Scientific miracles in the Quran? Analysis of Zakir Naik’s claims, a video by The Masked Arab

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  1. θ says:

    Unlike many mistranslators of Qur’an, actually the Arabic word “Maghrab” in Q.18, v.86 means “Westward” correctly (the West = الغرب, Al Gharb), rather erroneously than the Sunset (Ghuruwb).

    Alexander the Great travels to the city of Olbia in Ukraine and the city of Tanais of Russia at the northern side of the Black Sea, where the Sun at the midday (highest culmination) appears just below the eyes and head of any observer. From Tanais city, one sees the Sun goes westward to a vastly muddy stream of the Black Sea.
    In the Climatology, Olbia and Tanais locate within the “Tepid” Zone or “Temperate” Zone.

    Next, Alexander travels to the India’s Beas river and Regio Patalis where the Sun at the midday (highest culmination) appears just above the head (overhead) of any observer.
    In the Climatology and Geography, the region of Beas river and Patala of Hindustan locates within the “Tropic” Zone or “Torrid” Zone.

    For the westward going of the Sun, Qur’an uses the word Gharb (West), instead of the Sunset (Ghuruwb).
    For the culmination of the Sun, Qur’an uses the Arabic word “Tala'” (culminating), rather than the East (Sharq).

    Hence, Alexander crosses three zones at three utmost cities: Tepid (at Tanais of Russia), Subtropic (at Cyrene of Libya), and Tropic zone (at Beas river of India).
    In Ossetia, Alexander the Great builds a “molten gate” on a straitened pass (located between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea), so that he succeeds to force two tribes – Gog and Magog – to not be able to go southward into Asia, but have to mingle with other tribes (becoming Vandals, Suebi, Iberian).
    Qur’an Q.18, v.98 mentions that at time when the area (gate and two mounts therein) of Gog Magog turns to the dust completely and flattens out (just as a dusty mountain that gets exposed of Heavenly Light in Q.7, v.143), those tribes would receive a demonic power to conquer the world at every corner, except the city of Makkah.
    In Hadith, after the completion of the wall by Alexander, Allah strengthens the gate and the area around it with additional hidden “spiritual power” so that the wall can somewhat restore again its protective structure after a hole was made of it.

    //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gates_of_Alexander
    Josephus, a Jewish historian in the 1st century, is known to have written of Alexander’s gates, designed to be a barrier against the Scythians. According to this historian, the people whom the Greeks called Scythians were known (among the Jews) as Magogites, descendants of Magog in the Hebrew Bible. These references occur in two different works. The Jewish War states that the iron gates Alexander erected were controlled by the king of Hyrcania (on the south edge of the Caspian), and allowing passage of the gates to the Alans (whom Josephus considered a Scythic tribe) resulted in the sack of Media. Josephus’s Antiquities of the Jews contains two relevant passages, one giving the ancestry of Scythians as descendants of Magog son of Japheth, and another that refers to the Caspian Gates being breached by Scythians allied to Tiberius during the Armenian War.[a][2]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alans
    These Alans are said to be the ancestors of the modern Ossetians.[1]
    The Alans spoke an Eastern Iranian language which derived from Scytho-Sarmatian and which in turn evolved into modern Ossetian.[2][9][10]
    The contemporary Jewish historian, Josephus (37–100) supplements this inscription. Josephus reports in the Jewish Wars (book 7, ch. 7.4) how Alans (whom he calls a “Scythian” tribe) living near the Sea of Azov crossed the Iron Gates for plunder (72 AD) and defeated the armies of Pacorus, king of Media, and Tiridates, King of Armenia, two brothers of Vologeses I (for whom the above-mentioned inscription was made):
    4. Now there was a nation of the Alans, which we have formerly mentioned somewhere as being Scythians, and living around Tanais and Lake Maeotis. This nation about this time laid a design of falling upon Media, and the parts beyond it, in order to plunder them; with which intention they treated with the king of Hyrcania; for he was master of that passage which king Alexander shut up with iron gates. This king gave them leave to come through them; so they came in great multitudes, and fell upon the Medes unexpectedly, and plundered their country, which they found full of people, and replenished with abundance of cattle, while nobody dared make any resistance against them;

  2. θ says:

    Unlike many English translators that may mistakenly mistranslate Qur’an, actually the Arabic word “Maghrab” in Q.18, v.86 means “Westward” correctly (the West = الغرب, Al Gharb), rather than the Sunset (Ghuruwb) erroneously.

    Alexander the Great travels to the city of Olbia in Ukraine and the city of Tanais of Russia at the northern side of the Black Sea, where the Sun at the midday (highest culmination) appears just below the eyes and head of any observer. Hence, one finds the Sun going westward at his side (not overhead), in which Qur’an uses the Arabic words “‘indaha Qawm”. From Tanais city, one also finds how the Sun goes westward to a vastly muddy stream of the Black Sea.
    In the Climatology, Olbia and Tanais locate within the “Tepid” Zone or “Temperate” Zone.

