What about People of Nuh (P)?

by vazir, Monday, November 11, 2013, 03:20 (2044 days ago) @ vazir

The People of Nūh

Geologist Farooq Al-Baz
, the head of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, and former director at NASA, has confirmed the presence of enormous quantities of water under the sands of the Rubb'al-Khali desert in Arabia, as well as several dry river beds, among them a trench which extends from the Sa'rat mountains, all the way to Iraq. Apparently, a giant river once bisected Arabia. The source of this river was an underground basin and caves in the Sa'rat mountains, and it flowed eastward until it joined with the Euphrates. The size of the canyon it left behind indicates that this river was wider than the Nile of Africa. This was confirmed by satellite images taken by space shuttle Endeavor in 1994.

Al-Baz also confirmed that the Rub' al Khali desert sits on top of what could be the largest underground water basin in all of Asia. [Source: Article posted on Al-Jazeera.net - Reuters Archive - posted on 4/2/2002.]

This is not the only river that dried up in Arabia. There were dozens of lakes and rivers, which indicates that some 10,000 to 8,000 years ago, Arabia was very different from what it is today. The peninsula underwent a dramatic change in its climate and geography, as vast expanses of land, once covered with lush forests and grassy plains gradually started to turn into deserts. These green expanses began receding, and are now limited to the mountainous south western region of Asir and Yemen, along the Red Sea coast. Apparently, the cause of this change was the recession of water after a giant flood had taken place in the region.

The Qur'an tells us that the primary cause of the flood was not only torrential rain, but also the explosion of fountains, which spilled forth enormous quantities of water onto the land surface.

So We opened the gates of the sky with pouring water * And We caused springs to gush out of the earth. Thus the waters met to a command which had been measured. (54:11-12)

So what caused the springs to gush forth?

Here is the scientific theory:

Apparently, while Europe was still caught in the last throes of the Ice Age, Arabia was teeming with life of all sorts. As the great glaciers of central and southern Europe began to melt (around 14,000 BC to 10,000 BC), they caused the sea level in the entire ancient world to rise by no less than 200 meters, and also caused enormous pressure on the tectonic plates (along the Afro-Asian fault line which runs underneath the Red Sea). Eventually, this put pressure on the underground water basins, causing them to explode outwards.

Obviously, the only natural chimneys through which this explosion can take place are either the fissures in the rocks (springs), or the openings of volcanoes.

So, the torrential rain was not the prime cause of the great flood. The prime cause was the elevation of water levels in the great bodies of water surrounding Arabia (the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf), due to the melting of the glaciers, and the pressure it put on the underground water sources, causing them to burst from fissures and volcanic openings.

Now, about the phrase: "Fara al-tannuru" - boiling of the oven - in verses 11:40 & 23:27 of Qur'an simply denotes the sign given to Noah that he should board the ship when volcano erupts and the region he was living in was about to change drastically. This means that the flood was not simply an event that came and went and that's it...over! No...It was a truly cataclysmic event that brought about a slow and gradual change in the geographical features of Arabia, and forever.

When the sky ceased and the earth finally "swallowed up" its water (as the Qur'an tells us), the flood receded, but left the land devastated in its wake. Slowly and gradually, the entire region would turn into a desert.

So yes, it could very well have been a volcanic eruption not of fire, but of steam or very hot boiling water, which burst out from the volcanic openings. (Volcanoes don't just spit out fire. They can also eject ash clouds, steam, superheated rocks, and boiling water - if there is an underwater basin in their path. This is a scientific fact).

Hence the "tannour" mentioned in the Qur'anic verse is a volcanic opening in the Sa'rat mountains, overlooking the highlands of Asir.

Also, the land that Noah lived in depended on rain for its agriculture, as is made evident from the Qur'an in verses 11:52 and 71:11.

Mesopotamia, like Egypt, did NOT depend on rain for its agriculture. It depended on irrigation of the PERMANENT rivers (Tigris and Euphrates). [See this: http://www.ehow.com/info_8331317_comparison-ancient-mesopotamian-water-sources.html]

The flood took place in Arabia, in the same region where the successors of Noah's people, Aad built their lofty dwellings afterwards (thinking they could be safe from floods?), and not far from where Abraham, Saleh, Lot (whose town was destroyed by a rain of volcanic rocks) lived.

So whether one interprets "tannour" as "geyser" or "volcano", in either case, the geographical features do not match Iraq.

The existence of the mass of black volcanic rock near the openings of volcano known as "Harrat" all over the places in Saudi Arabia and Yemen supports this theory.

Source: http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9603323.msg292560#msg292560

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