Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Leaving Islam

I am often asked, why I left Islam? As absurd as it may be, some Muslims cannot even allow themselves to think that leaving Islam is an option, or even possible. They rather think that those who leave Islam are paid Jewish agents than accept the fact that people have freedom to think and some may even think that Islam is not for them. The reason why I left is simple: I read the Quran! I came across many errors and contradictions...

Numerical contradictions: There are many numerical contradictions in the Quran. God cannot make an error in doing simple calculations.

How many days did it take to create Heavens and Earth?

Quran-7: 54: Your guardian-Lord is Allah who created the heavens and earth in Six Days Quran-10:3: Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and earth in Six Days Quran- 11:7: He it is Who created the heavens and earth in Six Days Quran-25:29: He Who created the heavens and earth and all that is between, in Six Days

The above verses clearly state that God created the heaven and Allah created the heaven and the Earth in 6 days. But the verses below state-

Quran-41: 9: Is it that ye deny Him who created the earth in Two Days? Quran- 41:10: He set on the (earth) Mountains standing firm high above it, and bestowed blessing on the earth, and measured therein all things to give them nourishment in due proportion, in FOUR DAYS… Quran-41: 12: So He completed them (heavens) as seven firmaments in Two days and …

Now do the math: 2(for earth) + 4(for nourishment) + 2 (for heavens) = 8 days; and not 6 days

Similar mistakes you can see in the verse: Quran-4: 11, 4:12, and 4: 176 in inheritance law. In these verses one can see the total property after adding all distributed parties adds up more than the available property, i.e., totals become more than 1 which are: 1.125 and 1.25. How come? A gross mathematical error, is it not?

Are Allah’s Days Equal to 1000 Years or 50,000 Years?

Quran-22: 47: A day in the sight of the Lord is like a thousand years of your reckoning. Quran-32: 5: To Him, on a Day, the space whereof will be a thousands years of your reckoning

Quran-70: 4: The angels and the spirit ascend unto him in a day the measure whereof is Fifty thousands years.

So, which one is it? Is the day of Allah equal to 1,000 earth years or 50,000 earth years?

Creation of the Heaven and Earth

which one was created first? As you will see in the verses below, Allah at one time says that Earth was created first and another time he says that the Heaven was created first.

Quran-2: 29: It is He who hath created for you all things that are on Earth; THEN He turned to the Heaven and made them into seven firmaments (Skies)….

Quran- 79:27-30: Are you the harder to create, or is the heaven that He built? He raised the height thereof and ordered it; and He has made dark the night thereof, and He brought forth the morning thereof. And after that, “He spread (flattened) the earth…”

now, does it match modern science? Do you believe that, Earth was created first, after that, God created Heaven? Does modern science tell us that? Or How come SEVEN firmaments (layers)? Modern science tells us that, actually there is no such thing as Sky or any roof over us; it is only space with no known boundary at all. This verse simply reinforces the ancient idea of ROOF over us, which is called SKY, or does it not?

Sun-set and Sun-rise

Quran teaches us that the Sun sets in a muddy spring:

Quran-18:86: Till, when he (the traveler Zul-qarnain) reached the setting-place of the Sun, he found it going down into a muddy spring… Quran- 18:90: Till, when he reached the rising-place of the Sun, he found it rising on a people for whom we had appointed no shelter from it.

There are serious scientific errors here. Firstly, it is scientifically accepted fact that, the Sun never goes down in a muddy spring. Secondly, this seems to presuppose a FLAT Earth, otherwise how can there be an extreme point in the West or in the East? Sunrise would be just the same as at any other place on earth, at land or sea. It would still look as if it is setting “far away”. It does say, that he reached THE PLACE where the Sun sets and in his second Journey the place where it rises.

A resting place for the Sun?

Quran-36: 38: And the sun runneth on unto a resting place for him. That is the measuring of the Mighty, the Wise. Quran-36: 39: And for the moon we have appointed mansions till she return like an old shriveled palm leaf. Quran-36: 40: It is not for Sun to overtake the moon, nor doth the night outstrip the day. They float each in an orbit.

