ANT AND BIRD FABLES IN THE QURAN

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TALKING ANT

In Quran verse 27:18 (John Medows Rodwell translation) a talking ant tells the other ants “O ye ants, enter your dwellings, lest Solomon and his army crush you and know it not”.

Nuri & Hoque botched an attempt to claim “Ants” was the name of a tribe of humans.
A Muslim YouTube video claims the Quran verse reveals the recently discovered scientific fact that ants can communicate with each other.
Asad explained in footnote 17 to Quran verses 27:18-19 that the story should not be taken literally but as a legend with a moral lesson about “loving compassion” for all living creatures.


TALKING BIRD
In Quran verses 27:22-24, a talking bird tells King Solomon that the Queen of Sheba and her people worship the sun.
ALLEGORIES
Verse 3:7 [Pickthall translation] explains that some revelations are “allegorical”.

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TALKING ANT
In Quran verse 27:18 (John Medows Rodwell translation) a talking ant tells the other ants “O ye ants, enter your dwellings, lest Solomon and his army crush you and know it not”.
Solomon actually hears and understands what the ant is saying.
http://www.islamawakened.com/Quran/27/18/default.htm
Nuri & Hoque attempted to hide the scientific error in the verse, but botched their attempt to prove that “Ants” was the name of a tribe of primitive people, by forgetting to alter the phrase about Solomon accidentally crushing them, which only makes sense if they are ants, not a tribe of people.
Edip Yüksel’s footnote to Quran verse 27:18 uses sarcasm and asks whether the ant recognized Solomon from the smell of his feet.
A Muslim YouTube video claims the Quran reveals the recently discovered scientific fact that ants.talk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEGPOaAilvc
The video starts with a recitation of the Quran verse about talking ants, followed by a clip from ABC News where an ABC reporter talks about the sounds made by a distressed queen ant vibrating her abdomen, and says “No, no one is saying these little creatures talk like they do in the movies”, followed by a clip from the 1998 Pixar cartoon movie “Antz” showing ants talking like people. The Muslim narrator misses the point that the ants on ABC News do not have intelligent conversations in Arabic.

Asad explained in footnote 17 to Quran verses 27:18-19 about a talking ant that the story should not be taken literally but as a legend with a moral lesson about “loving compassion” for all living creatures.

In its footnote to verse, 27;18, the Study Quran mentions an interpretation that it was a talking bird rather than a talking ant that spoke to Solomon.
This Quran verse was not the first instance of a story of a talking ant. In the 7th century BC, Aesop wrote a fable about an ant and a cicada talking to each other like humans talk.
The story is now called “The Ant and the Grasshopper”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Grasshopper.

TALKING BIRD

In Quran verses 27:22-24, a talking bird tells King Solomon that the Queen of Sheba and her people worship the sun.

SPIDER’S WEB PARABLE

Quran verse 29:41 (Pickthal translation states “The likeness of those who choose other patrons than Allah is as the likeness of the spider when she taketh unto herself a house”.

ALLEGORIES?
Verse 3:7 [Pickthall translation] explains “He it is Who hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture wherein are clear revelations – they are the substance of the Book – and others (which are) allegorical. But those in whose hearts is doubt pursue, forsooth, that which is allegorical seeking (to cause) dissension by seeking to explain it. None knoweth its explanation save Allah. And those who are of sound instruction say: We believe therein; the whole is from our Lord; but only men of understanding really heed.”.
Some Muslim scholars claim the verse about a talking ant probably was an allegory, but might reveal a method of communicating that current scientists do not know about but which scientists in the future will discover.

ALLAH USES FABLES TO TEACH MORAL LESSONS
Quran verse 2:26 says Allah is not embarrassed to teach moral lessons with examples of a small flying insect and a creature above it. The verse does not say whether the second creature appears in the same story as the small flying creature or in a different story. Above a small flying insect probably means larger than it, but has also been translated as more insignificant than a gnat or more disgusting than a mosquito.
One Muslim blog translated “above it” to mean attached to the mosquito’s body, interpreting the verse to be a scientific revelation that insects have external and internal parasites.


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