Shooting Stars Used as Missiles to Hit the Jinn
Muhammad just as his Bedouin contemporaries had a strange belief in
shadowy beings and ghosts that he called Jinn.
These Jinns were made of fire and would stand on top of each
other’s shoulders all the way to heaven to eavesdrop to what was being
discussed. But the most amusing part is that the prophet believed that
the shooting stars and the meteors are the missiles thrown at the
“And (the Jinn who had listened to the Qur'an said): We had
sought the heaven but had found it filled with strong warders and
And we used to sit on places (high) therein to listen. But he who
listeneth now findeth a flame in wait for him;"
He repeated the same absurd idea
”We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty (in) the
(For beauty) and for guard against all obstinate rebellious evil
(So) they should not
strain their ears in the direction of the Exalted Assembly but be cast
away from every side,
Repulsed, for they are under a perpetual penalty,
Except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued
by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness.
“And we have, (from of old), adorned the lowest heaven
with Lamps, and We have made such (Lamps) (as) missiles to drive away
the Evil Ones, and have prepared for them the Penalty of the Blazing
The universe as was envisioned by Muhammad, obviously belongs to the
realm of fairy tales. The Earth for him was flat were the sun rises from
one end and sets in the muddy waters on the other. In Arabic the word
“sama” stands for both heaven and sky. And for Muhammad, just like
his primitive contemporaries there was no distinction between the two.
He described the heaven (sky) made of seven layers and placed the stars
in the lowest layer, lower than the Moon. Then he envisioned the
mythical Jinns as if they were real beings, standing on each other’s
shoulders all the way to heaven to eavesdrop to the discussion of the
“Exalted Assembly”. He assumed that the stars are just lamps to
adorn the lower heaven that are also used as missiles to shoot the
intruding Jinns. Can any reasonable person today accept these fables of
those primitive people as true?
The shooting stars, despite their names are not stars but meteorites
that glow when enter the atmosphere of the Earth. But Muhammad, could
not see the difference; to him the shooting stars were stars.
As absurd as it may be, today’s Muslims still believe in the Jinns.
It is written in Quran and for them the Quran is the word of Allah. How
can it be wrong?
There is also a Hadith that confirms the above
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 432
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The angels descend, the clouds and
mention this or that matter decreed in the Heaven. The devils listen
stealthily to such a matter, come down to inspire the soothsayers with
it, and the latter would add to it one-hundred lies of their own."
A similar hadith is reported in Sahih
Bukhari Volume 9, Book 93, Number 650