Where is the sun and where is the moon situated? Can anybody tell me how they could collide/meet/overtake each other? Are the sun and moon neighbors? I have the answer for this error: Ancient Allah saw (bare eye observations) sun and moon traveling from east to west seemingly in the same Sky area or same path, yet they do not collide and causing day and night etc. Allah hardly could imagine that all these phenomena are simply due to Earth’s rotation and NOT by Sun’s rotation. Sun is stationary for Earth, because earth is stuck in the sun’s Gravity, like we are stuck in earth’ gravity. Allah never says any where in the whole Quran that EARTH ROTATES.

A resting place for sun WAS CONFIRMED BY HADITHS:

Sahih Bukhari Hadiths: Abzur Ghifari (ra) narrated: one day Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) asked me, “Abzar do you know after setting where does Sun go?” I replied, I do not know, only Allah’s apostle can say better. Then Prophet (SA) replied, “After setting, the sun remains prostrated under Allah’s Aro ’sh and waits for Allah’s command for rising again in the East. Day will come when sun will not get permission to rise again and Qeyamot will fall upon earth”.

It was the superstitious belief of ancient people reflected in the Quran and Hadiths.

Why Allah created Stars:

Quran gives us further scientific knowledge by telling us that the stars were created by Allah as missiles to throw at the devils:

Quran-67: 5: And We have (from of old) adorned the lowest heaven (sky) with lamps, and we have made such (Lamps as) missiles to drive away Satan’s… Quran-37: 6-8: We have indeed decorated the lower heaven (sky) with beauty (in) the stars, (for beauty) and for guard against all obstinate rebellious Satans. So they should not strain their ears in the direction of the exalted assembly but be cast away from every side.

Thus, the stars are nothing but missiles to throw at devils so that they may not eavesdrop on the heavenly council.

Sky/Heaven is nothing but A ROOF or Canopy over the Earth:

Quran-21: 32: And We have made the sky a roof withheld (from them). Yet they turn away from its portents.

Quran-31: 10: He hath created the heavens (Skies) without supports (pillars) that ye can see, and hath cast into the earth firm Mountains/Hills, so that it quake not with you; and He hath dispersed…

Quran-21: 32: And We have made the sky (heavens) as roof (canopy) well guarded…

Quran-2: 22: Who has made the earth your couch, And the heavens (Sky) your canopy...

Modern science tells us- whole thing around the earth is space and there is no boundary even if we go Billions of Trillions of miles in all direction. Questions are: When there is no sky above us then how in the world, question of pillars comes? Do we really have a roof above us? Is there a canopy (Shamiaa’na) above the earth?

Once again Allah considered sky as roof over the earth which will break/shattered during dooms day.

Quran-78::19: And the heavens (sky) Shall be broken (opened) as if there were doors open…

Quran-82:01: When the Sky is cleft asunder

Quran-69:16: And the sky will be Rent asunder, for it will That day be flimsy(soft)

Quran-81: 2: When the stars fall, losing their lustre.

Yousuf Ali comments in his Tafsir: beautiful blue sky overhead (which we take for granted in sunshine) will be shattered to pieces. Modern science tells us that there is no such thing as roof/sky or any canopy over the earth; rather all around earth is a limitless space. In some Ayahs Allah threatens kafirs by saying: “I (Allah) will throw broken pieces of sky over your head.”

Sun and moon rotate:

Quran-31: 29: Seest thou not that Allah merges Night into Day and He merges Day into Night; That He has subjected the sun and moon (to His law), each running its course for a term (time) appointed.

Quran-21: 33: It is He who created The Night and Day, And the Sun and Moon; each of them Swim (float) along in its own course.

