientist to substantiate that claim.  Otherwise, it's rather like me quoting a Christian as evidence for what Muslims believe.  And it would also help if the quote actually used the word "roof", don't you think?  I'm frankly not interested in your interpretation of his interpretation of science's interpretation of the atmosphere.


if you cant understand what is the way of language then what to say, in my last post i made the stand very clear.


Speak for yourself.  Perhaps the earth is flat for Muslims, but not for me.  I can't normally see the curvature, but that's only because I can't normally see the earth as a whole.


Can Allah see the earth as a whole?

you yourself say you cant see the curvature of earth, this point to i have cleared in my last post. Peace be on you


I didn't say the Quran gave that description.  You asked how the earth could be flat if the sky is described as a dome, and I showed you.


you showed moon and sun going round, night and day can not go round flat earth, however i also showed you how quran points out that sun doesnt go around the earth which was not the scientific fact till then as science fact was sun goes around earth, so that model doesnt even fit . Point is clear quran speaks of night and day going around earth, the arabic term used for round has its root in tying of a turban, now you will be able to explain that human head is actually flat and the cloth still is tied in round and not stright way. I think you dont know the concept of context ie things are spoken of in context, eg. China is far one man says, china is near another man says and both are correct, one speaks of in context of hus neighborhood and another in context of moon, sorry if you dont understand this relativity. At macro level of planetss earth is round, at microlevel of us humans it is flat, see you yourself said you cant see the curvature of it


Not unless the three bodies are lined up exactly, which is a relatively rare event.  Usually the su n passes to one side or the other.  (Come on, don't waste my time -- even you know better than this.)


[quote] surely i know better than that in my last post i made it clear, now you are trying to take the discussion in circles.i in my last post have proved it well that quran doesnt speak of earth at centre of solar system, why do you selectively quote my lines, quote my full sentences, like i do


no, the clay in Quran refers to general mud as pointed out in my last post, it is not metaphorical.
the reference to roof is description of the quality of the sky, if you know them, you wouldnt say so, God doent say we created man from something like mud but he says sky is rooflike, only an arguer bent on argument wont understand the difference. falling stars are metaphorical as it is pointed out in quran itself, see my last post, quran uses both metaphorical language as well as exact. -- thats how even we communicate in our daily lives, God tets us by what he has given us, that do we do justice to him?

BUT the reference to water yes it is literal just as creation from mud is, adam was created from mud and water [IMG]http://www.islamicity.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif" height="17" width="17" align="absmiddle" alt="LOL" />  Not elemental water, i.e. anything having liquid properties, but actual, chemical H2O!


Don't you see?  i am not just going through the Quran, finding occasional passages that were undoubtedly originally intended as metaphorical but that just happen to have turned out to be literally true in some sense, and claiming that they are amazing "scientific" discoveries.


Muhammad (pbuh) had no more idea of H2O than he had of Al2(SiO3)3.  He was totally illitrate and yet some claim he is the author of Quran and not see this book can not be from a human. "yes,The Quran is not a science book.but it will automatically contain scientific facts as God talks about his creation in it"

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Posted By: m.sumair
Date Posted: 07 February 2012 at 1:21pm
Matt Browne, how this
''program being capable of
writing itself'' came into existance? Does this system cme from Nowhere? Does ths progrm has no server-end? If we r the end-user thn wht is our server? Do we hav multiple server instructng one user? What is this program Matt, tht athesist belief to be in function?


Posted By: m.sumair
Date Posted: 07 February 2012 at 2:09pm
Greetings Ron Webb, may i tell u something Quran is a book of SIGNS (statements). Its is not book of science. Science cannot, doesnot prove the accurcy of Quran. Yes, Quran includes many Signs that speaks about science but u won't find each and every "facts and figures" related to that statement. We belief Quran, not bcoz its compellng with science, but for the only for the reason that each statement of Quran is Revealed by ALLAH (The most merciful and gracious) to the Mankind.
Our brother here (remeberallah) comparing science and Quran is doing ths on his own skill & limitation with it. The fact and figures disscused here are 'interpetion' of Quranic signs 'in the light of established science'. This interpetion may vary as it depends on knowledge(of both) of speaker. U certanly be havng a better knwledge of science but than do u hav better understndng of Quranic Signs?


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 14 February 2012 at 4:32am
Sumair, sorry about my late reply. My personal belief is that God is eternal and that He is the explanation for the natural laws of our universe. As a curious Christian I'm trying to understand what atheists believe and how they explain our universe. Some argue that a multiverse is the explanation for our universe. But what explains the multiverse? And what explains the explanation of the multiverse? That's the challenge. You'd need some kind of program being capable of writing itself. Coming out of nowhere. It's not an explanation I accept. I believe in the uncreated Creator. That's an explanation atheists don't accept.



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 14 February 2012 at 4:42am
Sumair, please keep in mind that the Quran contains different types of texts. There is poetry, there are myths and parables, and there are also some historical records. Islamic mythology builds on earlier myths for example the Bible. Even the Bible includes myths that predate the oral traditions recorded in Genesis. For example Mesopotamian myths.

Myths are about deeper knowledge coded in symbolic messages.

I’d like to quote Michael Shermer: “Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life—birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age. They meet a need in the psychological or spiritual nature of humans that has absolutely nothing to do with science. To try to turn a myth into a science, or a science into a myth, is an insult to myths, an insult to religion, and an insult to science. In attempting to do this, (young-earth) creationists have missed the significance, meaning, and sublime nature of myths.”

According to Karen Armstrong, logos deals with the practical understanding of how nature works, and has long been used to advantage in, say, agriculture and technology. Although this mode of thinking, as exemplified by modern science, can satisfy our natural curiosity concerning objective matters, it cannot, as noted earlier, fully address our subjective concerns with ethical values, aesthetic judgments and any personal sense of identity and purpose in life, although it may inform our views on them. Such irrational needs have, throughout history, been ministered to by the various forms of mythos. The point of mythos, Armstrong argues, is not literal explanation, which is what logos provides, but – through symbols, sagas and rituals – to inspire a sense of seeing beyond mundane matters, so to invest life with meaning and value. Hence to expect mythos to furnish informative answers to questions that are properly the domain of logos, such as the origins of life’s diversity and adaptedness, and indeed of ourselves, is to confuse the psychological roles of the two modes of thought. Yet that is precisely the confusion to which creationists of various ‘fundamentalist’ denominations have succumbed, as an essentially modern – one might say paranoid – reaction to the ascendancy of science and retreat of religion over the last few centuries.



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: asheque
Date Posted: 21 February 2012 at 11:50pm
There is no scope to deny which reffered in Qur'an.This is the only book
in the world which contains the truth in every line.So as i read Qur'an
i am bound to agree with you.Thanks for the post


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 12 May 2012 at 9:18am

Ron Webb stated, “"Any description of reproduction that claims we are formed from sperm, without even mentioning the ovum, is just plain wrong;"

 

First, the error is not in the Quran, but rather the error is in Ron Webb’s reasoning.

 

It is illogical for Ron Webb to assume that mentioning the sperm but not the ovum is “just plain wrong.”

 

Here is an analogy to clarify why Ron’s assumption is illogical.

 

If a person states that a car uses gasoline to run, is that person wrong for not having mentioned the oxygen with which to mix with the vaporized gasoline, compressed, and then ignited?

 

In the context of a discussion on why a car could not run on the moon, a person may say that a car uses oxygen to run. That person is not wrong for not having mentioned gasoline because he was not claiming to give a full description on how cars run. He was talking about the part that was important for the context of his discussion.

Likewise, a discussion on the importance of fossil fuels could mention gasoline and not oxygen.

Neither description mentioned the electricity which comes from the battery acid and alternator that a car needs to run.

A discussion on how an electromagnetic pulse could knock out automobiles because cars use electricity to run would not need to mention gasoline or oxygen.

 

In the context of the Quran where it is admonishing humanity to be humble, mentioning the origins from sperm is sufficient to make that point.

 

So, again, the error is not in the Quran, but in the argument of the unbeliever.

 

Second, the Quran does refer to the ovum.

 

Looking at the Muhammad Assad translation:

 

Quran 76,2

Verily, it is we who have created man out of a drop of sperm intermingled, so that We might try him . . . .

 

In the notes for that verse, Assad writes, "with the female ovum": cf. 86: 6-7

 

And then when we read 86-7, we find:

 

Quran: 86, 6-7

...he has been created out of a seminal fluid issuing from between the loins [of man] and the pelvic arch [of woman]

 

Then when we read Assad's description of 86, 6-7 we find:

 

The plural noun tara'ib, rendered by me as "pelvic arch", has also the meaning of "ribs" or "arch of bones"; according to most of the authorities who have specialized in the etymology of rare Qura'anic expressions, this term relates specifically to female anatomy (Taj al-`Arus).

 

So, while the Quran does not state the word "ovum," it does state that the sperm is combined with something that comes from the abdomen of a woman.

 

As for living things being made from water being obvious because of the fluids in the bodies of living things, blood accounts for only about 7 to 8 % of human body weight. Other liquids account for even less. So, no, it was not obvious at the time of the writing of the Quran that humans are mostly made of water.

 

“Blood accounts for 8% of the human body weight,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood

 

What I find interesting about this thread is how hard the unbelievers will work to try to convince themselves that the miracles of the Quran are not such, and what disingenuous arguments they will construct towards that end.

 

I will address their other fallacies time permitting, God willing.

 



Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 20 May 2012 at 10:05am

 

schmikbob stated, “Thales of Miletus proposed exactly this over a millenium prior to the life of Mohammed.”

 

Thales thought that ALL things were made of water. But the Quran states that LIVING things are made of water, not ALL things.

If the Quran had repeated that, the Quran would both be wrong, and open to accusations of being influenced by human thought.

But the Quran does not repeat Thales’ claim either word for word or in meaning. The Quran, rather, says that all living things are made of water. This is both correct and different than what Thales claimed.

 

When the Quran states that all living things are made from water, the unbelievers feel pressured to explain away this miracle of the Quran.

One of their arguments is to argue that the Quran is copying knowledge that was already known, such as copying a Greek philosopher such as Thales.

 

Thales states that water transforms into earth.

Wikipedia states, “Thales applied his method to objects that changed to become other objects, such as water into earth….”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thales

The Quran does not repeat this error.

 

Thales believed that the world floated on water and that earthquakes were from waves.

The Quran does not state that.

If the Quran was copying Greek philosophers, the Quran would have contained that, or at least something of what they were saying. But the Quran does not do that.

 

Thales thought that all matter was living things. The belief that all matter is alive is called, “Hylozoism.” He goes so far as to say that magnets show life because of their ability to attract.

The Quran does not state that magnets are alive, evinced by their ability to attract metals. The Quran makes it clear that regular matter is lifeless

If the Quran was copying Thales, it could have copied that. Rather, it rejected that.

 

Thales thought that amber and lodestone must be alive because when rubbed together, they can attract objects.

The Quran does not make that error.

Thales thought that because all matter was alive, that there is no difference between the living and the dead.

For Thales, “there could be no difference between the living and the dead.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thales

 

The Quran, on the other hand, makes a sharp distinction between the living and the dead, stating that God can bring the living out of the dead (implying that they are two different things.)

