|The Sun & Moon Move With Their Own Motion part 2
The Quran makes the following
statement about the sun and the moon:
Each one is travelling in an orbit with its own motion (Quran
Why did the Quran say that the sun and moon move with their own
motion? And, if that is true, where did the author
of the Quran get this information?
The fact is that the sun and moon rotate on their axes and are in part
animated by this rotating motion.
The phrase travelling with its own motion in the verses quoted
above is a translation of the arabic verb yasbahoon.
This could also be translated they swim. In that case, the
verse would read that the sun and the moon, Each swim in
its own orbit. Those who translate the verse this way explain that
the term swim refers to movement with ones own
internally generated force. Furthermore the movement of a swimmer is graceful,
measured, and smooth. This is a very
fitting description for the movement of the stars and planets including
the sun and the moon.
After describing the scientific data concerning the rotation of the sun
and the moon, Dr. Bucaille says:
These motions of the two celestial bodies are confirmed by the data
of modern science, and it is inconceivable that a
man living in the seventh century A.D. . . . could have imagined them
(The Bible, the Quran and Science, p. 163).
It is also amazing that the Quran uses a different term for the
movement of the clouds and the mountains (see Quran
27:88). Obviously, the clouds and mountains are driven by external forces.
The cloud is driven by he wind and the
mountains move with the rotation of the earth. The sun and moon, however,
move with their own motion, and
therefore the Quran uses a peculiar term they swim to
refer to their smooth, graceful, self-propelled movement.
How did the author of the Quran know enough to make this choice
of words that will reflect a modern sientific truth?
The Quran is no less than a revelation from God.