EXPANDING UNIVERSE

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THE ARABIC WORD MEANS “EXPANSE”
After scientists discovered that the universe is expanding, Muslims translators began to translate the word in verse 51:47 as “expanding” to add modern science to the Quran.
Notice that the form of the word used in verse 51:47 is a noun, It cannot possibly be the verb or adjective “expanding”.
Some translated it as “steadily expanding”, but no Arabic word meaning “steadily” is in the verse.
Muslim websites cite the 1955 (non-Muslim) Arthur John Arberry interpretation “We extend it wide”, not mentioning he was not a Muslim.
LIST OF 50 QURAN TRANSLATIONS OF VERSE 51:47 BY MUSLIMS
[The dates are the dates of the original translations from Arabic.
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ASTROPHYSICS IN THE QURAN

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Harun Yahya imaginatively claims that Quran verse 51:7 reveals that the paths of the seven heavens are like the threads in a piece of fabric, so the verse reveals string theory.
The Arabic word used in Quran verse 77:25 translated into English as “receptacle” means a place where objects are gathered. Harun Yahya uses the “pull close” meaning of the verb to misinterpret the verse as revealing Isaac Newton’s laws of gravity.
In Quran verse 41:11 Allah is having a conversation with heaven while it was smoke, and with the Earth at the same time. Muslims have quoted the smoke out of context to be the big bang.
Quran verse 25:59 (Pickthall translation) merely says Allah “created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six Days”. It probably refers to angels, but some claim it describes interstellar gas.
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IRON AND WATER FROM OUTER SPACE

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Quran verse 57:25 says “and We also sent down iron …” In pre-Muslim times people gathered fragments of iron-nickel meteorites.

Muslim websites claim that Quran verse 2:74 revealed the recently discovered scientific fact that the water in the Earth’s oceans came from asteroids. Actually, the verse says the opposite. It says rocks at springs have warm hearts and contain water, but rocks falling from the sky have cold hearts and do not contain water.
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MOTION OF STARS

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Harun Yahya and some Muslim websites misinterpret “all float on in their own orbits” at the end of Quran verse 36:40 about the sun and moon being in orbit around the Earth to instead mean that the sun travels through our galaxy, that whole galaxies move in paths, and that a galaxy can pass through another galaxy without the stars of one galaxy hitting the stars of the other galaxy.
Quranist translator Edip Yüksel claims Quran verse 51:7 about paths in the 7 heavens is a scientific revelation that stars in galaxies do not collide with each other.
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BIG BANG

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In Quran verse 41:11, Allah is having a conversation with heaven while it was smoke, and with the Earth at the same time. Muslims quote the smoke out of context to claim it is the big bang.
Muslim websites claim Quran verse 41:11 revealed the scientific fact that the universe was created, rather than being of infinite age. But many ancient peoples believed that the universe was created and did not always exist.

Quran verse 21:30 states that the heavens and the Earth were originally joined later were parted. This could have been copied from Mesopotamian myths which say the body of the slain creation and ocean goddess Tiamat was divided to form the heavens and the Earth.

Muhammad Asad’s footnote 38 to Quran verse 41:11 claims that this verse means that the universe originated from hydrogen.
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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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RED SKY ON JUDGEMENT DAY

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Quran verse 55:37 “And when the heaven shall be rent in sunder, and shall become red …” [George Sale translation] is not about supernovas, nebulas or stars turning red after they have exhausted most of their nuclear fuel. It is located in a section about Judgement Day, and is merely describing Judgement Day.
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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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SPEED OF LIGHT IN THE QURAN

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The claim that Quran verse 32.5 gives the speed of light is a long convoluted claim that the distance the moon travels around the Earth in a thousand years is equal to the distance an angel made of light travels on Judgement Day to deliver to Allah the report of who deserves to go to heaven and who deserves to go to hell. It is assumed that it takes exactly 24 hours for the report to arrive.
Munir Munshey’s translation interprets Quran verse 22:47 to be saying that infidels taunted Muslims, asking them “Why doesn’t your Allah intervene to destroy the infidels today?”. The Muslims replied (implying that Allah works slowly but surely) that Allah eventually will keep his promise Muslim websites claim verse 32:5 [ http://www.islamawakened.com/Quran/32/5/default.htm ] reveals the speed of light.
Although the moon is never mentioned in the verse, they let their imaginations run wild to claim that since time is measured by observing the phases of the moon, 1000 years must mean the distance the moon travels around the Earth in 1000 years.
The 2 calculations differ by about 20%, which is a very good coincidence but not perfect.

Others have instead imaginatively interpreted the phrase “whose length shall be a thousand years” to mean the report covers a time span of a thousand years, and interpreted the verse as saying that the Day of Judgement will seem to be a thousand years to those worrying about being sent to hell.
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