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Ball of fire

October 12, 2006

I was perusing a popular salafi site (just to see what type of information they had — and to check out their latest sufi-refutations), and I stumbled upon an intriguing fatwa, apparently from Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen, proving that the sun revolves around the earth.

His only argument is that the Qur’an mentions the sun moving, and thus he makes an assumption from those verses that the earth is stationary. But the fact that the sun moves is not indicative of its movement around the earth. The Qur’an clearly states that the sun has its own orbit and does not mention that orbit as being around the earth. Science now confirms this (although the Qur’an mentioned it 1400 years ago), that the solar systems revolve around the center of the galaxy.

There is also quite a bit of evidence in the Qur’an about the earth’s rotation on its axis and its revolving around the sun.

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