We know today that living things are made of the stuff of non-living matter, but as Thales’ beliefs show, such an idea was not obvious in the ancient times.

 

Let’s look at some other Greek philosophers to see if the Quran was copying them.

 

Anaximenes was another pre-Socratic Greek philosopher like Thales. However, Anaximenes believed that everything is composed of air.

The Quran does not copy that.

If the Quran was copying Greek philosophers, the Quran would have contained that.

 

Whereas Thales, who thought that all things were composed of water, Anaximenes thought that all things were composed of air.

If the Quran was copying ancient Greek philosophers, the Quran could have copied either of their statements, but the Quran does not copy either.

 

Anaximenes asserted that “the earth let out an exhalation of air that rarefied, ignited and became the stars.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaximenes_of_Miletus

The Quran does not state any such thing.

 

Anaxinemes asserted that “the moon and sun are likewise considered to be flat and floating on streams of air.”

The Quran does not state any such thing.

 

Anaxinemes stated that earthquakes are caused by too much moisture in the earth (causing it to swell), or not enough, causing it to crack.

The Quran does not state any such thing.

 

Heraclitus thought that everything was made of fire.

“Every thing is really fire. “

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_in_the_Tragic_Age_of_the_Greeks

The Quran does not make any such mistake and does not assert that.

 

Anaxagoras was a Greek philosopher who believed that everything was already at its most basic form. For him, water could not be reduced down to anything else such as oxygen and hydrogen. Bone could not be reduced down to something more basic, hair could not be reduced down to more basic elements. Everything in nature was already at its most basic form.

Again, the Quran does not copy the Greeks.

 

I can write ad infinitum about how the Quran does not copy the ancient Greeks and how what they stated differed in sharp contrast to what the Quran states, but suffice it for now that the examples are many.

 

The disbelievers who see the miracles of the Quran and know in their hearts that it is a sign of Allah, but who do not want to believe because it would require too much change in their lives and too much responsibility, are forced to rationalize away the miracles.

 

They glibly blurt out that the Quran’s ideas already existed, but a careful and detailed scrutiny shows that the Quran does not randomly repeat the ideas of the ancients.

As the Quran predicts, the disbelievers will argue that the Quran retells the stories of the ancients, but the Quran tells the believers to respond that the Quran does not do that, and is instead the undoubted word of the Almighty.

 

As for the human body being composed of liquids like blood, as I stated earlier, the human body is only 8 percent blood, which is itself not entirely water.

 

So, whereas it is obvious to us today that living things are made mostly of water, such an idea was not obvious to the ancients, especially when plants might give off a little thick sap, but can be chopped such as trees, and can burn when used as firewood.

 

Little by little, I will expose the fallacies of the disbelievers who attempt to hide the miracles of Allah with illogical and fallacious arguments.

 

I did a little in my last post, and God willing, I will do so again in my next post.



Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 21 May 2012 at 6:47am
Beebok, why you would list errors made over a thousand years prior to the life of Mohammed and say "look, the Quran doesn't say these things" doesn't argue your case.  Science had moved on from the beginnings of science by the 7 th century AD.  I was simply saying that Mohammed and the Quran didn't have anything relevatory to say that wasn't already known in the 7th century. 
 
You can state all you want that the Quran implies this or that.  You state "The Quran, on the other hand, makes a sharp distinction between the living and the dead, stating that God can bring the living out of the dead (implying that they are two different things.)"  However why it would be an implication only is very clear.  Generalities can say many things.  That is why the Bible's Book of Revelations and other religion's prophecies can be made to say many things.  They are all generalities written that way on purpose so later on they can be said to imply this or that.  Overall, not particularly impressive.


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 23 May 2012 at 7:28pm
schmikbob stated, " I was simply saying that Mohammed and the Quran didn't have anything relevatory to say that wasn't already known in the 7th century. "

Your evidence that the Quran's knowledge already existed was to claim that Thales already made such statements.

I demonstrated that he did not make such statements that the Quran made, so your evidence that the Quran's knowledge already existed was wrong.

Thales was a pre-Socratic philosopher.

So, the implication of what you are saying by proposing that the Quran was borrowing from a pre-Socratic philosopher is that the Quran could be borrowing from pre-Socratic philosophers in general. By showing that to be false, it does argue my case.

Further, it shows that it has not been shown by you that such knowledge already existed.

schmikbob stated: why you would list errors made over a thousand years prior to the life of Mohammed and say "look, the Quran doesn't say these things"

As I stated, because you explicitly claimed that Thales demonstrated such knowledge, and so by showing that what Thales said was not what the Quran states, and that the major beliefs of Thales and others around his time are not copied by the Quran, I am showing the fallacy in the arguments against the Quran.

So, on one hand, you claim that the Quran was using knowledge known by a pre-Socratic (Thales).
But on the other hand, then you say it is pointless for me to point out the errors of the pre-Socratics and that the Quran does not copy them.

You change your argument when it is shown wrong, which is fine, but then you act as if it were not your original argument.

This is what disbelievers do when they are shown the miracles of the Quran. They invent fallacious arguments so that they don't have to believe, and when those arguments are shown to be fallacious, they back peddle and make new fallacious arguments.

You yourself implied that the assertion of a pre-Socratic was significant, but now you change your story.

schmikbob stated, "Mohammed and the Quran didn't have anything relevatory to say that wasn't already known in the 7th century.  "

And your evidence of that claim was proven wrong by my post. Yet you claim that my post doesn't argue my case.

The Quran makes the distinction between life and death in many places. I only provided one example for brevity.

When you say "generality" I think you mean to say ambiguity. Those are two distinct things.

Comparing all of the Quran's statements about processes of nature to Revelation's manifestly vague statements is a fallacy of an incongruent analogy.
I will demonstrate that more over time as I will continue to expose the fallacies of logic that the disbelievers make.

I've only gotten started. I'm still on page one of this thread.

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Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 23 May 2012 at 7:52pm
I just noticed this.

On one hand Schmikbob admits that what the Quran states is a statement accurate knowledge, and then he claims that it is just an ambiguity which could mean anything.

Look closely.

He writes on one hand:

1. "I was simply saying that Mohammed and the Quran didn't have anything relevatory to say that wasn't already known in the 7th century." 

Then he writes later:

2. made to say many things.  They are all generalities written that way on purpose so later on they can be said to imply this or that.

So, in the same post, what the Quran states is, according to Schmikbob, "already known" and then ambiguous and can mean "this or that."

Think about that folks.

If the Quran is stating something already known, then it is not an ambiguous statement.
Conversely, it is an ambiguous statement, then it is not stating knowledge "already known."

For example, if someone states first, "it is known that methane is a gas, and then later states, "oh, that's just vague and could mean this or that," they are showing that their argument contradicts itself.

This confusion in the arguments of the disbelievers demonstrates what I stated earlier: They don't even believe their own arguments. They're just arguing for the sake of arguing so that they don't have to believe. It is the equivelant of sticking one's fingers in one's ears.

Earlier I showed that he changed his argument from claiming that a pre-Socratic's knowledge was significant, to that it was irrelevant.

Here I show that in the same post he simultaneously claims that what the Quran states about science was known, then later claiming that it could mean anything.


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 25 May 2012 at 8:21pm

I Love this thread !

I Love the gold that the disbelievers inadvertantly give to the believers.

Watch this:

1. Matt Browne stated:
"The ancient Greek knew far more about science than the people anywhere in the world in the 7th century."

2. Schmikbob stated:
"Science had moved on from the beginnings of science by the 7 th century AD."

Do you see that?

Matt Browne, a disbeliever, stated that science was far more advanced among the ancient Greeks than anywhere in the world during Muhammad's time.
Then Schmikbob, another disbeliever stated that science was much more advanced in Muhammad's time than in ancient
Greece.

See that?
The disbelievers contradict each other and just argue for the sake of arguing. That's what I've been saying all along.

Here is what they said in the full context, just to be fair:

1. Matt Browne,
I don't see any need to keep searching for proofs to reinforce this belief. The ancient Greek knew far more about science than the people anywhere in the world in the 7th century. The Golden Age of Islam began more than 100 years later.

2. Schmikbob,
Beebok, why you would list errors made over a thousand years prior to the life of Mohammed and say "look, the Quran doesn't say these things" doesn't argue your case.  Science had moved on from the beginnings of science by the 7 th century AD.  I was simply saying that Mohammed and the Quran didn't have anything relevatory to say that wasn't already known in the 7th century.


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This is nothing against Schmikbob or Matt Browne personally.
I'm sure they're great guys and if we knew each other we would get along swimmingly.

But their arguments against the miracles of God Almighty are useful to me because they are representative of the typical arguments that disbelievers raise.

So, first I showed how Schmikbob changed his argument from his original claim of Thales already knowing the knowledge contained in the Quran to later claiming that Thales and other scientists of his time were irrelevant because science had move far forward between Thales time and Muhammad's time.
When one argument was disproven, he made an opposite one as if the first one never existed.

Then I showed how Schmikbob's argument changed within the same post.
He had first claimed that the Quran's statements were reflective of what was already known, and then later in the same post said that the Quran's statements could not be counted as any sort of knowledge because they were vague and could mean various things.

Finally, I've shown how the claims made between two disbelievers contradict each other, based on whatever they find to be convenient at that time to try to disbelieve the clear miracles of God Almighty.

As I've said before, and as I will point out repeatedly, the disbelievers do not believe their own arguments.

They know that the Quran is the truth from God, but they don't want to believe so they just argue for the sake of arguing so that they can try to convince themselves that they don't have to believe.

Go back and look at their comments and you will see that they are:
1. intelligent
2. sane
3. decent

So why are their arguments so ridiculous?
Because that is what people do when they are in denial.

Perfectly normal people who are intelligent, sane, and decent will resort to all sorts of sophistry in order to avoid a truth that they do not like.

But such specious and disingenuous arguments are easily disproved after careful scrutiny and precise logic.

That is what I will do in this thread over and over again, God willing.
I will examine every word of the disbelievers with laser like focus, apply it to the known academic rules of logic, and expose their fallacies.

People who are insane or defective in intelligence have an excuse on the day of judgment as to why they did not believe.
Normal people have no excuses.

In my next posts, God willing, I will continue to examine the arguments of the disbelievers under a microscope of detailed and precise scrutiny and expose the fallacies present therein.

I thank God for the disbelievers. Their failed arguments against the Quran increase the faith of the believers, inshaAllah.



Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 26 May 2012 at 10:56pm

Nice try Beebok, you continue to impress only yourself.

 

On the one hand you say "Here is an analogy to clarify why Ron’s assumption is illogical.  If a person states that a car uses gasoline to run, is that person wrong for not having mentioned the oxygen with which to mix with the vaporized gasoline, compressed, and then ignited?  In the context of a discussion on why a car could not run on the moon, a person may say that a car uses oxygen to run. That person is not wrong for not having mentioned gasoline because he was not claiming to give a full description on how cars run. He was talking about the part that was important for the context of his discussion."

