Topic: Pulsars 

Not too long ago in science, we discovered that there are a group of stars named: pulsars. In fact, in 1967 Jocellyn Bell stumbled on a gravity time warp, which is a million times greater, than that produced by the sun. The object detected was emitting regular pulses, which are like heart-beats. At this time, pulsars where pulsating stars were not known to exist. When science further investigated this, the source of these signals in space where discovered. These were spinning neutron stars, which the velocity was extremely great.

This word (according to the Oxford Dictionary) means:


"a celestial object, thought to be a rapidly rotating neutron star, that emits regular rapid pulses of radio waves"

 Moreover, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the term "pulsars" originated from the root: "pulsating" which means the following:


1 expand and contract with strong regular movements. 

2 produce a regular throbbing sensation or sound.



No wonder why these stars were named as "pulars" because they expanded and contracted and also made beating like sounds. In short, pulsars are stars which rapidly rotate as well as are fast knocking stars. These stars such as do make knocking sounds, which can also sound like beating/striking sounds. But, what does the Quran say? In the following verses of a more modern translation of the Quran, it is mentioned in:


Surah Tariq 86:1-2: 


"And (by) the heaven and the Night Visitant! (Or: "The Morning Star; literally: The Rapper."

"And what makes you realize what the Night Visitant is? (Or: "The Morning Star; literally: The Rapper."




Firstly, the Arabic word used for star is "Najm." (*) Secondly, the Arabic word used in both verses of Surah Tariq 86:1-2 for "rapper" is: "Tariq" which comes from the Arabic root word "tarqa" which means: "rapping, knocking, beating, pounding, striking." I know that most translations (which aren't very modern) they translate the Arabic word as: "night comer, night way." These meanings are older meanings, which are in no conflict with science. Even so, if we critically analyze the Arabic root word, it can also means: "rapping, knocking, beating, pounding, striking." In this age of science and technology, we should chose the appropriate meaning which goes back to the Arabic root word.


 These 2 verses of the Quran of Surah Tariq 86:1-2 describes the characteristic celestial stars like: pulsars. Notice in Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali's translation of these verses, he has translated it as "rapper." This doesn't refer to a singer who sings rap songs, but this word (rapping) can also mean (according to Oxford Dictionary).


1 strike (a hard surface) with a series of rapid audible blows. 

2 strike sharply.

 So, the Quran describes certain stars as "knockers," with the detailed Arabic word "tariq' which comes from the root word: "tarqa." People 1,420+ years back did not know what this meant, because science was not advanced, like it is now. Today we have come to know through science, that pulsars are stars that implode and then explode, and the implosion creating a dense star. These stars often "kick" and "bounce" from the implosion. The rapid rotation of these stars create powerful electric fields. In addition, sounds are made from this, which sound like beating, rapping/striking/knocking sounds, as the function of these stars are to implode and explode causing these sounds. Let us read some scientific sources to learn more about pulsars:



"Pulsars (PULSating stARS) are among the most exotic objects found in the galaxy. They are the peculiar relics of massive stars that have ended their lives in a tremendously powerful explosion called a supernova."





"A pulsar is a spinning neutron star that forms from a supernova that implodes and then explodes. The implosion smashes together countless protons and electrons, creating an extremely dense, massive star composed entirely of neutrons. The 'kick' created when the star 'bounces' from the implosion to the explosion sets the new neutron star spinning away from the site of the supernova. It is this rapid revolution that causes the characteristic pulsing."



 "Pulsars are superdense neutron stars, the remnants left after massive stars have exploded as supernovae. Their powerful magnetic fields generate lighthouse-like beams of light and radio waves that sweep around as the star rotates. Most rotate a few to tens of times a second, slowing down over thousands of years."


Moreover, to hear these "beating/knocking/rapping/striking" like sounds, refer to this link:


So, science today has only confirmed recently that the stars named: "pulsars" are knockers and do sound like beating sounds, and are �pulsating," which the Quran describes in a nutshell, with the Arabic word "Tariq" which comes from the root word: "taraqa." Imagine, who could have believed over 1,420+ years ago that there were stars that sounded like knockers, and behaved like they were pounding? We only came to know about this almost 50 years ago. No astronomical equipment nor advanced microscopes were in existent at that time over 1,420+ years ago, for someone to have observed this phenomena in certain stars. Moreover, the description and characteristics described in the Quran regard these stars, is FAR more superior to understand, that the complex scientific notions we have today. No human being nor any genius back then could have guessed or knew such a thing so long ago, let alone an illiterate that Muhammad was! This shows that this piece of information in the Quran given in a nutshell in Surah Tariq 86:1-2 could not have originated from a human source.

Researched By:

Ousman Ahmad




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