Another Saudi Cleric Rejects Fact That Earth Revolves Around The Sun
The earth revolving around the sun is observable and irrefutable science. But Islam’s scientific method has evidently replaced definitive observation with divine obligation. If the “prophet of Allah” says the sun runs its course around the earth, then all true Muslims are obliged to believe it. After all, “Allah” knows best …
Qur’an Sura 36:38, “And the sun runs [on course] toward its stopping point. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing.”
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Al Arabiya News – “A Saudi cleric has appeared in a recent video rejecting the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun and claiming the opposite holds true, prompting a wave of social media remarks.
Answering a student question on whether the Earth is stationary or moving, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari replied: ‘stationary and does not move.’
He then attempted to support his argument by quoting some clerics and selected religious statements. But his most controversial method to debunk the rotation theory was a ‘logical’ deduction in which he used a visual.
‘First of all, where are we now? we go to Sharjah airport to travel to China by plane, clear?! focus with me, this is Earth;’ he said, holding a sealed water cup.
He argued that if a plane stops still in air ‘China would be coming towards it’ in case the Earth rotates on one direction. It the Earth rotates on opposite direction, the plane would never reach China, because ‘China is also rotating.’
In separate statements Sheikh al-Khaibari said man never went to the moon, rejecting NASA’s lunar excursion video as Hollywood fabrication.
The video of the sheikh triggered a wave of controversial remarks on social media, especially on Twitter, where a special hashtag is being widely circulated. The hashtag translates as: ‘#cleric_rejects_rotation_of_Earth
In an interesting remark, one user tweeted: ‘What a coincidence that this would occur on Galileo’s birthday!'” Read more.
Flashback: Senior Saudi Cleric Confirms The Qur’an Teaches That The Sun Revolves Around The Earth – “[Interviewer]: Allah says in a Koranic verse: ‘And the sun runs towards its stopping point. That is the determination of the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing.’ Does the sun revolve around the earth? [Cleric]: There is no doubt about it. The Koran says: ‘The sun runs …’ Nevertheless, they say that the sun stands in place and the Earth moves. This contradicts the Koran… Ignoring the Koran and adopting modern theories is not something a Muslim can do. A Muslim must follow the Koran [Saudi Cleric Saleh Al-Fawzan, Member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, 1/23/2014]” – Watch video.