Distance

Mathematics - Intermediate

Distance

Meters, Kilometers, Miles, Light-Years.

1400 years ago people knew the cubit, a measure suitable for short distances. Meters, kilometers, miles and light-years were not invented yet, however we found their equivalent in the Quran.

Meters, Kilometers, Miles, Light-Years.


Meters.

Quran 69:32
Then in a chain which length is seventy cubits tie him up.

٣٢ ثُمَّ فِي سِلْسِلَةٍ ذَرْعُهَا سَبْعُونَ ذِرَاعًا فَاسْلُكُوهُ

It turned-out that 70 cubits is equivalent to 32 meters, same number of the verse itself.

70 cubits is equivalent to 32 meters. The number of the verse is 32.


How could an illiterate man who lived 1400 years ago have known about meters?


Kilometers 

We also found kilometers in the Quran; the number of verses to Iron in the Quran is the same number of kilometers to Iron on Earth. From the beginning of the Quran there are 5100 verses to the Iron verse in chapter Iron. It turned out that Iron on Earth is concentrated at its core 5100 km below the surface.

Earth The Interior
With a radius of almost 3,500 km (2,200 miles), Earth's core is about the size of the entire planet Mars. About one-third of Earth's mass is contained in the core, most of which is liquid iron alloyed with nickel and some lighter, cosmically abundant components (e.g., sulfur, oxygen, and, controversially, even hydrogen). Its liquid nature is revealed by the failure of shear-type seismic waves to penetrate the core. A small, central part of the core, however, below a depth of about 5,100 km (3,200 miles), is solid iron.

Iron is 5100 km below Earth's surface. It turned out that there are 5100 verses to the Iron verse in chapter Iron.

From Quran Characters Counter:

The verse containing "Iron" in chapter "Iron" is actually verse number 5100 in the Quran, this is the same number of kilometers to Iron on Earth.


How could an illiterate man who lived 1400 years ago have known about kilometers?


Miles

We also found miles in the Quran; the number of verses between Kaaba and Al-Aqsa Mosque is the same number of miles between them geographically.

Quran 9:28
O you who believe! The polytheists are polluted, so let them not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year of theirs. And if you fear poverty, Allah will enrich you from His grace, if He wills. Allah is Aware and Wise.

٢٨ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْمُشْرِكُونَ نَجَسٌ فَلَا يَقْرَبُوا الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ بَعْدَ عَامِهِمْ هَٰذَا ۚ وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ عَيْلَةً فَسَوْفَ يُغْنِيكُمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ إِنْ شَاءَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ
Quran 17:1
Glory to Him who journeyed His servant by night, from the Sacred Mosque, to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, whose precincts We have blessed, in order to show him of Our wonders. He is the Listener, the Beholder.

١ سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ

The verses that contain the Sacred Mosque (Kaaba) and Al-Aqsa Mosque are separated by 767 verses.

From Quran Characters Counter:

2030 - 1263 = 767

The verses that contain the Sacred Mosque (Kaaba) and Al-Aqsa Mosque are separated by 767 verses; it turned-out that geographically they separated by 767 miles.

Getting the coordinates from Google Maps.

Kaaba 21.4225° N, 39.8262° E

Aqsa   31.7761° N, 35.2358° E

Using Coordinate Distance Calculator to get the distance between the two locations.

The distance between the two mosques is 767 miles.


How could an illiterate man who lived 1400 years ago have known about miles?


Light-Years

We also found light-years in the Quran. Light-years are units used to measure long-range interstellar distances. The brightest star in our sky is called Sirius and is mentioned in the Quran by name in chapter "The Star".

Quran 53:49
And that it is He who is the Lord of Sirius.

٤٩ وَأَنَّهُ هُوَ رَبُّ الشِّعْرَىٰ

Getting distance to Sirius from Google.

Sirius is 8.61 light-years away from Earth.

Converting to short-range scale. From www.convertunits.com:

8.61 light-years is equivalent to 861 centi light-years. So distance to Sirius is 861 centi light-years. It turned out that between the word "Star" in the first verse and the word "Earth" in verse 32 there are 861 letters.

286099 - 285238 = 861

The word "Star" and word "Earth" are separated by 861 letters. Today we know that Sirius is 861 centi light-years away from Earth.


How could an illiterate man who lived 1400 years ago have known the distance to Sirius?


The Quran (Koran, the book of Islam) contains scientific knowledge that could not have been known 1400 years ago. It ranges from basic arithmetics to the most advanced topics in astrophysics. You are invited to go through those miracles and judge for yourself.

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