“The Last Hour draws near, and the moon is split asunder!” (Quran 54:1)
An old text does of course not qualify for scientific evidence. Eye witnesses does not count as evidence if it can not be confirmed TODAY. We have ancient text claiming all sorts of different things, and we do not consider them evidence.
”Had the event never occurred, Muslims themselves would have doubted their religion and many would have left it!”
Why? That is not true for other religions.. Several things supposedly supported by eye witnesses is contrary to Islam, and they still did not leave their religion.
Take Jesus Crucifixion, something Muslims do not agree to. Did all Christians leave Christianity? NO!
”The Meccans would have said, ‘Hey, your prophet is a liar, the moon never split, and we never saw it split!’”
Why? Maybe there was a nature phenomena making it look sort of cracked? Also, as I said, wouldn’t the Christians have said ”hey, he was never resurrected, you are lying”?
”Instead, the believers grew stronger in their faith and the only explanation the Meccans could come up with was, ‘passing magic!’”
The EXACT same argument used by William Lain Craig to prove Jesus resurrection. The disciples believed and gre stronger in belief, they were willing to die, so it must be true..
The 911-bombers were willing to die, were they correct? People haven’t been fooled before? People haven’t been payed to lie? Stories doesn’t get embellished in time?
”The splitting of the moon is confirmed through eye-witness testimony transmitted through an unbroken chain of reliable scholars”
Which is not evidence, eye witnesses are for example not strong evidence in the Court of Law, DNA tops it a 100 times over. Eye witnesses several hundred years back in no way counts as evidence. They may have lied, they may have been payed, they may have been fooled, and so on. There is no way to verify it today, so it is not evidence. You must be able to verify evidence TODAY, trough tests. Since this is a scientific question.
”so many that it is impossible that it could be false (hadith mutawatir).”
The same would argue both Jesus Crucifixion, and Prince Arjunas existence (in Hinduism). You accept a half god walking around on earth that has no part of abrahamic doctrine? You have to, if you accept these eye witnesses. Otherwise, it is cherry picking.
Also, where is the evidence that all these people is not just one person claiming to be different people?
”A skeptic might ask, do we have any independent historical evidence to suggest the moon was ever split? After all, people around the world should have seen this marvelous event and recorded it.”
First logical statement in the article..
”The answer to this question is twofold. First, people around the world could not have seen it as it would have been daytime, late night, or early morning in many parts of the world.”
But that only goes for half the world, the other half would have seen, and recorded it. You see the moon in most parts of the day if it is strong, and it is in several places on earth.
”The following table will give the reader some idea of corresponding world times to 9:00 pm Mecca time” (cutting that out to save space)
Several of which would have been able to see the moon. None of which recorded seeing the moon being split.
”Also, it is not likely that a large number of people in lands close by would be observing the moon at the exact same time.”
Yes it is HIGHLY likely that someone would. The moon would have been visible to at least half a billion people, to assume that only a selected few saw this, is incredibly irrational.
”They had no reason to.”
How many times have you watched the moon? How many of these did you actually have a reason to? I have seen the moon thousands of times, and I do not think I ever had a reason to. This argument assumes that out at least half a billion people living in places where one could see the moon, no one did.
”Even if some one did, it does not necessarily mean people believed him and kept a written record of it,”
No, astrologers (of which there probably was a few watching the moon at that time) just ignored this incredible event! Yeah..
This is in anyway a flawed argument, built only on ”if”.
”especially when many civilizations at that time did not preserve their own history in writing.”
And many many DID.
”Second, we actually have an independent, and quite amazing, historical corroboration of the event from an Indian king of that time.”
OK lets see this one.
”Kerala is a state of India. The state stretches for 360 miles (580 kilometers) along the Malabar Coast on the southwestern side of the Indian peninsula. King Chakrawati Farmas of Malabar was a Chera king, Cheraman perumal of Kodungallure. He is recorded to have seen the moon split.”
