Scientific topics from sermons- lesson (404)- The Fired up Sea
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Which revealed this amazing truth first, the Quran or scientists?


 Among the most dazzling things about the seas and oceans is what Allah, All Mighty, says in His Divine Book, the Holy Quran, at the outset of Surat At-Tour (Chapter LII), describing the sea as “Masjour” (i.e. fired up). To this effect, Allah, All Mighty, says,

“And by the fired-up Sea!”

[LII; 6]

 By virtue of the above Quranic Verse, Allah, All Mighty, swears by “Al-Bahr Al-Masjour” (i.e. the Fired-up Sea). Although Allah, Glory to Him, does not need to swear to His slaves, He swears by the Fired-up Sea in order to call His slaves’ attention to the greatness of that by which He swears, for He, Glory to Him, does not swear except by great things.
 Now, the Arabic word “Al-Masjour” means “Something that is fired up or heated until it becomes hot”. But the sea is made up of water, which contradicts fire, as the existence of one of them negates that of the other; and we usually put out fire with water. So how can the sea be “Masjour”, i.e. “fired up or heated”?
 In this context, some scientists said: “Does not a molecule of water consist of Oxygen and Hydrogen? Oxygen is a burning gas, and Hydrogen is another gas that accelerates burning. If Allah, All Mighty, cancelled this cold chemical relationship between them, the whole sea would become an incredibly immense mass of flames.” This is one explanation.
 Another scientist has recently said: “It has now been proved that at the bottom of the seas and oceans, there are erupting volcanoes that send out flames of fire.” In fact, this is one of Allah’s Magnificent Cosmic Signs, because without such flames of fire that volcanoes send out at the bottom of the sea, the living sea creatures would never be able to live in total darkness of the sea.
 In the late sixties of the 20th C., i.e. more than 1400 years after Allah, All Mighty, sent down the Holy Quran to His Messenger, Muhammad, (PBUH), scientists found out that the bottoms of all of the oceans of the world, and of some of its seas, are fired up and heated by flames of volcanoes. This amazing fact is mentioned in Allah’s Book, the Holy Quran, which He, Glory to Him, sent down to His Messenger, Muhammad, (PBUH), more than 1400 years ago, when He, All Mighty, swore by the seas and described them as “Masjour”, i.e. fired up.



Translation  : Khaled Al-Athmeh
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