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    asalaamu alaikum,

    so today i was talking to a brother at the masjid, and somehow we got on the topic of the splitting of the moon. i told him that it appeared to the people that the moon had been split. he was apalled by that statement and said that it literally happened. that at the time, the moon had literally been split.

    what is the correct opinion and what have commentators said on this?

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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    Quote Originally Posted by greenshirt View Post
    so today i was talking to a brother at the masjid, and somehow we got on the topic of the splitting of the moon. i told him that it appeared to the people that the moon had been split. he was apalled by that statement and said that it literally happened. that at the time, the moon had literally been split.

    what is the correct opinion and what have commentators said on this?


    The moon actually split.


    Here are some translations of that first ayah of Surah al-Qamar (54:1):

    Sahih International
    The Hour has come near, and the moon has split [in two].

    Muhsin Khan
    The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder (the people of Makkah requested Prophet Muhammad SAW to show them a miracle, so he showed them the splitting of the moon).

    Pickthall
    The hour drew nigh and the moon was rent in twain.

    Yusuf Ali
    The Hour (of Judgment) is nigh, and the moon is cleft asunder.

    In places where Allah made something appear to people that didn't actually happen, He makes that clear:

    ".....they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them..." (Qur'an 4:157)

    Some ahadeeth on the topic of the splitting of the moon. These are all from Saheeh Muslim:

    Book 39, Number 6724:
    Abu Ma'mar reported on the authority of Abdullah that the moon was split up during lifetime by Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) in two parts and Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Bear testimony to this.

    Book 39, Number 6725:
    This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Abdullah b. Mas'ud (who said): We were along with Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) at Mina, that moon was split up into two. One of its parts was behind the mountain and the other one was on this side of the mountain. Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to us: Bear witness to this.

    Book 39, Number 6729:
    Anas reported that the moon was split up in two parts and in the hadith recorded in Abu Dawud, the words are: "The moon was split up into two parts during the life of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him)."

    Book 39, Number 6730:
    Ibn 'Abbas reported that the moon was split up during the lifetime of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him).

    There are more ahadeeth as well.

    Link for ahadeeth (scroll down the page until you get to the splitting the moon section): http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/h...m/039_smt.html

    Tafseer ibn Kathir: http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php?opt...675&Itemid=110 It starts at the bottom of the page, then click next - there are a few pages on it. Click next at the end of each page.

    Read the English text after the Arabic text of the Surah finishes here: http://www.englishtafsir.com/Quran/54/index.html This link answers the sceptics of this as well.

    Last edited by Insaanah; 11-20-2010 at 03:33 PM.
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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?



    Al-Bukhari recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, "The moon was split during the time of the Prophet .'' Al-Bukhari and Muslim collected this Hadith. Ibn Jarir recorded that Ibn `Abbas commented on Allah's saying:

    [اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ - وَإِن يَرَوْاْ ءَايَةً يُعْرِضُواْ وَيَقُولُواْ سِحْرٌ مُّسْتَمِرٌّ ]

    (The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder. And if they see a sign, they turn away and say: "This is magic, Mustamir.'') "This occurred before the Hijrah; the moon was split and they saw it in two parts.''


    Tafsir ibn Kathir - surah Qamar 54:1

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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    yeah i have heard it was split as the Mojza by ALLAH. but what is the whole history behind that?...please share

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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    thank you for the answers given to this question.

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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    Asalaamu Alaikum,

    In regards to the Quranic verse, there's said to be a difference in opinion, since some believe it's talking about the final hour.
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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    Salaam

    Miracles of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

    Imam al-Bukhari reported on the authority of `Abdullah who said: "The moon was cleft asunder while we were in the company of the Prophet, and it became two parts. The Prophet said, “Witness, witness (this miracle)."



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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    Assalaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
    Dear Brother; it's not just an apperiance ,it has been literally happened.
    "The Hour is nigh, and the moon is split. * But if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: “This is evident magic.” Qur’an, 54:1-2.
    1. Since the Splitting of the Moon was demonstrated as an evidence of prophethood, and happened instantaneously, at night when people were asleep, and before a gathering who, although they witnessed such an evidence, denied it; and since there were obstacles hindering the sighting of it such as mist, clouds, and time-differences between different parts of the world; and since at that time science and civilization were not widespread, and observation of the skies was very limited, and the event itself was exceptional, there was, therefore, nothing to necessitate that it should have been seen all over the world and passed into the general histories.
    2. The majority of the most illustrious scholars, like Sa‘d al-Din Taftazani, declared that like the Prophet had satisfied the thirst of a whole army with water flowing from his fingers, and the whole congregation had heard a dry wooden post against which Muhammad (PBUH) had leant while delivering the sermon weep on being separated from him, the Splitting of the Moon, too, was mutawatir, that is, had been transmitted by numerous authorities. That is to say, these events had been passed down from group to group forming such a vast congregation that a conspiracy to lie would have been impossible. Like the appearance of the famous Haley’s Comet a thousand years ago had been unanimously reported, and the existence of the island of Ceylon was certain due to unanimous reports, although we had not seen it.
    And so, it is unreasonable to foster baseless doubts in such certain, witnessed matters. It is enough that they are not impossible. And as for the Splitting of the Moon, it is quite as possible as a mountain’s splitting with a volcanic eruption.
    3. Miracles are for proving claims to prophethood and for convincing those who deny those claims, they are not for compelling people to believe. Therefore, miracles have to be manifested to those who hear claims to prophethood at a degree that will persuade them. Just as it would be contrary to the All-Wise and Glorious One’s wisdom to display them all over the world or in so self-evident a manner that all would be compelled to believe, so would it also be contrary to the mystery of man’s accountability. For this accountability requires “opening the door to the reason and not removing the power of choice.” If the All-Wise Creator had left the moon split for one or two hours in order to show it to the whole world as the philosophers wished, and it had been recorded in all the general histories of man, then it would have been like all other occurrences in the heavens and would not have been an evidence to Muhammad’s (PBUH) claim to prophethood nor been special to his messengership. Or else it would have been such a self-evident miracle that it would have negated the power of choice, a part of man’s reason, compelling it to accept it; willy-nilly, it would have had to assent to his prophethood. Someone with a coal-like spirit like Abu Jahl would have remained at the same level as someone with a diamond-like spirit like Abu Bakr the Veracious; the mystery of man’s accountability would have been lost. It was due to this mystery that, being both instantaneous, and at nighttime, and at a time of sleep, and time differences, mist, and cloud and other obstacles concealing it, it was not shown to the whole world and did not pass into the histories.
    4. The Splitting of the Moon happened neither of its own accord in consequence of certain causes, nor as a result of chance, nor was it a natural event that occurred through the ordinary laws of nature. Rather, the All-Wise Creator of the Sun and the Moon caused it to happen as something out of the ordinary in order to confirm His Messenger’s messengership and to illuminate his claim.
    As the mystery of guidance, the mystery of human accountability, and the wisdom of messengership required, it was demonstrated as a convincing proof to certain people specified by dominical wisdom. The mystery of wisdom required that it was not shown to people in every region of the world, who had not yet heard of Muhammad’s (PBUH) claim to prophethood. Numerous obstacles prevented them, therefore, such as mist, cloud, and time-differences, and the fact that in some countries the moon had not risen, and in others the sun had risen, while in others it was morning, and in yet others the sun had just set.

    Source: Risale-i Nur
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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    Good clarity

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    Re: splitting of the moon- literal or just visually literal?

    yes it is as a mojza of hazrat Muhammad sws to split the moon.
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