WikiIslam:Sandbox/Stars are Missiles Shot at Jinn
The Quran and hadith say that Jinns are creatures made out of smokeless fire. They climb to heaven to listen to the conversations of the Exalted Assembly. There was a pagan Arab myth of invisible creatures called jinn. Islamic sources provide greater detail of this story.
The above hadith is also narrated by Abu Huraira, starting: "When Allah has ordained some affair..." In this narration the word 'foreteller' is added to the word 'wizard'.
Veracity of the Story
The story is ; Allah writes our fates and narrates it to the angels. But the jinns climb to heaven and eavesdropp on their conversation. So some stars (meteors) are shot on them. There are several loopholes in this story:
- The Quran says that the lowest heaven is full of stars and some stars are used as missiles on the jinn. Stars however, are huge gaseous bodies. They are similar to our Sun but several times larger. The nearest stars are Proxima Centauri and Alpha Centauri which are more or less at the same distance from Earth (4 light years).
- Therefore if any star enters our Solar System, life on Earth would perish. It is an absurd overkill if Allah uses giant stars as weapons against creatures whose size though not explicitly mentioned is definitely less than the earth.
- The next inconsistency is the failure to distinguish stars from meteors. Meteors are small asteroids that burn out upon entering the Earth thanks to atmospheric friction. The only other external force acting on them is gravitational pull of the Earth. It is virtually impossible to target and hit a living being using meteors.
- There are more strong questions to ask. What were the places that jinn sat on in heaven?
- Let us assume that jinn are prevalent only in Arabia (since other ancient peoples never heard of this legend or of jinn themselves). Why do meteors fall all over the Earth? Are the angels so ill-trained at using meteors?
- The Earth is round. If jinn are not unique to Arabia, which is the correct direction to climb?
- The Earth rotates on its own axis. The chain of climbing jinn will also rotate with it. Aren't they outright blundering in their quirk to spy on Allah and his angels, unless the latter too are in the Earth's atmosphere and rotating with it?
- The Quran is clear that stars are used to guard against the jinn. If jinn cross the Earth's atmosphere, how far can they go in a brief period of time that the nearest star might ill hurt them? Again, what about the point on rotation of the Earth affecting their orientation?
- According to Islamic scripture, the first heaven is decked with Stars; Allah and his throne are above the seventh heaven. But we know that stars are all over the Universe and the Observable Universe is 93 billion light years long. How can the jinn ever get to Allah and bother him?