In Surah Tariq, ayat 1-3, Allah mentions a piercing, hole boring star that emits sound.

“By the sky and the Tariq. And what will explain the Tariq. It is a hole boring star.”

The word tariq means piercer, najm means star and thaqib means to bore a hole. Tariq has many meanings and one of them is ‘to penetrate’. The primary meaning of thaqib is ‘to bore or drill a hole.” The meaning of tariq ‘to penetrate’ is consistent with the meaning of thaqib ‘to bore or drill a hole.’ Tariq also means ‘to knock or bang’, which is also consistent with the word tariq meaning a rotating black hole that emits sound waves. According to NASA:

Sept. 9, 2003: Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have found, for the first time, sound waves from a supermassive black hole. The “note” is the deepest ever detected from any object in our Universe. The tremendous amounts of energy carried by these sound waves may solve a longstanding problem in astrophysics.

The black hole resides in the Perseus cluster of galaxies located 250 million light years from Earth. In 2002, astronomers obtained a deep Chandra observation that shows ripples in the gas filling the cluster. These ripples are evidence for sound waves that have traveled hundreds of thousands of light years away from the cluster’s central black hole.

The Perseus sound waves are much more than just an interesting form of black hole acoustics,” says Steve Allen, of the Institute of Astronomy and a co-investigator in the research. “These sound waves may be the key in figuring out how galaxy clusters, the largest structures in the Universe, grow.”

So, Tariq is a rotating black hole that emits sound waves. This rotating, sound emitting black hole is the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. According to Wikipedia: ‘… the Milky Way has a supermassive black hole in its Galactic Center…”

During the Hajj, Muslims engage in a ritual in which many kiss the black stone as a sign of respect and an acknowledgment that Allah (swt) commanded Abraham and Ishmael to build the Kaba. The Kaba is a gift from Allah (swt) to the world as a center for Allah’s (swt) religion. A center for man’s spirituality on earth is paralleled by the centrality of our galaxy. The beginning of Surah Tariq mentions this centrality. The Muslims circumambulating (tawaf) the Kaba are expressing this centrality of worship. They are also imitating the way the Milky Way galaxy revolves around the rotating, sound emitting collapsed star (black hole) that is at the center of our galaxy.

Quran is extremely accurate and extremely consistent. Any time invested in researching the Quran is richly rewarded with a deeper understanding. Truly the Quran is a miracle.

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