The Moon Split In Two

 

The moon split in two was one of the many miracles attributed to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). By Allah's permission, this miracle was performed during a night of the full moon in Mecca when the Prophet was challenged by the disbelievers to prove his prophethood.

 

The Holy Quran

 

The Holy Quran, in Sura Al-Qamar, says: " The hour drew nigh and the moon has been cleft asunder. And if they behold a sign they turn away and say: Prolonged illusion. They denied (the Truth) and followed their own lusts. Yet everything will come to a decision." (Quran, 54:1-3)

 

The Book of Hadith

 

In the various books of Hadiths, there were many narrations concerning this miracle performed by the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). One of them was narrated Abdullah in the book of Sahih Bukhari: "The moon was cleft asunder while we were in the company of the Prophet, and it became two parts. The Prophet said, 'Witness, witness (this miracle).' "

 

History Book

 

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In his book "MUHAMMAD - his life based on the earliest sources", Martin Lings wrote:

 

"The leaders of Qurasyh had asked defiantly for signs such as the descent of an Angel to confirm the prophethood of Muhammad, and the rising of Muhammad up to heaven.

 

On one occasion, a night of the full moon, not long after it had risen, when it was to be seen hanging in the sky above Mount Hira, a body of disbelievers approached the Prophet (s.a.w.) and asked him to split the moon in two as a sign that he was indeed the Messenger of God.

 

Many others were also present, including believers and hesitants, and when the demand was made all eyes were turned towards the luminary. Great was their amazement to see it divide into two halves which drew away from each other until there was a half moon shining brightly on either side of the mountain.

 

"Be ye witness," the Prophet said. But those who had made the demand rejected this optic miracle as mere magic, saying that he had cast a spell over them. The believers, on the other hand, rejoiced and some of the hesitants entered Islam, while others came nearer to doing so.

 

This immediate heavenly response to a derisive challenge was an exception. Others of the signs demanded by Quraysh were in fact given, but not exactly as they had asked, and not in their time but in God's. There were also many lesser miracles which only the believers witnessed.

 

But such wonders were never allowed to stand in the center, for the revealed Book itself was the central miracle of the Divine intervention now taking place, just as Christ had been the central miracle of the preceding intervention."

 

Scientific Evidence

 

It must be noted that miracles performed by any prophets of the past are not required to be proven scientifically or by any other means. However, as time passes some of them may be discovered to be true after some research or studies are done.

 

As to the scientific evidence of this miracle of splitting of the moon, it was first brought to attention by someone who was watching a BBC TV program. In the program, American scientists were discussing about the most expensive trip to the moon. They also expressed their surprise to find a ‘Belt of Rocks’ in the moon that goes from its surface to its inner depths. They said that their geologists too when consulted were surprised and remarked that this couldn’t be unless the moon was once split and resealed. They went on describing that the rocks on the belt, are a result of the impact during the time that the two halves of the moon recombined.

 

Wallahu 'alam bissawab - Only Allah Knows the Best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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