DARKNESS IN THE SEAS AND INTERNAL WAVES
Another “miracle” that has dumbfounded
our Muslim friends is the verse 24:40:
Or [the unbelievers' state] are like the darkness of
a fathomless sea which is covered by waves above which are waves above
which are clouds, layers of darkness, one upon the other. If he puts out
his hand, he can scarcely see it. Those Allah gives no light to, they
have no light. (Qur'an, 24:40)
Muslims claims that in deep seas and oceans, the darkness increases and
since human beings are not able to dive to a depth of more than 70 meters
without the aid of special equipment, the above verse indicates that
Muhammad had divine knowledge.
This is an obvious self deluding fallacy. Anyone who has dived only a
few meters in the sea can see that the light decreases with depth,
especially if there layers of clouds blocking the sunlight. Since
antiquity Arabs used to dive into the Red Sea to harvest coral. Claiming
that only Muhammad knew that in deep seas there is little light is preposterous
when this can be observed by anyone diving into the sea.
Such claims only prove the desperation of the Muslims to fabricate
miracles for a book that contains nothing but absurdities and
But that is not all. Muslims also see another miracle in this verse.
They say the part that says "...like the
darkness of a fathomless sea which is covered by waves above which are
waves above which are clouds…" is another another miracle of
the Qur'an because:
"Scientists have only recently discovered that there are
sub-surface waves, which "occur on density interfaces between layers
of different densities." These internal waves cover the deep waters
of seas and oceans because deep water has a higher density than the water
above it. Internal waves act like surface waves. They can break, just like
surface waves. Internal waves cannot be discerned by the human eye, but
they can be detected by studying temperature or salinity changes at a
We can clearly see that Muhammad in this verse is not talking about any
internal and underwater waves. His language is confused. That is why
Muslims try to interpret his words in any way that please. How difficult
was for him to be specific and say that in the sea there are internal
ways? But he is talking about waves over wave as experienced by a person
that is being drowned in the sea.
I am always amazed to see the
desperation of the Muslims to find miracles in the most banal statements
of the Quran.
This verse is not trying to explain to the readers
how the deep oceans look but it is exemplifying the state of the
unbeliever with something that is already known to the reader. This shows
that people who read this verse already knew that the dept of ocean is
dark (just as anyone knows today) and with this example Muhammad tried to
make them visualize the state of the unbeliever. If they did not know that
the deep waters are dark then the verse would not express what it intends
to express. If I tell you my tie is the color of my hat, when you do
know know what color is my hat, you would not understand what color is my
tie and I would not be speaking clear to you. Remember, clarity is one of
the claims of the Quran. But if I say my tie is red like cherry, you’ll
soon know what color I am talking about because you have seen cherries and
you are familiar with their color.
Furthermore Muhammad is not talking about “deep
oceans”. In deep oceans you do not need to “stretch your hand” as
Muhammad says, in order not to see it. You cannot see anything.
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