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The Arabic word in Quran verse 79:30 that means “flat”, or the “flat place” where an ostrich lays its egg, was mistranslated by Rashad Khalifa to mean “shaped like an ostrich egg”. Actually, the Earth is nearly spherical, bulging only slightly at its equator but an ostrich egg is an entirely different shape that is elongated.
Nurri & Hoque, in their footnote to Quran verse 21:30, interpreted “were once joined” to match a theory by scientist Alastair Cameron that the Earth was spun off from the sun.
Edip Yüksel interpreted “When Judgement comes by night or day” in Quran verse 10:24 to mean that Judgement Hour will arrive when half of the Earth is in darkness and the other half of the Earth is in light (revealing that the Earth is round).
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a man looking off the edge of a flat Earth
The Earth is flat — clip from a television show in Iraq https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMqPI-RMU7Q
The Arabic word that means “flat”, or the “flat place” where an ostrich lays its egg, was mistranslated by Rashad Khalifa to mean “shaped like an ostrich egg” in his attempt to prove that the Quran says the Earth is round. Arabic dictionaries were later changed to add the “egg-shaped” meaning.]
EARTH NOT FLATTENED BUT CAST OUT
Back before Rashad Khalifa invented the egg-shaped interpretation, Nuri & Hoque in 1964 interpreted dahaha in Quran verse 79:30 to mean cast out, and in their footnote explained that it means the planet Earth was thrown off from the sun. This was an imaginative way to avoid the correct translation of the Earth being flat.
Nurri & Hoque, in their footnote to Quran verse 21:30, interpreted “were once joined” to mean the Earth and the other planets were spun off from the sun. This (2000 English translation of the 1964 translation into Bengali) Nuri & Hoque interpretation was copied from the incorrect hypothesis 2 years earlier by Canadian-born American astronomer Alastair G. W. Cameron in 1962 that gravitational instability caused the Earth and other planets to be flung off from the sun.
Quran verse 10:24 says “When Judgement comes by night or day” and is traditionally interpreted to mean that only Allah knows whether Judgement Hour will arrive at night or in the daytime. Edip Yüksel’s footnote to the verse interpreted the verse to mean that Judgement Hour will arrive when half of the Earth is in darkness and the other half of the Earth is in light (revealing that the Earth is round).
SHAPED LIKE AN OSTRICH EGG
Doing a Google search on “dahaha quran dictionary” says the word in Quran verse 79:30 is dahaha or daḥāhā, that it means “to spread”, and that it comes from the root word “dāl ḥā wāw”.
Non-Muslim sites say dahaha can mean flat or a flat ostrich nest, but never means ostrich egg, and that the verse is saying the Earth is flat.
Edip Yüksel’s year 2007 footnote to verse 79:30 of his Quranist translation said dahaha comes from the root word dahy which means egg.
Edip Yüksel added that the Arabic word for ostrich egg is dahwa.
The website http://www.answering-christianity.com/egg-shaped_earth.htm
quotes Rashad Khalifa.
Rashad Khalifa’s 1978 Quranist translation said the Earth is shaped like an ostrich egg.
[Quranist means he did not use the hadiths, which are based on oral stories about Mohammed, to interpret the Quran.]
Saudi clerics issued a fatwa against Rashad Khalifa for this and other mistranslated verses in the Quran, resulting in Rashad Khalifa being assassinated in Arizona in the United States.
Today’s Saudi clerics are more tolerant of this ostrich egg interpretation.
The (lecturer from India) Zakir Naik borrows from Rashad Khalifa the mistranslation that the Quran says the Earth is shaped like an ostrich egg. In the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSAiPi4gSUU Zakir Naik takes a different Arabic word (meaning egg) and falsely claims it is related to the word used in the verse, while mistranslating the meaning of the word that is used in the verse as “expanse” instead of its actual meaning of “spread out or flattened”.
WHAT THE ARABIC SAYS ABOUT SHAPE OF EARTH
The website http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Flat_Earth_and_the_Quran has a very detailed analysis of the Arabic in several Quran verses, explaining that dahaha means “to spread”, and does not mean egg-shaped.
CLOSER TO ROUND THAN TO SHAPE OF OSTRICH EGG
Actually, the Earth is nearly spherical, bulging only slightly at its equator but an ostrich egg is an entirely different shape that is elongated and pointed.
Image by unknown engraver in a book written by Camille Flammarion, via Wikimedia Commons.
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