 

On the other hand  you say "Thales thought that ALL things were made of water. But the Quran states that LIVING things are made of water, not ALL things.  If the Quran had repeated that, the Quran would both be wrong, and open to accusations of being influenced by human thought.  But the Quran does not repeat Thales’ claim either word for word or in meaning. The Quran, rather, says that all living things are made of water. This is both correct and different than what Thales claimed."

 

Why, because he left out the rest and discussed only the portion that was “important for the context of his discussion”?  You can’t have it both ways, as much as you’d like to.

 

Your ability to blind yourself to your own fallacies is impeccable.  Much like St Augustine could write entire chapters on the details of angels and the certainty of their existence, you seem to be able to write nonstop about the implications of what Mohammed didn't write.  I am inspired.  Perhaps my next post will be about what the possible implications of what you haven't said. 

 

The Quran is a brilliant book of religious faith and inspiration to believers in Islam.  The Bible is the same to it’s believers.   Neither is a science book as much as some would wish it to be so. 



Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 27 May 2012 at 11:44am
Schmikbob states:
Why, because he left out the rest and discussed only the portion that was “important for the context of his discussion”?

That's an amazingly illogical and deceptive argument that Schmikbob has glibly blurted out.

So, if the Quran only discussed one of the constituents of what goes into making a human as was relevant to that discussion, then it must follow that when the Quran is stating a constituent of all living things, it must be leaving out that it thinks that it is also the constituent of all other things as well?

That's just laughable.
It doesn't even get a "nice try" award.

Readers will have no probelm seeing the fallacy of that reasoning from the disbeliever.

What is amazing is that the disbeliever making that argument had convinced himself that he was making a good point.

We can see by the numerous fallacies within Schmikbob's arguments that, as I stated before, the disbelievers are just arguing for the sake of arguing and are not raising any serious and logical objections.

Thus, every argument of a disbeliever gives me more opportunity to show to what extents disbelievers will go to deceive themselves in order to have an excuse to not believe.



Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 27 May 2012 at 1:26pm
RememberAllah wrote:
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Quran does {21:30} - "do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together befor WE clove them asunder?"
what else does modern science say but that all matter and space was once concentrated which separated in Big Bang.
}


Actually, Quran 21:30 should be read with 51:47:
It is We who have built the universe and truly, it is We who are expanding it.

Put together, it states:
1. The universe was a single unit (joined together)
2. It was broken apart
3. The universe is expanding.

It was in 1928 that the astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is expanding.
Then, scientists were able to figure out that the universe originated from a single source.

Now, since the disbelievers can't deny that this knowledge didn't exist before the Quran, I anticipate that they will say that the interpretation has been altered to match with current scientific understanding.

Ancitipating such possible objections, I will point out that in the past I have written further on it here:
http://www.iranmilitaryforum.net/religion-and-society/quran-states-the-universe-is-expanding-centuries-before-astronomers-discovery/

Suffice it to say for now that the Quran's taken as a whole shows a consistency in its paradigm of how the universe works as seen by putting the two verses together where one verse strengthens the interpretation of another.

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Schmikbob stated:
Then you should study in detail the hadiths on the Quran which detail the meaning in the Quran and Mohammed's words much differently than you and the majority of Muslims do.   

Actually, to give an example:
Many Muslim scholars declared a mutual agreement (Ijma) that celestial bodies are round. Some of them were: Ibn Hazm (d. 1069), Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 1200), and Ibn Taymiya (d. 1328). Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406), in his Muqaddimah, also identified the world as spherical
http://ramizq1.sitesled.com/spreadingofearth.html

Technically, though, the above is not a hadith. It is a concensus of early scholars.

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Matt Browne:
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Hadiths are in a similar situation as the Gospels are relying on oral traditions before they were written down.
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They are similar that they are oral traditions that were later written down, but they are different in that those who wrote them also recorded who heard it from whom, and their reliability.
If a hadith has multiple chains of narrators where each narrator in each chain is reliable, then it is called a strong hadith.
If a hadith has only one chain of narrators where some of the narrators are unreliable, then it is called a weak hadith.

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Schmikbob stated:
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Matt, I am very familiar with what is referred to as 'higher criticism' of the Bible and I am also very aware that the vast majority of Christians are both unaware of and uninterested in its findings.  Do you feel the same is true of Islam?  
}

Unlike in Christianity where it was around the council of Nicea (325 AD) when debates raged as to what would be considered cannonical and what would be considered apocryphal, the Muslims have been very methodical in the recording of the Quran and hadith since the very early times.

Whereas the early Christians were busy escaping persecution and believed that Jesus' return would be very soon such that there would be no need for recording events and quotations, memorization and writing of the Quran began while Muhammad was alive and within the safety of an Islamic state, and recording of the hadith occured a little later, but also within the safety and resources of an Islamic state.
 
The similarity is superficial and the differences are significant.

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Matt Browne stated:
"Yes, Islam needs higher criticism too."

Actually, higher criticism is built into Islam and the extremely rigorous methods of hadith categorization demonstrate that.

Matt Browne stated:
"But there are so few liberal Muslims. "

That is because the more a Muslim learns about Islam and its history and science, the more a Muslim becomes devout.
The opposite is the case for Christianity. The more a person learns about Christianity, the more he becomes filled with doubt.
 


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 28 May 2012 at 12:30pm

 Schmikbob stated:

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rememberallah, I'm afraid that disproving your statement is not how science and the scientific method works.  Your hypothesis that the Quran contains scientifically miraculous statements needs facts to back it up.  You have provided none, only opinions as to what certain verses mean.  These are not facts.  Let me say it one more time, for emphasis.  Your opinion as to the meaning of Quranic verses do not constitute facts and facts are what you need to prove anything including your assertion that the Quran contains foreknowledge of modern science.  It is not up to me to disprove anything.  You are the one with the theory.  Perhaps you should read up on the scientific method and logic before you seek to lecture on science and probability.

}

 

That has so many errors, one is not sure where to begin.

What Schmikbob probablty meant to say was something similar to, ""you have only provided an interpretation of the verses, and have not shown that your interpretation is the correct one."

For now, let's take Schmikbob's statement actual statements and deconstruct them, piece by piece.

Schmikbob states:

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"rememberallah, I'm afraid that disproving your statement is not how science and the scientific method works.  Your hypothesis that the Quran contains scientifically miraculous statements needs facts to back it up."

}

 

First, the phrase "scientifically miraculous" is a contradiction.

He should have said, "scientifically accurate."

Rememberallah claimed that the Quran is scientifically accurate.

He said:

"This is a scientific fact which could not had been known 1400 yrs ago . . . ."

The scientific accuracy, then, could be considered to be a miracle.

 

Second, Schmikbob is demonstrating a lack of understanding of the scientific method and a misunderstanding of what a hypothesis actually is.

In the connotation of the scientific method, a hypothesis is a falsifiable statement.

In the connotation of formal logic, a hypothesis is an antecedent or premise to a consequent.

In the connotation of statistics, a hypothesis is the assertion that a relation exists between events.

In the connotation of vernacular usage, it means an educated guess.

 

Since Schmikbob has evoked the scientific understanding, then we will proceed with that.

A hypothesis, in that context then, is a statement that can be falsified through observable testing.

For example, if I assert the statement that an object falling near the earth accelerates at 9.8 meters per second squared, then this assertion can be tested by dropping an object in a vacuum and measuring its acceleration. The assertion will have been falsified (or disproven) if the object does not fall at 9.8 M/S^2, so, the assertion qualifies as a hypothesis.

A hypothesis needs data from empirical testing to back it up. If the data supports the hypothesis, then the hypothesis can be considered to be a fact. The explanation of gravity causing the fall is called the theory.

So, is Rememberallah's assertion falsifiable through observation?

Yes, all we have to do is to read the Quran to see if it actually states what Rememberallah's hypothesis states. If the Quran does not state it, then Rememberallah's statement has been falsified.

So, is Schmikbob correct to state, " . . . that disproving your statement is not how science and the scientific method works?"

No. Disproving his statement is exactly how the scientific method works.

If a hypothesis is stated, then falsifying it through observation is exactly how the scientific method works. If a hypothesis is stated that water is always a liquid, then observing ice disproves it.

 

Schmikbob goes on to state:

" It is not up to me to disprove anything.  You are the one with the theory. "

Here, Schmikbob is showing his confusion between a theory and a hypothesis. What he referred to earlier as a hypothesis, he now refers to as a theory.

Schmikbob goes on to state:

"Perhaps you should read up on the scientific method and logic before you seek to lecture on science and probability. "

Evidently, it is Schmikbob who has demonstrated a need to read up on the scientific method and logic before lecturing on it.

Regardless, the scientific method is generally used for explaining natural phenomenon. Evoking the scientific method in this context, as Schmikbob has done, demonstrates a lack of understanding of the scientific method. What is needed here is linguistic analysis.

Proving that the universe expands is a matter of the scientific method.

Pointing out that the Quran states that the universe expands is not a matter of the scientific method. It is a matter of linguistic analysis.

Schmikbob states:

"Your hypothesis that the Quran contains scientifically miraculous statements needs facts to back it up. You have provided none, only opinions as to what certain verses mean.  These are not facts. "

It is frustrating to see the general population's misunderstanding as to the difference between facts and opinions.

In high school in the USA, our teachers taught us that a fact is something true, and that an opinion is a matter of personal taste or of conjecture.

In college Logic and Critical Thinking classes and in Philosophy classes, some of us learned otherwise.

In high school, we were taught that, for instance, "Mozart is a good musician" is an example of an opinion, and "A hydrogen atom has one electron" is an example of a fact, and that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive. The misconception has pervaded the general population and is repeated frequently, even by some scholars who should know better.

Actually, it turns out that an opinion is anything that someone believes, which can include facts. So, if someone believes that a hydrogen atom has one electron, then that belief is both an opinion and a fact. They are not mutually exclusive.

Put more simply, if someone believes that a Hydrogen atom is heavier than Oxygen, then their opinion is false. If they believe that Hydrogen is lighter than Oxygen, then their opinion is true and is a fact. If they believe that salt tastes good, then that is not falsifiable and then their opinion is just a matter of personal taste, no pun intended.

So, I think that what Schmikbob means when he says "opinion" is "interpretation."

Although an interpretation is a type of an opinion, and an opinion can be arrived at through interpretation, an opinion can include conjectures, facts, personal tastes, or anything believed.

So, what Schmikbob should have said to accurately reflect his meaning was something similar to, "you have only provided an interpretation of the verses, and have not shown that your interpretation is the correct one."

However, even that meaning is shallow. To the general population, it is often believed in error that a statement can only have one correct meaning. However, in the later part of the 20th century, post-structuralist linguists began to rediscover what ancient rhetoricians already knew, that any given text can have multiple interpretations which follow cogently from the words.

This is something that the Quran acknowledges for itself, and even the prophet Muhammad stated that what has been sent to him was intended to carry as much meaning in as short a text as possible.

He stated, "I have been sent with Jawami al-Kalim" meaning the broadest meaning in the briefest expressions.

As Muslims, we believe that since the Quran had to make sense to all people in all times, it had to carry levels of meaning so that ancient as well as modern as well as future people could understand it.

But enough for now. More later, God willing.



Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 02 June 2012 at 4:39pm

Ron Webb stated:

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And yet in {30:20}, among other passages, the Quran says "He creates you out of dust". 

So is it dust, or is it water?

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Ron Webb asks later,

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"And in what sense is it a scientific fact that we are made from dust??

}

I can think of at least two ways that this is correct:

1. In Assad's translation and explanation of the Quran, he writes

{

"created out of dust", i.e.., out of substances, both organic and inorganic, which are found in their elementary forms on and in the earth.

}

That's the understanding that I've always had of the Quran's statement there. It always seemed obvious to me. I'm surprised that somebody is asking the question that Ron is asking.

2. Before finding this Islamic web site, I had come across at least two science documentaries on cable television that stated that humans as well as well as other materials that make planets are made of left over dust from the death of stars during supernovas.

If you don't believe me, then listen to what scientists are saying.

In an article called:

Physicist Finds Out Why "We Are Stardust..."

found here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/06/990625080416.htm

In that article, LSU physicist Edward Zganjar states the following:

"Those elements were ejected into space by the force of the massive explosion, where they mixed with other matter and formed new stars, some with planets such as earth. That's why the earth is rich in these heavy elements. The iron in our blood and the calcium in our bones were all forged in such stars. We are made of stardust."

That article from the online Science Daily e-magazine article starts off by stating:

{

When Joni Mitchell, in her song "Woodstock," sang, "We are stardust..." she was being factual as well as poetic. Every element on earth, except for the lightest, was created in the heart of some massive star. 

}

I've mentioned two ways above that the Quran's statement about humans being created from dust could be true in response to Ron Webb's question of "And in what sense is it a scientific fact that we are made from dust?"

There are probably other ways also.

I don't know if the Quran is referring to one of those ways, both, or some others. My point is that Ron Webb's challenge that the Quran's wording of human creation of dust does not match any scientific understanding has been met a challenge met.

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I want to point out some very important things here:

1. The song lyrics mentioned in the Science Daily article demonstrate that a statement can be correct both poetically (figuratively) and literally, much as the Quran often is. Often times in literature, double meanings, triple meanings, and others are intended. The argument of the disbelievers that a figurative meaning might also have been intended by the author of the Quran does not logically exclude the possibility of literal meanings also.

2. The song lyrics mentioned in the Science Daily article didn't also mention that we are made of water, although we are also made of water in addition to non-water molecules and various elements such as iron and calcium mentioned in the Science Daily article.

Yet that exclusion didn't stop Science Daily from referring to Joni Mitchell's lyrics as accurate. This is an example of the understanding of cognitive linguistics that just because a one part of something is mentioned, that doesn't mean that other parts must be excluded.

Humans are indeed made out of water and out of elements which can be found in various forms of dust. The Quran mentions both.

Ron Webb's attempt to find a contradiction in the Quran between creation of water or dust fails because he excludes that both are true.

This is similar to his error in claiming that if the Quran only mentions only the sperm in the formation of a fetus, then that must mean that nothing else is included in the formation.

First, Ron made the error that if the Quran didn't mention a part, the Quran must be ignorant of the unmentioned part.

Second, Ron made the error that if the Quran mentions two parts, then the Quran must be contradicting itself because only one part is possible.

Those two arguments from Ron further demonstrate that Ron doesn't believe his own arguments. On the one hand he demands inclusion of every part, but then later claims that mentioning multiple parts is mutually exclusive.

His argument is almost as silly as if he had claimed that mentioning sperm as a part of making a human in one place and mentioning water in another place contradict each other.

I'm seeing over and over again that the disbelievers don't even believe their own arguments.

By the way, recall that the Quran does mention that the sperm mingles with something in the abdomen of a woman as I mentioned earlier.

Later, Schmikbob attempted out of desperation to argue that if Muslims can claim that the Quran's exclusion of a fact doesn't necessarily mean ignorance of that fact, then that claim of the Muslims must also be extended to the idea that the Quran's exclusion of fallacies doesn't mean rejection of those fallacies.

His argument is deceptive.

For example, if I claim that Joe has knowledge of medicine because Joe made some accurate statements about medicine and that Joe made no errors, then my claim is not disproven by the argument that Joe might have believed in some fallacies that he didn't mention.

Obviously Joe might have believed in some fallacies in the topic of medicine, but pointing that out doesn't disprove my argument.

Furthermore, Schmikbob's argument ignores the context of the discussion which is as follows: Muslims claimed that the Quran contains statements which scientists only later discovered to be true.

Schmikbob's mentioning of the possibility of the Quran's author believing a fallacy is non sequitur. It doesn't address the argument, and does not logically disprove it.

So, while it is objectively and axiomatically true that the exclusion of a fallacy does not prove rejection of that fallacy, Schmikbob's argument is deceptive because it ignores the context of the discussion and is not a proper criterion for disproving a claim of knowledge.

I'm seeing over and over again that the disbelievers don't even believe their own arguments.

In summary,

1. It is not just Muslims who claim that exclusion of a fact or principle in a statement does not necessarily exclude its possibility.

Even in the regular usage of language we can see examples of that linguistic understanding as implied in the Science Daily article.

2. A statement can have both factual and poetic truths. These are not mutually exclusive categories.

3. Whereas not explicitly including a fact does not prove ignorance of that fact, not explicitly rejecting a fallacy does not prove acceptance of that fallacy.

4. The Quran's statement about human creation from dust does not necessarily contradict scientific understanding of that statement as a disbeliever tried to argue.

5. Claiming water and dust in the creation does not prove a contradiction.



Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 06 June 2012 at 7:51pm

Schmikbob stated, "Then you should study in detail the hadiths on the Quran which detail the meaning in the Quran and Mohammed's words much differently than you and the majority of Muslims do. "

Here he is asking (rhetorically) why Muhammad's statements about the meaning of verses of the Quran do not match exactly the modern scientific meaning.

First, notice that by asking why the understanding of Muhammad and the early Muslims did not match the scientific understanding of the verses, the disbelievers are implicitly contradicting their other claim that Muhammad gained his knowledge of science from the understanding that was current for his time period.

In other words, stating that Muhammad's sayings don't confirm a scientific understanding of the verse implies that the verses are ambiguous while stating that the Quran borrowed existing knowledge implies that the verses are clear and do match with verifiable knowledge.

Second, I'd like to see him give examples of Muhammad's explanation of a verse not just differring from the modern scientific understanding of it, but even contradicting it such that both readings could not be intended meanings on different levels.

Third, I anticipate that after he is unable to find significant examples of that, he will change his argument to something like, "why didn't Muhammad explain any of those verses with the modern scientific understanding we have today."

There are several possibilities here.

1. As Muslims, we believe that Muhammad only had the knowledge that God gave to him. God might not have given Muhammad that knowledge of the Quran. Since the disbelievers don't believe that Muhammad received anything from God, then there is no point discussing that yet.

2. If Muhammad did have an understanding of a verse that matched modern scientific knowledge, it wouldn't make much sense for him to describe it to a people who didn't have the scientific foundation to understand his explanation.

3. The point of Muhammad's mission was not to teach science, but to transmit the message.

4. If he did give such explanations, people would probably not remember it since people tend not to remember things they don't understand in detail.

5. Perhaps he did occasionally give such explanations, but early Muslims couldn't remember it due to it being vastly different from what they understood of reality, or remembered it incorrectly due to Muhammad's scientific explanation being so different from what they were able to understand.



Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 07 June 2012 at 10:07am
The Quran, like the Bible, is a holy book filled with poetry, myths, parables, ethics, prophecies and philosophies. What's definitely not in them is science. We should accept this. I’d like to quote Michael Shermer:

"Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life—birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age. They meet a need in the psychological or spiritual nature of humans that has absolutely nothing to do with science. To try to turn a myth into a science, or a science into a myth, is an insult to myths, an insult to religion, and an insult to science."




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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 09 June 2012 at 9:32am
I'm glad to see that Matt Browne is still here. Hopefully he is reading and keeping up with the comments.

Matt Browne says, "The Quran, like the Bible . . . . "

It is a mistake to compare the Quran to the Bible.
That is one of the reasons that some Westerners have a difficult time approaching the Quran. They've seen how flawed and ridiculous the Bible is, and so they've been set up to expect the Quran to be the same.
No, they are not the same.
When God revealed messages to His prophets, the Jews and Christians corrupted the message, and the remnants of that corruption are in the Bible.
The Muslims, on the other hand, managed to keep the message in tact and unaltered. That is the Quran.

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Matt Browne says, "What's definitely not in them is science."

The Quran gives accurate examples of natural phenomenon that scientists discovered long later. We've seen several examples of that so far. It is amazing how the evidence is right there in front of the eyes of a disbeliever, and he can still be in denial.

Why are people like Matt Browne and Schmikbob so frightened of this?

Now they're resorting to just repeating their conclusions. Have they run out of arguments since we Muslims have disproven all their previous ones such that now they can only resort to repeating their conclusions?

I anticipate that if they're resorting to just repeating their conclusions now, they will later resort to just repeating the same arguments that we've already disproven, which is fine by me. We'll just repeat the rebuttles. That's easy enough.

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Matt Browne quotes Shermer" . . . has absolutely nothing to do with science. To try to turn a myth into a science, or a science into a myth . . . ."

Any religion that is devoid of science is no true religion. True religion and science are inseperable. In fact, the Quran encourages us to go out and study and learn about God's creation in order to better be able to be amazed at God's greatness.

The true value of science is not in discovering how nature works so that engineers can use that knowledge to make our lives more comfortable. The highest value of science is so that we can better appreciate God's greatness.

I am motivated to study science as often as possible because when I learn about the complexity of human physiology, for example, or the vastness of space, or the consistency of the laws of physics, and many other such things, I am amazed and inspired by the greatness of the Creator and Sustainer.
In other words, the more knowledge of science I have, the more I appreciate the Greatness of God. Conversely, the more I understand the religion through the Quran, the more I realize that God expects me to study His creation through science, and the more faith I have, the greater I appreciate science.

For typical false religions like Christianity and Hinduism, it makes sense to seperate science and religion since science is an embarressment for those religions.
But for a religion like Islam, science confirms our faith; and our faith encourages science.

Shermer and Karen Armstrong are very wrong. It is an insult the seperate science from the true religion. Studying science is a study of God's creation. For religious people to not incrorporate studying God's creation into religion shows a defective faith. For those who study science to not use it to praise God's greatness shows that their study is empty, hollow, meaningless, and shallow.

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Islamispeace stated, "There is a big difference in knowing that water is essential for life and survival and in knowing that water was essential to man's creation."

That's a good catch.

As I have shown some of the deceptions employed by the disbelievers in their arguments, Islamispeace does that also there.

Matt Browne had stated, "I think I would find it harder to believe that there was ever a society that didn't know that water is essential to life."

That wasn't the original claim. The original claim was that God created life from or with water. Here, Matt Browne is changing the argument from "created from water" to "essential to life" which could imply sustenance as well as creation of life.
Do you see the trickery of the disbelievers?
I don't think it is intentional.
I think it reflects their minds' desire to look for excuses to not believe.

This deception by Matt Browne is classified as a "strawman fallacy" in the academic study of Logic and Critical Thinking because instead of responding against the actual argument, the responder sets up a false argument (a strawman) that the original speaker did not claim, and they respond against that strawman.

