April 23, 2008

Makkah time

LAHORE: Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Makkah time to replace Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth, BBC News reported on Monday.

The call was issued at a conference in Qatar titled “Makkah, the centre of the earth, theory and practice”. One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Makkah’s was in perfect alignment to the magnetic north. He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was time that was changed.

A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef Al Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Makkah was the true centre of the earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim “qibla” — the Arabic word for the direction Muslims turn to when they pray.

The meeting also reviewed what has been described as a Makkah watch, the brainchild of a French Muslim. The watch is said to rotate anti-clockwise and is supposed to help Muslims determine the direction of Makkah from any point on Earth. The meeting in Qatar is part of a popular trend in some Muslim societies of seeking to find Quranic precedents for modern science. It is called “Ijaz al-Quran”, which roughly translates as the “miraculous nature of the holy text”.

The underlying belief is that scientific truths were also revealed in the Muslim holy book, and it is the work of scholars to unearth and publicise the textual evidence. But the movement is not without its critics, who say that the notion that modern science was revealed in the holy Quran confuses spiritual truth, which is constant, and empirical truth, which depends on the state of science at any given point in time. daily times monitor

(source: Daily Times, Pakistan)

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