I have earlier watched this video from Zakir Naik, but have always dismissed this as an attempt to hijack scientific literate. The guy is surely more open minded than the evangelist preachers and tries to prove his beliefs by arguments by threats. Inspite of these, I still find his evidence doctored
1) His first statement was on Big Bang
initially the whole universe was one primary medulla. Then there was a secondary separation which gave rise to galaxies which further split to form things such as our solar system,gave rise to planets,the sun and the present earth we live in
His claim was that it is already present in Quran in Surat Al-‘Anbyā’ 21:30. Let’s see what it reads
Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?
How is this a proof of big bang? Heaven? When did heaven find it’s way in science? Separation of a fictitious place from earth is a proof of Big Bang?
We all are not made from water. We are made up of many things and one of the many thing is water.
2) Next up, he claims that it was written in Quran that moon does not have it’s own light
blessed is he who has placed the constellations in the sky and placed there in a lamp, a sun having it’s own light and a moon having reflected or borrowed light. The arabic word for moonlight is muneer or noor which means reflected light
This statement is claimed to be present in Surat Al-Furqān 25:61
Blessed is He who has placed in the sky great stars and placed therein a [burning] lamp and luminous moon.
Can’t find anywhere it claims that moon’s light is reflected. It doesn’t even claim that the sun is a star. It is referred to as a lamp.
Secondly, muneer means “brilliant shining” or “bright light” and not reflected light.
3) Earth is round
Zakir goes ahead and claims that Surat An-Nāzi`āt 79:30
Then we made the earth egg shaped
whereas that verse reads as
And after that He spread the earth.
How does spreading the earth make it eff-shaped?
4) Sun rotates around it’s axis
This has got to be the biggest thing which he claims to be present in Quran. Let’s read what he says about this
It is the Allah who has created the night and the day, the sun and the moon, each one travelling in orbit in own motion. So the Quran says, besides the sun revolving, it also rotates about it’s own axis.
This is the quote which he claims to be present in Surat Al-‘Anbyā’ 21:33. Let’s see what this verse contains
And it is He who created the night and the day and the sun and the moon; all [heavenly bodies] in an orbit are swimming.
The claim of creation of night and day is the biggest proof that there is no scientific base of this verse. It is claimed to be in orbit and swimming whereas Zakir claims that this verse contains proof that sun revolved about it’s axis. This verse only talks about orbit and not axis.
Furthermore, if this verse talks about rotation then it would have never claimed the creation of night and day, as rotation is the reason for night and day. So proof of “rotation about it’s axis” and “creation of night and day” are contradictory.
5) Universe is expanding
He claims it was also present in Quran 1400 years ago in Surat Adh-Dhāriyāt 51:47. Let’s see what that verse actually contains
And the heaven We constructed with strength, and indeed, We are [its] expander.
This verse talks about the heaven expanding. I never knew universe and heaven were the same. </sarcasm>
6) Water cycle
He claims that Water cycle is spoken in great depths in various verses
Surat Az-Zumar 39:21
Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky and makes it flow as springs [and rivers] in the earth; then He produces thereby crops of varying colors; then they dry and you see them turned yellow; then He makes them [scattered] debris. Indeed in that is a reminder for those of understanding.
Water cycle is not just rainfall and drying up. Does it mention evaporation. Does it mention cloud creation and the reason for cloud creation? This is just a verse which speaks about natural observation which does not require any scientific knowledge.
Surat Ar-Rūm 30:24
And of His signs is [that] He shows you the lightening [causing] fear and aspiration, and He sends down rain from the sky by which He brings to life the earth after its lifelessness. Indeed in that are signs for a people who use reason.
This verse talks about lightening as a work of god to cause fear. Nowhere it mentions that lightening is caused by clouds. It mentions rains coming from sky and no mention of clouds. Where is the scientific base of this verse?
Surat Al-Ĥijr 15:22
And We have sent the fertilizing winds and sent down water from the sky and given you drink from it. And you are not its retainers.
Where does it mention that the water is sent down by the cloud and why it rains? What the requirements for a rainfall? Where is the proof of how winds are created and how it is related to the water cycle and the weather?
Surat Al-Mu’minūn 23:18
And We have sent down rain from the sky in a measured amount and settled it in the earth. And indeed, We are Able to take it away.
This is what God says? So if god controls the rain then where does water cycle come in picture?
Surat An-Nūr 24:43
Do you not see that Allah drives clouds? Then He brings them together, then He makes them into a mass, and you see the rain emerge from within it. And He sends down from the sky, mountains [of clouds] within which is hail, and He strikes with it whom He wills and averts it from whom He wills. The flash of its lightening almost takes away the eyesight.
Water cycle is natural. No one guides it. If it is guided by someone it is no longer water cycle. Nothing has been explained what are the requirements for rain creation. Just bringing the clouds are not enough, there are always clouds around in the sky and moving around, coming close and moving away.
I have nothing against Quaran, but don’t take it out of context to spread misunderstanding