The original claim was that the Quran states that God created all life from water.
The strawman that Matt Browne sets up is that the Quran states that water is essential to life.
Those are deceptively similar, but not exactly the same.

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Ron Webb stated, "In ancient times, water was considered one of the four elements (along with air, fire and earth).  Anything liquid was considered a form of water: blood, urine, sweat, lymph.  So yeah, anyone who ever jabbed a spear into an enemy soldier would know quite well that water is a major constituent."

As I've already pointed out, blood is only 8% of the weight of the human body, so seeing a person or animal bleed is not enough to create the understanding that life is created from water. Sweat and mucus are just are even less. Urine is clearly related to the liquids we drink (since the more we drink the more we urinate) and doesn't show constituency. Furthermore, the Quran states that all life is made of water. Including plants which at most give off a little sap.

It may be obvious to us in the modern age that living things are made from water, but to the ancients, that was not so obvious.

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Ron Webb stated, "So the reference to water is to be taken literally, but the dust and the clay are not?  How do you know that?  Is there some clue in the text that tells you when Allah is being literal and when He is merely being poetic or metaphorical?  Or do you simply choose the interpretation that best suits your purpose?"

Actually, yes, there are grammatical and linguistic basis for analyzing the test. This is particularly true for Arabic which is grammatically more complex and semantically more varied than English.

For example, in chapter 3:59, it says that the "mathala" of Jesus is like Adam whom He created from dust.

The word "mathala" means the similarity or likeness or nature of a thing. Any of those translations convey part of the meaning.
But Asad, in his translation, explains that mathala is often used semantically in Arabic as a metaphor for the state of a thing or the condition of a thing.
Asad states on page 76, "The expression mathal (rendered above as "nature") is often metaphorically employed to denote the state or condition (of a person or a thing), and is in this sense - as commentators have pointed out - synonomous with sifah (the "quality" or "nature" of a thing)."

So, it is apparent from the context that a full literal meaning is not what is being discussed in the passage. So, based on an analysis of Arabic linguistics, we can determine from the context that something is meant metaphorically.

However, even if the word dust there is used literally, it still works because, as I've explained previously, the constituents of some various forms of dust are found in the human body.

On the other hand, in the Quran, chapter 23:12, it says that God created man from the essence of clay (the sulalatin of clay) meaning that it was not clay itself, but some ingredient of some clay (organic compounds and inorganic elements).
There we see that the context shows that a literal meaning is meant.

In 51:47 it says that Verily, God is expanding the universe. The Arabic word for "verily" there is "inna" there which can indicate truly, definitely, absolutely, surely, etc.
Again, we see from the context that a literal meaning is meant.

As I've pointed out before, the Quran's verses work on both poetic and literal interpretations. It is one of the miracles of the Quran that it can be understood by ancient people before the scientific method began to be used to discover more details of natural phenomenon, and after the scientific revolution.

A revelation by God needs to be understood and inspiring to people of different levels of access to knowledge and different levels of knowledge. The layman and the scholar need to be able to find in it meaning that can motivate them so that they can have no excuse on the day of judgment that they were unable to understand its meaning.


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 12 June 2012 at 3:20am
Well, Beebok, depicting the Bible as flawed and ridiculous, and the Quran as the opposite, just shows how flawed and outdated the thinking of some Muslims is. All this does accomplish is fueling the dissent between the two religions.

The Quran does not give accurate examples of natural phenomena that scientists discovered later. It does not even give accurate examples of natural phenomena that scientists discovered earlier. The knowledge of the ancient Greek was forgotten for many centuries and it was rediscovered during the Golden Islamic Age despite the fact that a Muslim army destroyed the library in Alexandria.

Shermer was talking about myths, not religion in general. And I agree that religions should encourage us to go out and study and learn about God's creation in order to better be able to be amazed at God's greatness. It's in fact what Ibn Ishaq al-Kindi, Al-Khwarizmi, Abu Ali al-Husayn ibn Sina, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel and Georges Lemaitre were trying to do.

Shermer has an issue with literal interpretations of myths instead of symbolic ones. The Earth was not created in seven days literally, and the Prophet did not travel to Jerusalem in one night literally. The Isra and Mi'raj are the most important myths in Islam. Al-Buraq is a mythological creature and not a species from a biology book.

As a modern Christian I'm motivated to study science as often as possible too, because like you when I learn about the complexity of human physiology, or the vastness of space, or the consistency of the laws of physics, and many other such things, I am amazed and inspired by the greatness of the Creator and Sustainer. You and I totally agree here. Jesus and Muhammad can guide us about our spiritual lives. They give us purpose and meaning. They guide us how to be good people. Science is about explaining how the natural world works. But science cannot explain the ultimate explanation. The consistency of the laws of physics is indeed amazing. I can recommend a great book exploring the question: Why is the universe just right for life? It's called The Goldilocks Enigma and was written by Paul Davies. It explores both scientific and theological aspects.

And Beebok, there's nothing more hurtful than labeling Christianity and Hinduism as false religions. It's the kind of words that undermine world peace. It's the kind of words that makes people throw rocks at each other. It reeks of Muslim narcissism and arrogance. Religious narcissism impedes modernity. Open-minded mature Muslims have evolved beyond that. They don't think in categories like true and false religions. They think in categories like your and my religion. They appreciate diversity without hurting each others feelings.



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: honeto
Date Posted: 13 June 2012 at 5:44pm
Matt,
agree with you, but not fully. If we see the example of our teachers, like Mohammed or Jesus (pbut) we see that they were kind toward all, yet very clear on what is right and what is wrong. They clearly stated that if the teachings that they have brought were not followed there is nothing left for that person. The one who follows them is the one who is right and sucessful. We do not find any middle ground or diplomacy in their message that suggests or to admit that everyone is right.
If we are going to discuss religion, of course there is going to be claim of falsehood or truth. Only the truth will stand and falshood will run.
 
Prophet's journey or prophet Jesus' (pbut) birth are of course beyond human explanation, but for the one who Created All, the All Capable, who was behind those miracles, these were as possible as anything else.
We, the people of faith share many similar values and concerns and  that should bring us together. But if one claims they are right, they better have a proof of that claim, or not make such a claim. 
 
Hasan
 


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39:64 Proclaim: Is it some one other than God that you order me to worship, O you ignorant ones?"


Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 16 June 2012 at 5:39am
Hasan, a philosophical discussion about truth is very complex. Hundreds of very smart people have explored this issue over the past 3000 years. I am a proponent of the peaceful coexistence of multiple spiritual truths, for the very simple reason that it's the only way for 7 billion people in a globalized world to get along with each other. There are spiritual truths in Islam such as Muhammad being the last prophet of God, there are spiritual truths in Christianity such as Jesus being the son of God (in a symbolic, not biological way), there are spiritual truths in Buddhism such as the noble eightfold path as the way to eliminate suffering, and so forth.

A problem only arises if followers of one religion claim that the spiritual truths of their own religion is the only truth. Modern Christians don't make this claim anymore. They consider Jesus as their savior, but accept the fact that other people do not view Jesus as their savior. They accept the fact that Muslims consider Jesus to be a prophet, but not the son of God. For Hindus Jesus is not even a prophet. It's what they believe and we respect that. Modern Christians would never call Islam or Hinduism a false religion. Modern Christians believe in freedom of thought and freedom of religion, which even means that some people do not believe in a deity at all.

So, yes, a Christian who follows Jesus, think that he is the one who is right and successful within the framework of Christianity, believing in the spiritual truths of this religion. A Buddhist is also right and successful pursuing the four noble truths within the framework of Buddhism. Telling a Buddhist that he or she is wrong and a follower of a false religion accomplishes absolutely nothing. It's even counterproductive and endangers world peace. A true follower of Jesus will do everything to promote world peace and choose his words wisely avoiding to hurt the feelings of other people.

One might say orange is the most beautiful color.
Someone else says that purple is the most beautiful color.

Who is right? Is there a proof for who is right?




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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 17 June 2012 at 9:40pm

" The Quran does not give accurate examples of natural phenomena that scientists discovered later. "

LOL, that is amazing how disbelievers can deny what is right in front of their eyes.

Quran 6:111,

{

Even if We sent the angels down to them, and caused the dead to speak with them, and ranged all things in front of them, they would still not believe, unless God willed otherwise.

}

No, the accurate examples of natural phenomenon are right there in front of your eyes as are the other proofs, but you can not see it.

Quran 6:110

{

We will turn away their hearts and eyes from the truth because they refused to believe in it at first. And so we shall leave them in their overweening arrogance, blindly stumbling to and fro.

}

You accuse Muslims of arrogance, but there God is saying who is truly arrogant. According to God, the arrogant are those who deny the proofs of Islam because they have blinded themselves with denial.

You say Muslims like me are arrogant. God says that those who deny his proofs are arrogant. Who shall I believe? A mere mortal or God? I shall believe God.

Do not say that the proofs are not there. Rather say the truth, that you are unable to see the proofs.

Quran 6:24-25

{

. . . they will deceive themselves . . . We have cast veils over their hearts and made them hard of hearing lest they understand your words. They will believe in none of Our signs, even if they see them, one and all.

}

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"The Isra and Mi'raj are the most important myths in Islam."

That's interesting that you have no problem stating that beliefs in Islam are myths, but then claim emotional injury when Christianity is called false.

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A problem only arises if followers of one religion claim that the spiritual truths of their own religion is the only truth. Modern Christians don't make this claim anymore.

Uh, actually I’m hearing modern Christians claim that Islam is a false religion very frequently.

Preacher Franklin Graham called Islam a religion of evil.

I heard preacher Chriswell refer to Islam as a “curse.”

I’ve heard them refer to Muhammad as a pervert and demon possessed.

Another modern Christian burned the Quran in public.

But that does not make me want to fight them.

Quran 6:33-35

{

We know too well that what they say grieves you. It is not you they are disbelieving; the evil-doers deny God’s own revelations.

}

It just makes me want to debate them.

Quran 46:35

{

Bear with them in patience . . . .

}

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"...there's nothing more hurtful than labeling Christianity and Hinduism as false religions."

First, I'll just have to live with that because labeling Christianity as false is part of Islam.

Quran 5:72-73,

{

Unbelievers are those who say that God is the Messiah, the son of Mary

. . .

Unbelievers are those who say that God is one of three

 }

Quran 3:85,

{ And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him. }

And labeling polytheistic idol worship (as seen in Hinduism) as false is also a part of Islam.

Quran 46:5

{ Who is more in error than the ones who pray to idols . . . ? }

I'm just repeating what God has revealed.

If you don't like the revelation, then you can complain to God, astaghfurillah.

Second, as far as words, your Western secularism is full of insults against Islam and Muslims (e.g. Muslim men treat women badly, etc).

So what?

I laugh at such insults because I know what the truth is. We shall see on the Day of Judgment.

But for someone representing Western secularism to complain about insults coming from Islam in the context of the Wests' insults against Islam and Muslims is doubly laughable in its hypocrisy.

Third, you have no problem labeling the beliefs of Muslims as myths (implying falseness).

