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By: Hesham Tolba
Translated By: Magdy Abd Al-Shafy
Edited by Defending-Islam staff
The Holy Books (i.e. The Bible) give accounts of the perished nations to its adherents and stress the reasons behind their punishment; the mentioning of such stories is just a warning against receding back on the straight path and rejecting God’s precepts.
The problem with the Holy Books is that it was written long time after its revelation, sometimes the scribes inserted their opinions, and sometimes they copied from the ancient nations' heritages. There is a lot of evidence to the human tampering in the Holy Books.
We don’t mean to hurt anyone nor do we mean to make a comparison between the Holy Books, all we mean here is to prove that human tampering found its way in the Torah and thus it is not reliable in many parts as we are not sure what is divine and what is human.
Also, we want to prove to non-Moslems that the Holy Quran is God’s word, and thus we will depend on the most recent discoveries.
There has been disagreement between the Torah and the Quran with respect to the place where the ship (The ark of Nuh (Alayhi Salam)) finally rested. Unlike the Holy Book , The Holy Quran mentions eights facts that were revealed more than 1400 years ago and these facts are completely in agreement with newly discovered facts.
Foremost among these is that the Holy Quran promised that the ship will be left for those who have eyes with which they could see and hearts with which they could understand. God says in the Holy Quran: And indeed, We have left this as a sign, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)? ( AL-Qamar:15)
It is really a challenge that time and technology proved true, and this challenge is correct. The Holy Quran, unlike the previous holy books states clearly “the remaining on Noah’s Ark”, God says :"And indeed, We have left this as a sign, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?"
This promise has come true as the remains of Noah’s Ark and its stamp(mark) were found on the Kurdish mountains, south of Turkey, at a distance of 8 Km from the Iraqi borders at the hands of a scientific team headed by Ron Wyatt and David Fasold in 1978.
There are eight important discoveries regarding Noah’s Ark, which are completely in agreement with the Holy Qu’ran:
(1)The location of the ship
The Holy Quran, when reciting stories and unlike the Holy Book (i.e. The Bible), doesn’t give much interest on the locations or numbers as it focuses only on the spiritual dimensions , the moral lessons and setting the exemplary (behavior); but in the recount of Noah’s (Alayhis Salam) Ark, we will find the name of the place in which the ship landed or settled mentioned in the Holy Quran.
Before we read the report about Noah’s Ark that came after a long study and used the most advanced technological tools at the hands of the most celebrated scientists , we would like to refer to the opinions of the present Torah.
The present Torah says the location of the Ark is Ararat Mountain
The Aramaic Torah (Targums) says the location is JUDI MT
The ancient Babylonians' literature , The Genesis Rabba and Josephus followed the Aramaic opinion.
Here the Holy Quran in one of its miraculous verse corrects claims of the Hebrew Torah and settles down the problem; among the most important features of the Holy Quran is that it corrects many of the mistakes that the scripts of the Holy Book committed, be it intentionally or unintentionally.
The Holy Quran watches over the Holy Books in many of the scientific and historical facts, so the Holy Quran sides with the Aramaic text against the Hebrew text; then the scientific archeological discoveries come to prove the statement of the Holy Quran.
In 1848, a big earthquake hit a flat area in Judi area in the south of Turkey and as a result it made it rise and a stamp of a huge ship appeared . This place was owned by a farmer known by the name “Rasheed” ,who told a dishonest journalist about his discovery. Wishing to corroborate the Torah adherents , the journalist wrote his report stating that the farmer found half of the ship submerged in the ice of the mount of Ararat just as the present Torah states. This made Anglican American explorers go to the place to study it but found nothing. Matters remained as so until some pictures were taken from the location in 1959. In these pictures the stamp of the ship was clear and these pictures found its way into the American press. So a large team of scientists under the leadership of Renah Nourbrgmn, an American writer and John Van Deman, a well-known Tv Anglican proponent , went to the place; they, unfortunately, searched for wood remains, they committed a big mistake because they did not know that that such wood must have silicified in the course of time, so they left the place and wrote a report saying that it is nothing but a geological formation.
The historical fact is compatible with Quran for two reasons:
First: There can’t be any remains or fossils for Noah's Ark, as the present Hebrew Torah claims, at Ararat mountain because of the volcano that erupted in that mountain in 1840, and this was affirmed by a Russian scientific study that was reported by Antrafax News Agency in which the Cosmopoisk Scientific Research Center says “What could be ship wood was nothing but silicified remaining of plants that the volcanic emissions made. This debunks the misinformation that the previous scientific team faked to agree with the distorted Torah passage. They even brought forth some pieces of wood to support their false allegation which-as we have shown- proved to be a hoax .These pieces of information were taken from a documentary film under the name “The Discovery o Noah’s ark”
Second: A scientific American team actually found the stamp of the ship on “Judi ” mountain
2- The size of the ship
The Holy Quran uses the Arabic word "Foulk” when referring to Noah’s Ark.
This word has been mentioned eight times in the Holy Quran.
The word “Foulk” means:
a)The round place that rises or emerges from the earth.
c)A huge ship---- so the Quranic word” Foulk” is the most suitable when talking about this ship; its length reaches as far as 550 feet and this is the biggest ship man ever built.
3-The shape of the ship:
Here, the Torah gives a wrong description of the ship as it states that the ship's length is six times bigger than its width. According to this calculation this ship must have been like a rectangle, and according to hydrodynamics a ship with such specifications can’t stand high waves as its front part must have been flat.
