Just saw a Facebook post about a little red dot symbol on Mars chocolate bars sold in Egypt. The post stated:
I got this in my InBox recently and immediately I realised it was just some lazy Pakistani journalist trying to fill some column inches.
“The science of astronomy states that the speed of planet Mars has been decreasing in its course toward the eastern direction in the past few weeks”
No, Mars has not been slowing down, the speed of its orbit hasn’t changed, it’s just a quirk of geometry that it seems that way relative to the Earth.
Quite clearly this hack doesn’t understand the phenomenon in question, namely the retrograde motion of Mars. He proudly states:
“Then in the months of August and September… Mars changed its course in the opposite direction to the West- and that until the end of September which means the sun will rise now from the west on Mars!!”
No! Mars has not changed direction, it is still going the same way in its own orbit around the Sun, even on Mars the Sun rises and sets as it has always done, he does go on to say
“And this weird phenomena of the opposite movement is called “Retrograde Motion”
but completely fails to understand what this means. Here a nice animation that will demonstrate Retrograde Motion.
You’ll see from the animation that it is an illusion, nothing has changed.
He also says:
“Most scientist state that all the planets will go through the same once at least and our planet Earth is one of them. Planet Earth will move in the opposite direction some day and the sun will rise from the west!!”
Really? And which scientists would that be? If the Earth were to either spin in the opposite direction or change it’s orbit to be in the opposite direction, then way before even any of that comes close life on Earth would have come to an end.
He ends with:
“This piece of news is very important as it brings with it a great sign of warning and remembrance of the coming of a new WORLD”
It would be important if it was accurate and if you bothered to check with a science teacher at your local primary school then you would have written a piece of news.
Now, he is right that there is a hadith about the Sun rising from the West. The hadith, more than likely, is alluding to something else perhaps, or some strange inexplicable phenomenon. What happens on Mars relatively to us viewing from Earth is not relevant to the hadith.
The point I am making here is that we should not take third party sources that seemingly quote a credible source (NASA) as fact when the facts of the citation have not been established and then link them to prophecy or Qur’anic verses. Too many times I have seen such things being circulated only for the facts to be quite different and then Muslims end up looking stupid.
Again, I am not surprised that this is in a Pakistani Newspaper, I have read and seen many idiotic things in them by lazy hacks who just aren’t doing their jobs and writing about real issues.
Here’s the article:
Signs of the Day of Judgement: NASA confirms possibility of sun rising from the West
ARTICLE (April 09 2010): The science of astronomy states that the speed of planet Mars has been decreasing in its course toward the eastern direction in the past few weeks to the level we notice the “waver” between the east and the west and on Wednesday the 30th of July the planet movement stopped going toward the eastern direction.
Then in the months of August and September… Mars changed its course in the opposite direction to the West- and that until the end of September which means the sun will rise now from the west on Mars!! And this weird phenomena of the opposite movement is called “Retrograde Motion” Most scientist state that all the planets will go through the same once at least and our planet Earth is one of them. Planet Earth will move in the opposite direction some day and the sun will rise from the west!!
This might occur soon and we are unaware! The rise of the sun from the west is mentioned in the hadith and this is the major sign of the day of judgement, most if not all, the minor signs have occurred. Wake up. Our beloved messenger Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “One of the signs of the hour the sun will rise from the west, where no longer tauba (forgiveness) will be granted”!!
And the strange thing most of our Shariah scholars mentioned that the rise of the sun from the west occurs only once on that day the sun will rise from the west then again from the east and continues until Allah wishes and this is similar to what is happening to Mars it stops, then it changes its course of direction for a short period of time then returns to way once it was.
And Abdullah Bin Amro (R.A.) said: (I memorised from the messenger (SAW) a hadith I will never forget I heard the messenger of Allah (SAW) say: The first aya to come the rise of the sun from the west) [Ahmad]. And the messenger SAW “Allah places HIS hand at night to forgive his morning sinners, and places in the morning to forgive his night sinners until the sun rises from the west” [Muslim].
This piece of news is very important as it brings with it a great sign of warning and remembrance of the coming of a new WORLD – the world of he Hereafter When we show this hadith that was told 1400 years ago about this miracle..you will see InshaALLAH, a lot will revert to right path…And the Muslims if they see this phenomena happening in Mars who knows maybe it would bring them closer to our CREATOR. May Allah keep all of us in the right path and provide us with success in this world as well as in the hereafter.
The Source for this was a Pakistani Newspaper called The Business Recorder.