Fourth, you don't seem to really believe in Christianity yourself other than as just poetry and fable, so you yourself see it as false.

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"It's the kind of words that undermine world peace."

What undermines peace are things like the greed to covet oil such as the USA’s bombing of Iraq's water treatment facilities in 1991 and sanctions which led to wide spread cholera and other diseases which murdered 500,000 Iraqi children in just a few years.

That’s the sort of thing that undermines peace.

US secretary of state Madeline Albright later told Leslie Stahl that it was “worth it.”

Saying that Christianity and Hinduism are false just opens the door for polite debate.

To claim that it starts war in light of the things that really start wars is categorically false.

{ God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have not made war on your religion or driven you from your homes } Quran 60:9 

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"It reeks of Muslim narcissism and arrogance."

We shall see on the Day of Judgment who was arrogant.

Will it be those Muslims who humbly accepted God's message, or those who denied it while pridefully living in opulence built on plundering the world through centuries of imperialism and neo-colonialism while narcissistically imagining themselves as humane and enlightened?

God has revealed in the Quran those who will be truly judged as arrogant. It will not be up to you or me to decide. It is God who will decide who was arrogant. George W. Bush said he was the decider. No, it is God who is the Decider. Not you, not Bush, not me.

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"Religious narcissism impedes modernity. "

That deference and apotheosis of modernity (Western secularism) and the automatic assumption that "modernity" is the right way is itself arrogant.

I haven't seen anything more narcissistic than Western secularism’s image of itself as the right way and humane while it debases itself in debauchery that is a throwback to ancient paganism, child sacrifice through abortion, every type of deviance, high-tech piracy through global imperialism, flattering one's self of charity after causing massive suffering through neo-colonialist looting, etc.

I'm sure Western secularism seems right to you.

{  Thus We have made fair-seeming to each people its own doings.  } Quran 6:108

And, when you say to the unbelievers to stop doing evil in the world, they say, we only do good.

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{ Open-minded mature Muslims have evolved beyond that. }

So you get to decide what is mature, and you're complaining about Muslim arrogance. hmmmm.

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{ They don't think in categories like true and false religions. }

Islam itself contains the idea of true and false religions. There is no separation.

Moral relativity is just satanic deception.

God has revealed that only Islam is right:

Quran  6:153

{ This path of mine is straight. Follow it and do not follow other paths. }

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{ They appreciate diversity without hurting each others feelings.}

Well, it looks like God has hurt your feelings in His revelations.

You may complain to Him on the Day of Judgment and ask Him to apologize, astaghfurillah.

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"I can recommend . . .  Paul Davies."

Davies is already on my list.

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A true follower of Jesus will do everything to promote world peace and choose his words wisely avoiding to hurt the feelings of other people.

Yeah, right. That’s why he said in Luke 19:27 to slay whoever did not accept him as lord (and no, it was not part of the parable. The parable was over when he said that.)

And that’s why he referred to the Pharisee as serpents and sons of serpents.

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Telling a Buddhist that he or she is wrong and a follower of a false religion accomplishes absolutely nothing.

And yet you have no problem telling Muslims that our beliefs about scientific explanations in the Quran are false.

And you have no problem referring to our beliefs as mere myths and fables.

Quran 6:26-27

{

When they come to argue with you the ubelievers say: ‘This is nothing but the fables of the ancients.’ . . . If you could see them when they are set before the Fire!

}

But telling the false religions that they are false does accomplish something.

It accomplishes fulfilling God’s command to warn them that God has revealed that they are wrong.

Quran 51:55

{ Pay no heed to them. Exhort them. Exhorting helps the true believers. }

For example, God has commanded us to tell the Jews also that they are wrong.

Quran 62:7

{ Say to the Jews . . . if you alone are God’s friends . . . God knows the wrong doers. }

God has commanded us to tell the Jews and Christians and idol worshippers that they are wrong. It does not matter that they will or will not believe us. We are to warn them all the same.

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 “Is there a proof for who is right?

There is proof for those whom God will guide. There is no proof for those who have chosen to not see the proofs.

Quran 52:44-45

{

Even if they saw a part of heaven falling, they would say, it is just a bunch of clouds.

So leave them alone until they meet their Day when they will faint with horror.

}

 

 



Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 19 June 2012 at 3:00am
I have not said that the beliefs in Islam are myths. I have said that the Quran contains myths among other forms of content. Myths convey spiritual truths. They have deeper meanings. Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life—birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age. They meet a need in the psychological or spiritual nature of humans. Myths rely on archetypes such as heroes, martyrs, and wise men.

None of the Quran quotes above have anything to do with science and scientific discoveries. Making this connection is a form of delusion. The Quran is a wonderful book. A book we should all appreciate. But it is not a book of science.

Let's look at the issue from a different angle. Let's take 5000 of the smartest Muslims on Earth who lived between the years 1350 and 1950 and who knew the Quran extremely well, even having memorized most or all of it.

How do you explain the fact that not a single of these 5000 people have made a single significant contribution to science in that period of time? If the Quran contains more than 1000 relevant statements about science as you claim, we should have numerous examples of educated Muslims contributing to science.

So can you explain this?

And have a look at this list of scientists:

http://www.adherents.com/people/100_scientists.html - http://www.adherents.com/people/100_scientists.html

You seem to continue to call me a disbeliever, which I find offensive and many other Christians find it offensive as well. Using words like infidel, unbeliever and false religions is a way of threatening world peace. It's one of the reason why so many people in the West are afraid of Muslims. It's the reason why this form of Islam leads to violence. Islam will stop being a threat for the world when Muslims stop claiming that the spiritual truths of their religion is the only truth and that it should be accepted by everybody. As long as Muslims talk about a future victory over all other religions there will be no peace.

The path to peace is the appreciation of diversity and the coexistence of multiple spiritual truths.



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 19 June 2012 at 6:44pm

I love this site !

Not only do we Muslims get to point out the miracles of the Quran such as the descriptions of natural phenomenon long before modern science discovered them, but in addition to that we also get to point out another truth in the Quran: the perfect prediction of how the disbelievers will react when confronted with the signs of the truth.

The Quran predicts that they will be blind to it, and behold, even when you put it right in front of their eyes, they absolutely can not see it and say that it is not there.

Praise be to God.

The disbelievers have inadvertently helped us point out another miracle of the Quran: the perfect prediction of their blindness to the obvious.

That’s amazing if you think about it. I would have thought that when you put something in front of somebody’s eyes, they will have to acknowledge it; but just as the Quran predicted, they absolutely can not see it!

This site is also useful because it allows for pointing out the deceptions of the disbelievers.

So this site is useful for:

1. Pointing out the descriptions of nature in the Quran that scientists discovered later.

2. Pointing out the accuracy of the prediction of the Quran of the blindness of the disbelievers.

3. Pointing out the deceptive tactics of the disbelievers. 

If the disbelievers were not here, we Muslims could only have the first and would not have the opportunity for the second and third above.

At first, I thought about reporting Matt Browne to the site administrators for the insulting comments calling Muslims arrogant and narcissistic; but then I thought to myself, “wait a minute, this guy is very useful to help me point out to my Muslim brethren the kinds of deceptions that disbelievers use, just like Schmikbob and the other guy were useful by pointing out their contradictions and insincerity.”

He complains that referring to them as disbelievers is offensive after he gets through talking about Muslim arrogance and Muslim narcissism

Do you think he really cares about hurt feelings?

The Quran refers to them as disbelievers and he is just trying to shut us up from repeating the Quran.

The response to him should be, if you take offense to how God has described you in his revelations, then you may ask Him to apologize and recant. Only then will we stop saying it.

Here is another example. On one hand he says that he is against telling people that their beliefs are wrong; but then he adamantly tells us Muslims that our beliefs about the scientific accuracies in the Quran are wrong.

What can we glean from that? He doesn’t believe what he is himself saying. He is just trying to get us Muslims to be silent because he doesn’t like what we are saying; so he is using every deception he can find to accomplish that.

Here is another example. In one sentence he says that he does not say that beliefs in Islam are myths. In the very next sentence he says that the Quran (the main source of beliefs in Islam) contains myths. Seriously?

He claims that mixing science and scripture is an insult to both. Do you think he really cares about that, or that he is just trying to shut us up?

At least the Florida pastor who burnt the Quran expressed his true feelings. Give me a thousand like him before the one that says let’s be nice from one side of his mouth then mutters insults under his breath from the other side of his mouth like calling me delusional. 

Why do you think Saladin gave king Richard a spare horse after Richard's horse was struck down in battle? Because Richard was honest about his intent. King Richard didn't march into the holy lands with an army saying, I come in peace.

Bush said he wanted to liberate Iraq from Saddam while his corporate masters wanted to loot the oil. Similarily, Matt Brown says he wants to save us from delusion, but his devil masters wants to loot our faith. Lawrence went to Muslim lands saying he wanted to be friends, but was actually sent to further British imperialist policies. Matt Brown says he wants to be friends, but is actually sent to further Satan's imperialism of disbelief. The result of Lawrence was that Palestine was lost and the British RAF dropped mustard gas on Kurdish villages in the 1920's and machine gunned the survivors who fled. The result of a Matt Brown is eternal hell. I'd prefer a thousand Richards over a single Lawrence or Bush.

Now Matt is saying that if the Quran had explanations of scientific phenomenon, then Muslims would have made contributions to the sciences, as if that is a good point.

First of all, the scientific descriptions are already there in the Quran. There is no point in discovering what is already discovered.

Second, just because he doesn’t know about Muslim knowledge, he assumes it is not there. An ancient Muslim Persian poet wrote, “delle har zarre ke beshkafi, aftabesh dar miyan bini.” which means, “when the tiniest thing is broken, its sun becomes visible.” There was a massive bath in Iran which could be warmed by a single candle. The British tore it apart but couldn’t figure out how it worked.

Third, note how he deceptively tries to hide Muslim contributions to science from the Golden Age of Islam (750 to 1250 AD), before the devastating Mongol invasions that built towers of human heads. (The Mongols conquered Persia around 1256). He starts his question from 1350. Do you think that is an accident? No, he understands his tactics of deception. Cunning, smiling, and rubbing his hands.

Fourth, Muslims didn’t have a serious scientific community. The lack of science is a statement on the ineptitude and lack of motivation and lack of interest of us Muslims, not of the Quran. You can lead someone to water, but you can’t make him drink. Even now we can't get our act together worth squat.

Fifth, those in royal power were just interested in their own opulence and court conspiracies. The Ottoman sultans repressed and outlawed the printing press because they feared it would destabilize their power. The ex-Shah of Iran would imprison inventors whose inventions looked like they might decrease the king’s control. Not only was there no funding or incentive for discoveries, it was dangerous. What would a Muslim do with a discovery? Keep it to himself, or hide it in a poem, or something like that of course.

The reasons go on and on. But better than list them all, hand the question back to him. If your Bible really teaches turning the other cheek, then why did you give small pox infected blankets to the Ottawa? Why did you tell the Arapaho and Cheyenne that they could have peace at the banks of the Colorado river, but then slaughter them at Sand Creek? Is it because your Bible doesn't really teach turning the other cheek, or because you chose to ignore it?

