Advertisement

City of Brass

City of Brass

muslim pseudoscience: prostration

It took a profound atheist like Douglas Adams to recognize and succinctly state what should be obvious to any believer: “proof denies faith“. The essence of faith is to believe, and proof essentially makes the process of belief irrelevant. Thus I have a history of arguing with others, muslim or otherwise, who purport to have proved the unprovable.

pseudoscience is a closely related endeavour – instead of proving God, it seeks to wrap religion in th elegitimacy of science. In doing so, the very essence of religion is again denied, implying that it needs science to be valid. Unfortunately, the quality of the science itself is so poor as to be nonsensical, invariably. Thus I am doubly offended by such efforts, as a man of faith and as a scientist.

Advertisement

Unfortunately I tend to get most of this kind of thing from my friends and family, via email. Rather than annoy them with my snotty attitude about why its all wrong, I’m using the blog as an outlet. So, consider this the inauguration of a series of sorts.

This is a slideshow I have received from multiple sources, purporting to explain how the act of protration (sajda) in the muslim prayer is actually beneficial from a health perspective, because it spposedly discharges harmful electromagnetic energy built up in our bodies, harmlessly into the ground.

Advertisement

The flaws in the argument are numerous but let’s start with some of the most egregious: the human body does not accumulate charge internally like a capacitor, though we can acumulate some (much lower voltage) of charge on our outer surfaces. In other words, the normal static shock that we all get from walking across a shag rug. The ambient electric field from our myriad gadgets and neon lights and whatnot do not contribute any charge to our bodies in the slightest, however. Let’s also note for the record that on teh surface of a sphere like teh Earth, ANY point on the surface is technically and literally the “center”, so the point about Mecca being the “true” center of the world is also essentially meaningless (though not exactly untrue).

Anyway there is surely a LOT more I could nitpick with this one but I’ll leave it at that.

  • http://amuslimanon.blogspot.com A Not Yet Woolen Muslim

    Succintly put. I agree.
    But some people could point to other benefits of prostration. I.e. gastrointestinal alignment, mental effect of prostrating while proclaiming the greatness of Allah, or effect of daily repetitive motion. You could actually make mildly more logical arguments for those (a lot more in the case of the second). Do those offend you as much?

  • Lukmahn

    You do have a good point there brother…rather strong, but a point none the less! So science agrees with Islam, so what…in the science of its inception, many would have written off the prophet (SAW) as a mad man, and there’s no evidence that the discoveries of the future may/ may not take a slight twist from today’s!!
    But on the other hand, as a scientist, I’m sure you too must be intrigued by the wealth of knowledge, especially of scientific bias that can be found in Qur’anic text. Especially since there is alot of criticism against Islam and its scripture form non-believers and here we have their most reputed/ celebrated body of knowledge in constant agreement with the same religion. Further more, since almost all other scriptural text only seem to garner inconsistency!! It smacks of full back-handed sarcasm.
    I can personally can vouch that even though I was born and raised in a Muslim family and never doubted my faith till then, but it was until I began to have some interest in academics (and sciences in particularly) and reading the Qur’an more contemplatively that my conviction and confidence in Islam really started to grow. I mean these are both bodies of knowledge and to find corroborative growth in both must be a source of great encouragement to anyone on a truth quest.
    It is rather irritating to see people derive inspiration in faith from scientific progress (proofs), but if they just happen to be true … where’s the harm in having a perspective?

  • Doubt the Doubter

    I don’t know if Mecca is the center or not, but Earth is certainly not a Sphere. So NO, any point on the surface cannot be taken as the ‘center’ as mentioned in your article.

  • http://authenticatevideo.blogspot.com Meredith Lam

    Very interesting writing. Truely.

Previous Posts

Obvious: The Iraq War created ISIS
This is something that is so obvious, it is in danger of never being said, in which case those who led us into war will try to ...

posted 1:48:22am Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Eid at the State Department
I am honored to be invited to celebrate Eid al Fitr at the State Department again this year. And I am relieved that this time, it's actually taking place after Ramadan, which means I can actually attend for the first time! :) I am looking ...

posted 11:01:00am Jul. 21, 2015 | read full post »

The Empire State goes green for Eid
As is tradition, the Empire State Building - the most beautiful skyscraper in the world - was illuminated in green to mark Eid al Fitr. Of course, in 2015, this is announced via the official twitter account ...

posted 1:21:00am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Ramadan Pearls roundup
Here is a link to all the posts in the Ramadan Pearls series I did during Ramadan: Criterion Non-existence Mystery Angels Objective Expectant Reed Veils Lend Good I hope you enjoyed these nuggets of wisdom as much as ...

posted 3:01:31pm Jul. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Eid Mubarak!
By the Fatimid calendar, today is Eid al Fitr, 1436! I've explained my position on the calendar vs. moonsighting debate in detail - and this year there is a lot more divergence on the date than usual. Crescentwatch nicely ...

posted 7:53:00am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.