Why are people misled by questionable N2I narratives when a plethora of historical data is available to study even the tiniest activities of the moon? For instance, the 1990 World Almanac and Book of Facts lists the moon’s activity over a period of 2000 years, and devotes nearly 16 pages to it. If you closely study the moon’s activity from 570-632, you won’t find a single reference to the moon splitting in half and landing in Arabia. Further, no historical data mentions a change in tide cycles, or the sky going dark as a result of unprecedented lunar occurrences in the period from 570-632. Moreover, lots of cultures all over the world religiously follow lunar activity, but not one record mentions anything untoward during that period.
A story about Raja Bhoj (he of the “Kahaan Raja Bhoj Kahaan Gangu Teli” fame) and the “moon split” is popular in Bhopal, a city which the Raja founded. It says that Raja Bhoj witnessed the splitting of the moon from his palace in Bhopal, and instantly embraced Islam, saying that only a Prophet could have managed such a miracle. However, the storytellers forget that Raja Bhoj was born 200 years after the Prophet’s demise. So, what the Raja saw from his palace could only have been a rerun, and not a live broadcast.
The unsuspecting little Abdul Qadeer, who was born in Bhopal and lived in the historical Moti Masjid area until the age of 9, probably heard the fable from gullible elders in the Masjid; the fable apparently made an indelible mark on the young AQ’s mind, and the scientist, even with all his learning, has not been able to shake it off since.