DARKNESS AND LIGHT IN THE QURAN

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Some Muslim websites claim that Quran verse 25:61 says that the moon reflects the light of the sun. The evidence they give is that the sun is described as a “lamp” but the moon is described as “munīran” which they inaccurately translate as “shining”.
But the word “munīran” is the adjective (active participle) form of the noun “nīran” (fire). The correct translation of “munīran” is “afire” or “on fire”.
One Muslim website claims jinn (creatures also mentioned in pre-Islamic Arabian mythology) and the unseen world they inhabit cannot be seen because they are made of dark matter.
Harun Yahya claims quasars and gravitational lensing are revealed in the Quran verse 24:35 phrase “a niche wherein is a lamp”.

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800px-horsehead-hubble

cold dark cloud of gas and dust

DARK MATTER
Some Muslim websites claim that the description in Quran verses such as 24:35 of stars as lamps reveals that dark matter was making the sky dark. Perhaps these Muslims do not understand that hypothetical dark matter does not absorb, reflect or refract light, and is only detected because its gravity causes gravitational lensing and affects the rotational speed of stars in a galaxy and the rotational speed of galaxies in a cluster of galaxies
One Muslim website claims jinn (creatures also mentioned in pre-Islamic Arabian mythology) and the unseen world they inhabit cannot be seen because they are made of dark matter.

GRAVITATIONAL LENSING
Harun Yahya claims quasars are revealed in Quran verse 24:35 “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light. Allah guideth unto His light whom He will. And Allah speaketh to mankind in allegories, for Allah is Knower of all things.”. (Pickthall translation)
Harun Yahya claims that “a niche wherein is a lamp” reveals gravitational lensing.

INFRARED AND ULTRAVIOLET
Quran verse 6:1 merely says Allah made the darkness and the light. It is not a revelation of the scientific fact that infrared and ultraviolet frequencies of electromagnetic radiation are not visible.


Image by Hubble Space Telescope, via Wikimedia Commons.
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