Space Shuttle Disaster in Bible and Quran

By: Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil

There are many space disasters. Some of these disasters are avoidable and could be corrected. Other space disasters unfortunately are unavoidable.

Example of the unavoidable Space Shuttle Disaster:

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred in the United States in 1986. As an outcome of this disaster, the United States President Ronald Reagan appointed a special commission to investigate the accident The Rogers Commission offered NASA nine recommendations that were to be seriously considered before shuttle flights resumed.

In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred when the Shuttle disintegrated over Texas during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Space Shuttle Disaster in the Bible:
Nothing is mentioned about this topic in the Bible.

Space Shuttle Disaster in the Quran:
The Quran warns us about the unavoidable space disasters.
The Quran as we knew gives a conditioned prophecy for space travel saying that jinn and man would be able to pass through the regions of the heavens if they have power, authority and knowledge. Jinn and man have to thank Allah, their lord because He gave them countless favors.
Then the Quran tells us about the expected disasters waiting for Space shuttles.
In Space, any Space shuttle is expected to be hit by flames of fire and flash of Copper then the Astronauts in such Space shuttle will not be able to defend themselves.

Surah 55:33-35
SHAKIR: o assembly of the jinn and the men! if you are able to pass through the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass through; you cannot pass through but with authority
PICKTHAL: o company of jinn and men, if ye have power to penetrate (all) regions of the heavens and the earth, then penetrate (them)! ye will never penetrate them save with (our) sanction.
YUSUFALI: o ye assembly of jinn and men! if it be ye can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, pass ye! not without authority shall ye be able to pass!

SHAKIR: which then of the bounties of your lord will you deny?
PICKTHAL: which is it, of the favors of your lord that ye deny?
YUSUFALI: then which of the favors of your lord will ye deny?

SHAKIR: the flames of fire and smoke (Copper) will be sent on you two, then you will not be able to defend yourselves
PICKTHAL: there will be sent, against you both, heat of fire and flash of brass, and ye will not escape.
YUSUFALI: on you will be sent (o ye evil ones twain!) a flame of fire (to burn) and a smoke (to choke): no defense will ye have:

In respect to Jinn, they are invisible creatures that are able to flight in space.
Jinn used to steal a hearing in the Space.
There is a missile of flaming fire for who steals a hearing.
This missile of flaming fire is piercing.

Surah 72:9
SHAKIR: and that we used to sit in some of the sitting-places thereof to steal a hearing (in space), but he who would (try to) listen now would find a flame lying in wait for him:
PICKTHAL: and we used to sit on places (high in space) therein to listen. but he who listeneth now findeth a flame in wait for him;
YUSUFALI: 'we used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations (in space), to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.

Surah 15:18
SHAKIR: but he who steals a hearing, so there follows him a visible flame
PICKTHAL: save him who stealeth the hearing, and them doth a clear flame pursue.
YUSUFALI: but any that gains a hearing by stealth, is pursued by a flaming fire, bright (to see).

Surah 37:10
SHAKIR: except him who snatches off but once, then there follows him a brightly shining flame
PICKTHAL: save him who snatcheth a fragment, and there pursueth him a piercing flame.
YUSUFALI: except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness.

NASA may need to put the Quranic warning about the unavoidable space disasters into consideration. Using Silver and Gold in manufacturing the Spaceship will certainly help as the Quran proposes.

Also, the choice of the name of the Space shuttle is very important.
I do not know why NASA named the shuttle "Challenger"
Challenging who?
Challenging Allah?
Challenging the Lord?
Challenging the nature?
Challenging the Space?
Challenging the universe?
Challenging what?

However, if the Western people are affectionate with challenging, it might be productive to remind them by the two Quranic challenges that Allah challenges the entire human with. One of these challenges is Linguistic and the other is Biological.

The first challenge is a Linguistic Challenge:
This Linguistic Challenge is addressed to all the jinn and man. This Linguistic Challenge dated more than 1400 years and jinn and mankind have nothing yet to do with it.

Surah 17:88
SHAKIR: say: if men and jinn should combine together to bring the like of this quran, they could not bring the like of it, though some of them were aiders of others
PICKTHAL: say: verily, though mankind and the jinn should assemble to produce the like of this qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another.
YUSUFALI: say: "if the whole of mankind and jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.

The Biological Challenge:
This challenge is addressed to the entire human.
Can mankind create a fly?

Surah 22:73-74
SHAKIR: o people! a parable is set forth, therefore listen to it: surely those whom you call upon besides Allah cannot create fly, though they should all gather for it, and should the fly snatch away anything from them, they could not take it back from i weak are the invoker and the invoked
PICKTHAL: o mankind! a similitude is coined, so pay ye heed to it: lo! those on whom ye call beside Allah will never create a fly though they combine together for the purpose. and if the fly took something from them, they could not rescue it from it. so weak are (both) the seeker and the sought!
YUSUFALI: o men! here is a parable set forth! Listen to it! those on whom, besides Allah, ye call, cannot create (even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose! and if the fly should snatch away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble are those who petition and those whom they petition!

SHAKIR: they have not estimated Allah with the estimation that is due to him; most surely Allah is strong, mighty
PICKTHAL: they measure not Allah his rightful measure. lo! Allah is strong, almighty.
YUSUFALI: no just estimate have they made of Allah: for Allah is he who is strong and able to carry out his will.

Back to the main topic of my series of articles (1- 49); this is my question to you smart readers: "Is the Quran quoted from the Bible "? And which book preceded the modern Sciences?

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