But his question is not useless. It does point out, once again, the sophistry and lack of sincerity in the specious and disingenous arguments of the disbelievers. A devil doesn't have a horn and a tail. He has a twisted smile and crooked words. The horns and tails are not in the physical appearance, but rather in the behavior and in the warm, wormy, words of seduction to disbelief.




Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 24 June 2012 at 2:56am
I'd like to quote the Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam. This is taken from the speech he gave when receiving the 1979 Nobel Prize for his role in the electroweak unification of the electromagnetic and weak forces:

"The Holy Prophet of Islam emphasized that the quest for knowledge and science is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman. He enjoined his followers to seek knowledge even if they had to travel to China in its search. Here clearly he had scientific rather than religious knowledge in mind, as well as an emphasis on the internationalism of the scientific quest."

Note that he talkes about seeking scientific knowledge, not presenting scientific knowledge contained in the Quran. And the reason for this is that the Quran is not about conveying scientific knowledge.

You failed to offer an explanation for the lack of Muslim contribution between 1350 and 1950. Muslims stopped seeking scientific discovery during that period of time, despite the fact that the Quran commands them to do so.

Now, about the issue of offending fellow human beings.

Christians who live in free countries have the right to draw pictures of the Prophet. Well-meaning and honorable Christians choose not to exercise this right. They respect other religions and they respect the feelings of followers of other religions. They refrain from offending other people. They want to contribute to world peace. They appreciate diversity. They seek friendship between members of different religions.

Muslims have the right to call Christianity a false religion. Well-meaning and honorable Muslims choose not to exercise this right. They respect other religions and they respect the feelings of followers of other religions. They refrain from offending other people. They want to contribute to world peace. They appreciate diversity. They seek friendship between members of different religions.


In fact, in my experience most Muslims active on this web site belong to this category of friendly Muslims and I'm glad for this.

I told you repeatedly that I find words like disbeliever, infidel or false religion offensive.

Well, modern Christians have to live with the fact that a small number of Muslims don't care much about a respectful dialog and that they care more about how superior Islam and the Quran is and that victory over everybody else on our planet is just a matter of time. That their truth is the only truth. Of course, there are plenty of rude and insensitive and arrogant Christians as well and I strongly object to their conduct. I think most Muslims will agree with me that bad behavior of others is no reason to do the same.



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A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt


Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 24 June 2012 at 7:22pm
"You failed to offer an explanation for the lack of Muslim contribution between 1350 and 1950."

What an amazing bold faced lie. Everyone can see what a thorough explanation I gave right in front of his eyes, yet he has the nerve to claim that I didn't, even when it is open for everyone to see. It was a five step answer plus a bonus that everyone can see by looking at my previous post.

It is as if he didn't read a word of what I wrote.

No wonder he claims that the Quran doesn't contain explanations of science that are right there in front of his eyes. He even denies the clear five step answer I gave to his trivial and deceptive question.

What else can one think of someone who comes here with insults against us, and then claims that our polite talk is offensive?
He insults me with accusations like arrogant, narcissistic, delusional, immature, and yet pretends to support polite discussion.
The deception is so obvious and brazen that it is just shameful.
I gave examples of Christian insults against Muslims, but he claims that it is not there.
I answered all his arguments, but he pretends that it did not happen.
I showed him multiple examples of scientific miracles in the Quran, but he pretends that they are not there.
He claims that it is wrong to tell people that their beliefs are wrong, but he states that our beliefs are wrong.
He calls our beliefs myths, and they claims not to have done so.

That's amazing that even when he is caught in his lies, he still perpetuates them. Even when specific detailed examples are given, he pretends that no such thing happened.

Thank God for this site so that it shows the way that disbelievers will twist the truth when it is made evident.

It is like the Pharoah. Even when hs sorcerers lost against Moses, the Pharoah who saw it with his own eyes refused to believe it.

Such do the disbelievers oppress their own hearts as they wish to deceive others.
Just as the Pharoah denied the miracles in front of him, so do the disbelievers deny the miracles in the Quran.
Then they try to change the topic of discussion from scientific miracles in the Quran to politeness, even in light of their extreme rudeness.

It should increase the faith of the believers to have the deceptions of the disbelievers so frequently revealed.

Praise be to God to gift us with this site such that the deceptions and contradictions and hypocricy of the disbelievers can be so frequently and easily demonstrated.



Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 24 June 2012 at 8:28pm

Well, since Matt Browne is obviously just resorting to repeating the same arguments that have been repeatedly rebuffed, it is time to get back to the other arguments.

If the disbelievers enjoy arguing just for the sake of arguing, then they can argue with Hell for eternity. They can say to the flames, we are not in Hell, and then Hell will say, yes you are, and they can exchange that for eternity.

It is enough for us who are sincere that he has been disproven so many times.

As for the others, Let us move on and look at some more of the deceptions of the other disbelievers. Let us look at Ron Webb again.

He states, "The reason you don't see these as contradictions is that every time science disproves something in the Quran (or the Bible, or any other religious text) the believers simply abandon the literal interpretation and retreat into metaphor or abstraction. "

That's just his accusation against us. He never brings any proof of that. It just shows his speculation and conjecture.

He says, "The whole Quranic depiction of cosmology is equally nonsensical (e.g., references in the Quran to the sky as a "roof" or "canopy", stars falling from the sky,"

As for stars falling, stars do fall into the gravity of black holes.

As for the sky being a canapy, it is indeed. It surrounds the earth and it keeps out the suns harmful ultraviolet rays.

Praise be to God, SuponAllah !

The exact things that the disbelieves bring to try to show that the Quran is wrong are just more examples of the Quran being right.

Actually, the Quran does not say that the stars fall to the earth, it just says that they fall; and indeed they do fall into black holes.

Quran chapter 52, verse 44:

And if they were to see a fragment of the heaven falling, they would say: A heap of clouds.

and in another translation of the same verse.

If they saw a part of heaven falling down, they would still say it is but a mass of clouds.

As I read the above verse, there are certain segments that jump out at me like this:

1. falling down

2. a part of heaven

3. saw

4. of clouds

5.  they would still say

6. but

7. a mass

8. they saw

The most important and noticeable part of that sentence is the term "falling down" because it does not say "towards earth" or "to the ground" or anything like that. It does not say, "falling down towards earth." It just says, "falling down" or just "falling" in the first translation. The abscence of something like "to the ground" or "to the earth" is very conspicous to me.

I ask myself, well, where else besides earth can something fall? I answer myself, an object can fall any where there is sufficient gravity. The earth is not the only object in the universe that has gravity. Gravity occurs on anything that has enough mass.

The greater the mass, the more it warps space around itself, and so the greater the gravitational pull will be.

So, the abscence of words like "to the earth" is significant to me. Interpretation of a text to me occurs not just with the words that are present, but also with the words that are abscent.

The second part that I notice is "a part of heaven."

I ask myself, what is an example of "a part of heaven?"

I imagine stars, planets, meteors, and the light given off by the stars.

I'll come back to this a little later.

So then I look at the word "saw."

Here the Quran is emphasizing the visual aspect of the fall of a part of heaven. The Quran is talking about what this fall of a part of heaven would look like.

I ask myself, what would it look like for "a part of heaven" to fall.

That would require planets, stars, and the light of the stars to fall. Can I imagine what that fall would look like? Would it be a straight line like a ball dropped from my hand?

Considering that something with enough gravitational power to pull stars and the light of stars towards itself would curve space to an intense degree, I think that the fall would appear more like water circling around a drain.

Maybe it would look like hurricane clouds circling the eye of the hurricane.

Is there anywhere that I have seen something like that before?

Well, I have seen science documentaries that illustrate black holes in space which have such intense gravitational pulls that stars and even the light of stars fall down towards them. These images to me look very much like the clouds of a hurricane orbiting the eye of the hurricane.

That leads nicely to the next part of the sentence which jumped out at me. The word "clouds."

I find it interesting that the word used here is the plural "clouds" and not the single "cloud." The Quran does not say that it will resemble a cloud, but rather that it will resemble clouds.

Also, I find it interesting that the Quran does not say that the falling section of heaven will resemble seperate clouds, but rather a plurality of clouds as one mass or heap or group, depending on the translation.

If the Quran had said that the falling heaven would resemble a single cloud, then this verse would be less interesting to me.

Likewise, if the Quran had said that the clouds were in seperate masses, then this verse would also have been less interesting to me.

Rather, the Quran describes a plurality of clouds in a single mass. A hurricane is just that. It is a cluster of clouds as a single rotating mass.

Note the following quotes:

"All hurricanes form from preexisting cloud clusters." - http://www.met.tamu.edu/class/wflm/tut/hurricane/hurr4.html

and

The eyewall surrounding the eye is composed of dense clouds that contain the highest winds in the storm.

The storm's outer rainbands (often with hurricane or tropical storm-force winds) are made up of dense bands of

thunderstorms ranging from a few miles to tens of miles wide and 50 to 300 miles long.

http://hurricanes.noaa.gov/pdf/hurricanebook.pdf

This is what a black hole resembles when viewed in science illustrations and documentaries.

In a science documentary called "Deep Space Marvels," released in the year 2001, in an episode entitled "Survival," it discusses black holes.

It stated that while black holes cannot themselves be seen because the center is so small and pulls in even light, one could find the space debris that fall into it.

A scientist on the show said that the planets and stars falling into the black hole would resemble gas, smoke, and clouds like the debris around the vortex of a tornado.

The scientist actually used the exact word "clouds" as part of the description to describe the planets and stars falling into the black hole.

Here again is surah 52, ayat 54:

If they saw a part of heaven falling down, they would still say it is but a mass of clouds.

So, not only do stars fall as the Quran states, the disbelievers do describe it as clouds, just as the Quran predicts.

Ron Webb assumed that the phrase stars falling referred to falling to the earth. He added those words to the text in his mind to match his expectation that the Quran was wrong.

So, the error is not in what is in the Quran, but in the expectation in his mind.

Praise be to Allah !

Not only does the Quran give accurate explanations of scientific phenomenon that were discovered long after the Quran was revealed, but the Quran even accurately predicts the behavior of the unbelievers and the disbelievers.



Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 26 June 2012 at 8:08pm
Originally posted by Beebok

"You failed to offer an explanation for the lack of Muslim contribution between 1350 and 1950."

What an amazing bold faced lie. Everyone can see what a thorough explanation I gave right in front of his eyes, yet he has the nerve to claim that I didn't, even when it is open for everyone to see. It was a five step answer plus a bonus that everyone can see by looking at my previous post.
 
But really, Beebok, the first three "steps" hardly even address the question (seriously, if knowledge of black holes was already in the Quran, why did no one realize it until black holes were independently discovered?); and the fourth and fifth points merely affirm with Matt is saying.
 
There was a discussion here a couple of years ago (I wish I could find the topic) started by a Muslim, where even Muslims agreed that science and technology had stagnated in the Muslim world for centuries.  You can explain it any way you want, but it's obvious if you just look around the world that most countries with Muslim populations are among the poorest and least advanced.


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Addeenul ‘Aql – Religion is intellect.


