Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Quran-IslamTrue Islam Is it "on the earth" or "in the earth" - 6:38 - 9:2 - 10:99


Is it "on the earth" or "in the earth" - 6:38 - 9:2 - 10:99


Looking at the Arabic words of the Quran (not the translations), we note that all the Quranic verses which speak of living creatures (including human beings) say that they live “in the earth” rather than “on the earth”.

Before looking at some of these verses, it must be mentioned that most translators translated the Arabic words into “on earth” rather than “in the earth” as they were oblivious of the fact that “in the earth” is scientifically more accurate. These translators were also trying to conform to how the phrase would be phrased in English rather than conform to what the scientific knowledge would dictate.

“All the creatures in the earth, and all the birds that fly with wings, are communities like you.” 6:38

“So roam freely in the land for four months ….” 9:2

“Had your Lord willed, all the people in the earth would have believed” 10:99

Normally, we think that all life exists on earth “life on earth”, however this is not correct from a scientific point of view.

As we know, the earth’s atmosphere is a part of the earth. The fact that it is a gas layer does not mean it is not a part of the earth, for matter exists in three forms (solid, liquid and gas). And since we live at the very lowest level of the atmosphere (inside the atmosphere), then we live "in the earth" and not on the earth.

The atmosphere is divided into five layers. It is thickest near the surface and thins out with height until it eventually merges with space.

1- The troposphere: is the first layer above the surface and extends about 10 kilometres above the earth’s surface. This layer contains around 80% of the Earth's atmosphere (in mass). Weather occurs in this layer, and all living creatures live inside the troposphere.

2- The stratosphere: is the second layer extending 50K above the surface, it is where jet planes fly and also where the ozone layer is found.

3- The mesosphere: is the third layer extending 85K above the surface and it is where meteors and rock fragments burn up

4- The thermosphere: is the fourth layer and it extends up to 800K and is the layer where we see the auroras. It is also where the space shuttle orbits.

5- The exosphere: is the fifth layer, it is above 1000k and is where the atmosphere merges into space and is extremely thin. This is the upper limit of our atmosphere.


10- Men cannot keep their wives against their will - 2:231

“Do not force them to stay against their will, as a revenge.” 2:231

In many countries that still implement a version of Islam which is based on medieval male dominated cultures, we find that the man is given a number of privileges which are not God given. In marriage, it is customary that men are given what is referred to as the “esma”. This means that they alone have the right to divorce their wives. They can divorce their wives instantly and without seeking a court order. However if a wife seeks a divorce she must obtain a court order. But this is very difficult in these countries since their courts are also guided by many male dominated rules that make it virtually impossible for a woman to obtain divorce unless she can prove that her husband is a criminal, a mad man or better still, an alien!

Where did men acquire these non Quranic rights? The obvious answer is not surprisingly from the hadith which was written over 200 years after the death of the prophet and also against his will.

Please see : History of hadith

Many Muslim scholars and Imams claim that the hadith explains the Quran! However in this case, as in hundreds of other cases, it can be shown that the hadith clearly violates a clear Quranic law (2:231). These contradictions go to show that the bulk of these hadith could not have been the true words of the prophet.

Please see : Why the prophet is innocent of the hadith

According to 2:231 a man is prohibited from keeping his wife against her wishes, and must consent to her wishes to end a marriage. Normally he has every right to try to save the marriage and also seek a council from the two families (4:35) but if all attempts fail, he cannot keep his wife against her wishes.

This is the law of God and any person or authority not ruling by God’s law are defined in the Quran as disbelievers:

“Then we revealed to you this scripture (Quran), truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with God's revelations” 5:48

“Those who do not rule in accordance with God's revelations are the disbelievers.” 5:44


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