Genesis According to Muhammad
Quran and Hadith contain references to
creation of the world and the physical realities that are
nothing short of scientific heresies. Despite the effort of some
Muslim apologists to reinterpret them and find some esoteric
meaning hidden within these absurd talks, their obvious contrast
with science and logic is enough to realize that Islam was not
inspired by God. The following is one of them.
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 414
"… He (Muhammad) said,
"First of all, there was nothing but Allah, and (then He
created His Throne). His throne was over the water, and He
wrote everything in the Book (in the Heaven) and created the
Heavens and the Earth…"
Does this story make any sense? Notice that the contents of the
parenthesis are from the translator. If there was ‘nothing’
how Allah could have put His Throne over the water? Where was
Allah sitting prior to that? From the above hadith one perceives
that the water was there before the creation of the heaven and
the earth. There is no mention that God created water! What was
holding that water? Don’t you have to have a space first to
put the Earth in it? And don’t you need to have an Earth to
contain the water? It appears as if there is an error in the
order of creation.
According to Muhammad the Earth was flat
and there are several verses as well as hadithes that confirm
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."
Then followed he (another) way,
Until, when he came to the rising of the sun, he found it
rising on a people for whom We had provided no covering
protection against the sun.
Some scholars believe that Zul-qaranain
is Alexander the Great who, according to the old folks had
conquered from one end of the world to the other. What is
important here, is that the sun rises and sets in ALL places.
One does not have to go ‘another way’ to the other end of
the world to find it rising. This gives an idea that Muhammad,
just like the people of his time believed that the Earth is
flat and the sun moves in the sky rising from one place and
setting in another. There is also a hadith that supports this
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 421
Narrated Abu Dhar:
The Prophet asked me at sunset, "Do you know where the
sun goes (at the time of sunset)?" I replied, "Allah
and His Apostle know better." He said, "It goes
(i.e. travels) till it prostrates Itself underneath the Throne
and takes the permission to rise again, and it is permitted
and then (a time will come when) it will be about to prostrate
itself but its prostration will not be accepted, and it will
ask permission to go on its course but it will not be
permitted, but it will be ordered to return whence it has come
and so it will rise in the west. And that is the
interpretation of the Statement of Allah: "And the sun
Runs its fixed course for a term (decreed). That is The Decree
of (Allah) The Exalted in Might, The All-Knowing."
See how this Hadith is confirmed in the Quran? So there is no
doubt about it. It is sahih. But does it make sense?
Do you get the picture? Now compliment the whole thing with
Have We not made the earth as a wide expanse,
And the mountains as pegs?
The word “expanse” gives an idea of something flat. The
Arabic word used in Quran is "mehad", (bed). Beds are
I don’t want to dwell on the obvious. Dose the whole story
make sense? Doesn’t this Hadith and the one above it, backed
by these verses from Quran, clearly describe a flat Earth, where
the sun rises from one side of it and sets in the murky waters
on the opposite side? Is there a Throne somewhere that the sun
goes under it and gets permission? What Throne is he talking
about? Is it the same Throne of God that is placed over the
waters? When and how the sun prostrates itself? The Earth is
spherical; can anybody look out and see any Throne anywhere? Has
anybody noticed where in the sky the sun stops to ask
permission? The absurdity of these tales is self-explanatory yet
a Muslim would not pause for a moment to question their
validity. If it is in the Quran, it must be true even if it is
For the origin of these stories one has to
look into the tales of the people before Islam. In 1952 Theodor
H. Gaster compiled a book called The Oldest Stories in the Word.
It is a collection of the lore of the Babylonian, Hittite and
Canaanite people of 3500 years ago; stories that were lost and
then unearthed in the 20th century. One is astounded to find the
similarities of those old stories and the stories in Quran and
the Bible including the above Hadith, which proves that Quran is
not a divine book but a collection of the, old tales that was
part of the folklore of the people to whom Muhammad was talking.
In another Hadith Muhammad compares the
rise and the set of the sun to a bow. This is of course how the
movement of the sun appears from the Earth. To the primitive
people it appeared that the sun rises from the East and sets in
the West making a bow in the sky. Therefore the comparison.
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 51:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "A place in Paradise as small as a
bow is better than all that on which the sun rises and sets
(i.e. all the world)." He also said, "A single
endeavor in Allah's Cause in the afternoon or in the forenoon
is better than all that on which the sun rises and sets."