According to the Muslims, Cheraman Perumal lived during Muhammad’s lifetime as they claim he witnessed the ‘splitting of the moon’ incident.
1) The evidence that Chakrawati Farmas and Cheraman Perumal are the same person comes from the fact that the above story relates to both Chakrawati Farmas and Cheraman Perumal. Also, the account of Cheraman Perumal is identical or very similar to that of Chakrawati Farmas, particularly with respect to the Hajj.
2) According to the Muslims, Cheraman Perumal lived during Muhammad’s lifetime as they claim he witnessed the ‘splitting of the moon’ incident.
3) A new discovery suggests Cheraman Perumal left for Mecca sometime around 642-643 AD. http://web.archive.org/web/20050211200505/http://muslimsonline.com/babri/keralamuslim.htm
4) Alas, this Muslim discovery proves the Muslim legend in error as Muhammad died in 632 AD, thus making it impossible for Cheraman Perumal to have personally witnessed the ‘moon splitting’ incident which happened at least a decade after his death.
”A group of Muslim merchant’s passing by Malabar on their way to China spoke to the king about how God had supported the Arabian prophet with the miracle of splitting of the moon. The shocked king said he had seen it with his own eyes as well, deputized his son, and left for Arabia to meet the Prophet in person. The Malabari king met the Prophet, bore the two testimonies of faith, learned the basics of faith, but passed away on his way back and was buried in the port city of Zafar, Yemen.”
As Hijra is traditionally accepted to have occurred in the year 622 AD, the ‘moon splitting’ incident must have occurred sometime around 617 AD. This means that Malik bin Dinar’s arrival in Malabar in 629 AD was about 12 years too late for Cheraman Perumal to have witnessed the ‘moon splitting’ incident. More likely Malik bin Dinar told the king this lie, rather than the king himself witness the incident. Through time, the legend transmuted from Cheraman Perumal being told the incident to him witnessing the incident.
”A pre-renovation picture of the Cheraman Juma Masjid, India’s oldest mosque dating back to 629 CE. Image courtesy of http://www.islamicvoice.com.”
A depiction made AFTER the myth was born is in no way evidence of course.
”The Indian sighting and the meeting of the Indian king with Prophet Muhammad is also reported by Muslim sources. The famous Muslim historian, Ibn Kathir, mentions the splitting of the moon was reported in parts of India.”
A Muslim writing something to support his leader, what evidence! That is like asking Hitler if Nazism is a good idea, I mean, ffs, BIAS.
”Also, the books of hadith have documented the arrival of the Indian king and his meeting the Prophet. Abu Sa’id al-Khudri, a companion of Prophet Muhammad, states:
“The Indian king gifted the Prophet with a jar of ginger. The companions ate it piece by piece. I took a bite as well.”
But, as proven by Muslims themselves (source above), the years does not add up.
“Exalted is He who took His Servant [Prophet Muhammad] by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.” (Quran 17:1)
“So will you dispute with him over what he saw? And he certainly saw him in another descent at the Lote Tree of the Utmost Boundary – near it is the Garden of Refuge (Paradise) – when there covered the Lote Tree that which covered (it). The sight (of the Prophet) did not swerve, nor did it transgress (its limit). He certainly saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.” (Quran 53:12-18)
The event is also confirmed through eye-witness testimony transmitted through the ages with an unbroken chain of reliable scholars (hadith mutawatir).”
Yeah a Muslim source saying that its own religion is true, not evidence.
If the moon has been split or not, is a SCIENTIFIC QUESTION, and require scientific evidence. That means, observations that can be repeated, confirmed, and falsified. This article provided no such evidence. No evidence at all except the flawed argument ”many people claimed to have seen it”. That goes for aliens too..
In fact, that is a good comparison.
THIS article contains the same level of evidence as Alien sightings.
Now, we look at what the experts say, the ones who have been looking at EVIDENCE:
”No current scientific evidence reports that the Moon was split into two (or more) parts and then reassembled at any point in the past.”