In this video I look at a bizarre part of Islam's creation myth within Islam that has been successfully swept under the carpet in recent generations by Muslim sheikhs to avoid facing embarrassment and awkward questions on why this was such a commonly held belief in Islam among the most reputable scholars until very recently.
I look at what the biggest exegetes (mufassireen of the Quran) have to say about verse 68:1 of the Quran and ask why Muslims always insist that Muslims with doubts should speak to a scholar. I argue here if the best scholars got the very basics of their understanding of reality completely wrong, then something is likely to be wrong with the texts they dedicated their lives studying.
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Sources / references to video:
Tafsir website: (Major exegetes in Arabic version can be found)
Ibn Kathir's tafsir on whale verse:
Ibn Kathir's English translation for the verse which does not translate the whale story in the Arabic original.
Tafsir of Jalalayn on God's throne being on water in chapter 11:7 - indicating the author of the Quran thought the blue skies were oceans of water held up above the Earth.
Tafsir of Tanwir al-Miqbas in English speaking about the whale story.
Tafsir of Jalalayn explaining the position of most Islamic scholars is that the Earth is flat and not a sphere as astronomers say.
Authenic hadith for the Earth on the back of a whale story
Islamic website admitting the whale hadiths were made authentic by a number of sources, but then they go to justify the errors by claiming it's likely taken from the Jews without referencing any Jewish scripture to prove their point.
Mufti Menk video explaining why Ibn Abbas was one of the best exegetes of the Quran
Authentic hadith explaining that Mohamed prayed Ibn Abbas would be very educated on the Quran's interpretation
Authentic hadith by Sahih Muslim on Mohamed praying that Ibn Abbas gains deep understanding of religion
Authentic hadith by Bukhari on Mohamed praying that Ibn Abbas becomes a learned scholar
Shia hadith by Imam Jaafar al-Sadiq speaking about the whale that carries the Earth on its back and that earthquakes occur when the whale sees a small fish it's terrified of.
Al-Kafi hadiths, volume eight, part six
Page 45 of link
English tafsir of Jalalayn explaining "Nun" means whale as part of Jonah (Yunus)'s nickname in Quran 21:87
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