The Holy Quran gives the ship the name “Foulk” which means a huge ship. The word is repeated eight times in Quran and in one time the Quran uses the word “ship” only to emphasize the fact that it was a real ship with the same known facts about ships. We can also conclude from the Holy verses that this ship must have doors.
According to the New Testament, the ship looked like the Ark of the Covenant and this means that the ship's front end was not streamlined nor pointed, it was rather a rectangular shape and this couldn’t have helped the ship if it had been with such specifications.
(4) The Holy Quran states that the ship was built by God’s guidance
God says in the Holy Quran “And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration” (Hud:37). The Holy Verse implies that Noah (Alayhi Salam) followed God’s orders and guidance in constructing the ship and that he was not the real designer. Strikingly enough is that we read in the ancient heritage of the Native Americans that the ship was built under God’s inspiration. Also , the Apocrypha says that the angels built the ship for Noah and this could be the exegesis of the verse "And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration”
The documentary film about the ship found in the south of Turkey affirms that mathematical constants such as (PI), (PhI)and other laws were used in building the ship. These are the same constants that arrange the seeds of the flowers , the horns of animals and keep the sea waves in balance. How could Noah (Alayhi Salam) have reached such laws?!!!! These could be the meaning of the previous Quranic Verse “And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration”(Hud:37)
Unlike the Holy Book (i.e The Bible), the Holy Quran is silent over some other unnecessary facts such as the measurements of the length and width and the number of the floors in the ship. The miraculous building of the ship that was revealed to Noah (Alayhi Salam) was discovered by modern discoveries; the documentary film states that there was a large cavity at the bottom of the ship that helped in ventilating the ship and to suppress the impact of the mountain-like waves that were hitting the ship – this kept the ship balanced in such high waves; otherwise it could have drowned (capsized). Building the ship in such a miraculous way helped it though there were no metals , sails or pilot to keep it safe and sound in such high mountains.
(5) The resting anchorage of the ship
When I saw the picture of the place that carries the stamp of the ship, I found it to be a little slope. “The Holy Quran is so accurate in choosing its words.” I thought. The Holy Quran says that the ship rested flat or evenly , no implication in the Holy verse of any kind of inclination.
On hearing the witness of the Kurdish farmer in whose farm the ship was found, this misunderstanding was settled because he said that the land where the ship appeared was flat or even but owing to the earthquake that hit the place , the mass of the ship rose making the ship rest on a little slope.
(6) The ship's anchors
David Fasold says in the documentary film that a lot of man-made anchors were found in some nearby villages that are located at a height of 6000 feet above the sea level and at a distance of miles from the actual location of the ship. David Fasold's comment can be correlated with the Holy verse that says “And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration”. These anchors took the shape of a rectangle and at the top there is a hole in which ropes were inserted, and these were similar to the anchors used in ancient times, some of which are kept in the Lebanon coast. A lot of these anchors can be seen on the Mediterranean coast. It is observed that the Ark anchors are much bigger and much heavier.
7- The ship’s planks
God says in the Holy Quran “And We carried him on a (ship) made of planks and nails”
On studying the material out of which the ship was built, it has been found that the ship's main material is planks, and there is agreement between the Holy Quran and the Holy Book that the ship was made out of wood. The word "wood” could mean huge branches of trees but the Holy Quran, unlike the other Holy Books, stresses that the ship was made out of planks. These planks did not survive the effect of time owing to the silica particles that took the place of wood tissue. Yet the wood still keeps its shape, and this is a geological fact that is known as selicification. Those silicified planks about which the Holy Quran speaks were found in the location of the ship. It is worthy mentioning here that no silicified planks could be found here or there on the face of the earth because it must have made by the human being ,that is, any silicified planks must have been made by man long before it changed into silicified planks.
8-The ship rivets
Among the most important findings that were found in the surrounding of the ship by Ron Wyatt in the end of the 1970’s are the huge rivets; these had undergone some changes because of silica that reacted with the material of these rivets. Ron Wyatt used a new technology to find these nails: he used metal detectors which look much like mine detectors, and they found metal sediment inside the walls of the ship. They visited the place again in 1984 and took a sample of these sediments and conducted some experiments on it in a highly advanced laboratory and the result affirms the fact that these are man-made metals. These findings are in agreement with what the Holy Quran mentioned regarding the building of this ship more that 1400 years ago, as the Holy Quran says: “And We carried him on a (ship) made of planks and nails" (Hud:41)
Though this story occurs in the Holy Book (The Bible) and many other ancient heritages , they have not mentioned this important part which the Holy Quran has mentioned.
David Fasold used a device called "Molecular frequency generator" to detect the places of the rivets. The result was amazing as it proved that the ship was highly structured, as it showed many planks joined together like squares joined together with rivets.
To answer those who claim that man couls not have known metal at such an ancient time , we say this is impossible and needs evidence; there is a lot of evidence to the fact that man has known netals and used them. The American Science magazine states that man discovered metals and could use them efficiently (Sept.2005 Number, P.49)
These eight findings are not the only ones, albeit they are the most important. They also have found excrement of the animals that turned into fossils (coprolites) and in addition to this they have found pallets.(for further information review :wwwNoaharksearch.com and wwwAnchor.com)
I wonder how a ship like this without sails or an engine or even a pilot could cleave asunder its way among waves so fast and high like a huge mountain?!!!!
How could its riders survive the extreme cold , as it must have been so dark and cold because the sun's rays must have been blocked for a long time because of the heavy clouds.