Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Water Cycle and the Holy Quran

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The Water Cycle and the Holy Quran
Epigraph: "Will they not, then, meditate upon the Qur'an? Had it been from anyone other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much disagreement." (Al Quran 4:83)
Introduction by Zia H Shah MD
In this post, I intend to introduce a part of the popular book by Dr. Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, The Qur'an and Science, about the water cycle.
I would let him do the talking about harmony between the Quranic description and the modern understanding of the water cycle.
In my introduction, what I want to emphasize is what could have gone wrong, if the Holy Quran was not the literal word of God, as we see in the case of the Holy Bible or was a myth, as we will see in the case of the Chinese and the Japanese myths.
The contrast with scientific contradictions in the Bible and sheer mythical nature of Chinese and Japanese traditions, brings out the elegance and beauty of the Holy Quran.
The Chinese tell of a time during the Hsia dynasty, in the third millennium before Jesus,  when our cosmic environment suddenly changed. Ten suns appeared in the sky. The people on earth suf­fered greatly from the heat, so the emperor ordered a famous archer to shoot down the extra suns. The archer was rewarded with a pill that had the power to make him immortal, but his wife stole it. For that offense she was banished to the moon.
The Japanese have their own share of myths.  According to them, Izanagi-no-Mikoto (male) and Izanami-no-Mikoto (female) were called by all the myriad gods and asked to help each other to create a new land which was to become Japan.  They were given a spear with which they stirred the water, and when removed water dripped from the end, an island was created in the great nothingness.  If our Western Navy personnel find these myths to be literally true our ships and fleets may begin to sink!
If you read your book of Genesis carefully, the earth is created before the sun, we can have days and nights before the creation of the sun, our earth has a roof or a vault called the sky, plants and animals gain existence only after mankind and to top it all off, Grand Ma Eve was created from Grand Pa Adam's rib, while he was sleeping.  Additionally, there are only four rivers in the planet earth, if time and space were not a consideration, I could keep on reading Genesis over and over and keep on adding to this list.
According to the second chapter of Genesis seas have been created, the whole of universe is in place, God has rested for a day also and yet there has been no rain at all on planet earth.  The water cycle simply does not exist for the writers of the Bible!
For additional details about scientific contradictions in the Bible and myths of different medieval cultures, read an article in the Muslim Sunrise, The Root Cause of Science and Religion Conflict: Wrong Theology!


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