Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fatwa Ibn Uthaymeen

( فتوى الشيخ العثيمين )
In the West there are two Theories .. Geocentricity and Heliocentricity , and till This Day Geocentricity has followers and believers.

So If the literal meaning of Qur'an and Sunnah is telling Muslims that Sun orbits Earth , why would we follow a "theory" and abandon the other ?!
Here is a Fatwa of Sheikh : Ibn Uthaymeen the famous Muslim Saudi Scholar telling us that Sun orbits the Earth..

A woman asked the Shaikh about a verse in Qur'an and if it affirms that Earth is rotating because the mountains in the verse are described as moving ..

027.088 Thou seest the mountains and thinkest them firmly fixed: but they shall pass away as the clouds pass away: (such is) the artistry of Allah, who disposes of all things in perfect order: for he is well acquainted with all that ye do.
Al-Qur'an, 027.088 (An-Naml [The Ant, The Ants])

and the sheikh said that this verse is about doomsday يوم القيامة when everything is destroyed as preparation for the afterlife. so it doesnot mean that earth is moving.
Then he started to talk about the Earth in Qur'an and said that the notion that earth rotates and sun is fixed is wrong and void, and that Qur'an says ..

036.038 And the sun runs his course for a period determined for him: that is the decree of (Him), the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing.
Al-Qur'an, 036.038 (Ya-Seen [Ya-Seen])

So the Sun runs .. and Qur'an attributed four actions to the sun in a verse , so why would we say that this actions are really Earth's actions and it rotates ?

018.017 Thou wouldst have seen the sun, when it rose, declining to the right from their Cave, and when it set, turning away from them to the left, while they lay in the open space in the midst of the Cave. Such are among the Signs of Allah: He whom Allah guides is rightly guided; but he whom Allah leaves to stray,- for him wilt thou find no protector to lead him to the Right Way.
Al-Qur'an, 018.017 (Al-Kahf [The Cave])

Then he talk about a Hadith of the prophet :
The Prophet asked a companion at Sunset, "Do you know where the Sun goes (at the time of Sunset)?".. and that is evidence that the Sun "goes" not that earth rotates away from the sun.

So .. Here is the Fatwa in plain English for he who wants to learn the opinion of a famous Muslim scholar on the subject.
There are other similar Fatwas like this from other scholars which we will speak about later.

Al-Salamu Alikum
السلام عليكم
peace be with you

1 comment:

  1. Waalaikum salam my brother, it it very simple Sun rotates the Earth, it can be proved by relativity, if we positions our self as the earth, then we look the orbit of the sun rotating the earth, it is about where do you see the perpective, its is relative., and I agree Syaikh Uthaymeen completely right regarding his fatwa.