Well there you have it. A twitter user named Salim Ehmad made a statement in defense of Islam claiming that Islam isn’t anti science because Muhammad rode a horse to space.
According to the Quran (Buraq) and Islam, Muhammad flew to heaven with a winged horse.
If you label Islam as anti-science then how can you explain the fact that Muhammad (pbuh) travelled to space on horseback?
— Salim Ehmad (@SalimEhmad) January 31, 2015
Muhammad’s one-night journey is said to have covered the 766 miles from Mecca to Jerusalem, included a leg up to heaven and a return to Mecca by morning, and is described in part as follows:
Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0309: It is narrated on the authority of Anas b. Malik that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: I was brought al-Buraq Who is an animal white and long, larger than a donkey but smaller than a mule, who would place his hoof a distance equal to the range of vision.
I mounted it and came to the Temple (Bait Maqdis in Jerusalem), then tethered it to the ring used by the prophets. I entered the mosque and prayed two rak’ahs in it, and then came out and Gabriel brought me a vessel of wine and a vessel of milk.
So Muhammad flew on al-Buraq to the temple in Jerusalem, tied it up to a ring “the prophets” had used, and went on into the Temple to pray.
Because of the fantastic nature of Muhammad’s claims, some 21st century Muslims try to suggest that this was a vision or dream, but according to perhaps the most highly regarded historian of Islam the sights which Allah’s Apostle was shown on the Night Journey when he was taken to Bait-ul-Maqdis (i.e. Jerusalem) were actual sights, (not dreams).
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