Following are excerpts from an interview withSyrian Professor Muhammad Rateb Al-Naboulsi, which was broadcast on the Syrian TV on December 5, 2005
Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi: Einstein is one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century. He gave us the theory of relativity, which revolutionized the concepts of movement and physics on earth. The absolute velocity in the universe is the speed of light, and any object moving at the speed of light becomes light.
Interviewer: It becomes light, and turns into quanta.
Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi: Its mass is zero, and its dimensions are infinite. It becomes energy.
Interviewer: Its size is infinite. Yes.
Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi: Would you believe, Mr. 'Alaa, that the Koran includes Einstein's theory? This was presented at the fifth convention on the wondrous nature of the Koran, held in Moscow. I am referring to the verse: "A day in the Lord's reckoning is like a thousand years in your reckoning."
The Arabs use lunar calendar. Now, it takes the moon one month to revolve around the Earth. If we want calculate how many kilometers the moon travels in each cycle, it is very easy. We take the center of the Earth and the center of the moon, and connect them with a straight line. The length of this line is half the Earth's diameter, plus half the moon's diameter, plus the distance between them. Anyone of our students could calculate this. One must multiply the two diameters by 3.14 – pi, you get a circumference, you multiply it by 12 for each month of the year, then you multiply it by 1,000 for 1,000 years...
Any high school student with a calculator could calculate the distance the moon travels around the Earth in 1,000 years.
The verse says: "A day in the Lord's reckoning is like a thousand years in your reckoning." Hence, the distance the moon travels around the Earth in 1,000 years is the same distance light travels in one day. If we divide this figure by the number of seconds in one day, we will get the precise speed of light 299,000,752.