A false religion - for many reasons

4) Scientific statements in the Quran are wrong. 

Claims by Moslems that the Quran contains scientific revelations are NOT true.  Moslems have gone to extreme lengths to prove scientific revelations in the Quran, but all of these supposed Divine revelations are bogus for one of three reasons: 1) the verses are so vague they could be interpreted any number of ways: 2) Some revelations are mere observations of nature: or 3) Scientific statements that are just plain WRONG.

Some examples of scientific statements that are WRONG:   

The Water Cycle: 

Water (1) evaporates from the seas and the earth; (2) becomes clouds; which (3) give rain; which (4) causes the land to bring forth, and (5) replenishes the water table, which reveals itself by gushing springs and full wells. Many verses in the Quran show steps 2, 3 and 4: 50:9-11, 35:9, 30:48, 7:57, 25:48-49, 45:5.  Step 5 is claimed in verses 23:18-19, 15:22, and 39:21.  There are no verses in the Quran showing step l.     

Interestingly, steps 2, 3, 4 and 5 were all known facts during and well before this time.  Step 1 was not understood until much later in history and this is the step that there is no “foreknowledge” of from the Quran. 

Now consider the Bible in Amos 5:8 (written about 1000 years before the Quran.  This verse shows steps 1 and 3.  From the book of Job in the Bible, (about 1000 years before the Quran) verses 36:26-28 shows steps 1, 2 and 3.  The book of the Prophet Hosea from the Bible, verse 13:15 clearly show step 5.        


Barrier between salt water and fresh water: 

In the Quran, verses 55:19-20 and 25:53 state that salt water and fresh water do not mix because there is a “barrier” between them.  


Sura 55:19-20 - “He has made the two seas to flow freely (so that) they meet together: Between them is a barrier which they cannot pass.” (Shakir)

Sura 25:53 - “And He it is Who has made two seas to flow freely, the one sweet that subdues thirst by its sweetness, and the other salt that burns by its saltness; and between the two He has made a barrier and inviolable obstruction.” (Shakir)

Sura 55:19-20 - “He has given freedom to the two great bodies of water, so that they might meet; [yet] between them is a barrier which they may not transgress.” (Asad)

Sura 25:53 - “And He it is who has given freedom of movement to the two great bodies of water - the one sweet and thirst allaying, and the other salty and bitter - and yet has wrought between them a barrier and a forbidding ban.” (Asad)


The oceans are all salt water. When fresh water from a river empties into the ocean, it doesn’t immediately mix because salt water is denser than fresh water. But over time, it does mix together. There is no barrier. If the Quran was correct, we would have large bodies of fresh water separate from salt water in the ocean. 


Development of human embryo:  

Muslims claim the Quran describes five stages of fetal development which are: 1) sperm (nutfa) 2) clot (‘alaqa) 3) piece or lump of flesh (mudagha) 4) bones (‘adaam) 5) dressing the bones with muscles. The following verses show the Quranic description of the 5 stage development of the human fetus: 23:12-14(stages 1 through 5), 75:37-39(stage 1, 2), 40:67(stage 1, 2), 22:5(stages 1 through 3), 96:1-2(stage 1). 

Modern science knows there is no clotting stage in the development of the fetus. We also know that muscles are formed several weeks before there are calcified bones.  So where did this “revelation” come from?  Greek medicine was highly regarded in Arabia at the time of Mohammed - especially a Greek doctor named Galen. These stages of prenatal development are in agreement with the medical beliefs from Greek medicine at the time the Quran was written.

This leads us to a scientific ommission in the Quran. There is no mention for the female contribution - the female eggs. Primitive peoples - including Arabs - thought that the whole child was in the “seed” of the man. The woman was regarded as the ‘oven’ for the process to be completed. It wasn’t until the 1660s that science began to discover the two components of human reproduction – eggs and sperm. 




Sura 16:66 says: “We pour out to you from what is within their (the cattle’s) abdomen, between excretions and blood, milk -pure and agreeable to the drinkers.” 


What??  The raw materials for milk production are transported via the bloodstream to the mammary glands. The mammary glands produce milk. Milk is NOT made in the blood stream. It is separate from the intestines and blood.


Where does the Sun go at night? 

(see if you can figure this one out)  Sura 18.86: 


Until when he reached the place where the sun set, he found it going down into a black sea, and found by it a people. We said: O Zulqarnain! either give them a chastisement or do them a benefit. (Shakir)

Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water: Near it he found a People: We said: "O Zul-qarnain! (thou hast authority,) either to punish them, or to treat them with kindness." (Yusef Ali)


This error by Allah was based on the belief that the earth was flat. Mohammed did not know that the earth was a sphere which revolved around the sun. Modern muslims are embarresed by this passage and attempt to dismiss it as poetry - but this passage is not part of a poem.


Where does the Sun come up from??


Sura 18: 90 “Till, when he reached the rising-place of the Sun, he found it rising on a people for whom We had appointed no shelter from it.”


The Sun does NOT orbit around the earth. 


Sura 36:40 “It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor doth the night outstrip the day. They float each in an orbit.” (Pickthall:)

“It is not permitted to the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: Each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit (according to Law).” (Yusuf Ali)


From ancient times it was believed that Heavenly bodies orbited around the Earth. The Quran is in agreement with this misconcenption. Copernicus challenged this belief in 1543 with the publication of ‘On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres,’ which posited that the Earth and the other planets instead revolved around the Sun.

Now THIS is scientific revelation.  Job 26:7,8 in the Bible: 

7: “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.”
8: “He binds up the water in His thick clouds, Yet the clouds are not broken under it.”