Posted By: Ron Webb
Date Posted: 26 June 2012 at 8:23pm
Originally posted by Beebok

Ron Webb assumed that the phrase stars falling referred to falling to the earth.
 
And so did everyone else for a thousand years.  So does virtually everyone, including Muslims, today.  Honestly, Beebok, I congratulate your ingenuity and admire your valiant attempt at ijtihad, but what makes you think that you are right and everybody else has been wrong all this time?
 
And besides, what sense would 52:44 make if we assume that Allah was referring to stars falling into black holes?  It would be a total non sequitur.  And if "a mass of clouds" is an apt description, then how does it show ignorance to describe it that way?


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Addeenul ‘Aql – Religion is intellect.


Posted By: Caringheart
Date Posted: 27 June 2012 at 8:29pm
Won't we all be surprised one day when we see who we meet in heaven...
or in hell.


Posted By: Caringheart
Date Posted: 27 June 2012 at 8:39pm
Originally posted by Matt Browne


You seem to continue to call me a disbeliever, which I find offensive and many other Christians find it offensive as well. Using words like infidel, unbeliever and false religions is a way of threatening world peace. It's one of the reason why so many people in the West are afraid of Muslims. It's the reason why this form of Islam leads to violence. Islam will stop being a threat for the world when Muslims stop claiming that the spiritual truths of their religion is the only truth and that it should be accepted by everybody. As long as Muslims talk about a future victory over all other religions there will be no peace.

The path to peace is the appreciation of diversity and the coexistence of multiple spiritual truths.



Ditto - I second that expression... and if not appreciation of diversity of spiritual truths, then at least acceptance of that fact, and acceptance of them.
Let each go to his own god.  It's between them and the Creator.
It's fine to seek to guide but ultimately only One can be the judge and each must choose his own path.


Posted By: Caringheart
Date Posted: 27 June 2012 at 8:56pm
Originally posted by Beebok

prediction of how the disbelievers will react when confronted with the signs of the truth.

The Quran predicts that they will be blind to it, and behold, even when you put it right in front of their eyes, they absolutely can not see it and say that it is not there.

I must tell you that long before the qur'an came into existence, long before Muhammad, this very thing was written about in the Bible.

Originally posted by Beebok


At first, I thought about reporting Matt Browne to the site administrators for the insulting comments calling Muslims arrogant and narcissistic

Did you tell Matt Browne that you found those references to be offensive?  That is how peace in made.  In speaking to each other.  By letting a person know how you feel.  Often we do not know that we hurt people's feelings.  We need to be told.

Originally posted by Beebok


The response to him should be, if you take offense to how God has described you in his revelations, then you may ask Him to apologize and recant. Only then will we stop saying it.

Again, long before Muhammad, the unbelievers spoken of were those who did not believe in the message of Jesus.

This is something to give deep thought to.



Posted By: Beebok
Date Posted: 30 June 2012 at 5:16pm

I. Significance of the verse:

1.

“…if "a mass of clouds" is an apt description, then how does it show ignorance to describe it that way?”

The ignorance is in believing that it is just only materialistic in its origins, absolutely nothing else, and not a sign of God’s existence and greatness.

The ignorance is in explaining it away as a mere mechanical phenomenon.

The analogy is that just as disbelievers see the miracles of the Quran and explain them away, some see the signs of God in nature and just explain it away.

The Quran frequently describes actions in nature as being signs of God and for people to reflect upon them to understand that God is behind them and to then be grateful and awed.

2.

“…what sense would 52:44 make if we assume that Allah was referring to stars falling into black holes?  It would be a total non sequitur. “

It makes perfect sense. There is a place in the universe so amazing that time stops, space itself moves at the speed of light, and the regular laws of physics break down. Something that awesome should amaze people into believing in God. It shows that nature is in God’s hands, and not the other way around.

It shows God’s greatness to create and control such a thing.

It shows that time is controlled by God, and not God controlled by God such as those who say, “what existed before God.”

The laws of physics, causality, all these things are in the hands of God, and not God in the boundaries of the laws of physics.

And yet, some say, things like, how could God have existed before time started with the big bang?

Even when people see the wonders of nature, they explain it away as mere coincidence and accident and mechanics, much as they explain away the miracles of the Quran as mere coincidence. 


II. Is the Quran’s mentioning of stars falling a nonsensical cosmology?

And

How is this among the valid interpretations?

A disbeliever in the Quran may believe that a mere mortal who authored the Quran thought that stars are like small shiny objects in the atmosphere which may fall.

If that is the case, then why would they appear like masses of clouds if the mortal thought that they were just little shiny objects? How does a little shiny object become like masses of clouds?

When a primitive man would have thought that a star was like a floating spark or a tiny glowing gem, or something like that, then he would have expected that upon falling, he could pick it up, or that it might break into tinier pieces, but not turn into heaps of clouds.

So, we can see that it doesn’t make sense to assume that the author of that verse was a mere primitive mortal perceiving stars with the typical perception of people back then.

So, from what author’s perception would it make sense that stars falling would be described as they have been described in the Quran?

Well, if the author had the perspective of someone who not only knew how actual stars react when they fall, but also has the perspective to see into the future and witness the reaction of unbelievers when they finally witness it as well.

What author at that time could have had the perspective of not only knowing how stars actually appear when they fall, but also had the perspective of knowing how disbelievers in the future would react?

So, we can see that the Quran’s real Author did not see the stars as just tiny little shiny objects in the sky as the disbelievers had assumed. 


III. Other uses of the word star in the Quran


It is interesting to note that nowhere in the Quran in which it mentions that stars fall does it say that they actually fall to the earth.

For example,

{ And when the stars fall } -  Quran, 81:2

The word the Quran often uses for star above is:

l-nujumu

And the word used for falling there is:

inkadarat

The word "inkadarat" can also mean, "to dim," which is interesting because some stars do indeed dim to become what are known as white dwarfs.

Stars like our sun that run out of fuel can become dim white dwarfs. Sometimes they can become so dim that some scientists state that they qualify for one of the two types of dark matter, or the inelastic, baryonic dark matter, as opposed to the exotic, heavy-particle dark matter, which can be read about here:

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0103/23darkmatter/

and here:

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2010/feb/11/warm-white-dwarfs-could-reveal-inelastic-dark-matter

Also, according to:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/searchlight-beams.html

Some stars that run out of nuclear fuel . . . are very dim, requiring powerful telescopes to be seen. This combination of rarity and faintness means they were only discovered comparatively recently.

I find it interesting that God chose the Arabic language for the Quran because a word like "inkadarat" can be used to describe stars and it is correct in any definition of itself that is used.

In other words, whichever definition of "inkadarat" is used to describe stars (l-nujumu), it is correct !

The word “l-nujumu” appears again in 77:8

{ When the stars are obliterated }

Interestingly, we know that some stars are destroyed in super nova explosions. How did someone living in Muhammad’s time know that stars become obliterated?

However, “l-nujumu” is not the only word in the Quran used to describe stars.

In modern English, a star is a massive sphere of gas that burns with nuclear fusion.

In Arabic, however, a heavenly object that gives off its own light is called a “l-nujumu” which is translated as “star,” and a heavenly object that reflects light is called a

“l-kawakibu” and that is also translated as star.

So, in English translations, both “l-kawakibu” and “l-nujumu” are translated as star, but the latter refers to heavenly objects that reflect rather than emit, and the former refer to those that reflect.

For example,

{ When the stars scatter } Quran, 82:2

In that verse, the word being used for star is “l-kawakibu,” and the word being used for scatter is “.”

Interestingly, in none of those cases where stars or planets that reflect light are mentioned, does it actually say that they fall to the earth either. It says that they scatter, or they fall, but it doesn’t say that they fall to the earth.

So, we have one verse shown here where it says that a fragment of the heavens fall, another where it states that stars (l-nujumu) fall, another where it says that light reflecting planets scatter or disperse (intatharat); but in none of those instances does it state that they fall to the earth. 


IV. When the word star in the Quran does not mean star because of the grammar

By the way, as a side note, be careful of English translations that use the word “star.”

They usually do not differentiate between the words “l-kawakibu” and “l-nujumu.” They usually use both words for star.

Indeed, in some examples, English translations use the word star where neither of the above are mentioned.

For example, in 72:8, English translations translate “washuhuban” into star when it just means “flaming fire.” That is a correct description of a star, but it is not “l-nujumu” which is used elsewhere.

In some other instances, it is necessary to understand the grammar in order to understand what the word l-nujumu means.

For example, in 53:1 it uses the genitive masculine noun form of “l-nujumu” which is “najmi.” Then, the second word of 53:4 “huwa” which means it, is a reference to “najmi.” There, it explains that it refers to the revelation of the Quran.

So, whereas “l-nujumu” translates literally as star, the grammar of that verse indicates that it is being used metaphorically for the Quran itself.

Here it is:

{ By the star when it descends } 53:1

. . . .

{ It is not but a revelation } 53:3

There, it is by the grammar that we know the meaning of “l-nujumu,” or “najmi” in this case.

I can go on at some more length about this subject, but I should cut it short for brevity’s sake. 


V. Summary and Conclusion

If a disbeliever is going to insist that the author of the Quran meant that the stars fall to the earth, then they should explain why in none of those three instances does the Quran’s verse say that they fall to the earth because one would expect that if the author meant “to the earth” then that would probably have occurred in at least one of those instances.

The Quran mentions a segment of the heavens falling (not all) and that it appears like masses of clouds. It describes the segment of the heavens that fell.

If the Quran had stated in 52:44 that all the heavens fall instead of just a segment falling, then we would not be able to take this understanding.

That verse had to mention “a segment” as opposed to “all” and it had to leave out “to the earth.”

If either that verse had mentioned “to the earth” or had left out “a segment of the heavens” then we would not have been able to take the understanding that I have explained.

All the wording of the verse 52:44 had to be correct to take this understanding.

1. It had to mention “a segment” of the heavens to signify that it is not all of the heavens,

2. it had to leave out “to the earth”

3. it had to mention that it would have the appearance of masses of clouds

4. and that the disbelievers would dismiss it as a mere materialistic explanation.

We can see how well the description of stars falling fits with what we now know about how they fall near black holes.

Knowledge of black holes is with the Author of the Quran. The Quran mentions stars falling, but not to the earth, and describes the appearance of a segment of the heavens falling as masses of clouds after falling, and it describes the behavior of the disbelievers centuries after the verse was revealed to Muhammad, peace be upon him. We can see this phenomenon occurring near black holes, and so we can see that the Author had knowledge of them.


Even if a disbeliever insists that the Quran is not talking about stars falling into black holes, they must still at least concede and acknowledge that the Quran’s description is not nonsensical. They thought that the idea of stars falling was nonsensical in cosmology, but stars do indeed fall as the Quran states, and there are masses of clouds visible in the process which is also accurate.

Some Muslims take only a poetic and figurative interpretation of verse 52:44 mentioning a fragment of the heavens falling as the disbelievers would like us Muslims to take. Those Muslims believe that the verse means merely that even if the disbelievers were to see something astonishing and miraculous, they would still explain it away as something mechanical and materialistic. That understanding is also correct.

As I’ve stated in previous posts, the verses of the Quran are true on multiple levels. One correct understanding does not negate another. 




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