Title: The Qur’an, the Moon, and the Miracle of the Splitting
By Ahmed Sohail Siddiqui, Chief Editor, Bismillah News Channel New Delhi.
The Qur’an, considered the holy scripture of Islam, is renowned for its profound teachings and miraculous content. Among the many miracles associated with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), one remarkable event stands out—the splitting of the moon. This event, recorded in the Qur’an, is a testament to the Prophet’s divine mission and serves as a powerful reminder of the profound nature of his message.
Shaq al Qamar – The Miracle of the Splitting Moon:
The incident of the splitting of the moon is mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Qamar (Chapter 54), where Allah recounts this miraculous event as a sign of His mercy and the Prophet’s authenticity. The verse reads, “The Hour has come near, and the moon has split [in two].” (Qur’an, 54:1). This astounding occurrence is a symbol of Allah’s power and a validation of Prophet Muhammad’s prophethood.
The event of the splitting moon took place during a time when the Prophet faced skepticism and opposition from the Meccan disbelievers. They demanded a sign of his legitimacy as a prophet, seeking a miracle that would demonstrate his connection with the divine. Responding to their request, the Prophet invoked Allah’s mercy, and by the will of God, the moon visibly split into two distinct halves, presenting a breathtaking spectacle to all witnesses.
The splitting of the moon ( Shaq al Qamar ) , as described in the Qur’an, is often interpreted as a divine miracle rather than a natural phenomenon. Scientifically explaining this event is challenging, as it surpasses the boundaries of the known laws of physics. However, believers see this miracle as an illustration of Allah’s control over the natural world, a demonstration of His boundless power.
The splitting of the moon is not merely a historical event but also carries profound spiritual significance. It underscores the idea that the laws of nature are subject to divine intervention, reaffirming Allah’s sovereignty over creation. This miracle also serves as a reminder that faith is not rooted solely in empirical evidence but requires a willingness to recognize and accept the divine signs.
Message for Humanity:
The miracle of the splitting moon conveys a universal message that transcends time and culture. It highlights the concept of signs (Ayat) in the natural world that point to a higher reality. By reflecting on these signs, humans are urged to contemplate the existence of a Creator and to seek a deeper understanding of their purpose in life.
The miracle of the splitting moon stands as a remarkable event in Islamic history, reinforcing the authenticity of Prophet Muhammad’s mission and the divine origin of the Qur’an. It serves as a powerful reminder of Allah’s boundless power and mercy and encourages believers to ponder the signs embedded in the natural world. This miraculous incident continues to inspire and strengthen the faith of millions, echoing through generations as a testament to the profound nature of Islam’s message.
Bismillah News Channel research team adds :
Wal Qamra “Noor”an: The Moon as defined in the Quran
(It’s not about Chandrayaan 3)
While the Quran attributes the sun with “Dhiya” (unfortunately the scientists have not yet been able to understand the full scientific features of what they call the sunlight not “Dhiya” exactly), the Moon in Quran is attributed with “Noor” (A challenge for the global scientific fraternity to even measure the speed of Noor has not been met yet). Say, the sun light reaches the earth in X minutes, does according to modern Science the Moonlight (Not the Noor of course) takes the proportionate time to reach the earth? The second important point is the time taken in the completion of one full revolution of the Moon in its orbit around the Earth (i.e. one lunar month) is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds exactly. That makes a Lunar month in the Islamic Lunar calendar exact in terms of days and hours, unlike the Solar months of the Gregorian Calendar where a month can be either of 31 days or 30 days or 29 days or even 28 days (A total nonsensical calendar). This clearly shows that Sun is created to measure days and night and not months and years. Quran also says that the Moon prostrates (makes sajdah) and for the moon to make sajdah both the Earth’s and the Moon’s orbital planes have to be colinear at 180 degrees therefore attributing the moon’s orbit a tilt of 5.145 degrees is also Quranicaly unviable.