    Next, Alexander travels to the India’s Beas river and Regio Patalis where the Sun at the midday (highest culmination) appears just above the head (overhead) of any observer, just Q.18, v.90 describes using the Arabic word “‘ala Qawm”.
    In the Climatology and Geography, the region of Beas river and Patala of Hindustan locates within the “Tropic” Zone or “Torrid” Zone.

    For the westward going of the Sun, Qur’an uses the word Gharb (West), instead of the word Ghuruwb (Sunset) in Q.18, v.86.
    For the culmination of the Sun, Qur’an uses the Arabic word “Tala’” (culminating), rather than the word Sharq (East) in Q.18, v.90.

    Hence, Alexander crosses three zones at three utmost cities: Tepid (at Tanais of Russia), Subtropic (at Cyrene of Libya), and Tropic zone (at Beas river of India).
    In Ossetia, Alexander the Great builds a “molten gate” on a straitened pass (located between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea), so that he succeeds to force two tribes – Gog and Magog – to not be able to go southward into Asia, but have to mingle with other tribes (becoming Vandals, Suebi, Iberian).
    Qur’an Q.18, v.98 mentions that at time when the area (gate and two mounts therein) of Gog Magog turns to the dust completely and flattens out (just as a dusty mountain that gets exposed of Heavenly Light in Q.7, v.143), those tribes would receive a demonic power to conquer the world at every corner, except the city of Makkah.
    In Hadith, it is hinted that two tribes Gog Magog may be quite vulnerable of unknown demonic or Jinn controls. Thus, after the completion of the wall by Alexander, Allah strengthens the gate and the area around it with additional hidden “spiritual power” so that the wall can somewhat restore again its protective structure after a hole was made of it.

    //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gates_of_Alexander
    Josephus, a Jewish historian in the 1st century, is known to have written of Alexander’s gates, designed to be a barrier against the Scythians. According to this historian, the people whom the Greeks called Scythians were known (among the Jews) as Magogites, descendants of Magog in the Hebrew Bible. These references occur in two different works. The Jewish War states that the iron gates Alexander erected were controlled by the king of Hyrcania (on the south edge of the Caspian), and allowing passage of the gates to the Alans (whom Josephus considered a Scythic tribe) resulted in the sack of Media. Josephus’s Antiquities of the Jews contains two relevant passages, one giving the ancestry of Scythians as descendants of Magog son of Japheth, and another that refers to the Caspian Gates being breached by Scythians allied to Tiberius during the Armenian War.[a][2]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alans
    These Alans are said to be the ancestors of the modern Ossetians.[1]
    The Alans spoke an Eastern Iranian language which derived from Scytho-Sarmatian and which in turn evolved into modern Ossetian.[2][9][10]
    The contemporary Jewish historian, Josephus (37–100) supplements this inscription. Josephus reports in the Jewish Wars (book 7, ch. 7.4) how Alans (whom he calls a “Scythian” tribe) living near the Sea of Azov crossed the Iron Gates for plunder (72 AD) and defeated the armies of Pacorus, king of Media, and Tiridates, King of Armenia, two brothers of Vologeses I (for whom the above-mentioned inscription was made):
    4. Now there was a nation of the Alans, which we have formerly mentioned somewhere as being Scythians, and living around Tanais and Lake Maeotis. This nation about this time laid a design of falling upon Media, and the parts beyond it, in order to plunder them; with which intention they treated with the king of Hyrcania; for he was master of that passage which king Alexander shut up with iron gates. This king gave them leave to come through them; so they came in great multitudes, and fell upon the Medes unexpectedly, and plundered their country, which they found full of people, and replenished with abundance of cattle, while nobody dared make any resistance against them;

  3. θ says:

    Gog-Magog’s Scythian belief: Human sacrifice, mutilation, worship of the god of war, and the “cross-dressing” priests.
    Worship of “Scythian Ares”
    Although Tabiti was apparently the most important deity in the Scythian pantheon, the worship accorded to the deity Herodotus refers to as “Ares” was unique. .
    …of all the enemies whom they take captive in war they sacrifice one man in every hundred, not in the same manner as they sacrifice cattle, but in a different manner: for they first pour wine over their heads, and after that they cut the throats of the men, so that the blood runs into a bowl; and then they carry this up to the top of the pile of brushwood and pour the blood over the sword. This, I say, they carry up; and meanwhile below by the side of the temple they are doing thus: they cut off all the right arms of the slaughtered men with the hands and throw them up into the air, and then when they have finished offering the other victims, they go away; and the arm lies wheresoever it has chanced to fall, and the corpse apart from it.[3]

    According to Tadeusz Sulimirski, this form of worship continued among the descendants of the Scythians, the Alans, through to the 4th century CE.[5]

    Enarei
    The Enarei were a privileged caste of hereditary priests which played an important political role in Scythian society as they were believed to have received the gift of prophesy directly from the goddess Argimpasa.[6] The method employed by the Enarei differed from that practised by traditional Scythian diviners: whereas the latter used a bundle of willow rods, the Enarei used strips cut from the bark of the linden tree (genus tilia) to tell the future.
    The Enarei were also noted for dressing themselves in the clothes of women, a custom which Herodotus understands as being reflected in the title ena-rei, glossing this as ἀνδρό-γυνοι or “man-women”.[6]

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