Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi: Would you believe, Mr. 'Alaa, that the Koran includes Einstein's theory? This was presented at the fifth convention on the wondrous nature of the Koran, held in Moscow. I am referring to the verse: "A day in the Lord's reckoning is like a thousand years in your reckoning."
The Arabs use lunar calendar. Now, it takes the moon one month to revolve around the Earth. If we want calculate how many kilometers the moon travels in each cycle, it is very easy. We take the center of the Earth and the center of the moon, and connect them with a straight line. The length of this line is half the Earth's diameter, plus half the moon's diameter, plus the distance between them. Anyone of our students could calculate this. One must multiply the two diameters by 3.14 – pi, you get a circumference, you multiply it by 12 for each month of the year, then you multiply it by 1,000 for 1,000 years...
Any high school student with a calculator could calculate the distance the moon travels around the Earth in 1,000 years.
The verse says: "A day in the Lord's reckoning is like a thousand years in your reckoning." Hence, the distance the moon travels around the Earth in 1,000 years is the same distance light travels in one day. If we divide this figure by the number of seconds in one day, we will get the precise speed of light 299,000,752. [emphasis mine]
I can't help noticing that the verse in question is shockingly similar to Psalms 90:4- "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."
But even more importantly, light travels at precisely 186,282.397 miles per second; or 299,792,458 meters per second.
Close, but no cigar. But it does explain why I think this person would be an absolutely perfect choice for overseeing Islamic missile guidance systems.
This sort of scientific rigor reminds of the incident in the 19th century, when the Indiana state legislature tried to pass a law making Pi equal to a rational number (3 or 3.2). The guys behind that debacle must have been calculating the value of Pi based on readings from the Koran.
Who knew it could be so useful?