Category Archives: Islam and Science

Mohammad’s Miracle

Muslims often speak about the miracle of Mohammad.  That he had ONE amazing “miracle”, and that miracle was the “miracle” of the Qur’an.  That because Mohammad was apparently an illiterate man, there was no way he could have produced the Qur’an.

If you listen to the Qur’an in Arabic, it rhymes, it is very poetic.  It is almost like you are listening to a song if the right person, with the right voice is reciting the Qur’an in it’s original language.  That aspect of it is lost when you read it on other languages.

To any objective person, and a person who is a critical thinker, this argument doesn’t hold water at all.  Just because Mohammad couldn’t read or write doesn’t mean he couldn’t speak and say words that rhyme together.

On top of that, I don’t care about the style of the Qur’an as much as I care about the substance of it, and when you read what the Qur’an actually says by reading the various translations – it doesn’t say much at all.

It repeats itself over and over, condemning non-Muslims and unbelievers alike with absurd stories and commands.  It jumps from topic to topic mindlessly.  The real miracle of the Qur’an to me is that we are in the year 2014, and this religion is the second largest religion in the world and still growing!

But getting back to the idea of Mohammad having a miracle.  When most people think of a miracle, they think of something that could never happen in real life.  Something that would require something or someone out of this world defying the laws of physics to make something happen.

In Mohammad’s case, he does have a “miracle”.  Granted, no one else saw this miracle happen and Muslims just take him on his word without questioning.

The miracle goes like this – apparently Allah sent down arch-Angel Gabriel to Mohammad as Mohammad was resting at the Kabaa.  Gabriel was accompanied by a winged horse named “Burack”.  Mohammad apparently then did the following:

  • Flew on the horse through space.
  • Then made it to heaven by flying through space.
  • While in heaven, met other religious figures such as Jesus, Moses, and Noah.
  • Saw Hell and later stated that the majority of people in Hell were women because “they did not appreciate their husbands enough” or something to that affect.

Now if you believe this story, then in essence you are saying that you believe that Mohammad was the first man in space.  That the first man in space wasn’t in the 20th century on a space ship.  No, instead, it was Mohammad in the 7th century on a horse.

Now that my friends, is quite a miracle.


The Qur’an and Science: Are They Really “Twin Sisters”

Over the years Muslims have made many claims that the Qur’an is “without error” and “scientifically accurate” – that the Qur’an and science are “twin sisters”. Is this really the case or is this just a case of public relations on the part of Muslims in a desperate attempt to get converts?

The fact of the matter is that the Qur’an and science are not only NOT “twin sisters”, but they aren’t even remotely related.  On the one hand you have the science, which is:

  • Not dogmatic
  • Open to questioning
  • Open to change in the form of progress

And on the other hand you have Islam, which:

  • Is dogmatic
  • Not open to questioning and is met with open hostility if is questioned.
  • Not open to change at all, in fact Muslims think this is one of their “proofs” of Islam being right.
  • Relies on threats and intimidation tactics instead of facts.

Not only is the Qur’an is not only NOT scientifically accurate; it is patently absurd in the claims it makes of the natural world.

The Qur’an states that mountains hold the ground from moving – which is not true.  Mountains form as a result OF the ground moving.  Not only that, if the ground didn’t move, that would mean you are on a dead planet.  The reason why the ground moves is because we have a hot core, which plays a role in the movement of tectonic plates.  THE GROUND MOVES.  That is why when you look at a globe it looks like the land is a puzzle.

The Qur’an also states that semen comes from “an area between the backbones and the ribs”- also absurd.

The fact of the matter is that the Qur’an contains NO scientific miracles.  It is a religious book that repeats itself over and over and tells people to follow or burn.  If you were to get your science from the Qur’an, you’d be seriously misguided to do so.

Islam and Science

Today Islam and Muslims are looked at as backwards people.  People with no drive for learning anything other than what is in the Qur’an and Hadith.  However, about 1000 years ago, Islam was in it’s hey day.

From the years 800-1200, it was the areas dominated by Muslims that were thriving, whereas Europe was in its era of “Late Antiquity”, sometimes referred to as the Dark Ages.

During this time, ancient Greek manuscripts – which had a wealth of wisdom at the time – were preserved by people living on the Islamic side of the world.  Muslims today like to point to that era and say it was Islam that made them do it, but was it?

There is nothing in Islam that says “defend the works of Aristotle, Socrates, and Pythagoras”.  In fact, when you read the Qur’an, it commands you to follow Islam and do whatever Mohammad says.  If you look through the Hadith, it is the same message.  It’s a very simplistic way at looking at life.

It also must be pointed out that this era ENDED.  And it ended 1000 years ago.  If it were really Islam that had led to the preservation and expanding upon the works of the ancients, then the Islamic world would still be as dominant and open minded today as it apparently was back then for its time.

My take on it is that there were certain people in the early era of Islam who were open minded and inquisitive and realized the power of those ancient writings.  Not the ancient writings of the Qur’an – they may have been Muslim but they knew that all there is to know is not in the Qur’an and Hadith – and decided to do the math and science that was required to come up with great discoveries.

To say that Islam came up with Algebra is to say that because the internet was devised by a country mainly comprised of Christians, the internet was invented BECAUSE of Christianity.  Both arguments are absurd and serve nothing other than the ego of the people who belong to those faiths.