BBC TELEVISION SHOW CLAIMS BLACK HOLES ARE QURAN VACUUM CLEANERS

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Quran verses 81:15-16 which word-by-word translate as “I swear by hidden, swiftly moving hidden” can be interpreted to mean almost anything.

Perhaps the most implausible claim made about this verse is that made by the producer of the “Scientific Miracles of the Quran”  video from the BBC.

The Quran verse uses the word “jawari”, which in addition to meaning “swiftly moving” can also mean “to sweep with a broom”. After the vacuum cleaner was invented, the word “jawari” acquired the meaning “to use a vacuum cleaner”.
Therefore the BBC video claims that these verses predicted that black holes would be discovered that are “like giant vacuum cleaners sucking up debris in outer space”. Actually, black holes attract dust by the force of gravity. They do not create a vacuum that sucks in dust.

Quran verses 56:75-76 mention the place where the stars set, which some translators have interpreted as being a black hole.
Actually, the meaning of the verse is probably similar to the verses that say the sun sets in a murky spring in the west.

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simulated view of a black hole in front of distant objects


ARABIC WORD FOR SWEEP NOW MEANS TO USE A VACUUM CLEANER
Quran verses 81:15-16 which word-by-word translate as “I swear by hidden, swiftly moving hidden” can be interpreted to mean almost anything, and therefore are a favorite for those Muslims attempting to make claims that the Quran describes scientific facts that had not yet been discovered by scientists.
Perhaps the most implausible claim made about this verse is that made by the producer of the “Scientific Miracles of the Quran” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss-fuY3hTO8
video from the BBC. The Quran verse uses the word “jawari”, which in addition to meaning “swiftly moving” can also mean “to sweep with a broom”. After the vacuum cleaner was invented, the word “jawari” acquired the meaning “to use a vacuum cleaner”.
Therefore the BBC video claims that these verses predicted that black holes would be discovered that are “like giant vacuum cleaners sucking up debris in outer space”. By the way, black holes attract dust by the force of gravity; they do not create a vacuum that sucks in dust.
PLACE WHERE THE STARS SET IS A BLACK HOLE
Quran verses 56:75-76 mention the place where the stars set, which some translators have interpreted as being a black hole.
Actually, the meaning of the verse is similar to the verses that say the sun sets in a murky spring in the west.
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