Ayahs mentioned above could be found over and over again and again almost in every page of the Quran. Because, "Allah" standing in the open Arab desert saw very well that, every morning SUN is rising from the east and gradually (appointed time or fixed time) setting to the west, and as a result, day and night follows. Allah truly mentioned this wrong knowledge (sun moving) of pre-historic people. Every time Allah mentioned sun & moon, He mentioned day & night, as if it is due to sun’s movement day and night follows. But surprisingly, all the Sheikhs give false credit to Allah by saying: look the Quran told us about the sun’s movement 1400 years ago which modern science only found out now. In the real world, sun takes 225 millions of years to make just one complete circle through the solar Universe. And obviously this movement of sun has nothing to do with the DAY & NIGHT of the earth. Actually, the Sun is stationary for the earth in real sense, because earth is stuck to the giant gravitational force of the sun and earth also move along with sun wherever it goes, just the way we are stuck to earth’s gravitation force and do not feel earth’s movement at all.

Why then was Allah mentioning the sun’s movement again and again? I have already mentioned above, why Allah was hysteric about sun’s movements. Now Sheikhs are claiming science here. I wonder, why Allah has not mentioned the sun’s 225 millions year journey (which is even unbelievable to mankind) to tell about day and night ? What relations does the sun’s movements have with day and night ?

Earth is spread out like carpet (flat)

Quran-15:19: And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon Mountains firm and immovable; .....

Quran-78: 6-7: Have we not made the earth as a wide expanse, and the mountains as pegs (anchor)?

According to this the earth is flat like a carpet and mountains are there to anchor the earth so that earth does not shake with us.

Man are created from Clotted blood?

Quran-23: 14: Then fashioned We the drop (semen) a CLOT OF CONGEALED BLOOD then fashioned We the Clot a little lump (fetus), fashioned We the little lump into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then produced it another creation. So blessed be Allah, the Best of Creators. This Ayah has been repeated again and again throughout the Quran) Quran-75: 38: Then he becomes a CLOT; then (Allah) shaped and fashioned…

Quran-96: 2: Created man, out of a mere clot of congealed blood.

OK, there are serious scientific problems here:

A blood clot cannot grow into anything. This idea also came from the Greeks. Aristotle erroneously believed that, humans originate from the action of male semen upon female menstrual blood, which is absolutely an incorrect asumption. Quran’s asertion on Clot (alaqa) is completely wrong about human development, since there is absolutely no stage during which the embryo consists of a clot. The only situation in which an embryo might appear like a clot is during a miscarriage, in which case the clotted blood that is seen to emerge (much of which comes from mother) is solidified and by definition no longer alive. Therefore, if ever an embryo appeared to look like a clot it would never develop any further into a human; it would be a dead mas of bloody miscarrying flesh. Since Prophet Muhammad had some thirteen wives it is entirely possible that he would be very familiar with miscarriages.

Modern science tells us that, the formation of human embryo is a seamless continuation from conception to birth; hence there are no hard- and- fast boundaries of stages as the Quran describes. The Quran described 4 stages, which matched exactly with Galenic description of development of human embryo (which was proved wrong by modern science).

Creation of bones and clothing of bones with flesh: According to modern embryologists including Prof. Moore, the tissue from which bone originates, known as mesoderm, is the same tissue as that from which muscle (flesh) develops. Thus bone and muscles begin to develop simultaneously, rather than sequentially (as the Quran tells us). Moreover, most of the muscle tissue that we humans have is laid down before birth, but bones continue to develop and calcify (strengthen with calcium) right into one’s teenage years. So it would be more accurate if the Quran had said that muscles started to develop at the same time as bones, but completed their development earlier. The idea that bones are clothed with flesh is not only scientifically completely wrong/false, but was directly copied from the ancient Greek doctor Galen’s hypothesis.

Also, the idea of saying: “made into bones and clothed the bones with muscle” came from the technique of making animal statue (Moorthy) out of rod and cement or mud. People usually make the skeleton (out of rod or stick) first and, then cover it up with cement or mud. This is scarcely a scientific description of embryonic development. It is rather a description of a layman.

No matter which translated Quran we read, the Quranic materials remain same and every sentence is self-explanatory and it does not take a rocket scientist to comprehend the message Allah wanted to transmit to the Arabs.